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Two-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry (“The Scottsboro Boys,” “Violet”) is the latest name to be announced in the casting of Chicago’s most anticipated fall theater production. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” which begins performances at the PrivateBank Theatre Sept. 27, will be led by Henry as Aaron Burr. Read: “Joshua Henry Bares His Soul in ‘Violet’ ” The actor (who worked with Miranda in the original Broadway production of “In the Heights”) just completed the Broadway run of George C. Wolfe’s “Shuffle Along,” originating the role of Noble Sissle. He joins previously announced “Hamilton” Chicago cast members Karen Olivo as Angelica Schuyler, Miguel Cervantes as Alexander Hamilton, Ari Afsar as Eliza Hamilton, Chris Lee as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Jose Ramos as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton, Wallace Smith as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison, Samantha Marie Ware as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds, and Alexander Gemignani as King George III. »
Based on Rebecca Skloot's nonfiction best-seller of the same name, the biopic tells the story of Henrietta Lacks (Winfrey), a poor black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951.
Without her consent, pieces of the tumor that killed her were removed and used for medical exploration and to build a billion-dollar research industry.
Byrne will play Skloot, a young journalist who formed a close bond with Henrietta's charismatic yet complicated daughter Deborah as part of her effort to tell the story of Henrietta's 'immortal' cells.
Winfrey, Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Carla Gardini and Lydia Dean Pilcher will executive produce. George C. Wolfe ("Lackawanna Blues," "Angels in America") wrote the screenplay and will direct the film which begins production this summer.
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- Garth Franklin
Reminder: You can watch the live stream of Broadway's She Loves Me tonight (one of the major Tony nominees this year) on "Broadway HD" for only $9.99 this evening at 8:00 Pm Est (though I'd get there before 7:50 Pm). The show stars Laura Benanti and Jane Krakowski, two national musical comedy treasures, and some talented men, too. It's the first time in history that a Broadway show has been livestreamed and since Broadway shows aint cheap $10 is practically free. If you check it out, let us know what you thought. Our review icymi.
Variety looks back at the waves made by The Devil Wears Prada 10 years back
Vox has a very sound theory as to why the blockbusters suck this year - the disappearance of second acts in the three act structure
Shout Factory Carrie (1976) is getting a spiffy new Blu-Ray for her 40th anniversary
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- NATHANIEL R
On a night that was marked by tragedy — and occurring mere hours after news broke of the deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Florida — the Tonys provided a much-needed bit of levity. The performers and honorees didn't shy away from speaking about the shocking events of the day, but the overall mood was one of celebration. Part of the credit goes to the master of ceremonies James Corden, best known as the goofy host CBS's Late Late Show, yet still a dorky theater kid at heart; his charming, cheerful persona brought »
“Shuffle Along” reaped 10 Tony Awards nominations, including a bid for Best Musical. It recounts the backstage drama of mounting the 1921 musical revue of the same name, which had a score by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle. Tony winner George C. Wolfe, who also handled helming, adapted the original book by Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles. And another Tony champ, Savion […] »
- Paul Sheehan
Broadway's best has come out in full force. The 2016 Tony Awards made history before it even started, when Hamilton nabbed a record-breaking 16 nominations - but will they also raise the bar with wins? Along with Hamilton, this year's nominees include Jeff Daniel and Michelle Williams for their performances in Blackbird, Lupita Nyong'o for Eclipsed, Steve Martin for his music in Bright Star and Sara Bareilles for her music in Waitress. View a complete list of winners below. (Winners' names are in bold; stay tuned as more winners are announced.) Best Play Eclipsed The Father The Humans King Charles IIIBest Musical »
- Stephanie Petit
It’s the Jewish “Shuffle Along.” Paula Vogel takes a forgotten but seminal work, Sholem Asch’s “The God of Vengeance,” and tells the backstory of its incredible journey in her new play, “Indecent,” which opened Tuesday at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre. In his recently opened Broadway musical, George C. Wolfe resurrected a hit 1921 musical, “Shuffle Along,” giving a rich behind-the-scenes history of its African American creative team but little of the original plot. Vogel gives us much of Asch’s plot in her new play, and what a story it is! “The God of Vengeance,” which bombed the »
- Robert Hofler
