Week in Review 7.25.14
The lineup for PBS's Fall Arts Festival (airing on consecutive Fridays this fall) has been announced, and it's a great slate of programming. First up, on September 26, is the New York Philharmonic concert presentation of Sweeney Todd, performed this past spring with Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett. Next, on October 3, will be Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, in which musicians, including Foo Fighters, Gary Clark, Jr. and Bonnie Raitt, will play and pay tribute to the famed series. That will be followed, on October 10, by The Nance, which bowed on Broadway in the 2012-2013 season and starred Nathan Lane. Other broadcasts include the Great Performances concert featuring Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (October 24) and Kristin Chenoweth's Coming Home concert (November 28). Visit Broadwayworld.com for the full schedule, then mark your calendars, set your DVR or fire up your PBS Roku channel!
Film—Aaron Tveit is on a hot streak. The stage and screen star (Catch Me if You Can, Graceland, Les Miserables) leads the romantic comedy Stereotypically You. He is joined by SNL alumna Abby Elliott and Tony nominee Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots), among others. Stereotypically You is written and directed by Benjamin Cox, and is slated for release this year. Broadway.com has more.
Broadway—Michelle Williams has extended her initial run and will continue to play Sally Bowles in the revival of Cabaret through November 9. The show is scheduled to continue through January 4, 2015. Broadway.com has more.
Film—Steven Spielberg is enlisting the talents of Amy Ryan (Detroit), Alan Alda, Tony nominee Billy Magnussen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) and Eve Hewson (that's Bono's daughter) for his latest collaboration with Tom Hanks, an untitled Cold War spy thriller. Tony Award winner Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night, Jerusalem) also stars. The Hollywood Reporter has more.
Off-Broadway—Heather Graham (making her NY stage debut) and Frederick Weller (Mothers and Sons) will star in MCC's mounting of Neil LaBute's The Money Shot. Broadway.com has more.
Graceland, Macbeth), Kate Jennings Grant (The Lyons), Eric Lange, David Rasche (Little Miss Sunshine) and Sarah Steele (Speech and Debate). The MTC production is directed by Daniel Sullivan (The Snow Geese). Previews begin September 9, with opening night set for October 2. Broadway.com has more.
Broadway—The terrific Andrea Martin (Act One) will return to Pippin for a limited run this September. She'll reprise her Tony-winning performance as Berthe from September 2 through September 21. Pippin continues its run at the Music Box Theatre. Broadway.com has more about Martin's return.
Jason Robert Brown Concert
The Bridges of Madison County closed too soon, and Honeymoon in Vegas is still months away, so if you need your Jason Robert Brown fix (and who doesn't?), check this out: the Tony-winning songwriter, who is also responsible for one of my favorites, The Last Five Years, will make his SubCulture debut with his band, The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, on August 4. The one-night-only event will see Brown and co. performing a wide selection from Brown's canon (including songs from the upcoming Honeymoon), and Brown tweeted that audiences could expect some Bridges reunions! Visit subculturenewyork.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
Further Proof that We'll Listen to Audra McDonald Sing Anything
- Forbes has released its annual list of Hollywood's Highest Paid Actors, with Robert Downey, Jr., topping the list.
- Not diggable but noteworthy nonetheless: Bullets Over Broadway will conclude its Broadway run on August 24. Theater Mania has more.
- The film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years will debut at the Toronto Film Festival. The movie stars Anna Kendrick (50/50) and Jeremy Jordan (Newsies). Broadway.com has more.
- The NYC run of The Lion might be over, but I can't stop thinking about Benjamin Scheuer's personal work. So I wrote about it some more. Check out "Your Roar, Our Story."
- The Broadway revival of Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco and Tony nominee Chris O'Dowd, will be filmed for broadcast as part of the U.K.'s National Theatre Live screenings. Broadway.com has details.
- If/Then tidbits: vocal selections will be released in August (visit Playbill for details); and Broadway.com has the latest episode of Hey Kid, star James Snyder's backstage vlog.
- Playbill takes you behind the scenes as Tony winner Lena Hall transforms into Yitzhak before a performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
- Check out the first promotional video (first video) and the official trailer (second video) for Jake Gyllenhaal's new flick, Nightcrawler: