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Cameron: No Broadway for Me

Posted By LolaDub on Dec 15, 2008 at 9:07AM

Cameron Diaz may be the original Princess Fiona from the Shrek movies, but don't expect to see her donning that tiara onstage anytime soon.

''No. Absolutely not," she told reporterswhen asked if she'd consider reprising her role on Broadway at Shrek the Musical's debut in NYC Sunday night. "What they do up there... is, to me, impossible. It's wonderful, though. They've done such a great job. They worked really hard, and it really pays off.''

''It's hilarious,'' she adds of the goofy musical. ''There's so many laughs. ... It's great to see all the actors playing it together, because when we do it for the animated (films), we never see each other. We don't work together.''

Cam will be back as Princess Fiona in 2010 for the fourth Shrek film, along with Mike Myers as Shrek and Eddie Murphy as Donkey.


Hugh Jackman Heading Back to Broadway

Posted By LolaDub on Nov 28, 2008 at 9:44AM

The world's sexiest man is reportedly heading back to Broadway. According to sources at Fox News, Hugh Jackman is going to be playing Harry Houdini in a new musical on Broadway.

Fox News says that Jackman is already at work on the magic routines that will be part of the musical penned by Danny Elfman and two-time Tony nominee David Yazbek. There has been no official casting announced for the production.

Scott Sanders and David Rockwell will produce Houdini, which features a book by best-selling author, journalist and editor Kurt Andersen. Three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien is attached to direct; Rockwell will also design the sets.

Hugh is no stranger to the stage, as he's appeared in such productions as The Boy From Oz, Sunset Boulevard, Oklahoma, and Beauty and the Beast.

Thriller Musical In The Works

Posted By LolaDub on Nov 10, 2008 at 8:32AM

Thriller is being made into a musical! According to ThrillerLive.com, the show will debut in London’s West End on January 2nd, 2009 and The Lyric Theater.

Flying Music and Adrian Grant present Thriller Live, a stage and video spectacular celebrating the career of Michael Jackson. The show will feature over twenty performers, dancers, and a live band.

Songs will include I Want You Back, I’ll Be There, Can You Feel It, Rock With You, Billie Jean and more. Broadway giant James Nederlander is also reportedly looking to bring the show to the U.S.

Jeremy Piven Talks About Broadway Debut

Posted By LolaDub on Oct 24, 2008 at 7:45AM

You gotta hand it to the "Piv"... Since achieving world domination with his Emmy-winning role as Ari Gold on HBO's Entourage, Jeremy Piven has been stretching his fame as far as he can. And who wouldn't?

He's got a role in Guy Ritchie's new film RocknRolla (more on that later). And tonight, Piven makes his Broadway debut in David Mamet's classic play Speed the Plow, a production close to the actor's heart.

"David Mamet is a playwright who grew up in my hometown of Chicago," Piven tells Parade.com. "My father--no one actually knows this--was friends with David and he was the first person to give him money to start his Piven Theater Workshop. So there's a lot of personal history."

Piven, who comes from what he calls "a theater family" describes his Broadway debut as "my Olympics. I just hope I'm ready for eight shows a week."

Piven's self-deprecating side may seem out of character for a guy known mainly as the confident, brutally offensive agent Ari Gold on Entourage.

"I just am incredibly blessed that I get a chance to keep exploring the dualities of a tragically flawed, Type A wrecking ball," he says. "That's why I work so hard to try and get better. Once you kind of make friends with fear and understand that it's just a healthy energy, then you can walk right through it and just be totally present and give everything you have."

In Speed the Plow, Piven plays Bobby Gould, who's head of production at a Hollywood studio. Asked whether he finds any similarity between Gould and Ari, Piven says, "Maybe, but I think Bobby would be trying to calm Ari down. I kind of have to whip myself into a frenzy to get into the state of high energy that Ari has. Ari is always fascinating to me because he's so brutal and offensive, and at the same time, has so much love and is a monogamous husband and all these things. I'm having a blast and this season is more interesting than even the ones before it."

Audiences will next see Piven on the big screen in RocknRolla — a film getting a lot of press at the moment due to its director, Guy Ritchie's, divorce from wife, Madonna. Despite being a three-time Emmy winner, Piven says he still felt a little star-struck when Mrs. Ritchie visited the set.

"Madonna came on the set and it was kind of crazy because she was so low key, just sitting in a chair," he says. "At first nobody noticed her. But once you did, it was just like the energy in the room just completely blew out of control and you couldn't help staring."

Asked whether Guy was impressed with his Emmys, Piven said, "Are you kidding? Somebody asked him and he said, 'Who's Ari Gold?' I found out there isn't a lot of television watching allowed in their home."

