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‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Closing Up Shop + More NY Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! The chocolate factory is closing.Following its opening this past spring, Broadway’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” has announced it will play its final performance at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Jan. 14, 2018. The tuner, based on the Roald Dahl film, stars Christian Borle as iconic Willy Wonka,
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See ‘Falsettos’ on the Big Screen + More NYC Events 7/14–7/20

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. Reunite the tight-knit family.If you missed the highly-acclaimed “Falsettos” revival on Broadway this past fall—or you just want to relive the tender queer musical—you’re in luck. Before closing in January, Lincoln Center filmed the tuner, which featured Tony-nominated performances by Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells, Stephanie J. Block, and Brandon Uranowitz, and will be holding screenings at movie theaters throughout Manhattan through July 16. (Ticket prices vary depending on the theater) Enjoy a “yuge” take on “Lear.”Despite some damning emails, Donald Trump isn’t going away anytime soon, nor is work inspired by or overtly about him, so we might as
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All 13 Tony Awards Musical Performances, From ‘Hello, Dolly!’ to ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ (Videos)

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All 13 Tony Awards Musical Performances, From ‘Hello, Dolly!’ to ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ (Videos)
Who knew Kevin Spacey would do so much singing? Kevin Spacey Kicks Off (With the Rockettes) Who knew Frank Underwood could sing? The host croons his way through homages to some of the season’s biggest hits, from “Evan Hansen” to “Sunset Boulevard.” “Come From Away” The Canada-set 9/11 musical earned a Tony for director Christopher Ashley — and impressed with its opening number, “Welcome to the Rock.” “Miss Saigon” Eva Noblezada was a teenager when she was cast to lead the revival of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s 1989 re-telling of “Madame Butterfly.” And she wows in this medley. “Falsettos” Christian Borle,
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Dear Evan Hansen's Ben Platt Holds Back Tears as He Wins Best Actor in a Musical at 2017 Tony Awards

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Dear Evan Hansen's Ben Platt Holds Back Tears as He Wins Best Actor in a Musical at 2017 Tony Awards
Ben Platt took home the award for best actor in a musical at this year’s Tony Awards for his role in Dear Evan Hansen.

Platt held back tears as he accepted the award on Sunday, calling the moment “insane.”

Don’t waste any time being anyone but yourself because the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful,” he said.

This marks Platt’s first Tony Award.

Click here to see all of People’s Tony Awards coverage, including everything you need to know about the big night and the full list of nominees.

From
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How Tony Nominee Brandon Uranowitz Chooses an Audition Song

First appearing on Tony ballots for “An American in Paris,” Brandon Uranowitz has scored his second nomination for featured actor in a musical thanks to his charming and comedic take on Mendel in James Lapine and William Finn’s “Falsettos” revival. He sat with Backstage for a Facebook Live interview May 23 to discuss how musical theater actors should choose an audition song and why working with Christian Borle, Stephanie J. Block, and Andrew Rannells was a master class in stage acting. On auditioning for ‘Falsettos’ again and again.“I auditioned—and I’m not exaggerating—once a month from February to June. It was a nightmare. It wasn’t just, like, audition and then, ‘We’ll see what happens.’ It was audition and then, ‘It’s not going to go any further.’ The first couple of times, I had to literally mourn the loss of the job. I wanted it so badly.
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How Tony Nominee Brandon Uranowitz Chooses an Audition Song

First appearing on Tony ballots for “An American in Paris,” Brandon Uranowitz has scored his second nomination for featured actor in a musical thanks to his charming and comedic take on Mendel in James Lapine and William Finn’s “Falsettos” revival. He sat with Backstage for a Facebook Live interview May 23 to discuss how musical theater actors should choose an audition song and why working with Christian Borle, Stephanie J. Block, and Andrew Rannells was a master class in stage acting. On auditioning for ‘Falsettos’ again and again.“I auditioned—and I’m not exaggerating—once a month from February to June. It was a nightmare. It wasn’t just, like, audition and then, ‘We’ll see what happens.’ It was audition and then, ‘It’s not going to go any further.’ The first couple of times, I had to literally mourn the loss of the job. I wanted it so badly.
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Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Cast Recording First Listen

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Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Cast Recording First Listen
The stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is currently serving up a sweet surprise to audiences on Broadway — and People has the first listen of its all-new cast recording!

The album, which will be released digitally on June 2 and hits stores June 23, features a blend of songs from the popular 1971 Gene Wilder-led film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with new tunes from Hairspray scribes Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Those songs include the delicious pop hit “The Candy Man” (a No. 1 hit for Sammy Davis, Jr. in 1972), the catchy “Oompa Loompa Song,
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2017 Tony Nominations Revealed: Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett & More

2017 Tony Nominations Revealed: Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett & More
While Hamilton dominated Broadway theater in 2016, this year's Tony nominations are more evenly distributed.

The 71st annual Tony Awards nominations were unveiled on Tuesday morning live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Announced by Jane Krakowski and Hamilton alum Christopher Jackson, the honorees were led by Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 with 12 nominations, including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor for Josh Groban's role in the War and Peace-inspired story.

