The history behind the Waitress film gives more emotional nuance considering the unfortunate circumstances in which it premiered.
The California native told Variety at the opening night of “Waitress” at the Pantages in Hollywood that bringing the show she composed, wrote the lyrics for, and starred in–twice–felt like coming home.
“La was my home for 15 years. I went to UCLA, so there’s just a real sense of pride and gratitude to be able to come home and share this project that has been the great love of my life for the last five years with what feels like a very hometown place for me,” Bareilles said on the red carpet.
The “Gravity” singer, who played pie-maker Jenna Hunterson in March 2017 and again in January 2018 on Broadway, recalled when she jumped at the chance to play the titular waitress.
“When Jessie Mueller, our incredible original lead, left the show, there was a part
There’s much to admire in the homespun fable about integrity and patriotism, wrapped in an inviting package filled with buffoonery and self-deprecating humor. In an even-keeled production from top-tier creators and talent, any resemblance to actual current White House occupants is strictly fortuitous — that is, if you overlook the Twitter-prone president who can’t spell. Call it a timeless show that couldn’t be timelier.
The network also said today that the show will air on Sunday, May 19, playing out before a live audience.
“We have the dream team to bring Hair Live! vividly to life and create another unforgettable night of live television,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment. “I was at the electrifying opening night of Diane Paulus’ Tony-winning revival of Hair 10 years ago and was blown away by how relevant and utterly joyous this show became in her hands. She is one of the most successful directors working in the theatre today, and we’re thrilled she will be collaborating with Alex Rudzinski,
The film, set during the mid-1990s L.A. music scene, centers on wannabe record exec Charlie Porter (White) who, struggling to get out of the mail room, is tasked with forcing forgotten rock star Micky Adams (Grammer) out of his contract at his longtime label.
Will Aldis penned the screenplay and Michael Roiff (Waitress), Steven Samuels (Michael Clayton) and Milan Popelka (Arrival) are producing.
White is a relative newcomer who first recurred in ABC’s The Middle and CBS’ Seal Team this past season. He also scored a series-regular role in HBO’s comedy pilot Mrs. Fletcher based on author Tom Perrotta’s bestselling novel.
He is repped by Progressive Artists Agency.
Set in the mid-1990s, the film centers on a young, wannabe A&R guy struggling to get out of the mail room and the older, crazy, forgotten rock ‘n’ roller (Grammer) who holds the key. Filming is set for Los Angeles.
Steven Samuels (Michael Clayton), Milan Popelka (Arrival) and Michael Roiff (Waitress) are producers.
Grammer recently was set to topline Fox’s legal drama series Proven Innocent, which is slated for a midseason bow. On the film side, he stars alongside Kristen Bell and Seth Rogen in Netflix’s Like Father, which hits the streaming service August 3.
His production company Grammnet is co-producing Hulu’s Light as a Feather, a 10-episode straight-to-series supernatural thriller with AwesomenessTV and Wattpad.
The Scandal vet has booked a recurring role on Law & Order: SVU, appearing throughout the upcoming Season 20 as Dr. Al Pollack, our sister site Deadline reports. Pollack is described as “charming, handsome and very wealthy doctor” who has a history with
But there are clues on this Friday the 13th. Sorta.
In the new key art, Sunny‘s Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, Danny DeVito and Kaitlin Olson are pictured, in slasher-flick style, running terrified from a secluded cabin. In the background, on the cabin porch, is an ax-wielding, hockeymask-wearing maniac. Could the Jason Voorhees wannabe be the gang’s Dennis?
Very possibly, given Dennis’ well-established sociopathic tendencies and serial killer fantasies. But more to the point, does his background placement signal a reduction in Howerton’s presence on the comedy? The actor’s NBC sitcom A.P. Bio was renewed in May for a second season.
We already know that
The play, to be directed by Diane Paulus (Waitress) and produced by Tony-winning producer Daryl Roth (Kinky Boots) at the Daryl Roth Theatre on Union Square in Manhattan, will begin previews Tuesday, October 2 and open Thursday, October 18.
“Gloria Steinem helped me find feminism, which has been my life jacket, a way to navigate through a world that doesn’t treat girls and women like full human beings,” Lahti said upon her casting. “For over forty years, she has worked tirelessly to enrich, empower and save women’s lives. To be able to play her and tell her remarkable story is one of the greatest thrills and honors of my life, not to mention my career.”
Said Steinem: “I’m honored to be represented by Christine,
“This is the first time we had love tweets,” Zadan said. “On some of the others, even though we didn’t think we deserved them, we got hate tweets, because people didn’t want it to be done the way they were done. Same thing happened to us at the Oscars!”
It had become a bit of a hallmark over the years: Viewers cracking wise while watching past productions like “The Sound of Music Live,” or of course, their NBC musical drama “Smash.” But with “Jesus Christ Superstar,” all of Zadan’s and Meron’s choices — from the casting of John Legend and Sara Bareilles, among others, down to the decision to stage it as a concert/musical play hybrid — resonated with audiences.
The Jesus Christ Superstar Live star/Waitress composer and the Great Comet of 1812 headliner opened sitting at back-to-back pianos, crooning a tune addressed to everyone who’s ever lost one of the coveted statuettes, because “neither one of us has ever won anything.”(It is insane that Into the Woods didn’t get Best Musical back in the day, right?)
The funny song even had an uplifting secondary message! In this scary world,
The show, based on a 2007 movie about an Egyptian band that mistakenly finds itself in an isolated village in Israel, also earned prizes for its lead performers, “Monk” star Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk, as well as supporting player Itamar Moses.
Director David Cromer, composer David Yazbek, book writer Itamar Moses were recognized in addition to the show’s orchestrations, sound and lighting design.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the two-part drama that extended J.K. Rowling’s beloved wizard franchise to Broadway, won six awards, including Best Play. The hit show, which broke the record in its London run by winning nine Olivier Awards, also won prizes for director John Tiffany, as well as for scenic, costume, lighting and sound design.
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Thirty shows were eligible for consideration. A whopping 21 of these earned at least one nomination across the 26 Tony Awards categories. While the nominations were determined by 51 theater professionals, the 2018 Tonys winners were decided by 846 members of the Broadway community.
Heading into the evening, two new musicals – “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” — had a leading 12 Tony Awards nominations apiece while a third, “The Band’s Visit,” had to settle for 11. The hit British import “Harry Potter and the Cursed
While the nominees for these top theater kudos were determined by 51 theater professionals, the winners were voted on by 846 members of the Broadway community. Below, is the full and complete list of 2018 Tonys winners in each of the 26 competitive categories.
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Heading into the evening, the British import “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” led among plays with a whopping 10 nominations. That is twice the haul of its closest rival for Best Play, “Farinelli and the King.” Two new musicals – “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” — earned a leading 12 Tony Awards nominations apiece while a third, “The Band’s Visit,” had to
Thirty shows were eligible for consideration. A whopping 21 of these reaped at least one bid across the 26 Tony Awards categories. While the nominations were determined by 51 theater professionals, the 2018 Tonys winners will be decided by 842 members of the Broadway community.
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Two new musicals – “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” — earned a leading dozen Tony Awards nominations apiece while “The Band’s Visit,” had to settle for 11 bids. Among new plays,
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