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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. “The Band’s Visit” arrives on Broadway.After a rapturously lauded run Off-Broadway last season, David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ “The Band’s Visit” moves uptown and begins preview performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre Oct. 7. Led by three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk, audiences would be wise to procure tickets early in the run, as the tuner is primed to be the season’s critical and awards darling. (Tickets start at $49) Attend Coachella for musical theater kids.Coachella and musical theater are in many ways oxymoronic, but the two meet at the undeniable sweet spot known as Elsie Fest, returning to Summerstage in Central Park Oct. »
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Quite the dream team has assembled for a new Hulu project. According to Deadline, director Lynn Shelton (“Your Sister’s Sister”), “Casual” Ep/showrunner Liz Tigelaar, and producers Amy Pascal (“Molly’s Game”) and Elizabeth Cantillon (“The Nightingale”) are collaborating on the single-cam comedy series “La Woman.” The show is inspired by Eve Babitz’s memoirs, which Pascal and Cantillon optioned in 2015.
With the books “Eve’s Hollywood,” “Slow Days, Fast Company,” “Sex and Rage,” and “La Woman” as its source material, Hulu’s “La Woman” will present Babitz’s story as a coming-of-age comedy. Babitz was “the reigning ‘it’ girl of Los Angeles in the late 1960s and early 70s” and “went on to become an author known for her loosely fictional, witty, memoir-style writing about her life as a writer, artist, party girl, and muse” in the ‘70s and ’80s, the source explains.
Created and written by Tigelaar, “La Woman” will be directed by Shelton. Both will exec produce alongside Pascal and Cantillon.
The third season of Tigelaar’s “Casual” ended in August. A fourth season has yet to be confirmed. Shelton has directed several episodes of the Hulu dramedy. Tigelaar is also working on another project for Hulu: “The Way I Am,” a semi-autobiographical series about singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson. Tigelaar and Michaelson created the show together.
Shelton’s recent directing credits include episodes of afterlife comedy “The Good Place,” dark rom-com “Love,” and women’s wrestling comedy “Glow,” as well as the Marc Maron comedy special “Too Real.” Her latest feature, “Outside In,” recently debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and secured distribution from The Orchard. It centers on the relationship between an ex-con (Jay Duplass) and his former teacher (Edie Falco).
Next on Pascal and Cantillon’s docket is “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” starring “The Crown’s” Claire Foy. The film is based on David Lagercrantz’s Lisbeth Salander novel. Lisbeth, created and made famous by Stieg Larsson, is a hacker and rape survivor who teams up with journalist Mikael Blomqvist to solve crimes. Currently in pre-production, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is scheduled to open October 19, 2018.
Lynn Shelton, Liz Tigelaar, Amy Pascal, & Elizabeth Cantillon Team Up for Hulu Comedy was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
The classic film Willy Wonka starring Gene Wilder has had a sweet spot in our hearts for generations. Starting out as a children’s book to hitting the big screen for the first time in 1971 before Tim Burton delivered his take on the popular story in 2005, the story is now making its way to Hollywood in a unique way. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory will be in concert at the world famous Hollywood Bowl in a “Live to Film” celebration and lead by an all-star cast.
On November 3 and 4 you can be a part of a one-of-a-kind experience filled with singing, unique lights sounds and even smells. The cinematic event will star John Stamos (Full House) as Willy Wonka, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, It) as Charlie, Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) singing the role of The Candy Man, and Richard Kind (Gotham) as Grandpa Joe, with musicians Elle King (“Ex’s »
- Chris Salce
When “The Greatest Showman” opens on Christmas Day, no one will be surprised that Benj Pasek and Justin Paul penned the songs for the P.T. Barnum story. After all, the two are the hottest songwriters in America after their Oscar win for “La La Land” in February and their Tony win for “Dear Evan Hansen” in June. The surprise is that they started work on “The Greatest Showman” before anyone had ever heard of either “La La Land” or “Evan Hansen.” They’ve been on the project for three and a half years, working closely with director Michael Gracey.
Variety was given an exclusive first listen to the Pasek and Paul songs, and while post-production on the 20th Century Fox movie is still underway, it’s clear that this latest effort by the 32-year-old musical-theater wunderkinds will merit serious consideration come awards season.
