Week in Review 2.13.15
The cast and creative team of An American in Paris began rehearsals and met the press this week. Theater Mania has pictures of stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope and director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon; Broadway Box caught up with them to find out everyone's favorite musical number in a movie musical; and Broadway.com interviewed the company, including book writer Craig Lucas and music supervisor Rob Fisher, about what the show brings to Broadway (watch below). An American in Paris will take up residence at the Palace Theatre beginning March 13. Opening night is set for April 12.
Awards Round Up
BAFTA Awards, DGA Awards and Grammys were handed out this week. Herein, a brief recap.
- BAFTA: Boyhood took home the top honor, and director Richard Linklater and supporting actress Patricia Arquette were also honored; Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) once again took home acting honors (they've been cleaning up this award season); meanwhile, The Grand Budapest Hotel was honored with several design awards, and Wes Anderson won the Original Screenplay award. Visit Broadwayworld.com for the full list of winners.
- DGA: Top honors, for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film, went to Alejandro G. Inarritu for Birdman. Also of note: Glenn Weiss won for his direction of the 68th Tony Awards (that was the 2014 edition). Visit dga.org for the full list of winners.
- Grammys: The original Broadway cast recording for Beautiful won the Best Musical Theater Album. (Fun fact: This award goes to the album's producers and the lead vocalist, making Tony winner Jessie Mueller half way to an EGOT!) Visit Broadway.com for more winners of particular interest to the theatre community, and grammys.com for the full list of winners.
- Justin Peck (In Creases, Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes) helped Refinery 29 choose the 30 best dance films. Ballet 422, which documents Peck creating Paz de La Jolla, is now in theaters.
- The titular Heidi is an art historian, so the producers of The Heidi Chronicles are offering a free one-year membership to MoMA with the purchase of a full price orchestra or front mezzanine ticket for performances through April 16. (Previews begin February 23.) Visit Playbill for details.
- Playwrights Horizons has announced its 2015-2016 season, and it includes new work from Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play) and more. Visit playwrightshorizons.org for details. Meanwhile, Second Stage has announced its Summer Uptown series, which will feature two world premiere plays. Broadway.com has more.
- Tony nominee Gavin Creel (Hair) is back on Broadway (he's playing Elder Price in The Book of Mormon; he created the role in the London production), and he sat down with Broadway.com's Paul Wontorek for the latest episode of Show People.
- Broadway.com checks in with Tony nominee Reed Birney and Betty Gilpin, chatting about their experience working together on Halley Feiffer's searing new play, I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard.
- Tony nominee Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Peter and the Starcatcher) might direct a Broadway adaptation of Frozen. Timbers was most recently on Broadway with Rocky. Broadway.com has more.