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Stage and Screen: "The Band's Visit"

Hey Tri-state area readers! Only a few of you have come out to Show-Score's Stage & Screen events this spring that I've been moderating. Here's one last opportunity for you. 

I'll be interviewing Tony-nominated director David Cromer and Tony-nominated Book writer Itamar Moses of "The Band's Visit" this Sunday at 3:00 Pm just before a screening of the movie that inspired the Tony nominated musical. We'll be talking about translating the film for the stage and then we'll all watch the film!

If you've never seen the Israeli film The Band's Visit (2007), you really must. It's quite charming and it stars the late great Ronit Elkabetz (of Late Marriage and Gett fame) and was a sleeper hit at Us arthouses in 2008. It also won 8 Ophirs (the Israeli Oscar) in its year including Best Actress. You can get tickets here.
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"Carousel" and "Spongebob" lead the Drama Desk Nominations

by Nathaniel R

Jessie Mueller and Joshua Henry in Rodges & Hammerstein's revived "Carousel" which led the nominations

As discussed in a previous recent post, most theatrical awards don't have as direct a correlation to the Tony Awards as film awards do to the Oscars. At the Drama Desk Awards, which have been around almost as long as the Tonys, Off Broadway is also considered so their nominations naturally differ quite a lot. Expected Tony frontrunner The Band's Visit received zero nominations due to its previous Off Broadway run (i.e. eligible last season instead with the Drama Desk)

The nominations are after the jump...
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‘Kpop,’ ‘Mary Jane’ Lead 2018 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations

Off-Broadway is getting its much-deserved moment in the spotlight with the April 4 announcement of the 2018 Lucille Lortel Award nominees. Celebrating some of the best theatermakers working in New York City today, the nominations were announced by Lucille Lortel Award winners Rachel Bay Jones and Steven Pasquale. This year’s nominations spread the love between dazzling Off-Broadway fare including “Kpop,” “Bella: An American Tale,” “Mary Jane,” and more. “Kpop,” from Ars Nova, Ma-Yi Theater, and the Woodshed Collective, led the way with nine nods; stars James Seol, Ashley Park, Jason Tam, and Vanessa Kai were all nominated in each of the musical acting categories. “Desperate Measures,” “Hundred Days,” “Jerry Springer – The Opera,” and “Bella: An American Tale” joined “Kpop” in the Outstanding Musical category. Last year’s ceremony gave top honors to “The Band's Visit” before its transfer to Broadway; that musical is now in the running for this season’s Tony Awards.
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Broadway's Katrina Lenk Joins the Cast of CBS All Access Drama The Good Fight

According to Deadline, Katrina Lenk The Band's Visit has booked a recurring role on the second season of CBS All Access drama series The Good Fight, from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King. In Season 2, the Chicago murder rate is on the rise, and Diane Christine Baranski, Lucca Cush Jumbo, Maia Rose Leslie and the rest of the law firm find themselves under psychological assault when a client at another firm kills his lawyer for overcharging. Lenk will play Nafatali Amado, the fiance of Colin Sweeney Dylan Baker. Lenk currently stars on Broadway in The Band's Visit. She's repped by Brady, Brannon and Rich Talent and SofferNamoff Entertainment.
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Stars from Hello, Dolly!, Spongebob, and More Join Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival

Among the Broadway stars scheduled to interact with students over the course of the day on March 19 are Tony Award winner Baayork Leechoreographer, original cast of A Chorus Line, Sasha Hutchings, original cast of Hamilton and currently in the Broadway revival of My Fair Lady, Laguardia Arts alumnus Lilli Cooper, from the Broadway Musical, SpongeBob SquarePants, and John Cariani from The Band's Visit.
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Bww Interview: Etai Benson Talks Hearing the Ocean Nightly in The Band's Visit

Etai Benson is currently charming audiences on Broadway with his portrayal of the young and terribly relatable Papi in The Band's Visit, not at all bleak and beige and blah, blah, blah... Benson has previously been seen as Boq in Wicked and Adam Hochberg in An American in Paris. Yet it's this project, he says, that he fought the hardest for describing the film as very striking for him as an Israeli and Papi as something of a dream role. BroadwayWorld got to speak to him about the his journey with The Band's Visit and more.
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'Broadwaysted' Welcomes The Band's Visit's Andrew Polk

He's appearing in his first musical on Broadway, he's our first actor from the epic Marvel Universe, and we talk about immortalizing his first sweater--lots of firsts as Andrew Polk from The Band's Visit gets Broadwaysted. This week, we're coming to you pre-matinee so we switched out the cocktails for coffee and donuts and Kind Bars while Andrew spills about his current gig on Broadway the critically-acclaimed The Band's Visit as well as his role in the binge-tastic Netflix series House Of Cards.
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Bww TV Exclusive: The Band's Visit Pays a Visit to Broadway Sessions!

