It’s official! The stars of Nashville are heading out on their first-ever concert tour. Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, and Chris Carmack are hitting the road on April 25, where they’ll put on their first show in Chicago. From there, the tour will continue to Washington D.C. on May 4, and New York City on May 6. And for NYC fans only, fellow cast member Will Chase will also take the stage. READ FULL STORY
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Stand-up comedian and This American Life regular Mike Birbiglia had a major breakthrough in 2012 when his film Sleepwalk With Me became a critical smash, and he followed that up with the award-winning one-man show My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (which you can stream on Netflix and will be available on CD, DVD, and iTunes on November 26). In 2014, he’s heading back out on the road again, this time on a multi-city trek he’s dubbing Thank God for Jokes.
“This is honestly the most excited I’ve been to go on tour my whole career,” Birbiglia told EW. “Well, partly because I can afford gas now and I know that my car will arrive at the venue. (Not even kidding, that’s part of it.) But also I have an hour of new material that’s not in my book or my new special or my movie or even on This American Life.”
The new tour is the result of hours of toiling in his hometown. “It’s just all fresh and new and every night that I’ve workshopped it it’s been different,” he said. “I’ve been workshopping it down the street from my apartment at Union Hall in Brooklyn, where we filmed some of Sleepwalk With Me. The show is all about jokes and life and how jokes can get you in trouble in life and how in a lot of ways you’re not even allowed to tell jokes at work or really anywhere except with your friends. And so in some ways, being on stage in front of 1,000 people telling jokes is like hanging out with 1,000 friends with the same sense of humor. And that, to me, is a profound feeling. That’s really the goal for me is that everyone experiences that feeling at my shows.”
The jaunt kicks off on January 15 in Traverse City, Michigan, and will wrap up on March 30 in Charleston, South Carolina (check out the entire list of dates and venues below). Tickets go on sale today at noon, so head over to Birbiglia’s official site for more information and to reserve your seats.
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Guess who’s back?
Four years after taking the country by storm with his last major tour — 2009’s “ISolated INcident” — Dane Cook is preparing to hit the road again this fall. He’s calling his latest venture “Under Oath,” a loaded name that wasn’t chosen lightly. “As a comedian, I am obligated to tell you the truth, my truth,” he explained to EW in an exclusive interview. “To share with you my beliefs, my perspective. And I think that we forget sometimes that that’s the oath that comics take, that we will go up and share everything — the irreverent, the scary.”
Cook’s words indicate that he won’t shy away from covering tough stuff in the new show, which he’s been honing for years at Los Angeles’s Laugh Factory — subjects like his failed NBC series Next Caller (which was canceled before airing a single episode), joke-stealing allegations that led to a memorable guest appearance on Louie in 2011, and the army of haters determined to pounce on his every misstep. (A sampling of headlines written after Cook controversially announced that he wouldn’t live-stream his performance at May’s Boston Strong charity concert: “Everyone Hates Dane Cook More After Boston Strong Jerkiness;” “Dane Cook Can Even Find Ways to Make You Hate Him at a Boston Charity Show;” “Benefit Concert Unites Americans in Love of Boston, Hatred of Dane Cook.“)
And Bey responded by taking what is hers… with fire and blood. Or, you know, by telling the slapper that she’d have security escort him out of her Copenhagen concert, then just singing “Irreplaceable” like nothing had happened. That’s how you get to be Queen B.
It’s been 10 years since Jekyll & Hyde has been seen on Broadway, but a new production of Frank Wildhorn’s rock opera — headlined by American Idol and Rock of Ages breakout Constantine Maroulis — promises to bring the thrills when it hits the Great White Way in 2013 after a national tour launching in San Diego this October.
Pulling double vocal duty as the genial Dr. Henry Jekyll and his murderous alter ego Edward Hyde, Maroulis will share the stage with R&B superstar Deborah Cox, who plays altruistic prostitute Lucy. “It’s going to be sexy dangerous,” says director Jeff Calhoun (Newsies). “That’s what I’m going for.” EW is excited to bring you the first look at Maroulis as Hyde and Cox as Lucy in the new production: READ FULL STORY
The Ricky Martin-led revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita will kick off its first national tour in the fall at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island (although the inclusion of Martin on the tour is relatively unlikely). As Evita finds out what’s new with rural Rhode Island, the vivid, imaginative Peter and the Starcatcher will be set sail on its first tour at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado in August.
Nice work, Nice Work! (I’ve been holding on to that gem for a while.) Following an announcement yesterday that Once will hit the road, producers of fellow Best Musical nominee Nice Work If You Can Get It have announced their own plans to launch a national tour in the fall of 2013.
The Kelli O’Hara/Matthew Broderick-led homage to musicals past received a whopping 10 Tony Award nominations this year, which no doubt contributed to its sizable box office bump in the week succeeding the nomination announcement.
For those keeping score of this year’s crop of Best Musical nominees, that’s two national tours, one closing notice (the Bible thumpin’ Leap of Faith) and one wild card: Disney’s Newsies, which has long been expected to announce tour plans. Given the uptick of nominee news, don’t be surprised if that headline happens sooner rather than later.
Tour dates and destinations for Nice Work have not yet been announced.
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