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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
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Rupert Grint, best known for playing Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter series, will be making his Broadway stage debut in the comedy It’s Only A Play.
Rupert Grint's Broadway Debut
In Terrence McNally’s play, Grint will play prodigy director Frank Finger, who is bringing to life a script by a fragile-nerved writer in need of some positive reviews played by Matthew Broderick, reported Entertainment Weekly. A lot rests on Frank's ability to put together a performance for opening night that will launch the struggling writer back into critical success.
Nathan Lane is joining forces on stage once again with Broderick – with whom he starred in The Producers – as his character’s best friend. Will and Grace actress Megan Mullally is playing the play’s producer, Stockard Channing will play the leading lady, and Homeland’s F. Murray Abraham will act as a notorious critic. Micah Stock, »
New York - It goes without saying that Broadway actors are rarely able to reprise their roles in the movie versions of stage musicals they've starred in. For every Anthony Rapp in "Rent," Rita Moreno in "West Side Story" or Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in "The Producers" there are countless other films that didn't even consider actors who played the same role on the stage. Usually it's just too risky for Hollywood execs to fund a musical without some old fashioned movie starpower on board (it's still considered a risky proposition). Don't tell that to Clint Eastwood, however. The Academy Award-winning director of "Million Dollar Baby" and "Unforgiven" did the unthinkable with his movie adaptation of the Tony Award-winning smash "Jersey Boys": he cast actors who'd previously played their roles in the stage musical in the movie. Well, three out of the four leads, at least. "Jersey" features John Lloyd Young, »
- Gregory Ellwood
I’m told by a company insider that Roger Bart, a Tony winner and star of Broadway’s The Producers and Young Frankenstein, has departed Finding Neverland, the Broadway-bound, Diane Paulus-staged show based on the 2004 Miramax film starring Johnny Depp. The film about Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family that became the Darlings of his books about the ageless boy, the fairy Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and his gang of pirates aboard the Jolly Roger. The musical is slated to begin performances July 23 at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, following a U.K. tryout […] »
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Ruthless Pictures has picked up North American rights to the psychological thriller Phobia, written by Matthew Barnes and Rory Abel, produced by Elias (Gut) and Mike Aransky (London Betty), and directed by Rory Abel.
The film follows an agoraphobic man trapped in his own home and plagued by a malevolent spirit.
"We wanted to take the traditional haunted house scenario and approach it from a different perspective," said director Abel.
- Steve Barton
The Hollywood Bowl’s yearly A-list musical production has cobbled together another star-packed cast for this year’s mounting of Hair, directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman.
Kristen Bell (Frozen) will lead the cast as Sheila, alongside Hunter Parrish (Weeds) as Claude, Amber Riley (Glee) as Dionne, Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee) as Jeanie, and Beverly D’Angelo (who starred in the 1979 film version of Hair) as Mom. Shankman’s Instagram announcement also includes Broadway vet Benjamin Walker, recording artist Mario, and 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs among the cast.
The entire production will play three performances on Aug. 1, 2, and 3 at the Hollywood Bowl. »
- Marc Snetiker
Nathan Lane never turns off his sense of humor, one of many reasons that he is this year’s recipient of the Peter Ustinov Comedy Award at the Banff World Media Festival. “I’m always thrilled when anyone wants to give me an award,” Lane says. “Although I somehow think there’s been a horrible mistake.”
Lane, who began his career as a stand-up comedian but has since worked in TV, film and theater, has a longstanding passion for life on the stage. Musicals and plays, such as “The Odd Couple,” have given the Tony Award winner an opportunity to play deeper, grittier characters as he has on CBS’ “The Good Wife.”
“It’s reminded people that I do more than comedy,” Lane says. “No one’s offering me anything of that kind of depth or complexity in film … which is certainly one of the reasons I love the theater so much. »
- Francesca Bacardi
James Moll is attached to direct the adaptation of book A Trial of Generals.
James Moll is attached to direct from the book A Trial of Generals about a young lawyer assigned to defend the Japanese General Matsaharu Homma after the end of WWII.
The General was accused of war crimes for allegedly orchestrating the Bataan Death March.
FilmBridge is arranging financing and principal photography is set to begin in August.
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Based on the Lawrence Taylor book “A Trial of Generals,” the story follows the war crimes trial of Gen. Masaharu Homma at the end of World War II, when he was accused of organizing the brutal death march in Bataan, Philippines. Gen. Douglas MacArthur assigned neophyte defense attorney John Skeen to represent Homma.
- Dave McNary
New York – The dynamic comedy duo who helped make The Producers a giant hit and then reunited to mine more box office gold in The Odd Couple, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, will be back on Broadway together next fall. The Tony-winning actors will headline an update of Terrence McNally's inside-showbiz comedy It's Only a Play, which will open in September at a theater to be announced. McNally's latest work, Mothers and Sons, earlier this week was nominated for two Tony Awards, including best play and lead actress in a play for Tyne Daly. Theater Review: Mothers and
- David Rooney
Rocky Winter Garden Theatre, NYC
Turning successful motion pictures into Broadway musicals has become the norm in recent years. Whether the iconic 1976 Sylvester Stallone film, Rocky, was a movie that cried out for a musical adaptation is open to question. But, Rocky has arrived on Broadway and, somewhat like its title character, the musical has a bit of a bumpy road but is triumphant in the end. Rocky, of course, tells the story of the small time, well meaning Philadelphia boxer, Rocky Balboa, his romance with meek girl friend Adrian, and his improbable chance to fight for the heavyweight championship.
Some top Broadway professionals have brought Rocky to the stage. The book is written by Stallone along with Thomas Meehan, the three time Tony Award winner, who wrote Annie, The Producers, and Hairspray, and many more Broadway musicals. The score comes from lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty, who »
- James Miller
HBO has announced that The Normal Heart will premiere on Sunday, May 25th at 9 Pm Et.
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Patrick Wilson has joined the cast of Ant-Man.
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Robbie Rogers talks to Attitude: “25 years of self-hate doesn’t go away just because you come out.”
Tea Party Nation President Judson Phillips is worried about Arizona’s slippery slope into depravity: “Should a devote baker be required to create a cake for a homosexual wedding that has a giant phallic symbol on it or should a baker be required to create pastries for a homosexual wedding in the shape of genitallia?” Actually, he may have a point …
Neil Patrick Harris needs a moment.
I just uttered my »
Nathan Lane's fans may be looking forward to his appearance in a one-night-only Carnegie Hall concert of "Guys and Dolls" on April 3, but the actor is anticipating another role that he will reprise in Brooklyn a year from now. Lane, who gained fame in Broadway musicals and comedies, including the 2001 hit "The Producers" and the 2005 revival of "The Odd Couple," will play the challenging role of Theodore Hickman, or "Hickey," in "The Iceman Cometh" at Bam in February and »
- Kathy Shwiff
Woody Allen’s beloved 1994 crime-comedy caper Bullets Over Broadway is making the big leap to the real Broadway stage in a world premiere musical, helmed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman (The Producers).
Here’s why you ought to be excited: Stroman has enlisted a truly dazzling cast of stage veterans to join Scrubs alum Zach Braff in his Broadway debut. Braff plays David Shayne, a naïve playwright who finds himself embroiled with the mob when a gangster’s talentless girlfriend (Masters of Sex’s Heléne Yorke) tramples into the cast of his Broadway show. Joining the onstage fun are »
- Marc Snetiker
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