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September 3, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Michelle Williams will make her Broadway debut as sultry nightclub singer Sally Bowles in a planned revival of "Cabaret," according to reports. The three-time Oscar nominee will star in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production opposite Alan Cumming, who will reprise his Tony-winning role as the MC. Performances are reportedly set to start early next year. Emma Stone ("The Help," "The Amazing Spider-Man") was set to make her Broadway debut in the production, but film commitments forced her to withdraw in May. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The casting of Williams, which has not been officially announced by Roundabout Theatre Company, was first reported Tuesday on Lemonwade.com.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Fans can soon watch more "Les Misérables. " We already know that the century-old tale of redemption is returning to Broadway in 2014. And an update on the tale could air soon on the small screen as a primetime soap opera. Fox has purchased a script from "Veronica Mars" producer Rob Thomas and writer Graham Norris, which puts a modern spin on Victor Hugo's classic novel, Deadline.com reports . The series involves a lawyer fighting an unjust conviction from the past while exonerating innocents -- and evading a U.S. attorney -- along the way. No word on when the series might air -- or whether singing and dancing will be involved.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2012 | By David Ng
A Long Island businessman has been arrested on suspicion of defrauding producers of the aborted Broadway musical "Rebecca. " Officials with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office made the announcement early Monday morning. Mark Hotton, a 46-year-old businessman and stockbroker from West Islip, N.Y., is being charged with defrauding the musical's producers by "fabricating the prospect of $4.5 million in financing commitments and the possibility of a $1.1 million loan," according to officials at both offices.  They said Hotton was looking forward to $60,000 in fees and commissions from the financing deal made through his company, TM Consulting.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
Theater history has been made at least twice with shows centering on fictitious female evangelists. George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara" has been drawing laughs and making wry points about the intersection between religion and money since 1905. "Guys and Dolls," with Frank Loesser songs helping spin a yarn first told by Damon Runyon about the improbable romance between a gambler and a missionary for the Salvation Army, helped put the "great" in "Great American Musical. " Could stage lightning strike again with the true-life, L.A.-centric story of Aimee Semple McPherson?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Few may be popping Champagne corks for a Broadway season in which ticket prices went up, attendance went down and commercialism ran amok. But if anything could restore faith in the American theater it was Sunday's exuberant Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Beginning with an opening number by the impish showman and incomparable Tony host Neil Patrick Harris (please, CBS, make him sign a lifetime contract!), the telecast found ways of selling Broadway's wares to America while honoring the Great White Way's stubbornly eccentric soul.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Martin Miller
If there is such a thing as a comic antihero, Elder Cunningham in the highly acclaimed and wildly irreverent "The Book of Mormon" is it. Cody Jamison Strand portrays the character who is the kind of person - very clingy, prototypically schlubby and frequently less than truthful - that would have folks of all religious denominations unified in their haste to un-friend him on Facebook. And yet, Strand's character is able to harness those repellent qualities and humorously bring together Mormon missionaries and a small village in Northern Uganda - not only in their appreciation of each other, but for the universal role that storytelling and religion play as well.  PHOTOS: Best in theater 2013 | Charles McNulty The Tony-award winning musical is now on national tour at the Pantages Theatre through May 11. Below is an edited transcript of a conversation with Strand, 24, who also performed the role on Broadway.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
The Fonz is heading back to Broadway -- this time as a porn star. Henry Winkler and (the much younger) Cheyenne Jackson will play adult film actors in the world premiere of David West Read's "The Performers. " The play is set to open Nov. 14 at the Longacre Theatre, with Evan Cabnet as director. The romantic comedy revolves around two high school friends (Daniel Breaker and Jackson) who reconnect at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas. Long-term relationships with the women in their lives are tested, and the hardest-working man in the adult film industry, a character named Chuck Wood (Winkler)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner could be the latest A-listers hitting the boards. The pair, who co-star as superheroes in the expected blockbuster "The Avengers" opening Friday, could be Broadway bound as husband and wife in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. " Oscar-winner and recent resident action hero Renner revealed last month he was considering starring as Brick alongside Johansson as Maggie. Johansson, who on Wednesday received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, won a Tony for her 2010 role in Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Bradley Cooper could go against type for a Broadway revival of "The Elephant Man. " "We're going to try to do it on Broadway next fall," Cooper told E! News. "We're going to try to nail it down and do a limited run. " Cooper shaved and twisted his body this summer to play Joseph Merrick, a man who suffered from severe deformities during Victorian-era London, at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts. The play, which ran from July 25 to Aug. 5, earned Cooper and co-star Patricia Clarkson local critical praise.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - With a running time of three hours and a barrage of alcohol-fueled emotional cruelty, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" would seem like an anomaly on today's frilly Broadway. Or not. Broadway this season has gone, well, a little classics-crazy. A version of Edward Albee's "Woolf' imported from Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre is just one of five intense, iconic works playing this fall. The crop also includes Edmond Rostand's late-19th century touchstone "Cyrano de Bergerac," David Mamet's examination of modern male machismo "Glengarry Glen Ross," Henrik Ibsen's social treatise "An Enemy of the People" and Ruth and August Goetz's "The Heiress," derived from Henry James' novelistic staple "Washington Square.
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