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Hershey Felder to Debut Debussy Show in 2019; 'Irving Berlin' Headed to San Diego, New York This Season

Award-winning actor and piano virtuoso Hershey Felder will bring a special return engagement of his wildly acclaimed one-man show, Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin to San Diego Repertory Theatre San Diego Rep. In related news, Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin will return to New York later in 2018, with an Off-Broadway run from August 24 through October 28, 2018 at 59E59 Theatres. Hershey Felder also announces that his newest solo work featuring music from the 19th century French composer Claude Debussy, Une Histoire D'Amour A Paris, A Paris Love Story, will open in the U.S. at a theater to be announced in 2019.
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The Humans National Tour Launches Tonight in Seattle

The national tour of the most acclaimed American play in recent memory, The Humans, features Richard Thomas as Erik, Pamela Reed as Deirdre, Daisy Eagan as Brigid, Lauren Klein as Momo, Therese Plaehn as Aimee, and Luis Vega as Richard. The Humans kicks off its coast-to-coast national tour at Seattle Repertory Theatre tonight, November 17, before moving on to engagements in top markets across the United States.
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'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Star Vella Lovell on Season 3's Mega Revenge: 'The Stakes Are Higher' (Exclusive)

'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Star Vella Lovell on Season 3's Mega Revenge: 'The Stakes Are Higher' (Exclusive)
These days, it'd be tough to find a TV wit drier than that of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Heather Davis. The actress who plays the perpetual community college student, however, is anything but. Bright and bubbly, Vella Lovell is genuinely delighted to talk about everything from the Kardashian sisters' pregnancies to Mary Jane, the play she starred in at the Yale Repertory Theatre over the CW musical comedy's hiatus.

After more than two years of playing such an acerbic character, the 32-year-old actress is also eager to analyze just what makes Heather tick, especially since we'll be seeing more of her than ever this season. 

Et chatted with Lovell at the end of September, when the cast was in the middle of filming season three's eighth episode, and she opened up about Heather's big musical numbers, the diversity on set and yes, all of that revenge she's helping Rebecca Bunch dish out to Josh Chan.

Et: The season
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U.K. Now Casting: A London Band is Looking for Music Video Dancers + More

Move your body as a dancer in an upcoming music video! A band is currently seeking talent to join a music video for an original single, shooting in November in London. Plus, show off your musical talent in “The Darlaston Dog Fight,” perform acrobatic feats in “The Boulderers,” or play the lead in a campaign commercial. Female Dancers For Music Videoa music video is currently in need of female dancers. Talent, aged 18–33, is wanted to join the production for an original single. Dancers will perform around the band and kiss one of the band members. The video will shoot in November in London. Pay is £120 for a four-hour shoot. Apply here! “The Darlaston Dog Fight”The play “The Darlaston Dog Fight” is currently seeking talent to fill out its cast for an upcoming production. Male and female actors, aged 20–69, are wanted for three supporting roles. Talent should have a genuine Black Country accent,
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U.K. Casting: 3 Musical Actors Needed for ‘The Darlaston Dog Fight’

Hello and welcome to one of our shoutouts for projects casting around the U.K. As always there’s a mix of opportunities for all ages, abilities, and locations but do remember to check if you fit the bill before applying. Although we make every attempt to verify castings before we hit publish, please ensure that you do your own research before firing off those headshots and Backstage links. “The Darlaston Dog Fight” Regional Voice Theatre is looking for three actors to become the cast of an Arts Council-funded production of David Calcutt’s “The Darlaston Dog Fight”. The three-hander needs actors with genuine Black Country accents, good singing voices, and experience with physical theatre and movement. The company says the production will feature music, so playing a musical instrument will be an advantage. The character breakdowns are as follows: Male, in his 50/s/60s Female, in her 30s/40s
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Photo Flash: First Look at Emily Donahoe and Kathleen Chalfant in Amy Herzog's Mary Jane at Yale Rep

Yale Repertory Theatre concludes its 50th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of Mary Jane by Amy Herzog, directed by Anne Kauffman, nowthrough May 20 at Yale Repertory Theatre 1120 Chapel Street. Opening Night is Friday, May 5. The cast of Mary Jane includes Kathleen Chalfant, Emily Donahoe, Vella Lovell, Miriam Silverman, and Shona Tucker. BroadwayWorld has a first look at them in action below
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Now Casting: Union, Nonunion Performers for ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

A regional productin of the musical is casting talented singer-actors for all roles, including Quasimodo and Esmeralda! Plus, we’ve got a reading for a brand new musical, Fox’s upcoming “X-Men” pilot, and more! “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame”Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center is casting union and nonunion performers for its upcoming production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Seeking male and female talent ages 18 and up for roles including Quasimodo and Esmeralda, the piece will hold auditions by appointment April 3 and 5 in Midland, Pennsylvania. A run is slated for June 16–25, also in Midland, with pay set at $315/week under an Equity Guest Artist Agreement. Untitled “X-men” Project TV PILOTFox is casting background actors for its still-untitled “X-Men” pilot project. Depicting “two ordinary parents who discover that their children possess mutant powers,” the piece seeks male and female talent ages 18 and up, and is shooting March and April in Dallas,
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Video: Watch Christiane Noll Sing from TheaterWorks' Next To Normal

