The Cripple of Inishmaan, Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Starts Previews

first_imgMartin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, starring Daniel Radcliffe, begins performances on the Great White Way at the Cort Theatre on April 12. Under the direction of Tony winner Michael Grandage, the Broadway transfer of the West End production will play a strictly limited engagement through July 20. In addition to Radcliffe, the Broadway production features members of the London cast including Ingrid Craigie, Pádraic Delaney, Sarah Greene, Gillian Hanna, Gary Lilburn, Conor MacNeill, Pat Shortt and June Watson. The play is set to open on April 20. View Comments Star Files Daniel Radcliffe Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 The Cripple of Inishmaan Set on the remote island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland, word arrives that a Hollywood film is being made on the neighboring island of Inishmore. The one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy (Radcliffe), if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life. Related Showslast_img read more

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Has Disney Really Changed the Names of Into the Woods Characters?

first_imgIt appears that some familiar Disney character names may have snuck their way into the forthcoming Disney film adaptation of Into the Woods. The film, which will release on Christmas Day, also features Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker’s Wife, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood and Daniel Huttlestone as Jack. View Comments The cast list featured on the Disney website has since been removed. Broadway.com has reached out to Disney for comment.center_img Cinderella’s stepsisters, played by Tammy Blanchard and Lucy Punch, have kept the names of their Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine counterparts: Florinda and Lucinda, rather than their Disney names Anastasia and Drizella. And Meryl Streep is still The Witch, not Tangled’s Mother Gothel. Sorry, Streep, Donna Murphy’s still holding onto that one. According to the movie’s official website, Rapunzel’s Prince, played by Billy Magnussen, has been renamed Flynn Rider: the moniker of a similar character in the 2010 film Tangled. Additionally, Cinderella’s Prince (portrayed on screen by Chris Pine) has taken on the recognizable pseudonym Prince Charming, and Christine Baranski is not playing Cinderella’s Stepmother, but rather the name of the parallel character from the Disney animated film, Lady Tremaine.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Theater Publicist Faked ‘Last Recording’ of Joan Rivers & More

first_img Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Prestigious Prize Stephen Adly Guirgis will be honored with the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award at the Seventh Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards on November 17. Guirgis is a member and former co-artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company and his plays include Between Riverside and Crazy, The Motherf***er with the Hat, Our Lady of 121st Street and Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train. The Rockettes Got Talent! It was beginning to feel a lot like Christmas on the season finale of America’s Got Talent on September 17. Sort of. The Rockettes joined Pitbull as he performed his latest single “Fireball.” Check it out below and then since it’s September maybe it’s time to start thinking about that most wonderful time of the year… Neil Patrick Harris Talks Wedding Details Neil Patrick Harris, who recently wed his partner David Burtka, stopped by The View on September 18 to chat about their Italian wedding. Watch below as the Tony winner reveals it was “small, intimate” and how their son Gideon may be setting a new trend for nuptials: “orange boy.” Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Theater Publicist Faked ‘Last Recording’ of Joan Rivers This is simply disgusting. In an attempt to promote Brad Zimmerman’s off-Broadway show My Son the Waiter, a Jewish Tragedy, publicist Beck Lee has owned up to making a fake tape of the late Joan Rivers. According to the New York Post, the comedy icon had been set to record a radio ad for the production and as she lay dying in hospital, Lee hired an impersonator to make a “rehearsal” tape of Rivers talking about the play. He then tried to pass it off as Rivers’ “last recording.” Enough. Can we please let the legend rest in peace and instead celebrate her work in a dignified manner, for instance by watching the re-airing of her A Piece of Work documentary on PBS on September 23? We’re Fans of Zachary Quinto’s Comfort Zone Switching gears to some much happier news, theater fans—Zachary Quinto has said that he’s “just never more comfortable than when I’m on stage.” The star told Wild Magazine: “Being on stage is something that I’m thrilled that I’m able to find my way back to.” We know you’re busy with a plethora of screen projects including one with fellow Broadway alum James Franco, but we do hope, Mr. Quinto, that you’ll return to us here on the Great White Way soon! View Commentslast_img read more

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Diva Battle! Lea Michele & Shoshana Bean Belt Out Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’

first_img View Comments What’s better than one beltress slaying “Let It Go?” Two beltresses slaying “Let It Go.” As we already knew, Glee diva Lea Michele performs the Frozen anthm on the show’s season premiere (airing January 9). Ignore trying to explain the logic surrounding how the voice of her mother is also the voice of Elsa and check out Rachel Berry’s take (complete with a flurry of construction paper and a The Color Purple poster, for some reason). But that’s not all! Former Wicked green girl Shoshana Bean recently ditched the blue Gatorade to perform the tune with L.A.’s Golden State Pops Orchestra. Back in 2005, Bean took over for Idina Menzel as the first replacement Elphaba. She certainly does her predecessor—the queen herself—proud with some signature INSANE riffs. Whose raging storm was fiercer? Let us know below!last_img read more

