Media Morsels 4.12.13

Murder Ballad Returns

It's official: Murder Ballad, which had an acclaimed limited run at MTC's Studio at Stage II this past fall, will resurface downtown for nine weeks this spring. Transferring to the Union Square Theatre, the rocking and sexy new original musical will begin previews May 7 in advance of a May 22 opening. The terrific Will Swenson (Hair), Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot) and John Ellison Conlee (The Full Monty) will reprise their roles, and Swenson's fellow Tribe member Caissie Levy (Ghost) will round out the cast. (She'll be playing the role originated by Karen Olivo.) The physical box office will open April 29, though you can purchase tickets through Ticketmaster now. The announcement in Playbill notes that the original cast recording (which will feature Olivo, not Levy) will be released soon. Grab your tickets now! (And head over to to see an animated version of the show logo at right.) [Note: Levy mentioned on Twitter that she will appear in every performance (health permitting, of course) except for May 26.]

Broadway Updates

  • The new musical with an original score (by Amanda Green and Phish's Trey Anastasio), Hands on a Hardbody, will conclude its Broadway run this Saturday, April 13. At that time, the show will have played 28 previews and 28 regular performances. has more.

  • Though the first revival of Pippin hasn't officially opened (opening night is set for April 25), it was announced this week that there will be a cast recording, which will be released in June. Playbill has details.

  • The original Broadway cast recording of the new musical Kinky Boots, with an original score by pop star Cyndi Lauper, will be released on May 28. Playbill has details.

  • Mary-Louise Parker will return to Broadway in the new play The Snow Geese. Written by Sharr White (The Other Place), The Snow Geese is being co-produced by MTC and MCC, and will play MTC's Biltmore Theatre this fall. Previews begin October 1 with opening night set for October 24. The production is being directed by Daniel Sullivan (Glengarry Glen Ross, Good People), who previously worked with Parker, directing the Weeds star (and The West Wing alumna) to a Tony in Proof. has details.

  • Buzz Feed has compiled a list of the "25 Best Broadway Songs About the Theater." It's a good list, featuring musical theatre standards and new tunes (like Joe Iconis's "Broadway Here I Come"), but there's one omission in the list: the songwriters aren't listed! That oversight aside, what songs would you add?
New York City Ballet Screen Test: Harrison Ball

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 de ballet dancer Harrison Ball.

TV Tidbits

  • New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will make a cameo on the season finale of The Good Wife, airing April 28. The Hollywood Reporter has details (and spoilers!).

  • David Cross dishes about the new season of Arrested Development, and a possible movie! Rolling Stone has the interview. The venerable magazine also has a clip of Jason Bateman talking about the possibility of an Arrested Development movie, which he says could take at least a year to produce (fast forward to 4:23). 

  • Like Breaking Bad but wish there was more Saul Goodman? Good news: Saul (played by the hilarious Bob Odenkirk) is getting a spin-off! Rolling Stone had more.

  • Tune in this Sunday night to the season two premiere of Veep—and tune in early because the first promo for the second season of The Newsroom will air just before the episode! (The second season of The Newsroom will begin on Sunday, July 14.) 

  • Beau Wilimon, the political wunderkind-turned-playwright-turned-screenwriter who is the show runner for the Netflix exclusive series House of Cards, answered fans' questions over on Vulture, just as he and his House of Cards troupe prepare to shoot season two.

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