Few new musicals have been quite so critically well received as The Band's Visit. It was with the same enthusiasm and love that we recently welcomed the cast of The Band's Visit to Broadway Sessions. Enjoy these intimate performances from Sharone Sayegh, Madison Micucci, Pomme Koch, Kristen SIeh, Ahmad Maksoud, Jonathan Raviv, Rachel Prather, Kirsten SIeh and more. Also enjoy performances by our Rising Stars Kyle Branzel and Melanie Sierra.
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Sara Bareilles, Raul Esparza and More Join McC Theater's Miscast 2018

McC Theater has announced an all-star lineup of performers for their annual Miscast gala. Performers will include Grammy and Tony Award nominee Sara Bareilles Tony Award winners Jayne Houdyshell and James Monroe Iglehart Tony Award nominees Ra l Esparza, Robert Fairchild, and Keala Settle plus Hamilton star and reigning Dancing With the Stars champion Jordan Fisher, The Band's Visit star Katrina Lenk, Once on This Island star Alex Newell, and the voice of Moana, Auli'i Cravalho. Additional names will be announced shortly.
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Video: Watch Jason Danieley, Julia Murney, Bryce Pinkham & More Sing from Transport Group's Man Of La Mancha!

Transport Group just presented Man of La Mancha - its first musical in this season's Anne L. Bernstein Concert Series. The special event starred John Cariani Tony nominee, The Band's Visit, Jason Danieley Drama Desk nominee, The Visit, Santino Fontana Tony nominee, Cinderella, Marc Kudisch Tony nominee, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Julia Murney Drama Desk nominee, The Wild Party, Bryce Pinkham Tony Nominee, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Andrew Samonksy Drama Desk nominee, Queen of the Mist and Mary Testa Tony nominee amp Drama Desk winner, The Portuguese Kid.
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Israeli Filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz Dies: ‘Gett’ Golden Globe Nominee Was 51

Israeli Filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz Dies: ‘Gett’ Golden Globe Nominee Was 51
The co-director, co-writer and star of Golden Globe nominee Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem, Ronit Elkabetz, passed away this morning following a battle with cancer. She was 51. Israel-born Elkabetz worked across both Israeli and French cinema, starring in such acclaimed films as André Techiné’s The Girl On The Train and Eran Kolirin’s The Band’s Visit for which she won a Best Actress Ophir Award from the Israeli Film Academy. Gett was the last part of a trilogy about…
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'4 Months,' 'Band's Visit,' Mirren among EFA winners

'4 Months,' 'Band's Visit,' Mirren among EFA winners
BERLIN -- 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Cristian Mungiu's drama about a young woman trying to get an illegal abortion in communist Romania, took the two top prizes at this year's European Film Awards, winning best European film and best European director for Mungiu.

The wins, coming after Mungiu took the Palme d'Or in Cannes, put the first-time director and 4 Months at the front of the pack for next year's Oscar race for best foreign-language film.

"This is a great honor", said Mungiu, accepting the best film trophy in Berlin on Saturday. "I won't thank my producer because I was my producer."

Mungiu did, however, thank his young cast of unknowns before giving a shout-out to the Festival de Cannes.

"I really want to thank Cannes for this year opening up the competition to newcomers like me," Mungiu said. "It has made all the difference".

Cannes also made all the difference for the Israeli crowd-pleaser The Band's Visit, which followed up its Un Certain Regard Jury prize with two EFA trophies: best actor for star Sasson Gabai and the European Discovery 2007 prize for director Eran Kolirin.

Visit isn't in the running for the foreign-language Oscar because much of the film is in English, but the EFA wins could give the picture a bump as it continues its international rollout.

Another Cannes winner -- Fatih Akin's The Edge of Heaven -- won the best screenplay prize. Akin thanked his editor, Andrew Bird, quipping that the "final result on the screen was much different than my original screenplay."

The wins for 4 Months and Visit were a surprise for many pundits who thought Romania and Israel lacked the lobbying power with the big voting blocks in the European Film Academy, whose members vote for the EFAs.

'Queen' reigns over EFA

COLOGNE, Germany -- The nominations for the 2007 European Film Awards held few surprises, with Stephen Frears' The Queen reigning over the best in European film with six nominations, including ones for best film and director.

The pretender to Queen's throne is Kevin Macdonald's The Last King of Scotland, which received five EFA noms, including one for best film.

Also in the running for the top prize of European Film 2007 are a bevy of festival favorites, including Cristian Mungiu's Cannes Palme d'Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days; Fatih Akin's cross-cultural drama The Edge of Heaven and Oliver Dahan's Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose, all of which received multiple EFA nominations.

The dark horse in the best film race is Persepolis, the animated feature by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud based on Satrapi's graphic novel.

Beat out in the best picture run but still attracting EFA nominations in the direction, acting and cinematography categories was the mystery thriller The Unknown, from Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore.

The makeup of the European Film Academy, whose 1,800 members vote for the EFAs, tends to favor productions from Western Europe, and this year's nominations attest to that.

