The Kardashians Most Fascinating People Of 2011?!

By | Wednesday November 30, 2011 @ 2:32pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

When talking about the Kardashian family, a lot of adjectives come to mind, but fascinating is probably not high on the list. However, that is what Barbara Walters calls the E! stars, or as she brands them, “American Reality … Read More »

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Samuel L. Jackson Makes Broadway Debut As Martin Luther King Jr.

By | Thursday April 14, 2011 @ 4:18pm PDT
Mike Fleming

While there is currently uncertainty over the status of the Paul Greengrass-directed Martin Luther King Jr film Memphis and the Lee Daniels-directed MLK film Selma, Samuel L. Jackson has just committed to playing the civil rights leader on Broadway in The Mountaintop. The move was long-rumored, but he will not be joined by Halle Berry, whose child-custody issues will keep her from joining Jackson. He becomes the latest film star to take a stage turn, and Broadway has been the better for it. Here’s the official announcement:

New York, NY – It was announced today that Samuel L. Jackson will make his Broadway debut starring as Dr. Martin Luther King in the Broadway production of the new play, The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall directed by Tony Award Nominee Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun). The Mountaintop will begin performances on September 22, 2011, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street), with an official opening on Thursday, October 13, 2011. Tickets for The Mountaintop will go on sale at a later date.

The Mountaintop is produced by Jean Doumanian Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions, Ambassador Theatre Group, Jerry Frankel, Ted Snowdon, Bob Bartner, and Tom Wirtshafter.

In a joint statement, Ms. Doumanian and Ms. Friedman said, “The Mountaintop is a brilliantly conceived gem of a play. An ambitious work of fiction that is powerful, heartbreaking, humorous and exhilarating. We are thrilled to be bringing Katori Hall’s remarkable, Olivier-winning work to New York, and to present a singular new American voice to Broadway audiences. And we are honored to be presenting the Broadway debut of the great Samuel L. Jackson.”

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Hot ‘SNL’ Parody: ‘Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark’

Mike Fleming

Early this morning, Deadline ran a clip of Saturday Night Live’s fun commercial parody dealing with injury lawsuits suffered by cast an audience of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. In case you missed it, it’s worth a watch:

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‘God of Carnage’ Original Cast Returns For LA Run

Mike Fleming

With a foot of snow on my Long Island doorstep, it’s already easy to envy anyone in Los Angeles. Now, the original cast of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play God of Carnage has agreed to reunite for a six-week run at … Read More »

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David Tennant Reunites With ‘Doctor Who’ Co-Star

By | Saturday January 8, 2011 @ 9:22pm PST

Catherine Tate, who played Tennant’s mouthy companion Donna in the BBC sci-fi show, will play opposite the Doctor Who star in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It’s the first time the 2 have appeared on stage together, although they get … Read More »

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‘Spider-Man’ Takes Another Night Off

Mike Fleming

It’s another dark night at Broadway’s Foxwood Theatre for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. After a cancelled performance Tuesday, previews were supposed to resume tonight but the stage crew and performers took an extra day to incorporate the extra safety procedures designed to eliminated the variables that led to an … Read More »

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‘Driving Miss Daisy’ Takes Express Lane To Recoupment

By | Tuesday December 21, 2010 @ 11:44am PST
Mike Fleming

While all the focus today is on the woes of the mega-budget Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, here’s a little positive stage news: the Broadway production of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy has recouped its $2.6 million … Read More »

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2nd UPDATE: Spider-Man Back In Previews Wednesday Night

Mike Fleming

2ND UPDATE: A spokesman for the musical said that preview performances will resume tomorrow night. “Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Actors Equity and the New York State Department of Labor have met with the Spider-Man company … Read More »

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‘Spider-Man’s’ Broadway Bow Delayed Until February 7

Mike Fleming

As expected, the much-troubled Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark has delayed its opening night from January 11, 2011 to Monday, February 7. The $65 million musical, which has found itself more under a microscope than just about any Broadway-bound musical … Read More »

