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This Week on Stage: The Nine-Show Supersized Edition!

With the Drama Desk nominations newly-minted, and Tony nominations being announced on Tuesday, we are in full-swing for year-end theater awards mania. And EW’s writers have been busy as bees getting out the last gasp of reviews from the 2013-2014 season, with no less than nine shows opening in the past week. Some themes are definitely emerging. We got men in ladies’ attire (Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, above, and Casa Valentina), men’s exposed buttocks (Alan Cumming in Cabaret, Nick Offerman in Annapurna), and sassy leading women who won’t take no for an answer (Estelle Parsons in The Velocity of Autumn, Sutton Foster in Violet). A little something for everyone! (Click on the links below for full reviews) READ FULL STORY

'Jesus Christ Superstar' to tour North America with a punk legend and boy band star

The 1970s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar is being resurrected for a North American arena rock tour this summer, led by a former boy band member, an R&B siren and a punk icon.

The musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice about the last days of Jesus will start a 54-city tour in New Orleans on June 9.

It will star punk legend John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon as King Herod, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Boyd of Incubus as Judas and JC Chasez of `N Sync as Pontius Pilate. Ben Forster, the winner of the U.K.’s prime-time contest show Superstar, will play the son of God.

“I’m looking forward to the experience,” said Chasez. “This is honestly my first theater experience so I’m being thrown into the fire a bit. But I’m excited because the fact that we’re doing something that feels pretty unique.” READ FULL STORY

Michelle Williams to make Broadway debut in 'Cabaret'

Three-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams will make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of Cabaret.

Cabaret will play a 24-week limited engagement, beginning previews March 21 and officially opening April 24 at the Kit Kat Klub: Studio 54. Williams will appear alongside Alan Cumming as the Emcee, who starred in the last revival of the musical in 1998. The production will be directed by Sam Mendes and co-directed/choreographed by Rob Marshall.

“Michelle Williams is an actress of rare gifts and she will make an astonishing Sally Bowles,” says Rob Marshall. And I am especially excited that Alan Cumming is reprising his extraordinary performance as the Emcee for a whole new audience to experience.”
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Native Americans take issue with Michelle Williams' 'redface' magazine photo

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Michelle Williams found herself the unlikely center of a controversy this week. One of the photos in a spread for AnOther Magazine features the Oz: The Great and Powerful actress in hollowed-out makeup, long braids, and feathers in her hair. She’s meant to look like a Native American, and it has not gone over well.

Tuesday, Jezebel published an article from Ruth Hopkins, a writer, scientist, and tribal attorney, who also happens to be a Native American. Hopkins wrote that it was “redface,” and also cited the unfortunate connection between the photo and the fact that Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum wrote an editorial in 1890 calling for the extermination of the American Indian. She wants an apology and for the issues to be pulled.

Michelle Williams had no comment on the matter, but AnOther issued the following statement:

While we recognize the seriousness of this debate, the image in question in no way intends to mimic, trivialise or stereotype any particular ethnic group or culture, as recent reports suggest. READ FULL STORY

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