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New York theater favorites woke up early today to honor the best of Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway, with Laura Benanti and Javier Muñoz unveiling the nominations for the 62nd Drama Desk Awards at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Leading the pack is the hit Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!” with 10 nominations. New Broadway musicals “Anastasia” and “Come From Away” followed with nine. Of the 2016–17 season’s plays, the Broadway revival of Lillian Hellman's “The Little Foxes” netted the most nominations with seven. “Groundhog Day,” “Holiday Inn,” and “The Price” are a few of the over 30 productions with just one nomination each. (The Broadway iterations of “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Significant Other,” as well as elements of “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” were deemed ineligible as they were considered in seasons past.) Read: Your Official 2017 New York Theater Awards Calendar The Drama Desk Awards are the last to be presented each »
“Captain America” star Chris Evans will make his Broadway debut in spring 2018 in a revival of Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan’s 2001 play “Lobby Hero” opposite Michael Cera. The production will kick off the inaugural Broadway season for Second Stage, a nonprofit that runs two Off Broadway venues but acquired the historic Hayes Theatre on the Main Stem in 2015. Trip Cullman will direct “Lobby Hero,” which is set in the lobby of a Manhattan apartment building where an ambitious young security guard clashes with a stern boss, and intense rookie cop and her unpredictable partner. Also Read: 'The Little Foxes' Broadway. »
- Thom Geier
It takes real guts for two actors to alternate roles during the run of a play. Who needs such direct comparisons? Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud famously switched, playing the Bard’s Romeo and Mercutio in a 1935 U.K. production. Now on Broadway, Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon alternate playing Regina and Birdie in a revival of Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes,” which opened Thursday at Mtc’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. On opening night, Linney played Regina and Nixon played Birdie, and they are excellent in those respective roles. Less wonderful is Nixon’s Regina and Linney’s Birdie. »
- Robert Hofler
She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick.—Flannery O’Connor The mist uncovers Japanese soldiers as well as the grim sight of severed heads by the side of the hot springs where Catholic priests are being tortured. A priest kneels down in horror, almost catatonic, unable to bring himself to believe in the evilness of these men, the men of the Inquisitor. Why are these priests, who came to this “swamp of Japan” to spread the Word of the Lord, suffering so immensely on the hands of these soldiers?To the modern, secular audience, the theme of Silence (2016) is of great irony: the all-powerful Catholic Church, the institution that spread terror across Europe for 700 years with her bonfires and witch hunts and enforcing an almost maddening outlook at faith and personal behavior, comes to an unconquerable land where »
Just because a movie or a celebrity wins an Oscar, that doesn't mean the win was deserved. While the Academy Awards are seen as the capstone to awards season -- and one of the highest honors in the business -- we all know that stars and movies get snubbed or overlooked all the time.
What's worse is when we look back at what did win, and shake our heads in confusion and disbelief. So, with the 89th Academy Awards just around the corner, let's take a look back over the show's illustrious history at a few times the Academy voters clearly made a mistake.
Watch: 2017 Oscar Awards Nominees: 'La La Land' Leads With 14 Nominations
1. How Green Was My Valley wins Best Picture at the 14th Academy Awards in 1942
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The Manhattan Theatre Club has announced the full cast of the new Broadway production of “The Little Foxes.” As previously reported…
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- Rachel Montpelier
When it comes to the Manhattan Theatre Club’s upcoming production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, which will see Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon playing Regina Hubbard Giddens and Birdie Hubbard in repertory appearing opposite each other during every performance, it’s anybody’s guess at how exactly it’s going to come together. “It’s a big experiment for everybody,” says Linney, who actually suggested that she and Nixon rotate the roles and, admittedly, has no idea if it’s actually going to work. “I love that I have no idea.” For both actors, it’s quite possible the greatest thing about it.
“The bizarre thing is trying to find your own Regina and your own Birdie while the actress across from you is also trying to find it,” Nixon says, while adding that the whole concept is “very liberating.”
“I’m sure Cynthia and I are going to play both parts differently, and who »
7 items from 2017
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