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The Public Celebrates 50 Years of ‘Hair’ + More NYC Events 10/20–26

New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week. Let the sun shine in.It’s been 50 years since the rock musical “Hair” debuted and changed the face of American theater. To honor the half-centennial milestone and raise funds for the Public Theater (where “Hair” got its start), Diane Paulus will direct a benefit celebration. Featuring stage stars including Jonathan Groff, Caissie Levy, Will Swenson, Allison Case, and several more, the concert will be preceded by a cocktail reception and dinner at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Tickets are unfortunately exorbitant, but you can expect video footage to arise. (Tickets start at $750) Tony nominees will get in your face.
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"I am Diane Keaton's Crisp White Shirt" an imagined monologue by Charlotte Barnett. I can't even describe how much I love this, guys. I love it as hard as Diane Keaton's crying jag in Somethings Gotta Give is long.

I am immaculate, woven by gods from fibers of cotton and Nancy Meyers’ discarded screenplays...

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EW talks to Cate Blanchett about Manifesto but works in a Carol bit, too, bless them.

Interview talks to Tracy Letts of The Lovers about his dual career as acclaimed actor and award winning playwright

Go Fug Yourself Elle Fanning on the cover of Vogue

Tracking Board Jeff Goldblum's career is busiers than ever. Now he's signed on for a thriller called Hotel Artemis with Jodie Foster and Sofia Boutella

EW Anya Taylor-Joy and Maise Williams will play Magik and Wolfsbane in the New Mutants movie. (But it's still
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Meet My Baby Girl! Beauty and the Beast’s Audra McDonald Opens Up About Becoming a Mom Again at 46

Meet My Baby Girl! Beauty and the Beast’s Audra McDonald Opens Up About Becoming a Mom Again at 46
It’s the sequel that came 16 years later!

Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald welcomed her second daughter Sally James in October 2016, over a decade and a half after giving birth to her first daughter Zoe Madeline.

And the Beauty and the Beast star tells People in the latest issue that she’s taking on a different parenting style with her new little one.

“I’m calmer this time around, 16 years later,” says McDonald, 46. “Or maybe it’s that I’m just tired because I’m older, but I don’t sweat the small stuff as much.”

Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements,
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Audra McDonald on Becoming a Mom Again at 46: ‘I Didn’t Think This Was Where My Life Would Be at This Age’

Audra McDonald on Becoming a Mom Again at 46: ‘I Didn’t Think This Was Where My Life Would Be at This Age’
Audra McDonald is counting her blessings.

The Beauty and the Beast star, 46, stopped by to talk to People about her work and family — including her and husband Will Swenson‘s new baby girl Sally James, 5 months.

“I’m so lucky. She was such a surprise, and I didn’t think this was where my life would be at this age,” the six-time Tony-winning actress and singer says of becoming a mother again later in life. (McDonald’s daughter from a previous marriage, Zoe Madeline, is 16.)

“But I’m thrilled to be there,” she continues. “This is obviously a soul that
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Watch Live: Broadway’s Biggest Stars Sing Out in Inauguration Day ‘Concert For America’

Watch Live: Broadway’s Biggest Stars Sing Out in Inauguration Day ‘Concert For America’
Broadway’s biggest stars are lending their voices to an Inauguration Day concert in New York City Friday, designed to raise money for national organizations dedicated to protecting civil rights, women’s health and environmental protection.

The event is already sold out, but People and Entertainment Weekly is streaming the show live from N.Y.C.’s Town Hall beginning at 3 p.m. Est — right here on People.com.

It’ll also be streaming on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (Pen). Go to People.com/Pen, or download the app for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, Xfinity,
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Audra McDonald Gives Birth to a Baby Girl

Audra McDonald Gives Birth to a Baby Girl
Congratulations are in order! Audra McDonald has given birth to a baby girl named Sally James McDonald-Swenson. This is McDonald's second daughter, but her first with husband Will Swenson. The couple announced the news on Twitter with an adorable picture of their newborn's tiny feet. ".@thewillswenson and I are overjoyed to welcome Sally James McDonald-Swenson, born last night at 11:16pm. Our hearts are bursting," McDonald tweeted. McDonald first announced the news of her pregnancy on Twitter in May and revealed she would be taking time off from Lady Day. "Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead to pregnancy?" McDonald tweeted. "Will and I are...
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Will Swenson and Audra McDonald Welcome Daughter Sally James

Will Swenson and Audra McDonald Welcome Daughter Sally James
Broadway baby: Audra McDonald and Will Swenson are new parents!

“ and I are overjoyed to welcome Sally James McDonald-Swenson, born last night at 11:16pm. Our hearts are bursting,” the six-time Tony winner, 46, tweeted Thursday. Their little girl’s name honors Swenson’s late mother, Sally, and McDonald’s late father, Stanley James.

