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Off-b’way and Beyond: Obies Honor ‘Eclipsed’ and ‘The Humans’

24 May 2016 8:44 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

It was Off-Broadway’s night on May 23 as the Obie Awards dished out recognition for some of the season’s top productions. The Danai Gurira–penned, Tony-nominated “Eclipsed,” which transferred to the John Golden Theatre from the Public Theatre earlier this year, took the best ensemble award while the star of the production about the wives of a Liberian Civil War rebel officer, Lupita Nyong’o, took best actress. Playwright Lucas Hnath took home Obies for both “Red Speedo” and “The Christians,” as did Stephen Karam for his work on “The Humans,” another 2016 Tony nominee that transferred to Broadway. The Tony-nominated actor Jayne Houdyshell, who plays the matriarch in the the latter eerie Thanksgiving eve family drama, won for her performance, as did Georgia Engel (“John”), Khris Davis (“The Royals”), Tamara Tunie (“Familiar”), Ben Platt (“Dear Evan Hansen”), Lucas Caleb Rooney (“Red Speedo”), Emily Donahoe (“The Christians”), and “Guards at »

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‘Guards at the Taj,’ ‘Robber Bridegroom’ Win Big at 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards

2 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

The 31st annual Lucille Lortel Awards, honoring the best of Off-Broadway, wrapped in New York City last night with playwright Rajiv Joseph’s two-hander “Guards at the Taj” winning four statues, including outstanding play. “This play doesn’t exist without two men—the two men who play the two roles in this play: Arian Moayed and Omar Metwally,” Joseph said while accepting the award for outstanding play, the final of the evening. The 1648-set drama about two Imperial Guards tasked with the unthinkable also won on the technical side for outstanding lighting design for David Weiner, outstanding scenic design for Timothy Mackabee, and outstanding sound design for Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. “The Robber Bridegroom” also rose to the top, taking home three awards for outstanding revival, outstanding lead actor in a musical for Steven Pasquale, and outstanding featured actress in a musical for Leslie Kritzer. Kritzer told Backstage on »

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Mance Media Launching ‘Model Turned Superstar’ on 4KUniverse Channel

27 April 2016 8:13 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mance Media’s 4KUniverse channel has announced its first original series — “Model Turned Superstar,” which will launch on June 28, Variety has learned exclusively.

The international reality series challenges more than 100 models from across the world to become the next supermodel. It’s hosted by fitness expert April Scott and features supermodel guest judges Alessandra Ambrosio, Irina Shayk and Ana Beatriz Barros.

Variety reported last month that Mance was launching the entertainment channel aimed at consumers seeking programming in the growing 4K Ultra High Definition format. The Los Angeles-based service, which has the support of global satellite operators Ses and AsiaSat, is available to cable, Internet Protocol TV and Mso subscribers at a cost of $5.99 a month on YouTube and Vimeo.

The contestants will have to prove themselves in feats that include zip lining through the jungles of Thailand to swimming with sharks in the waters of Bora Bora in order to get their picture-perfect shot. »

- Dave McNary

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