After nine years’ absence, Hugh Jackman bounces back to host this Sunday’s Tony Awards broadcast in a big way. Taking a break from rehearsals at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, he gave props to Neil Patrick Harris, another four-time Tony host who’s up for his first award this year for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. (Jackman earned his own statuette in 2003 for the musical The Boy From Oz.) His advice to Harris: “Sneak some food in…or a hip flask, whatever works for you.” While dismissing any notion that he might one day star in a Wolverine musical, the X-Men star did talk about his plans to return to the New York stage this fall in a three-character drama, The River, opening this fall in a theater that’s about half the size of the one where he performed Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway three years ago. No, he’s not trying to make it harder for fans to see him. “It’s a very intimate play,” he explains. Check out our exclusive clip after the jump (and come back Sunday for our Tony live blog, starting at 8 p.m. ET #EWTonys). READ FULL STORY
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Every actor has to start somewhere — and when it comes to theater performers, their roots are often similar, right down to the roles they cut their teeth on or the songs they first used at an audition.
From Millie to Violet, Sutton Foster has seen and sung it all, and she’s got the stories to share about her time on the Broadway stage — and the much smaller stages in her hometown in Georgia. Foster is the latest theater star to recount some of her favorite (or least favorite) musical memories in Entertainment Weekly’s Firsts & Worsts Series.
Foster was game to share stories about her first lines (as Fan in A Christmas Carol), her worst review (“Get the hook!”), and the early theater experiences that shaped her as an actress today. Bonus points for an embarrassing confession of a particularly phallic Scarlet Pimpernel costume.
Check out Sutton Foster’s Firsts & Worsts below: READ FULL STORY
As we look ahead to the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 8, EW takes a closer look at this season’s nominated selection of new musicals, plays, and revivals, all of which will be competing for Broadway’s highest honor. Today, we dive into this year’s nominees for Best Play.
Opened: March 20, 2014
Closing: June 15, 2014
Starring: Tony Shalhoub, Andrea Martin, Santino Fontana, Beatrice Kaufman, Frieda Fishbein
Directed by: James Lapine
Written by: James Lapine, based on the memoir by Moss Hart
Synopsis: Act One chronicles the life of Moss Hart (1904-61) and his growth from a poor kid interested in theater to a wildly successful playwright, who wrote (or co-wrote, with George S. Kaufman) classics such as Merrily We Roll Along and You Can’t Take It With You.
EW’s review: “Eccentricity comes easily to Shalhoub after his award-winning eight-season stint as an OCD-afflicted detective on TV’s Monk. The actor is so quirkily charming as Kaufman — and such a good match for Fontana as his high-strung extroverted writing partner — that it’s almost a letdown when he morphs back into Moss.” B- –Melissa Rose Bernardo
Tony nominations: 5 — Best Play; Best Leading Actor in a Play (Tony Shalhoub); Best Scenic Design of a Play (Beowulf Boritt); Best Costume Design of a Play (Jane Greenwood); and Best Sound Design of a Play (Dan Moses Schreier)
Odds on winning: It has an outside chance.
NEXT: All The Way
Will Neil Patrick Harris claim his first Tony Award this Sunday for his gender-bending turn in the musical revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch? Probably. Will fellow multiple-Emmy winner Bryan Cranston win for playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the biodrama All the Way? Count on it. But will it be the Carole King biomusical Beautiful or the murderously funny A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder that earns top honors as the Best New Musical of the Broadway season?
On that point, as on many other tight races in this year’s Tony contest, EW critics Melissa Rose Bernardo and Thom Geier are divided. Here, we offer our predictions of who will be step-step-kicking to the podium at Radio City Music Hall this Sunday. (By the way, we’ll also be live-blogging the ceremony, hosted for the fourth time by Hugh Jackman.) Disagree with our picks? Please let us know who you think will win — or should win — in the comments section. READ FULL STORY
As we sneak up on this Sunday’s Tony Awards, the Broadway season’s box office winners are quickly emerging. And the biggest new hit appears to be on a magic carpet ride. For the week ending June 1, Disney’s Aladdin led new shows with nearly $1.2 million in ticket sales, according to figures from the Broadway League. The animated-film-based tuner is playing to full houses and nearly 88 percent of its potential gross in the cavernous 1,723-seat New Amsterdam Theatre. Right behind Aladdin, though, is a rare non-musical blockbuster: the Denzel Washington-led revival of A Raisin in the Sun, which soaked up $1.19 million last week (thanks in part to premium tickets selling for as much as $348). READ FULL STORY
Ready to rock out to some midnight radio?
The Tony-nominated, Neil Patrick Harris-led Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch — which centers around “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Robinson and her tale of life, loves, and a botched operation — will release a cast album July 1 digitally and July 15 in stores.
“Anyone who has spent more than five minutes with me in the last three months knows how excited I am by the new versions of these songs,” Hedwig composer and album producer Stephen Trask said in a release. “The talents of Neil and Lena and this amazing f—ing band have made these the best version of the score ever. After years of working with Justin Craig and a decade and a half recording with Tim O’Heir, producing these recordings as a team with them has been everything I could have hoped. I think we truly captured the brilliance of these great performers. If any band wants to learn any of these songs, these are the versions they should study.” READ FULL STORY
Hot on the heels of announcing the presenters at this year’s Tony Awards, the show has confirmed the annual ceremony’s performance lineup. The headline news: Nominated musicals Hedwig and the Angry Inch, If/Then and Violet will be showcased with performances by their Tony-nominated stars, Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel, and Sutton Foster, respectively. Alan Cumming will also reprise his award winning role as the Emcee in a performance from Cabaret.
Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Broadway musical based on the music of late rap legend Tupac Shakur, begins previews next week. The show reinterprets a handful of Tupac’s biggest songs, from the sweetly confessional “Dear Mama” to the rousing player’s anthem “I Get Around.” The cast, a healthy mix of Broadway vets and newcomers, have recorded the show’s nearly two dozen songs, and EW is pleased to premiere three of those songs. READ FULL STORY
What did you do this Memorial Day weekend? Apparently, for a lot of people, that answer was “see a Broadway show.”
In addition to this week being both the highest grossing and best attended Memorial Day on record, The Broadway League has just released its end-of-the-season statistics for 2013-2014 (the 2013 Broadway season officially began May 27, 2013.) According to a press release, Broadway productions brought in a gross total of $1.27 billion (up by 11.4 percent) with total attendance numbers reaching 12.21 million, up 5.6 percent. Additionally, the number of playing weeks also increased by 4.6 percent, with all productions running a total of 1496 playing weeks.
It’s not every day that a new Broadway musical pulls its score entirely from early-century period standards — but that’s exactly what Woody Allen opted to do for the stage adaptation of his 1994 crime comedy Bullets Over Broadway.
The show is currently enjoying an open run at Broadway’s St. James Theatre, where bullets are flying, gangsters are tapping, untalented actresses are being murdered, and alcoholic leading ladies are making passes at Zach Braff.
Bullets’ original Broadway cast recording will be released digitally on June 3 and in stores on June 10, but you can get in touch with your gun moll side with EW’s exclusive first listen of the album. The 22-song track list boasts recognizable tunes like “Let’s Misbehave,” “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do,” and the musical’s show-stopping, food-related anthem “The Hot Dog Song.”
Take a listen to the brand new cast album of Bullets Over Broadway below. READ FULL STORY
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