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indiedan
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posted October 09, 2008 08:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Platt Signs For Guys And Dolls

Actor Oliver Platt is to return to Broadway in a revival of Guys And Dolls.

The Huff star made his New York stage debut in 2006's Shining City, for which he was nominated for the Best Actor Tony Award.

He will head back to the theatre to play 1950s gangster Nathan Detroit in the new adaptation, which will be directed by Des McAnuff.

Frank Sinatra famously played the role, alongside Marlon Brando, in a 1955 movie version.

The musical last appeared on Broadway in 1992, and is scheduled to begin previews on 3 February at the Nederlander Theatre.

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Billy Elliot Preview Performance Cancelled

A preview performance of Sir Elton John's Broadway musical Billy Elliot had to be cancelled just minutes before its start after technical problems forced the show to shut down on Tuesday.

A faulty elevator used to lift scenery onto the stage was blamed for the cancellation, which left the Imperial Theatre's 1,400 audience members moaning after the news was announced by the play's general manager.

The Olivier Award-winning show began previews in New York last month in preparation for its official opening on 13 November.

A show spokesperson tells Playbill.com: "The problem is being fixed and tomorrow evening's performance is expected to go ahead as scheduled."

Ticketholders have been offered a full refund as a result of the malfunction.

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Critics Battle Over Holmes' Broadway Debut

Katie Holmes' Broadway debut has left New York's tough theatre press battling over whether it loves her or hates her.

Arthur Miller's All My Sons - starring Holmes, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest and Patrick Wilson - opened at the Big Apple's Schoenfeld Theater on Thursday night.

While anti-Scientology protesters targeted followers Holmes and her husband Cruise outside, the actress' performance left some critics wowed and others unimpressed.

The New York Daily News' Joe Dziemianowicz was won over by the actress' first stint on stage, writing, "Holmes, a TV and film vet, makes a fine Broadway debut. Her rather grand speech pattern takes getting used to, but she seems comfortable and adds a fitting glint of glamour."

But other critics disagreed. The New York Times' Ben Brantley claimed "the neophyte Ms. Holmes" is a "sad casualty" of director Simon McBurney's "high concept approach" to the play.

He adds that "Ms. Holmes delivers most of her lines with meaningful asperity, italicising every word".

And the New York Post's Clive Barnes was similarly unimpressed by the Batman Begins star - and had few compliments for her co-stars.

He writes, "Lithgow starts in a sunny, benign fashion, but eventually finds himself screeching alongside Holmes, looking tough under a glossy wig."

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Piven: 'Malkovich Put Fear Of God Into Me'

23 October 2008 9:11 AM, PDT

Actor Jeremy Piven credits theatre legend John Malkovich for his debut Broadway performance - because the star "put the fear of God" into him after he took on the role.

Piven makes his Broadway debut in David Mamet play Speed-The-Plow on Thursday.

But he admits his long hiatus from the stage to take on his role as cut-throat agent Ari Gold in hit U.S. show Entourage left him nervous.

He tells the New York Post, "Before I ever hit on camera I worked in theatre. I come from a theatre family. But after Entourage, which is about Hollywood, another vehicle with the same backdrop was not what I had in mind. Besides, I was tired. I've worked 20 years with no stopping. I actually needed a break...

"This show, you're a slave to the words. Such dialogue and timing that it's a f***ing symphony. So I'm talking to (John Malkovich) in Toronto. He's always been one of my major inspirations. As a kid, I saw him for the first time. His work was so alive, so visceral. So I tell him I'm going to do this, and he asked, 'How long do you have to rehearse?' I said, 'Three weeks.' He said, 'Not enough time.' John Malkovich put the fear of God into me."

But Piven insists he's ready to take the stage, because the nerve-wracking experience pales in comparison to his other life challenges.

He adds: "As for the nervousness of being on Broadway... I'm really not scared. I lost my father and got through it. You survive turning points. You go on. You think about what really matters in life. I know to just work really hard and not let the trappings of Broadway get to me."

