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New York -- One was waiting tables at a Times Square seafood restaurant. Another was in Disney films and on tour with the Jonas Brothers. A third had performed at Carnegie Hall, but wondered when she'd land theater's biggest prize.
"For me, it's a dream come true," says Perez de Tagle while the others nod.
The trio is part of a 10-person cast that stars Hunter Parish, whose credits include Showtime's "Weeds" and Broadway's "Spring Awakening," as Jesus but also has plenty of young performers making their first foray onto a Broadway stage. The hip musical retelling of the New Testament's Gospel of Matthew opens Monday at the Circle in the Square Theatre.
The Tony-nominated score features the songs "Day by Day, »
Exclusive: Cara Buono, Ally Sheedy and Samantha Futerman are set to co-star opposite Eric Stoltz in Lifetime’s dramedy pilot Modern Love, from Sony Pictures TV. Created and executive produced by Sex and the City alumna Jenny Bicks, the project weaves actual stories from New York Times columns to explore the state of modern relationships. It follows newspaper science editor Simon McElvane (Stoltz) as he faces a deteriorating marriage, the ramifications of potentially starting over and balancing his relationship with his adopted 15-year-old daughter (Futerman). Unexpectedly handed the job of editor of the newspaper’s Modern Love column, Simon discovers he has a lot to learn about life and love. Buono will play the ambitious Styles Editor at Simon’s paper who is torn between her career and her family. Sheedy will play the paper’s ballsy and no-nonsense Assistant Managing Editor. Also cast in the pilot are Alice Ripley »
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Chicago – The casts of two current theater spectaculars in Chicago lent their talents to benefit Marriage Equality in the United States. The “Be-In for Marriage Equality” took place on March 14, 2011, and featured performers from the road show Broadway version of “Hair” and the current cast of “Million Dollar Quartet.”
The event, which was produced by Alissa Norby of HollywoodChicago.com through her Jabberwock Productions, took place at Sidetracks nightclub in Chicago and accentuated the vocal talents in both companies. With original songs and cover versions, it was a talented parade of a true musical experience. The show benefited “Broadway Impact,” an advocacy group lobbying for marriage equality and other issues.
Highlights included a version of Paul Simon’s “America” and an original song from Gabe Bowling, who plays Carl Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet. Both casts finished together with the show stopper from Hair called “The Flesh Failures/Let the Sunshine In. »
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In a letter sent to NYC’s Department of Consumer Affairs, city public advocate, Bill de Blasio says the long-plagued Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark may be violating consumer protection laws, reports The New York Times.
He says the play - opening Feb 7 - has not clearly distinguished its preview period from its post-opening performances to consumers on the show's Web site “through which many consumers purchase their tickets." With ticket prices as high as $150, he says purchasers "deserve to know what they are purchasing, and there is a real difference between seeing an unfinished show in previews versus one that has officially opened. That many shows do not advertise that they are in previews, either in promotions or at the point of ticket sales, is unacceptable.” He wants the show to be fined. It is the latest drama for the $65 million musical - the most expensive production in Broadway history. »
The stars of Broadway's long-plagued Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark are defending the show's production.
Tony Award-winning Alice Ripley recently called the $65 million production -- which has resulted in serious injuries of four of its stars -- "embarrassing to working actors everywhere … Does someone have to die?"
But on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday, star Reeve Carney said they appreciate "everyone's concern for our safety. It's an athletic event so you know that there's a certain amount of risk involved.
"The people on are crew are amazing; they care for our safety every day … we do trust them," he added.
Said star Patrick Page: "I wish they could be in the building with us and see the care [director Julie Taymor] takes and the care that our producer Michael Cole takes. I think they'd feel a lot better."
He added that Actors' Equity Association, the labor union representing American actors and stage managers, »
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