Tony Winner Jim Norton Joins the Cast of Broadway’s Of Mice and Men, Starring James Franco & Chris O’Dowd

first_img James Franco Of Mice and Men Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 Of Mice and Men premiered at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre in 1937, starring Wallace Ford and Broderick Crawford. The show was revived in 1974 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, starring James Earl Jones and Kevin Conway. Chris O’Dowd Jim Norton is the first Great White Way favorite to join the starry cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. The Tony winner will play Candy, the old handyman who’s left with only one hand after an accident, in the production. Starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester, Of Mice and Men is scheduled to begin performances March 19 at the Longacre Theatre, with an official opening night set for April 16. The show will play a limited engagement through July 27. Adapted from Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men tells the story of two migrant workers: George (Franco), a sharp but uneducated, short-tempered man, and Lennie (O’Dowd), a large but simple-minded man. Together they hope to one day acquire their own piece of land. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George must choose between protecting his friend or continuing to strive for the American dream. View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Norton won the Tony Award for his featured role in Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer and is currently starring in Atlantic Theater Company’s American premiere presentation of McPherson’s The Night Alive off-Broadway. Norton’s other Broadway credits include The Weir, Finian’s Rainbow and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. His film and TV credits include Straw Dogs, American History X, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Water for Elephants and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Leighton Meester Jim Norton Star Files View All (4)last_img read more

Michael Esper & More Will Lead the Cast of Sting’s The Last Ship on Broadway

first_imgBroadway favorites Michael Esper and Aaron Lazar, along with U.K. star Rachel Tucker, will lead the Main Stem cast of 16-time Grammy winner Sting’s new musical The Last Ship. Directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello, the musical will begin previews September 30 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for October 26. The Last Ship will sail to New York City following a pre-Broadway tryout from June 10 to July 13 at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre. Star Files Esper has appeared on Broadway in American Idiot, The Lyons and A Man for All Seasons. Lazar’s Broadway credits include Mamma Mia!, A Little Night Music, Impressionism, Les Miserables and The Light in the Piazza. Tucker appeared in the West End in Wicked, and was a finalist on the BBC’s talent series I’d Do Anything. The Last Ship marks her Broadway debut. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2015 Nail’s TV and film credits include Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Spender, Evita and Still Crazy. He makes his Broadway debut in The Last Ship. Triplett appeared on Broadway in Carrie. Her West End credits include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Follies, Chess, Grease, Cats, Anything Goes and Guys and Dolls. Applegate’s Broadway credits include in The Producers, La Cage aux Folles, Young Frankenstein, Sister Act and The Sound of Music. Kelly-Sordelet makes his Broadway debut in The Last Ship. The Last Ship’s creative team includes scenic and costume design by Tony nominee David Zinn, lighting design by Tony winner Christopher Akerlind and sound design by Tony winner Brian Ronan. View Comments The Last Ship is set in an English seafaring town that operates around the local shipyard and follows Gideon Fletcher, a man who left home to see the world and returns fourteen years later to find that the future of the shipyard is in danger. The shipyard’s workers decide to take their fate into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that has defined their existence. In addition to Esper, Lazar and Tucker, the principal cast of The Last Ship will include Jimmy Nail, Sally Ann Triplett, Collin Kelly-Sordelet and Fred Applegate. Inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences and his album of the same name, the musical features an all-star creative team including a book by Tony winner John Logan and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey and choreography by Tony nominee Steven Hoggett. The Last Ship Michael Esper Related Shows Aaron Lazarlast_img read more

Michael Roberts’ Greed: A Musical for Our Times to Have Off-Broadway Premiere

first_img View Comments Michael Roberts’ Greed: A Musical for Our Times, is to have its off-Broadway premiere. Directed by Christopher Scott and starring Tony nominee Stephanie D’Abruzzo, the show will begin performances at New World Stages—Stage 2 on March 19. Opening Night is set for April 3. What do Jamie Dimon, Lance Armstrong, Pope Francis and Bernie Madoff have in common? They all appear in Greed: A Musical for Our Times. The musical comedy’s targets range from Ponzi schemes to the not-so-subtle sales pitches of retirement planners and mortgage bundlers. With numbers like “A Little Juice,” “Inside Information,” “I’ll Cheat On My Taxes” and “The Ballad of Jamie Dimon,” Greed takes aim at the obvious, and not so obvious, targets.center_img D’Abruzzo received a Tony nod for Avenue Q. She will be joined in the cast by Julia Burrows, James Donegan and Neal Mayer.last_img read more

