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Curtiss Cook Joins Cast Of Thriller “Arbitrage” & Will Play Eddie In Bill T. Jones’ “Super Fly” Musical

Curtiss Cook (Shutter Island, How to Make it in America, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent) has signed on to join the cast of an upcoming Nicholas Jarecki drama/thriller film, titled Arbitrage. In the film, a troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him […]

Halle Berry Is No Longer Going To “The Mountaintop” On Broadway; But Samuel L. Jackson Is

First announced for a Broadway run last spring, Katori Hall’s award-winning play, The Mountaintop, imagines a meeting between an enigmatic hotel maid and Martin Luther King Jr, the night before his assassination. The play premiered in London in 2009 to much critical acclaim, selling out almost throughout its run. British actors David Harewood and Lorraine […]

Watch Video Of Chris Rock In Action In “Motherf**ker With The Hat;” Show Opens On Broadway TONIGHT!

Chris Rock will make his Broadway stage debut in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ new play The Motherfucker With the Hat TONIGHT at 6:30PM, when it officially opens at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. It’ll run for 15 weeks, provided it sells well, so who’s got tickets? Joining Rock in an ensemble cast of talents will be Bobby […]

“Sister Act” The Musical Begins Broadway Previews Today!

It must be theater day on Shadow And Act… As the heading says, Sister Act the stage musical, based on the movie of the same title, begins previews on Broadway today, March 24th. Watch the preview below, and head over to SisterActtheMusical for ticket info…

Tony Award-Winning Musical “Memphis” Heads To The Movies

Seems like this is becoming the thing to do nowadays… broadcasting stage plays/musicals, live, in movie theaters across the globe. I suppose it’s one way to get the shows to audiences who might be interested in seeing them, but either don’t live in the host cities, or can’t afford the usually pricey tickets for live […]

Looks Like Bill T. Jones’ Broadway Musical Adaptation Of “Super Fly” Is On The Fast Track (Details)

Last summer, we announced Tony Award winning choreographer and director, Bill T. Jones’ (Fela!) intent to bring Black Orpheus, Super Fly, Monsoon Wedding and Berry Gordy’s life story to the Broadway stage as musicals. I recall remarking that I could immediately picture a stage musical based on Black Orpheus – itself a harmonic piece of […]

Musical Version Of “The Bodyguard” In The Works…

We already told you about the planned remake of the film; this morning, I learned about a musical adaptation of the 1992 film, ‘The Bodyguard, that’s in the works! Producer David Ian has secured the stage rights to the film, which starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, with the goal being to open the show […]

Chris Rock Discusses His Broadway Debut In “Motherf**ker With The Hat”

This new look he’s sporting is for the film he’s shooting with Julie Delpy – a sequel to 2 Days In Paris, titled 2 Days In New York. I’ll be seeing The Motherf**ker With The Hat when it opens soon, so expect a review…

James Earl Jones Will Next Play A Former President In Broadway Revival Of Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man”

He’s currently co-starring in the successful Broadway debut of Driving Miss Daisy, alongside Vanessa Redgrave, but James Earl Jones already has his next gig lined up for when that show’s run ends. It’ll be another Broadway play, a revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. In it, Jones will next assume the role of Arthur […]

Broadway Play About Relationship Between Magic Johnson And Larry Bird In The Works

Hmmm… how peculiar… It was announced today that Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo – the producers of Lombardi, the currently-running Broadway play about the life and times of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi – are working on a new play called Magic/Bird, that will tell the tale of the lives, as well as the professional […]

First TV Spot For Chris Rock’s Broadway Debut, “Motherf**ker With The Hat”

Not much to see here… just a 15-second promo. I’ve written about the upcoming Broadway play (which will be Chris Rock’s stage debut) at least twice on this blog, so I won’t rehash. Click HERE to catch up. Tickets went on sale on January 19th. Previews begin March 15 at the Schoenfeld Theatre; official opening […]

Sanaa Lathan Will Star In Lynn Nottage’s Hollywood Screwball Play “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark”

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Lynn Nottage’s new play since winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for the Congolese civil war drama Ruined, has announced its star: Ms Sanaa Lathan! Sanaa will play the titular Vera Stark, described as “a black maid in Hollywood who pursues her dream of making it in the pictures […]

Tickets For “Motherf**ker With The Hat,” Chris Rock’s Broadway Debut, Go On Sale Tomorrow!

