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By Anjelica Oswald
Every year, the glittering lights and unique experience of Broadway lures Hollywood actors to the East Coast; some are veterans of the stage and others are making their Broadway debut. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Franco (This is the End) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) all made their Broadway debuts earlier this year, with O’Dowd receiving a Tony nomination for Of Mice and Men and Cranston winning a Tony for All The Way. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), who hadn’t been on Broadway since his 2004 run in Assassins, scored his first Tony nomination and win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch this summer.
The Broadway lineup for the end of the year hosts a number of Hollywood actors making their Broadway debuts, and they are joined by an illustrious group of Broadway vets returning to the stage.
- Anjelica Oswald
Manhattan Theatre Club will present the world premiere of Richard Greenberg’s The Swing Of The Sea as part of its off-Broadway season next spring, in a production staged by Mtc Artistic Director Lynne Meadow. For Greenberg, whose Broadway credits include Take Me Out and Three Days Of Rain with Julia Roberts, it’s collaboration number 11 with the prestige nonprofit. Mtc describes the play thusly: Patriarch Max has died, leaving behind two sons, Brett and Alec, and a lover Vivi. All three reunite for one evening in Vivi’s New York apartment. Secrets, passions and ghosts of the past emerge for this trio as each […] »
Yes, they can. Both of them. And that includes James Franco. When big stars make their Broadway debuts, especially those big stars who don't have much of a theater pedigree, the first question has to be: “So, can they act? On stage?” Since the disappointment of Julia Roberts’ Broadway debut (“Three Days of Rain,” 2006, preceded even more infamously by Madonna's 1988 debut, in “Speed-the-Plow”), movie stars have acquitted themselves quite well on old Broadway. Also read: James Franco Didn't Know He Has a Cameo in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ In the current “Of Mice and Men” revival, which opened Wednesday. »
- Robert Hofler
Gibney has come board as producer and Wenders as an exec producer. Meredith and Wenders have been following Festival au Desert organizer Ansar around the world as he campaigns for international awareness of the Malian crisis, encourages refugees to return to their homes and rallies musicians to use their voices to reunite a war torn country.
Mali was hit with a military coup in 2012, which turned Timbuktu into a violent war zone with militants imposing Sharia law and forcing more than a million Malians to flee. The French military reclaimed control of the city last year.
Ansar is working to restore Festival au Desert to Timbuktu next year. He initiated a procession of traveling musicians in January, culminating at the »
- Dave McNary
The 39-year-old actor will in fact be playing the disfigured character without make-up or prosthetics, conveying his deformity through physical movements alone, the Independent reported.
Fresh from playing wild FBI agent Richie Dimaso in David O Russell's 'American Hustle', Cooper is returning to the stage after an eight-year absence.
Cooper has taken on the role of. »
- Anita Agarwal
Bradley Cooper is returning to the stage! The 39-year-old Oscar-nominated American Hustle star will reprise the titular role in The Elephant Man on Broadway this fall, EW reports. Cooper's return to the play will mark his first time on Broadway since 2006 when he costarred with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in Three Days of Rain. Cooper is set to play John Merrick, The Elephant Man's main character, a man with a deformed body but an unbroken spirit. The character famously says the line, "I am not an animal!" to reassert his humanity to those who would only judge him by his appearance. Cooper previously played the same role in a 2012 production at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Patricia »
So much for the old adage that movie stars head to Broadway to revive their flagging film careers - or to announce that they are available to appear on television. No less than Bradley Cooper, currently Oscar nominated for his role in American Hustle, is bound for the Great White Way, in a revival of Bernard Pomerance's 1979 Tony-winning best drama, The Elephant Man, reports Entertainment Weekly. The show is due to open in the fall. Further details and other casting news have yet to be announced. Actor Philip Anglim was nominated for a Tony for his performance in the original Broadway production, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
The American Hustle actor, who last week received his second Oscar nomination in as many years, will return to the New York stage after eight years. He last starred in 2006′s Three Days of Rain with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd.
More casting announcements are to follow.
Cooper recently revealed that his curly hairstyle in American Hustle was influenced by classic NBA stars. »
If you’ve ever had the burning desire to see one of the hottest film stars of the moment bray, “I am not an animal!” you’re in luck. Bradley Cooper, who just received his second Oscar nomination in as many years for his fussy, conflicted G-man in David O. Russell’s American Hustle, will be returning to Broadway after an eight-year absence, the actor’s reps tell EW. (His last appearance was opposite Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in 2006′s Three Days of Rain, for which he got very good notices.)
The red-hot actor will headline a revival of »
- Jason Clark
9 items from 2014
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