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Hollywood Heads to Broadway

16 September 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

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.

Michael Cera (Arrested Development) and Kieran Culkin, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Manhattan Theatre Club Slates ‘Swing Of The Sea’ World Premiere

24 June 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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 […] »

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‘Of Mice and Men’ Theater Review: James Franco, Chris O'Dowd Bring Vibrant and Poignant Life to Steinbeck Revival

16 April 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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Alex Gibney, Wim Wenders to Produce ‘Timbuktu’ Doc (Exclusive)

4 March 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alex Gibney and Wim Wenders have partnered with director Michael Meredith for the documentary “Return to Timbuktu,” centered on Manny Ansar’s efforts to restore peace to Mali via music.

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

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Bradley Cooper returning to Broadway as Elephant Man

23 January 2014 1:32 AM, PST | | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, Jan 23: Bradley Cooper is set to return to Broadway, as he prepares to take on the role of the Elephant Man.

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.

His last Broadway performance was in Richard Greenberg's 'Three Days of Rain' in 2006, with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd.

Cooper has taken on the role of. »

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Bradley Cooper to Reprise Elephant Man Role on Broadway This Fall

22 January 2014 2:44 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

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 »

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Bradley Cooper to Star on Broadway in The Elephant Man

22 January 2014 7:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

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

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Bradley Cooper to play The Elephant Man on Broadway

21 January 2014 4:36 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Bradley Cooper will star as The Elephant Man in a Broadway revival of the play.

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.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Cooper will play the deformed Elephant Man (aka John Merrick) without makeup or prosthetics. He will imply the character's deformity through physicality.

The show, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1979 and inspired David Lynch's 1980 film version, was first revived on Broadway in 2002 with Billy Crudup and Kate Burton.

More casting announcements are to follow.

Cooper recently revealed that his curly hairstyle in American Hustle was influenced by classic NBA stars. »

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Bradley Cooper to star in 'The Elephant Man' on Broadway this fall -- Exclusive

21 January 2014 12:37 PM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

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

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