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May 1, 2015

Lesbian heroine, profane puppet make it on broad-minded Broadway

NEW YORK, May 1 (Reuters) – A lesbian coming-out musical and
a comedy about a teenager with an out-of-control, foul-mouthed
sock puppet are proving that the off-kilter can kill it on
Broadway and bring in a younger, edgier audience.

“Fun Home,” adapted from lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s
graphic novel, led this week’s Tony nominations with 12 nods,
along with the post-World War Two musical “An American in
Paris,” showing the diversity and scope of Broadway productions.

Apr 28, 2015

‘An American in Paris,’ ‘Fun Home’ lead Broadway’s Tony nominations

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two new musicals, “An American in Paris” with a score by Ira and George Gershwin and the lesbian coming-out story “Fun Home,” led the Tony nominations, theater’s highest honors, on Tuesday with 12 nods each.

Both shows earned nominations for the top prize, best musical. “An American in Paris” also scored nominations for leads Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope, as did Michael Cerveris and Beth Malone for their leading roles in “Fun Home.”

Apr 24, 2015

Ensemble cast numbs pain of life in ‘Anesthesia’ at Tribeca

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An ensemble cast led by actors Sam Waterston, Glenn Close and Kristen Stewart numb themselves to the challenges and disappointments of life in “Anesthesia,” an indie drama about how a violent act connects the lives of disparate people.

The film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this week and is set in New York City, shows the pain and loneliness of some of the city’s occupants.

Apr 24, 2015

Broadway legend Chita Rivera makes triumphant return in ‘The Visit’

NEW YORK, April 24 (Reuters) – Nearly 60 years after she won
fame in “West Side Story,” actress, dancer and singer Chita
Rivera is back on Broadway as a very wealthy widow seeking
revenge in “The Visit.”

The one-act musical about greed, love and retribution opened
on Thursday night at the Lyceum Theatre, following its debut in
Chicago in 2001 and a run last summer at the Williamstown
Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.

Apr 23, 2015

No problemo! Schwarzenegger takes first dramatic role in ‘Maggie’

NEW YORK, April 23 (Reuters) – Action hero Arnold
Schwarzenegger reveals his dramatic, tender side and sheds a few
tears as a farmer struggling to care for his dying daughter in
“Maggie,” an unconventional zombie film.

The drama that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on
Thursday night spins a different take on the zombie genre,
concentrating more on the father-daughter relationship than
blood-soaked gore and cannibalism.

Apr 20, 2015

Coming-out musical ‘Fun Home’ gets rousing welcome on Broadway

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Broadway welcomed its first lesbian lead character in the musical “Fun Home” with open arms and glowing reviews, praising the groundbreaking show for its originality and sensitivity.

The musical, which opened at the Circle in the Square Theater on Sunday night, was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for drama and enjoyed a sold-out, extended run Off Broadway.

Apr 17, 2015

‘The Wannabe’ searches for identity in mobster world

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In the waning days of the New York Mafia in the 1990s, a young man ill-suited for a life of crime decides he wants to be a gangster, a real-life quest that inspired the film “The Wannabe.”

Shot at 30 New York locations on a tight schedule, the film that premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday offers a different take on the gangster film.

Apr 17, 2015

James Franco examines self in life and art in ‘The Adderall Diaries’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – James Franco, actor, director, writer, teacher and the star of the new film, “The Adderall Diaries,” thrives on the variety of his multiple pursuits and has no plans to narrow his focus.

“The Adderall Diaries,” which is based on the 2009 true-crime memoir by author Stephen Elliott and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, was the first book Franco optioned to make into a film.

Apr 17, 2015

‘King and I’ gets royal treatment in new Broadway revival

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1951 musical “The King and I” is getting the royal treatment on Broadway with a 29-piece orchestra and huge cast in a production critics say is breathtaking and beautiful.

The show that opened on Thursday night at the Vivian Beaumont Theater tells the story of the Welsh widow, Anna Leonowens, who travels to Bangkok in the 1860s to become a teacher to the King of Siam’s children.

Apr 16, 2015

‘Finding Neverland’ gets its hook into Broadway

NEW YORK, April 16 (Reuters) – “Finding Neverland,”
Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein’s musical about the
story behind the creation of “Peter Pan,” debuted on Broadway
but critics found the production “overstuffed” and said it
failed to take flight.

The show, which opened on Wednesday night at the
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, follows the friendship of Scottish
playwright J.M. Barrie and the British family that inspired his
story about a boy who could fly and who never wants to grow up.

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