Week in Review 9.19.14
The New York Times checks in with NYCB principal dancers Megan Fairchild, Robbie Fairchild and Tiler Peck, who are all starring in Broadway or Broadway-bound musicals this year. Megan will portray "Miss Turnstiles" in the revival of On the Town, now in previews. (The musical is based on Jerome Robbins's Fancy Free, which marked the choreographer's first collaboration with Leonard Bernstein.) Robbie is set for An American in Paris, a musical adaptation of the Gene Kelly movie, directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon (A Place for Us, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland). The musical will debut in Paris this winter and then take up residency at Broadway's Palace Theatre in the spring. (Previews begin March 13, 2015; opening night is April 12.) And Peck takes on the title role in Little Dancer, a new musical inspired by the works of Edgar Degas. Little Dancer, debuting this fall at the Kennedy Center (October 25-November 30), is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman (Double Feature, Big Fish) and is written by Ragtime and Rocky writers Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music).
Movie Award Season
The Tonys were only a few months ago, and the Emmys were handed out only last month. Yet, as fall approaches, so does the movie award season. Herein, a couple of tidbits:
- Check out the season's first Feinberg Forecast, in which The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg makes his predictions about Academy Award nomination, and get a head start on award-bait movie watching. The Oscars are on February 22, 2015.
- Want George Clooney to show up at your awards show? Give him an award. (Clooney has taken on the admirable habit of only attending award shows when he's nominated; he doesn't go just for exposure.) That's what the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is doing at the 72nd annual Golden Globes. The group is bestowing its Cecil B. DeMille award (a lifetime achievement accolade) upon the Oscar-nominated actor (The Descendants). The Globes will be handed out January 11, 2015. Variety has more.
In addition to the changes mentioned last week, SNL will welcome a new featured player, comedian Pete Davidson. Deadline has more. Plus, it was announced that Bill Hader will return as a host on October 11. And, former cast member Darrell Hammond will return as the show's announcer, following the passing of the beloved Don Pardo.
- Beautiful, which stars Tony winner Jessie Mueller, has recouped its initial $13 million investment. Broadway.com has more. (And Mueller will be with the production through March 6, 2015.)
- The Tony-winning production of Pippin will welcome a two new cast members: Carly Hughes, who's previously been seen on Broadway in Beautiful and Ghost, will take on the role of the leading player; and Josh Kaufman will make his Broadway debut in the title role. Broadway.com has more about Hughes and Kaufman.
- Comedy forces are aligning and Seth Rogen (50/50), Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) and Adam McKay (Anchorman) are teaming up for a new film penned by Schwartz (pictured). Entertainment Weekly has more.
- James Synder 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 Genie.
- Angela Lansbury (A Little Night Music) might be headed your way—she's leading a North American tour of Blithe Spirit. Broadway.com has details.
- Take a look at the latest trailer for Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom, which returns for its third and final season November 9.