April 23, 2014

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Tony Awards on CBS tonight… and the winners are…

HollywoodNews.com: Tonight’s Tony Awards on CBS may turn out to be a big ratings winner. For once, the Tonys have clear sailing all night with very little real competition on the regular broadcast networks. Almost everything else on the tube tonight is a repeat–from “American’s Got Talent” to “The Simpsons.”
Everything on Fox is a repeat. ABC has two first run reality shows–”Secret Millionaire” and “Exteme Makeover.” NBC has just “Dateline” that’s new and then the “Talent” repeat. The only real competition, off network, on cable, will be “True Blood” on HBO and “Mad Men” on AMC. So it’s up to Neil Patrick Harris and the Tony producers–the ball is in their court. They’ll have a slew of stars presenting and performing, and hopefully enough to keep viewers who dip in to see “Once” go up against “Newsies” for Best Musical among the many unknowns of the night. Some of the stars expected include Jessica Chastain, Hugh Jackman, Nick Jonas, Amanda Seyfried, Jim Parsons, Paul Rudd, Ellen Barkin, Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergen, Christopher Plummer, James Marsden, Mandy Patinkin and Sheryl Crow. Bernadette Peters should be there, too, although last night she failed to show up for her Lifetime Achievement Award at the pre-Tony cocktail party.
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Ashley Greene finally not hiding new romance

HollywoodNews.com: Ashley Greene has definitely moved on from Joe Jonas as she was recently spotted out with her rumored new beau getting very cozy.
Greene has been linked to ‘Spider-Man’ on Broadway actor Reeve Carney and now it looks official, states UsMagazine.com. The two were spotted out in New York kissing quite a bit.
She had reportedly been crushing on him for some time when he finally reciprocated.
Do you like them as a couple?
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Bernadette Peters is back on Broadway in “Follies”

HollywoodNews.com: Any time the great Bernadette Peters is on Broadway it is cause for celebration.
The two-tine Tony winner appeared most recently in A Little Night Music and now she is back heading the cast of Follies which officially opens on Monday, September 12, 2011 at the Marquis Theatre.
Production shots have been released of Miss Peters in the role of Sally Durant Plummer and I had to share some with all of you.
Here’s the plot: When former members of the “Weismann Follies” reunite on the eve of their theater’s demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present. Reminiscing of their younger selves and the years gone by, the crumbling theater brings back memories for both couples of good times and bad.
The score features some of Stephen Sondheim’s best-known songs, including Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here, Too Many Mornings, Could I Leave You?, and Losing My Mind.
Follies originally opened on April 4, 1971 at the Winter Garden Theatre where it ran for 522 performances and received seven Tony Awards, including Best Original Score.
The current production with Miss Peters played a limited engagement at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater opening on May 7 and closing with sold-out houses on June 19, 2011.
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Writers Guild blocking “Bring It On” musical

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Broadway musicals inspired by popular films are nothing new. Theater crowds routinely line up for “Marry Poppins,” “The Lion King” or “Legally Blonde.” And if you can’t make it to Manhattan, traveling productions usually bring the music and run to you via regional tours.
But on the eve of its first tour, a musical based on the cheerleading comedy “Bring It On” is facing some resistance.
The Writers Guild of America has filed a claim on behalf of original “Bring It On” scripter Jessica Bendinger claiming that that Beacon Communications Corp. and Beacon Communications, LLC are “exploiting Bendinger’s dramatic rights in the cheerleader-themed Bring It On without her consent, in violation of the guild agreement’s ‘separated rights’ provisions.” THR says that the guild “seeks damages and an injunction against Bring It On: The Musical, which is being coproduced by Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Beacon Communications and others.”
Bendinger says she was working on her own stage version of her original idea for six years, and learned about this rival production from third-party persons.
“I was shocked,” Bendinger says. “A writer works all her life trying to have a first hit. I was not treated well, given the revenue stream I created for them.”
The “Bring It On” musical recently wrapped previews in Atlanta. It is about to start a four-city tour on Oct. 30.
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“Weeds” star Hunter Parrish is broadway bound

