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Detore made her off-Broadway debut in 2013 in Italian Bred. In addition to her work in reality TV she has spent over 20 years as a professional dancer. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 30, 2015 Along with Detore, Funeral and Wedding will also feature Kim Pirella from Real Housewives of New Jersey as a special guest in February. Both shows star Wilkinson, Hugh Hysell, Donna Castellano, Marissa Perry, Debra Toscano, Meagan Robar, Erik Ransom, Chad Kessler and Brandon Goins. Wedding also stars Joe Scanio, Drew Little, Rocco DeFinis and Paul Moon. Funeral also stars David Demato, Mustafa Gatollari and Beth Dzuricky. Marie Fontaine and Jonathan Wiener round out the ensemble. Related Shows My Big Gay Italian Funeral Starring and written by Anthony Wilkinson, My Big Gay Italian Funeral (and its companion piece My Big Gay Italian Wedding) are both loosely based on his own wacky Italian family. Funeral tells the story of Anthony Pinnunziato (Wilkinson), a gay Italian-American who with his large family, is mourning the death of his father. Detore will play the role of Franny Zucchiati. Janine Detore is about to beat her chest and wail at the grave! The reality star, best known as Big Ang’s sister on VH1’s Mob Wives, is joining the cast of My Big Gay Italian Funeral off-Broadway for one night only on February 9.
WHY WE LOVE ITThe obvious aside, we just really appreciate the irony of Mandy Patinkin singing “Sometimes people leave you halfway through the wood” in the middle of a desert. Oh, and did we mention that he is literally playing SATAN in this?! Perhaps this is better without context, but here goes: On a Season 7 episode of Touched by an Angel, Patinkin guest starred as a alluring gentleman who offers to help Monica (Roma Downey) after she witnesses a building explosion. But she sees right through him, for he is really the devil who has taken on a human form—a human who can magically change from white to black suits. Hey, better the devil who sings Sondheim than the devil who don’t, right?LOOK OUT FOR…1:05. The most dramatic release of a garment since The Light in the Piazza. Then 1:22…not so much.MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT Mandy Patinkin OVERALL CAMP FACTORTwo thumbs way up: one for Monica’s musical theater-themed desert mirages, and one for Patinkin’s ability to sing rounds with himself. Star Files We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! View Comments
View Comments Lesli Margherita & More Set for NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals We’ve now got final casting for the previously reported 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals, where eight new tuners are introduced to industry professionals through reading presentations. Among the names appearing in shows at New World Stages on October 23 and October 24 are Broadway.com Vlogger Lesli Margherita. The Matilda star, along with Mitchell Jarvis (Rock of Ages), Jenni Barber (The Nance) and Joel Perez (In The Heights), will feature in The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes. Other Great White favorites newly announced also include Margo Seibert (Rocky), who will appear in String. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Life’s a Cabaret for Emma Stone Emma Stone was another one of our favorites who just stopped by GMA to talk Birdman, which she also stars in, as well as her upcoming headlining gig as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. During the October 15 interview she reveals how growing up she spent lots of time getting rush tickets to Broadway plays (Stars! They’re just like us!). Is she ready for a perfectly marvelous time at Studio 54? “I don’t know what ready means,” Stone confesses, going on to say: “I can’t even describe how excited I am.” Neither can we, Emma, neither can we! Check out the segment below and Stone in person at Studio 54 from November 11. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Cabaret More ABC news videos | ABC Health News Vanessa Hudgens is a ‘Terrific Actress’ Eric Schaeffer, who is directing the Broadway-bound Gigi, has revealed that he’s thanking heaven for working with High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens, who will play the title role in the tuner. “She’s really a special performer,” Schaeffer told the Washingtonian, “she just has this great energy and is a terrific actress, and she sounds fantastic singing these songs.” The re-imagined new production, adapted by Heidi Thomas, will officially open at the Kennedy Center on January 29, 2015, also starring Howard McGillin and Corey Cott. Naomi Watts’ Broadway ‘Dream’ Naomi Watts recently stopped by GMA, below, to talk her star turn in the Broadway-centric film Birdman. This prompted host Robin Roberts to quiz the Aussie superstar whether she’d like to tread the boards on the Great White Way for real, to which Watts responded that it “is a dream of mine.” The actress conceded that there was “a little bit of fear there, I have to admit. But I will have to break through that fear at some point.” We can’t wait for when she does! Related Shows More ABC news videos | ABC Health News