“The Humans” continued its impressive theater awards season streak last night with a big win at the New York Drama Critics’ Circle. Stephen Karam’s chilling family drama was named the best play of the season by 22 theater critics from various publications in New York metropolitan area. The award carries a cash prize of $2,500, made possible by a grant from the Lucille Lortel Foundation. Meanwhile, “Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed,” the last production to open in the 2015–16 Broadway season, took home best musical. With a book by George C. Wolfe, music by Eubie Blake, lyrics by Noble Sissle, and an original book by F.E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles, the musical has picked up steam this spring, recently clinching 10 Tony nominations. Special citations were also given to several NYC theater community professionals: Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater; actor Lois Smith »
The Tony nominations were announced today, and Hamilton got a record 16 of them, because of course it did. The ridiculously popular and critically acclaimed musical was nominated in basically every possible category, with its writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda alone earning three nominations: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score Written for the Theatre. Other big names with nominations include Steve Martin, Lupita Nyong'o, Jane Krakowski, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Lange, and Michelle Williams. The Tony Awards will be broadcast on June 12 at 8 p.m. on CBS. You can find the full list of nominations here, but here are some of the major categories: Best Play Eclipsed The Father The Humans King Charles III Best Musical Bright Star Hamilton School of Rock - The Musical Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All »
- Sara Morrison
Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” leads the race for the 70th annual Tony Awards with a record 16 nominations, including Best Musical. George C. Wolfe’s updated reinvention of the 1920s musical “Shuffle Along” earned 10 nominations, while the musical revival “She Loves Me” followed with eight. Miranda alone picked up multiple nominations, for his lead role as founding father Alexander Hamilton as well as for his score and book for the hip-hop retelling of American history. Also Read: 'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Freestyles About Puerto Rico Crisis (Video) In the top category, “Hamilton” will compete against four challengers: Steven Martin and Edie. »
- Thom Geier
Oprah Winfrey has been cast as the lead in HBO Film’s upcoming “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” The actress and media mogul will play the title character’s daughter, Deborah Lacks, in the George C. Wolfe’s adaptation of the bestselling nonfiction book of the same name by Rebecca Skloot. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and to. »
- Reid Nakamura
The premium cabler made the announcement on Monday.
Based on Rebecca Skloot’s best-seller, Winfrey will also serve as an exec producer on the film, along with Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Carla Gardini and Lydia Dean Pilcher. Skloot will serve as a co-exec producer. George C. Wolfe will direct and wrote the screenplay.
The project has been in the works for years. First announced in 2010 when Winfrey’s Harpo Films acquired the book rights, the media mogul was attached to produce, alongside Ball, for HBO Films. The project has sat in development, but now with Winfrey attached to star, has been put on the fast-track with filming beginning this summer.
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Based on Rebecca Skloot's nonfiction bestseller, the story follows a poor black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951. Without her consent, pieces of the tumor that killed her were removed and used for medical exploration and to build a billion-dollar research industry.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films has teamed with a group of producers including Doug Liman to mount The Year of the Great Storm, a racially charged murder tale that occurred during the height of Apartheid in South Africa. Tyler Perry, Ozzie Areu and Matt Moore will produce with Air Extreme Films’ Russ Stratton and Johanna Baldwin. Liman and George C. Wolfe will be exec producers. Directing will be Karzan Kader, whose short film Bekas won a Student Academy Award… »
Plus: Tyler Perry greenlights Apartheid drama; Semana Del Cine Español to kick off in Puerto Rico
Kurt Voelker directs the comedy-drama and Windowseat Entertainment is fully financing. Fortitude International handles sales outside the Us and The Gersh Agency and CAA represent North American rights.
Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films is in development on The Year Of The Great Storm, with Doug Liman and George C. Wolfe on board as executive producers. Karzan Kader will direct the story of Amy Biehl, an American Fulbright scholar whose death in South Africa during the Apartheid years prompted her parents to move to the country in an effort to bring about change. Wme is packaging the project.Spanish star Paco Leon and writer-director Daniel Guzman will be among the attractions at the »
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15 items from 2016
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