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TodayTix to Celebrate Five-Year Anniversary With Concert Benefitting Dramatists Guild Foundation

TodayTix, the international ticketing platform on a mission to redefine the way people see theater, will celebrate its five-year anniversary with a concert to benefit the Dramatists Guild Foundation (Dgf) New Voices program, on September 24th at 7:30pm Est at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The evening will bring together the elements that have helped bring TodayTix to its five-year anniversary — the artists, the performances and the audiences. Hosted by Darren Criss, the concert will feature stripped down musical sessions, in an intimate setting, by Mark Ballas with his wife and other half of music duo Alexander Jean, BC Jean, Erich Bergen (“Madam Secretary”), Ariana DeBose, Kathryn Gallagher, Lesli Margherita (Olivier Award winner), Matthew Morrison (Tony and Emmy Nominee) and Ethan Slater. Benjamin Rauhala will serve as Music Director.

“In celebration of five years of TodayTix making theater more accessible for new audiences, we will bring together a few
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Film News Roundup: Lorraine Toussaint, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows Join ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’

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In today’s film news roundup, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” adds to its cast, Afm announces its programming, “Bullitt County” gets a release, and “1985” will open NewFest.

Castings

CBS Films and eOne have hired Lorraine Toussaint, Dean Norris, and Gil Bellows for the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” movie.

The film is being directed by André Øvredal from a script by Kevin Hageman, Dan Hageman, Guillermo del Toro, Patrick Melton, and Marcus Dunstan from the bestselling trilogy of books by Alvin Schwartz. Del Toro is producing with Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Hivemind along with J. Miles Dale and Elizabeth Grave.

The movie follows a group of teens who must solve the mystery surrounding a wave of spectacularly horrific deaths in their small town. Previously announced cast members include Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Ganzhorn.

CBS Films
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Emmy episode analysis: Brandon Victor Dixon (‘Jesus Christ Superstar’) brings huge theatre presence to small screen

After NBC aired its live production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” in April, one name skyrocketed onto the Emmy radar: Brandon Victor Dixon. He’s best known for his stage work, including Tony-nominated turns in “The Color Purple” (2006) and “Shuffle Along” (2016) and a Tony win for producing “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (2014). But Dixon impressed TV critics and audiences alike with his performance as Judas Iscariot alongside household names John Legend as Jesus, Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, and Alice Cooper as King Herod. For his performance, Dixon landed his career-first Emmy nomination for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor.

Actors in the supporting categories for limited series submit episodes to Emmy judges just like actors in comedies and dramas do, but since “Jesus Christ Superstar” was a single one-night event Dixon is being considered for the whole production. “Superstar” focuses on Jesus’s final days, but even though Judas is considered a supporting character,
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Win How to Talk to Girls at Parties on DVD

From the visionary minds of writer Neil Gaiman and director John Cameron Mitchell comes a story of the birth of punk, the exuberance of first love, and the universe’s greatest mystery of all in How to Talk to Girls at Parties – Out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download.

The film tells the story of a wacky romance between a punk rocker and an alien, so to celebrate its release we are giving away a “Wacky Romance” bundle, where you have the chance of winning How To Talk To Girls At Parties, Sid And Nancy, Under The Skin and Submarine on DVD.

The “raucous, vibrant and outrageous” How to Talk to Girls at Parties is a funny and delightful genre mash-up that stars Tony Award winning Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) as a shy teenage punk rocker in 1977 who falls in love with
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Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Alex Newell, and Darren Criss Will Headline 4th Annual Elsie Fest

It has been announced that the festival will be led by Two-time Tony Award winning actress, singer and dancer Sutton Foster TV Land's Younger, ABC Family's Bunheads, Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Violet , three-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry Hamilton, Carousel, Violet, Shuffle Along,The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Emmy nominated songwriter, musician and actor Darren Criss The Assassination of Gianni Versace American Crime Story, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and actor and Atlantic Records recording artist Alex Newell Glee, Once on this Island.
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How ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Influenced Darren Criss’ Fashion Sense

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How ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Influenced Darren Criss’ Fashion Sense
A friend of Andrew Cunanan, whom Emmy nominee Darren Criss portrays in FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” described the late serial killer as the kind of kid who’d put dimes in penny loafers. “I was this kid,” says Criss, who doesn’t assert his status through clothing as Cunanan did, but prefers to keep his wardrobe “slightly left of center.” “I understand what it’s like to try and be a little different.”