For instance, “From Now On,” the big moment in the last act for Barnum »
- Jon Burlingame
With dozens of castings announced and new projects coming down the pipeline each week across television, film, and theater, it can be near-impossible to keep up. Luckily, Backstage is here to help. Every Friday, we’re rounding up the week's industry news you shouldn’t miss so you can be sure you're firmly in the know! Ingrid Michaelson is heading to the opera.The multi-platinum recording artist will make her Broadway debut in the Tony-winning rock opera “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.” Michaelson will be stepping into the role of Sonya from July 3–Aug. 15, while Brittain Ashford is on temporary leave from the role, which she originated. Michaelson will join the cast on the same day that “Hamilton” actor Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan takes over the role of Pierre from Josh Groban, who departs on July 2. Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart pair up on the big screen.The two are »
Exclusive: Here’s the first look at Humor Me, the film from writer-director Sam Hoffman that toplines Elliott Gould and Jemaine Clement. It’s having its world premiere tonight at the Los Angeles Film Festival in the Premieres section. Inspired by Hoffman’s web series Old Jews Telling Jokes, the pic centers on an aging father who refuses to engage emotionally with his son, who is desperate for approval. Ingrid Michaelson, Annie Potts, Bebe Neuwirth, Priscilla Lopez and… »
Once again, the annual comedy actress roundtable is giving us life.Emmy Rossum, America Ferrera, Pamela Adlon, Minnie Driver, Kathryn Hahn, and Issa Rae are all brilliant, gorgeous, hilarious unicorns who want to see more male nudity on television and equal pay for all. (The Hollywood Reporter) Ingrid Michaelson is coming to Broadway.The singer-songwriter will join the cast of “Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812” as Sonya, starting July 3. (Vulture) The Grammys are introducing online voting.In the past, votes were counted based on paper ballots sent to the Academy’s 13,000 members. (Buzzfeed) Patty Jenkins looks forward to not being known as a “female director.”In conversation with Moira Forbes, executive vice president of Forbes Media, the record-breaking director said, “I look forward to one day getting to be a director and not having anything shaded by that female lens.” (The Cut) Get your “Falsettos” with a side of popcorn. »
Ingrid Michaelson is heading to Broadway!
The singer-songwriter will make her Broadway debut this summer in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. From July 3 to Aug. 15, the New York native will play Sonya in the Tony-winning musical, which currently stars Josh Groban as the titular male lead.
People exclusively caught up with Michaelson, 37, about her foray into music theater.
You started doing musical theater at a young age. Once you found success going the singer-songwriter route, did you think you’d make your way back to theater?
I’ve been involved in theater forever, since I was a child. »
- Jeff Nelson
Ingrid Michaelson: Michaelson’s official site
Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson is heading to the small screen. The Hollywood Reporter writes that she’ll star in Hulu’s “The Way I Am,” a semi-autobiographical series she co-created with “Casual” showrunner Liz Tigelaar. The half-hour single-camera comedy shares its name with one of Michaelson’s highest-charting singles.
Michaelson has previous acting experience. She studied theater at Binghamton University, where she was a member of “a theater repertory company and the Pappy Parker Players, an improv comedy group,” THR writes. She started playing piano when she was just four years old, and released her debut album in 2005.
The project has secured a script commitment following “a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding,” THR reports. Tigelaar will pen the script. She’ll also serve as executive producer alongside Michaelson and Lynn Grossman.
“I believe in myself and I’m very supportive of my female friends and artists, Michaelson has said. “When I first started, there were definitely people who said I shouldn’t wear my glasses. But I hate contacts. I’m not getting Lasik and I’m pretty blind, so I’m wear my glasses. My mother wore her glasses never did her nails or made up her hair. I’ve never called myself a feminist; I just was one since birth,” she observed. She added, “If you love yourself and respect yourself and you’re proud of yourself and you’re a woman, you’re a feminist. There’s a sliding scale of feminism whether you’re extremely vocal about it or not. I think you can be quietly feminist and have your own core strength. To each her own.”
Tigelaar created the CW family drama “Life Unexpected.” She’s written for series such as “Once Upon a Time,” “Revenge,” and “Brothers & Sisters.” Tiglaar has a TV adaptation of Jami Attenberg’s 2012 novel “The Middlesteins” in the works at Showtime.
Ingrid Michaelson to Star in Hulu Series from Liz Tigelaar was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Jason Alexander is getting the band back together! (No, not that band.)
At&T Audience Network has ordered 10 episodes of Hit the Road, starring Seinfeld‘s Alexander — who also created the series, along with Peter Tilden and Dean Craig — as Ken Swallow, the head of a “chaotically dysfunctional” family band.
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Described as the “greatest family band you’ve never heard of (yet!),” the Swallows “traverse the country in a cramped tour bus sacrificing privacy, comfort and dignity while in search of fame and fortune.”
Gee, what could possibly go wrong there?
