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‘Prince of Broadway’: New revue of legend Harold Prince’s career ‘a bit out of focus’

Harold Prince, one of Broadway’s most prolific and visionary director-producers who mounted works by Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and John Kander & Fred Ebb, amongst others, finally earned a show celebrating his estimable career in “Prince of Broadway,” a new musical revue from Manhattan Theatre Club that opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre […]
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‘Cabaret’ Tour Will Hold Open Casting Call in NYC for Nonunion Talent

Willkommen, nonunion performers! An upcoming North American tour of “Cabaret,” the classic John Kander and Fred Ebb tuner, will hold an open casting call for non-Equity talent who also play instruments in New York City. Casting directors Brian Enzman and Lauren Sobon—will pull double duty as co-artistic directors—are seeking male and female talent ages 20–35 to fill its ensemble. In addition to strong singing ability, actors should be able to play at least one of the following: saxophone, clarinet, violin, viola, or cello. A male actor aged 40–65 is also needed to serve as a cover for Herr Schultz, and must be able to play either saxophone or clarinet. If you fit any of the above criteria, get yourself to the open casting call, which will be held Aug. 8 in NYC. Rehearsals will begin in New York in November. The tour will kick off Dec. 17 and run until May 21, 2018, throughout North America.
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From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)

From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)
(See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as silent era icon Rudolph Valentino, whose sexual orientation, despite countless gay rumors, seems to have been, according to the available evidence, heterosexual. (Valentino's supposed affair with fellow “Latin LoverRamon Novarro has no basis in reality.) The female cast is also impressive: Veteran Leslie Caron (Lili, Gigi) as stage and screen star Alla Nazimova, ex-The Mamas & the Papas singer Michelle Phillips as Valentino wife and Nazimova protégée Natacha Rambova, Felicity Kendal as screenwriter/producer June Mathis (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), and Carol Kane – lately of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame. Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972) is notable as one of the greatest musicals ever made. As a 1930s Cabaret presenter – and the Spirit of Germany – Joel Grey was the year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner. Liza Minnelli
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‘Star Wars’ Actor Oscar Isaac to Be (or Not to Be) ‘Hamlet’ in Off Broadway Revival

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‘Star Wars’ Actor Oscar Isaac to Be (or Not to Be) ‘Hamlet’ in Off Broadway Revival
Star Wars” actor Oscar Isaac will star this summer in a new Off Broadway production of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy “Hamlet,” The Public Theater announced Thursday. Tony Award winner Sam Gold will direct the revival, which will begin previews on June 20 before an official opening on July 13. The production is expected to run through Sept. 3. The new production will also feature Roberta Colindrez (Rosencrantz), Peter Friedman (Polonius), Keegan-Michael Key (Horatio), Gayle Rankin (Ophelia, Second Gravedigger), Matthew Saldívar (Guildenstern) and Anatol Yusef (Laertes). Also Read: 'Kid Victory' Theater Review: Life Is Not a Cabaret in John Kander's New Musical Complete casting.
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‘Kid Victory’ Theater Review: Life Is Not a Cabaret in John Kander’s New Musical

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Greg Pierce and the legendary John Kander have written a new musical that makes “Fun Home” look downright sunny. The Tony-winning “Fun Home” begins with the revelation that the young heroine’s father will commit suicide. Pierce and Kander’s “Kid Victory,” which opened Wednesday Off Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre, begins with its young hero in chains, locked in a basement dungeon by his assailant. From there, “Kid Victory” only becomes darker as it explores the sexual repression of Luke (Brandon Flynn) and his very complicated relationship with Michael (Jeffry Denman), the former high school teacher who has abducted him.
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What Is an Egot? The Grand Slam of Show Business — Explained

What Is an Egot? The Grand Slam of Show Business — Explained
It’s the most coveted honor in all of Hollywood: the Egot.

Representing the top awards in television (Emmy), music (Grammy), film (Oscar), and theater (Tony), it’s considered the grand slam of show business — a four of a kind sweep that only the rarest of stars have been able to achieve.

The term was coined by Miami Vice actor Philip Michael Thomas, who first told it to the Associated Press in 1984 at the height of the NBC action show’s success. “That stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony,” he said. “Hopefully in the next five years I will win all those awards.
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Theatre Review: Chicago (UK Tour)

Chicago review: Come and see how the prettiest women ever charged with murder get free for an evening of fabulous entertainment.

Chicago review by Katey Thompson.

This is an evening full of music, dancing and singing. Chicago is based true events that happened in Chicago in the 1920’s and is based on the play written by Maurine Dallas Watkins. It is about two vaudeville acts who are being tried for murder, with lyrics and music by John Kander and Fred Ebb.

