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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” continued its domination of New York theater awards May 31 at the 60th annual Drama Desk Awards, becoming the first Off-Broadway musical to take home top honors since “Little Shop of Horrors” in 1983. Hosted by Laura Benanti, the ceremony recognized the highlights of the 2014–15 season, including “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” which earned six awards including outstanding play and director, and “An American in Paris,” which won four including outstanding orchestration and choreography. “Just Jim Dale” won for outstanding revue, Benjamin Scheuer of “The Lion” for outstanding solo performance, and the Paramount Hotel’s “Queen of the Night” for unique theatrical experience. Miranda was visibly emotional as he accepted the awards for outstanding book, music, and lyrics, three of the seven awards “Hamilton” won. The hip-hop musical, based on the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton, is scheduled to open at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre on Aug. »
We're celebrating 1979 this month so let's talk about one of its most underused / overtalented showbiz babies: Laura Benanti.
She's a Tony Winner (Gypsy) with great pipes, Broadway's Queen of Twitter (giving her 71 thousand followers more joy with hilarity than you can fathom if you don't follow her), and this decade she's been making inroads to television stardom with recurring characters on several shows including "Nurse Jackie" and "Nashville" but she's still without a big leading role which she more than obviously deserves!
She'll next be seen as Supergirl's birthmother in the pilot of "Supergirl" (2015) - currently having pirating problems -- so add psychic to her many gifts. See, In 2013 she stripped down into Supergirl costume at a Skivvies* concert! See the video after the jump »
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Playbill interviews Laura Benanti
Variety the charming animated fable Song of the Sea takes Best Picture at the Irish Film Awards. Have you seen it yet? It was very nearly my favorite of last year's animated pictures.
Guardian interviews Vincent Cassell on his disturbing Australian drama Partisan with a look back at his now-classic breakthrough in La Haine (which might get a sequel)
Variety critics hash out the best and worst of Cannes together with the most fascinating split being on Hou Hsiao Hsien's The Assassin which Debruge finds "impenetrable" and for which Chang expresses rapturous love. (Note: they also seem to admire Carol more than love it - which is why I've always been less bullish than most early Oscar prognosticators in assuming AMPAS's future love for it)
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Sadie Stone might have left Nashville before the end of the season, but Laura Benanti‘s heart is firmly ensconced in the ABC drama’s goings-on.
Take, for instance, her thoughts on Deacon’s sister Beverly, a hard-to-love character who grudgingly donated part of her liver to her ailing brother and who might have died at the end of the season finale.
“That beyotch!” Benanti says, chuckling. “Ugh, she’s so crazy. I hate her!” She calls out the title of Scarlett’s ballad of pain, inspired by Beverly’s borderline abusive mothering. ‘Black Roses! Black Roses!'”
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Ausiello: Borth is staying on as Catherine… at least for a little while, in part because next season will open with the “first dance” at Kono and Adam’s wedding. “We’ll miss the actual vows, but we’ll come in on them being introduced as husband and wife,” showrunner Peter M. Lenkov tells TVLine. As for Borth’s status, »
From virtually the moment it was announced that Arrow and The Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti was developing another DC project in Supergirl, there’s been speculation about a potential crossover between the shows.
However, given that Supergirl will air on a different network to her fellow DC superheroes, it would seem the chances are slim, and indeed CBS chairman Nina Tassler confirmed as much back in January. Still, Berlanti himself hasn’t quite given up hope, telling Variety that:
“The network has said publicly at this point they’re going to keep her to themselves. I always approach the shows as a fan first, so I would love to see [a crossover]. I think in success, all things are possible. But there’s a lot that would have to happen before everybody might say yes to that.”
