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Seeing double: Mary-Louise Parker and Sally Murphy could pull off Tony Awards first with dual nominations

Seeing double: Mary-Louise Parker and Sally Murphy could pull off Tony Awards first with dual nominations
Mary-Louise Parker could add a second Tony Award to her mantle this year to join her 2001 trophy for “Proof.” After receiving rave reviews for her performance in “The Sound Inside,” industry watchers pegged her as the early Tony frontrunner for Lead Actress – Play. The only problem is that she will face stiff competition….from herself.

“The Sound Inside” marked the Broadway debut of the Pulitzer Prize finalist author Adam Rapp (“Red Light Winter”). Parker starred as college writing professor Bella, who lives a mostly solitary life. The only person she seems to have time for is the sole other character in the drama, Christopher (Will Hochman), one of her students. Bella brings the audience on an emotional journey as she deals with the emotional turmoil surrounding a cancer diagnosis. The hypnotic script gifted Parker with a meaty role (she never left the stage) full of dense language and complicated emotions.
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2020 Tony Award eligibility rulings Round 2: ‘The Inheritance,’ ‘Slave Play,’ and more

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the second time during the 2019-2020 Broadway season to discuss eligibility of eleven productions for the 2020 American Theatre Wing’s 74th Annual Tony Awards.

The productions considered were: “The Great Society,” “Slave Play,” “Linda Vista,” “The Rose Tattoo,” “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical,” “The Sound Inside,” “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical,” “The Inheritance,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Jagged Little Pill” and “My Name is Lucy Barton.”

The following determinations were made:

David Weiner (lighting designer) and Victoria Sagady (projection designer) will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Lighting Design of a Play category for their work on “The Great Society.”

Joaquina Kalukango will be considered eligible in the Lead Actress in a Play category for her performance in “Slave Play.”

Ian Barford will be considered eligible in the Lead Actor in a Play category for his performance in “Linda Vista.”

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2020 Broadway spring season preview of plays: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards?

As we are now about halfway through the Broadway season, and there are currently 12 productions of plays set to open this spring. Could we be seeing any of them contend at this year’s Tony Awards? Below, we recap the plot of each play as well as the awards history of its author, cast, creative types, the opening, and (where applicable) closing dates.

“My Name is Lucy Barton” (opens January 15; closes February 29)

In this stage adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s 2016 novel of the same name, the story follows the title character, who, unsteady after an operation, awakens to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings Lucy back to her desperate rural childhood and her escape to New York. As she begins to find herself as a writer, she is still gripped by the urgent complexities of family life.
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Tracy Letts on His Writing Routine and His Roles in ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ ‘Little Women’

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Tracy Letts on His Writing Routine and His Roles in ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ ‘Little Women’
Tracy Letts says he’s driven by the need to tell stories that showcase humanity. It’s a need that earned him a 2008 Pulitzer Prize for “August: Osage County” and led to his current Broadway play, “Linda Vista,” about a 50-year-old divorcé (played by Ian Barford) in the midst of a midlife crisis. Letts also brings the human touch to his acting roles; he won a Tony Award as George in the 2012 Broadway revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” His many on-screen credits include playing the dad of Saoirse Ronan’s character in Greta Gerwig’s Oscar-nominated film “Lady Bird.” Currently, Letts appears as Henry Ford II, heir to the Ford Motor Co., in James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari.”

How did you come to play the role of Henry Ford II?

James Mangold had talked to me about playing a part in a Patty Hearst movie. That project got abandoned,
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Armie Hammer, Jessie Mueller Among Large Broadway Cast Of Tracy Letts’ ‘The Minutes’; Premiere Set

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Broadway’s upcoming The Minutes by Tracy Letts has set its large cast with a roster that includes Armie Hammer, Jessie Mueller, Blair Brown and Letts himself in a production directed by Anna D. Shapiro, producers announced today.

The Letts-Shapiro pairing marks their first trip to Broadway since 2007 with their Pulitzer- and Tony-winning August: Osage County.

