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School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play to Return Off-Broadway this Fall

McC Theater Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors Blake West, Executive Director is thrilled to announce their critically acclaimed, sold out, extended production of School Girls Or, the African Mean Girls Play, written by 2017-18 Tow Playwright-in-Residence Jocelyn Bioh, and directed by Tony Award winner Rebecca Taichman, will return to New York, playing a strictly limited engagement this fall. Tickets are now on sale for School Girls Or, the African Mean Girls Play which will begin previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher Street on Tuesday, October 16, with an official opening night set for Monday, October 22, 2018. The show is set to run through November 25, 2018. Additional information, including casting, will be announced shortly.
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Jeremy Jordan, Caissie Levy, Victoria Clark, Ethan Slater and More Added to McC's Miscast

McC Theater Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey and William Cantler, Artistic Directors Blake West, Executive Director is thrilled to announce the additional performers to the all-star lineup set for their annual Miscast gala include Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan 'Supergirl,' Newsies Caissie Levy Frozen Tony Award winner Victoria Clark The Light in the Piazza, Cinderella and SpongeBob SquarePants' Ethan Slater, Wesley Taylor The Addams Family, Rock of Ages and Tony Award nominee Gavin Lee Mary Poppins.
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Casting 'Rise': How Jason Katims Found His High School Musical Ensemble

When Bernard Telsey and Tiffany Little Canfield began casting NBC's new high school musical theater drama Rise, they had three directives in mind when trying to find young talent: one, that the teenagers and young twentysomethings be able to carry the heft of Jason Katims' emotional drama about the drama club in an economically depressed former steel town; two, that they be able to sing their Broadway-loving hearts out in the show-within-the-show, Spring Awakening; and three, that they represent an American high school today.

Much to their surprise, it actually wasn't a difficult task at all. Because the net they cast...
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Rumorville: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Could Be on its Way to Broadway, a New ‘Wonka’ Movie + More

Welcome to Rumorville! Here you can learn about casting news that’s about to break in Hollywood. These speculations might be only rumors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow the trail all the way to the audition room. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” On BroadwayCrazy Ex-Girlfriend” creator Rachel Bloom is taking a well-deserved victory lap at the moment. The show, a hit among theatre junkies and newly-converted musical fans, is about to take itself on the road with an eight-city live musical tour, wrapping up in New York City. (Bloom also just wrapped up a couple NYC events of her own, with the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center and a talk at 92Y this past week.) But that might not be it for the show’s stage life. This week, Bloom posted a photo on Instagram of her and Ceg co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna, indicating that the duo
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‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Black Mirror’ Among Winners at Casting Society Artios Awards

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Black Mirror’ Among Winners at Casting Society Artios Awards
Dunkirk” and “Black Mirror” were among the winners at the Casting Society of America’s 33rd Annual Artios Awards on Jan. 18.

Casting director John Papsidera was awarded for feature film big budget — drama for his casting in “Dunkirk.” Bernard Telsey and Tiffany Little Canfield, along with Rori Bergman and Patrick Goodwin, won the feature film big budget — comedy award for their work on “The Greatest Showman.”

“Lady Bird” casting directors Jordan Thaler and Heidi Griffiths were recognized for feature film studio or independent comedy, and the casting team for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Sarah Halley Finn, Meagan Lewis, and Hannah Cooper, won the feature film studio or independent — drama.

In the television arena, the casting team for Netflix’s “Black Mirror” won for television drama series, HBO’s “Veep” for television comedy series, and HBO’s “Big Little Lies” for limited series.

The Casting Society of America’s awards are presented to Csa members for their
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‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Black Mirror’ Among Winners at Casting Society Artios Awards

“Dunkirk” and “Black Mirror” were among the winners at the Casting Society of America’s 33rd Annual Artios Awards on Jan. 18.

Casting director John Papsidera was awarded for feature film big budget — drama for his casting in “Dunkirk.” Bernard Telsey and Tiffany Little Canfield, along with Rori Bergman and Patrick Goodwin, won the feature film big budget — comedy award for their work on “The Greatest Showman.”

“Lady Bird” casting directors Jordan Thaler and Heidi Griffiths were recognized for feature film studio or independent comedy, and the casting team for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Sarah Halley Finn, Meagan Lewis, and Hannah Cooper, won the feature film studio or independent — drama.

In the television arena, the casting team for Netflix’s “Black Mirror” won for television drama series, HBO’s “Veep” for television comedy series, and HBO’s “Big Little Lies” for limited series.

The Casting Society of America’s awards are presented to Csa members for their
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Armie Hammer Will Make His Broadway Debut + More New York Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! Armie Hammer will hit New York’s biggest stage.Currently generating Academy buzz for his role in “Call Me By Your Name,” Armie Hammer is striking while the iron is hot and will next head to the Great White Way. Hammer will star in
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The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors

The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors
Casting directors remain the only job in the opening titles that doesn’t have its own Oscar category, but there’s reason to believe that will change. Already recognized by the Emmys, casting directors have made tremendous strides since they unionized in 2005 and negotiated their first contract with studios. In 2013, the guild earned its own Academy branch and received three seats at the Academy’s Board of Governors’ table. Last year, Lynn Stalmaster (“The Graduate,” “West Side Story”) received an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards, becoming the first-ever casting director to receive an Academy Award.

