Theatre

Queen Latifah Gets Title Role, Mary J. Blige Is the Wicked Witch in NBC’s ‘The Wiz’

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A great deal of interest was sparked when it was announced the NBC’s next live musical would be The Wiz (especially considering tepid ratings and responses to Peter Pan). Between the more socially relevant selection and the curious collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, the collective flame for the idea of a televised live musical had been somewhat rekindled. 
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From ‘Happy Days’ to ‘Eyes Wide Shut’: When Real Married Couples Play Fictional Spouses

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new production of Happy Days — the Samuel Beckett play that, through minimalist symbolism, portrays love fighting a losing battle against time, gendered expectations, and solipsism — stars a real-life married couple. Brooke Adams (Days of Heaven) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk) have followed the show from Boston Court Theatre to New York’s Flea Theater, for a run that ends July 18.
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James Bond’s Newest Weapon May Be Jazz Hands

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Will the next James Bond be Idris Elba, Damien Lewis or Joel Grey? Will the next Bond girl be Léa Seydoux…or Bernadette Peters? But really. Imagine Bernadette Peters — or better yet, Carol Channing — singing Madonna’s “Die Another Day.” Such fantasies would have formerly been nonsensical (and sure, still are), but you’ll soon be able to add speculation on the casting of a musical theatre James Bond to the mix of already abundant cinematic Bond casting rumors.
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J.K. Rowling Announces ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ — a Play Detailing the “Untold Part” of the Story

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Today is the 18th anniversary of the U.K. pub date of the first Harry Potter book. To celebrate, J.K. Rowling, who’s currently in the midst of working on the Harry Potter spinoff film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and potentially Ezra Miller), just announced an upcoming stage production titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will explore the “untold part” of the wizard’s young life. 
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Michael C. Hall Cast as Thomas Newton in Bowie’s ‘Man Who Fell to Earth’ Off Broadway Adaptation

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As many know, Dexter and Six Feet Under‘s Michael C. Hall is also a renowned musical theater actor, who most recently appeared in the Broadway production of Hedwig in the Angry Inch, and in the past was praised for his portrayal of the emcee in Cabaret. It’s now been announced that he’ll continue his career of uncharacteristically nuanced identity-themed musicals in the off-Broadway adaptation of Walter Tevis’ novel, The Man Who Fell to Earth, titled Lazarus.
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