The 2014 Tony nominations were announced on Tuesday, and left many elated and just as many puzzled. No Denzel? Or Daniel Radcliffe? And nothing for everyone’s favorite traveling NYC duo? But there were some wonderful surprises (four acting nods for Twelfth Night!) and the lack of frontrunners (minus Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston, and perhaps this divine gal) will make the Hugh Jackman-hosted ceremony on CBS June 8 full of nail-biters. But here are some fun trivia bits about this year you can chew over until then (many of them compiled by our own Jake Perlman): READ FULL STORY
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This was bound to happen.
It was only a matter of time before Hugh Jackman’s singing chops were melded into his iconic Marvel character like some kind of adamantium side-effect hidden talent. Courtesy of BBC Radio 1′s The Matt Edmondson Show, we now have Wolverine: The Musical.
Evidently, Jackman stopped by the show on Saturday to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past. Ever the pro, he played along when the hosts handed him a lyric sheet for the fictitious (at least for now) superhero musical and cued up Jackman’s Les Misérables track, “Who Am I?”
“Who am I?” the 45-year-old sings, laughing as he glances at the words. “Am I a superhero with some claws? Or just an actor searching for applause?” READ FULL STORY
Looking star Jonathan Groff and Elementary actress Lucy Liu will announce the nominees for the 68th annual Tony Awards on Tuesday, April 29.
Both stars have a certified theater pedigree: Groff is well-known to theater fans for roles in Spring Awakening (which earned him a Tony nomination) and Hair, as well as on screen in Glee and Frozen (that little Disney indie you might have heard about). Meanwhile, Liu made her Broadway debut in 2010 replacing Hope Davis in the Tony-winning comedy God of Carnage.
The duo will appear live from the Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe — current home of the stylish immersive theater show Queen of the Night — to announce the nominees on the morning of April 29.
The 68th Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman, will air June 8 on CBS, and if this season’s spectacular lineup is any indication, there will be plenty of packed categories to make for a genuinely heated awards race.
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
The winter chill may still be in the air but the theater season hasn’t cooled down too much; an extension has been granted for the Patrick Stewart/Ian McKellen Pinter-Beckett duo on the Great White Way, the Mark Rylance Shakespeare plays recently entered the top 10 weekly Broadway grossers (an astonishing feat for classic plays), Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh will take on Off Broadway’s Public Theater with a new play by frequent collaborator Scott Z. Burns to star Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie), and lots more big stars are soon to be touching down.
Daniel Radcliffe will return to NYC to take on the lead role in Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan (for which he got rave reviews in London last year). The dream-team cast of The Realistic Joneses (Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei) are definitely setting up camp this season, though curiously still have no theater (hmmm…). And some little birdies are chirping that megastar Hugh Jackman is eyeballing a Jez Butterworth play called The River as a return to Broadway in 2015 now that Houdini has vanished from the lineup. And this week marks an unusually busy week of openings for January, including the Broadway debut of rising British star Rebecca Hall, Frank Langella’s go to the Bard’s ultimate patriarch, and the auspicious breakthrough by one of our great new musical leading ladies (click on the links below to read the full reviews): READ FULL STORY
It looks like Hugh Jackman won’t be making magic on Broadway any time soon.
The Tony-winner and Oscar nominee is no longer attached to star as the famed magician in the upcoming musical Houdini, written by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and David Ives (Venus in Fur). Though no official production had been announced yet, Jackman confirmed his involvement in the show after years of speculation while Aaron Sorkin and Danny Elfman were still on board as the show’s creative team. Now, it seems Wolverine might be a little too busy to try and escape from a straight jacket upside down.
“I have greatly enjoyed the collaborative process on Houdini,” the actor said in a statement. “Ultimately, though, I wasn’t able to commit to the time this role will require. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the creative team and I wish everyone the best. I know they’re well on their way to making something extraordinary.”
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In the current era of The Avengers and Batman Vs. Superman, it’s impossible to be a fan of the comic-book genre and not have a well-considered argument to the question, “Who’s the Most Powerful Superhero?” Superman, of course, is the most obvious answer in any superpower battle-royale debate, but there are strong and more interesting claims to be made for the others, too. (Except Hawkeye. Sorry, guy.)
