Week in Review 3.14.14

The Normal Heart on HBO

After a devastatingly beautiful and Tony-winning revival a few years ago, Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart is coming to HBO. Directed by Ryan Murphy, the adaptation will premiere on Sunday, May 25 at 9pm, as previously reported. I was almost inconsolably moved by the recent Broadway iteration, and after watching the just-released trailer of the small screen version, starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer and Julia Roberts, I'm certain I'll need several boxes of tissues to get through this, too. Watch the teaser trailer and then mark your calendar for May 25.

President Barack Obama Visits Zach Galifianakis on Between Two Ferns

...And the Internet rejoiced: (if the video below does not load, watch it on the Funny or Die website)


While it should be illegal to hide Michael Fassbender's face beneath a mask for the entirety of a film (or ever, really), Lenny Abrahamson's latest, which also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, looks pretty rad:

Arriving On Stage

  • Lin-Maunel Miranda (Merrily We Roll Along) and Karen Olivo (Murder Ballad) will star in the Encores! production of Jonathan Larson's tick, tick...BOOM! Broadwayworld.com has details.

  • Dates and a theatre have been announced for the Broadway bow of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, a Simon Stephens play that is transferring from the National Theatre. Directed by Marianne Elliott, the play will run at the Barrymore Theatre. Previews begin September 15 and opening night is scheduled for October 5. Broadway.com has more.

  • Cynthia Nixon (Wit, Sex and the City) will return to Broadway in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, starring alongside Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal. This marks a return to The Real Thing for Nixon, who appeared in the production in 1984 when it debuted on Broadway. She made history by appearing in both The Real Thing and Hurlyburly at the same time. This Roundabout production of The Real Thing is directed by Sam Gold (Uncle Vanya, The Flick); previews begin October 2, with opening night scheduled for October 30. The limited engagement is set to conclude on January 4, 2015. Playbill has more.

  • The Manhattan Theatre Club announced part of its 2014-2015 season, and it includes world premieres from Donald Margulies (Time Stands Still, Dinner with Friends) and David Auburn (Proof), among others. Margulies's The Country House will play at the Biltmore Theatre and will star Blythe Danner. Previews begin September 9 and opening night is scheduled for October 2. Auburn's Lost Lake will play at MTC's off-Broadway house, with previews beginning October 21. Opening night is scheduled for November 11. Playbill has more. 
Proof We Will Listen to Audra McDonald Sing ANYTHING

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