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Al Pacino's 'Merchant of Venice' headed to Broadway

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.

'Major League' actor James Gammon dies at 70

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 GunsmokeThe 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.

Melissa Gilbert to undergo surgery

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 box office on the rise

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.

Also: ‘Next Fall’ is Broadway’s first post-Tony casualty; what’s next?

Pee-wee Herman returning to the big screen, thanks to Judd Apatow

pee-wee-hermanImage Credit: Kevin Scanlon/Getty ImagesJudd Apatow is developing a new feature film about Pee-wee Herman, actor Paul Reubens’ joyfully spastic alter-ego, 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.

David Duchovny to make New York stage debut in Neil Labute play

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, Vanessa Redgrave to star in 'Driving Miss Daisy' on Broadway

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.

Tony Awards: Ladies and gentlemen, your 2010 winners are...

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…

Best Play

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

Best Musical

American Idiot



Million Dollar Quartet

WINNER: Memphis

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

WINNER: Memphis

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

WINNER: Memphis

Best Revival of a Play


Lend Me a Tenor

The Royal Family

A View from the Bridge

WINNER: Fences

Best Revival of a Musical

Finian’s Rainbow

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

Best Choreography

Rob Ashford, Promises, Promises

Bill T. Jones, Fela!

Lynne Page, La Cage aux Folles

Twyla Tharp, Come Fly Away

WINNER: Bill T. Jones, Fela!

Best Orchestrations

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, Daniel Radcliffe to present at Tonys

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.

Also: Tony Awards: EW picks the winners

'Avenue Q' creator remembers Gary Coleman, says there will be changes to show

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.”

More Gary Coleman:
Gary Coleman dies at 42
Gary Coleman: Five memorable moments from ‘Diff’rent Strokes’
Friends and co-stars remember Gary Coleman

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