The Associated Press reports the current Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, will move to Broadway following its eight-week run in Central Park. The production will open Oct. 19 at New York’s Broadhurst Theatre and run through Jan. 9. Pacino is currently playing Shylock in the Shakespeare comedy.
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Gruff-voiced character actor James Gammon, perhaps best known as Cleveland Indians manager Lou Brown in the 1989 big-screen comedy Major League, died Friday in Costa Mesa, Calif., after a battle with cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 70 years old. The Illinois native boasted a lengthy Hollywood resume, with film credits including Urban Cowboy, The Milagro Beanfield War, Ironweed, Silverado, Major League II, and Cold Mountain. He played the father of Don Johnson’s character on Nash Bridges from 1996 to 2001, and guest-starred on TV shows such as Gunsmoke, The Waltons, Charlie’s Angels, Homefront, and Grey’s Anatomy. Gammon also made his mark on the stage, starring in a host of Sam Shepard plays and co-founding the MET Theater in Los Angeles; he earned a Tony nomination for his role in a 1996 Broadway production of Shepard’s Buried Child.
Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert, who spent the past few months on the road touring with a stage version of the TV hit, will undergo surgery July 22 for a “broken back,” the actress told People. During the procedure, doctors will “replace a disc with a plastic implant and fuse a vertebra in her lower spine.” Gilbert will fully recover six months after the surgery. It’s not clear how Gilbert suffered the injury, but she told People she had felt pain during the tour, which finished in early July. “I would balk and fight it and say, ‘I’ve got to do the show,’” she said. “I thought doing a musical at 46 playing a woman in her late 20s, early 30s was amazing enough. But doing with a broken back buys me a little more street cred.”
Broadway ticket sales saw a boost last week, with a nearly across-the-boards increase at the box office, Variety reports. Denzel Washington’s Tony-winning performance helped fill seats for the revival of the August Wilson play Fences, which posted an impressive $1,175,626 during the final week of its run. Disney’s The Lion King also did very well; its $1,634,367 marked the long-running production’s strongest non-holiday take ever. Overall, Broadway saw a $450,000 increase from the week before.
according to Variety. Reubens is writing the script with actor-writer Paul Rust (I Love You, Beth Cooper), which Apatow will produce but not direct. Pee-wee has been enjoying a resurgence of late, thanks to Reubens’ Los Angeles revival of the original 1981 stage show that first launched the character, which is set to move to Broadway for a limited run starting in previews Oct 26. Reubens has been open about his hope that the new stage production would help build enough buzz for a new Pee-wee movie; he said in EW earlier this year that he had already written two screenplays.Judd Apatow is developing a new feature film about Pee-wee Herman, actor Paul Reubens’ joyfully spastic alter-ego,
David Duchovny is set to make his New York stage debut in Neil Labute’s new play The Break of Noon at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on October 28. According to the press release, the Californication star will play John Smith, “a man who, amidst the chaos and horror of the worst office shooting in American history, sees the face of God. … A newcomer to faith, John urgently searches for a modern response to the age-old question: at what cost salvation?” Labute’s (The Shape of Things) longtime collaborator Jo Bonney will direct.
James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave will star in a new Broadway production of Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy, it was announced via press release. The production is set to open Oct. 25, 2010, following a short preview period. This will be the play’s Broadway debut; it had a successful Off-Broadway run before being adapted into the film starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy in 1989.
Hollywood stormed Radio City Music Hall at this year’s Tony Awards, as bold-faced names more regularly associated with the silver screen walked away with the lion’s share of the evening’s statuettes, including Denzel Washington, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Scarlett Johansson. Meanwhile, the American rock n’ roll story Memphis won for Best Musical and the British artworld production, Red, won Best Play and five other Tonys. Read on for the full list of nominees and winners…
In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play, Sarah Ruhl
Next Fall, Geoffrey Nauffts
Red, John Logan
Time Stands Still, Donald Margulies
WINNER: Red, John Logan
Million Dollar Quartet
Best Book of a Musical
Everyday Rapture, Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott
Fela!, Jim Lewis & Bill T. Jones
Memphis, Joe DiPietro
Million Dollar Quartet, Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
The Addams Family, Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa
Enron, Music: Adam Cork, Lyrics: Lucy Prebble
Fences, Music: Branford Marsalis
Memphis, Music: David Bryan, Lyrics: Joe DiPietro, David Bryan
Best Revival of a Play
Lend Me a Tenor
The Royal Family
A View from the Bridge
Best Revival of a Musical
La Cage aux Folles
A Little Night Music
WINNER: La Cage aux Folles
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Jude Law, Hamlet
Alfred Molina, Red
Liev Schreiber, A View from the Bridge
Christopher Walken, A Behanding in Spokane
Denzel Washington, Fences
WINNER: Denzel Washington, Fences
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Viola Davis, Fences
Valerie Harper, Looped
Linda Lavin, Collected Stories
Laura Linney, Time Stands Still
Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family
WINNER: Viola Davis, Fences
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Kelsey Grammer, La Cage aux Folles
Sean Hayes, Promises, Promises
Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles
Chad Kimball, Memphis
Sahr Ngaujah, Fela!
