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Week in Review 7.11.17

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Academy Award winnerLeonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) is set to star in a film adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, a David Grann novel. (Obviously, they'll have to change the title.) DiCaprio will reteam with legendary director Martin Scorsese (they collaborated on The Departed, Shutter Island, and other films) for the project, which is still in the fledgling stages. The novel is being adapted by screenwrite Eric Roth (Forrest Gump). Variety has more.
Two-time Academy Award winner and Tony nomineeCate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, The Present) is set to star in the adaptation of Where'd you Go, Bernadette?, which, BTW, is not about Bernadette Peters. The Maria Semple novel focuses on a woman who mysteriously leaves her husband and child. Blanchett will be joined on screen by Billy Crudup (The Metal Children, Spotlight) and Kristen Wiig. Boyhood mastermind Richard Linklater co-adapted the screenplay (with Vince Palmo and …

69th Emmy Nominations (2017)

The nominations for the 69th Emmy Awards have been announced. The main event is scheduled for Sunday, September 17, on CBS. Herein, nominees in some categories. For the full list of nominees, head to
Comedy Outstanding Comedy Series
Atlantablack-ishMaster of NoneModern FamilySilicon ValleyUnbreakable Kimmy SchmidtVeep Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover, AtlantaZach Galifianakis, BasketsAnthony Anderson, black-ishAziz Ansari, Master of NoneWilliam H. Macy, ShamelssJeffrey Tambor, Transparent Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon, Better ThingsTracee Ellis Ross, black-ishJane Fonda, Grace and FrankieLily Tomlin, Grace and FrankieAllison Janney, MomEllie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtJulia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson, BasketsTy Burrell, Modern FamilyAlec Baldwin, Saturday Night LiveTituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtTony Hale, VeepMatt Walsh, VeepOutstanding Supporting Actress in…

Week in Review 7.7.17

(Scroll down for news about Oscar Isaac and his Hamlet co-star, Keegan-Michael Key.)
Josh Groban on Your Coffee Table
This week, Josh Groban teased a coffee table book, Stage to Stage: My Journey to Broadway. In his tweet, Groban said, "The last few years have been insane. So I made a coffee table book about it. It's full of great memories." Later, in an Instagram post, the crooner said, "We collected so many photos and memories from the last few years. Recording the Stages album, promoting it, doing a tour that took me around the world and back, and then signing on and completing my debut in Great's all been one serendipitous dream." Groban just completed his run in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, marking his much-anticipated and highly acclaimed Broadway debut.

A Doll's House, Part 2 to Welcome New Cast
The terrific Lucas Hnath play A Doll's House, Part 2 will welcome three new cast members this summer. Beginning Tuesday, J…

Week in Review 6.30.17

Casting News
Jake Gyllenhaal (Sunday in the Park with George) is set to re-team with his Nightcrawlercollaborators, actress Rene Russo and writer/director Dan Gilroy, for an untitled film set in the art world. Netflix has already won distribution rights. Deadline has more.
Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) will join the cast of The Path for its upcoming third season, now filming in New York. She joins as a series regular. The Path stars Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, and Hugh Dancy. Deadline has more.
The terrific Victoria Clark (Cinderella) will appear in the upcoming Encores! production of Assassins, starring alongside Steven Pasquale. The Tony winner (for The Light in the Piazza) takes on the role of Sara Jane Moore, filling in for the previously announce Julie White. Assassins runs July 12-15. Playbill has more.
Tony and Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl is joining the company of Torch Song, the Second Stage production of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy. Ruehl will star a…

Week in Review 6.23.17

New Foo Fighters Album
Foo Fighters are releasing a new album, Concrete and Gold, this fall!!! Set for release on September 15, the album, the band's ninth, will be supported by a national tour. You can gain pre-sale access when you pre-order the album (several combo packages are available) and/or you become a verified fan (an anti-ticket bot measure). All pre-orders come with an instant download of the single, "Run." See the announcement below, and head to to pre-order and rock out.

Casting News
Broadway—Initial casting for the Broadway bow of The Band's Visit has been announced. Many of the actors from the acclaimed off-Broadway production will be reprising their roles, including Tony Shalhoub (The Price, Act One), Katrina Lenk (Indecent), and Jonathan Raviv. Previews for the David Yazbek–Itamar Moses musical begin October 7 at the Barrymore Theatre, with opening night scheduled for November 9. Broadway News has more.

Concert—Tony nominee Patrick Wils…

Week in Review 6.16.17

Bruce on Broadway
This is not a drill. Bruce Springsteen is coming to Broadway. I repeat: Bruce Springsteen is coming to Broadway!!! The Boss will bring a scaled down version of his (amazing) concert to Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre for eight weeks this fall. Exact dates will be announced later. For now, fire up the record player, read through Springsteen's memoir, Born to Run, and save money for tickets because, obviously, you'll want to go every night. has more.

Tony Awards
Broadway's biggest night is now in the history books. Herein, all things Tonys:
Red carpet looksFull list of winnersPhotos of all the winnersWatch all the performancesAnecdotes from the press roomPhotos of revelers at the official Tony Awards Gala Comings, Goings, and Extensions
Extension—Hot off the heels of its win for Best Play, Oslo has extended its limited Broadway run. The play, written by J.T. Rogers and featuring (newly minted) Tony winnerMichael Aronov, will remain at Lincoln C…

Bella: An American Tall Tale

The Wild West is an iconic American place and time, and the tall tale is a uniquely American storytelling device so, naturally, playwright Kirsten Childs uses both to tell an American story that is conspicuously absent from American lore.

Bella: An American Tall Tale was inspired by some street gawking Childs witnessed. As she describes in the program notes, she was walking down the street behind an African-American couple, and every man that passed took time to look (stare? leer?) at the woman's ample behind. (She notes that the men were "so spellbound they'd even forgotten to catcall.) Rather than seeing this as blatant street harassment or objectification of women, Childs saw an African beauty ideal being worshiped.

A Euro-centric beauty ideal pervades society. Pretty much since Twiggy, magazines have been covered with white (often blonde) women who have waif-like bodies: skinny, straight, and with "normal" size features (noses, lips, etc.). In recent years, …

71st Tony Award Winners (2017)

The winners for the 71st annual Tony Awards have been announced and feted! The full list of winners is below, beginning with the big four categories. Thereafter are the winners in the play categories followed by the nominees in the musical categories. Winners are notated with bold typeface and an asterisk.
Best Musical
Come From AwayDear Evan Hansen*Groundhog DayNatasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 Hooray!!! Dear Evan Hansen had been the early frontrunner, but Come From Away was the horse that broke late, and made the category competitive. (I certainly don't mean that as a knock on Great Comet, which I've seen and loved, or Groundhog Day, which I haven't seen; that's just what the race, according to chatter, was.) I love this musical. It's raw, honest, and important. It worked so well off-Broadway, it works amazingly on Broadway, and you better look for it in your town because I have no doubt it will be incredible on tour.

Best Play
A Doll's House, Part 2,…