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'Of Mice and Men': Chris O'Dowd on laughing with James Franco and killing Leighton Meester (on stage)

You recognize him from Bridesmaids, The IT Crowd, Family Tree, Girls and plenty more, but Irish comic Chris O’Dowd has switched gears for his latest role.

He’s playing Lennie, the gentle half of a pair of migrant ranch workers who lead John Steinbeck’s classic Depression-era novella Of Mice and Men. In the newest Broadway revival of the play, O’Dowd makes his Broadway debut opposite James Franco (as the pragmatic George) and Leighton Meester (as a seductive, nameless flirt) in the Anna D. Shapiro-directed production, which opens April 16 at the Longacre Theatre.

Above, check out an exclusive first look at one of the most famous scenes in the play, wherein Lennie and Curley’s wife share a fateful moment in a barn loft. Below, O’Dowd chats with EW about the nerves behind his Broadway debut and how he clicked with Franco and Meester. READ FULL STORY

Benedict Cumberbatch to play Hamlet on stage in London

The world’s most famous Cumberbatch will play perhaps history’s most famous prince in a new stage production.

Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch will star as Hamlet in a mounting of William Shakespeare’s tragedy that will play London’s Barbican Theatre in the West End for a 12-week run from August through October 2015.

Veteran producer Sonia Friedman’s shingle is behind the production, which will be directed by Lyndsey Turner. Turner recently impressed Broadway with a technically innovative revival of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal.

Cumberbatch last appeared on the West End stage in the National Theatre’s 2011 production of Frankenstein opposite Elementary star (and fellow Sherlock) Jonny Lee Miller, as directed by Danny Boyle.

Daniel Radcliffe on his dark Broadway return and why a movie-musical could be next

Few actors have managed to transcend the roles that made them famous the way Daniel Radcliffe has. Even before he hung up his Harry Potter robes, Radcliffe began undertaking a handful of challenging roles that were, whether intentional or not, significant departures from the boy wizard. Particularly when it comes to his work on stage, Radcliffe’s moves have been brave and bold, baring it all in Equus and charming audiences with surprising musical chops in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

His third time on Broadway is now at hand — he’ll star in Martin McDonagh’s pitch-black comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, which begins performances April 12 at the Cort Theatre — and Radcliffe is eager to get back to the stage. EW stole a few minutes of his time on the set of Frankenstein to chat about reprising his role, the lessons he’s picked up on Broadway, and what other role is at the top of his wish list.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You must have genuinely loved doing Cripple of Inishmaan in London to reprise it over here. What makes you most excited to pick up Billy’s hat again?
DANIEL RADCLIFFE: It was all in all a really, really great experience last year. I love the play, I’ve worked on Broadway shows twice now, and I love working and living in New York. It’s one of those situations where the chance to spend a lot of time in a city that I love doing a play that I love was really, really exciting. READ FULL STORY

Daniel Radcliffe in Broadway's 'The Cripple of Inishmaan': First look -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


After making a bold Broadway debut in the powerful equine drama Equus and following up with a singing, dancing stint in the glossy 1960s musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, the always astonishing Daniel Radcliffe is back for round three on the Broadway stage — in something completely, totally different.

Radcliffe willreprise his role as Billy in playwright Martin McDonagh’s 1996 black comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, which follows a disabled Irish boy (Radcliffe) who dreams of appearing in a documentary being filmed by a Hollywood crew on a nearby island (the real-life 1934 film Man of Aran). The can’t-miss production reunites the critically acclaimed cast who performed the show last year on London’s West End, as directed by Tony winner Michael Grandage.

“We were fortunate enough that we got a great reaction from London crowds, but I remember at the time really thinking, ‘God, this play, I really think it would go down so well in New York, and I really hope we get the chance to do it there,’” Radcliffe tells EW from the set of Frankenstein, which he’s shooting in England with James McAvoy. “And then it just didn’t look like it was going to happen, so when the opportunity came around again earlier this year, I just leapt at it. We had a great time doing it in London, and I’m pretty sure I can speak for everyone involved when I say that.”


Daniel Radcliffe will return to Broadway in 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'

If you didn’t get a chance to see Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in 2008′s Equus or the 2011 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, you’ve got another opportunity to catch the Boy Who Acted on the Great White Way.

Radcliffe will star in the title role in a Broadway mounting of Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, reprising his role from last year’s West End revival at the Noel Coward Theater. The entire cast from the Michael Grandage-directed revival will transfer to Broadway, where it will follow Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen’s double-header Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land at the Cort Theater.

The Cripple of Inishmaan tells the story of a young handicapped boy from a small community off the coast of Ireland who dreams of Hollywood when a film crew arrives to make a documentary about a neighboring island. The cast includes Ingrid Craigie, Padraic Delaney, Sarah Greene, Gillian Hanna, Gary Lilburn, Conor MacNeill, Pat Shortt and June Watson.