Watch Inishmaan Star Daniel Radcliffe Count Jimmy Fallon’s Balls

first_imgBroadway’s Daniel Radcliffe is everywhere! The star magically appeared on The Tonight Show and The Today Show to discuss his role in Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, which begins performances at the Cort Theatre on April 12. Not only did the affable actor reveal his cute run-in with Tom Brady and wife, supermodel Gisele, he also talked about his Food Network obsession and blah blah…let’s get to the balls. Radcliffe and Fallon donned crazy Velcro suits and played a game called Sticky Balls; think dodge ball with 200% more innuendo. The next morning, Radcliffe appeared on Today, and much to our chagrin, he did not play Sticky Balls with Al Roker. Oh, well. Check out the fun below and find out who has the most balls. Daniel Radcliffe View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 Star Files Related Shows The Cripple of Inishmaanlast_img read more

Indian Ink Starts Preview Performances Off-Broadway

first_img Indian Ink Set on two different continents and in two different eras, Indian Ink follows free-spirited English poet Flora Crewe on her travels through India in the 1930s, where her intricate relationship with an Indian artist unfurls against the backdrop of a country seeking its independence. Fifty years later, in 1980s England, her younger sister Eleanor tries to preserve the legacy of Flora’s controversial career. In addition to Harris and Garai, the cast features Firdous Bamji, Bill Buell, Nick Choksi, Neal Huff, Caroline Lagerfelt, Omar Maskati, Tim McGeever, Brenda Meaney, Philip Mills, Ajay Naidu, Bhavesh Patel, Lee Aaron Rosen and Rajeev Varma. The off-Broadway premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink begins performances at the Laura Pels Theatre on September 4. The Roundabout production stars Tony and Emmy winner Rosemary Harris and U.K. stage and screen fave Romola Garai. View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Indian Ink, directed by Carey Perloff, will celebrate its opening night on September 30. The play is scheduled to run through November 30. Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 30, 2014last_img read more

Honeymoon in Vegas to Record Broadway Cast Album

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 Honeymoon in Vegas Related Shows View Comments Based on the 1992 film, Honeymoon in Vegas tells the story of Jack Singer (McClure), a commitment-phobe who finally proposes to his girlfriend Betsy (O’Malley). The couple heads to Vegas to get hitched, but when the smooth talking gambler Tommy Korman (Danza) falls head over heels for Betsy, he arranges for Jack to lose big in a poker game so he can claim the bride-to-be as his own girlfriend. The company will also include Matt Allen, Tracee Beazer, Grady McLeod Bowman, Barry Busby, Leslie Donna Flesner, Gaelen Gilliland, Albert Guerzon, Raymond J. Lee, George Merrick, Jessica Naimy, Zachary Prince, Catherine Ricafort, Jonalyn Saxer, Brendon Stimson, Erica Sweany, Cary Tedder and Katie Webber. What happens in Vegas certainly isn’t staying there! has confirmed that a cast recording of Andrew Bergman and Jason Robert Brown’s Honeymoon in Vegas will be released on the Universal Music Enterprises label. The album will be produced by Brown and Jeffey Lesser; the release date will be announced later. Starring Rob McClure, Tony Danza, Brynn O’Malley, David Josefsberg, Nancy Opel and Matthew Saldivar, the new musical will begin previews on November 18, with opening night set for January 15, 2015, at the Nederlander Theatre.last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Idina Menzel, Jim Parsons & More

