Week in Review 1.16.15

Casting News

FilmVariety reports that Brad Pitt (Moneyball, 12 Years a Slave), Christian Bale (American Hustle, The Fighter) and Ryan Gosling (Drive, Blue Valentine) are set to star in an adaptation of Michael Lewis's The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. The non-fiction book chronicles the credit bubble of the early '00s, which led to the financial crash of 2007/8. Nothing is confirmed.

Broadway—Additional casting has been announced for Something Rotten, the original musical comedy coming to Broadway's St James Theatre this spring. [title of show] and Now. Here. This. star Heidi Blickenstaff, Tony nominee Brad Oscar (The Producers, Big Fish), Brooks Ashmanskas, Michael James Scott (The Book of Mormon) and John Cariani, among others, join the previously announced Brian d'Arcy James and Christian Borle. Something Rotten begins previews on March 23, with opening night set for April 22. Broadway.com has the full cast list.

Find Your Significant Other at Roundabout

Roundabout Theatre announced the final show of the 2014-2015 season, and it's a new play from Bad Jews playwright, Joshua Harmon. According to the Roundabout Blog, Significant Other is about one man's search for Mr. Right. The play will run at the off-Broadway Laura Pels Theatre, with previews beginning May 21. Casting has not been announced, but Trip Cullman (Murder Ballad) will direct.

Tony Awards Update

The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced new rules and award eligibility determinations. The committee will meet two more times throughout the season to make additional determinations. Tony nominees will be announced April 28, and the awards will be handed out on June 7. Visit tonyawards.com for more.

New Rules—If there are least seven eligible candidates in a Best Director category, the number of nominees in the category will increase from four to five. (For example, if there are at least seven eligible directors in the Best Director of a Musical category, there will be five nominees in that category.) Likewise, if there are at least seven eligible candidates in the Best Choreography category, there will be five, not four, nominees. If there is a two- or three-way tie for the last slot in a performance category (lead/featured actor/actress in a play/musical), all tied actors will be eligible for nomination, meaning there might be seven actors nominated in a single category, rather than the typical five.
 
Eligibility—Unless a determination is made, actors whose names appear above the title are eligible in the appropriate lead actor category, and actors whose names appears below the title are eligible in the appropriate featured actor category. The following determinations have been made:  
  • Alex Sharp will be eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • Finn Ross and Bunny Christie will be eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Play for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • Josh Radnor will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play category for Disgraced

  • Michael Esper and Rachel Tucker will be eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for The Last Ship (I'm keeping my fingers crossed for these nominations!)

  • Cynthia Nixon and Josh Hamilton will be eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress/Actor in a Featured Role in a Play categories for The Real Thing

  • Erin Davie and Emily Padgett will be considered eligible—separately—in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for Side Show

  • Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins and Martha Plimpton will be eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play categories for A Delicate Balance

  • Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola will be eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress/Actor in a Featured Role in a Play categories for The Elephant Man 
Gigi Coming to Broadway

A Broadway revival of the Lerner and Loewe musical Gigi is on its way. The musical just began its pre-Broadway run in DC; shortly after that concludes, the production will move into the Neil Simon Theatre. Previews will being on March 19, with opening night set for April 8. This production, directed by Eric Schaeffer, stars Vanessa Hudgens and Corey Cott. (The incomparable Victoria Clark (Cinderella, Homeland) also stars.) Gigi includes the festive tune, "The Night They Invented Champagne." Listen below to my favorite version, featured on Seth MacFarlane's Music is Better Than Words, then head to Broadway.com for more details about Gigi.


Golden Globes Extras

The Golden Globes were handed out on Sunday. Herein, some extras, just in case you missed something,
More Award Show Fun
  • The Directors Guild of America announced its nominees this week. For feature film, the nominees are Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel; Clint Eastwood, American Sniper; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman; Richard Linklater, Boyhood; and Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game. The DGA Awards will be presented February 7. Visit dga.org for nominees in TV and documentary feature.

  • The Critics Choice Awards were handed out this week, with Boyhood winning Best Picture and Emmanuel Lubezki winning Best Cinematography for Birdman. The Hollywood Reporter has the full list of winners.

  • Academy Award nominations were announced on Thursday. As you might expect, I have the full list of nominees (and opinions to share) and a dedicated Pinterest board. The Oscars will be handed out on February 22. Neil Patrick Harris hosts. And anything can happen:

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