Previews for the 16-week limited engagement begin Feb. 25, 2020, at Broadway’s Cort Theatre, with an opening night of Sunday, March 15.

Letts, currently represented on Broadway with his play Linda Vista and last season starred in a revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, first staged The Minutes at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 2017.

The official synopsis: “The record-breaking hit production from Steppenwolf Theatre Company takes a look at the inner-workings of a city council meeting in the small town of Big Cherry – and the hypocrisy, greed, and ambition that follow. This powerful,
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‘Linda Vista’: Tracy Letts returns to Broadway as playwright with ‘inspired’ and ‘ruthless’ drama

Although a familiar face to Broadway audiences of late as an actor, Tracy Letts (he starred in a Tony-nominated revival of “All My Sons” last season) has not had one of his plays here in almost a decade. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of “August: Osage County” returns to the rialto with “Linda Vista,” a Second Stage Theater production which opened at the Hayes Theater on October 10.

Directed by Dexter Bullard, “Linda Vista” unfolds in San Diego during the drawn-out divorce of Dick Wheeler (Ian Barford), a camera repair-man and former photojournalist who boasts a general disdain for much of life as he hurtles toward a midlife crisis in the arms of various women.

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Letts’s long-awaited return to Broadway received mostly positive notices. Ben Brantley (New York Times) labels “Linda Vista” a Critic’s Pick and calls the play an “inspired,
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Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Finalist ‘The Minutes’ Sets Broadway Debut With ‘August: Osage County’ Director

Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Finalist ‘The Minutes’ Sets Broadway Debut With ‘August: Osage County’ Director
The Minutes, a 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist by Tracy Letts, will make its Broadway premiere next February, reuniting the playwright with his August: Osage County director Anna D. Shapiro, producers Jeffrey Richards and Steve Traxler announced today.

Shapiro, who won the 2008 Tony Award for her direction of Letts’ August, directed the premiere production of The Minutes at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 2017. The 90-minute play features a cast of eleven actors. The Chicago cast included Kevin Anderson, William Petersen, Ian Barford, Francis Guinan and Sally Murphy.

The producers described the play as a “brisk, scathing new comedy about small-town politics and real-world power. Full of chicanery, back-stabbing, manipulation and perhaps some mistruths, the play refracts the current state of America and our politics through a town meeting in the very small fictional city of Big Cherry.”

Production dates, casting, design team and Broadway venue will be announced later this year. In
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Tracy Letts’ Broadway-Bound ‘Linda Vista’ Announces Cast; Ian Barford Reprises Lead Role

Steppenwolf Theatre’s Ian Barford will reprise his starring role in Tracy Letts’ Broadway-bound Linda Vista along with most of the cast from the play’s West Coast premiere in January 2019 at the Mark Taper Forum.

Linda Vista will begin previews Sept. 19 for a strictly limited eight-week engagement at Broadway’s Hayes Theater. Opening night is Oct. 10.

In addition to Barford, who plays the lead character Wheeler, the Broadway staging, directed by Dexter Bullard, will feature Sally Murphy, Caroline Neff, Chantal Thuy, Jim True-Frost, Cora Vander Broek and Troy West. All but Thuy and True-Frost are reprising their roles from the L.A. production and an earlier Chicago staging. (Barford and Neff are pictured above in the Chicago staging.)

Casting for the Second Stage Theater presentation of Steppenwolf’s production was announced today by Second Stage’s Carole Rothman, president and artistic director, and exec director Casey Reitz.

