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Bradley Cooper Livens the Party at Elephant Man Cast Call (Photos!)

Bradley Cooper kept things hopping at a photo call for the cast of Broadway’s The Elephant Man Tuesday (Oct. 21) at the famed Sardi’s in New York City. The 1977 play by Bernard Pomerance is based on Joseph Merrick, a 19th century “human curiosity” who suffered from neurofibromatosis, a disfiguring disease that produces large external growths on the face and body. The play’s revival, stars Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola.... Read More...

‘Sopranos’ Vet Robert Funaro Steps Up as Director of Amelio Play

Robert Funaro, best known for his role as a mobster in the hit HBO show “The Sopranos,” is turning his attention to directing How Alfo Learned to Love Women, a Vincent Amelio play about love, lust and family. Funaro, 55, has directed plays in the past, but this is his most ambitious effort behind-the-scenes on stage. The cast includes Martin Scorsese favorite Armen Garo, Danielle Guldin, Kelli K. Barnett, Gordon Silva and Christian Thom as Alfo.... Read More...

Micky Dolenz, Joyce DeWitt Bring Laughs, Tears in ‘Comedy Is Hard’

Monkee Micky Dolenz paired with “Three’s Company” actress Joyce Dewitt this past weekend at Connecticut’s sumptuous Ivoryton Playhouse in Comedy Is Hard, a moving play about washed up Catskills comedians. Dolenz plays 84-year-old Lou Goldberg, a borscht belt comedian confined to a wheelchair and nearing the end of his rope. DeWitt essays Kay, another aging show-biz vet, who eventually finds common ground with Lou.... Read More...

Vanessa Hudgens Returns to the Stage in Revival of ‘Gigi’ Musical

Vanessa Hudgens is stepping into Audrey Hepburn’s shoes in a revival of the musical Gigi. The show is slated to open at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in January and could transition to Broadway if it’s a hit. In 1958, the story was turned into a musical film starring Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan. The famous musical duo, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe wrote the lyrics and music. ... Read More...

Alexa Green, a Broadway Darling, Opens Solo Show at 54 Below

lexa Green, best known for two West Coast productions of Wicked (she played Glinda) and a veteran of several Broadway productions here in New York City, will launch her new solo show “A Shining Hour” at 54 Below in Manhattan. She’s worked with Stephen Sondheim and Director Mitchell Walker, who helped put together the new show. It includes her renditions of songs by Mariah Carey, Harold Arlen and Carole King among others.... Read More...

Robin Williams To Be Honored as Broadway Dims Its Lights Tonight

Robin Williams, who took his own life Monday (Aug. 11), will be honored tonight (Aug. 13) when Broadway theaters dim their marquees in his memory. Although best known for his film roles, Williams appeared in several stage productions. The 63-year-old actor was found dead in his Marin County, Calif. home. The medical examiner ruled that his death was by asphyxiation. Scores of tributes have poured in since his death from family, friends and acquaintances. ... Read More...

Tony Winner Kristen Chenoweth Reveals Debilitating Mystery Illness

Kristen Chenoweth, the Tony-winning actress known for her roles in the hit Broadway musical Wicked and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, revealed that she is suffering from a dibiitating illness that has left her virtually paralyzed. Known for her energetic musical performances, Chenoweth, 46, revealed her condition yesterday (Aug. 4) on Twitter. She wrote that she has been been stricken by what, so far, is a mystery illness. ... Read More...

As Tupac Shakur Musical Ends on Broadway, Blame Game Begins

If the music of Tupac Shakur couldn’t make it on Broadway, then the blame game over why Holler If Ya Hear Me flopped may yet give the rap and hip-hop pioneer a second act on the Great White Way. The musical, based on the late rapper’s songs premiered on June 19, and will go dark at the Palace Theatre this Sunday (July 20). It’s the first certified flop of the new season, which may be contributing to the finger-pointing during what is shaping up to be a banner season for New York City theater. ... Read More...

James Franco Makes Directing Debut Off-Broadway

James Franco is adding some marquee glitter to Rattlestick Theater’s 20th Anniversary season. He’ll make his Off-Broadway directorial debut this summer helming the premiere of new play. Franco will direct playwright Robert Boswell’s world premiere of his work The Long Shrift. Hollywood screenwriter, director and actress Jennifer DeLia will be directing Scott Organ’s play Phoenix. ... Read More...