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April 16, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Joe Mantello, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Ned Weeks in the 2011 Broadway production of "The Normal Heart,” has signed on for a different role in Ryan Murphy's film adaptation. Mantello will play Mickey Marcus in the on-screen incarnation of Larry Kramer's autobiographical drama about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City. The previously announced Mark Ruffalo will star as activist Weeks. Emmy-winner Murphy (“Glee”) will direct the “Normal Heart” film, which Kramer adapted from his 1985 landmark play.
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September 24, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart" holds such an important place in the history of the AIDS epidemic, chronicling the stark early days, indicting the government for its inaction and challenging audiences to transform grief into activism, that it took me decades to appreciate the personal drama. The 2011 Broadway revival, directed by Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe and starring Joe Mantello as grass-roots crusader Ned Weeks, made devastatingly clear that beneath the agitprop was an emotionally searing character study.
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November 14, 1992 | KAREN FRICKER
Joe Mantello, who plays Louis Ironson in the Mark Taper Forum's current production of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America," has been thinking about choices lately. For Mantello, what makes his character timely and intriguing are the choices he makes: Louis, a gay, Jewish word processor, leaves his lover, Prior, who is dying of AIDS, and starts a relationship with a married Mormon lawyer.
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April 16, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Joe Mantello, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Ned Weeks in the 2011 Broadway production of "The Normal Heart,” has signed on for a different role in Ryan Murphy's film adaptation. Mantello will play Mickey Marcus in the on-screen incarnation of Larry Kramer's autobiographical drama about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City. The previously announced Mark Ruffalo will star as activist Weeks. Emmy-winner Murphy (“Glee”) will direct the “Normal Heart” film, which Kramer adapted from his 1985 landmark play.
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April 18, 2004 | Patrick Pacheco, Special to The Times
During previews of "Assassins," the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical that opens at Studio 54 on Thursday, a tearful middle-age woman angrily walked out, venting at the house manager, "Clearly you've never had anyone in your family that's been shot before." Well, most people haven't. But if emotions are raw at this show about presidential assassins, it may be because the nature of the crime is like a death in the family. That the murders of Abraham Lincoln and John F.
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March 19, 1995 | Patrick Pacheco, Patrick Pacheco is a free-lance writer based in New York. and
Joe Mantello has a ready metaphor for the dizzying theatrical season he has enjoyed since last fall: the Cyclone at Coney Island. The actor and director had occasion to take a ride on the legendary roller-coaster just before rehearsals began on "What's Wrong With This Picture?," the Donald Margulies drama that Mantello directed and that turned out to be a disaster, the first big Broadway flop of the '94-95 season.
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May 22, 2011 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
The old notion that British actors work from the outside-in while American actors work from the inside-out has been rendered obsolete by the movies (which have encouraged even plummy English veterans to sweat and stammer like Actors Studio die-hards) and actor training (which has come to recognize that emotional revelation without reliable technique is, well, kind of embarrassing). But this year's Tony nominees for lead actor in a play suggest that there may still be some truth to the clichés about the Anglo-American theatrical divide.
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January 1, 1995 | Laurie Winer
Some of them you know. Some you don't. But the following artists, entertainers and executives have one thing in common: We're counting on each to mae a significant impact or difference in their respective fields this year. Sure, there will be thers who make a splash, but after we talked with dozens of people who work in entertainment and the arts, these were the names mentioned most often. You might say that Jim Carrey was a face to watch in '94, and you would be right.
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October 8, 2012 | By David Ng
The Los Angeles premiere of "Other Desert Cities" by Jon Robin Baitz is to feature Jeannie Berlin, JoBeth Williams and Robin Weigert. The actors are joining the previously announced Justin Long and Robert Foxworth in the comedy about a wealthy family living in Palm Springs. "Other Desert Cities" -- which was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama -- is scheduled to open Dec. 9 at the Mark Taper Forum. The play premiered off-Broadway in 2011 and transferred to Broadway the same year with a cast that included Stockard Channing, Judith Light, Stacy Keach and Rachel Griffiths.