HollywoodNews.com: He’s been playing Mary-Louise Parker’s son Silas Botwin on Showtime’s Weeds for seven seasons now but Hunter Parrish is proving to be an in-demand star of major musicals as well.
The young actor, who also played the son of Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in the romantic comedy It’s Complicated, is set to star as Jesus in the upcoming Broadway revival of the legendary rock musical Godspell.
In a statement, the actor said: “I am elated to be joining the Godspell family, and honored to be a part of bringing this thrilling classic back to Broadway. I knew after meeting with the creative team that I was going to be a part of something really exciting. I can’t wait to get started.”
He made his Broadway debut to critical acclaim two years ago as Melchior in the Tony Award-winning hit musical Spring Awakening.
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Bryce Dallas Howard Photos: Hollywood Movie Photo Gallery of the Day Aug 10, 2011

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hollywood Movie Photo Gallery of the Day” is Bryce Dallas Howard.
Bryce Dallas Howard came onto the film scene as an extra in her father Ron Howard’s films, but has consistently been holding her own in major films like ‘The Village,’ ‘Spider-Man 3,’ ‘Twilight : Eclipse’ and now ‘The Help.’

Howard has managed to form her own identity on film away from her father, but also took on the challenge of Broadway during her early years. Howard’s most recent role is that of Hilly Holbrook in ‘The Help’ also starring Emma Stone and Viola Davis. Howard was also named the first celebrity face of Kate Spade New York for their 2011 ad campaign.
The young actress has been just as successful in her personal life as she married long-time boyfriend Seth Gabel in 2006. The couple is now expecting their second child.

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“The King’s Speech” heading to Broadway – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: From Best Picture winner to Broadway sensation?
That could end up being the case now that Tom Hooper’s “Thee King’s Speech” is heading to the Great White Way. Producer Michael Alden announced on his site that “Speech,” which Oscar-winning screenwriter David Seidler originally conceived as a stage play, is coming to Broadway. THR adds that the production is slated to hit Manhattan in the fall of 2012.
“It will first open in the UK at the beginning of next year at the Guilford Yvonne Arnaud Theater before moving to London’s West End in March,” the trade reports.
Even though Broadway routinely is littered with Hollywood’s products, from “Legally Blonde” to “Mary Poppins,” that is one of the earliest shifts I can think of from screen to stage. Tough call for actors to slip into the roles now associated with Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. But the inspirational story of King George VI overcoming his speech impediment is the stuff of Broadway, and should go over like gangbusters with the matinee crowds.
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“The King’s Speech” coming to broadway in Fall 2012

HollywoodNews.com: I told you first, and quite a while ago, that “The King’s Speech” would head to Broadway after its run as a film. Then it won the Oscar. Now I’m told that David Seidler’s Oscar winning movie–he wrote the screenplay after he wrote it as a play–will come to Broadway in the fall of 2012. The producers had wanted it sooner, and I always thought that was too soon.
Now the word is that casting has begun and that the play will have an out of town opening in the UK in the beginning of 2012. Guilford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theater will host a three to five week engagement in January. All things being equal, “The King’s Speech” will move to London’s West End in March. The Broadway move comes in the fall. Casting director Gabrielle Dawes has been hired to find actors to play King George VI and Lionel Logue, as well as the rest. Who will step into Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush’s shoes? I’ll bet a lot of name actors will be thrilled to try their hands at this story and make it their own. For the Broadway version, big names will be needed.
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Cynthia Nixon to star in “Wit” on Broadway

HollywoodNews.com: Cynthia Nixon may be best known for her role as Miranda Hobbs in the Sex and the City TV series and movies, but she also has a long Broadway career that will resume in January when she stars in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit.
The play will begin previews on January 5 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and which will officially open on January 26.
The play is about a brilliant and exacting poetry professor undergoing experimental treatment for cancer. A scholar who devoted her life to academia, she must now face the irony and injustice of becoming the subject of research.
Nixon has triumphed in Broadway before winning a Tony Award for her performance in Rabbit Hole. Her other Broadway credits are The Women, Indiscretions, The Heidi Chronicles, Hurlyburly, The Real Thing, and The Philadelphia Story.
An Emmy winner for Sex and the City and Law & Order: SVU, she currently appears on Showtime’s The Big C.
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