Related: Kristen Bell Shares Dax Shepard's Hilarious Review of 'Hamilton' After Seeing the Musical for the First Time

Dear Evan Hansen landed nine nominations, two of which were for Best Musical and Best Leading Actor (Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect). The stage adaptation of Groundhog Day and the 9/11 musical, Come From Away, rounded out the Best Musical noms.

Bette Midler also scored a Best Leading Actress nomination for her performance in Hello, Dolly! -- her
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Exclusive: Why There’s No Such Thing as a Small Part for ‘Feud’ Scene-Stealer Jackie Hoffman

Exclusive: Why There’s No Such Thing as a Small Part for ‘Feud’ Scene-Stealer Jackie Hoffman
When Jackie Hoffman signed on to play Joan Crawford’s housekeeper, Mamacita, on the FX anthology series Feud: Bette and Joan, she thought the part would be just opening the door to the actress’ Hollywood mansion to say, “Can I help you?” What the longtime working actress -- you’ve seen her in everything from The Addams Family on Broadway to Hulu’s Difficult People -- didn’t realize was she was about to be labeled as the “breakout character” and “scene stealer” by executive producer Ryan Murphy himself.

“It feels great,” Hoffman tells Et during a break from rehearsals of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Broadway musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic novel opening April 23 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre -- the same evening as Feud’s season one finale. “My agent said, ‘[I’ve] managed to take a very little thing and make it into a big thing.’ So, I’m thrilled
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Exclusive: Brian d’Arcy James Comes Full Circle as King George III in ‘Hamilton’

Exclusive: Brian d’Arcy James Comes Full Circle as King George III in ‘Hamilton’
“The crown is quite heavy. The cape is quite heavy. I do remember distinctly the first time I went out, not expecting how heavy those two things would be,” Brian d’Arcy James recalls to Et about wearing King George III’s lush costume in the Off-Broadway production of Hamilton. It’s an outfit he will soon don again when he returns to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit biopic musical about Alexander Hamilton on Friday, April 14. “I don’t want to say [it will] wreak havoc on you, but if you’re not prepared, it can give you an extra sense of anxiety that you didn’t have before."

While the crown has weighed down some, it’s not an issue for Spotlight actor, who is reprising a role he originated, even though he's playing it for the first time on the Broadway stage. "It's a full-circle moment for me," James exclaims over the phone as he eagerly awaits starting
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Et Obsessions: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ Hulu’s ‘Harlots,’ ‘Boss Baby’ and GLAAD Media Awards

Et Obsessions: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ Hulu’s ‘Harlots,’ ‘Boss Baby’ and GLAAD Media Awards
Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of March 27 to April 2, this is what we’re most excited about:

Why We’re Obsessed With 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -- The Musical'

It’s a childhood favorite that’s been transformed from book to screen, and now the tale where sweet dreams come true hits the Broadway stage. Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka, will make its Broadway debut following a successful run in London. Two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle will take on the role famously originated by Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. “There are certain things people are craving to see, but we also want to surprise them,” Borle says of playing Wonka onstage. Will he recreate Wilder’s famous onscreen entrance? That’s still to be determined. “To make this
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Exclusive: Christian Borle Is Busy Finding His Version of Willy Wonka

Exclusive: Christian Borle Is Busy Finding His Version of Willy Wonka
Christian Borle, the original William Shakespeare in Broadway’s Something Rotten!, and three-time Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien have spent 45 minutes on the second day of rehearsals for the upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical debating a very serious question: Should Borle, who is portraying Willy Wonka, do a somersault?

The question is a serious one for the two, who, like fans, have a long history with the popular 1964 novel by Roald Dahl, which was adapted for the screen in 1971 as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with the late Gene Wilder taking on the iconic title role. In the film, he famously somersaulted across the screen. “Everyone has some familiarity with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Borle tells Et by phone after his discussion with O’Brien about the production striking a balance with people’s expectations for the show. “There are certain things people are craving to see, but we also
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Exclusive: 'Girls' Star Andrew Rannells Follows His Instinct Back to Broadway

Exclusive: 'Girls' Star Andrew Rannells Follows His Instinct Back to Broadway
Not wanting to jump into another TV series right away, the stage felt like the perfect reset for Andrew Rannells.

“My instinct was to go back to Broadway. That’s where my career started,” Rannells tells Et over the phone in November, shortly before Thanksgiving. The actor, who is earning rave reviews for his performance in Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of Falsettos, wrapped the sixth and final season of Girls over the summer and turned his attention back to the stage, where he first broke out and earned a Tony nomination for The Book of Mormon. “It’s where I feel most comfortable and most at home.”

“I’m so grateful to Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham for giving me the opportunity,” Rannells says, mentioning the two women behind Girls who let him play Elijah. Originally a guest star, he was promoted to series regular in the third season after Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal was canceled
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Broadway's 'Falsettos' Revival to Air on PBS

One of this season's best-reviewed Broadway musicals, Falsettos, will end its limited engagement Jan. 8, when star Christian Borle jumps into rehearsals for the spring opening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But audiences unable to catch the show before then will get another chance when it airs on PBS.