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On Broadway: Jennifer Jason Leigh in ‘House Of Blue Leaves,’ Lee Daniels Ponders ‘Scottsboro Boys’

Mike Fleming

leigh-tt1Jennifer Jason Leigh has been set to join Ben Stiller and Edie Falco in the Broadway revival of The House Of Blue Leaves, the John Guare play that will be directed by David Cromer. Scott Rudin is producing, with previews … Read More »

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Confirmed: Kevin Spacey And Sam Mendes Firm Up ‘Richard III’ Dates

Mike Fleming

American Beauty‘s Kevin Spacey and Sam Mendes have formalized their plans to re-team in a stage production of Richard III, which will premiere at Spacey’s haunt The Old Vic June 29, 2011 and transplant to the Brooklyn Academy of … Read More »

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News From Broadway…

By | Wednesday November 10, 2010 @ 7:10am PST
Mike Fleming

Harvey Fierstein, who won the 1984 Tony Award for writing the book for the musical La Cage Aux Folles, is taking a lead in the show for the very first … Read More »

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Kiefer Sutherland In Broadway Stage Turn

By | Tuesday November 2, 2010 @ 6:15am PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: The Shubert Organization has announced cast on this. Joining Kiefer Sutherland and Brian Cox will be Jim Gaffigan (playing George Sikowski), Chris Noth (playing Phil Romano), and Jason Patric (playing Tom Daley). They haven’t yet set a theater.

EARLIER: Last time Kiefer Sutherland was hanging around New York, he was here saving the world as Jack Bauer in the final season of the Fox series 24. Sutherland is coming back to town, this time to star in a revival of the Jason Miller play That Championship Season. He’ll star alongside Brian Cox, with Gregory Mosher directing. Rehearsals start in January for a February 10, 2011 opening. The play is about four guys who come for a reunion with their high school hoops coach 20 years after they won the state championship. The players have all stayed in touch the coach (Cox) but never really achieved their career goals in life. The reunion might be their last, and secrets spill. Sutherland will play the role of James Daley, a local junior high school principal. The original play debuted in 1972 and won both the Tony Award and Pulitizer Prize the following year. Read More »

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Broadway Will Pay Tribute To Joseph Stein

By | Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 2:39pm PDT

Theaters will dim their lights on Thursday night for the man who penned the books to Fiddler on the Roof and Zorba. He died on Sunday at 98 years old. All Broadway marquees will be dimmed at 8:00 PM for 1 minute.

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‘Carrie’ Back Again On Broadway: But Why?

By | Wednesday October 6, 2010 @ 5:12am PDT
Mike Fleming

The revamp is set for the Lucille Lortel Theatre for 2011-2012, and director Stafford Arima (Ragtime and Altar Boyz) is promising new songs and material. But this MCC Theater announcement that it plans to retool and relaunch the musical Carrie Read More »

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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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Baz Bringing ‘Strictly Ballroom’ To Stage

By | Thursday September 23, 2010 @ 4:41pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING NEWS: Baz Luhrmann is refashioning his feature directing debut Strictly Ballroom into a stage musical. The original film was written and directed by Luhrmann based on a stage play he originally conceived and cowrote as a student at Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art. It’s getting another go on the stage as Luhrmann will hold a creative workshop in December in Sydney, Australia. Sounds like this one will follow a fast track to the stage. Read More »

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Elton John Hatching ‘Animal Farm’ Musical

By | Friday July 23, 2010 @ 2:03am PDT

The songwriter is reteaming with screenwriter Lee Hall on a stage version of George Orwell’s classic Stalinist allegory, reports the Daily Mail. John and Hall worked together on the stage adaptation of Billy Elliot. It’s taken the pair two years … Read More »

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‘League of Gentleman’ Creator Wins Prize

By | Friday July 9, 2010 @ 12:46am PDT

League_Of_GentlemenJeremy Dyson, co-creator of cult BBC comedy The League of Gentlemen, won the Edge Hill Short Story Prize last night for The Cranes That Build Cranes. Ghost Stories, the sell-out play which Dyson co-wrote, is transferring to the West End following … Read More »

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