Broadway – Tony Award Nominees Announced!

The nominations for the 67th Annual Tony Awards have been announced. Broadway fans will know that these awards celebrate excellence in the theater scene and both musicals and plays are awarded for many different aspects of production. Be sure to tune into the Tony Awards on CBS, June 9 at 8pm! Here is a list of the nominees:

Best Play

The Assembled Parties

Lucky Guy

The Testament of Mary

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Best Musical

Bring It On: The Musical

A Christmas Story, The Musical

Kinky Boots

Matilda The Musical

Best Revival of a Play

Golden Boy

Orphans

The Trip to Bountiful

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Best Revival of a Musical

Annie

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Pippin

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Best Book of a Musical

A Christmas Story, The Musical

Kinky Boots

Matilda The Musical

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

A Christmas Story, The Musical

Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Hands on a Hardbody

Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green Lyrics: Amanda Green

Kinky Boots

Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper

Matilda The Musical

Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy

Nathan Lane, The Nance

Tracy Letts, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Tom Sturridge, Orphans

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place

Amy Morton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Holland Taylor, Ann

Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Bertie Carvel, Matilda The Musical

Santino Fontana, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Rob McClure, Chaplin

Billy Porter, Kinky Boots

Stark Sands, Kinky Boots

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Carolee Carmello, Scandalous

Valisia LeKae, Motown The Musical

Patina Miller, Pippin

Laura Osnes, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Danny Burstein, Golden Boy

Richard Kind, The Big Knife

Billy Magnussen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Tony Shalhoub, Golden Boy

Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Carrie Coon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Judith Ivey, The Heiress

Judith Light, The Assembled Parties

Condola Rashad, The Trip to Bountiful

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Charl Brown, Motown The Musical

Keith Carradine, Hands on a Hardbody

Will Chase, The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Gabriel Ebert, Matilda The Musical

Terrence Mann, Pippin

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Annaleigh Ashford, Kinky Boots

Victoria Clark, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Andrea Martin, Pippin

Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody

Lauren Ward, Matilda The Musical

Best Scenic Design of a Play

John Lee Beatty, The Nance

Santo Loquasto, The Assembled Parties

David Rockwell, Lucky Guy

Michael Yeargan, Golden Boy

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical

Anna Louizos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Scott Pask, Pippin

David Rockwell, Kinky Boots

Best Costume Design of a Play

Soutra Gilmour, Cyrano de Bergerac

Ann Roth, The Nance

Albert Wolsky, The Heiress

Catherine Zuber, Golden Boy

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Kinky Boots

Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical

Dominique Lemieux, Pippin

William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy

Donald Holder, Golden Boy

Jennifer Tipton, The Testament of Mary

Japhy Weideman, The Nance

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kenneth Posner, Kinky Boots

Kenneth Posner, Pippin

Kenneth Posner, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Hugh Vanstone, Matilda The Musical

Best Sound Design of a Play

John Gromada, The Trip to Bountiful

Mel Mercier, The Testament of Mary

Leon Rothenberg, The Nance

Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, Golden Boy

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Jonathan Deans & Garth Helm, Pippin

Peter Hylenski, Motown The Musical

John Shivers, Kinky Boots

Nevin Steinberg, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Best Direction of a Play

Pam MacKinnon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Nicholas Martin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Bartlett Sher, Golden Boy

George C. Wolfe, Lucky Guy

Best Direction of a Musical

Scott Ellis, The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots

Diane Paulus, Pippin

Matthew Warchus, Matilda The Musical

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Bring It On: The Musical

Peter Darling, Matilda The Musical

Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots

Chet Walker, Pippin

Best Orchestrations

Chris Nightingale, Matilda The Musical

Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots

Ethan Popp & Bryan Crook, Motown The Musical

Danny Troob, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

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Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Bernard Gersten

Paul Libin

Ming Cho Lee

Regional Theatre Award

Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, Mass.