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In a competitive situation, Hulu has landed The Way I Am, a half-hour single-camera comedy from singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson and Casual showrunner Liz Tigelaar, with Michaelson set to star. Created by Michaelson and Tigelaar and written by Tigelaar, The Way I Am, now in development, is based on loosely Michaelson, who’s at the height of her career (even if everyone thinks she’s Lisa Loeb). Michaelson and Tigelaar executive produce with Lynn Grossman. The Way I Am… »
Ingrid Michaelson rose to fame for having her songs on a TV show — now she’s about to get a show of her own.
“The Way I Am,” a single-camera comedy, is loosely based on Michaelson’s life. She’ll also be starring in the project, playing a heightened, fictionalized version of herself — a singer/songwriter who’s described as being at the height of her career, even if everyone thinks she’s Lisa Loeb.
Hulu is said to have won the project in a competitive bidding situation, with multiple networks bidding on the project.
Tigelaar penned the script and will serve as an executive producer, along with Michaelson and Lynn Grossman.
This project is a continuation of Tigelaar’s relationship with Hulu, who currently serves as showrunner of Golden-Globe nominated comedy »
- Debra Birnbaum
Ingrid Michaelson is bringing her life to the small screen.
The singer-songwriter behind "The Way I Am" is set to star in a semi-autobiographical comedy for Hulu, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Michaelson is teaming with Casual showrunner Liz Tigelaar for the half-hour single-camera comedy, titled The Way I Am. The project, which is in development, landed at the streaming service with a script commitment in a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding.
The duo created the comedy together, with Tigelaar set to write the script. Both will executive produce alongside Lynn Grossman.
- Lesley Goldberg
A version of this article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.
No fear! Beginning at 8 p.m. Et this Saturday, Entertainment Weekly will be live-streaming the “Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!” fundraising event as it’s happening at The Town Hall in New York.
The concert will mix songs, comedy, and commentary to raise money for five national organizations, including Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, The Sierra Club Foundation, »
- Rachel DeSantis
Sony Music Masterworks has released The Space Between Us – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and physically on CD. The album will also release on vinyl at a later date. The album features original songs by Ingrid Michaelson and the movie’s original score by Andrew Lockington (San Andreas, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters).
The score was comprised of orchestral elements and salvaged items from junk yards to create unique sounds catered to the film’s story. This process of “upcycling” was in line with the film’s message about celebrating the beauty of our planet.
“I loved working with Peter [Chelsom, the director] and Richard [Lewis, producer]. They had a real vision as to what they wanted but also allowed me lots of freedom within that vision. It was a lot of fun to be a part of the movie from such an early stage,” remarks Ingrid Michaelson.
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The album is now streaming on Spotify. »
- Melissa Thompson
Taking John Gray’s 1992 title “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” a little too literally, “The Space Between Us” concocts an elaborate science-fiction scenario on which to hang an otherwise clichéd tale of impossible teen romance. Here, the tiny detail that prevents 16-year-old Gardner Elliot (“Hugo” star Asa Butterfield) from dating high-school student Tulsa (Britt Robertson, of “Tomorrowland”) is the fact that Gardner has spent his entire life on the Red Planet — and if he travels to Earth, he may die.
To some, that may sound like a compelling premise for a weepy romance — call it “The Fault in Our Planets,” if you like. In truth, it’s a ridiculously expensive spin on “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble,” where the mostly Mars-set first act adds millions of dollars to the budget but virtually no value to the story itself, a by-the numbers meller in which a freakishly »
- Peter Debruge
Love (and new music) is in the air!
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Amazon Music is releasing two new playlists – one for lovers (Love Me) and one for haters (Love Me Not) – with over 70 new recordings.
Whether you’re single or taken, the playlists feature both original songs and covers from a variety of artists including Ingrid Michaelson, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Tacocat, Okkervil River, Kadhja Bonet and many more.
In fact, Michaelson believes in “loving someone through imperfections and reality,” so she knew this playlist would be the perfect platform for her to release her new love song, »
What’s your favorite thing about earth?
That’s the puzzling question everyone was asking at the L.A. premiere for “The Space Between Us,” the latest offering from British “Shall We Dance” director Peter Chelsom, at the ArcLight Hollywood on Tuesday night.
For the film’s lead actor Asa Butterfield, who plays Gardner Elliot, a boy who grows up on Mars yearning to see the earth and find his father, it’s a combination of the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon, and the “wild adventure” of a big city like Tokyo.
“What was really important for me was channeling Gardner’s wonder and naivety at everything he sees,” Butterfield said. “It’s almost like going back to a childlike state of wonderment at the world, which was a lot of fun.”
Chelsom echoed his lead’s opinion that nature is one of his favorite things about the planet, »
- Will Thorne
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