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This Week on Stage: 'Disgraced' is anything but, Keira Knightley preps her Broadway debut

We were all hoping that the London production of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour would mark Keira Knightley’s Broadway debut (she got great reviews in 2011 starring opposite Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss), but we’ll take her however we can get her. Next fall, she will make her Broadway debut in Roundabout Theatre Company’s adaptation of the tragic novel Thérèse Raquin, continuing with Knightley’s affinity for period dramas. In other news, Big Brother standout Frankie J. Grande (the bro of another famous Grande, Ariana) will take on a supporting role in Rock of Ages for two months beginning Nov. 10 (not his first rodeo, though-he was famously in Mamma Mia! some years back) and the Shubert Organization, the titans who own most of the Broadway houses in NYC, announced a deal with super-producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan to produce new content for the stage. Which, given their involvement with lofty projects like (ahem) The Oscars means more big stars to keep those attendances on the Great White Way sky high. It was also a very busy week for the folks at EW, with six new Broadway and Off Broadway openings:  Josh Radnor and Gretchen Mol return to the stage after the wrap of their long-running TV shows, How I Met Your Mother and Boardwalk Empire (whose finale airs this weekend). A valued member of the Redgrave dynasty takes on a classic solo. And speaking of Mad Men, Vincent Kartheiser goes all accent-y to capture the spirit of the late, great Billy Wilder (click on the links below for full reviews).

Disgraced  The 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Drama by Ayad Akhtar finally receives a Broadway berth courtesy of Lincoln Center (which first produced it in their black-box Off Broadway space), with new actors Josh Radnor and Gretchen Mol joining actors Hari Dhillon and Karen Pittman from previous productions. Senior editor Thom Geier feels the work hasn’t lost any of his luster, stating that “we get an engaging snapshot of the challenge for upwardly mobile Muslim Americans in the post-9/11 age…Akhtar packs a lot into his scenes, in terms of both coincidence-heavy personal drama and talky disquisitions on religion and politics, but he usually manages to pull back from the edge of too-muchness.” EW grade: B+

The Belle of Amherst  Nip/Tuck star Joely Richardson takes on one of the late Julie Harris’ most acclaimed roles, essaying Emily Dickinson, but did senior editor Adam Markovitz find her the Belle of the ball? “It’s easy to see why Richardson would be drawn to a revival…there’s nowhere to hide if it doesn’t work, no one to lean on if the energy flags. For Richardson, the gamble doesn’t quite pay off. During a recent performance, trudging through a few fumbled lines and what sounded like an ill-timed cold, the actress often gave the impression that she was marking out the play’s beats—laugh here, fall down crying there—without fully acting them.” EW grade: C READ FULL STORY

Video: Ted Mosby of 'HIMYM' responds to LeBron James' big move

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LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and fictional Ohio native Ted Mosby has some feelings about it.

In a video released exclusively to EWHIMYM star Josh Radnor, who  hails from Columbus, Ohio, responds to the big news both as himself and as Ted Mosby, the character he played on HIMYM for nine years. 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

'HIMYM': Can you name all the ones who weren't The Mother? -- VIDEO

From Amanda to Zoey, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) had a parade of ladies come his way before we met The Mother (Cristin Milioti) at the end of season 8 of How I Met Your Mother. Let’s see … there was The Slutty Pumpkin (Katie Holmes). And Cindy (Rachel Bilson). And Stella (Sarah Chalke). And of course Robin (Cobie Smulders). And don’t forget Blah Blah (Abigail Spencer). Really, is there anyone Ted didn’t go out with in eight seasons of big guest stars and endless dates?

Check out the video below and see if you can name all the loves of Ted’s life before The Love of Ted’s Life.

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EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by AllieCard: 

“Barney, I wouldn’t live here even if you scrubbed every inch of this place with Purell, amoxicillin, and holy water.”


 Ted (Josh Radnor) talking about Barney’s apartment on How I Met Your Mother

Check out the rest of your bites from Monday March 18 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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How I Met Your Mother recap: The Fortress of Barnitude
Dancing with the Stars recap: Will you accept this pose?

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