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NBC’s upcoming telecast of Peter Pan Live has added another Broadway star to its lineup.
Five-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara (most recently of The Bridges of Madison County) has joined the cast as Mrs. Darling, the wife of no-nonsense George Darling (Christian Borle). Besides being the doting mother of the Darling children (who, let’s not forget, allows the dog to babysit), Mrs. Darling gets to sing one of the show’s ballads, the bedtime lullaby “Tender Shepherd.”
In addition to O’Hara’s casting, NBC has also announced the production team behind the Dec. 4 telecast. On board are choreographer Rob Ashford, »
- Marc Snetiker
NBC has again turned to the Great White Way before setting off for Neverland, tapping Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara for its upcoming musical “Peter Pan Live!.”
O’Hara, whose credits include “The Bridges of Madison County” and “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” will play Mrs. Darling, the mother of the three children whom Peter Pan whisks away on adventure. She joins a cast that also includes “Girls” actress Allison Williams, who is playing the title role, and Christopher Walken, who will play the villainous Captain Hook. Christian Borle, who also appeared in NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!,” will play both Smee, the dastardly right-hand to Captain Hook, and George Darling, the no-nonsense father of the Darling children.
- Whitney Friedlander
Peter Pan Live has met its mother.
Five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara — most recently nominated for her role in The Bridges of Madison County — has boarded the NBC production as Mrs. Darling, the wife of Mr. Darling and the mother of Wendy, John and Michael.
Related Peter Pan First Look: Allison Williams as The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up
“Kelli O’Hara is Broadway royalty, a musical star at the top of her game,” says Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “She will be perfect as the regal mother of the Darling children, and we look forward to »
NBC has found Peter Pan Live's Mrs. Darling. Five-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara has been tapped to play the wife to George Darling and the mother to Wendy, John and Michael, the network announced Tuesday. O'Hara earned five Tony nominations in the past three years for her work in The Bridges of Madison County, Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific, The Pajama Game and The Light in the Piazza. She next makes her opera debut on Dec. 31 at New York's Metropolitan Opera co-starring in Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow. She joins a cast that includes
- Lesley Goldberg
Exactly three months ago, I sat in the audience at the Tonys as Jason Robert Brown collected best original score and best orchestrations prizes for his musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County, which starred a fantastic Kelli O'Hara but had recently closed after struggling at the box office and being denied a best musical nomination. It was, as Brown conveyed from the podium, a very bittersweet night for him. Sunday night was, perhaps, even sweeter for Brown, I sensed from a seat directly behind his at the Toronto International Film Festival's world premiere of The Last 5 Days,
- Scott Feinberg
CBS Films is making a big-screen version of the stage musical 13. Laurence Mark is producing the adaptation, which is being written by Bert V. Royal, the scribe best known for the well-regarded Emma Stone high school movie Easy A. Bob Boyett, who produced 13 onstage, also is producing, while David Blackman will executive produce. Jason Robert Brown, who won a Tony for his score for The Bridges of Madison County, wrote the music and lyrics for 13 and will tackle the same duties on the film. The play — which made its debut in 2007 at
- Borys Kit
Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges Of Madison County) is about to bust out all over. His sharp musical adaptation of Honeymoon In Vegas, starring Tony Danza, has been fast-tracked for Broadway. Now Richard Lagravanese’s film of Brown’s inspired song cycle The Last Five Years, which evolved from off-Broadway flop to Broadway cult favorite, is world premiering at the Toronto International Film Fest and immediately expanding into every major market. Credit Brian O’Shea, CEO of sales group The Exchange, for the broad placement. The musical presents the romance, marriage and breakup of a Gentile struggling actress (Anna Kendrick, of Twilight and Up In The […] »
Rumble has already attached Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct spy thriller “Tin Man” from a script by Seth Lochhead (“Hanna”). The “28 Weeks Later” director is developing “Tin Man” with producer Laura Bickford.
The move comes with Lancaster having a pair of Bold Films titles opening in the fall: Sundance Grand Jury prize winner “Whiplash” at Sony Classics and Jake Gyllenhaal’s crime thriller “Nightcrawler”at Open Road.
Lancaster has hired Jon Shiffman, formerly of Comerica Bank and Media Rights Capital, as the CFO and COO. Stephanie Wilcox, former director of development at Bold, has come on as VP of development and production.
Rumble’s slate is focused on auteur-driven film and TV projects with appeal to a global marketplace. Its first project is “Children of the Gun,” a dystopian parable written by Will Dunn »
- Dave McNary
Woody Allen's $14 million Bullets Over Broadway is closing, with a final performance slated for Aug. 24, its producers announced Tuesday. Bullets, Allen's first stage musical, is the fourth major musical based on a movie to close during the 2013-14 season, following Big Fish, The Bridges of Madison County and Rocky. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films The closing is a blow for A-list Broadway director-choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers), who also worked on Big Fish. The play is likely to lose a good portion or all of its $14 million capitalization, The New York Times reported. To
- Aaron Couch, David Rooney
Marking We’s first scripted drama, “The Divide” appears to harbor aspirations to be more than just another cop/crime show, but its two-hour premiere stumbles along the way. Created by Richard Lagravenese and actor/director Tony Goldwyn, the show seeks to delve into race through the prism of long-solved but controversial murders. Yet there’s a corner-cutting quality to the series — beginning with the casting — that makes this feel like a decidedly off-Broadway effort. So while We has demonstrated it’s willing to order drama as the network rebrands itself, the channel faces more work to prove it can be a significant player in this crowded field.
There’s no nice way to say the leads simply aren’t especially compelling, which might help better sell this otherwise familiar tale that hinges on a central mystery built around a death-penalty case.