The couple have been married since 2012, and have three children between them from previous marriages. McDonald is mom to 15-year-old daughter Zoe Madeline, and Swenson, 43 — known for his Broadway work in Hair and Les Misérables, the latter of which played its final performance Sept. 4 — has two sons: Sawyer,
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Audra McDonald "Surprised but Elated" to Be Pregnant at 45

Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald had an extra special Mother's Day this year. The 45-year-old Broadway veteran revealed this morning that she and husband Will Swenson are expecting their first child together. "Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead to pregnancy?" McDonald tweeted. "Will and I are completely surprised – and elated – to be expecting a new addition to our family. I am so very grateful to everyone in New York and London for allowing me to rearrange my schedule to accommodate this little miracle. While I'm disappointed I have to postpone my West End debut in Lady Day, I'm glad I'll be able to spend a little more time in Shuffle Along this...
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Les Miserables Opens on Broadway to a Celebrity Crowd (photos!)

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka added some glitz last night (Mar. 23) to the opening of Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables on Broadway. The revival at the Imperial Theatre is a re-imagined telling of the classic tale, with Ramin Karimloo in his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean. He’s best known for his work on London’s West End. Tony Award nominee Will Swenson plays his determined pursuer Inspector Javert. [...]
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Young Cosette, Eponine & Gavroche Roles Cast in the New Broadway Production of Les MISÉRABLES

Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece Les MISÉRABLES will begin shows in New York City this Spring. Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, Les MISÉRABLES sweeps its audience through an epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption, against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution. This enthralling story is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Les MISÉRABLES stars Ramin Karimloo as "Jean Valjean," Will Swenson as "Javert," Caissie Levy as "Fantine," Nikki M. James as "Eponine," Andy Mientus as "Marius," Charlotte Maltby as "Cosette," Kyle Scatliffe as "Enjolras," Cliff Saunders as "Thenardiers," and Keala Settle...
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Les MISÉRABLES Veteran Colm Wilkinson Joined the Revival Cast for a Special Performance in Toronto

Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece Les MISÉRABLES. Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, Les MISÉRABLES sweeps its audience through an epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption, against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution. This enthralling story is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Les MISÉRABLES stars Ramin Karimloo as "Jean Valjean," Will Swenson as "Javert," Caissie Levy as "Fantine," Nikki M. James as "Eponine," Andy Mientus as "Marius," Charlotte Maltby as "Cosette," Kyle Scatliffe as "Enjolras," Cliff Saunders as "Thenardiers," and Keala Settle as "Madame Thenardiers." Colm Wilkinson, who...
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'Six by Sondheim': Darren Criss, America Ferrera give fresh voice to Stephen Sondheim classics

"Gypsy." "A Little Night Music." "Sweeney Todd." "Follies." "Company."

Stephen Sondheim's credits -- and that's a sampling -- are staggering. He's won eight Tony Awards, more than any other composer and lyricist. And though he has been an incredible force since he burst on the scene with his first Broadway project, "West Side Story," Sondheim, 83, is reserved about himself.

HBO's "Six by Sondheim" on Monday, Dec. 9, though, manages to paint an intimate portrait of the man, examining his career through six signature songs.

In one of very few interviews granted for this project, Sondheim tells Zap2it that though he had seen a few edits of this film, he doesn't like to watch himself.

"I am embarrassed to see myself," Sondheim says. "I have seen myself on-screen quite a lot."

This features wonderful footage of Sondheim, including photos from his youth, being mentored by family friend Oscar Hammerstein, and
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HBO Profiles Stephen Sondheim, ABC’s Christmas Light Contest and NBC Starts Another Holiday “Sing-Off”

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Fox cut back on its order of Dads, which isn’t a good sign for the critically-reviled sitcom.

Sutton Foster has joined the cast of Darren Star‘s TV Land pilot Younger according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series follows a forty-something divorcee who succeeds in lying about her age while restarting her life.

Aw, I miss Bunheads. And not just for the hot marine biologist bartender.

In talking with Vulture, Scandal-creator Shonda Rhimes discusses last week’s shocking opening scene and how it reflects the mindset of the writers’ room. “I feel like we’re fighting against the very traditional idea that we see these people and we identify with them and therefore they must be good. On our show, we see these people and we identify with them — that doesn’t mean they’re good by any stretch of the imagination. Sometimes you love Cyrus, and he is a monster.
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Initial Casting Announced for the Les MISÉRABLES Broadway Revival

