Week in Review 8.29.14

The Last Ship is Coming

One of the most eagerly anticipated (by me, anyway) shows of the fall is The Last Ship, an original music with a score by Sting. With a book by John Logan (Red) and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, If/Then), direction by Joe Mantello (Casa Valentina) and choreography by Steven Hoggett (American Idiot, Rocky), The Last Ship is inspired by the small industrial city Sting once called home. After raves in Chicago, The Last Ship sales into Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre in September. Previews begin September 30, with opening night set for October 26. Watch the first TV spot for the show below, and catch stars Michael Esper (American Idiot, Tales from Red Vienna), Jimmy Nail and Rachel Tucker. (Not seen in the spot is star Aaron Lazar (concert soloist, A Little Night Music.) Visit thelastship.com to learn more and to purchase tickets.

The Newsroom

The third and final season of The Newsroom will premiere on HBO in November. Watch the first teaser trailer of the Aaron Sorkin show, which stars Emmy winner Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Tony winner John Gallagher, Jr., Olivia Munn and others.

Emmys Wrap Up

The Emmy Awards were handed out on Monday night. Breaking Bad went out with a bang, winning awards for writing, acting (Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul all won) and Best Drama Series, and Seth Meyers was a charming and funny host. Herein, a round up of all things Emmys:
Fall Preview

Heading into Labor Day weekend, Vulture let readers know what to look for in the fall.
  • 71 Plays Premiering This Fall, including the Playwright Horizons production of Robert O'hara's Bootycandy; the starry revival of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters; Donald Margulies's latest, The Country House; The Fortress of Solitude, coming to the Public; Ayad Akhtar's Pulizter Prize-winning play Disgraced (scroll down for a casting announcement); The Last Ship (see above); the recently announced Side Show revival; and the Encores! presentation of The Band Wagon.

  • 39 Albums to Get Excited About, including new albums from Lenny Kravitz, Weezer and, of course, Foo Fighters. (I still think the Sonic Highways album art is the most gorgeous album art ever.)

  • 39 Classical Music and Dance Performances to See this Fall, including Josh Groban performing with the New York Philharmonic for its Italian cinema night; new works at New York City Ballet by Justin Peck and others; the L.A. Dance Project's run at BAM; and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

  • 33 Fall TV Shows to Look Out For, including the final season of Boardwalk Empire and Mulaney, the new show from comedian and former SNL writer John Mulaney

  • 64 Movies to Watch This Fall, including This is Where I Leave You (featuring a knock out cast that includes Corey StollTina Fey, Jason Bateman and more); The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (featuring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain); Men, Women and Children (the latest from Jason Reitman); Whiplash (with rising star Miles Teller); Interstellar (the latest from Christopher Nolan); The Theory of Everything; and Jon Stewart's directorial debut, Rosewater (scroll down for the trailer).
Casting Updates

  • Complete casting for the Kennedy Center production of Little Dancer has been announced. Michael X. Martin (The Bridges of Madison County), Karen Ziemba and others will join Tiler Peck, Boyd Gaines and Rebecca Luker. Playbill has the full cast list.

  • Danny Ashok has joined the company of Disgraced, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ayad Akhtar play that will bow on Broadway this fall. Broadway.com has more.

  • Modern Family will welcome Steve Zahn in a recurring guest star role for its upcoming sixth season. Entertainment Weekly has details.

  • Claybourne Elder (Bonnie and Clyde) and Tony nominee Elizabeth A. Davis (Once) will star in CSC's production of Allegro. Broadway.com has details.

  • Full casting has been announced for The Elephant Man. Visit Broadway.com to find out who'll be joining Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson

  • The cast for Mike Bencivenga's Billy and Ray has been announced. Vincent Kartheiser, Larry Pine (Casa Valentina), Sophie von Haselberg and Drew Gehling will be directed by Garry Marshall in the Vineyard Theatre production. Broadway.com has more.

  • David Hyde Pierce (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) is joining the cast of The Good Wife in a recurring role. Playbill has more.

  • Additional casting has been announced for Roundabout's production of The Real Thing. Newcomers Alex Breaux and Madeline Weinstein will join the previously announced Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Cynthia Nixon. Broadway.com has more.
Dig This

  • If you're still thinking about Benjamin Scheuer's The Lion, check out this cut song, "Sounds Like Stars," recorded with his band, Escapist Papers. The song will be available on iTunes in September.

  • James Snyder takes you backstage at If/Then in the latest episode of Hey Kid, his behind-the-scenes vlog for Broadway.com.

  • Chicago! Catch Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful) in a one-night-only concert on September 22. Playbill has details.

  • Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal, Graceland) is a big deal. His hometown, Middletown, NY, seems to think so: the town is naming a street in his honor. "It's just utterly mind-blowing," Tveit told Playbill. So, anyone up for a road trip to Aaron Tveit Way? 

  • Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart takes you backstage at Aladdin in the latest episode of I Dream of Genie, his behind-the-scene vlog for Broadway.com.

  • Believe it or not, we have Oscars news: the Academy announced that Harry Belafonte, Hayao Miyazaki, Jean-Claude Carriere and Maureen O'Hara will receive honorary Oscars at the Governors Awards. Entertainment Weekly has more.

  • The trailer for Rosewater, which marks Jon Stewart's screenwriting and directorial debut, was released this week: