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James Franco rants about 'New York Times' review on Instagram

When the New York Times didn’t give James Franco the glowing Of Mice and Men review he wanted, the actor took to his favorite hangout, Instagram, to express his displeasure.

The show opened Wednesday night on Broadway, with Franco starring as George opposite Chris O’Dowd’s Lennie. It seems Franco spent this morning reading over reviews — including Times theater critic Ben Brantley’s evaluation. Although Brantley didn’t outright insult Franco, or even write anything overwhelmingly negative — in fact, he complimented Franco’s talent, but noted that the star is “often understated to the point of near invisibility” in the play — Franco still wasn’t pleased.

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Meet the cast of 'The Cripple of Inishmaan,' starring Daniel Radcliffe -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Daniel Radcliffe is currently prepping for his third stint on Broadway, this time in a quirky play called The Cripple of Inishmaan, a dark 1996 comedy from Martin McDonagh. Radcliffe stars as Billy, a disabled Irish boy who has big dreams of making it in Hollywood when a documentary crew shows up to film on a nearby Irish island.

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This Week on Stage: Denzel and Menzel add some Broadway star power

King Kong ain’t got s–t on superstar Denzel Washington (at least, not until the beast’s new musical declares a firm date next season), as the movie megastar touched down on Broadway for the first time since his Tony-winning turn in August Wilson’s Fences in 2010. And like that heralded revival, he once again got raves from most outlets. Also receiving raves this week was Wicked star Idina Menzel, who dazzles in If/Then, the new tuner by the Next to Normal team of Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt. And though the young fans who adore her voice in Frozen may, well, freeze at the prospect of their favorite snow queen Elsa singing a song called “What the F–k?”, her Tony buzz and emotion-rich work has assured her status in the Broadway diva pantheon. (And speaking of Frozen, EW posted video of Smash alum Jeremy Jordan nailing Menzel’s signature Disney tune “Let It Go.” Seriously, check it out.)  READ FULL STORY

'Of Mice and Men': Chris O'Dowd on laughing with James Franco and killing Leighton Meester (on stage)

You recognize him from Bridesmaids, The IT Crowd, Family Tree, Girls and plenty more, but Irish comic Chris O’Dowd has switched gears for his latest role.

He’s playing Lennie, the gentle half of a pair of migrant ranch workers who lead John Steinbeck’s classic Depression-era novella Of Mice and Men. In the newest Broadway revival of the play, O’Dowd makes his Broadway debut opposite James Franco (as the pragmatic George) and Leighton Meester (as a seductive, nameless flirt) in the Anna D. Shapiro-directed production, which opens April 16 at the Longacre Theatre.

Above, check out an exclusive first look at one of the most famous scenes in the play, wherein Lennie and Curley’s wife share a fateful moment in a barn loft. Below, O’Dowd chats with EW about the nerves behind his Broadway debut and how he clicked with Franco and Meester. READ FULL STORY

See six exclusive photos of the Broadway cast of 'The Realistic Joneses'

Marking Will Eno’s first play to hit Broadway (his acclaimed mini-opus The Open House plays Off Broadway through this Sunday), The Realistic Joneses proves to be one of the unbeatable ensembles of the theater season, with its talented brood all making much-awaited returns: Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall back on the boards for the first time in 12 years (since a short stint as Billy Flynn in Chicago), co-star Toni Collette (The United States of Tara) in her first NYC stage role since wowing us with her singing chops in The Wild Party in 2000, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei strutting her stuff since a great turn as explorer Isabella Bird in the 2008 revival of Top Girls, and though it’s only been one year for Tracy Letts since his last performance — a shattering George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that won him a richly-deserved Tony — was such a doozy we couldn’t wait to see him again (even though a great villainous role on Homeland this past fall certainly helped us wait).

Directed by Sam Gold, The Realistic Joneses is quirky writer Eno’s contemplative stab at suburbia, with two couples, Bob and Jennifer Jones (Letts and Collette) and John and Pony Jones (Hall and Tomei), facing various crossroads and deadpan realizations via Eno’s signature non-sequitur style of character writing. The play opens on Broadway on April 6, but get your sneak peek at six exclusive pics of the cast right here. I mean, really — you couldn’t ask for cooler neighbors (or, if the play is as deceptive as Eno’s others, could you?). READ FULL STORY

Daniel Radcliffe on his dark Broadway return and why a movie-musical could be next

Few actors have managed to transcend the roles that made them famous the way Daniel Radcliffe has. Even before he hung up his Harry Potter robes, Radcliffe began undertaking a handful of challenging roles that were, whether intentional or not, significant departures from the boy wizard. Particularly when it comes to his work on stage, Radcliffe’s moves have been brave and bold, baring it all in Equus and charming audiences with surprising musical chops in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