TheaterWorks will continue its31st Season with Next To Normal,runningMarch 23 through April 30, 2017. The cast features Tony nominated Christiane Noll Diana and Australia's David Harris Dan in the Pulitzer Prize winning drama with music by Tom Kitt and book amp lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Christiane is familiar to Connecticut audiences for her work at Goodspeed, Shubert, The Bushnell and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. David has been charming Australian audiences for years but recently relocated to New York. Local audiences have seen him in Terrance Mann's Les Miserable at Connecticut Repertory Theatre and Goodspeed's Anything Goes.
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Up On The Marquee: Indecent at the Cort Theatre

Indecent - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrightPaula Vogel's newest work, one of the most acclaimed plays of 2016 when it debuted in New York Off-Broadway at theVineyard Theatre- will premiere on Broadway at the Cort Theatre 138 W 48th St New York, NY, this spring, with previews set to begin early April prior to opening April 18, it has been announced by producersDaryl Roth,Elizabeth Ireland McCannandCody Lassen, who will present theVineyard Theatreproduction in association withLa Jolla PlayhouseandYale Repertory Theatre. See the brand new marquee at the Cort Theater below.
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Bww Review: August Wilson's Compelling Jitney Finally Arrives On Broadway

When August Wilson's Jitney had its 1982 world premiere at Pittsburgh's Allegheny Repertory Theatre, there were no plans for it to serve as 110th of the greatest achievement in American drama. But by the time a revised version of that script opened Off-Broadway in 2000, six of the plays that would each represent a decade in his American Century Cycle had made it to Broadway and Wilson was firmly established as one the country's great playwrights.
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Why can’t TV tap into these plays for today’s marginalised? | Deborah Orr

While theatre embraces dramas such as Love, Wish List or Boy, it seems sinister that television balks at reflecting austerity Britain

Ten years in, and the metropolitan elite is at last receiving regular tuition in austerity, at the theatre. Often the plays make their way to the capital from other urban centres. Love, currently at the National Theatre, was created using a devising process by Alexander Zeldin, associate director at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. It starts playing there at the end of January.

Set in a hostel for homeless people, it features a disparate group of the desperate: a father of two whose new wife is 33 weeks pregnant, all four of them sharing one room; an adult son and his ailing, incontinent mother, sharing the room next door; plus a female refugee from Sudan and a male refugee from Syria who drift in and out of the claustrophobic lives of the central group.
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Jeffrey Hayden, Theater and TV Director, Dies at 90

Jeffrey Hayden, who directed a wide range of plays, films and TV shows including the first color specials for NBC, died in Los Angeles on Dec. 24, 2016, after a year of cancer treatment. He was 90 .

Born in 1926, the director began his career at NBC New York, where he directed first color specials like “Lady in the Dark,” and “The Chocolate Soldier,” before directing his wife, “On the Waterfront” and “North by Northwest” actress Eva Marie Saint, in the CBS series “Omnibus.”

Hayden was selected by producer Fred Coe to join the staff of The Philco Television Playhouse in 1954, and while there he directed live TV dramas with such stars as James Dean, Walter Matthau, and Paul Newman. His work attracted the attention of several film studios including MGM, and he went on to direct the crime drama “The Vintage,” starring Michèle Morgan, Pier Angeli, John Kerr, and Mel Ferrer.

Hayden and Saint performed together in both “Love Letters
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Mad Solutions Launches Innovative Arab Cinema Incubator in Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — An innovative incubator for Arab movies is being launched by Cairo-based marketing and distribution company Mad Solutions at the Dubai Film Market where footage of eight hotly anticipated projects from the region will unspool.

Called Arab Cinema Lab, the new initiative for film development and financing will be a mix of sneak peeks and keynote presentations from leading industry figures focussed on “fast-tracking a sustainable, self-sufficient ecosystem for Arab filmmakers,” says Mad Solutions CEO Alaa Karkouti.

Projects set to be showcased on December 12 at the Arena Theatre in Madinat Jumeirah, the fest’s main venue, include “Sheikh Jackson,” about an Egyptian Islamic fundamentalist cleric with a secret passion for the music of Michael Jackson, directed by Amr Salama, known for Aids drama “Asmaa” and black comedy “Excuse my French”; Palestinian auteur Rashid Masharawi’s “Writing on Snow,” on the roots of different sub-groups in Palestinian society
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Preview, On-Sale Dates Set for Paula Vogel's Indecent on Broadway

The producers of Indecent - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's newest work, one of the most acclaimed plays of 2016 when it debuted in New York Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre following productions at Yale Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse - have announced that the production will begin performances on Broadway at the Cort Theatre 138 W 48th St New York, NY, on April 4, prior to its official opening night on April 18.
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