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In the dressing rooms of at least seven Broadway shows right now, men are donning wigs and dresses and other gear to appear onstage as women. Chicago, Matilda, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, and, more overtly, Kinky Boots have built their brands on varieties of drag, whether as part of the story or just a casting gimmick. Earlier this season, too, we had male witches in Macbeth and traditional boys-will-be-girls productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III. And now, in the furious pre-Tony throes of April, the falsies are really flying. Just yesterday, Neil Patrick Harris opened as the semi-transgender title songstress of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; his falsies are tomatoes. Tomorrow, Alan Cumming opens as the androgynous Emcee in Cabaret, performing as a Kit Kat Girl in its tawdry kickline. And nearly the entire cast of Casa Valentina, opening tonight, relies on Miracle Gel inserts »
- Jesse Green
There are no dreams deferred for the producers of the Denzel Washington-led revival of A Raisin in the Sun. In its first full week since its April 3 opening, director Kenny Leon’s well-reviewed revival earned a remarkable $1.18 million, according to figures from the Broadway League covering ticket sales for the week ending April 13. That makes it the fifth highest-grossing show of the week and the only non-musical to cross the seven-figure threshold. And thanks to premium ticket prices as high as $348, Raisin actually exceeded the estimated gross potential of the Ethel Barrymore Theatre by 16 percent.
The new season is »
- Thom Geier
New York (AP) — The first thing Billy Porter does when a visitor enters his dressing room is look down. "Oh, I like those shoes. Where did those shoes come from?" the Tony Award winner asks nicely. When told that the footwear in question is really just cheap and unremarkable, Porter jumps in. "Listen, inexpensive does not mean not nice." Porter has good reason to be so generous with compliments these days. He's celebrating his anniversary in the hit musical "Kinky Boots" and is about to release a new CD of Broadway standards. The 10 lushly orchestrated songs on "Billy's Back on Broadway" are a soundtrack of empowerment, encouragement, hope and enlightenment. Once those themes came to Porter, "it kind of wrote itself," he says. There's "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from "Gypsy," ''Don't Rain on My Parade" from "Funny Girl" and "Luck Be a Lady" from "Guys and Dolls." The style, title »
- Mark Kennedy, AP
An established theatre, TV and film actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor finally became a household name for his BAFTA-winning performance as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave, which won three Oscars, including one for Best Picture, earlier this year.
He is currently the object of much speculation surrounding his future roles. Like most Hollywood actors, he is rumoured to be starring in Star Wars Episode VII, and he is also being lined up to play opposite Daniel Craig as the next Bond villain in the franchise's 24th outing in 2015.
Here are ten things we found out about the actor:
1. Chiwetelu Umeadi Ejiofor was born in Forest Gate, London on July 10, 1977. His parents had moved to Britain from Nigeria, and the family regularly returned there. On one such trip, tragedy struck with a traffic collision in which Chiwetel's father died, and Chiwetel himself received the distinctive scar on his forehead.
2. In case you »
Ooops. I got busy in the last week and didn't have time to post the rest of my "Masters of Sex" interviews, so you're getting all of the supporting actors in a single post. You may have already watched my terrific interview with Lizzy Caplan and my conversations with Michael Sheen and creator Michelle Ashford. Above, you'll see my chat with Annaleigh Ashford, who becomes a series regular on "Masters of Sex" in the upcoming second season. Ashford was a fan favorite in the first season as the initially hilarious and ultimately complex Betty Dimello. Ashford was only able to recur in the first season because she was committed to a Tony nominated turn in "Kinky Boots" on Broadway. In her interview, Ashford discusses the swift turnaround from "Kinky Boots" to "Masters of Sex." Up next, below, is Caitlin Fitzgerald, who discusses how Libby Masters has changed this season with »
- Daniel Fienberg
English character actor Chiwetel Ejiofor has officially joined the ranks of Oscar-nominees, thanks to his performance as free man-turned slave Solomon Northup in the Best Picture Oscar-winner 12 Years a Slave. Of course, Ejiofor has been racking up strong onscreen performances for more than a decade (see: Serenity, Kinky Boots, Children of Men, etc.), which has provided all the more reason to be excited about him recently being linked as a potential cast member for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
However, it turns out that’s not the only long-running iconic blockbuster franchise that Ejiofor is currently being pursued to join. According to a new report, he’s ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
On March 31, New York’s McC Theater held its raucous Miscast gala, an annual fundraiser honoring one veteran theater artist — this year, the fearless Allison Janney — with a concert program line-up that features Broadway stars performing songs typically sung by the opposite gender. Last year, you might remember Jeremy Jordan and Jonathan Groff stopping the show with Smash’s “Let Me Be Your Star.” This year was no different, but we’ll get to that. First, Janney.