first_imgIt’s Friday, and you know what that means—time to buy eight more TiVos so you can make extra sure you record Idina Menzel singing “Let It Go” “Defying Gravity” the National Anthem at the Super Bowl! But wait, but before you hightail it to Best Buy, you’ve gotta check out the crazy things we learned this week about our favorite Broadway stars (yes, including Idina). Check ‘em out!Idina Menzel Is Going Balls to the WallYes, the If/Then star is singing at the Super Bowl on Sunday, so she’s spent her entire week hanging out with a ton of testosterone-fueled football players, getting down and dirty at the stadium and fielding questions about balls. “I’ve decided I’m not really qualified to comment on the weight of anyone’s balls,” the Tony winner said, making us wonder what qualifications one needs and where to sign up for said qualifications.Martin Short Has a Colonoscopy ClubWhen you’re a mega-star, everything is more glamorous…especially routine medical procedures! It’s Only a Play star Martin Short, Steve Martin and Tom Hanks apparently eat Jell-O and uh, get their colons checked together. Man, celebrities have all the fun.Jennifer Nettles Got Her First B’way ScarHer opening night isn’t until February 2, but the new Chicago star already has her first battle wound: A gash on her forehead. No, a chorus boy didn’t high-kick her in the face—she scratched herself while trying to do a Fosse pose. Don’t forget, Jennifer, Broadway is a contact sport. Just ask Idina Menzel.Don’t Call Matt Doyle, He’ll Call YouBrooklynite star Matt Doyle can perform in front of thousands of people without breaking a sweat, but when he had to make phone calls in his old gig as a “terrible” production assistant, he clammed up. Matt, you just keep singing and we’ll make all of your phone calls for you. Especially any you might need to make to your old Spring Awakening cohorts.Jonathan Groff Wants a Spring Three-WaySpeaking of “The Song of Purple Summer” (and when aren’t we?), Jonathan Groff revealed that there’s not one, but two Spring Awakening cast members he’d love to hook up with on his HBO series Looking: Gideon Glick and John Gallagher, Jr. At the same time. Like, a three-way. OMG, this is even better than that Spring Awakening fan fiction we wrote when we were 15.The Wicked Cast Knows What’s Goin’ OnThe cast of Wicked obviously knows about “Popular,” but there’s something else they’re well-versed in: Songs from the ’90s we thought (and hoped) we’d never hear again. vlogger Kara Lindsay walked in on her co-star Caroline Bowman seriously rocking out to “What’s Up” by the 4 Non Blondes. Now do Lisa Loeb!Jim Parsons Is Holier Than ThouMove over, Jesus Christ Superstar, there’s a new almighty dude on the Broadway scene: Jim Parsons! The Big Bang Theory star will answer all your deepest existential questions in An Act of God—like why the sky is blue, why dogs rule and cats drool, and why they took away the Tony Award for Best Sound Design.Hey, B’way Hopefuls! If You Can’t Sing, LieStarring on Broadway doesn’t always require years of intense vocal training with Liz Caplan. Instead, just catch the attention of a casting director, lie through your teeth when she asks you if you can sing, and fake it ‘til you make it! Hey, it worked for The Book of Mormon star John Christopher O’Neill.Sarah Brightman’s Mascara Is Space-ProofThe Phantom of the Opera favorite Sarah Brightman is almost ready for her long-awaited trip to space. She’s got her bags packed with everything she might need: $52 million? Check. Space helmet? Check. Perfectly coiffed hair? Check. Mascara? Check. Eye shadow? Check. Yep, she’s ready.We’re Hopelessly Devoted to Darren Criss…And so are readers, who voted Criss their top pick for Danny Zuko in Fox’s Grease: Live. We can see it now: riding shotgun while Darren Criss speeds to the drive-in, singing sweet nothings in our ear. Wait, what’s that you say? That Julianne Hough is Sandy, and besides, a website can’t play the romantic lead in a musical? Fine, whatever, we’ll be Doody. View Comments Star Filescenter_img Idina Menzellast_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Darren Criss, Brandy, Megan Hilty & More

