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Broadway Bound: Ben Stiller & Edie Falco

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The latest in a parade of major stars being drawn to the Broadway stage: Ben Stiller and Edie Falco are making deals to star on Broadway next spring in The House of Blue Leaves, a revival of John Guare’s seminal stage play. Mark your calendar for an opening date of next spring, at the Walter Kerr Theatre, with Scott Rudin producing. For Stiller in particular, the stage turn is a homecoming. He made his Broadway debut in the 1986 revival of The House of Blue Leaves, a play that originated off-Broadway in 1971. This time, he’ll play the male lead role of Artie Shaughnessy, a frustrated zookeeper who dreams of making it big as a songwriter. The play takes place in 1965 on a day that Pope Paul VI is visiting New York. Falco will play his wife, Bananas, a schizophrenic who is headed for a mental institution. The play takes place in their Queens home. It is a 60s-centric storyline, with political bombings and the Vietnam War among the plot developments, but the 1986 production won the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Revival. Read More »

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Broadway Continues To Tap Hollywood

By | Wednesday June 23, 2010 @ 7:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

asm_mikemcalaryHollywood stars dominated the Tony Awards, and walked away with many of the prizes, so it’s small wonder that the infiltration of movie stars into next Broadway season continues. New York papers report today that Hugh Jackman read the title role in Stories About McAlary, Norah Ephron’s new play about Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaperman Mike McAlary. This brings up hopes that Jackman would headline a Broadway run. (I worked with Mike at the start of my newspaper career at New York Newsday. The crime reporter was as close to Wolverine as we had at that tabloid. Jackman doesn’t much resemble Mike, but did well in the role of a gruff cop very well alongside Daniel Craig in A Steady Rain.) Hugh would certainly give the production an event-quality feel and strong advance sale. Mike Nichols directed Jackman, Sarah Paulson and Richard Kind in the reading. Jackman, currently starring in Real Steel, hasn’t committed to the play and he has several other stage projects percolating including Houdini, with Danny Elfman composing…

Star Trek and Heroes star Zachary Quinto is part of the cast of a revival of Tony Kushner’s masterwork, Angels in America, the Signature Theatre Company production that opens October 28. Quinto will play Louis Ironson, and stars with Robin Bartlett, Christian Borle, Bill Heck, Zoe Kazan, Billy Porter, Robin Weigert and Frank Wood. The latter plays the Roy Cohn role. Michael Greif directs.

Among the other event caliber openings is a revival of How to Read More »

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