Marin Ireland plays Christine Rosa, an ambitious law »
- Brian Lowry
Getting to know Kelli O’Hara has hardly been the problem for Broadway — but getting her a Tony Award is another matter. Five times a nominee — most recently for The Bridges Of Madison County — but never a winner, O’Hara will get another shot next spring when she stars as “I” in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, The King And I. In the title role created (and oft-reprised) by Yul Brynner, Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) will make his American stage and Broadway debut as the stubborn ruler torn between custom and […] »
New York – The long-standing rumor has been confirmed: Five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara will star in Lincoln Center Theater's upcoming Broadway revival of the beloved 1951 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, The King and I, playing opposite Ken Watanabe in his American stage debut. Tony winner Bartlett Sher, who directed O'Hara in The Bridges of Madison County, The Light in the Piazza and in Lct's hugely successful South Pacific revival, will stage the production, which begins previews on March 12 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Official opening is set for April 16. Adapted from Margaret Landon's novel Anna
- David Rooney
New Yorkers will soon have the chance to get to know the King all over again.
The King and I will be coming to Lincoln Center Theater next spring. This production will star Kelli O’Hara (a Tony nominee this year for The Bridges of Madison County) as Anna Leonowens and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) as the King of Siam.
The beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical follows the unconventional relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher brought in to tutor Siam’s wives and children. The show features well-known songs such »
- Erin Strecker
The constellation of stars signing on for the late-summer revival of You Can’t Take It With You starring James Earl Jones just expanded by two: Rose Byrne (Neighbors, Damages), in her Broadway debut, and Annaleigh Ashford (Masters Of Sex, Broadway’s Kinky Boots) will appear, along with Kristine Nielsen (Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike). The cast will also include stage veteran Mark Linn-Baker (also Perfect Strangers), Crystal A. Dickinson (Clybourne Park), Julie Halston (Anything Goes), Marc Damon Johnson (Lucky Guy), Patrick Kerr (Stage Kiss) and Reg Rogers (Holiday). The director is Scott Ellis. Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges Of Madison County, the upcoming Honeymoon In Vegas) is writing incidental music for […] »
It’s the worst-kept secret of the season: Honeymoon in Vegas, the new musical adaptation of the 1992 movie starring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker, will finally open on Broadway this fall. Tony Danza will star as Tommy Korman, a Vegas gambler who meets and falls in love with a woman (Brynn O’Malley) who has landed in Sin City to tie the knot with her marriage-phobic boyfriend Jack (Rob McClure).
The long-rumored Broadway production will play the Brooks Atkinson Theatre beginning November 18, with opening night slated for January 15, 2015 (one of the longest preview periods in recent memory). With a »
- Marc Snetiker
In 1962, the same year that a quartet of working-class New Jersey youths called the Four Seasons shot to the top of the pop charts with the irresistible doo-wop single “Sherry,” a solo artist from the West Coast made a less auspicious chart appearance with an earnest cowboy ballad inspired by his character on a popular TV Western. Entitled “Rowdy,” the song featured its gravelly voiced performer lamenting life on the open range, set to a gentle, galloping tempo. That singer was Clint Eastwood.
Surely, few listening to the radio back then would have imagined that, 50-odd years later, the Four Seasons’ pint-sized frontman, Frankie Valli, would still be selling out arenas with his vibrating falsetto. Fewer still would have wagered that Eastwood, then in his fourth season as Rowdy Yates on CBS’ “Rawhide,” would not only go on to become one of Hollywood’s most iconic leading men, but one of its most lauded director-producers, »
- Scott Foundas
What happens on the Tony Awards red carpet? Fans cheer, stars schmooze, and TV stars get closer to an Egot.
This year, Radio City Music Hall was packed with an array of celebs who showed up to demonstrate their love for the theater. EW hit the red carpet to ask some of the ceremony attendees about their current show, the show that gave them their biggest theater education, their big stars, their little selves…really, just anything having to do with the stage. Below, enjoy 18 quotes we heard about the wonderful world of theater.
- Marc Snetiker
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, an old-fashioned musical comedy and the rare Broadway hit not based on a movie or TV show and with zero Hollywood stars in its cast, claimed Best Musical at the 68th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Lbj biodrama All the Way won Best Play as well as Best Actor for star Bryan Cranston in his Broadway debut.
Neil Patrick Harris, an Emmy-winning four-time Tony host, earned his first award for his role as an East German transgender punker in the musical revival Hedwig and the Angry Inch (and is halfway to »
- Thom Geier
The 68th Tony Awards on Sunday, hosted by Hugh Jackman, took place at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, where the best of the stage were honored.
Tony Awards Recap
A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder picked up steam leading up to Tony night. At the end of the show, the musical, which follows a destitute man looking to remove the eight ahead of him inline for a title, won four awards Sunday. Gentleman’s Guide won for best musical, book of a musical, director and costume design.
How I Met Your Mother actor Neil Patrick Harris, who has previously been a favorite Tony host, picked up his first award – best lead actor in a musical – for starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Hedwig won for best musical revival, and Harris’ costar Lena Hall won best featured actress in a musical.
Jessie Mueller beat out »
If you thought the Tonys ended when A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder walked off with the telecast’s last award (for Best Musical), boy, are you in for a surprise. Now, the fun really begins, as TVLine names its own winners — and losers — in a variety of, shall we say, “alternative” categories. And the nonexistent statuettes go to…
Most Tireless Performer | Four-time host Hugh Jackman bounced up and down – literally bounced up and down – for nearly five minutes to open the show and hardly slowed down after that. When he wasn’t flirting with the audience, he »
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