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Corden Lined Up For Shrek Stage Show

27 December 2008 2:00 AM, PST

British TV star James Corden is slated for the role of Shrek when the hit Broadway musical moves to the U.K.

The award-winning funnyman, who appears in BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey, is lined-up to play the loveable ogre when Kate Winslet's director husband Sam Mendes takes the show to London's West End next year.

A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "Shrek's a sell-out on Broadway and the producers are after a larger-than-life star for the U.K. transfer. James has everything - great comic timing and a good voice too."

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Ferrell's TV Ad Gets Axe

15 January 2009 8:10 AM, PST

A controversial advert for Will Ferrell's new Broadway show has been pulled from U.S. TV - after millions of outraged Americans complained the promo was too outrageous for its daytime slot.

The foul-mouthed funnyman will appear in You're Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush, which opens in New York next month.

Promoting the show, Ferrell appears onscreen in the advertisement and says, "If you don't watch this, you're a giant D-bag. D stands for 'douche.'"

But after airing the stunt during two popular morning programmes, network executives at ABC and CBS caved in to pressure from viewers and pulled the ad, reports the New York Post.

Both networks will reportedly run a set of more tame commercials shot to promote Ferrell's one-man-show.

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Graham & Platt Disappoint With Broadway Revival

Lauren Graham and Oliver Platt's Broadway revival of Guys And Dolls has been panned by New York critics, who've branded the show "snoozy".

Graham, who made her Broadway debut in the show on Sunday, plays Miss Adelaide opposite Tony-nominated actor Oliver Platt, who takes on the role of Nathan Detroit in the stage production. The show is directed by Des McAnuff and features choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

But their efforts were not enough to impress New York's tough critics, who insisted the cast's efforts were lacking in comparison to their predecessors Nathan Lane and Faith Prince, who appeared in the musical's last Broadway run in 1992.

A critic for the New York Daily News writes, "Instead of glitz and tricks, McAnuff would have been far better off casting leads who could sing Frank Loesser 's dazzling songs in all their glory."

A New York Post critic adds, "For his part, Platt seems so afraid to be compared to Lane that he holds back on the funny, leaving a husk of a character... Graham, best known as the elder Gilmore Girl on TV, breaks from her predecessor's mould as well, but this time the result is at least... interesting. Vulnerable rather than purely comic, she makes us root for the actress and the character - even though she sings tentatively, moves stiffly and delivers oddly stilted line readings.

"Graham's Adelaide sure makes an impression. For better or for worse, you'll remember her, which can't be said of this snoozy production."

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Fonda's Broadway Return Met With Mixed Reviews

10 March 2009 9:15 AM, PDT

Jane Fonda's return to Broadway has divided New York's theatre critics - who have described her performance as a terminally ill academic in 33 Variations as both "elegant" and "strained".

The Oscar-winner, 71, took to the stage in the Big Apple for the first time in 46 years on Monday, to star alongside Samantha Mathis and Colin Hanks in the Moises Kaufman play.

A star-studded audience, including Renee Zellweger, Dolly Parton, Geoffrey Rush and Rosie O'Donnell, rewarded the actress with a standing ovation - but the celebrity turnout wasn't enough to fully win over reviewers.

A critic for the New York Times put aside what is branded as a "clunky" opening to applaud Fonda for her "elegantly restrained" performance, while a Washington Post writer adds, "Fonda's agelessness owes something to both the longevity of her fame and the intensity of her struggle against physical decline... On this occasion, she not only manages to transcend time, but also the material."

But a reviewer for Backstage.com is more hesitant: "Her voice is occasionally strained, and she lacks the passion to make us care... Despite (co-star Zach) Grenier's robust performance and solid work from Samantha Mathis, Colin Hanks, Don Amendolia, Susan Kellermann, and Erik Steele, these Variations are on themes that are all-too-familiar."

Fonda made her Broadway debut in 1960 play There Was a Little Girl, earning her a Tony Award nomination for best featured actress, and her last stint came in 1963 drama Strange Interlude.

33 Variations is scheduled to run until 24 May.

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Broderick Avoids Long Stints Onstage

13 March 2009 5:15 AM, PDT

Matthew Broderick hates performing in long-running Broadway shows - because his social life vanishes while he is onstage.

