September 13, 2012 |
Actor Justin Long, best known as the cool, laid-back personification of Apple products in the company's TV commercials, has been cast in the production of Jon Robin Baitz's "Other Desert Cities" that opens at the Mark Taper Forum in November. Long has appeared in movies ("He's Just Not That Into You," "Drag Me to Hell") as well as several episodes of Fox's "New Girl" last season. He also took to the stage -- on Broadway last season -- playing a student of a sadistic writing teacher in Theresa Rebeck's play "Seminar.
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July 19, 2005 |
Geraldine Fitzgerald, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the 1939 film "Wuthering Heights" and rebelled against the Hollywood studio system before returning to the New York stage, has died. She was 91. Fitzgerald died Sunday in her New York City apartment after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, said her daughter, Susan Scheftel. The striking, Irish-born actress had appeared in two Broadway shows when Warner Bros. movie studio signed her to a seven-year contract in 1938.
June 3, 1991 |
"The Will Rogers Follies," an all-American song-and-dance extravaganza, was named best musical of the 1990-91 Broadway season Sunday, beating out the highly publicized "Miss Saigon" at the annual Tony Awards ceremonies. "Lost in Yonkers," Neil Simon's tale of a deeply troubled family, took the prize for best play. It was the second best-play award for Simon, who won in 1985 for "Biloxi Blues."
May 17, 2006 |
"The Drowsy Chaperone," a zany tribute to the rollicking musicals of the 1920s, received 13 Tony nominations Tuesday, including one for best musical, making it the surprise leader in the race for Broadway's top honors. The Oprah Winfrey-produced musical "The Color Purple," based on the Alice Walker novel, garnered 11 nods, and the revival of "The Pajama Game," starring pop and jazz singer Harry Connick Jr., followed with nine nominations.
June 8, 2003 |
At the beginning of the 1950 film classic "All About Eve," drama critic Addison DeWitt describes the Sarah Siddons Award for Distinguished Achievement. The theater's highest honor, he explains, is perhaps unknown to the general public, because "it has been spared the sensational and commercial publicity that attends such questionable 'honors' as the Pulitzer Prize -- and those awards presented annually by that film society."
June 4, 1988 |
Why all the fuss about the Tony Awards? They don't even represent all of the New York theater, let alone the American theater. Still, they do sum up the Broadway season. They remind us that theater people know how to put on a better TV awards show than movie people. Also, this year South Coast Repertory is getting a special resident-theater Tony. It will be presented by Madonna, who became a theater person last month when she opened in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow." The Tony show starts at 9 p.
May 5, 2010 |
"Fela!" — a dance-infused stage biography from choreographer Bill T. Jones — and a revival of the musical "La Cage aux Folles" led the Tony Award nominations announced Tuesday, receiving 11 each and handily beating out blockbuster productions such as "American Idiot" and "The Addams Family." The 2010 nominations lacked a clear frontrunner like last year's " Billy Elliot, " which received 15 nominations. There also was a noticeable dearth of new musicals featuring original scores.
May 18, 1994 |
Gordon Davidson was crowing. "We're the most active and productive theater in the area of new and challenging work in the United States," claimed the artistic director of the Mark Taper Forum. "Somebody else can add 'the world.' " The most recent evidence in support of his boast: The Taper co-produced three of the four nominees for one of Broadway's top awards, the Tony Award for best play.
June 9, 1987 |
"Can you imagine a British actor holding this on a Broadway stage?" marveled Robert Lindsay, receiving his Tony Award for "Me and My Girl" Sunday night. The home viewer had no problem imagining it. Not only did every other Tony recipient this year seem to have a British accent, so did every other presenter, starting with emcee Angela Lansbury. Depressing? Realistic, rather. The Brits did sweep the field this year, so why not recognize it?