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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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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
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
September 13, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
No need to bone up on the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith before attending "The Book of Mormon" at the Pantages Theatre. Just know that this exceedingly naughty, though in the end disarmingly nice, show is devised by the minds behind "South Park" and that risqué "Sesame Street" for theater-loving adults, "Avenue Q. " In other words, leave the kids at home with a baby-sitter, or child-protective services might be knocking at your door. Built for the irreverent Gen X faithful, all those aging slackers (myself among them)
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Building a proposed streetcar line in downtown Los Angeles may cost more than twice the original estimate, an adjustment that raises serious questions about the project's funding and future. The original estimate to build the Broadway streetcar line, about $125 million, did not include the cost of utility work, such as moving power lines. That could add up to $166 million, according to a recent city report, and other costs could rise by $28 million to $37 million. The funding gap of almost $200 million must be resolved before officials apply for federal transportation grants, which could total up to $75 million.
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
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
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
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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