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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.
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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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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.
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March 8, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Actress Holland Taylor's portrayal of Ann Richards, the brassy blue governor of the red state of Texas, made its Broadway debut Thursday at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The one-woman show, simply titled "Ann," spans Richards' Depression-era Texas youth and her rise from housewife to outspoken political powerhouse. Taylor, who also penned the play, spent four years researching "Ann," which also marks the Emmy-winning actress' return to Broadway after three decades. FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview "I knew I had to get the persona, what made everybody so nuts for her, rather than the policy or the politics," Taylor recently told The Times . "I'm not writing history.
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May 9, 2012 | By David Ng
The Broadway revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" will end its run at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York on May 20, organizers announced this week. The musical, which currently stars pop singer Nick Jonas, will have played 473 regular performances by the time it closes. "How to Succeed" has been a profitable production, recouping its initial $9-million investment in December, according to organizers. But the musical recently has seen its box-office fortunes decline.
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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)
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June 19, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Some on- and off-Broadway shuffles were announced Tuesday: "Small Engine Repair" is New York bound while"Jesus Christ Superstar"could exit sooner than expected. Playwright-actor John Pollono's twisted buddy comedy "Small Engine Repair,” which premiered last year in Los Angeles at the Rogue Machine Theatre, will be playing off-Broadway at MCC Theater from May 16 through June 23, 2013. Pollono and Jon Bernthal ("The Walking Dead") will reprise their roles from the Los Angeles production; no further casting was announced.
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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")
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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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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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