View Comments Related Shows Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Hamilton Eyes London BowCould a Founding Father cross the pond to England? According to The Evening Standard, mega-producer Cameron Mackintosh intends to bring the buzz-worthy Hamilton to London. The musical created by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda opened officially at the Richard Rodgers Theatre last week after a sold-out gig off-Broadway. Of the potential West End production, Miranda said, “We’re hoping it will happen sooner rather than later. My wife is always trying to get me to other countries.” Nothing’s confirmed, but with all that Revolutionary War business under the bridge, we suspect the show would have no trouble finding success in the U.K.Want a Renewal? Cast Tony WinnersTwo Showtime dramas featuring stage favorites well be back again for another season. Ray Donovan, starring Tony winner Liev Schreiber and Oscar winner and Broadway vet Jon Voight, and Masters of Sex, starring Great White Way alum Michael Sheen and featuring recent Tony winner and upcoming Sylvia star Annaleigh Ashford, have been picked up for fourth seasons. The announcement was made at the Television Critics Association press tour.Keira Knightley’s Daughter Has a NameOscar nominee Keira Knightley, who will make her Broadway debut this fall in Thérèse Raquin, welcomed her first child with husband James Righton back in May. The couple talked to Elle for the upcoming September issue and revealed that they’ve named their daughter Edie. It’s an adorable name, and we promise not to dream-cast Knightley and her daughter in Grey Gardens just yet. Until then, congratulations to the new parents! You can catch Knightley, along with Gabriel Ebert, Judith Light and Matt Ryan, in Thérèse Raquin at Studio 54 beginning October 1.Broadway Agent Samuel “Biff” Liff DiesBeloved manager and Broadway producer Samuel “Biff” Liff died on August 10 in his Westchester County home. He was 96. His death was confirmed to Deadline by his longtime colleague and friend, producer Emanuel Azenberg. Liff began his career as a stage manager for such Broadway productions as Along Fifth Avenue, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and My Fair Lady. He served as an agent at William Morris for over 30 years, during which time he served as an associate producer for dozens of shows. In 2006, he was awarded a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre. Hamilton from $149.00
Blackbird Star Files Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 11, 2016 Tickets are now on sale for one of the most eagerly anticipated productions of the season, the Broadway premiere of Blackbird. Starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams, the 2005 drama by Scottish playwright David Harrower will begin previews on February 5, 2016 and officially open on March 10. Directed by Joe Mantello, the limited engagement is scheduled to play through June 12 at the Belasco Theatre.Blackbird explores the relationship between the middle-aged Ray and the now 27-year-old Una. The two last encountered each other 15 years earlier, when Ray was taken into custody following their illegal sexual affair. Despite Ray’s attempts to form a new identity, Una finds him and confronts him at his office.The drama premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2005 before transferring to the West End. After winning the 2007 Olivier Award, the play made its off-Broadway premiere at Manhattan Theater Club with The Newsroom co-stars Daniels and Alison Pill. A film adaptation, starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, is in the early stages of development. Jeff Daniels Michelle Williams
‘Strictly Ballroom the Musical'(Photo by Jeff Busby) Interesting…could this show finally be cha-cha-cha-ing its way to Broadway? After runs in Australia and the U.K., the stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical will finally receive its North American premiere next spring as part of the upcoming Mirvish Theatre season. The tuner will bow in Toronto in April/May 2017.Featuring classic songs from the film as well as numbers from artists including Sia, Strictly Ballroom The Musical is the story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. The show made its world premiere Down Under in 2014 and will end a holiday engagement at the U.K.’s West Yorkshire Playhouse on January 21, 2017; no word yet on the cast or creative team heading to Canada.Other productions of note landing in Toronto include Mrs. Henderson Presents and The Bodyguard from the West End, along with the previously reported, much-buzzed about, Broadway-bound Come From Away. View Comments
