Week in Review 1.6.17

Casting News

  • Tony and Academy Award nominated actor and activist Mark Ruffalo will return to Broadway in Roundabout's revival of Arthur Miller's The Price. Ruffalo (Spotlight) replaces the previously announced John Turturro, who had to bow out due to filming commitments. Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht are still scheduled to appear. Previews begin February 16, with opening night scheduled for March 16. Theater Mania has more.

  • Casting for the first national tour of Hamilton has been announced. Joshua Henry, who plays Aaron Burr in the Chicago production, will star as Burr; Michael Luwoye, who is the Broadway Hamilton alternate, will star as Hamilton; and Broadway's outgoing King George III, Rory O'Malley, will be back as the king. The cast will also include Emmy Raver-Lampman (Angelica; she appeared in the Broadway production as an ensemble member), Isaiah Johnson (Washington), and Desmond Newson (ensemble), among others. The tour launches with a five-month stint in San Francisco on March 10, and will then head to LA for a 21-week sit-down engagement beginning August 11. Theater Mania has more, and you can view the tour itinerary on the Hamilton on Tour page of the show's website.

     
  • Emmy winner and current Golden Globe nominee Sterling K. Brown (The People v. OJ Simpson, This is Us) has joined Marvel's Black Panther. Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film also stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, and Danai Gurira. The Hollywood Reporter has more.

  • Stage and screen veteran Matthew Broderick will star alongside Wallace Shawn in Evening at the Talk House, which was written by Shawn. The New Group production begins previews January 31, with opening night set for February 16. The limited engagement is scheduled to conclude March 12. Playbill has more.

  • Colin Hanlon (Dot) will step into the role of Steven in the a cappella musical, In Transit, beginning January 10, while Telly Leung takes a leave of absence due to a family obligation. Broadway.com has more.
It's an Honor

Golden Globes—The 74th Golden Globe Awards are this Sunday night, and you can expect to see Viola Davis, Brie Larson, Justin Theroux, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Laura Dern, Timothy Olyphant, Diego Luna, and Amy Schumer, among others, presenting. Visit The Hollywood Reporter for the full list of presenters, and see my post from last month for the full list of nominees.

Film Independent Spirit Awards—Comedians and current Broadway stars Nick Kroll and John Mulaney (Oh, Hello) will host the 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25. The Wrap has more. Nominees include Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea. You can view the full list of nominees on the Film Independent website.

Eddie Awards—Nominees for the American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards have been announced. Editors for Arrival, Moonlight, and La La Land are among the nominees. Winners will be announced and honored on January 27. The Hollywood Reporter has more.

Casting Awards—Nominees for the Casting Society of America Artios Awards have been announced. Among the nominees are the casting directors for La La Land, Arrival, Nocturnal Animals, 20th Century Women, and Moonlight. Visit The Hollywood Reporter for the full list of nominees.

Writers Guild Awards—Nominees for the Writers Guild of America Awards, honoring achievements in writing for film, have been announced. (WGA Awards for TV and other mediums were announced last month.) For Original Screenplay, Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea), and Barry Jenkins and Tarell McCraney (Moonlight) are among the nominees. Nominees for Adapted Screenplay include August Wilson (adapting his play, Fences), Eric Heisserer (Arrival), and Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals). Winners will be announced and honored at a February 19 ceremony. Broadway World has the full list of nominees.

Art Directors Guild—Nominees for the Excellence in Production Design Awards, honoring design work in TV, film, commercials, and music videos, were announced. Emmy winner David Korins (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen) is nominated for his work on Grease Live, as are designers for Arrival, La La Land, Nocturnal Animals, Manchester by the Sea, Game of Thrones, Mr. Robot, House of Cards, The Night Of, Mozart in the Jungle, Silicon Valley, Veep, and others. Broadway World has the full list of nominees; winners will be announced on February 11.

Producers Guild of America—Nominees for the PGA Awards (in TV categories) were announced this week. (Nominees for film categories will be announced next week.) Nominees include the producers of The Night Of, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Silicon Valley, Hamilton's America, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Sesame Street. Deadline has the full list of nominees.

In Other News

  • The moms of Dear Evan Hansen, Rachel Bay Jones, who plays Heidi, mom to Evan, and Jennifer Laura Thomspon, who plays Cynthia, mom to Connor and Zoe, spoke to Broadway.com about their bond, and the journey they get to take each night with the original musical.

  • A movie about Neil Armstrong is in the works, and features a screenplay by Oscar winner Josh Singer (Spotlight). The flick, First Man, will mark a reunion for La La Land collaborators Damien Chazelle, who'll direct, and Ryan Gosling, who'll star as the pioneering astronaut. The Wrap has more.

  • Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Ragtime, Shuffle Along...) will play a handful of concerts throughout the US in 2017, many with her husband, Tony nominee Will Swenson (Hair, Murder Ballad). Playbill has the itinerary, which includes stops in California, Florida, and New York.

  • The female movers and shakers named by The Hollywood Reporter as among the most powerful women in Hollywood reveal the best and worst things about show business.

  • The full creative team for the Broadway iteration of Significant Other has been announced. Joining playwright Joshua Harmon and director Trip Cullman are choreographer Sam Pinkleton (The Great Comet), scenic designer Mark Wendland (The Layover), costume designer Kaye Voyce (The Real Thing), lighting designer Japhy Weideman (Dear Evan Hansen), and sound designer Daniel Kluger. Previews begin February 14, with opening night scheduled for March 2. Broadway World has more.

     
  • Playbill spoke to 2016 Tony winners, including Daveed Diggs, Cynthia Erivo, and Reed Birney, about what's ahead for them in 2017.

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