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'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

Josh Radnor sets Broadway return in 'Disgraced'

Out goes one Broadway season, and in comes another, marked by the first new Broadway show announcement following this year’s Tony Awards.

Disgraced, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Ayad Akhtar, will open on Broadway this fall on Oct. 23 at the Lyceum Theatre, with previews slated to begin Sept. 27. How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor (who made his Broadway debut opposite Kathleen Turner in 2002’s The Graduate) will lead the cast, which includes Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman, and Hari Dhillon. READ FULL STORY

Glenn Close to return to Broadway in 'A Delicate Balance'

After months of hinting, it was finally announced in official terms that Glenn Close, the six-time Oscar nominee and multi-Emmy-winning star of Dangerous Liaisons and Damages, among many other projects, will take her first stab at Broadway in two decades in Edward Albee’s magnificent domestic dramedy A Delicate Balance, last revived in 1996 in a Tony-winning production with George Grizzard and Elaine Stritch. Aside from a guest-starring stint in the Brit import The Play What I Wrote some 10 years ago, this will be the first time Ms. Close has starred on Broadway since her Tony-winning turn as Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd’s Webber’s Sunset Boulevard in 1994. And she has far from a bunch of slouches joining her: John Lithgow (due to play King Lear this summer in NYC’s Central Park), Lindsay Duncan, Martha Plimpton, Clare Higgins, and Bob Balaban (with dozens of awards among them) will also appear in the play, to be directed by last year’s Tony victor for best director of a play, Pam McKinnon (Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). READ FULL STORY

Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Gallagher to star on Broadway in 'On the Twentieth Century'

Kristin Chenoweth’s long-rumored return to the Broadway stage has been confirmed: The Tony and Emmy winner will star opposite Peter Gallagher in a new revival of the classic Coleman-Comden-Green musical On the Twentieth Century.

Set aboard the Twentieth Century, a luxury train en route from Chicago to New York, the musical follows a bankrupt theater producer (Gallagher) who tries to persuade his former lover — glamorous Hollywood star Lily Garland (Chenoweth) — to appear in a new show of his that doesn’t actually exist.

The classic musical boasts a score by Cy Coleman and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Scott Ellis will direct, with Warren Carlyle choreographing.

The Roundabout Theatre Company production will open on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre on March 12, 2015, following previews which begin on February 12. The 20-week engagement replaces the previously announced production of Noises Off, which has been postponed to the fall of 2015.

Hugh Jackman sets dates for Broadway return in 'The River'

Hugh Jackman on Broadway is a hot enough ticket. Hugh Jackman on Broadway in one of Broadway’s smallest theaters? Go form a line outside now, why don’t you?

The Tony-winning actor will return to the stage this fall in The River, a new play (in the States, at least) by Jez Butterworth and directed by Ian Rickson. Also starring Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo, the intimate production will begin previews on October 31 at the Circle in the Square Theatre (current home to Audra McDonald’s Tony-nominated turn in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill). Opening night is slated for November 16; the engagement will play a strictly limited 13-week engagement through January 25, 2015.

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Chris O'Dowd, Audra McDonald and more Tony nominees share weird warm-ups, campaign slogans -- VIDEO

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The month of campaigning for the 2014 Tony Awards is well underway, and that’s why you’ll see this year’s crop of nominees—from Bryan Cranston and Chris O’Dowd, to Audra McDonald and Idina Menzel—popping up all over the place as they remind you just why they all deserve to take home Broadway’s top honor this year at the Hugh Jackman-hosted ceremony on June 8.

The day after the nominations were announced, EW sat down with a slew of this year’s nominated performers (some first-timers, some veterans, all excited) to chat about their quirky backstage rituals necessary for warming up for the show. And since this is awards season after all, we also asked them to come up with a campaign tagline that sums up their Tony race.

Check back at EW.com all month long for a deeper dive into this year’s nominees, as well as interviews and analysis from our stage team. Let the Tony race commence! READ FULL STORY

Tonys 2014: Let's talk about those snubs and surprises...

With the nominations for the 2014 Tony Awards finally upon us, the race has been blown wide open in one of the most nail-biting stage seasons in recent memory. Although Tuesday’s nominations announcement narrows down the pack to a manageable four or five candidates for Broadway’s highest honors, there’s an overwhelming feeling of absence when it comes to some of the bigger names who didn’t make the cut this year.

Snub: England’s the New Hollywood
All The Way’s Bryan Cranston and Of Mice and Men’s Chris O’Dowd are the marquee names in the race for Best Actor in a Play, but somebody’s got to be left out, and this year the Tony nominators eschewed the rest of the A-list—Zachary Quinto in The Glass Menagerie, Denzel Washington in A Raisin in the Sun, and Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan, to name a few—for British actors like Samuel Barnett and Mark Rylance. In fact, the love bestowed on classical productions like Twelfth Night (tied for most-nominated play with Glass Menagerie) demonstrates the powerful momentum of gorgeous Shakespearean revivals in a season dominated by mega Hollywood names.

Surprise: Sally’s Out, Janis is In
Last week’s final meeting of the Tony administration committee decided that the revival of Cabaret—a carbon copy of the Tony-winning 1998 production—was eligible. But did it even matter? The show was passed over for Best Musical Revival and on most other  fronts, except for Linda Emond and Danny Burstein’s much-deserved featured acting noms. Three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams got no love for her Sally Bowles. In the Best Actress in a Musical category already stacked with intimidating names like Sutton Foster and Idina Menzel, recognition instead went to newcomer Mary Bridget Davies of the long-since-shuttered A Night With Janis Joplin. READ FULL STORY

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