See Also: Watch the first trailer for Supergirl here
Supergirl will get underway on »
- Gary Collinson
CBS just released a 6-minute trailer for its upcoming "Supergirl" TV series, starring Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El, and Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant. "Supergirl" is based on the characters from DC Comics and centers on Kara Zor-El, who comes to Earth after escaping the destruction of Krypton. After many years hiding her abilities, she joins the ranks of her cousin Superman to become the hero she was meant to be. The pilot episode was written by Ali Adler ("No Ordinary Family") and Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "The Flash"). Trailer: »
It's not a bird. It's not a plane. It's not a man. It's Supergirl! CBS just released the first look for the upcoming drama, "Supergirl," which follows Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El, as she "embraces her superhuman abilities and becomes the hero she was always meant to be." Created by "Arrow" and "The Flash’s" Greg Berlanti and writer Ali Adler, the series is a new take on the DC comic, starring Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers a.k.a. Kara Zor-El. The "Glee" star is joined in the cast by Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood, Jeremy Jordan, Chyler Leigh, Laura Benanti and Calista Flockhart. The "Ally McBeal" alum plays the role of Cat Grant, Kara's tough-as-nails boss who definitely has the same look and feel as Meryl Streep's character in "The Devil Wears Prada." One thing's for sure .... she gonna have one killer wardrobe! As for Supergirl's costume, she's rocking red, »
- tooFab Staff
Following on from the official banners and images, CBS has now given us our first look at the upcoming Supergirl TV series with the release of an extended six minute trailer for the latest DC show. And yes, Kara’s cousin does make a brief (and we mean brief) appearance. Check it out here…
So, what do you make of that? Are you looking forward to the series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
Based on the DC Comics character, the drama tells the story of Kara Zor-El, who was born on the planet Krypton, but escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin Superman. But now, at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
- Gary Collinson
Having placed a full series order last week, CBS has now announced that its upcoming DC Comics adaptation Supergirl is set to premiere on Monday nights at 8pm, which would put it head-to-head with the second season of Gotham on Fox (assuming Gotham keeps the same timeslot when it returns).
Accompanying the news are two banners featuring Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, along with a couple of images showing Kara Zorl-El in her civvies with Jimmy Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and our first look at Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart)…
Based on the DC Comics character, the drama tells the story of Kara Zor-El, who was born on the planet Krypton, but escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin Superman. But now, at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. »
- Gary Collinson
"Supergirl" is zooming toward the small screen as we speak. Focused on 24-year-old Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Aka Superman's cousin, the CBS series is the first drama to be confirmed by the network for the 2015-16 season. Its early pick-up suggests a fall premiere date, and with ABC's "Agent Carter" still on the bubble, "Supergirl" will likely become fall's only female-centric superhero show. Starring alongside Benoist will be Calista Flockhart as Kara's boss Cat Grant, Mehcad Brooks as love interest Jimmy Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Kara's sister Alex Danvers and Laura Benanti as Kara's mother. Helen Slater, the actress who played Supergirl in the 1984 film, will also make an appearance on the show. [via Variety]
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Here’s one that’s been assumed for a long time. In fact, some news outlets claimed this news was confirmed months ago. It’s nice to say it with 100% surety, though – the Supergirl TV series will get a full season.
Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg of Arrow and The Flash, alongside Ali Adler of Chuck, will serve as executive producers on the show. Those three co-wrote the pilot episode together, too. That's the episode that secured the season order, naturally.
Melissa Benoist of Glee and Whiplash fame will take the title role of Supergirl, Aka Kara Zor-El, Aka Superman’s cousin. She’ll be working at a media conglomerate called CatCo, before deciding to embrace her superheroic abilities that she had previously tried to hide. You »
With all of the major TV networks getting ready to unveil their 2015-2016 schedule at the upfront presentations next week, CBS has issued an early series order for Supergirl. The network's deal between Warner Bros. TV and executive producer Greg Berlanti included an early deadline for the network to make a decision on the pilot, a perk only reserved for the most prolific producers, such as Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory). This show will be the third DC Comics property that Greg Berlanti has brought to the small screen, following Arrow and The Flash.
Melissa Benoist stars as Kara Zor-El, who escaped from her home planet of Krypton at a young age and has been hiding in plain sight on Earth ever since, refusing to showcase her incredible powers. At the age of 24, Kara decides to embrace her abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be. »
It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s… super good news! Ahead of the upfronts next week, CBS has officially granted a full series order to Supergirl.
The series – developed by Arrow and The Flash producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg along with Chuck alum Ali Adler – was given a series commitment last fall, and has picked up quite a bit of buzz ever since. Where it will wind up on CBS’ schedule hasn’t been announced, and likely won’t be until the aforementioned upfronts next week, when the network unveils all of its plans for the upcoming fall television season.