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Lessons of the Week! Ramin Karimloo, Kara Lindsay & More

first_imgStop staring at that stupid gold and white blue and black dress—it’s Friday and you have better things to do! Kick off your snowboots and grab a martini, because it’s time for the Lessons of the Week. As always, a bunch of really weird stuff happened on Broadway over the last seven days. Ready to find out what we learned? Let’s do this!SpongeBob Can Do Jazz HandsOur favorite absorbent, yellow and porous pal could be trading his pineapple under the sea for the Great White Way. At first, we were confused, but after hearing SpongeBob’s audition for Rock of Ages, we’re intrigued. Plus, with those square pants, we bet his box step is awesome.Ramin Karimloo & Will Swenson Are TwinsWe never pegged Les Miz stars Ramin Karimloo and Will Swenson as the type of guys to plan their outfits, but they showed up to their fight call this week dressed in identical maroon shirts. Guys, we know you’re trying to tell us something, and the answer is yes, we’ll happily produce your gender-reversed revival of Side Show. As long as you both do this at least once during the show.Lauren Molina Doesn’t Go to the GymIn this week’s news that makes us want to bang our heads against a toaster, Lauren Molina of The Skivvies (who spends the majority of her life singing songs in her undies) doesn’t go to the gym. Nope. She gets that amazing bod by, oh, just walking a lot. BRB. Oh, just gonna go sob on the treadmill for a couple of hours.Christian Borle’s Not Getting Married TodaySomething Rotten star Christian Borle is so embarrassed about one show he did while wearing a wedding dress that he’s leaving it off of his resume completely. We’ve scoured the web for blackmail photos but have no idea what this show could be. Do you know? Please phone in anonymous tips to 1-800-BROADWAY.Don’t Try to Buy Kelli Barrett LunchWe know Doctor Zhivago star Kelli Barrett is a gorgeous gal, but please resist the temptation to buy her a burger from Shake Shack. Even her co-star Tam Mutu has tried to treat her to lunch with no avail. She’s an independent woman, damnit! (Please reroute all Shake Shack orders to 729 Broadway, New York, NY, 10019.)Wanna Be On Broadway? Take NotesBefore Kyle Taylor Parker was kicking butt as Lola in Broadway’s Kinky Boots, he was selling merch at In the Heights. But while hawking T-shirts, he also spied on the cast’s note sessions and wrote everything down in his notepad. That sounds great, Kyle, but there’s something we’re confused about. What’s a notepad? Is that like an iPad or something?Adele Dazeem Was All Goldie Hawn’s FaultJohn Travolta is off the hook. The whole “Adele Dazeem” incident had nothing to do with him—Goldie Hawn distracted him backstage, and a PA got stuck in an elevator! Now to solve the mystery of who touched Idina’s chin for an uncomfortably long period of time. To the Travolta-mobile!Miss Trunchbull Hearts Bradley CooperNo one knows more about the Trunch than Matilda star Christopher Sieber, so we believe him when he says the Crunchem Hall headmistress is crushing hard on Bradley Cooper. She even tries to lure the stud with pie. Trunchie, if you want to win over Bradley, we have a few tips for you.Kate Baldwin Is Super SluttyWhat’s the first word that pops into your head when you think of John & Jen’s Kate Baldwin? Talented? Gorgeous? Sweet? Well, these things are all true, but we also found out she loves playing slutty roles—and she’s never done a show for longer than five months, so you could say she’s had a slutty career, too. Kate, we’ve got a role with your name all over it.Yes, You Can Say ‘Balls’ on Broadway.comA public service announcement for Wicked star Kara Lindsay and all other Broadway.com video bloggers, Ask a Star visitors, Show People guests and Side by Side by Susan Blackwell victims: Yes, you can say “balls” (and pretty much whatever else you want) on Broadway.com. In fact, we encourage it. You’re f*cking welcome. View Commentslast_img read more

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Photos! Kick It with the Cast of London’s Bend It Like Beckham Musical

first_img View Comments Bend It Like Beckham is bringing the world of football (no, American readers, not those sweaty guys in shoulderpads running into each other) to the West End in May—but before kicking off the new musical, Natalie Dew, Lauren Samuels and the cast took a field trip to Southall, West London, where the story takes place. Check out these kickass photos of Dew and Samuels (above) and Tom Millen, Jamal Andreas, Daniel Bolton and Jorell Coiffic Kamall (below) by Uli Weber, then catch Bend It Like Beckham beginning May 15 at the Phoenix Theatre!last_img read more

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Thomas Hazelby Feels Electricity as West End’s 40th Billy Elliot

first_img View Comments Hazelby, from Doncaster, started dancing at the age of three and has trained at the Royal Ballet School. When not dancing, Jones, who is originally from Northumberland, keeps his feet moving as a black belt karate and kickboxing champion. Directed by Stephen Daldry and featuring music by Elton John and a book and lyrics by Lee Hall, Billy Elliot is based on the Oscar nominated film and is an inspiring story of one boy’s dream to know his ambitions against the odds. Set in the North East of England alongside the backdrop of the historic 1984-85 miners’ strike, the show follows Billy as he pursues his passion for dance in secret to evade disapproval from his struggling family. Ten-year-old Thomas Hazelby makes his West End debut in Billy Elliot beginning March 11, becoming the fortieth boy to take on the titular role in London since its premiere in May 2005. Also joining the cast is 11-year-old Nathan Jones, who plays Michael. The two join a cast at the Victoria Palace Theatre that includes Ruthie Henshall as Mrs. Wilkinson, Deka Walmsley as Dad, Chris Grahamson as Tony and Gillian Elisa as Grandma.last_img read more

