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Exclusive: The cast of Broadway's 'It's Only a Play' reenacts Ellen's Oscar selfie

Imagine if Jennifer Lawrence were Rupert Grint.

Okay, now take that one step further and replace Ellen DeGeneres with Matthew Broderick, Bradley Cooper with Nathan Lane, Angelina Jolie with Megan Mullally, Meryl Streep with Stockard Channing, and so on and so forth. See what we’re getting at?

Ellen’s epic Oscar selfie gets sent up, Broadway style, in the first look at the upcoming comedy It’s Only a Play. The production examines the frantic behind-the-scenes antics of a new Broadway show and the eccentric creative and business types behind it. The link to Ellen’s selfie is directly inspired by a moment in the revised script by Terrence McNally, who has refreshed the play for the 2014 audience.

Given the starry cast (not to mention the reunion of The Producers pair Lane and Broderick), expect It’s Only a Play to be one of this fall’s hottest tickets. F. Murray Abraham and newcomer Micah Stock round out the cast of the Jack O’Brien-directed Broadway play, which will open on October 9 for a limited 18-week engagement at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Previews begin August 28.

Larry David heads to Broadway in new play by Larry David

Amp up your enthusiasm—Larry David is coming to Broadway.

EW has confirmed that the Emmy-winning Seinfeld co-creator and star of Curb Your Enthusiasm will make his Broadway debut—two debuts, in fact, for acting and writing—in the 2014-15 season in his first play Fish in the Dark.

According to The New York Times, which first reported the news, David’s play is an ensemble comedy (about 15 characters) centering on a death in a family. David tells the Times that he’ll play “somebody very similar to Larry David—it might even be Larry David with a different name.”

Fish in the Dark will play an unnamed Shubert theater and will open in March 2015. Scott Rudin will produce with Anna D. Shapiro, who’s currently at the helm of the upcoming Michael Cera-led play This Is Our Youth, on board to direct.

The news of David’s debut comes after multiple false rumors emerged about the project in the past few months, including one naming Jerry Seinfeld as actor or director (David tells the Times that was never the case) and another citing the play’s title as Shiva.

David briefly dabbled in Broadway in Curb‘s season-four storyline, wherein his character landed the lead role in Mel Brooks’ smash musical The Producers and subsequently forgot his lines during the opening night performance. David’s stint with theater on the cable series largely did not inspire him to try Broadway in the real world, but his involvement with Fish in the Dark will almost certainly delay another season of Curb, should David decide to pursue it.

Helen Mirren to rule Broadway as Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Audience'

And she’ll always be royal (royal).

Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren will make her return to Broadway this spring as Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan’s The Audience, directed by Stephen Daldry.

Mirren earned an Academy Award for playing Elizabeth in 2006’s The Queen, which was also written by Morgan. Mirren earned the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play for the role when The Audience played a record-breaking run in London’s West End in 2013. READ FULL STORY

Broadway 'Love Letters' casts Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Anjelica Huston

The first Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney’s seminal epistolary play has assembled a high-profile cast for a series of limited engagements this fall.

Love Letters remains one of theater’s most enduring romances of the past 25 years, having first opened in New Haven, Connecticut, in November 1988. The show paints a portrait of two friends—Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III—who have exchanged letters for over 50 years, having spent a lifetime discussing their greatest hopes and deepest disappointments.

Directed by Gregory Mosher, Love Letters will feature a rotating ensemble of players who will star in the two-person romance, opening Sept. 18 at the Nederlander Theatre. The cast schedule is as follows: READ FULL STORY

Soon you'll be able to see James Franco in 'Of Mice and Men' on screen

The hit Broadway production of Of Mice and Men is galloping to a close this Sunday. But the very idea of James Franco and Chris O’Dowd playing iconic ranchhands George and Lennie will live on forever, as National Theatre Live has announced plans to film and internationally broadcast the Anna D. Shapiro-directed revival.

Of Mice and Men—which also stars Gossip Girl alum Leighton Meester, True Blood alum Jim Parrack, and stage veteran Jim Norton—will be the first Broadway show filmed by the company. Screening dates will be announced later this year.

National Theatre Live’s M.O. is to film productions—typically the starrier, more memorable ones based in the UK—and screen them in cinemas and on digital platforms. The company began in June 2009, broadcasting Helen Mirren’s Phedre, and has since preserved War Horse, Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller in Frankenstein, and Tom Hiddleston’s Coriolanus, among dozens of others.

Of Mice and Men opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on July 20, and became the first production of the spring to recoup its full investment after twelve weeks.

Rupert Grint to make Broadway debut in 'It's Only a Play' -- EXCLUSIVE

Another Harry Potter star is coming to Broadway.

Rupert Grint, best known for playing Ron Weasley in the blockbuster Harry Potter film franchise, will make his Broadway debut this fall in Terrence McNally’s starry comedy It’s Only a Play.

Grint joins an A-list cast that includes Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, Megan Mullally, F. Murrary Abraham and newcomer Micah Stock. Jack O’Brien will direct the limited 17-week engagement, which opens at Broadway’s Schoenfeld Theatre on October 9. READ FULL STORY

Jake Gyllenhaal sets his sights on Broadway in 'Constellations'

Not one but two Gyllenhaals will tread the Broadway boards this season.

Jake Gyllenhaal will make his Broadway debut in the U.S. premiere of Nick Payne’s Olivier-nominated play Constellations. Payne also wrote If There Is I Haven’t Found it Yet, the play in which Gyllenhaal made his New York stage debut in 2012 at the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Directed by Michael Longhurst, Constellations tells the story of two strangers who continue to meet by chance under the parallel universe framework of string theory. Press notes describe the piece as “an explosive new play about the boundless potential of a first encounter, free will, and friendship.” 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

18 context-free quotes from the Tony Awards red carpet

What happens on the Tony Awards red carpet? Fans cheer, stars schmooze, and TV stars get closer to an EGOT.

This year, Radio City Music Hall was packed with an array of celebs who showed up to demonstrate their love for the theater. EW hit the red carpet to ask some of the ceremony attendees about their current show, the show that gave them their biggest theater education, their big stars, their little selves…really, just anything having to do with the stage. Below, enjoy 18 quotes we heard about the wonderful world of theater. READ FULL STORY

Hugh Jackman sets dates for Broadway return in 'The River'

Hugh Jackman on Broadway is a hot enough ticket. Hugh Jackman on Broadway in one of Broadway’s smallest theaters? Go form a line outside now, why don’t you?

The Tony-winning actor will return to the stage this fall in The River, a new play (in the States, at least) by Jez Butterworth and directed by Ian Rickson. Also starring Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo, the intimate production will begin previews on October 31 at the Circle in the Square Theatre (current home to Audra McDonald’s Tony-nominated turn in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill). Opening night is slated for November 16; the engagement will play a strictly limited 13-week engagement through January 25, 2015.

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