That was fast! It seems like it was just a few weeks ago when we announced that Chris Rock will make his Broadway stage debut in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ new play The Motherfucker With the Hat (No really, that’s what the play is called). Today, I learn that tickets to the upcoming Broadway show are […]

1950s Broadway Rock & Roll Miscegenation Musical “Memphis” Headed To Hollywood

Live productions of the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis, will be filmed in the coming weeks, for a planned nationwide theatrical run in this spring. Recall, last spring, I posted an entry announcing that the musical had drawn Hollywood’s interest – specifically, Justin Timberlake was said to be interested in adapting the musical to film, likely […]

Lee Daniels Wants To Make A Film Based On “Scottsboro Boys” Musical

The controversial Broadway musical, The Scottsboro Boys, will be closing on December 12, a lot earlier than expected, after running for just over a month, which isn’t very long at all. For a number of reasons (most notably concerns amongst audiences over the use of a racially-charged device – minstrelsy – to tell the racially-charged […]

Suzan-Lori Parks Reviving “Porgy & Bess”

A stage revival of George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward’s groundbreaking opera, Porgy and Bess, is coming in 2011, in a collaboration between Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) and Diane Paulus (the Tony Award-nominated director for her revival of Hair). Paulus will helm the production, with Diedre Murray composing, contemporizing and rearranging George […]

LIVE FELA Q&A w/ Patti LaBelle (Tomorrow Night)

Sorry, a bit last minute. Had meant to post this some time last week, but got wrapped up in the anticipation of that 31 minute music video. Tomorrow night, if there are still tickets available, check out a rare chance to speak to the world renowned Patti LaBelle and the rest of the cast of […]

Thoughts On “A Free Man Of Color” w/ Jeffrey Wright, Mos Def, Joseph Marcell & Others

So… I saw Jeffrey Wright, Mos Def, Nicole Beharie, Joseph Marcell, Paul Dano, and a host of other acclaimed talents in George C. Wolfe’s direction of John Guare’s sprawling stage drama A Free Man of Color. And even though this is primarily a film blog, given the names involved in this, it made sense to […]

Chris Rock Makes Broadway Debut In “The Motherfucker With the Hat”

Chris Rock will make his Broadway debut in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ new play The Motherfucker With the Hat. No really, that’s what the play is called. Joining Rock in an ensemble cast of talents will be Bobby Cannavale, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra and Yul Vazquez in what is being described as “ferocious play about love […]

Trailer For Broadway Production Of “The Scottsboro Boys”

Trailer for the upcoming Broadway musical, The Scottsboro Boys, based on the real-life case of 9 black teenage boys falsely accused of raping 2 white women, in 1931 Alabama, which ultimately provoked national outrage, helping to spark the Civil Rights movement. Originally an Off-Broadway show directed by Tony Award-winner and choreographer Susan Stroman, Broadway’s Lyceum […]

“Sister Act” Musical Headed To Broadway

As expected, Sister Act, the musical, will be getting the Broadway treatment. The stage musical based on the 1992 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, which has been a hit in London since it debuted there in 2009, will open at one of several Broadway theatres on April 20, 2011. Interestingly enough, none of the songs from […]

Jesse L. Martin (And Others) Join Al Pacino For “Merchant Of Venice” On Broadway

Another play to add to my “to-see” list of Broadway productions this fall… Jesse L. Martin will rejoin Al Pacino for the Broadway production of Merchant of Venice, coming to the Broadhurst Theatre, with previews beginning October 19. Martin will play Gratiano – friend of Bassanio, the play’s romantic lead. Gratiano also marries Nerissa (Portia’s […]

Give My Regards To Broadway…

Some Quickie Theater News… for those in NYC, or planning on being in NYC for any of these Broadway shows, all of which we’ve talked about on this blog. – First, if you needed more of a reason to see Broadway’s hottest musical, here’s another one… Ms. Patti Labelle has joined the cast of the […]

Media Materials For “Driving Miss Daisy” On Broadway (James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave)

We already told you this was coming, so no surprises, I hope; making its Broadway debut, a production Of Driving Miss Daisy, starring James Earl Jones & Vanessa Redgrave. Previews begin in about a month, October 7th. Below is an advert for it; underneath, Jones talks about the show; and at the very bottom is […]

Open Auditions This Saturday For The Broadway Production Of “Sister Act”

It’s currently running in London, and as we’ve already told you, it’s heading to Broadway next year. I’m of course talking about the Whoopi Goldberg-produced Sister Act stage musical. I just received the below info about an OPEN AUDITION for the role of Deloris, which will be held this Saturday, here in New York City […]