Week in Review 8.12.16

Erivo and Henry Set for The Last Five Years Benefit

Tony winner Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and two-time Tony nominee Joshua Henry (The Scottsboro Boys, Violet, Shuffle Along...) will star in a one-night-only benefit concert of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, which was last seen in New York in 2013. Proceeds from the September 12 Town Hall concert will go to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. (Brown has been a vocal support of gun safety measures.) Though Erivo and Henry are African-American performers, nothing about the show—dramaturgically speaking—will change. (The Last Five Years is specifically about a Jewish man, Jamie, and his shiksa goddess, Cathy.) Tickets go on sale Wednesday. Visit The New York Times for more.

Television Critics Association Awards Nominations

The TCA Awards nominees have been announced. The Hollywood Reporter has the full list of nominees. Herein, some notable nominations:
  • Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) and Sarah Paulson (The People v. OJ Simpson), Individual Achievement in Drama
  • Mr. Robot, Game of Thrones, and The Leftovers, Outstanding Achievement in Drama

  • Aya Cash (You're the Worst) and Aziz Ansari (Master of None), Individual Achievement in Comedy

  • Silicon Valley, Veep, and Master of None, Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

  • Mr. Robot and Master of None, Outstanding New Program

  • Show Me a Hero, Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

  • Game of Thrones and Mr. Robot, Program of the Year
Casting News

  • Additional casting has been announced for the upcoming off-Broadway revival of Sweet Charity. Among those joining the previously announced Sutton Foster are Tony winner Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma, Waiting for Godot), Emily Padgett (Bright Star, Side Show), Asmeret Ghebremichael, Joel Perez (Fun Home), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and more. Visit Broadway.com for details. Previews begin November 2, with opening night scheduled for November 20.

  • O'Shea Jackson, Jr. (Straight Outta Compton) and Tony nominee Billy Magnussen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Into the Woods) have joined the cast of Ingrid Goes West, an independent dark comedy filming in L.A. The Hollywood Reporter has more.

  • Additional casting has been announced for the HBO film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Among those joining Tony winner Renee Elise Goldsberry (who is taking on the title role) are Tony winners Courtney B. Vance (Lucky Guy), Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!), Reed Birney (The Humans), Adriane Lenox (Doubt, The Path), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Seven Guitars), and Roger Robinson (Joe Turner's Come and Gone), as well as stage and screen veterans Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards) and John Douglas Thompson (A Time to Kill). Deadline has more.

  • Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah will not return to Saturday Night Live. There is no clear (public) explanation for the two versatile players' departures. Rolling Stone has more. Both actors, however, have been cast in Showtime pilots. Killam will lead Mating, which boasts Parenthood's Jason Katims as an executive producer, and Pharoah will be part of Jamie Foxx's White Famous. Deadline has more.

  • Josh Charles (Sports Night, The Good Wife) has been cast in the in-production flick, Amateur. Charles will play a basketball coach trying to recruit a player (played by Michael Rainey, Jr.). The Tracking Board has more.
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  • Theatre Mania checks in with Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur, Fool for Love) to talk about the new movie, Florence Foster Jenkins, in which Arianda appears alongside Meryl Streep.

  • Tony winner Thomas Kail (Hamilton) has entered into a partnership with Fox, creating the production company Old 320 Sycamore. Kail, who is an Emmy nominee for his direction of Fox's Grease Live, will develop projects for Fox's broadcast and cable stations. Broadwayworld.com has more.

  • Dates are set for the Broadway bow of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the musical adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel. Previews will begin March 28, 2017, with opening night set for April 23. Playbill has more. (Bonus: head to Theater Mania to watch the two teaser trailers.)

  • The sixth season of Homeland will premiere on Sunday, January 15, 2017. It was just officially announced that the series has been renewed for a seventh and eighth season. Variety has more.

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