While Madonna may still make him sweat, Piven is by far a bonified star in his own right. Yet the actor seems to be taking it all in stride.

"My father always said that being a star means that you have a choice. That's all it means," he says. "That you have a choice of what to do artistically. And I've never had a choice. And now I'm beginning to have choices. So if that's what being a star is, then I welcome that."


Dirty Dancing Heading To Broadway

Posted By LolaDub on Oct 23, 2008 at 6:08AM

One of the greatest movies of all time is headed to Broadway! Let’s hope they don’t butcher it. According to New York theater insiders, Dirty Dancing is heading to the big stage.

They’ve already done shows in Australia, England, and Canada, and those went so well, they’re trying their hand in NYC. But just to make extra sure the show is ready for Broadway, it’ll travel to LA, Chicago, and Boston first.

It’ll take the place of Hairspray over at the Neil Simon Theater which will end its run next year. Do you think it’ll work?

Anne Hathaway Headed To Broadway?

Posted By LolaDub on Oct 22, 2008 at 7:12AM

Anne Hathaway is the it girl right now! And you're the it girl these days, it means you're starring not only on the big screen, but on the big stage as well. Anne Hathaway is rumored to be the next Hollywood starlet to take on Broadway.

Apparently Anne was a part of a top secret full table read and sing-through of Promises, Promises at Playwright's Horizons Studio over the weekend.

The show hasn't been on the stage since 1968.

Also a part of the read-through was Sean Hayes from Will & Grace. The rumor buzzing is that Anne and Sean were phenomenal, and stunned the audience with both laughs and some tears. What a great duo they make! We hope to see both of them starring in this show before we know it

Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick on Broadway – One Night Only!

Posted By LolaDub on Oct 15, 2008 at 5:40AM

He usually stars with Nathan Lane, and she's aligned to Mr. Big. But for one night only this coming Sunday, real-life husband and wife Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker will be together – on the Great White Way – for the concert event Broadway Voices For Change.

Joining Tony winners Audra McDonald and Barbara Cook, Broderick and Parker will star in the benefit on behalf of America Votes, a political and organizing professionals' coalition of more than 40 of the most powerful national groups working together to increase progressive voter registration and turnout.

Tickets for the event, to be held at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 W. 45th St.), range from $50 to $99 (not including standard fees) and are available through Telecharge. Select premium and aisle seating available.

All My Sons Highest Grossing Broadway Play

Posted By LolaDub on Sep 30, 2008 at 9:40AM

For all the criticism Katie Holmes got prior to her Broadway debut, she's really proved people wrong! All My Sons was the top-grossing Broadway play for the week ending in September 28th.

The production brought in $684,002! Bad economy? What bad economy?That will definitely help things for the show, when it opens up officially on October 16th.

Will you go see Katie in her Broadway debut?



Fans Flock to Daniel Radcliffe’s Broadway Debut

Posted By LolaDub on Sep 26, 2008 at 10:38AM

Harry Potter can sure deliver a crowd. The theater community packed into Broadway's Broadhurst on Thursday night to watch Daniel Radcliffe's gala opening night in Equus.

Glenn Close, Lili Taylor and The Sixth Sense's Haley Joel Osment were among the those in the crowd for the much-anticipated revival of Peter Shaffer's drama about a young man with a pathological fascination with horses.

Osment, who himself is starring in upcoming Broadway revival – of David Mamet's 1976 American Buffalo – told PEOPLE, "I'm happy to be here supporting another great work of theater. It's a great season for Broadway."

Overall, Radcliffe enchanted the critics, who seemed less impressed by how the 1973 play has aged.

"The 19-year-old film star … steps into a mothball-preserved, off-the-rack part and wears it like a tailor's delight – that is, a natural fit that allows the room to stretch, " declares The New York Times.

The city's Daily News adds, "He's terrific and gives a passionate performance" as Alan Strang, the 17-year-old stable hand who worships – and blinds – six horses.

Opined The Washington Post: "Radcliffe's contribution "won't blow you away, it does get a basic job done." http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20229132,00.html

Spiderman The Musical Coming To Broadway

Posted By LolaDub on Sep 24, 2008 at 5:47AM

Spiderman the musical has been in the works for a long time, and it's finally coming to Broadway.

Say whatever you want about the concept of a comic strip being set to music, but Bono and U2 are writing the music, so it already sounds like a hit! In addition, the director of The Lion King, which killed it on Broadway, is set to direct.

The show is scheduled to come to the stage in 2009. And speaking of Spidey, there's still another installment of the movie being planned. That's supposed to be released in 2011.

They'd better hurry up and start shooting, because Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire are really kids any more!