2015

Criss received his first Emmy nom for original song “This Time,” written for the “Glee” finale. Criss’ longtime stylist Ashley Weston collaborated with Brooks Bros. on this custom black and navy tux. “We kept it classic,” notes Criss, who’d just finished starring in Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” “Being in a suit with longer hair certainly was different from Hedwig, different from [‘Glee’ character] Blaine, so it reminds
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Keri Russell To Join Adam Driver In ‘Burn This’ Broadway Revival

Keri Russell To Join Adam Driver In ‘Burn This’ Broadway Revival
The Americans‘ Keri Russell will join the previously announced Adam Driver in Michael Mayer’s Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This, producer David Binder announced today. The play begins performances in March 2019 at a theater to be announced.

The production will mark Russell’s first appearance on a New York stage since her 2005 Off-Broadway debut in Neil Labute’s Fat Pig.

Russell will play Anna, one of four New Yorkers brought together at a funeral following an accidental death. Set in the gritty downtown New York of the 1980s, Burn This focuses on the tempestuous relationship between dancer Anna, who was roommates with the recently deceased Robbie, and Pale (Driver), Robbie’s sexy and dangerous brother.

Additional casting and design team will be announced shortly.

Before the announcement of Driver’s casting last December, Mayer was set to direct a Burn This revival with Jake Gyllenhaal in 2017. Gyllenhaal
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Listen: How ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Changed Broadway

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Listen: How ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Changed Broadway
Since starting his tenure on “So You Think You Can Dance” 10 seasons ago, Spencer Liff has choreographed Broadway productions from “Falsettos” to “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” to “Head Over Heels,” the new musical with tunes by the Go-Go’s that’s now running at the Hudson Theatre. But Liff’s work isn’t the only way that Fox’s long-running dance series has changed Broadway.

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“It’s educated people sitting at home who have never been in a dance class,” Liff said on the latest episode of Stagecraft, Variety‘s theater podcast, on which he appeared alongside Michael Mayer, the Tony-winning director of “Head Over Heels.” “They’ve heard the judges comment, on both our show and ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ and they now know the difference between a battement and a tour-jeté, and who’s doing it correctly.
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Aidy Bryant Stars In ‘Shrill’ Hulu Comedy Series From Elizabeth Banks & Lorne Michaels

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Aidy Bryant Stars In ‘Shrill’ Hulu Comedy Series From Elizabeth Banks & Lorne Michaels
Hulu is moving ahead with Shrill, a six-episode single-camera comedy series co-written by and starring Saturday Night Live‘s Aidy Bryant. The series, which starts production this week in Portland, comes from SNL boss Lorne MichaelsBroadway Video (Portlandia), Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions and Warner Bros. Television, where Brownstone is based.

Lolly Adefope (Miracle Workers), Luka Jones (People of Earth), Ian Owens (The Second City’s Unelectable You) and John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) co-star. I hear Bryant also will continue on SNL, where she has been a cast member since 2012.

Shrill, which has a straight-to-series order, is based on Lindy West’s bestselling 2016 memoir, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. Banks and Handelman optioned it through their Brownstone Prods. banner in late 2016 under the company’s Wbtv overall deal and then attached Bryant to star, co-write and co-executive produce.

Alexandra Rushfield, West
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Film News Roundup: Edgar Ramirez in Negotiations for Netflix’s ‘Last Days of American Crime’

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In today’s film news roundup, Edgar Ramirez is in talks to play a criminal, Kiersey Clemons is in negotiations to portray a flower arranger and finalists have been announced for Universal’s Film Music Composer Initiative.

Castings

Edgar Ramirez is in talks to portray a career criminal in Netflix’s near-future movie “The Last Days of American Crime.”

The project is based on the Radical Publishing graphic novel by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini. Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2”) is directing from an adapted screenplay by Karl Gajdusek, whose credits include “Oblivion” and “Stranger Things.”

