Another great cast for a show about a show

What a cast, Part 2!!

Matthew Broderick.

Matthew  Broderick (left) and Nathan Lane star in the new comedy about producing a Broadway show "It's Only a Play."
Matthew Broderick (left) and Nathan Lane star in the new comedy about producing a Broadway show “It’s Only a Play.”/Courtesy TV Guide

Nathan Lane.

Rupert Grint.

F. Murray Abraham.

Stockard Channing.

Megan Mullally.

“It’s Only a Play,” written by Terrence McNally, directed by Jack O’Brien, is another limited run — performances Sept. 4 through Jan. 4.

According to the play’s website:

“It’s opening night of Peter Austin’s (Matthew Broderick) new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his best friend, a television star (Nathan Lane),his fledgling producer (Megan Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Stockard Channing), his wunderkind director (Rupert Grint), an infamous drama critic (F. Murray Abraham), and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant (Micah Stock) on his first night in Manhattan.”

Sounds hysterical. Actually, it sounds a little bit like the Marx Brothers’ movie “Room Service.”

 

 

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Neil Patrick Harris Will Go From “Hedwig” to “Freak Show”

Neil Patrick Harris in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Looks like he's joining the "American Horror Story" franchise./Courtesy of Hedwig
Neil Patrick Harris in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Looks like he’s joining the “American Horror Story” franchise./Courtesy of Hedwig

According to Variety, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” headliner Neil Patrick Harris penned a letter to Ryan Murphy, the brains behind “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” saying he wanted to appear on the TV series.

Murphy then tweeted the Tony winner: “of course you can be on Freak Show! I have a role I think you’d love.”

Catch Harris in “Hedwig” on Broadway through Aug. 17.

Edward Albee back on Broadway with stellar cast

What a cast! Glenn Close. John Lithgow. Lindsay Duncan. Bab Balaban. Clare Higgins. Martha Plimpton.

All are on board for Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance.” Albee won a Pulitzer Prize for the dark comedy. It’s a limited run — Oct. 22 through Feb. 22  — at the Golden Theatre, and is directed by  Pam MacKinnon who earned a Tony at the helm of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” It’s Scott Rudin’s second show this season. His “A Raisin in the Sun” starring Denzel Washington sold out.

It’s at the Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th, St.

For more info and to order tkts, click here.

To read a bunch of articles about Albee in The New York Times, click here. 

Edward Albee/Courtesy The New York Times
Edward Albee/Courtesy The New York Times

 

Dr. Watson a better fit than Richard III

He is perhaps best known for portraying Tim Canterbury in “The Office,” Dr. John Watson in “Sherlock,” and Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit.” .

Now Martin Freeman earlier this week was twice nominated for Emmy awards.

Martin Freeman/Wikipedia
Martin Freeman/Wikipedia

None of this, though, helped with the NY Times review of Freeman in the title role of “Richard III” in London directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Mr. Freeman, who just received Emmy nominations for his performances in“Fargo” and “Sherlock: His Last Vow,” is giving us a Richard who almost disappears before your eyes, even when he’s making orgasmic noises while strangling a victim with a telephone cord. That this is a man to be deeply and truly feared is suggested by all the evidence, except Mr. Freeman’s performance.

Here’s the rest of the review. 

 

‘Birdman’ film about mounting a Broadway show

‘Birdman’ film about mounting a Broadway show

Michael Keaton (right),   Zach Galifianakis and  Edward Norton star in "Birdman," a comedy scheduled for release Oct. 17.
Michael Keaton (right), Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton star in “Birdman,” a comedy scheduled for release Oct. 17.

Now this looks like a really cool idea. And it brings Michael Keaton back to the big screen. Instead of a Broadway play going to Hollywood, “A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.

The “Birdman” trailer is interesting, until the last 15 seconds or so. Maybe it’s a guy thing.

IMDB says scheduled for release in the fall.

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