Books – Official Cover for Veronica Roth’s “Allegiant” Revealed

Back in mid-April, the title for the final book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series was announced. The final book in this successful young adult series is to bee titled Allegiant. Well, fans of this series will be excited to know that the Allegiant cover has officially been released!

Of course, fans are well aware that the first two books in this series are entitled Divergent and Insurgent. Plus, a film adaptation of Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Miles Teller, and Zoe Kravitz , is currently filming in Chicago.

Allegiant is currently set to hit book stores October 22, 2013 and the Divergent  film is set for a March 21, 2014 theatrical release. Check out this new cover and sound off in the comments below!

Do you like this new cover? Are you excited to find out what happens next in this series? Will you be seeing Divergent when it comes out next year?

Allegiant - cover

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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

Books – Title Revealed for Final Book in the “Divergent” Series

Author Veronica Roth has created a very successful series of young adult novels known as the Divergent Trilogy.  The first book in the series is titled Divergent and was released April 25, 2011. The second novel in the series is titled Insurgent and was released on May 1, 2012.

Roth has set these stories in a futuristic dystopia and they follow a teenage girl named Beatrice or Tris. Tris seeks to break free from her homogeneous society that divides people based on human traits and leaves her faction to join a rival group. There she falls for a young man named Four. I am going to avoid posting any spoilers so if you have not read the books yet, you will have to read them find out what happens next!

The third and final book in the series has not been released yet and Roth recently announced the title. Roth and her publishers have decided to entitle the third book – Allegiant.

Fans will be able to buy it when it releases on October 22, 2013! Most of you may also know that the Divergent film adaptation is currently shooting in Chicago. Take a look at some of the casting news here.

What do you think of this new title? What do you think of the casting for the film adaptation? Will you be buying Allegiant when it is released later this year? Be sure to check back in for a cover reveal!

Divergent and Insurgent - book covers

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Casting News MegaPost – Several Major Roles Cast for “Divergent” Film Adaptation

Fans of Veronica Roth’s young adult novel, Divergent, will be happy to know that casting and production development has finally started to pick up for the film adaptation! It is widely known now that Shailene Woodley has been cast as the female lead, Tris, and Kate Winslet has also signed on for the project. However, until recently, Winslet’s role was kept secret. It has now come to light that Winslet will be playing the character Jeanine Mathews.

Plus, it was also recently announced that Theo James was cast in the coveted male lead, Four. James is mainly known for his role in Underworld: Awakening and he is currently working on a new television show, Golden Boy. Fans of Downton Abbey might also recognize him as he played Kemal Pamuk in one of the first episodes of the show.

Just the other day, it was publicized that actors Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, and Jai Courtney have also joined the cast. Maggie will be portraying Tori, a tattoo artist in Dauntless who becomes friends with Tris. Kravtiz will be playing Christina, one of Tris’ close friends.  Elgort will be playing Caleb, Tris’ brother, who leaves Abegnation and joins Erudite. Last, but not least, Courtney will be portraying the role of Dauntless leader, Eric.

Finally, rumors have started to circulate that Aaron Eckhart, Ray Stevenson, and Miles Teller are all in talks to join the film. Divergent is going to be directed by Neil Burger and currently set to hit theaters March 21, 2014! 

What do you think of all of these casting choices? Who do you think Eckhart, Stevenson, and Teller could portray? Are you excited to see Theo James as Four? Do you think Lionsgate made the right decision being that James is still relatively unknown? Who is your favorite Divergent character?

(Top, from left to right) Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James, and Maggie Q. (Bottom, from left to right) Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, and Jai Courtney.
(Top, from left to right) Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James, and Maggie Q. (Bottom, from left to right) Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, and Jai Courtney.

Sources: Page to Premiere and IMDbPro