first_imgBehold Brandy’s Broadway BowBegins April 28 at the Ambassador TheatreChicago has featured lots of starry arrivals in recent years, and that’s totally fine by us. It puts a new spin on the sexy revival, which started all the way back in 1996, the height of pagers on pants. The latest newcomer has been popular before that unfortunate trend: Brandy, the Grammy-winning pop star and former Cinderella, stars as Roxie Hart, succeeding Paige Davis. She’ll grace the stage through June 21. Click for tickets! Megan Hilty Have Breakfast with the TonysApril 28 on CBS and TonyAwards.comMornings are usually devoid of sizzle and excitement, but twice a year, there’s an exception: Christmas (for those who worship at the altar or Santa) and another blessed day: Tony nomination day! Join Broadway-bound Bruce Willis and Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker as they reveal the nominees for the 69th annual event. Revel in the excitement—and how Willis and Parker look smoking hot at freakin’ 8:30 am. Stars, they are nothing like us! Darren Criss Stay Up Late with Idina MenzelApril 30 on CBSWith her world tour fast approaching, Idina Menzel will become a little less ubiquitous, so you have to catch her while you can. Tonight is a good opportunity as one of Broadway’s brightest lights twinkles over to The Late Late Show with James Corden for maybe (fingers crossed) a little carpool karaoke. If that happens, expect “Let it Go,” a charming little ditty from an obscure animated film, to be on the playlist. All Hail the New HedwigBegins April 29 at the Belasco TheatreAs Hedwig and the Angry Inch rocks on, we just have to keep seeing it. The reason: The Tony-winning show’s commitment to casting terrific leading men. Darren Criss is the latest A-lister, replacing show creator/original Hedwig/swirling-life-force John Cameron Mitchell. However, given Criss’ skills and his enthusiasm for the opportunity, we’re hard-pressed to think of anyone better to wriggle into Hedwig’s mini-skirts. Click for tickets!center_img View Comments Every Broadway show of the season is officially open—but even if you’re lucky enough to have seen every show the Great White Way has to offer, there’s still tons of great stuff to do in NYC this week. There are awesome new leads in Hedwig and Chicago, Idina Menzel on your television, and of course, Tony nomination morning. Get ready for this week’s picks! Star Files Fall in Love with Megan Hilty & Her HubbyApril 27 at BirdlandIt’s rare to do something on Monday—that day of bleary eyes and lowered expectations—that rivals Friday night’s razzle-dazzle. Well, you’re in luck this week. Wicked and Smash favorite Megan Hilty joins husband Brian Gallagher as the latter performs songs from his new album All That’s Ahead. Expect special guests and luxurious duets from the talented pair that will provide the necessary resolve to face the rest of the week. Click for tickets!last_img read more

Anthony Warlow Begins Performances in Finding Neverland on B’way

first_img Finding Neverland View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Related Shows Opera and musical theater favorite Anthony Warlow will return to the Great White Way on July 10 in the Audience Choice Award-winning tuner Finding Neverland. He steps in temporarily for Kelsey Grammer in the role of American producer Charles Frohman. Warlow will play a limited engagement through September 13, when Grammer is currently scheduled to return to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.Warlow made his Broadway debut in 2012 as Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks in the revival of Annie; he previously played the role at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. He recently took on the title role of Don Quixote in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Man of La Mancha in Washington, D.C. His additional musical theater credits include The Phantom of the Opera, Doctor Zhivago, Les Miserables and Guys and Dolls. On the opera stage, he has performed in Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute and The Tales of Hoffman.Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Barlow and Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie (Matthew Morrison) and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Laura Michelle Kelly). Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan. The cast also includes Carolee Carmello, Teal Wicks, Alex Dreier, Hayden Signoretti, Noah Hinsdale, Hayden Signoretti, Christopher Paul Richards, Sawyer Nunes, Jackson Demott Hill and Aidan Gemme.last_img read more

Aaron Tveit & Rachel Tucker Perform an Acoustic Cover of ‘Defying Gravity’

first_img Wicked View Comments Our Broadway boyfriend (don’t give us that look) Aaron Tveit may be tied to the small screen for some time (doing the hand jive, battling aliens and whatnot), but in honor of Wicked’s 12th anniversary on Broadway, he’s revisiting the smash musical with current star Rachel Tucker in a brand new way. Check out their acoustic cover of “Defying Gravity,” the first video released as part of #OutofOz: Wicked Studio Sessions, a new series showcasing re-imagined covers of the Stephen Schwartz tunes. Expect more videos from Wicked faves past and present to come, and catch Tucker on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre. Related Shows from $95.00last_img