The new production will run from April 12 through July 20, with opening night scheduled for April 20 (just in time to make the cut-off for Tony Award nomination eligibility on April 24). In an interesting bit of ticketing news, the production will make 10,000 tickets available for $27 during the limited run.

Chloe Grace Moretz to star in Steven Soderbergh-directed play about gun violence

Movie starlet Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-AssHugo) is set to make her New York theater acting debut in a new drama directed by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh.

The Library, which will premiere this spring at Off Broadway’s Public Theater, is a world premiere drama from frequent Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns, who penned Side Effects, ContagionThe Bourne Ultimatum and the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

The play explores the effects of gun violence on high school student Caitlin (Moretz). After she survives a deadly shooting at her school, Caitlin struggles to relay the story to her parents and the police, even as conflicting stories about the event make their way into the media.

“I wanted to write a play about the stories we tell each other in the face of calamity — the pretty lies and the brutal truths,” Burns said in a release. “This is something Steven and I have discussed over the last decade while making movies. What is the value of the truth? What is the cost of a lie? How does a story drift as it moves through time?”

Soderbergh and Burns will both make their New York theatrical debuts with the piece, which runs from March 25 through April 27 at the Public (official opening night is April 15).

Broadway's 'The Realistic Joneses' sets dates with Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei, and Tracy Letts

Star wattage will be in full supply in Will Eno’s new play The Realistic Joneses, which producers announced will begin preview performances in mid-March in anticipation of an April 6 opening night on Broadway.

Toni Collette (Hostages), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Tracy Letts (Homeland), and Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny) will all star in the comedy about Bob and Jennifer Jones (Letts and Collette) and their new neighbors, John and Pony Jones (Hall and Tomei), two suburban couples who share much more than a surname when their relationships begin to intertwine.

Each of the four actors has a theatrical pedigree: Emmy winner Collette was a 2000 Tony nominee for LaChiusa’s The Wild Party; Hall appeared in the musicals Cabaret and Chicago and a handful of well-received off-Broadway dramas; Oscar winner Tomei starred on Broadway in Top GirlsSalome, and Wait Until Dark; and Letts is a Tony-winning actor (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and playwright (August: Osage County).

The Realistic Joneses will be directed by Sam Gold and will play a Shubert theater to be announced. The show first bowed at Yale Rep in 2012. The play was announced for Broadway in fall 2013.

'Kung Fu' dancers get a kick in rehearsal from 'So You Think You Can Dance' choreographer Sonya Tayeh -- VIDEO

Would Mary and Nigel give Kung Fu a ticket on the hot tamale train? Quite likely!

Off Broadway’s Signature Theatre is hosting the world premiere of Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang’s new biographical play Kung Fu, starring So You Think You Can Dance season nine standout Cole Horibe as martial arts legend Bruce Lee. For the buzzy role, Horibe is one of EW’s stars to watch in 2014Spring Awakening and Glee alum Phoebe Strole will play Lee’s wife Linda. READ FULL STORY

James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in 'Of Mice and Men' on Broadway: See the poster


Surely one of this spring’s most interesting new productions on Broadway is the forthcoming revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in their Broadway debuts.

Take a look above at the new poster for the classic play, which also stars Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester (as Curley’s Wife) and Tony winner Jim Norton (as ranch hand Candy) in the production helmed by award-winning director Anna D. Shapiro. In the poster, Franco and O’Dowd are front and center in their iconic roles as George and Lennie (respectively), two migrant workers in search of a better life during the Great Depression. The revival will mark the first time in 40 years that Broadway will host Steinbeck’s masterpiece about the American dream; the first Broadway production opened in 1937, and the first revival ran in the 1974-75 season.

Of Mice and Men will begin previews on March 19, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre, with opening night set for April 16 and the limited engagement set to conclude on July 27.

'Harry Potter' on stage: Why it might be the last good thing

If we were ever led to believe that our Harry Potter experience would end after the final page in the books or final frame in the films, recent history has proven otherwise. The years since J.K. Rowling’s devastating last pen stroke (or what I believed was her last) have since borne a decadence of extensions of the Potter realm, including three theme parks, a film spin-off, an encyclopedia, a pop-up museum tour, copious video games (several of the Lego variety), novel re-releases, and a sort of online interactive e-book kind of thing (does anybody really know what Pottermore is these days?).

Today’s news marks the latest development in the Potter world, and it’s quite a doozy. Rowling is on board to co-produce — not write, but co-produce — a stage play on London’s West End based on Harry’s younger days. The official synopsis is that it’s the “previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast,” which leaves little wiggle room for interpretation that it’ll find young Harry inhabiting the cupboard under the stairs. This appears to be the implied setting, considering the rest of Harry’s journey is, well, the not-previously-untold story.

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