The Ferris Bueller's Day Off star - currently preparing for his part in upcoming New York stage show The Philanthropist - admits he is prone to fluffing his lines once he gets too used to playing a role.

He also hates shows upsetting his daily routine - but his biggest regret is losing his pals while he works in the evenings.

Broderick tells the New York Post, "The play 'The Philanthropist' is a limited engagement through July. I guess if it's an international smash hit, it'll run longer.

"I used to do long runs, but after six months it's a struggle. You're repeating yourself... you go on autopilot and nobody pays attention to what they're saying anymore. You screw up, then everybody wakes up for the next two weeks.

"A Broadway show's exhausting in its relentlessness. No more normal dinner hour. You disappear from friends. I'm starting to get set for it."

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Wood Not Attached To Spider-man Musical

3 April 2009 9:05 AM, PDT

Theatre director Julie Taymor has dismissed rumours Evan Rachel Wood has been signed up to star in her new Broadway show Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark - after issuing a casting call for all leading roles.

The Wrestler actress has been widely tipped to portray the superhero's love interest, Mary Jane, when the musical, featuring tracks by U2 stars Bono and The Edge, hits the New York stage next year.

But Taymor appears to be seeking a cast of unknowns for the comic book adaptation.

The casting announcement reads, "Spider-Man is seeking principals and understudies for the roles of Peter Parker, Mary Jane and Female Lead Villain."

Auditions will be held across the U.S. from 9 April to 27 May with stops in Orlando, Florida; Los Angeles; Seattle, Washington; Chicago, Illinois; Austin, Texas, and the Big Apple, reports industry paper Daily Variety.

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No Discounts For Craig & Jackman's Broadway Run
15 July 2009 9:11 AM, PDT


Producers of Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig's new Broadway show A Steady Rain are feeling the effects of the worldwide credit crunch - ticket discounts for top talent agents have been banned.

The 007 star will make his Broadway debut opposite seasoned theatre star Jackman on 10 September in the dramatic play - about a pair of police officers whose friendship is strained when they mistakenly return a Vietnamese boy to a cannibalistic serial killer.

According to the New York Post, agents are in uproar after receiving a memo indicating a new policy restricts sales to not-for-profit organisations, and bans discounts and commissions for theatre talent agents during the 12-week run.

One broker tells the newspaper, "Business is bad enough these days be cause of the economy. This will choke us further."

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Spider-man Musical On Hold

11 August 2009 2:56 PM, PDT

Production on U2's Spider-man musical has been put on hold while producers resolve an unexpected "cash flow problem".

The show, starring Evan Rachel Wood, is still on course to preview on Broadway from 25 February 2010, but work has been suspended.

In a statement, producers at Hello Entertainment insist, "Plans necessary for this correction are in hand now and it is expected that activities, including work in the theatre, will resume within the immediate future."

No other details were available as WENN went to press.

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A Little Night Music -- Theater Review
By Frank Scheck, December 13, 2009 07:00 ET
"A Little Night Music"
Bottom Line: This uneven but welcome revival of Sondheim's classicmusical features a triumphant Broadway debut by Catherine Zeta-Jones.
As anyone who's perused the Broadway Internet chat rooms already knows, the current revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's "A Little Night Music" has already elicited wildly divergent reactions.

This is no surprise for a Sondheim show; the composer's fans, and they are legion, have always been a highly vocal lot. Trevor Nunn's chamber-music style rendition, imported here after previous runs at London's Menier Chocolate Factory and the West End, is indeed a
substantially different "Night Music" than audiences are accustomed to.

But whatever its flaws, it's nonetheless a welcome return of a show that has inexplicably not received a Broadway revival since the original Hal Prince production in 1973.

The marquee draw for this production, however, is not the composer but rather Catherine Zeta-Jones, making her Broadway debut as the glamorous actress Desiree Armfeldt. Add the reassuring presence of veteran Angela Lansbury (making her second Broadway appearance in as many seasons) as the acerbic Madame Armfeldt, and you pretty much have boxoffice insurance.