Isabelle Stevenson Award

Larry Kramer

Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre

Career Transition For Dancers

William Craver

Peter Lawrence

The Lost Colony

The four  actresses who created the title role of Matilda The Musical on Broadway – Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro

Plus, here is a breakdown of Tony Nominations by Production:

Kinky Boots – 13

Matilda The Musical – 12

Pippin – 10

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella – 9

Golden Boy – 8

Lucky Guy – 6

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike – 6

The Mystery of Edwin Drood – 5

The Nance – 5

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – 5

Motown The Musical – 4

The Trip to Bountiful – 4

The Assembled Parties – 3

A Christmas Story, The Musical – 3

Hands on a Hardbody – 3

The Testament of Mary – 3

Bring It On: The Musical – 2

The Heiress – 2

Orphans – 2

Ann – 1

Annie – 1

The Big Knife – 1

Chaplin – 1

Cyrano de Bergerac – 1

The Other Place – 1

Scandalous – 1

What do you think of these nominations? Would you be interested in seeing any of these shows? Will you be tuning into the Tony’s this year? What id your favorite Broadway musical or play?

Tony Awards

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Casting News – Michael Fassbender Cast in New “Macbeth” Adaptation

Shakespeare nerds (including my mama) will be very excited and interested to hear that actor Michael Fassbender has signed on to a new Macbeth film adaptation. Fassbender reportedly will be signing on to play the leading role in  “the Scottish play.”

This new film version of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays is going to be directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and the screenplay will be written by Todd Louiso (Love Liza, Hello I Must Be Going) and Jacob Koskoff. Louiso have worked on a script together before for a film entitled The Marc Pease Experience. 

Many previous film adaptations of the Scottish play have tried to set the classic story in a different settings, but that will not be the case with this version. The story will remain the same, it will be set in 11th century,  and presented in the original Shakespearian dialogue. Kurzel has stated, however, that this version will be more “visceral” and have “significant battle scenes.”

Production on this project is moving quite quickly and filming is currently set to start later this year. Keep checking in for more follow-up and news about this Macbeth adaptation.

Who do you think should play Lady Macbeth? Are you excited for this particular adaptation? Do you think Fassbender is right for the role of Macbeth? Are you a Shakespeare enthusiast?

Michael Fassbender - Macbeth

Source: The Playlist

Movie Exclusive – Jamie Foxx in Talks to Star in New “Annie” Adaptation

News has surfaced that actor Jamie Foxx is currently in negotiations to star  in a new film adaptation of the classic musical, Annie. If Foxx gets the role, he will be starring along side actress Quvenzhane Wallis, who is playing Annie.

Foxx is reportedly in the running for playing Benjamin Stacks, who is very similar to Daddy Warbucks, the traditional character Annie fans are familiar with.

This new adaptation is “an update” from the original musical and comic book strip and it is being distributed by Sony Pictures. Plus, this remake is being directed by Will Gluck and is produced by Will Smith, James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Jay-Z. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gluck has worked with screenwriters Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna on recent revisions of the script.  

Sony is aiming for production to start this fall and a 2014 release date. However, the film is still in early development so hopefully more news will become available as production continues!

What do you think of this potential casting choice? Do you think they should stay closer to the original musical and original story of Annie? Would you be interested in seeing this film when it releases?

Jamie Foxx

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Television Exclusive – Gabourey Sidibe Cast in “American Horror Story: Coven”

Fans of the hit show, American Horror Story, maybe be interested in hearing this recent bit of casting news. The show’s co-creator Ryan Murphy announced the news via twitter this morning that Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), has been cast in a role for season three.

Ryan Murphy - AHS tweet

Most of the fans of the show may already know that the third season is entitled American Horror Story: Coven. Sidibe will be working with on the show Kathy Bates, whom was also recently cast in a role for season three. American Horror Story also stars Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, and Lily Rabe. There are not too many details about the characters Sidibe and Bates will be playing, but it is reported that this season is going to involve more witches. Be sure to check back in for more details soon!  

Are you a fan of American Horror Story? Will you be tuning in when season three premieres this October? What do you think of this casting news? What kind of character do you think Sidibe will be playing?

