Weekend News Roundup: Usher and Gwyneth Paltrow Announce New Projects

Weekend News Roundup: Usher and Gwyneth Paltrow Announce New Projects

By Julienne Bilker

April 30, 2012


Photo by Larry Busacca
Gwyneth Paltrow
One week before its domestic release, “The Avengers” grossed a record-setting $178.4 million internationally. Here at home, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt vehicle “The Five Year Engagement” grossed just $11.15 in its opening weekend. Steve Harvey’s “Think Like A Man” remains number one at the box office, having grossed $18 million this weekend. [ THR]

Speaking of openings, Off-Broadway had several this weekend. Classic Stage Company’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which features Cristina Ricci as Hermia and Bebe Neuwirth as Titania ( check out Back Stage’s review here); new musical “Fat Camp” ( Village Voice review here), playing at American Theatre of Actors; and “Eavesdropping on Dreams” ( TheaterMania review here), presented by Barefoot Theatre Company at The Cherry Lane Studio Theatre. Michael John LaChiusa’s new play, “ Sukie and Sue: Their Story,” also opened this weekend at LA’s Blank Theatre. [ Playbill]

Usher debuted 12 new songs during special performances of off-Broadway’s “Fuerza Bruta: Look Up” this weekend. His new album is due out June 12. [ AP]

Gwyneth Paltrow has reportedly been offered the lead role in the new musical version of “Finding Neverland,” premiering in England this September. [ Daily Mail] In other screen-to-stage, across-the pond happenings, “The Bodyguard,” a musical adaptation of the Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner film, is set to begin performances in London this November. Grammy and Tony Award-winning actress Heather Headley will star in the Whitney Houston role. [ Playbill]

In award news, the Tony Awards Administration Committee convened Friday to make final eligibility decisions in a variety of categories, for a variety of productions.

Among the Committee’s determinations:

-The “Newsies” score, which includes some songs from the movie, will be eligible for nomination. The scores for “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Gore Vidal's The Best Man,” and “One Man, Two Guvnors,” all considered plays, not musicals, will also be eligible.

-Plays-with-music “End of the Rainbow” and “Peter and the Starcatcher” will both be eligible for Best Play nominations.

-The set design for “Death of a Salesman” will not be eligible for nomination, as it is a re-creation of the original Tony Award-winning design.

-William Shatner’s limited engagement production, “Shatner’s World” will not be eligible for nomination for anything. Sad trombone for the Shat.

The full list of the Committee’s rulings is available here. The American Theatre Wing's 66th Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards, presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League, will air on CBS on Sunday, June 10.

And finally, the Drama Desk nominations, announced Friday, brought stirred up their own drama this weekend with the conspicuous absence of the Outstanding Orchestrations category. Catch up on the controversy here.


Weekend News Roundup: Usher and Gwyneth Paltrow Announce New Projects

By Julienne Bilker

April 30, 2012


Gwyneth Paltrow
PHOTO CREDIT
Larry Busacca
One week before its domestic release, “The Avengers” grossed a record-setting $178.4 million internationally. Here at home, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt vehicle “The Five Year Engagement” grossed just $11.15 in its opening weekend. Steve Harvey’s “Think Like A Man” remains number one at the box office, having grossed $18 million this weekend. [THR]

Speaking of openings, Off-Broadway had several this weekend. Classic Stage Company’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which features Cristina Ricci as Hermia and Bebe Neuwirth as Titania (check out Back Stage’s review here); new musical “Fat Camp” (Village Voice review here), playing at American Theatre of Actors; and “Eavesdropping on Dreams” (TheaterMania review here), presented by Barefoot Theatre Company at The Cherry Lane Studio Theatre. Michael John LaChiusa’s new play, “Sukie and Sue: Their Story,” also opened this weekend at LA’s Blank Theatre. [Playbill]

Usher debuted 12 new songs during special performances of off-Broadway’s “Fuerza Bruta: Look Up” this weekend. His new album is due out June 12. [AP]

Gwyneth Paltrow has reportedly been offered the lead role in the new musical version of “Finding Neverland,” premiering in England this September. [Daily Mail] In other screen-to-stage, across-the pond happenings, “The Bodyguard,” a musical adaptation of the Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner film, is set to begin performances in London this November. Grammy and Tony Award-winning actress Heather Headley will star in the Whitney Houston role. [Playbill]

In award news, the Tony Awards Administration Committee convened Friday to make final eligibility decisions in a variety of categories, for a variety of productions.

Among the Committee’s determinations:

-The “Newsies” score, which includes some songs from the movie, will be eligible for nomination. The scores for “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Gore Vidal's The Best Man,” and “One Man, Two Guvnors,” all considered plays, not musicals, will also be eligible.

-Plays-with-music “End of the Rainbow” and “Peter and the Starcatcher” will both be eligible for Best Play nominations.

-The set design for “Death of a Salesman” will not be eligible for nomination, as it is a re-creation of the original Tony Award-winning design.

-William Shatner’s limited engagement production, “Shatner’s World” will not be eligible for nomination for anything. Sad trombone for the Shat.

The full list of the Committee’s rulings is available here. The American Theatre Wing's 66th Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards, presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League, will air on CBS on Sunday, June 10.

And finally, the Drama Desk nominations, announced Friday, brought stirred up their own drama this weekend with the conspicuous absence of the Outstanding Orchestrations category. Catch up on the controversy here.
 
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