Week in Review 11.28.14

This week, just a quick round up of happenings:

Rolling Stone told us 10 things they learned from over 10 hours of interviews with Dave Grohl, his Foo Fighters bandmates, his friends and his mother, Virginia. Grohl is the cover boy on the latest issue of the magazine. (Scroll down for the latest track off Sonic Highways.)


We have a new entry into the 2014-2015 season: David Farr's play, The Heart of Robin Hood. The play will arrive on Broadway on March 10, 2015, with opening night set for March 29. The limited engagement, which will run at the Marquis Theatre, will conclude on August 23. Playbill has more.

After much speculation, it is official: Sting will step into the role of Jackie White in his fantastic new musical, The Last Ship. The composer will appear December 9-January 10, 2015. Jimmy Nail, who originated the role, will resume performances after Sting's departure. The New York Times has details. The rocket joined the cast on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for a rousing performance of "Show Some Respect." Check it out:

Christopher Wheeldon spoke to the Wall Street Journal about An American in Paris, currently in previews in Paris. The musical arrives on Broadway in the spring.

Additional casting has been announced for the Broadway bow of The Audience. Broadway veterans Dylan Baker and Judith Ivey (The Heiress) will join the previously announce Helen Mirren. Theater Mania has more. 

Michael Esper spoke to Broadway.com about working with rock stars (as in his current show, The Last Ship), going on a boating adventure in Greece and not watching Broadway Idiot, the (terrific) documentary chronicling the making of American Idiot.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards nominees were announced. Critical darlings Birdman and Boyhood received multiple nominations (Birdman leads the pack), as did Nightcrawler (its star, Jake Gyllenhaal, earned a Best Actor nomination). Variety has the full list of nominees. (My one WTF comment: how did Birdman not get an editing nod?!?)


The Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic is getting a second shot. Universal is now attached to produce, and Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) is set to star. Variety has more.

Tune into PBS on December 1 for a "Great Broadway Moments on the Ed Sullivan Show" special, hosted by Shirley Jones. Playbill has more.

This week on Sonic Highways, the Foo Fighters visit Seattle. Check out the tune inspired by the Pacific Northwest, "Subterranean."

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