Despite sharing a creative team with the CW DC shows, Supergirl is expected to stand independently from The Flash and Arrow - though I guess crossovers are never out of the question in today’s superhero-driven climate. The show stars Glee‘s Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, »
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"Supergirl" will take flight at CBS.
Photos: ‘Supergirl’: Meet The Cast
The series is expected to follow a 24-year-old Kara as she begins her journey toward becoming a hero.
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CBS has today confirmed that Supergirl has been ordered to series for the 2015-16 season. This is the first show to be picked up this year, but an early decision was part of the original deal (presumably so Warner Bros. could take the show elsewhere if the network wasn't interested). Supergirl will revolve around Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), who escaped Krypton amid its destruction years ago, and has been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin, Superman, since arriving on Earth. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was always meant to be. The rest of the cast includes Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood, Mehcad Brooks, Laura Benanti, Dean Cain, and Helen Slater. Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler are writing the one-hour drama, and also executive producing, along with Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg. Are you looking forward »
Supergirl is officially taking flight! The superhero series, which had already received a series commitment from CBS, has now been handed an official series order from the network. Unlike The WB/CW’s Smallville, which began with a teenage Clark Kent, Supergirl will follow Kara in her mid-twenties. At 24 years old, Kara has hidden the powers that she possesses throughout her time on Earth, but she has finally chosen to embrace her superhuman abilities and “be the hero she was meant to be.” Supergirl stars Glee‘s Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El/Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks (True Blood) as James Olsen, Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) as Cat Grant, David Harewood (Selfie, Homeland) as Hank Hanshaw, Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy, Taxi Brooklyn) as Alex Danvers, and Laura Benanti (Nashville) as Alura Zor-El. Additionally, Lois & Clark‘s Dean Cain and Helen Slater from the original 1984 Supergirl movie will be appearing on the show in mysterious guest-starring roles. »
- Chris King
“Supergirl” is a go at CBS.
CBS has given its first new series pickup for the 2015-16 season to a drama series from exec producer Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV that follows the distaff side of the “Superman” franchise. The series stars Melissa Benoist (“Glee,” “Whiplash”) as the title character. It marks the third DC Comics property that Berlanti’s Wbtv-based shop has shepherded for TV, following the success of CW’s “Arrow” and “The Flash.” Another “Flash” spinoff is also in the works at CW.
“Supergirl” follows Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El (Benoist), Superman’s cousin, at age 24, when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be, after leaving Krypton and hiding her powers.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
At the McC Miscast Gala on March 30, which featured the likes of Jeremy Jordan, Uzo Aduba, Laura Benanti, and Sarah Paulson, there was one person whose name most audience members didn’t recognize. When she spoke, however, she was cheered more loudly than anyone. Dominique Fishback, graduate of the McC Theater Youth Company, was presented with the Alumna Award that evening. Since her completion of the company’s theater program, the young artist has written and performed her own one-woman show, “Subverted,” appeared in “Blue Bloods” and “The Knick,” and shared a stage with Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer. She’s a standard of success within arm’s reach for over 110 students from all five boroughs of New York City participating in McC’s Youth Company this year. The yearlong program that sees students focus on voice, movement, monologues, and dialogue in the theater emphasizes playwriting and acting, enlisting professionals »
Though Joni Mitchell's official website gave us a heartening update about the fact that she'd reportedly slipped into a coma, it's hard not to think about how singular Joni Mitchell's contributions are to the world of popular music. We've rounded up ten of the best covers of her work. 1. Crosby & Nash, "Urge for Going" This early Joni track would later appear on her "Hits" package, but it was originally just a tune that Judy Collins turned down. Here, David Crosby and Graham Nash whimdically trill it. 2. Judy Collins, "Both Sides Now" A signature track for Judy, "Both Sides Now" sounds as good with her chirp as it does in Joni's mournful soprano. 3. Led Zeppelin, "Woodstock" There's no song in Joni's catalog like "Woodstock" with its meandering recollection of the '69 rock festival and the energy around it. Led Zeppelin shreds it with this cover. Nice to see that »
- Louis Virtel
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