The Lincoln Center Theater production playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre will be filmed during the Jan. 3-4 performances for an upcoming Live From Lincoln Center special.

The 1992 chamber musical by composer-lyricist William Finn and co-writer James Lapine chronicles two eventful years in the life of Marvin, a...
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Gilmore Girls: Why the Leads in the Stars Hollow Musical Look So Familiar

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Let's face it: the musical sequence in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is . . . godawful, to put it bluntly. It drags on for what feels like lifetimes, it's wholly unnecessary, and most importantly, it takes away screen time from beloved characters (*cough* Jess Mariano *cough*). Thankfully, there is one small, itty-bitty silver lining: Sutton Foster and Christian Borle. If you're forced to watch a 10-minute-long faux musical about the boring history of a small Connecticut town, you might as well watch one with legit Broadway stars, right? Foster plays Violet and is likely the more recognizable of the two thanks to her current starring role on TV Land's hit comedy Younger and a past role in Bunheads, which is another brainchild of Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. In addition to lighting up TV screens, she's the proud owner of two Tony awards for best performance by a leading actress in a musical,
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Let's Face It: The Worst Part of the Gilmore Girls Revival Is the Godawful Musical

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life may not be the high point of the beloved series, but it is filled to the brim with nostalgic moments, cameos, and updates on our favorite characters. There's plenty to love about the series, but there's one thing to hate. No, I'm not talking about the controversial Last Four Words (of which I happen to approve), I'm talking about the musical. My god, the musical! In the "Summer" episode, Taylor Doose outdoes himself by creating Stars Hollow: The Musical, with the help of a creepy silent partner/director. This is when Sutton Foster's highly anticipated role comes into play. She and former Smash star Christian Borle are the leads in the two-person musical. Lorelai is part of the committee to critique a sneak peek, and she's the only one who hates it . . . except for literally all of us watching. There's so much wrong here.
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How 'Gilmore Girls' Revival Gives Fans the Ending They Always Wanted

How 'Gilmore Girls' Revival Gives Fans the Ending They Always Wanted
Now that Netflix's latest nostalgia-fueled reboot, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, is here – and if you're reading this, you've presumably binged all six hours of the new series over the holiday weekend – we have just one thing to say: Oy, enough with the poodles already.

Just kidding. But the revival of the beloved early-aughts dramedy is destined to be discussed, dissected and debated for the foreseeable future, especially when you consider that it ends on one hell of a cliffhanger. (If you haven't seen the whole thing, stop
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‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ Review: Netflix Revival Makes the Past Pertinent Again, With a Few Big Questions (Spoilers)

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‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ Review: Netflix Revival Makes the Past Pertinent Again, With a Few Big Questions (Spoilers)
Rest easy, “Gilmore” fans. Netflix’s revival of The WB/CW classic should do the same for fans’ love, reviving warm feelings of old — and for good reason. Unlike other nostalgia-mining continuations, “Gilmore Girls” returns with enough novel ideas, authentic developments, and integrity of character to justify its existence, along with being pretty darn fun throughout.

And that’s quite a relief, since Netflix’s revival record is pretty spotty. As far as we can tell, each and every resurrected series — “Arrested Development,” “Longmire,” “Fuller House,” and “Black Mirror” — has proven successful in terms of viewership. (We don’t have actual statistics, but three of the four earned renewals, and production on “Arrested Development” Season 5 is always percolating.) But the quality varies drastically. From the ambitious highs of “Black Mirror,” the confounding middle-ground of “Arrested Development,” and the disastrous lows of “Fuller House,” subscribers simply don’t know what to
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‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ Review: Netflix Revival Makes the Past Pertinent Again, With a Few Big Questions (Spoilers)

‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ Review: Netflix Revival Makes the Past Pertinent Again, With a Few Big Questions (Spoilers)
Rest easy, “Gilmore” fans. Netflix’s revival of The WB/CW classic should do the same for fans’ love, reviving warm feelings of old — and for good reason. Unlike other nostalgia-mining continuations, “Gilmore Girls” returns with enough novel ideas, authentic developments, and integrity of character to justify its existence, along with being pretty darn fun throughout.

And that’s quite a relief, since Netflix’s revival record is pretty spotty. As far as we can tell, each and every resurrected series — “Arrested Development,” “Longmire,” “Fuller House,” and “Black Mirror” — has proven successful in terms of viewership. (We don’t have actual statistics, but three of the four earned renewals, and production on “Arrested Development” Season 5 is always percolating.) But the quality varies drastically. From the ambitious highs of “Black Mirror,” the confounding middle-ground of “Arrested Development,” and the disastrous lows of “Fuller House,” subscribers simply don’t know what to
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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: The 'Summer' of Their Discontent

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: The 'Summer' of Their Discontent
Warning: This recap will tell you what happens in the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life‘s third episode, “Summer.” If you don’t want to know, click elsewhere.

Sure, it’s “Summer,” but does anyone else feel a chill in the air?

Because even though Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life‘s third episode takes place during the warmest months of the year, its fourth act has a chilling effect on the Rory-Lorelai relationship.

Rory ends things with Logan and finds her professional groove… only to be derailed by her mother. And Lorelai finally confronts the fact
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