Gabourey Sidibe

Source: Entertainment Weekly

 

 

Television Exclusive – CW Orders Full Season for “The Originals”

Last night was the “backdoor pilot” premiere of The Vampire Diaries spin-off, The Originals. The CW Network has announced that they will be moving ahead and ordered the show to series.

Although the overall ratings were down last night for The Vampire Diaries, the network realizes how successful the show has been over the years and are hoping the spin-off will share the same success. Plus, the network also realizes the impact the show has in social media and online streaming.

A CW executive, Mark Pedowitz, shared his thoughts on the show in this statement: “As soon as we saw last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, we knew we wanted more of The Originals. Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson have done a fantastic job with The Vampire Diaries, which is as fast-paced and well-written as ever, and Julie has created an equally compelling world for The Originals.”

CW has also ordered new seasons for (of course) The Vampire DiariesBeauty and the Beast, Hart of Dixie, Arrow, and Supernatural. However, there has been no news on Nikita or The Carrie Diaries yet.

What did you think of The Originals premiere? Do you think this show will have the same success as The Vampire Diaries? Who is your favorite original vampire? What did you think of the new characters introduced in this episode?

The Vampire Diaries - The Originals - EW Exclusive #5

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Television Exclusive – NBC Moves Two-Hour “Smash” Season Finale

Fans of NBC’s Smash may be interested in hearing the news about the two-hour long season finale entitled “The Tonys.” The network has announced this episode will air on Sunday, May 26th at 9/8c.

In a recent interview with TVLine, showrunner Josh Safran revealed that there is going to be a musical number that features all of the principal cast and “all the loose ends from this season getting tied up — some more happily than others.”

There is speculation that Smash might be canceled due to the low ratings and the fact that it was recently moved to Saturday nights. Moving a show to Saturday nights is usually the “kiss of death” for television. However, the network has not made any official announcements regarding the cancelation of Smash. I am still willing to hold out hope that it will be renewed for a third season.

Personally, I trust a direct announcement from the network more than any other source. NBC has just revealed this afternoon several shows that are renewed for the fall, which include Parenthood, Grimm, Chicago Fire, and Revolution. The network has not addressed anything about Smash yet, but be sure to check back in for more news soon.

Do you want Smash to come back for a third season? Will you be tuning in to the season finale? Which musical is your favorite, Bombshell or Hit List? What do you think will happen at the Tonys?

Smash - banner

Source: TVLine

Movie Exclusive – Fox Earns Rights for “Guys and Dolls” Movie Remake

20th Century Fox recently earned the rights for a remake of  the popular stage and movie musical, Guys and Dolls. The studio will soon begin production on the remake and actors Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are under consideration for the title roles. Currently, there is no director or screenwriter signed on for the project, but Tatum and Gordon-Levitt are interested in being a part of the film.

For those of you unfamiliar with the musical, it is set in New York in the 1940s and follows a group of professional gamblers and petty criminals through their adventures in the city. Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando were in the original MGM film made in 1955 as the lead male roles, Nathan Detroit (Sinatra) and Sky Masterson (Brando).

The idea of a Guys and Dolls remake has been circulating for several years. According to an article on Deadline, it looked like studio executive, Harvey Weinstein was going to get the rights. Plus, actors such as Russell Crowe, Vin Dissel, and Hugh Jackman were all expressing interest in playing the lead roles.

The original songwriter, Frank Loesser, passed away and studios were having difficulties forming a deal with his widow, Jo Loesser. She would be in charge of signing over the rights to the songs in place of her husband, but she has not found a deal she agreed with. However, 20th Century Fox must have offered the deal she was looking for because they have clenched the rights for the musical. Some of the more famous songs featured in this show are Luck Be A Lady and Sit Down, You’re Rocking The Boat.

Now that a deal has been made and a studio is starting production, hopefully there will be some official casting news to share with you soon! What do you think of Tatum and Gordon-Levitt potentially being cast in this remake? Are you a fans of Guys and Dolls? Who do you think should be cast in this remake?

Guys and Dolls - Movie Remake post

Source: Deadline