Letts,
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William Petersen and More Join the Cast of Tracy Letts' Broadway-Bound The Minutes

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today additional casting for the highly anticipated world premiere of The Minutes by ensemble member, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, directed by Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro. Ensemble members Kevin Anderson Mr. Breeding, James Vincent Meredith Mr. Blake, Sally Murphy Ms. Matz and William Petersen Mayor Superba join previously announced ensemble members Francis Guinan Mr. Oldfield and Ian Barford Mr. Carp in the cast of this new political comedy. Also featured in the cast are Brittany Burch as Ms. Johnson, Cliff Chamberlain as Mr. Peel and Penny Slusher as Ms. Innes. Previously announced ensemble member Tim Hopper is no longer in the cast due to a scheduling conflict. Remaining roles to be announced at a later date.
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Bww TV Exclusive: Backstage with Richard Ridge- SAG Foundation Conversations Series with the Cast of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time- Part 1

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an filmed Conversations QampA series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. The most recent conversation featured the cast of Broadway's The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Alex Sharp, Francesca Faridany, Ian Barford, Enid Graham, Taylor Trensch and Helen Carey, moderated by BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge. Check out Part 1 of the interview below
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Bww Invite: Attend SAG Foundation Career Conversations with the Cast of The Curous Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time Tomorrow

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an inaugural filmed Conversations QampA series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. We are thrilled to present this event in partnership with the New School for Drama. Please join us for a Conversations with the cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Alex Sharp,Taylor Trensch, Francesca Faridany, Ian Barford, Enid Graham, and Helen Carey, and moderated by Broadway World's Richard Ridge of 'Backstage with Richard Ridge'
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Bww Invite: Attend SAG Foundation Career Conversations with the Cast of The Curous Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time on 1/8

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an inaugural filmed Conversations QampA series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. We are thrilled to present this event in partnership with the New School for Drama. Please join us for a Conversations with the cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Alex Sharp,Taylor Trensch, Francesca Faridany, Ian Barford, Enid Graham, and Helen Carey, and moderated by Broadway World's Richard Ridge of 'Backstage with Richard Ridge'
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Bww Invite: Attend SAG Foundation Career Conversations with the Cast of The Curous Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time on 1/8

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an inaugural filmed Conversations QampA series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. We are thrilled to present this event in partnership with the New School for Drama. Please join us for a Conversations with the cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Alex Sharp,Taylor Trensch, Francesca Faridany, Ian Barford, Enid Graham, and Helen Carey, and moderated by Broadway World's Richard Ridge of 'Backstage with Richard Ridge'
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In Catch Hell Ryan Phillippe Directs Himself Being Kidnapped by Swamp-Rats

In Catch Hell Ryan Phillippe Directs Himself Being Kidnapped by Swamp-Rats
It's tempting to look at Catch Hell, Ryan Phillippe's directing debut, as something of an incantation. Phillippe plays Reagan Pearce (note the initials), an on-his-way-down actor spinning his wheels in a Louisiana indie while looking for a role to change his luck. One morning he's kidnapped by locals — an aggrieved husband and his swamp-rat nephew — who chain him up in a bayou shack in order to torture him, and, improbably, hack into his social media. After a beatdown with a "gator thumper" — a nasty, heavy club that crushes Pearce's hands (leaving his face largely unscathed) — Mike (Ian Barford) attempts to destroy his victim's rep by uploading naked photos and anti-Semitic rants to Pearce's Twitter account. Barford's performance is larg...
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Catch Hell Review

Catch Hell is an extremely personal dissection of celebrity culture straight from the mind of Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Phillippe, addressing the actor’s fall from mainstream grace. Phillippe comments on the seedy nature of celebutante social media usage, entitled actor egos and obsessed fandoms, but even amidst the gator-wrasslin’ and hostage beatings, Catch Hell becomes a smidge self-indulgent. Between a yokel’s fatal attraction and Phillippe’s almost martyr-like mentality, sympathy is the last emotion conjured by Ryan’s character Reagan Pearce (R.P. – clever). Yes, we’re supposed to care for the tormented actor who still lives a life of luxury despite his dimming spotlight, because everyone loves a Southern-fried redemption story that takes place in a Louisiana swamp, right?