2. Hamilton—20%It’s not every Tony Awards that the President and First Lady introduce a musical number, and Hamilton’s gargantuan success has been the result of the fact that it is unlike any tuner Broadway has seen. Christopher Jackson set the tone with his heavenly vocals on “History Has Its Eyes On You” which transitioned into the anthemic “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down).” Fresh off of their respective Tony wins (the show nabbed 11 in total), Daveed Diggs and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s high five at “Immigrants—we get the job done” was particularly well-received by the crowd. As previously announced, the company omitted the use of muskets from their performance, another tribute to the victims in Orlando. Everyone is already obsessed with this musical’s dope ensemble, so we’re so glad we got to see them show off their moves! Cynthia Erivo & ‘The Color Purple’ cast perform at the 2016 Tony Awards(Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images) 1. The Color Purple—24%The Color Purple showcased its golden trio and soulful company in a performance that was too beautiful for words. Though the effervescent Danielle Brooks did not take home the Tony for Best Featured Actress, her powerful pipes and commanding stage presence during “Mysterious Ways” made it clear that this Broadway newcomer should stick around. Heather Headley’s return to the Tony stage was just as welcome as her highly anticipated return to Broadway has been. And of course, Cynthia Erivo, who would garner her first Tony Award only minutes later, earned a standing ovation for her show-stopping “I’m Here.” Seeing a LGBTQ character proclaim “I’m thankful for lovin’ who I really am” was truly touching following the tragedy in Orlando, Florida. The Color Purple also received the Tony Award for Best Revival. The Color Purple 3. Waitress—17%A spotlight on Jessie Mueller is always a treat, and this number was made especially delicious from the get-go. Tony nominees Mueller and Christopher Fitzgerald as well as Keala Settle, Kimiko Glenn and the company of Waitress kicked things off with the delightfully bouncy “Opening Up.” This was followed by Tony-nominated composer Sara Bareilles’ appearance on a grand piano. She switched up the mood with our favorite good cry song “She Used to Be Mine,” which Mueller strongly finished in her latest character’s signature trill. Though Waitress did not garner any 2016 Tony wins, it’s definitely a fave on this Broadway season’s menu. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Related Shows View Comments One of our favorite parts of the Tony Awards (aside from the fabulous fashion and totally GIF-able moments) is seeing stars perform selections from Broadway musicals in front of a nationwide audience (and this year’s viewership was particularly revolutionary). The 2016 ceremony was chock full of great performances, including numbers from Shuffle Along, School of Rock, Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, On Your Feet! and tons more. You already know which ones we loved, so we asked you to vote for your favorites! Here are the top three you voted for!
WATCH: 25th anniversary of ‘Beauty and the Beast’; @Lin_Manuel, Frozen creators pay tribute to the film https://t.co/1u5vIS2Dl4— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 16, 2016 View Comments Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda, Frozen creators Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Wicked music man Stephen Schwartz recently gathered around the piano with legendary composer Alan Menken. The reason for uniting the musical team of our wildest dreams? Menken’s Beauty and the Beast turns 25 this year; “Broadway’s Mount Rushmore” gathered together on Good Morning America to discuss the Disney classic’s effect on musical theater as well as their individual roles in reinventing the Great White Way. Miranda revealed that Frozen’s incredibly popular “Let It Go” affected Hamilton. “I had a song in Hamilton called ‘Let It Go,’ and then these guys wrote another song called ‘Let It Go’ and I was like ‘Oh…I have to let that go,'” Miranda said. Watch the musical masterminds gab below! Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda
Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 The second play in Richard Nelson’s acclaimed The Gabriels: Election Year In the Life of One Family celebrated its off-Broadway opening on September 16. What Did You Expect? brings the audience back into the Gabriel family kitchen, with the country now in the midst of the general election for President (sound familiar?). Stars Jay O. Sanders, Amy Warren, Lynn Hawley, Meg Gibson, Maryann Plunkett, Roberta Maxwell as well as scribe and director Nelson (see above) hit the red carpet for the opening of the Public’s latest production, which began performances on September 10. House of Cards alum and recent Shakespeare in the Park star Corey Stoll stopped by the opening with his wife and fellow actress Nadia Bowers (see below); Stoll is starring in David Hare’s Plenty at The Public beginning on October 4. Be sure to catch Nelson’s topical play through October 9. Jay O. Sanders, Amy Warren, Lynn Hawley, Meg Gibson, Maryann Plunkett, Roberta Maxwell & Richard Nelson(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Related Shows Election Year in the Life of One Family, Play Two: What Did You Expect? View Comments