Roxie Hart is brilliantly performed by Hayley Tamaddon (of Emmerdale and Coronation Street fame) a night club singer who shoots her lover whilst declaring undying love for her husband Amos. Neil Ditt portrays this non-descript man with excellent pathos and humour, especially when he performs the classic Mister Cellophane. Velma Kelly, a double murderess is depicted brilliantly by Sophie Carmen-Jones. Whilst in prison Roxie steals Velma Kelly’s place
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Disney Channel’s Veronica Dunne Set For Broadway Debut As Roxie Hart in ‘Chicago’

Exclusive: She plays Marisa on Disney Channel's K.C. Undercover, and now Veronica Dunne will make her Broadway debut as femme fatale Roxie Hart in the record-breaking revival of Chicago for six weeks beginning October 17 at the Ambassador Theatre. Dunne recently wrapped production on Lionsgate’s The Ninth Passenger with Jesse Metcalfe. In the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical, she’ll replace Dylis Croman; the show also stars Lana Gordon as Velma Kelly, Jason Danieley as…
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Interview: Brown Paper Box Co. Presents ‘Mary’z with a Z’ on May 5 & 6, 2016

Chicago – In 1972, an historic television special took place, featuring the top talents at the time at the top of their game. “Liza with a ‘Z’” featured Liza Minnelli, fresh from her Academy Award winning performance in the film “Cabaret.” The Brown Paper Box Co. will present “Mary’z with a Z,” at Mary’s Attic on May 5th and 6th, 2016, and will perform the songs from this TV special, in order and in (appropriately) cabaret style, with contributions from their ensemble and some of the biggest song talents in storefront theater in Chicago.

Liza Minnelli had some of the greatest 1972 talent for her TV special, including “Cabaret” director Bob Fosse helming the TV show and inventing the choreography, with songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb (the “Cabaret” composer team), and orchestration by the late icon Marvin Hamlisch. It was a dream team before the word was invented, with both
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‘Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda Moonlights In A Galaxy Called ‘Star Wars’

‘Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda Moonlights In A Galaxy Called ‘Star Wars’
Broadway songsmiths from Irving Berlin to Frank Loesser and John Kander love a Hollywood gig, so maybe it’s no surprise that the composer-writer-star of the Main Stem’s biggest hit is also playing a small room in a galaxy far, far away. Lin-Manuel Miranda struck up a conversation with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams during intermission of Miranda’s Hamilton on a night the star wasn’t performing in the title role. When it turned out that Abrams was…
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Broadway Will Dim Lights Wednesday For Roger Rees Following His Death At 71

Updated with more details, Broadway to dim lights: Roger Rees, who won Olivier and Tony awards in the early 1980s for his performance as the title character in The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby, died Friday in New York. The Welsh-born actor, widely known for his recurring roles on Cheers and The West Wing, was 71. He had worked until just weeks ago, when declining health forced him to withdraw from his final role opposite Chita Rivera on Broadway in John Kander
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Broadway Will Dim Lights Wednesday For Roger Rees Following His Death At 71

Broadway Will Dim Lights Wednesday For Roger Rees Following His Death At 71
Updated with more details, Broadway to dim lights: Roger Rees, who won Olivier and Tony awards in the early 1980s for his performance as the title character in The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby, died Friday in New York. The Welsh-born actor, widely known for his recurring roles on Cheers and The West Wing, was 71. He had worked until just weeks ago, when declining health forced him to withdraw from his final role opposite Chita Rivera on Broadway in John Kander
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Tony Awards performance: 'The Visit' star Chita Rivera breaks hearts (Video)

Tony Awards performance: 'The Visit' star Chita Rivera breaks hearts (Video)
Broadway legend Chita Rivera earned her 10th Tony nomination for "The Visit," the last musical by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb. She won her two Tonys for star turns in tuners by this celebrated team, "The Rink" (1984) and "Kiss of the Spider-Woman" (1994). -Break- Join the fiery debate over the Tony Awards going on right now in our red-hot forums In this new musical, based on on Friedrich Durrenmatt's 1956 satirical play, she is a wealthy woman who returns home seeking revenge on the man who done her wrong decades ago. Below, she performs stirring rendtions of “Love and Love Alone” and “I Would Never Leave You.” '
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Tony Awards 2015: Winners List

The 69th Annual Tony Awards honored Broadway's best and brightest on Sunday, June 7 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. A slew of star-studded nominees, including Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan, were in attendance as Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming shared the event's hosting duties. Find out the big winners below!

Best Musical

Fun Home​ - Winner

An American in Paris

Something Rotten!

The Visit

Best Play

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Winner

Disgraced

Hand to God

Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two P

Best Revival of a Musical

The King and I - Winner

On the Town

On the Twentieth Century

Best Revival of a Play

​Skylight​ - Winner

The Elephant Man

This Is Our Youth

You Can't Take It With You

Best Direction of a Musical

Sam Gold, Fun Home - Winner

Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!