With the notable exception of Mungiu's much-praised 4 Months, only two productions from Eastern or Central Europe made the cut: Banishment, from Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev, and the Serbian musical comedy Gucha, from Dusan Milic.

Another exception to the dominance of "old Europe" is the Israeli crowd-pleaser The Band's Visit, which picked up nominations in the European actor and European screenplay categories.

The only other multiple nominee at this year's EFAs is Tom Tykwer's European boxoffice hit Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, which received four nominations, including one in the best European actor section for newcomer Ben Whishaw.

AFI fest puts Public Enemy on list

Two documentaries, including a look at the 20-year history of innovative rap group Public Enemy, will make their world premiere at this year's AFI Fest, set for Nov. 1-11 in Los Angeles.

Public Enemy: Welcome to the Terrordome, directed by Robert Patton-Spruill, gives a rare insight into the group and features interviews with musicians Henry Rollins and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello. Meanwhile, director Andrea Kreuzhage's documentary 1000 Journals focuses on the social/art project initiated by San Francisco-based artist "Someguy".

Two foreign films will make their U.S. debut at the festival: the Canadian drama The Tracey Fragments, directed by Bruce McDonald, and With Your Permission, an entry from Denmark directed by Paprika Steen.

Another 11 films playing at the Toronto International Film Festival also will screen, including 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days directed by Cristian Mungiu; Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit; Stefan Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiter; Gael Garcia Bernal's Deficit; Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly; Hao Hsiao-hsien's Flight of the Red Balloon; Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen's Jellyfish; Jason Reitman's Juno; Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's Persepolis; Tamara Jenkins' The Savages; and Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine.

Passes are on sale through the festival's Web site at, or by phone, (866) AFI-FEST.

Intimate formula keeps Telluride riding high

TELLURIDE, Colo. -- It was business as usual at the 34th edition of the Telluride Film Festival, which came to a close on Labor Day after screening 33 features (plus an additional half-dozen bonus "sneaks") over the course of its four-day run.

Although it was the first year without co-founders Bill and Stella Pence, who announced their retirement at the end of last year's event, co-founder Tom Luddy and his new co-director, Gary Meyer, stuck with the intimate communal formula that has made Telluride one of the world's most unique, and consistently praised, film festival destinations.

While regulars cited the absence of a "wow" film on the level of last year's The Lives of Others, which was discovered at Telluride and rode that initial buzz right into Oscar night when it was named Best Foreign Language Film, there was no shortage of festival favorites.

Among those titles receiving particularly enthusiastic response from audiences were Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, both Cannes award-winners, as well as Sean Penn's Into the Wild, Austrian filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiters and the animated Persepolis, based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel about coming of age in Tehran under the rule of Ayatollah Khomeni.

Audiences were also unanimously charmed by Cannes crowd-pleaser The Band's Visit, by Israeli filmmaker Eran Kolirin.

But they were decidedly split on I'm Not There, Todd Haynes' highly original take on the life and times of Bob Dylan during the height of his career.

Diversity marks packed Telluride lineup

A tribute to actor Daniel Day-Lewis, new documentaries from Barbet Schroeder, Werner Herzog and Kevin Macdonald, a spotlight on such Israeli films as The Band's Visit and Jellyfish and a restoration of King Vidor's classic silent film The Big Parade are all part of the jampacked program that will greet cineastes making the pilgrimage this weekend to the 34th annual Telluride Film Festival.

The high-altitude, informal, equalitarian festival, which runs today through Monday, has undergone change at the top: Bill and Stella Pence, who co-founded the fest in 1974 with Tom Luddy and the late James Card, announced their resignation last year and will not participate in this year's gathering. Longtime Telluride participant Gary Meyer has joined Luddy as co-director.

But festivalgoers aren't likely to see changes because of the transition. "Emotionally, it was very different," Luddy said. "I kept thinking about 33 years of having constant conversations with my partner and friend Bill Pence, but Gary Meyer is also an old friend. Bill and I both identified Gary as really the one and only candidate to replace Bill when that day would come," Luddy added, noting of the partial changing of the guard that "it was pretty smooth, very harmonious and very efficient."

As usual, there will be first looks at Hollywood product that could well figure in the fall's awards race. The lineup includes Sean Penn's Into the Wild, an adaptation of Jon Krakauer's account of a fateful trip into the Alaskan wilderness, which will be released by Paramount Vantage; Noah Baumbach, in his first film since The Squid and the Whale, looks at two contentious sisters (Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh) in Paramount Vantage's Margot at the Wedding; Todd Haynes' Bob Dylan study I'm Not There, from the Weinstein Co.; and Allison Eastwood, making her directorial debut with the family drama Rails and Ties, starring Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden, from Warner Independent Pictures.

There also is a strong selection of titles that earned critical applause at May's Festival de Cannes. "Cannes had a very strong year", Luddy said. "Normally, we try to show a number of films from Cannes, but I think we're showing many more than usual, and I think we could have included a lot more."

The program includes Cannes' Palme d'Or winner, Romanian director Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which IFC Films has picked up for U.S.

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