Media Morsels 3.15.13

The Last Five Years—Behind the Scenes

In this latest look behind the scenes of the stellar New York revival of The Last Five Years (it officially opens April 2; look for my review that night), Betsy Wolfe talks about the show's structure, Adam Kantor discusses New York City as a character in the show and writer-director Jason Robert Brown directs the actors through the closing number, "Goodbye Until Tomorrow/I Could Never Rescue You." (Good news: while it's still yet to open, the show has been extended for a second time. The show will now run through May 12.)

Aaron Tveit on Graceland

The new USA Network series Graceland, which stars Aaron Tveit and Daniel Sunjata, will begin airing this June, but folks at Austin's SXSW festival got a sneak peek: the show premiered there on Monday night, and the cast participated in a Q+A session afterward. Both and The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Tveit, and talked to him about his interest in the show, an upcoming New York concert and returning to Broadway. An exact air date has yet to be announced, though I'll be sure to let you know when it is. In the meantime, head over to the show's official site for previews of the show and to connect to its Facebook and Twitter channels.

Dave Grohl at SXSW

At this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, the man of the hour, Dave Grohl, gave the keynote address. He spoke about discovering music - specifically, rock and roll - and thereby discovering his voice. To wit: "I had finally found my voice, and that was all I needed to survive, from now on. ... I liked my new voice because no matter how bad it sounded, it was mine. There was nobody there to tell me what was right or what was wrong, so there was no right or wrong." He also talked about finding a way back to then, that is, his journey to Nirvana, which included him cramming his "life in a U-Haul" to find his part of it all. Rolling Stone has the full address.

Skylar Astin on Show People

Watch the adorable and talented Skylar Astin (Spring Awakening, Pitch Perfect) on this week's Show People. He discusses his dream collaborations with his Spring Awakening co-stars, working with Aaron Tveit and why Stephen Sondheim and Christopher Durang need him:

Murder Ballad to Run Downtown

A commercial run is likely in the fierce and sexy musical Murder Ballad's future. MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow confirmed that she and other producers "are exploring a future life for this exciting new musical." The incredible, vibrant original musical, which ran at MTC's Studio at Stage II this past fall, was one of my favorite things of 2012 so I'm psyched that it's making a return appearance. According to the article on Playbill, the original cast, John Ellison Conlee, Karen Olivo, Will Swenson and Rebecca Naomi Jones, are likely to return. And the cast album they recorded will likely be released when the downtown production opens. Stay tuned for updates!

Rajiv Joseph on The North Pool

Playwright Rajiv Joseph's latest great work, The North Pool, opened last week at the Vineyard Theatre, and this week, he tells audiences what they can expect when they see the play:

New York City Ballet Screen Test: Indiana Woodward

In this installment of City Ballet's new video series, which gives us a peek into the Company members' personalities, we get to know corps member Indiana Woodward.

March Musical Madness

While the NCAA March Madness bracket will be revealed this Sunday, today we got to see's March Musical Madness bracket, which will settle (or, more likely, raise myriad more questions about) the question: What's the best musical of all time? Fill in your bracket now and then return to on March 18 to vote. (Note that, of course, not every musical ever made is included. The list appears to include only musicals that made it Broadway and had some sort of an extended run.)

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