In Hollywood offices, there are similar conversations going on all the time about their own legion of superheroes, those famous actors and actresses who can open a movie in New York, Nebraska, and Nepal, whether it be a romance, an action-adventure, or a raunchy comedy. But with more and more of the industry now tilted towards Comic-Con-approved tent-pole pictures, the pecking order for actors today is heavily weighted by his or her ability to land a major role in a superhero franchise. It is the lifeblood of a long and prosperous career. For example, playing Batman not only elevated Christian Bale to the Hollywood A-list — positioning the indie actor for other major studio movie roles — but his enhanced financial security allowed him to continue to gamble on the eclectic roles he preferred in the first place, in movies like The Fighter and Rescue Dawn.
When the right actor gets the right superhero role, it becomes virtually impossible to separate the artist from the character. The cape becomes part of their public persona, one that can help or hinder their other on-screen roles. But what happens when Hollywood’s heroes are stripped of their superpowers? That is to say, what is Robert Downey Jr. without Tony Stark’s armor? What is Hugh Jackman when his Wolverine claws are clipped? Do we still pay to see their movies, or do we give them the cold-shoulder, like old-school Lois Lane used to give old-school Clark Kent? Who is the most powerful superstar when they’re nothing more or less than their Hollywood alter ego?
After looking at the actors and actresses who are major players in current comic-book franchises, we examined their recent box-office and critical reputation when they’re not in costume, and then ranked them in order to see who really flies the highest and has the biggest muscles in the movie universe. READ FULL STORY
Want to know the exact moment when Hugh Jackman became a star? Hint: It didn’t happen in a movie.
No, it happened in Ooooooooklahoma, where the something something happens down the plain.
I swear, I know the lyrics to the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, but you don’t want to hear me sing type them. Instead, you’ll want to allow the divinely scruffy Hugh Jackman to serenade you with the musical’s classic title tune, which he did in 1998 as cowboy Curly in Trevor Nunn’s Royal National Theatre production.
Jackman was a hit (because who else is better suited to play an American cowboy than an Australian?) and it was in this production that the then-30-year-old Aussie became internationally known for the first time. Just one year later he landed the role of a lifetime as Wolverine in X-Men. That’s the POWER OF THEATER.
If you weren’t among the lucky few to catch the performance in London, PBS wants you to relive the Oklahoma! fun; the network will re-air the 1999 filmed version of the production in high definition on Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. ET as part of the network’s Great Performances series. Tonight, the network airs the 2011 Neil Patrick Harris-led Company.
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Thirteen years after putting on the adamantium claws, Hugh Jackman is still carving up the box office as the most iconic super-mutant, Wolverine. Since opening on July 26, The Wolverine, Jackman’s fifth outing as the ornery X-Man, has grossed $307 million worldwide. It’s not exactly Avengers money, but it’s more than enough for Fox to want to keep Jackman in the X-Men fold. As The Wolverine‘s post-credit sequence teased, Jackman will time-travel for a cameo in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. But will that be the end of Jackman’s run? The 44-year-old has played Wolverine longer and more frequently than any actor has ever been associated with a comic-book hero, but his current deal is about to expire. Now the National Enquirer claims that Fox is offering Jackman $100 million for him to keep slicing and dicing for four more X-Men movies. Them’s a lot of chicken breasts!
Jackman’s spokesperson dismissed the report, but the future of Wolverine is worth some analysis, from both Jackman’s and the franchise’s points of view. The Australian actor, who earned his first Oscar nomination for last year’s Les Miserables, hasn’t made any Christian Bale-like comments about returning to the character. When he spoke to EW earlier this year, he was noncommittal, but the door was certainly open: “I’m not sure. I wasn’t even sure after the first [stand-alone] film if I would do another. I won’t say never, because I’m still loving it. But there would have to be a pretty compelling reason.”
That “pretty compelling reason” might be introducing Wolverine to some new super-friends, like the Avengers. READ FULL STORY
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
If you have not seen The Wolverine and don’t want to ruin one of its best surprises, read no further…
Okay, now let’s get into it.
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