The story centers on U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. Graham Bricke, a career criminal who was never able to hit the big score, teams up with Kevin Cash and Shelby Dupree to commit the heist of the century and the last crime
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Bcdf Pictures Sets NY Times Bestseller ‘The Language Of Flowers’ With Michael Mayer Directing, Kiersey Clemons In Talks

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Exclusive: Michael Mayer, who recently directed the Annette Bening-Saoirse Ronan movie, The Seagull, has come on board to direct the feature take on Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s New York Times bestseller The Language of Flowers. Kiersey Clemons, star of Open Road’s cult comedy Dope and the upcoming Warner Bros./DC Flash movie is in talks to star in the lead role of Victoria.

The Language of Flowers tells the story of a young woman who, after being released from the foster care system, finds work in a flower shop. There she changes the lives of others while working to overcome her own troubled past with her foster mother. The book spent 69 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and has sold over 2M copies worldwide in 40 languages. Previously set up at Fox 2000, the novel was then developed by Bcdf with a new screenplay by Peter Hutchings.

Claude Dal Farra,
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Off Broadway Review: ‘This Ain’t No Disco’

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Here are lyrics from a song in the new musical “This Ain’t No Disco” that creatives Stephen Trask (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) and Peter Yanowitz hope will make us yearn for the golden age of disco, circa 1979-80, when everyone was flocking to after-hours clubs like Studio 54. Give a listen: “Rollerboy angels are skating / Glistening pectorals smooth / The beat and the pulse are creating / An anthem your soul for to soothe.”

Doesn’t it just make you want to jump over that velvet rope and claw your way inside, where all the beautiful people are getting drunk and stoned and having fun? No? Well, consider yourself saved, because the rest of this new musical is just as dumb as that dopey lyric.

In its heyday, the nightclub that Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell (played here by a crazed-looking Theo Stockman) built into the honeypot known as Studio 54 was,
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First Look Media’s Topic Appoints Ryan Chanatry As Gm Of Topic.com

Topic, the unit of First Look Media known for producing films like Leave No Trace and multi-platform projects from talent such as Wyatt Cenac, has picked Netflix alum Ryan Chanatry as general manager of Topic.com.

Chanatry will run the visual storytelling platform known for politically and socially oriented web series like She’s the Ticket and Awakening: After Parkland. Since joining First Look in 2016, Chanatry has overseen audience development and “intelligence” efforts, steering acquisition strategy, partnerships, newsletters and paid media. In his new role, Chanatry will report to Todd Green, First Look’s Svp of content distribution.

“Ryan is perfect for this role given his experience within the company and as a key member of the team that helped launch Topic.com last year,” said Green. “His creativity, passion, and experience makes this a natural next step for him and Topic as we continue to build upon our strategy and early success.
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John Cameron Mitchell on Hedwig, Caitlyn Jenner and how 'queer' has changed

If Mitchell made cult classic Hedwig and the Angry Inch today, would he be able to get away with it?

“I’m off to catch chlamydia from a koala and Patti Lupone!”

As creator of the iconic Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and the real-sex-on-screen indie classic Shortbus, this opener from John Cameron Mitchell ranks somewhere in the middle in terms of shock value.
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6 of the Year’s TV Drama Casts Worthy of Emmy Attention

Plenty of new scripted shows premiered in the 2017–18 television season, meaning Emmy voters have their work cut out for them—particularly in the drama and miniseries categories. We’re selecting our favorite freshman series in those categories for your consideration. “9-1-1” (Fox)With humanely compelling performances from a powerful ensemble, Connie Britton, Peter Krause, and Angela Bassett anchor this show by balancing its drama with its at-times entertainingly impossible emergencies. The show tells viewers exactly what it is from the outset, when first responders rescue a baby from an apartment’s plumbing system. Whether depicting events in our heroes’ personal or professional lives, it somehow escalates from there. —Elyse Roth “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (FX)Both a character study of killer Andrew Cunanan and a time capsule of 1990s queer culture, the second season of Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story” also trumpets the true arrival of Darren Criss.
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Darren Criss Doesn't Have a Problem With Being Naked on Camera

