Roger Rees, who won a Tony Award for his role in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, will take over Nathan Lane’s role as Gomez Addams in Broadway’s The Addams Family, beginning March 22, 2011. Rees will star alongside his good pal and longtime professional colleague Bebe Neuwirth, who originated the role of Morticia Addams when the show began its pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago in November 2009. Rees and Neuwirth co-starred for several years on the NBC sitcom Cheers—Neuwirth as Dr. Lilith Sternin Crane and he as Robin Colcord—and recently worked together on the Kurt Weill revue Here Lies Jenny. Lane’s final performance will be March 6, 2011.
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George Clooney will direct and star in The Ides of March, an adaptation of the 2008 Broadway play Farragut North by Beau Willimon, reports Variety. Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood have been cast in the drama, which focuses on a political press spokesman (Gosling) who works for a Democratic presidential candidate (Clooney) and tangles with a rival campaign manage (Giamatti), a reporter (Tomei) and an alluring intern (Wood). Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov wrote the screenplay with help from Willimon.
Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights will play its final Broadway performance Jan. 9 after three years and 1,185 performances. Star Lin-Manuel Miranda will return to the Tony-nominated role of Usnavi for a final run starting on Christmas Day at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Tony-winning writer Joseph Stein, who penned the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof and its subsequent film adaptation, died Sunday in Manhattan after complications from a fall, according to the AP. Stein, who had also been hospitalized for treatment of prostate cancer, was 98.
Chris Rock will make his Broadway debut in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play The Motherf**ker with the Hat next spring, alongside Bobby Cannavale, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra, and Yul Vázquez. Performances of the 14-week engagement begin March 22, 2011, with an opening set for April 11 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. According to a release from the production, Motherf–r is a “high-octane, verbal cage match about love, fidelity, and misplaced haberdashery.” The story centers on a love story between Cannavale’s Jackie and Rodriguez’s Veronica, who have been in love since eighth grade. Out on parole and living sober, Jackie is getting help from his sponsor Ralph D, who Rock will portray.
Donny and Marie Osmond will head to Broadway’s Marquis Theatre this December for a 12-performance run in Donny & Marie — A Broadway Christmas. The holiday-themed show, which will run from Dec. 9 through Dec. 19, marks the first time the sibling performers have appeared together on a Broadway stage. Donny Osmond has previously played Gaston in a Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast, while Marie Osmond starred in a Broadway revival of The King and I.
John C. Reilly (Cyrus) has joined Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the Tony-winning play, God of Carnage. A rep for the Oscar-nominee (Chicago) confirmed that he’d play Jodie Foster’s husband, joining Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) in the story of two couples who collide after their sons cross paths in a violent schoolyard fracas. Though the original play was set in Brooklyn, the production will not be filmed there, as Polanski’s fugitive status prevents him from working in the United States.
Tom Bosley, the stage and screen actor best known for his role as Mr. Cunningham on Happy Days, passed away today at 83 years old. Friends and celebrity fans have taken to their Twitter accounts to pay tribute to the late actor. Here’s what they’ve posted:
Scott Baio: “Thanks Tvan @TMZ for the call. Mr. Tom Bosley will be missed by many. He was a great actor, teacher and man.”
Neil Patrick Harris: “Sad news: Tom Bosley has passed away. Such a wonderful man. We worked together in Cabaret on Broadway. So kind. He will be missed…”
Patton Oswalt: “Pour out some Schlotz for Mr. C, everyone”
Adam S. Baldwin: “R.I.P. Tom Bosley… “
Alyssa Milano: “Rest in peace, Tom Bosley”
Rob Sheffield: “RIP Tom Bosley aka Mr. C You’re the only guy in any Natalie Wood movie who’s halfway nice to her (cf. “Love with the Proper Stranger”)”
GK Films, the new production company from producer Graham King (The Departed, The Town), has nabbed the feature film rights to the Tony award winning mega-hit musical Jersey Boys, according to Deadline New York. About the seemingly overnight success of the Four Seasons (i.e. Frankie Vallie, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi) in the 1960s, the film will include the group’s hit songs, like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Oh What a Night.” The screenplay will be written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, who wrote the book of the show. Vallie and Gaudio will exec. produce.
The producers behind Broadway’s West Side Story announced via press release that the musical would stage its final performance Jan. 2, 2011. Before then, however, the West Side Story revival will boast the distinction of being the longest-running incarnation of the show, playing 732 performances as of Dec. 20, 2010. By the time it closes, West Side Story would have played 748 shows.
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