John Rando, On the Town

Bartlett Sher,
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2015 Tony Award Predictions, Will it be 'Fun Home' or 'An American in Paris'c

Here is something a bit different for Rope of Silicon. Sure, we have award predictions for the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes, but that makes sense, considering this is site is 95% about movies. But there are plenty of other stories out there being told in theaters that get plenty of respect. Except these are stories performed live right in front of your face. So, I took it upon myself to comb through the absurd amount of categories of the Tony Awards, which is this Sunday June 7, to give you my predictions on what will win. I am doing this not just because it is fun to predict things and hope I get them all right, though that is certainly part of it, but I also want to shed light on these projects that a lot of people don't know about. Film and television people often have on blinders when
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‘The Visit’ Theater Review: Chita Rivera and Roger Rees Perform a Gripping Dance of Death

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John Kander and the late Fred Ebb’s final musical, “The Visit,” has been circling Broadway for over a decade, and if it took this long to get it right, then the wait for “The Visit,” which opened Thursday at the Lyceum Theatre in New York, is well worth it. Some judicious cutting of the musical has taken place since its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in 2001, and the creative team has finally found the right director in John Doyle, who eschews the romantic realism of Frank Galati’s original staging to give “The Visit” precisely what it needs: a.
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Nominees Announced for 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards

The Drama Desk Awards celebrated their 60th anniversary today with the announcement of the 2015 nominees. Recognizing outstanding work on, Off-, and Off-Off-Broadway, the awards are a significant step on the road to the Tonys. The 2014–15 Drama Desk nominating committee is comprised of chairperson Barbara Siegel, as well as Benjamin Coleman, Adrian Dimanlig, Steve Garrin, Mahayana Landowne, and Steve Marsh. Judith Light, who earned Drama Desk (and Tony) Awards for “Other Desert Cities” and “The Assembled Parties,” and Jessie Mueller, last year’s Drama Desk (and Tony) winner for “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” announced the 2015 nominees at 54 Below. Topping the list was “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new musical at the Public Theater, with 13 nominations, followed by Broadway’s “An American in Paris” with 12. The other outstanding musical nominees included “Fly By Night,” “Pretty Filthy,” and “Something Rotten!” Also earning numerous nominations were John Kander and Fred Ebb’s last show “The Visit,
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Why early close of 'Honeymoon in Vegas' hurts its Tony Award chances

Why early close of 'Honeymoon in Vegas' hurts its Tony Award chances
Despite getting many positive reviews, "Honeymoon in Vegas" is an even bigger long shot for a Best Musical nomination at the Tony Awards now that producers announced plans yesterday to shutter the under-attended show after this Sunday’s performance. It’s the fourth straight flop for composer Jason Robert Brown (who nonetheless picked up a Tony last year for his score to another movie-based musical, "The Bridges of Madison County"). -Break- In the last decade, only three new musicals that closed before nominations day have picked up nods in the top category. Two years ago, "Bring It On" and "Christmas Story" both earned recognition over less-acclaimed late-season openers like "Motown." And in 2011, "The Scottsboro Boys," a tragically short-lived collaboration between John Kander and Fred Ebb, made the cut in a remarkably weak field. In a year with a small number of new musical cont...
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Few Musicals Have Been Nominated for Adapted or Original Screenplay

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Into the Woods, Disney’s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Broadway musical, could land an Oscar nomination for its screenplay, which was adapted by Lapine. It may be a stretch for Into the Woods to land in the top five, though. Adapted — or even original — musical screenplays may be discounted for the music in the Oscar race, which might be why few musicals are nominated for adapted or original screenplay. Twelve musicals have been nominated for adapted screenplay since 1929, but 2002’s Chicago was the last musical to do so.

Adapted from Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb’s 1975 musical of the same name, Chicago won six of its 13 nominations, including best picture. It was the first musical since 1968’s Oliver! to win best picture, but its screenplay lost to The Pianist.

Carol Reed’s Oliver! was nominated for 11 Oscars and won five. It
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The Forgotten: Alain Resnais's "I Want to Go Home" (1989)

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A regrettable result of the enormous arthouse success of the late Alain Resnais's early films (movies which transformed audience expectations of what a movie could be), is that a lot of his later films are relatively underseen. Perhaps his career would have taken a different path if he had ever made his dream project, Mandrake the Magician, potentially kickstarting the comic book adaptation boom years early...

Mandrake, the crime-fighting hypnotist, does actually make a kind of appearance in 1989's I Want to Go Home, at a costume party where guests dress as strip cartoon characters. Geraldine Chaplin bends gender as Mandrake, Gerard Depardieu, years before giving us his Obelix, convulses as an absurdly perfect Popeye ("I yam what I yam" sounds just the same with a French accent), and there's also Olive Oyle, Tweety Pie, Spiderman and Crepax's Valentina. And songwriter Adolph Green, in his only leading man role,
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