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Off-Broadway League announces Lucille Lortel Awards nominations

The Barrow Street Theater was converted into a pie shop for the immersive staging of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."
The Barrow Street Theatre was converted into a pie shop for the immersive staging of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” nominated for seven Lucille Lortel Awards.

The new musical “Hadestown,” a folk opera produced by the New York Theatre Workshop, and the immersive “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” currently at the Barrow Street Theatre, each earned seven nominations in the 32nd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway, the Off-Broadway League  recently announced.

For plays, Paula Vogel’s “Indecent” and J.T. Rogers’” Oslo,” both currently on Broadway, each earned four  nominations, including for Outstanding Play.

Playwrights Horizons’ “A Life” also earned four nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play for star David Hyde Pierce and Outstanding Director Anne Kauffman, earning her fourth career Lortel Award nomination; as did MCC Theater’s “YEN,” including one for recent Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges for Outstanding Lead Actor.Lighting Designer Ben Stanton earned a nomination for the fifth consecutive year – and his seventh career nomination, including a win in 2011 – for his work on “YEN.” The newly added Outstanding Projection Design category netted a dual nomination for Peter Nigrini for his work on “Dear Evan Hansen” and  “Wakey, Wakey.”

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‘Downton Abbey’ actors cast in Disney’s remakes of animated films

Image of Dan Stevens, best known as Matthew Crawley and heir to the Downton Abbey estate,  has been cast as the Beast/Prince in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" movie.
Dan Stevens, best known as Matthew Crawley and heir to the Downton Abbey estate, has been cast as the Beast/Prince in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” movie. (Photo courtesy Milk Productions)

When Dan Stevens didn’t re-up his contract with “Downton Abbey,” departing via fatal car crash and leaving behind Lady Mary and his infant son, people thought he was crazy.  Well, he’s been cast as the male lead in Disney’s live musical interpretation of “Beauty and the Beast,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.  Who’s got the last laugh now?

He will play The Beast/Prince opposite Emma Watson as Belle.  The Reporter previous reported  Emma Thompson is  currently in talks to play Mrs. Potts, in the film. (Thompson in anything is brilliant casting! Did you watch he Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd”? To die for.  No, really.) To watch a video from the concert performance, click here.

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Lincoln Center ‘Sweeney Todd’ airs on PBS tonight

New TV shows and returning series used to be a big deal every Fall when I was growing up. Not so much any more with cable introducing new shows year-round and Netflix releasing entire series in one day. We can still count on PBS and Lincoln Center to come up with a Fall spectacular and it’s a New York Philharmonic concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s bloody musical “Sweeney Todd” airing 9-11:30 p.m. today (Sept. 26) on Channel 13 in New York. (Check local listings for air dates and times in other locations.)

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