Darren Criss Doesn't Have a Problem With Being Naked on Camera
Darren Criss doesn't mind being naked on screen. The 31-year-old actor talked about being nude in The Assassination of Gianni Versace on Thursday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I'm nakey!" he said when Ellen DeGeneres brought up the topic. When asked if he had a problem with being naked on camera, the former Glee star replied, "Well now I don't." DeGeneres then showed the audience a few pictures of the Andrew Cunanan character's bare bottom. "Those are my buns," he said. "I cooked those myself." Criss had just finished acting in the Broadway show Hedwig and the Angry Inch when he signed on for American Crime Story. So, he...
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John Cameron Mitchell Vowed Never to Work With Harvey Weinstein After Seeing Him Scream at Another Filmmaker

John Cameron Mitchell Vowed Never to Work With Harvey Weinstein After Seeing Him Scream at Another Filmmaker
John Cameron Mitchell occupies a unique place in show business. Described as a “glamrock multi-hyphenate,” he is as charismatic a stage performer as he is a visionary filmmaker. From “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” to “Shortbus” to “Rabbit Hole,” his films rarely fit into one succinct genre or tagline, but always reflect his unique point of view. His latest film, “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” is a teen romance between a punk and an alien set in 1970s Britain. Based on the short story by Neil Gaiman and featuring an eye-popping ensemble clad in matching latex bodysuits, Mitchell called it “The midnight movie that I grew up with, the one that I wanted to see.”

Never one to compromise, Mitchell often wrestles with the creative dilemma of working in a medium that requires so much outside financial support to come to fruition. ““I’m a money launderer, that’s how I see myself,
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‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ Film Review: Punks Meet Aliens in Messy Mash-Up

‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ Film Review: Punks Meet Aliens in Messy Mash-Up
There are a number of small pleasures to be found in John Cameron Mitchell’s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” a stylish genre mash-up that’s oddly too messy and too prim at the same time. A clash between “Starman” and “The Clash” with a healthy side of “Rocky Horror,” the film sets a gang of young punks against a cabal of antiseptic aliens in grungy late ’70s London. It comes off feeling more like promising studio outtake than a polished final track.

It’s 1977, punk reigns supreme, and Enn (Alex Sharp) has just ended up at a party full of aliens. They don’t look like ETs – having assumed human forms and all that — but they sure do act the part, engaging in strange rituals, dressing in space-age latex and preparing for a bizarre ceremony.

One of the them, Zan (Elle Fanning doing a kind of manic-alien-dream-girl
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Lgbtq Audiences See Themselves More Onscreen but Financing Can Be Tricky

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Lgbtq Audiences See Themselves More Onscreen but Financing Can Be Tricky
Recently, after seeing “Love, Simon,” filmmaker Xavier Dolan wrote on his Instagram page, “Let’s not discuss the movie itself, but rather focus on its existence, and the fact a major studio has released a film on a teen coming out. A door has opened, which has opened before, but this time, I can see the light pouring in.” He praised the film for being a huge step towards building narratives around Lgbtq protagonists instead of relinquishing them to comical supporting roles. When “Call Me by Your Name” was shown to festivalgoers at Sundance, the film immediately picked up momentum, building on its initial buzz to receive several Academy Award nominations, including best picture. It was a coming-of-age love story, which happened to have two male leads.

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Wanuri Kahiu’s lesbian love story, “Rafiki” (pictured) premiered in Un Certain Regard to strong reviews.
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New John Cameron Mitchell Podcast Anthem to Feature Cynthia Erivo, Glenn Close, Patti LuPone And More

From the studio that produced the hit podcast, Missing Richard Simmons, Topic Studios today announced they are partnering with the award-winning John Cameron Mitchell Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus, How to Talk to Girls at Parties for a pioneering new podcast, 'Anthem.' This edgy anthology series will tell a unique American story though a distinct musical voice, with each season pairing an iconic songwriter with an experienced storyteller to bring audiences a fascinating tale from a neglected corner of the country. 'Anthem' is currently in production and will be available to audiences later this year.
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