“I believe that any actor worth their salt has to have done theater,” says Janney, whose history with the stage stretches far back »
- Marc Snetiker
Johnny Messner, Ronen Rubinstein, Shawn Christensen, Jon Abrahams and Jordan Gelber have joined Dylan Penn in Condemned, the horror film from Eli Morgan Gesner. Photos: 15 Horror Movies That Offered the Most Bang for the Buck Caliber Media partners Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller arranged the financing and are producing alongside Jason Sokoloff. Also cast were Genevieve Hudson-Price (The Wire), Anthony Chisholm (Oz), Kevin Kirkwood (Broadway’s Kinky Boots), Kea Ho (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), and Michael Drayer (Deception). Lydia Hearst and punk rocker Honor Titus are already on board. Penn, Titus, Rubinstein and Hudson-Price portray
- Borys Kit
London — As the lineup for the third Sundance London film and music festival is unveiled, Variety talks to John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, and Trevor Groth, Sundance’s director of programming, about the selection (see below for full lineup).
Sundance London, which runs April 25-27, will include 21 feature films and 18 shorts across five sections, as well as live performances by a number of musical acts, which will be linked to movies screening at the fest, and a series of panel discussions.
Cooper says that when Robert Redford and the Sundance team set up the London event, one of their motivations was to give added exposure to U.S. indie films in the international market.
“We realized that the international life of an American independent film was crucial to its success,” he says. The London fest’s creation was partly driven by an impulse to do “anything we »
- Leo Barraclough
To say it’s been a good year for Billy Porter would be an understatement. The Broadway star achieved critical acclaim for his role as “Lola” in the Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein hit musical Kinky Boots, which will celebrate its one year anniversary this April. Porter also secured a well-deserved Tony Award in 2013, as well as a Grammy for the show’s original cast album, and is now planning to release his first solo album in almost a decade. Titled Billy’s Back On Broadway, the debut CD from Concord Records will be released April 15, featuring a collection of classic Broadway tunes with a new, »
- Andrea Towers
Hedwig’s gonna put on some makeup, turn on the tape deck, and put the wig back on his head this season in the person of multi-Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris, a.k.a. Greatest Tony Host Ever. Mr. Harris will be returning to Broadway in the first-ever Main Stem production of the already-classic rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The show centers on Hedwig, self-described “internationally ignored song stylist” who struggles with identity after a botched sex-change operation and rages against a former lover who’s used Hedwig’s music to craft a hugely successful career. (The production »
- Jason Clark
Here's Jose to talk about a currently odd Broadway trend.
People like to complain about the movies running out of ideas, with only remakes and sequels in production. But the stage is no different.
Here in New York, Times Square can fool you into thinking you've fallen in a time vortex which has dropped you back in the mid-90s. Billboards for Broadway shows adapted from 1990’s movies are all over the place (The Lion King, Aladdin, Kinky Boots) and two of the newest and biggest are for Bullets Over Broadway (which starts previews next week!) and The Bridges of Madison County. The latter makes me ponder the peculiar choices of its leading lady Kelli O'Hara. Is she secretly a cinephile or actressexual?
More after the jump (help us guess what Kelli will star in next!?)
Cara Delevingne will make her TV acting debut in a one-off Sky Arts drama called Timeless.
The model will have a lead role in the Playhouse Presents production, which tells the story of two women separated from their partners by war.
The description of the drama is as follows:
"Alice and Chloe may be generations apart but both share the pain of having been separated from their partners by war. Chloe's soldier fiancé is serving a term of duty in Afghanistan when an army official arrives at Alice's door.
The new series of Playhouse Presents, Sky's comedy and drama strand, returns in May on Sky Arts.
