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The Last Five Years

After several weeks of previews (and two extensions prior to the official open), The Last Five Years opened at Second Stage Theatre, marking the first time the show has been revived in New York. Opening night coverage includes: my review; photos from Broadway.com; a show tease by Jason Robert Brown; and video of audience members and the company on opening night. Congratulations on a glorious production! (Visit 2st.com for more information and to purchase tickets.) Directed by the show's writer, Jason Robert Brown, this production stars Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor, who recently stopped by the Broadway.com studio to answer your questions:



Tony Awards News

Two-time Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster and Broadway veteran and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson will announce the Tony nominees on April 30! You'll be able to watch the announcement live on TonyAwards.com at 8:30 am, EDT. (For those of you keeping score, Foster won her two Tonys for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes. Ferguson was notably in the original company of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.) And according to Broadwayworld.com, tickets for the annual Broadway party will go on sale on nomination day. Visit the Tony Awards website for more information. While you're there, check out the "Spotlight On" series, which takes a look at Tony-eligible productions from the 2012-2013 season.

Romeo + Juliet Back on Broadway

Perennially studied in school, William Shakespeare's classic tragedy of horny teens teens in love is coming back to Broadway for the first time in 25 years. You know that part of the story that tells us, "from ancient grudge break to new mutiny..."? Well, apparently in this production that ancient grudge will be race-related. Directed by David Leveaux (Arcadia), this production will feature a white house of Montague (Romeo will be played by movie star Orlando Bloom) and a black house of Capulet (Juliet will be portrayed by Tony-nominee Condola Rashad). (Jayne Houdyshell (Dead Accounts, Follies) will be Juliet's nurse, and Joe Morton will play Lord Capulet.) I've read the tragedy more than once and, of course, have seen (multiple times) Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, but I've never seen Romeo and Juliet on stage so I'm looking forward to this. Previews at the Richard Rodgers Theatre will begin August 24 in advance of a September 19 opening. Tickets go on sale to the public on April 8, though the box office at the Richard Rodgers is not yet open. Visit romeoandjulietbroadway.com for details.

New The Great Gatsby Trailer

Speaking of Baz Luhrmann and Leonardo DiCaprio, the two have teamed up again to bring to the screen another literary classic, The Great Gatsby. Here's the latest trailer for the film, which comes out May 10, and also stars Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan (Shame), Isla Fisher (Bachelorette), Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and more.



R.I.P. Roger Ebert

The balcony is closed. This week, we mourn the loss of the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, essayist, TV host and passionate lover of movies Roger Ebert. He was 70. As noted in the many tributes written about him, Ebert had been reviewing movies for 46 years, and just days before his death he announced he was taking a "leave of presence." His presence will surely be missed. Among the reactions to his passing is this tribute from Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers; Buzz Feed's compilation of Ebert's "20 Most Epic Movie Pans"; and Buzz Feed's list of "13 Things Roger Ebert Said Better Than Anybody Else."

Lucille Lortel Award Nominations

Honoring achievement in off-Broadway theatre, the 28th Annual Lucille Lortel Award nominations were announced this week. Winners will be announced on May 5 in a ceremony hosted by The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi (who played off-Broadway in LCT3's Disgraced this season) and Maura Tierney (currently appearing in Lucky Guy on Broadway). Broadway.com has the full list of nominees, and you can visit lortelaward.com to learn more about the awards. Herein, some nominations that excite me:
  • The Flick earned four nominations:
    • Annie Baker, Outstanding Play
    • Sam Gold, Outstanding Director
    • Jane Cox, Outstanding Lighting Design
    • Bray Poor, Outstanding Sound Design

  • Cock received three nominations:
    • Mike Barlett, Outstanding Play
    • James Macdonald, Outstanding Director
    • Miriam Buether, Outstanding Scenic Design

  • If There is I Haven't Found it Yet picked up three nominations:
    • Jake Gyllenhaal, Outstanding Featured Actor
    • Annie Funke, Outstanding Featured Actress 
    • Beowulf Boritt, Outstanding Scenic Design

  • Dogfight for Outstanding Musical, and Outstanding Choreographer, Christopher Gattelli

  • Murder Ballad (which is rumored to be headed for a downtown engagement this summer) received an impressive five nominations: 
    • Outstanding Musical
    • Rebecca Naomi Jones, Outstanding Featured Actress
    • Doug Varone, Outstanding Choreography
    • Mark Wendland, Outstanding Scenic Design
    • Ben Stanton, Outstanding Lighting Design
  • Emily Rebholz for Outstanding Costume Design for the off-Broadway run of the now-on-Broadway Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

  • Special Awards will be presented to (among others) Todd Haimes, Roundabout artistic director, Lifetime Achievement Awards; and the Theatre Development Fund, Outstanding Body of Work Award
New York City Ballet Screen Test: Marika Anderson

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 Marika Anderson.



Quick Theatre Updates

  • The rumored revival of Betrayal has been confirmed and dates have been announced: The Harold Pinter play will star Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig and Rafe Spall and will begin previews October 1. Running at the Barrymore and directed by Mike Nichols (Death of a Salesman), the production will officially open on November 3 and play a limited engagement through January 5, 2014. Playbill has details.

  • Original Rent cast member Adam Pascal will join the company of the longest running American musical, Chicago. Pascal will take on the role of the slick-talking lawyer, Billy Flynn. Broadway.com has details.
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