The musical, based on Ingmar Bergman's classic film "Smiles of a Summer Night," takes place in turn-of-the-century Sweden and concerns the complexly amorous adventures of a group of upper-class characters, culminating in a raucous summer weekend at a country estate.

Nunn's minimalist approach contrasts sharply with Prince's original opulent staging, with mixed results. There will be many who bemoan the visually drab sets (largely composed of a large shifting wall and multiple mirrors) and monochromatic costumes, which add an unnecessary level of literal darkness to the proceedings. Even more painful to endure is the reduced, mere eight-piece orchestra which, despite the undeniably skillful orchestrations, simply doesn't do sufficient justice to Sondheim's magnificent, Tony-winning score.

On the other hand, this intimate version does a wonderful job of accentuating the emotional complexities and endlessly witty dialogue of Hugh Wheeler's book, even if some of the overly broad performances by the supporting players threaten to overwhelm it.

Zeta-Jones, younger than the performers who have traditionally played the role, is captivating as Desiree. The actress has musical theater experience, and it shows; she has terrific stage presence, unlike so many movie stars who tread the boards, and she sings and
moves beautifully.

Her rendition of the oh-so-familiar "Send in the Clowns" is a revelation, and she handles the poignant and comic aspects of her character with equal aplomb. She also, as hardly comes as a surprise, looks absolutely gorgeous.

Alexander Hanson, the sole carry-over from the London productions, is superb as the lawyer Fredrik Egerman, movingly rueful in his middle-aged laments and amusingly sex-starved as the husband of Anne (Ramona Mallory), his beautiful but virginal 18-year-old new bride.

Lansbury uses her well-honed theatrical instincts to perfect effect as Madame Armfeldt, generating huge laughs with her expert delivery of the character's piercing comic barbs. The strapping Aaron Lazar is highly amusing and also surprisingly touching as the pompous,
physically imposing Count whose jealousy of Fredrick threatens to become violent.

Less effective are Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, who turns Henrik, Fredrik's morose young son, into too much of a caricature; Erin Davie, whose overly morose Countess robs the character of much of her vibrantly sardonic humor; and Leigh Ann Larkin, rather too contemporary
as the lusty maid Petra.

In this version, Sondheim's brilliant score is more effective in the quieter numbers than in such normally show-stopping set pieces as the first-act closer "A Weekend in the Country," which here fails to have the desired impact.

Venue: Walter Kerr Theatre, NYC (Runs indefinitely)
Presented by: Tom Viertel, Steve Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, the Menier Chocolate Factory, Roger Berlind, David Babani, Sonia Friedman Prods., Andrew Fell, Daryl Roth/Jane Bergiere, Harvey Weinstein/Raise the Roof 3, Beverly Bartner/Dancap Prods., Nica Burns/Max Weitzenhoffer, Eric Falkenstein/Anna Czekaj, Jerry Frankel/Ronald Frankel and James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer
Music and lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim
Book by: Hugh Wheeler
Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angela Lansbury, Alexander Hanson, Aaron Lazar, Erin Davie, Leigh Ann Larkin, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Ramona Mallory
Director: Trevor Nunn
Choreography: Lynne Page
Set and costume design: David Farley
Lighting design: Hartley T.A. Kemp
Sound design: Dan Moses Schreier, Gareth Owen

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Going to New York next month - what should I see on Broadway?

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Two shows added to Broadway for the fall. As expected, Paul Reubens' The Pee-wee Herman Show will be transplanted from its Los Angeles run for a six week holiday run at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, with opening night set for November 11.

The Scottsboro Boys, the final musical from John Kander and Fred Ebb, is set to move to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre on October 31 after its sold-out off-Broadway run. The musical, with book by David Thompson and Contact's Susan Stroman directing and choreographing, seemed a shoo-in to move after it won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and got nominated for nine Drama Desk Awards. The musical's based on the notorious 1930s case where nine African American men were wrongly convicted by an all-white jury of attacking two women on a train in Alabama. Barry and Fran Weissler produce with Jacki Barlia Florin and The Vineyard Theatre.

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