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Condola Rashad’s Pilot Billions Picked Up by Showtime

first_img Penned and executive produced by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, the drama follows the looming clash between a hedge funder (Lewis) and the U.S. attorney ((Giamatti). Billions will also feature Broadway alum David Costabile. Broadway fave Condola Rashad is in the money—the two-time Tony nominee’s previously reported pilot Billions, headlined by stage and screen stars Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti, has been picked up! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Showtime has ordered 12 episodes of the hour-long financial drama. The series is set to start production in New York later this year and air in 2016. Rashad was Tony nominated for The Trip to Bountiful and Stick Fly; she was last seen on the Main Stem in Romeo and Juliet. Showtime’s former Homeland star Lewis made his Broadway debut in Hamlet and will soon be soon on the West End stage in American Buffalo. Giamatti’s Great White Way credits include The Iceman Cometh, The Three Sisters and Arcadia; he was Oscar nominated for Cinderella Man. Costabile was last seen on Broadway in 2007’s Translations.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Annaleigh Ashford Cast in CBS Comedy Pilot Super Clyde

first_imgAfter making sugary love dreams in You Can’t Take It With You, Annaleigh Ashford is heading back to the small screen. The Tony nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner has been cast in the CBS pilot Super Clyde, according to Deadline.The single-camera comedy stars Charlie McDermott as Clyde, a fast-food worker with dreams of becoming a super hero. Ashford takes on the role of Britney, the girlfriend of Clyde’s older brother.Ashford most recently appeared on Broadway in the revival of You Can’t Take It With You. She received a Tony nomination in 2013 for her performance as Lauren in Kinky Boots. Her additional Great White Way credits include Hair, Legally Blonde and Wicked. On screen, Ashford has appeared in Masters of Sex, Sex and the City, Top Five and Smash.Among the other Great White Way favorites attached to pilots this season are Andy Mientus in CBS’s LFE, Laura Benanti in CBS’ Supergirl, Skylar Astin in an untitled basketball-themed pilot from ABC, Condola Rashad in the Showtime pilot Billions, Anika Noni Rose in For Justice from CBS and On the Twentieth Century’s Peter Gallagher in the Weezer-based pilot Detour by Fox. View Commentslast_img read more

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Watch These Five Fantastic Performances of The Wild Party

first_img“Out of the Blue”Angel Reda, University of Cincinnati (2003)Before appearing in Broadway’s Chicago and Wicked on tour, Angel Reda played a blonde named Queenie in her college production of The Wild Party at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Watch her wail the hell out of Queenie’s first big number in the show. The Wild Party is back in New York City for a few nights of drunken debauchery! Andrew Lippa’s Jazz Age love story is raising the roof at Encores! Off-Center from July 15 through 18. But wait, it gets better. It stars Tony winner Sutton Foster as Queenie, Steven Pasquale as Burrs, Brandon Victor Dixon as Black and Joaquina Kalukango as Kate. We’re so psyched, we’ve been playing the 2000 off-Broadway cast recording on a loop all week—but there are more amazing renditions of Lippa’s songs from all over the country on YouTube. Grab a bottle of bourbon and half a chicken and watch these five amazing performances of The Wild Party! “Life of the Party”Idina Menzel, Manhattan Theatre Club (2000)We scoured the web for great covers of “Life of the Party,” and while there are tons, there’s no one like the show’s original star Idina Menzel. Listen to her belt her heart out as wild child Kate in the original off-Broadway production. OK, we’re now officially ready for the new Encores! revival to begin! Star Files “Look at Me Now”Alex Zeto, Texas State (2011)First of all, can we talk about this amazing set? We want to steal that gorgeous ‘20s-inspired backdrop for our office. Next, Alex Zeto is seriously giving original star Idina Menzel a run for her money in her impressive rendition of “Look at Me Now.” (There’s also video of her belting “Life of the Party”…you’re welcome!) View Comments “A Wild, Wild Party”Ball State University (2007)If there’s one thing we know from The Wild Party, it’s that the best time for a Bible lesson about the Garden of Eden is when you’re totally wasted. Check out the awesome ensemble cast of the Ball State University production in Muncie, IN, totally nail the energetic number. We’re converts! “Make Me Happy”Corey Mach, Baldwin-Wallace College (2009)Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen The Wild Party and you want to keep the ending a surprise, don’t watch this clip. You’ve been warned. OK, now let’s talk about this clip—wow! Corey Mach, who is about to begin performances in Waitress at A.R.T., channels some seriously frightening Joker vibes as creepy clown Burrs alongside Rod Lawrence Ingram as Black and Chelsea Gidden as Queenie. Sutton Fosterlast_img read more

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