WINNER: Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, Finian’s Rainbow
Montego Glover, Memphis
Christiane Noll, Ragtime
Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture
Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music
WINNER: Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
David Alan Grier, Race
Stephen McKinley Henderson, Fences
Jon Michael Hill, Superior Donuts
Stephen Kunken, Enron
Eddie Redmayne, Red
WINNER: Eddie Redmayne, Red
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Maria Dizzia, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Rosemary Harris, The Royal Family
Jessica Hecht, A View from the Bridge
Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge
Jan Maxwell, Lend Me a Tenor
WINNER: Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Kevin Chamberlin, The Addams Family
Robin De Jesús, La Cage aux Folles
Christopher Fitzgerald, Finian’s Rainbow
Levi Kreis, Million Dollar Quartet
Bobby Steggert, Ragtime
WINNER: Levi Kreis, Million Dollar Quartet
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Barbara Cook, Sondheim on Sondheim
Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises
Angela Lansbury, A Little Night Music
Karine Plantadit, Come Fly Away
Lillias White, Fela!
WINNER: Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises
Best Scenic Design of a Play
John Lee Beatty, The Royal Family
Alexander Dodge, Present Laughter
Santo Loquasto, Fences
Christopher Oram, Red
WINNER: Christopher Oram, Red
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Marina Draghici, Fela!
Christine Jones, American Idiot
Derek McLane, Ragtime
Tim Shortall, La Cage aux Folles
WINNER: Christine Jones, American Idiot
Best Costume Design of a Play
Martin Pakledinaz, Lend Me a Tenor
Constanza Romero, Fences
David Zinn, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Catherine Zuber, The Royal Family
WINNER: Catherine Zuber, The Royal Family
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Marina Draghici, Fela!
Santo Loquasto, Ragtime
Paul Tazewell, Memphis
Matthew Wright, La Cage aux Folles
WINNER: Marina Draghici, Fela!
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, Hamlet
Neil Austin, Red
Mark Henderson, Enron
Brian MacDevitt, Fences
WINNER: Neil Austin, Red
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, American Idiot
Donald Holder, Ragtime
Nick Richings, La Cage aux Folles
Robert Wierzel, Fela!
WINNER: Kevin Adams, American Idiot
Best Sound Design of a Play
Acme Sound Partners, Fences
Adam Cork, Enron
Adam Cork, Red
Scott Lehrer, A View from the Bridge
WINNER: Adam Cork, Red
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Jonathan Deans, La Cage aux Folles
Robert Kaplowitz, Fela!
Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen, A Little Night Music
Dan Moses Schreier, Sondheim on Sondheim
WINNER: Robert Kaplowitz, Fela!
Best Direction of a Play
Michael Grandage, Red
Sheryl Kaller, Next Fall
Kenny Leon, Fences
Gregory Mosher, A View from the Bridge
WINNER: Michael Grandage, Red
Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Memphis
Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime
Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles
Bill T. Jones, Fela!
WINNER: Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles
Rob Ashford, Promises, Promises
Bill T. Jones, Fela!
Lynne Page, La Cage aux Folles
Twyla Tharp, Come Fly Away
WINNER: Bill T. Jones, Fela!
Jason Carr, La Cage aux Folles
Aaron Johnson, Fela!
Jonathan Tunick, Promises, Promises
Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis
WINNER: Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis
Katie Holmes and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe are booked as presenters at Sunday’s 64th annual Tony Awards, People reports. The duo will present the best featured actress award at the ceremony, which will broadcast live from New York’s Radio City Music Hall with host Sean Hayes. Holmes made her Broadway debut as Ann in the 2008 production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. Radcliffe made his Broadway debut in the play Equus in 2008, following a run in London’s West End. He is now set to star as J. Pierrepont Finch in next year’s revival of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Jeff Marx, who conceived the Broadway musical Avenue Q with Robert Lopez, called up EW to remember Gary Coleman, and discuss some of the changes they would instill in their show, which boasts a character named for the late actor. “It’s a very sad day for all of us,” Marx says. “And we’re really sorry to hear this. We all were inspired by him for many, many years.”
Marx says that the show decided to alter some of the lines in the script, since they seem “inappropriate” now, but the show will go on. Marx says Avenue Q has even planned a tribute to Coleman, which will follow Friday night’s showing at New World Stages and be headed by the actress who plays Coleman, Danielle K. Thomas. “We all grew up watching and enjoying his work, and it’s just very sad to hear.”
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