Cameron Mackintosh announced today that four of this generation’s most talented and dynamic musical theater performers have joined the cast of his acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award®-winning musical masterpiece Les MISÉRABLES, which returns to Broadway beginning Saturday, March 1 at the Imperial Theatre. Joining the cast of the new Les Mis are Ramin Karimloo (West End and current acclaimed Toronto star of Les MISÉRABLES, and The Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies in London) as "Jean Valjean;" Will Swenson (Tony Award®-nominated star of Broadway’s Hair and Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as "Javert;" Caissie Levy (West End and Broadway star of Ghost and Hair and "Elphaba" in Broadway’s Wicked) as "Fantine" and Nikki M. James (Tony...
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Key Cast in Place for Broadway Return of 'Les Miserables'

Key Cast in Place for Broadway Return of 'Les Miserables'
New York -- Key cast members have been set for the return of Les Miserables to Broadway next spring, in a reconceived staging that premiered in Britain in 2009 and has grossed more than $160 million in touring engagements across North America. Producer Cameron Mackintosh announced Tuesday that the revival will feature Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean, Will Swenson as Javert, Caissie Levy as Fantine and Nikki M. James as Eponine.  Photos: Broadway Musicals That Have Sung Their Way to the Big Screen Karimloo has played the role of unjustly persecuted prisoner Valjean on the current tour and in London, where his

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28 Pics Of Birthday Boy Jonathan Groff

We've been following the career of Broadway babe Jonathan Groff since his explosive debut in Spring Awakening, for which he was nominated for a Tony (one of the youngest Best Actor nominees ever) for the role of Melchior Gabor

Since then, we've watched his career grow, with a season-long role on the show Boss, appearances in Broadway's Hair and the movie Taking Woodstock, and most notably, his role of Jesse St. James on Glee.

We look forward to seeing him in an upcoming HBO comedy in which he'll play a intelligent, witty, well-educated gay video game developer, and hearing him as extreme mountain man Kristoff in the Disney animated film Frozen.

To celebrate his 28th birthday today, here's a pictorial look at Jonathan celebrating career milestones, in some of his career-defining roles, and well ... just being adorable.

With John Gallagher Jr., Billy Joel, and Lea Michelle at Spring Awakening

With
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'Private Practice' ending

'Private Practice' ending
Private Practice’s current season will be its last.

Creator Shonda Rhimes made the announcement today, saying that the decision to make the 13-episode sixth season the show’s last came after “a lot of discussion and debate.”

Her full statement is below.

“I’m sad to say that Private Practice’s run will end after episode 613 this season. There was a lot of discussion and debate but, in the end, the guys at the network and the studio and I all decided that Private Practice was reaching its finish line. Creatively, we are all extremely proud of the show
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Cry Face, Dance Breaks, Doc Shorts

The Claire Danes Cry Face Project as wonderful as it sounds

iTunes Trailers Django Unchained got himself a new one just as the buzz was dipping to pin drop status

John August reacts to the lower-than-expected box office for Frankenweenie (which he wrote). I love how candid he is about temporary disappointments and what it all does or doesn't mean.

Nicks Flick Picks has been surveying the best of... 2012 in multiple categories (so far)

Movie City News on Seth MacFarlane's first Oscar sketch

Awards Daily Meryl Streep and other Hollywood power women are Drawing the Line about reproductive rights. Good for them! 

Imp Awards new character posters for Les Misérables

La Times Rip to actor /sports star Alex Karras (TV's Webster). I'm disappointed that so few of the obits have featured Victor/Victoria in any memorable way! That's what I remember him best from.

Stale Popcorn on Bret Easton Ellis,
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Audra McDonald marries Will Swenson in small ceremony

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Former "Private Practice" actress and five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald has tied the knot for the second time, this time to her fellow Broadway actor boyfriend Will Swenson.

E! News reports the two were wed Saturday night (Oct. 6) in a small ceremony at their home in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. Audra's wedding dress was designed by Esosa.

McDonald was previously married to bassist Peter Donovan, with whom she has a daughter, Zoe. This is also Swenson's second marriage -- he was previously married to Amy Westerby, with whom he has two sons, Bridger and Sawyer.
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Don't You (Forget About Link)

Glory of the 80s (and 90s)

Stale Popcorn on the recent trend of movies referencing the heyday of teen cinema like Pitch Perfect's obsession with The Breakfast Club

Scott C details his process in creating his Back to the Future illustration for "The Great Showdowns"

Gawker on Tori Amos and Tim Burton's new projects (Gold Dust & Frankenweenie) which are essentially recreations of past projects

Mondo Musicals sees the directors cut of Little Shop of Horrors and lives to tell about it.

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Gold Derby thinks the Oscar race is over and it's a 'monster sweep' for Les Misérables.  So, essentially we're right back to our initial April predictions :) 

John August, famous screenwriter, is answering fan questions online about Frankenweenie

Mnpp Daniel Radcliffe gets horny 

Cinematic Corner reminds us that it's Autumn and we couldn't be happier about that. Beautiful screencaps

Playbill Congrats to Broadway divas Audra McDonald
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