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6 items from 2012


Henrik Ibsen's 'An Enemy of the People' remains scarily timely and timeless

2 October 2012 3:23 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

A 130-year-old play might seem creaky when considering the men are in top hats, the women are in long dresses, and there is an overall stiffer manner.

But Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People," at the Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, holds up just fine in director Doug Hughes' capable hands. 

If only it weren't so timely.

The play asks important questions about free speech, environmental disasters and the rich expecting the poor to suffer an undue tax burden. Considering recent events such as the Bp disaster, Wall Street greed and the one percent, then none of it seems all that old.

In fact it's pretty timeless.

And scary. Unless those involved are armed, little is scarier than a mob. When people lose critical thinking abilities and just start chanting, when they repeat without thinking and close in on someone, anything can happen. And it is rarely good. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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A New Broadway Season, A New Set of Tony Hopefuls

5 September 2012 2:36 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Sam Negin

Theater Editor & Columnist

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A new Broadway season is about to begin and, with it, new life has been brought to my posts. After over 900 posts, 50 comments, over 325 Tony nominees and over 75 winners in the two-and-a-half years I blogged independently about the Tony Awards, I am proud to be joining the team at ScottFeinberg.com.

Without any further ado, I would like to begin with a look ahead at the Broadway shows that will be coming up this year. I have made this list as comprehensive as I could given what information is available but, as is often the case, there is much more data available right now about the fall season (September through the winter holidays) than the spring season (Christmas through the Tony Awards in June) on Broadway. I will update this post with more details as information becomes available.

The list of shows we expect to see this year, »

- Sam Negin

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News Nuggets: Who are Grammy contenders for Album of the Year?

27 July 2012 2:14 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Cheyenne Jackson withdraws from Tony nominating committee: "The actor has had to recuse himself from nominating duties now that he will star in the new Broadway play 'The Performers' this fall. Previously announced committee members Boyd Gaines (who will star in 'An Enemy of the People') and director Pam MacKinnon ('Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?') will also not serve on the board. No replacements have been named at this time." Broadway.Com BAFTA adds news writing category to its awards: "BAFTA is to introduce separate prizes for comedy and drama writers at its annual craft awards, following pressure from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. Up until now, BAFTA has only awarded a best writer award at its television craft awards ceremony, meaning drama writers have been pitted against comedy creators. Last year, the guild began discussions with BAFTA to address this issue. Today, the union has »

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'Enemy of the People' and 'Hands on a Hard Body' Coming to Broadway

1 June 2012 1:34 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced new productions for its 2012-13 seasons both on and Off-Broadway. For its Main Stem opener at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Tony-winner Doug Hughes ("Doubt") will direct Rebecca Lenkiewicz's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" starring four-time Tony-winner Boyd Gaines as a heroic doctor who stands against popular opinion to save his town. Richard Thomas will star as his brother, the conciliating mayor. Previews begin Sept. 4 for a Sept. 27 opening. This is a rare instance of a Broadway nonmusical with a large cast. Nancy Piccione is the casting director. Equity principal auditions will be held June 14.Also coming to Broadway during the 2012-13 season is "Hands on a Hard Body," one of very few Broadway musicals based on a documentary film. ("Grey Gardens" is another one.) The 1997 feature that inspired the show depicts a group of Texans competing in »

- help@backstage.com (David Sheward)

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John Lithgow is at the center of 'The Columnist's' universe on Broadway

30 April 2012 3:22 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The talking heads on cable only wish they wielded the power newspaper columnists of old had. They were titans who formed public opinion and whispered in presidents' ears.

Sure, vestiges remain, a powerful writer, here and there, and certainly some cable commentators and radio personalities fire up crowds. But Joseph Alsop (1910-1989) was hugely influential as a widely syndicated columnist, with an Ivy League education and family ties to the Roosevelts. As John Lithgow portrays him in "The Columnist" presented by the Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, he is a man convinced he is at the center of the universe.

In many ways he is. But that universe was bound to implode. 

Lithgow, as always, is excellent. There is a very good reason he has earned two Tony Awards, five Emmy Awards and two Oscar nods. He plays Alsop as arch, prissy, closeted and intellectual. He's not very easy to like, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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You decide: Will Matthew Broderick win second Best Musical Actor Tony?

13 March 2012 9:14 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The race for Best Musical Actor pits two-time Tony champ Matthew Broderick ("Nice Work If You Can Get It") against four-time nominee Raul Esparza ("Leap of Faith"). Broderick won this race in 1995 for the first rialto revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and contended in 2001 for "The Producers," losing to his co-star Nathan Lane. Broderick also won the featured actor prize for the play "Brighton Beach Memoirs" in 1983. Esparza is one of only two Broadway performers to have contended in all four acting races. Unlike the other, Boyd Gaines, who has won three of his four bids, Esparza has yet to take home a Tony. In 2004, he lost Featured Musical Actor for "Taboo" to Michael Cerveris ("Assassins"); in 2007 he lost Musical Actor for "Company" to David Hyde-Pierce ("Curtains"); in 2008, he lost Featured Play Actor for "The Homecoming" t »

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