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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

Maggie Gyllenhaal to join Ewan McGregor in 'The Real Thing' on Broadway this fall

Despite appearances in a handful of Off Broadway shows over the past five years, Maggie Gyllenhaal has never appeared on Broadway — that is, until this upcoming fall season, when she will play the coveted role of Annie in Tom Stoppard’s award-winning play The Real Thing opposite the previously announced Ewan McGregor as Henry.

The play concerns a struggling playwright (McGregor) who embarks on an affair with the luminous Annie (Gyllenhaal) and both parties, already married, end up questioning the consequences of their actions and whether Henry’s play, already about divorce, is informing their actual lives. The play was last seen on Broadway in 2000 in a critically acclaimed revival that won Tonys for its leading actors Stephen Dillane (John Adams) and Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), a feat also accomplished by the two leads of the original 1984 production, Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close.

The Real Thing is set to play Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre beginning Oct. 2, with an opening night scheduled for Oct. 30. The run will conclude on Jan. 4, 2015. For tickets and additional information on this and other Roundabout productions, please visit the theater’s official website.

Maggie Gyllenhaal, John Cusack, Oliver Stone, and more tell NSA to 'Stop Watching Us' -- VIDEO


South Park made fun of it in its season premiere last month, but now the NSA has some less animated voices to deal with.

In a video released by the coalition group “Stop Watching Us,” Maggie Gyllenhaal, John Cusack, and Oliver Stone are among the actors, activists, and politicians addressing their right to privacy. The video was released in anticipation of a Washington, D.C., rally sponsored by the group on Saturday, the 12th anniversary of the Patriot Act being signed.

Founded in June 2013, “Stop Watching Us” is made up of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum coming together to demand the U.S. Congress investigate the full extent of the NSA’s spying programs.

Watch the video below:

Maggie Gyllenhaal returning to New York stage

Maggie Gyllenhaal will return to the New York stage next year, in Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike, MCC Theater announced Tuesday.

The show, directed by Sam Gold, originally premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2011. This production will star Gyllenhaal as Becky, who is  “pregnant—and friskier than ever. But she can’t seem to get the attention of her husband, who is preoccupied with preparing for the baby’s months-away arrival. So Becky takes matters into her own hands and sets out on an adventure that starts with the purchase of a used bike from a man in town and takes her further than she ever expected she’d go.”

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