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October 19, 2012 | By David Ng
Justin Long has withdrawn from the upcoming Los Angeles premiere of "Other Desert Cities" at the Mark Taper Forum, which is set to begin performances on Nov. 28. Center Theatre Group said that the actor had to leave the play due to "a film commitment. " Long will be replaced by Michael Weston, who has appeared off-Broadway and locally was seen in “The Waverly Gallery” at the Pasadena Playhouse. His films include "Garden State" and his TV credits include “Coma" (an A&E miniseries)
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October 19, 2012 | By David Ng
Justin Long has withdrawn from the upcoming Los Angeles premiere of "Other Desert Cities" at the Mark Taper Forum, which is set to begin performances on Nov. 28. Center Theatre Group said that the actor had to leave the play due to "a film commitment. " Long will be replaced by Michael Weston, who has appeared off-Broadway and locally was seen in “The Waverly Gallery” at the Pasadena Playhouse. His films include "Garden State" and his TV credits include “Coma" (an A&E miniseries)
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October 8, 2012 | By David Ng
The Los Angeles premiere of "Other Desert Cities" by Jon Robin Baitz is to feature Jeannie Berlin, JoBeth Williams and Robin Weigert. The actors are joining the previously announced Justin Long and Robert Foxworth in the comedy about a wealthy family living in Palm Springs. "Other Desert Cities" -- which was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama -- is scheduled to open Dec. 9 at the Mark Taper Forum. The play premiered off-Broadway in 2011 and transferred to Broadway the same year with a cast that included Stockard Channing, Judith Light, Stacy Keach and Rachel Griffiths.
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July 31, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Citing a "scheduling conflict," Center Theatre Group has announced that Joe Mantello will no longer direct its upcoming production of "Other Desert Cities," which was nominated for five Tony awards during its recent Broadway run under Mantello's direction. Written by Jon Robin Baitz, "Other Desert Cities" will now be directed by Robert Egan, who was producing director at the Taper for 20 seasons before his departure in 2003, and directed its New Work Festival. Egan is currently artistic director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2011 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
The old notion that British actors work from the outside-in while American actors work from the inside-out has been rendered obsolete by the movies (which have encouraged even plummy English veterans to sweat and stammer like Actors Studio die-hards) and actor training (which has come to recognize that emotional revelation without reliable technique is, well, kind of embarrassing). But this year's Tony nominees for lead actor in a play suggest that there may still be some truth to the clichés about the Anglo-American theatrical divide.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2004 | Patrick Pacheco, Special to The Times
During previews of "Assassins," the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical that opens at Studio 54 on Thursday, a tearful middle-age woman angrily walked out, venting at the house manager, "Clearly you've never had anyone in your family that's been shot before." Well, most people haven't. But if emotions are raw at this show about presidential assassins, it may be because the nature of the crime is like a death in the family. That the murders of Abraham Lincoln and John F.
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July 13, 1997 | Sean Mitchell, Sean Mitchell is a frequent contributor to Calendar
It is often said that politics makes strange bedfellows, but can show business be far behind? Not this month at the Ahmanson Theatre, where Neil Simon's newest play, "Proposals," is being directed in its world premiere by 34-year-old Joe Mantello, who helped make Terrence McNally's "Love! Valour! Compassion!" one of the most celebrated gay plays in recent years. A director fluent in frontal male nudity joins forces with America's most conventional playwright for an evening of . . . what?
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September 24, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart" holds such an important place in the history of the AIDS epidemic, chronicling the stark early days, indicting the government for its inaction and challenging audiences to transform grief into activism, that it took me decades to appreciate the personal drama. The 2011 Broadway revival, directed by Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe and starring Joe Mantello as grass-roots crusader Ned Weeks, made devastatingly clear that beneath the agitprop was an emotionally searing character study.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2012 | By Chris Barton
Citing a "scheduling conflict," Center Theatre Group has announced that Joe Mantello will no longer direct its upcoming production of "Other Desert Cities," which was nominated for five Tony awards during its recent Broadway run under Mantello's direction. Written by Jon Robin Baitz, "Other Desert Cities" will now be directed by Robert Egan, who was producing director at the Taper for 20 seasons before his departure in 2003, and directed its New Work Festival. Egan is currently artistic director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 1995 | Patrick Pacheco, Patrick Pacheco is a free-lance writer based in New York. and
Joe Mantello has a ready metaphor for the dizzying theatrical season he has enjoyed since last fall: the Cyclone at Coney Island. The actor and director had occasion to take a ride on the legendary roller-coaster just before rehearsals began on "What's Wrong With This Picture?," the Donald Margulies drama that Mantello directed and that turned out to be a disaster, the first big Broadway flop of the '94-95 season.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 1995 | Laurie Winer
Some of them you know. Some you don't. But the following artists, entertainers and executives have one thing in common: We're counting on each to mae a significant impact or difference in their respective fields this year. Sure, there will be thers who make a splash, but after we talked with dozens of people who work in entertainment and the arts, these were the names mentioned most often. You might say that Jim Carrey was a face to watch in '94, and you would be right.
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