Behind the Curtain: Bryan Cranston headed to Broadway
LBJ drama with Bryan Cranston set for B’way
“All the Way,” Robert Schenkkan’s new three-hour drama about President Lyndon B. Johnson, starring Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), which just premiered at the American Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts, is set to transfer to Broadway later this season, the playwright confirmed via Facebook and Twitter. Schenkkan is best known for his Pulitzer-winning work “The Kentucky Cycle.”
Emma Thompson is Mrs. Lovett in ‘Sweeney’
Emma Thompson will make her New York stage debut in the Philharmonic’s upcoming staged concert of Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd,” set for March 5-8, 2014. She will play the villainous Mrs. Lovett alongside Bryn Terfel’s Sweeney Todd. No other casting has been announced at this time. The last time the Philharmonic presented “Sweeney Todd,” Patti LuPone played Mrs. Lovett.
Rick Moranis to attend ‘Little Shop’ sing-along
Rick Moranis, who retired from acting years ago, will appear on Oct. 25 at a sing-along screening of the 1986 “Little Shop of Horrors” film. One of the few great movie musicals of the 1980s, the film starred Moranis, Ellen Greene (who appeared in the original Off-Broadway production), Steve Martin and, in a very strange cameo, Bill Murray.
Radio City to house the Tonys again
The Tony Awards will be presented yet again at Radio City Music Hall on June 8, 2014. This year marked the first time that the awards were held at Radio City after a two-year absence while the Cirque du Soleil spectacle “Zarkana” took their place there, forcing the Tonys into the comparatively smaller Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side. The Tony nominations will be announced on April 29.
Yogi Berra at opening night of “Bronx Bombers” … Ian McKellen at opening night of “Honeymoon in Vegas” at Paper Mill Playhouse … Meryl Streep at “Julius Caesar” at St. Ann’s Warehouse.