So: Let’s imagine for a moment casting directors had their own Oscar category in 2017: What are the best-cast films of the year?

IndieWire asked 15 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. We often think of the best films in terms of their expressive cinematography, enveloping production design,
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‘In the Envelope’ Podcast: Keala Settle Can’t Deny She’s a Showstopper

“In the Envelope: An Awards Podcast” features interviews with award-winning actors and other creatives. Join host and Awards Editor Jack Smart for a front row seat to the industry’s biggest awards races! For some, the acting profession is a calling that can’t be avoided. Keala Settle is one such performer; ever since a fortuitous road trip to a “Hairspray” tour’s open call for Bernard Telsey, her stunning voice and magnetic presence have illuminated a series of intricately soulful stage roles. The beloved Broadway star of “Waitress,” “Les Misérables,” and her Tony Award-nominated “Hands on a Hardbody” tells Backstage about following her path one project at a time, and balancing both passion for acting and the self-cultivation and sacrifice it demands. Born in O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, Settle grew up studying old movie musicals and eventually Shakespeare, and dreamed of becoming a backup singer. She never could have
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Sara Bareilles Is Heading Back to the Diner + More New York Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! Sara Bareilles will return to the diner.Sara Bareilles, who received a Tony nomination for writing the music and lyrics for Broadway’s “Waitress,” will once again step into the show’s leading role. Bareilles will replace current star Betsy Wolfe, playing Jenna Hunterson beginning Jan.
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Todrick Hall Will Return to Broadway in ‘Chicago’ + More New York Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! “Chicago” gains a high-profile Billy Flynn.Following his stint earlier this year in the long-running hit “Kinky Boots,” Todrick Hall is wasting no time getting back to Broadway. Beginning Nov. 30, Hall will step into the teflon production of “Chicago,” playing smooth-talking Billy Flynn in a limited engagement through Jan.
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‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Closing Up Shop + More NY Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! The chocolate factory is closing.Following its opening this past spring, Broadway’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” has announced it will play its final performance at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Jan. 14, 2018. The tuner, based on the Roald Dahl film, stars Christian Borle as iconic Willy Wonka,
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‘King Kong’ Sets Official Broadway Dates + More NYC Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! “Kong” is coming.After much speculation, “King Kong” has officially gotten the Broadway greenlight. Based on the 1932 novel, this adaptation will be written by Jack Thorne, directed by Drew McOnie, and feature a score by Marius de Vries, with songs by Eddie Perfect. It
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Rannells, Parsons, Bomer to Lead B’way’s ‘Boys in the Band’ + More N.Y. Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! The boys in the band are heading to Broadway.Producers Ryan Murphy and David Stone have assembled a sterling cast of A-listers for the first-ever Broadway production of Mart Crowley’s 1968 dramatic comedy, “Boys in the Band.” Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello,
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Musical Comedy ‘The Prom’ Sets Broadway Bow + More New York Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! Find your date to “The Prom.”The new Broadway season is just barely underway, but plans are already being made for the one that will follow. “The Prom,” the Casey Nicholaw-helmed musical comedy that had its world premiere in Atlanta last year, has
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Lee Pace Joins ‘Angels in America’ on Broadway + More New York Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! A screen star will step into “Angels.”One of this theater season’s most anticipated events is the revival of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” the two-part drama that will bow at the Neil Simon Theatre Feb. 23, 2018. The Marianne Elliott-directed production has
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Lindsay Mendez Joins Broadway’s ‘Carousel’ + More New York Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! Mendez steps in for Wolfe.Following the somewhat shocking news that Betsy Wolfe would depart the forthcoming Broadway revival of “Carousel” after her casting was announced, the golden age tuner has found its new Carrie Pipperidge. Lindsay Mendez, who has played Elphaba in “Wicked
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Tony Winner Jessie Mueller Leads New Musical Reading + More NYC Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! Jessie Mueller lines up a busy fall.Ahead of her return to Broadway in the spring 2018 revival of “Carousel,” Tony winner Jessie Mueller will lead industry readings of the new musical, “The Museum of Broken Relationships.” The piece, depicting an old suitcase and a
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The Cher Musical Announces Broadway Timeline + More New York Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! There’s life after love on Broadway.“The Cher Show,” a musical using the songs of the titular icon’s prolific songbook to tell the story of her life, is coming to Broadway. The tuner will open at the Neil Simon Theatre in fall
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‘Emojiland’ Musical Is Holding Industry Readings + More NY Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! The Emoji musical is coming.It is 2017, which means we are getting an Emoji musical. Morgan Weed (“American Psycho”), Nora Schell (“Spamilton”), Rheaume Crenshaw (“Groundhog Day”), and more have signed on for readings of “Emojiland: The Musical,” directed by Whitney White. The two invite-only
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