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Casting, Broadway dates set for Larry David's 'Fish in the Dark'

Yes, it’s real, and it’s happening—Larry David’s hotly anticipated Broadway debut has officially set its dates.

David will make his acting and Broadway playwriting debut in Fish in the Dark, a new comedy directed by Anna D. Shapiro that starts previews February 2 at Broadway’s Cort Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for March 5.

David will star alongside theater veterans Jayne Houdyshell and Jerry Adler (The Sopranos), as well as Rosie Perez, Jonny Orsini (who made a splash in his Broadway debut in 2013’s The Nance) and Jake Cannavale, son of two-time Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Fish in the Dark—described simply as “a comedy about a death in the family”—will be produced by Scott Rudin and feature scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, costumes by Ann Roth, and lighting by Brian MacDevitt.

Emma Stone to make Broadway debut in 'Cabaret'

It’s official: Emma Stone will make her Broadway debut in the current Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Cabaret.

The 25-year-old will replace Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, who made her debut in the role of showgirl Sally Bowles when the revival opened at Studio 54 in April. Stone will take over as Sally beginning Nov. 11 (Williams exits Nov. 9) and will play the role until Feb. 1, 2015.

Alan Cumming—who won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the show’s Emcee in the 1998 Broadway production, which serves as the basis of this revival—will extend his run through March 29, 2015, thus confirming that yet another actress may get to tread the Cabaret boards before the show’s run is through.

Stone was linked to the show in 2013 during Roundabout’s initial announcement, but film scheduling conflicts forced her to back out. Last week, word broke that she had entered negotiations to join the show when Williams vacates the iconic role.

Unrelated but completely related, Stone’s beau Andrew Garfield made his Broadway debut in 2012’s Death of a Salesman. Again, unrelated… but completely related.

Exclusive: The cast of Broadway's 'It's Only a Play' reenacts Ellen's Oscar selfie

Imagine if Jennifer Lawrence were Rupert Grint.

Okay, now take that one step further and replace Ellen DeGeneres with Matthew Broderick, Bradley Cooper with Nathan Lane, Angelina Jolie with Megan Mullally, Meryl Streep with Stockard Channing, and so on and so forth. See what we’re getting at?

Ellen’s epic Oscar selfie gets sent up, Broadway style, in the first look at the upcoming comedy It’s Only a Play. The production examines the frantic behind-the-scenes antics of a new Broadway show and the eccentric creative and business types behind it. The link to Ellen’s selfie is directly inspired by a moment in the revised script by Terrence McNally, who has refreshed the play for the 2014 audience.

Given the starry cast (not to mention the reunion of The Producers pair Lane and Broderick), expect It’s Only a Play to be one of this fall’s hottest tickets. F. Murray Abraham and newcomer Micah Stock round out the cast of the Jack O’Brien-directed Broadway play, which will open on October 9 for a limited 18-week engagement at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Previews begin August 28.

Emma Stone in talks to replace Michelle Williams in Broadway's 'Cabaret'

Maybe this time, Emma Stone will be in Cabaret.

The 25-year-old actress is in negotiations to make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles—the role currently played by Michelle Williams—in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Cabaret, EW has confirmed. Williams recently extended her run in the classic 1966 Kander and Ebb musical through November 9, 2014; the show itself is slated to play a limited engagement through January 4, 2015. READ FULL STORY

Larry David heads to Broadway in new play by Larry David

Amp up your enthusiasm—Larry David is coming to Broadway.

EW has confirmed that the Emmy-winning Seinfeld co-creator and star of Curb Your Enthusiasm will make his Broadway debut—two debuts, in fact, for acting and writing—in the 2014-15 season in his first play Fish in the Dark.

According to The New York Times, which first reported the news, David’s play is an ensemble comedy (about 15 characters) centering on a death in a family. David tells the Times that he’ll play “somebody very similar to Larry David—it might even be Larry David with a different name.”

Fish in the Dark will play an unnamed Shubert theater and will open in March 2015. Scott Rudin will produce with Anna D. Shapiro, who’s currently at the helm of the upcoming Michael Cera-led play This Is Our Youth, on board to direct.

The news of David’s debut comes after multiple false rumors emerged about the project in the past few months, including one naming Jerry Seinfeld as actor or director (David tells the Times that was never the case) and another citing the play’s title as Shiva.