Other talent signed up »
What Do We Want? Another Musical Based On A British Indie Industrial Film! When Do We Want It? Now! How About Autumn? Okay That’LL Do In A Pinch! Now put the placards down and rest your weary protest legs because the London theatre scene has heard your cries, planning a musical based on 2010’s Made In Dagenham, with Gemma Arterton taking over Sally Hawkins’ lead role.Admittedly, the idea of yet another musical based on a movie might have some protesting for other reasons, but the team behind Dagenham clearly thinks that Nigel Cole’s film (the second of his to aim for the stage after Calendar Girls’ non-musical debut) is ripe for adaptation. And with the success of Kinky Boots, they at least have a reason for faith.The story, in case you missed the original, finds female workers in the Ford factory striking for better pay and »
After lengthy negotiations, Ashley Judd (The Missing) has closed a deal to topline NBC’s drama pilot Salvation. On the heels of his Tony-nominated turn in Kinky Boots, Stark Sands is set to co-star in the family drama, which also has cast Meg Steedle, Emma Dumont and Jake Picking. In Salvation, written by Elizabeth Heldens and directed by Jeffrey Reiner, when Mega-Church Pastor Daniel Strickland suddenly dies, his loyal wife, Jennifer Strickland (Judd), must rally to keep their family together and save the church. Sands will play Paul Strickland, the eldest child and the heir apparent to Daniel’s evangelical empire who suffers from a chronic stutter and might have played a role in his dad’s death. Steedle plays Lilly, the Stricklands’ eldest daughter who is married to a Congressman and pregnant with her third child. Dumont and Picking play the Stricklands’ two other biological children, both teenagers. Sands, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Chiwetel Ejiofor's recent BAFTA win for Best Actor was a sweet victory for the 36-year-old actor, and not just because it came on home turf. Eight years previously, the Londoner scored (and lost) his first BAFTA nod in the Rising Star category. Last Sunday's win, atop a slew of recent honors for his imposing turn as freeman-turned-slave Solomon Northup in "12 Years a Slave" -- including, of course, his first Oscar nomination -- underlined the fact that his star has now risen. Long a promising standout in films as diverse as "Dirty Pretty Things," "Kinky Boots" and "Redbelt," the stage-trained star has now asserted himself as a leading man of formidable presence and intelligence. Ejiofor caught up with us by phone from New Zealand -- where he's currently shooting Craig Zobel's sci-fi project "Z for Zachariah" alongside Chris Pine and Margot Robbie -- to discuss his approach to Steve McQueen's film, »
- Guy Lodge
To mark the release of One Chance on 24th February, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
From the director of The Devil Wears Prada and The Weinstein Company comes One Chance starring BAFTA and Tony award winning comedy actor James Corden as Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts. Out on DVD this winter, this life-affirming, British film is about a shy, small town Welsh boy who, with a flip of the coin, changed his life forever. James is joined by an acclaimed cast of British and Irish comic actors including Julie Walters (Mamma Mia!, Calendar Girls, Billy Elliot), Colm Meaney (Get Him To The Greek), Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady), Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Jemima Rooper (Kinky Boots). Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me, Hope Springs) and written by Justin Zackham (The Bucket List), One Chance is produced by Mike Menchel, »
The Tribeca Film Festival is not only known for its world renown films that are featured there, but also its annual Tribeca Street Fair held on Greenwich Street between Hubart and Chambers Streets in downtown New York City. The 2013 Tribeca Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 27th and there was a lot of events going on to take advantage of and enjoy.
The day was also shared with Espn Sports Day where athletes came and joined the crowd in a set of activities promoting the physical activities of children, including former Knicks and Georgetown player Jerome Williams. People also received the opportunity to join the Tribeca Studios Backlot which allowed them to make their own movies and learn how to work with animations and green screens. They also participated in workshops and were able to learn more about stunts, makeup, editing and much more about the making of a film. »
- Catherina Gioino
Broadway’s New York Yankees love-fest Bronx Bombers, starring Peter Scolari as Yogi Berra, isn’t exactly pulling major-league numbers at the box office. In the first full week since its Feb. 6 opening, the new drama took in a measly $177,559, according to figures released by The Broadway League. That’s less than a quarter of the potential gross at Circle in the Square (one of Broadway’s smallest theaters) — and does not bode well for its future.
The biggest surprise this winter has been the season’s unlikeliest but very palpable hit(s): the Mark Rylance-led productions of »
- Thom Geier
Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
“Which has more filler: Miley’s album, or Madonna’s face?”
Thanks to strepsi for this week’s winning caption!
Crackhead has no taste for the rainbow.
5-year-old actress gets death threats over her Disney show’s gay characters. Christian Love!
Jonathan Del Arco has been cast as the “flighty” husband of Brad Garrett on The Crazy Ones. I’ve avoided watching that show (and as a general rule, I try to avoid Brad Garrett), but in this case, it may be futile to resist. Get what I did there?
Blondie Nixes Russian Red Rocks Festival Performance In Sochi, Citing ‘Human Rights’
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