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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
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
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.
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
November 2, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
"The Heiress," Ruth and Augustus Goetz's oft-revived 1947 stage adaptation of "Washington Square," Henry James' novel of 1850s New York, is back again -- Thursday was opening night for the latest of the tale of misplaced love, coveted property and a plain, diffident heroine who learns to bare her fangs. Jessica Chastain's profile has shot up via recent film roles, including "The Tree of Life," "Take Shelter" and "The Help"  She made her Broadway debut as Catherine Sloper, the mousy heiress who's caught between an insincere suitor (Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey")
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
July 24, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Fans can soon get more of "Magic Mike": The unlikely hit stripper film staring Channing Tatum and inspired by the actor's life is Broadway bound. "Magic Mike, the Musical" is headed to Broadway, Tatum has confirmed via Twitter . No word on if Tatum will make his Broadway debut reprising the less-than-dressed role for the stage, but the star will serve as a producer. The production has veteran talent backstage. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, creators of the Tony-winning "Next to Normal," will write the songs, while "Glee" writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who co-wrote the book for "Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark" will pen the book, Deadline.com reports.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Cicely Tyson is known for playing strong women facing great adversity - from civil rights leader Coretta Scott King to abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Now she'll bring her stage presence to the role of Carrie Watts in a new production of Horton Foote 's “ The Trip to Bountiful ,” directed by Michael Wilson. The role marks a return to Broadway for Tyson after three decades. “For years I have been searching for the perfect project to bring me back to my true home - the stage,” Tyson said in a statement.
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