His third time on Broadway is now at hand — he’ll star in Martin McDonagh’s pitch-black comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, which begins performances April 12 at the Cort Theatre — and Radcliffe is eager to get back to the stage. EW stole a few minutes of his time on the set of Frankenstein to chat about reprising his role, the lessons he’s picked up on Broadway, and what other role is at the top of his wish list.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You must have genuinely loved doing Cripple of Inishmaan in London to reprise it over here. What makes you most excited to pick up Billy’s hat again?
DANIEL RADCLIFFE: It was all in all a really, really great experience last year. I love the play, I’ve worked on Broadway shows twice now, and I love working and living in New York. It’s one of those situations where the chance to spend a lot of time in a city that I love doing a play that I love was really, really exciting. READ FULL STORY

Daniel Radcliffe in Broadway's 'The Cripple of Inishmaan': First look -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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After making a bold Broadway debut in the powerful equine drama Equus and following up with a singing, dancing stint in the glossy 1960s musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, the always astonishing Daniel Radcliffe is back for round three on the Broadway stage — in something completely, totally different.

Radcliffe willreprise his role as Billy in playwright Martin McDonagh’s 1996 black comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, which follows a disabled Irish boy (Radcliffe) who dreams of appearing in a documentary being filmed by a Hollywood crew on a nearby island (the real-life 1934 film Man of Aran). The can’t-miss production reunites the critically acclaimed cast who performed the show last year on London’s West End, as directed by Tony winner Michael Grandage.

“We were fortunate enough that we got a great reaction from London crowds, but I remember at the time really thinking, ‘God, this play, I really think it would go down so well in New York, and I really hope we get the chance to do it there,’” Radcliffe tells EW from the set of Frankenstein, which he’s shooting in England with James McAvoy. “And then it just didn’t look like it was going to happen, so when the opportunity came around again earlier this year, I just leapt at it. We had a great time doing it in London, and I’m pretty sure I can speak for everyone involved when I say that.”

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k.d. lang reflects on her big band Broadway debut in 'After Midnight'

Four-time Grammy winner k.d. lang is finishing up her run in the dance-heavy Broadway tapper After Midnight, having taken over for Fantasia Barrino as the second in a string of starry guest artists.

Singing classics like “Stormy Weather” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” the show is a callback to lang’s jazz roots — and it’s an opportunity she’s relished as she prepares to end her Broadway debut. (lang will perform through Sunday, March 9, and the show will then welcome Toni Braxton and Babyface.) Before she packs up for good, lang chatted with EW about the lessons learned during her stint on Broadway.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When you’re on the Broadway stage, what are the biggest differences you’ve noticed from your other shows?
k.d. lang: Certainly the energy of the cast and the high intensity of the show rubs off, and that’s a wonderful thing. I love the energy of the dancers and certainly the energy of the big band. That’s pretty new for me. READ FULL STORY

Meet the stars of Broadway's 'The Realistic Joneses' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

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Michael C. Hall. Toni Collette. Marisa Tomei. Tracy Letts. All in the same Broadway play. Say it with me now, loud and proud: MUST-SEE. Right?

In what’s sure to be the ensemble of the season, with enough entertainment awards between its cast members to fill Radio City Music Hall, the quartet tackle a new relationship comedy about two pairs of neighbors who have more in common than initially thought, in the long-awaited Main Stem debut for much-admired playwright Will Eno.

EW has an exclusive look at the press event for the cast and creators, all of whom are excited to be tackling Broadway again after considerable hiatuses. (The sole exception is Letts, who rightfully claimed last year’s Best Actor in a Play Tony for his unforgettable take on George in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). The play arrives off of excellent reviews from the 2012 Yale Repertory Theatre production (only Letts is a holdover from that cast, which also starred Parker Posey), and director Sam Gold (Seminar) is fast becoming one of the envied go-to directors of stellar ensemble plays, with The Real Thing starring Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal next up on his docket this fall.

Click on the video below to hear more from the company of The Realistic Joneses, which will begin previews at the Lyceum Theatre on March 13 with an opening night of April 6. You can find the show’s official website here. READ FULL STORY

This Week on Stage: Hugh Jackman resumes Tony duties, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Andrea Martin score new roles

Given that the ubiquitous Neil Patrick Harris will be plenty busy in a wig and heels as the lead in the upcoming Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, it was apparent he would not resume his envied tenure as Tony Awards Host Extraordinaire. But no fretting, as megastar Hugh Jackman (due back on Broadway next season in a new Jez Butterworth play) is picking up the baton for his fourth time as host. And it’s quite a year too, as the star quotient for the 2014 show is sky-high (Denzel Washington, Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zach Braff, and these are just for starters). In other news, word came down that Maggie Gyllenhaal will be the lucky lady to star opposite Ewan McGregor in the newest revival of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, with both actors making their Broadway debuts despite previous stage work.

And Andrea Martin, comedy fave and recent Tony winner for her literally show-stopping turn in Pippin, is set to delight farce-connoisseurs everywhere as maid Dotty Otley in the play within a play of Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Noises Off next season. You can definitely expect her to net a career-sixth Tony nomination in 2015 if she’s half as uproarious as expected. The week also provides an assembly of new show on both coasts (click on the links below to read the full reviews): READ FULL STORY

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