Phillippe plays Reagan Pearce, a struggling actor desperate to regain his superstar status. In order to do so, Pearce must take a few roles that don’t scream blockbuster potential,
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10 Must-See Upcoming Broadway Shows

“You Can’t Take It With You” (Opens Sept. 28)James Earl Jones leads a starry cast (including Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford, and Mark Linn-Baker) in this revival of the classic American comedy about the hilarious clash between an eccentric family and an extremely conservative one. “The Country House” (Opens Oct. 2)Starring Blythe Danner, Daniel Sunjata, and Kate Jennings Grant, this Chekhovian Donald Margulies play about what happens when artists encounter love and passion while visiting a Berkshires summerhouse will be directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” (Opens Oct. 5)Based on the novel of the same title, this British import follows the exceptionally intelligent 15-year-old Christopher on his hunt to identify the true killer of his neighbor’s dog after he’s accused of the deed. The show stars Alexander Sharp, Taylor Trensch, Ian Barford, and others. “It’s Only a Play” (Opens Oct.
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Theater Review: Lookingglass Brings to Life Beloved Book ‘The Little Prince’

Chicago – I’m not sure if Gene Roddenberry ever read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 French novella, but even before “Star Trek” first aired in 1966, kids everywhere since 1943 recall one of the first space explorers to voyage where no boy has gone before: “The Little Prince”.

“One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

~ The Little Prince

Play Rating: 4.0/5.0

So when Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company (co-founded by David Schwimmer of “Friends” fame) decided to bring it to life on stage, it gave me the opportunity to bring an imaginative 9-year-old book lover to see it after I recently read to her the pop-up version of the story.

Amelia Hefferon (left, The Little Prince) and Kasey Foster (Fox) in the Lookingglass Theatre’s “The Little Prince”.

Photo credit: Liz Lauren

The Little Prince” (which my mom read to me as a kid) still sits
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Kevin Anderson Joins Cast of Steppenwolf's The Birthday Party

Casting is complete for Steppenwolf Theatre Companys upcoming production of Harold Pinters The Birthday Party, under the direction of ensemble member Austin Pendleton. Ensemble member Kevin Anderson joins the previously announced cast ensemble members Ian Barford, Francis Guinan, Moira Harris and John Mahoney with Sophia Sinise. The Birthday Party begins performances January 24, 2013 in Steppenwolfs Upstairs Theatre 1650 N Halsted St. Opening night is February 3, 2013 press performances are February 2 at 3pm and February 5 at 730pm. Tickets 20 78 go on sale at a later date.
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Interviews: Jamie Anne Allman, Director Joe Maggio on ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’

Chicago – One of the nice surprises of the Chicago International Film Festival was the opening night presence of a true Chicago-based film. “The Last Rites of Joe May” stars Dennis Farina as an aging small-time hood, taken in by single mother Jenny Rapp, portrayed by Jamie Anne Allman. The production was directed with sublime power by Joe Maggio.

Allman and Maggio were at the festival, circulating opening night and sitting down for interviews the next day. The film uses the city of Chicago as a character, but you won’t see Wrigley Field or the skyline. What you will see is the bitter winter on streets where people like Joe May live and survive.

HollywoodChicago.com got to talk with both Allman and Maggio, and got their keen insight into this excellent Chicago-based film.

Jamie Anne Allman, Jenny Rapp in “The Last Rites of Joe May

Ms. Allman was born Jamie Anne Brown,
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Interviews: Dennis Farina, Gary Cole Perform ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’

Chicago – Dennis Farina is Chicago. Born and raised in the Windy City, his persona and manner is everything Chicago – bold, classy and the true urban Midwest. His latest film is “The Last Rites of Joe May,” which features another actor who got his start in Chicago theater, Gary Cole.

Last month, at the Chicago International Film Festival, both actors did a press day promoting their gritty Chicago-based film, which was directed by Joe Maggio. “The Last Rites of Joe May” stars Farina in the role of a lifetime, permeating the wintry streets of Chicago as an aging small time hustler that everyone assumes is dead after he comes back from an extended hospital stay. Gary Cole has a small but significant role as Lenny, a neighborhood boss.

HollywoodChicago.com sat down and interviewed the two Chicago acting icons regarding their film and careers.

Dennis Farina, Title Character in “The Last Rites of Joe May
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