Week in Review 8.22.14
(Scroll down for news about the Freestyle Love Supreme TV show!)
The prime time Emmy Awards will be handed out on Monday (and the Academy has offered this infographic to show how winners are chosen), but this past Saturday night the Creative Arts Emmy winners were announced and honored. The Creative Arts Emmys cover most of the technical or behind the scenes categories, as well as the guest actor categories. Below are some of the night's winners; visit the Emmys website to view the full list, which includes talented people from Cosmos, The Daily Show, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Game of Thrones and more. I've been updating my Pinterest Emmys board with pictures from the evening, and Broadwayworld.com also has photo coverage.
- Allison Janney, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Masters of Sex (so well-deserved)
- Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, "Bigger!" from the 2013 Tony Awards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (watch them on the "Thank You" cam)
- 67th Annual Tony Awards (2013), Outstanding Special Class Program
- Uzo Aduba, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, Orange is the New Black
The HBO docuseries, which follows Foo Fighters across America as they talk about music with local artists and record their new album, premieres on October 17. Pre-order the album at foofighters.com.
Cast Set for The Fortress of Solitude
Kyle Beltran (Choir Boy) and Adam Chanler-Berat (Fly by Night, Next to Normal) will lead a cast that also includes Rebecca Naomi Jones (Murder Ballad, American Idiot), Andre de Shields and others. The Itamar Moses (Completeness, Nobody Loves You)–Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) musical (based on the Jonathan Lethem novel) begins previews at the Public on September 30. Opening night is set for October 22, and the Daniel Aukin (Bad Jews)–directed production will play a limited engagement through November 2. Broadway.com has more.
On Your Feet! Sets Broadway Dates and Theatre
The Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical is officially coming to Broadway. After a premiere run in Chicago next year, On Your Feet! will take up residency at Broadway's Marquis Theatre. Previews will begin on October 5, 2015, with opening night set for November 5. The bio-show will feature well-known Estefan songs, as well as a few new tunes penned for the musical, with a book by Alexander Dinelaris. Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) will direct and choreograph the production. Broadway.com has more, including news about the search for the show's stars.
Freestyle Love Supreme on Pivot
The improv rap group Freestyle Love Supreme is headed to your living room. After filming a pilot this winter, Anthony Veneziale, Lin-Manuel Miranda (tick, tick...Boom!), Chris Jackson (Holler If Ya Hear Me), Utkarsh Ambudkar (Modern Terrorism), Bill Sherman, Chris Sullivan and Arthur Lewis have spent the spring and summer filming the Freestyle Love Supreme series (under the direction of Thomas Kail (The Tutors)). I had the good fortune to attend the final taping just a couple of weeks ago, and can assure you that you are in for a treat. Pivot has set a premiere date of October 17 (the same day Sonic Highways premieres on HBO). If you don't have Pivot, keep an eye on iTunes; when Hit Record aired on Pivot, episodes were available for purchase the next day. Visit freestylelovesupreme.com to learn more, and watch the pilot below.
ASCAP Honors Stephen Sondheim, Billy Joel and More
Commemorating its 100th anniversary, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is honoring music icons with the Centennial Award. Stephen Sondheim, Billy Joel, Joan Baez, Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks will be honored at a gala fundraising event on November 17 in New York. The event will benefit the ASCAP Foundation and its music education, talent development and humanitarian activities. The honored artists will be at the event, as will musicians performing in tribute. Read the official press release, and then head to ascapfoundation.org/centennial to purchase tickets for the event.
- Tony nominee and Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale (The Big Knife, Blue Jasmine) has joined the cast of Ant-Man. The Marvel flick is set to start shooting this month. Deadline has more.
- Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) will star in a CSC production of Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country, directed by Erica Schmidt (who also happens to be Dinklage's wife). Playbill has more.
- Representatives for Cabaret have confirmed that Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man) will take over the role of Sally Bowles. Stone will be with the show November 11 through February 1, 2015. In addition, the show has been extended through March 29. Broadway.com has more.
- Tony nominee Tony Shalhoub (Act One) will join the cast of Nurse Jackie for its upcoming seventh season. Also noted in the announcement in The Hollywood Reporter is that Peter Facinelli has exited the show.
- Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Lady Day..., Porgy and Bess) talks to Broadway.com's Paul Wontorek in the latest episode of Show People.
- James Snyder takes you behind the scenes at If/Then in the latest episode of his Broadway.com vlog, Hey Kid. And Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart takes you behind the scenes at Aladdin in the latest episode of his Broadway.com vlog, I Dream of Jeanie.
- The wonderfully talented Tiler Peck talks to Pointe magazine about being an NYCB principal dancer and leading the cast of the world premiere musical Little Dancer. (The magazine also followed her and her husband, fellow principal Robert Fairchild, around for a day. See the photos.)
- Masters of Sex has been renewed for a third season. Variety has more about the Showtime series.
- Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) announced the Green World Rising short film series, "covering solutions to the climate crisis." Visit greenworldrising.org to learn more and watch the first film, Carbon.
- Motown: The Musical will take a lengthy Broadway hiatus while opening a production in the UK. This iteration of the jukebox musical will conclude its Broadway run on January 18, 2015, head to the UK and then return to Broadway in summer 2016. Theater Mania has more.