Media Morsels 5.3.13

Theatre Award Season

The Tony Award nominations were announced this week! One of the most anticipated days of any theatre season brought with it some pleasant surprises (like a Best Musical nomination for Bring It Onplus Kinky Boots, not Matilda, leading the pack with 13 nominations) as well as some unpleasant ones, depending upon your perspective and taste. Read my Tony nominations post for the full list of nominees, and be sure to continue to visit my Tony Pinterest board for Tony-related pictures throughout the season. And now, some Tony reactions and follow up:

The day before, the Drama Desk nominations were announced, showering a lot of love on Hands on a Hardbody, Annie Baker (for both The Flick and Uncle Vanya) and Bring It On. Visit the Drama Desk website to see the full list of nominees. (And today, the New York Drama Critics announced their picks for best play and musical: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Matilda, respectively. has more.)

Rocky Coming to Broadway

A Tony hopeful for the 2013-2014 season will be Rocky. When it was announced a couple of weeks ago that the long-running Mama Mia! would vacate the Winter Garden and move to the Broadhurst Theatre many suspected that the musical stage adaptation of Rocky would take up residency at the Winter Garden. This week that rumor was confirmed. After an acclaimed premiere in Germany, the musical, which is directed by Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Peter and the Starcatcher) and has a score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime) and a book by Thomas Meehan (The Producers), is coming to Broadway in 2014. Previews will begin in February and opening night will be in March. has details, including a video sneak peek at the show. Visit for more.

First Listen: Love's Labour's Lost

The Public Theater released a second song from the upcoming Shakespeare in the Park production of Love's Labour's Lost. This song is "Love's a Gun," and features Lindsay Mendez (Dogfight, Godspell). The musical adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy comes from team Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Michael Friedman (score) and Alex Timbers (book and direction). It plays in Central Park's Delacorte theatre this summer, July 23-August 18. Listen here and check back next week for another song!

New York City Ballet Documentary

AOL is getting into the original programming game with a slate of digital content for its New Front platform. One of the shows is a documentary that goes behind the scenes at New York City Ballet. As press notes state, City.Ballet. "reveals what it takes to perform on the ultimate stage," and is executive produced and narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, a longtime City Ballet patron and supporter. In the trailer (that has since gone missing), we see everyone from principal dancers Robert Fairchild and Sara Mearns to corps de ballet members and even the ballet master in chief, Peter Martins. It promises to be a fascinating look at the Company so tune in this fall! (The Hollywood Reporter has more information about all the shows.)

Casting Updates

  • Jennifer Westfeldt will star in The Explorer's Club, a new play by Nell Benjamin, presented by the Manhattan Theatre Club. Westfeldt, a Tony nominee and accomplished writer and actress (Kissing Jessica Stein, Ira and Abby, Friends with Kids) will be joined by, among others, Peter and the Starcatcher alumni Carson Elrod and Arnie Burton. The limited run begins previews on May 28 in advance of a June 20 opening, and will conclude on July 21. Playbill has details.

  • John Krasinski (The Office) will appear on the new, Netflix-exclusive season of Arrested Development. E! Online has more.

  • Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner will return to the stage in Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of The Commons of Pensacola, which marks actress Amanda Peet's playwriting debut. Previews for the limited run begin October 22 in advance of a November 21 opening. has details.

  • Michael Fassbender (Shame) and Natalie Portman (Black Swan) are set to star in a new film adaptation of Macbeth. Screen Daily has more.

  • Downton Abbey is welcoming yet another new cast member for season four. Gary Carr joins the troupe as a jazz singer named Jack Ross. Visit for details.
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  • Great news: there will be a new, Betsy Wolfe-Adam Kantor cast recording of The Last Five Years! The acclaimed (and still running) Second Stage production directed by the show's writer, Jason Robert Brown, will be preserved by Sh-K-Boom. Sign up for updates now!

  • Have you watched the pilot episode of the new Aaron Tveit TV show Graceland? I have, and you can, too. Look for it on your cable provider's on demand channel.

  • You may recall that Jon Stewart will take an eight-week leave of absence this summer to direct a film. Filling in will be long-time correspondent John Oliver. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Oliver's stint will begin on June 10.

  • The third season of Wilfred, starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann, will premiere on FX on Thursday, June 20.

  • Have questions about this past Sunday's season finale of The Good Wife? Show runners Robert and Michelle King answer your questions over on Vulture.

  • The Great Gatsby held its premiere in New York this week, and MTV caught up with the stars (including Leonardo DiCaprio) to find out what they felt the first time they read the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic. And here's the official highlights-of-the-premire video from Warner Bros.