David briefly dabbled in Broadway in Curb‘s season-four storyline, wherein his character landed the lead role in Mel Brooks’ smash musical The Producers and subsequently forgot his lines during the opening night performance. David’s stint with theater on the cable series largely did not inspire him to try Broadway in the real world, but his involvement with Fish in the Dark will almost certainly delay another season of Curb, should David decide to pursue it.

Helen Mirren to rule Broadway as Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Audience'

And she’ll always be royal (royal).

Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren will make her return to Broadway this spring as Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan’s The Audience, directed by Stephen Daldry.

Mirren earned an Academy Award for playing Elizabeth in 2006’s The Queen, which was also written by Morgan. Mirren earned the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play for the role when The Audience played a record-breaking run in London’s West End in 2013. READ FULL STORY

'Honeymoon in Vegas,' starring Tony Danza, is finally headed to Broadway

It’s the worst-kept secret of the season: Honeymoon in Vegas, the new musical adaptation of the 1992 movie starring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker, will finally open on Broadway this fall. Tony Danza will star as Tommy Korman, a Vegas gambler who meets and falls in love with a woman (Brynn O’Malley) who has landed in Sin City to tie the knot with her marriage-phobic boyfriend Jack (Rob McClure).

The long-rumored Broadway production will play the Brooks Atkinson Theatre beginning November 18, with opening night slated for January 15, 2015 (one of the longest preview periods in recent memory). With a score by Jason Robert Brown—this year’s Tony Award winner for The Bridges of Madison County—and a book by Andrew Bergman (Blazing Saddles), the show is directed by Gary Griffin with choreography by Denis Jones.

The production played a try-out at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse last year, which EW praised as a “guffaw-out-loud production. Jason Robert Brown’s zippy score is a perfect complement to the daffiness of Andrew Bergman’s book with some of the wittiest lyrics in recent memory.”

Rupert Grint to make Broadway debut in 'It's Only a Play' -- EXCLUSIVE

Another Harry Potter star is coming to Broadway.

Rupert Grint, best known for playing Ron Weasley in the blockbuster Harry Potter film franchise, will make his Broadway debut this fall in Terrence McNally’s starry comedy It’s Only a Play.

Grint joins an A-list cast that includes Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, Megan Mullally, F. Murrary Abraham and newcomer Micah Stock. Jack O’Brien will direct the limited 17-week engagement, which opens at Broadway’s Schoenfeld Theatre on October 9. READ FULL STORY

Go backstage with Daniel Radcliffe at 'The Cripple of Inishmaan' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

You have four weeks left to see Daniel Radcliffe in Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan – but if you need a primer of what to expect, look no further.

Just below, EW has exclusive video of Harry Potter Radcliffe winding (not wanding) through the corridors of the Cort Theatre. You’ll see the seaside ship that occupies much of the foreground of Act I, the country store with yards and yards of canned peas — including the oft-mentioned Fripple Frapple candies that gangly townie Bartley (Conor MacNeill) harps on through the play — and a rather large and worrisome peephole, which has gotten the cast in trouble on a few occasions. DanRad also checks in on his Tony-nominated costar Sarah Greene, who plays the fire-haired and equally fire-breathing Helen — a woman who tortures the locals, including Radcliffe’s Cripple Billy. Thankfully, Greene is much kinder in real life than her character is. Our young star even lets us into his dressing room, where we learn what former Cort tenant Ian McKellen left for him — as well as why Cripple Billy is so in love with cows.

Click below to watch Daniel Radcliffe on a backstage tour of The Cripple of Inishmaan: READ FULL STORY

Jake Gyllenhaal sets his sights on Broadway in 'Constellations'

Not one but two Gyllenhaals will tread the Broadway boards this season.

Jake Gyllenhaal will make his Broadway debut in the U.S. premiere of Nick Payne’s Olivier-nominated play Constellations. Payne also wrote If There Is I Haven’t Found it Yet, the play in which Gyllenhaal made his New York stage debut in 2012 at the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Directed by Michael Longhurst, Constellations tells the story of two strangers who continue to meet by chance under the parallel universe framework of string theory. Press notes describe the piece as “an explosive new play about the boundless potential of a first encounter, free will, and friendship.” READ FULL STORY

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