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August 31, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
"House for Sale," a stage adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's essay, will make its off-Broadway debut Oct. 21 to Nov. 18 at the Duke on 42nd Street. In the piece, Franzen wrote about trying to sell his childhood home after his mother's death for a price she would find appropriate. Daniel Fish, who adapted the piece and will direct the show, said Franzen's essay will be presented on stage verbatim, although not entirely the way the National Book Award-winning novelist wrote it. The cast includes Rob Campbell, Christina Rouner, Lisa Joyce, Merritt Janson and Michael Rudko.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Gossip columnist Perez Hilton is making his New York stage debut, joining the cast of the off-Broadway musical "NEWSical the Musical: End of the World Edition" for a four-week run starting next month at the Kirk Theatre at Theatre Row. Hilton begins preview performances Sept. 8; his official opening date is set for Sept. 17. “NEWSical,” like Hilton, turns headlines into punchlines in its revolving lineup of songs that lampoon current events and celebrities such as President Obama and  Lady Gaga.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2013 | By David Ng
Shia LaBeouf won't be making his Broadway debut this season after all. The 26-year-old actor has quit the upcoming revival production of the play "Orphans" in New York over "creative differences," according to a news release sent Wednesday.  LaBeouf has left the show a month before preview performances are set to begin. "Orphans" is still scheduled to open at the Schoenfeld Theater on April 7, with previews commencing on March 19. The production, directed by Daniel Sullivan, also features Alec Baldwin, in the role of a powerful man kidnapped by two brothers.
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May 16, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The musical comedy “A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder” may be nearly as nimble as its lead actor, Jefferson Mays, who plays multiple characters and dies no less than eight times in the production. In its third incarnation, the production will transfer to Broadway this fall, its producers announced Thursday. “A Gentleman's Guide,” based on the Roy Horniman novel “Israel Rank” and directed by Darko Tresnjak, had a joint world premiere as a co-production between the Hartford Stage last fall and the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, where it recently finished a March 8 to April 14 run. It's set in Britain in the Edwardian era and follows a could-be duke ninth in line to inherit the title.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
The stalled musical retrospective celebrating Broadway producer Harold Prince's work has set yet another opening date and location -- and it's far from New York. The twice-postponed "Prince of Broadway" will open in Japan in 2015, with plans to transfer to Broadway the following year, the New York Times reports . The show was initially scheduled to open in Toronto ahead of a 2012 Broadway debut. Another Broadway premiere planned for this fall was called off in March. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times Despite Prince's credits, which include "West Side Story," "Follies" and "Cabaret," two sets of producers have failed to raise the funds for the show's expected $13-million budget, according to the Times.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Remember 2004, Green Day fans? That was when the Bay Area punk trio refashioned itself into a band that would tackle issues beyond boredom and girls with "American Idiot," a relentless collection of socially aware songs that would eventually work their way to Broadway. Now on the verge of releasing the first of three new albums, Green Day continues to distance itself from its role as rock 'n' roll chroniclers of our political climate. Today, meet Green Day, the "Angry Birds Friends" edition.  "Angry Birds Friends" is the Facebook offshoot of the popular mobile game, and the edition comes complete with the premiere of a new song, "Troublemaker," as well as all-new evil pig characters inspired by Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
A colleague asked me the other day whether there was a character in Shakespeare to compare to disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, whose New York mayoral campaign has spun out of control with salacious revelations that you'll have to read about elsewhere . Let's just say it wouldn't surprise me if the ring tone on Weiner's cellphone was a loop of Barry White moaning. Weiner is such a television phenomenon, a moth whose wings are heat-glued to the camera, that I think his story would more readily serve as fodder for one of those cable channels that loves picking the bones of celebrities who have crashed and burned.  All that's needed is a chorus of D-list talking heads to crack wise while clucking shock and disapproval.  Broadway might be a little too confining for a man with such a lusty appetite for publicity.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By David Ng
Fiona Shaw, the versatile Irish actress who brought a searing "Medea" to Broadway in 2002, is set to return to the New York stage in a role that ought to raise eyebrows -- Mary, the mother of Jesus. Shaw is re-teaming with director Deborah Warner for a new stage adaptation of novelist Colm Toibin's "The Testament of Mary. " The one-woman drama, scheduled to open April 22 on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is being backed by uber-producer Scott Rudin. The play is to have a limited run in New York through June 16. "Mary" provides a speculative account of what happened to the virgin following the crucifixion of Jesus.
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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.
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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?
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