Behind the Curtain: Usher in 'Fuerza Bruta,' Jake Gyllenhaal, more
Usher to run amok in spectacle 'Fuerza Bruta'
Usher, who briefly played Billy Flynn in "Chicago" five years ago, will join the cast of the long-running Off-Broadway aerial spectacle "Fuerza Bruta" for just two performances on April 28. He will play a man who runs on a treadmill suspended above the audience. A ticket to either performance will cost $150. They'll throw in a T-shirt and an autographed program for $200.
Gyllenhaal has 'Found' his debut NYC stage show
Jake Gyllenhaal will make his New York stage debut this fall in "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet," a new play by Nick Payne to be produced Off-Broadway by Roundabout Theatre Company. It is described as "an entertaining look at a regular family stuck somewhere between knowing what the problem is ... and doing something about it," whatever that means. Gyllenhaal will play the estranged, potty-mouthed uncle of an overweight teen girl.
Surprise win in drama Pulitizer competition
In a total shocker, the annual Pulitzer Prize for Drama went to Quiara Alegria Hudes' "Water by the Spoonful," which has yet to even be produced in New York, over more well-known titles such as Jon Robin Baitz' "Other Desert Cities" and Stephen Karam's "Sons of the Prophet," which were both named as finalists for the prize. Hudes is best known as the librettist of "In the Heights." Don't be surprised if "Water by the Spoonful," which concerns an Iraq War veteran now working in a sandwich shop, gets an Off-Broadway production very soon.
Broadway-bound 'Matilda' sweeps the Olivier Awards
The new English musical "Matilda," based on the Roald Dahl book, which is already set to open on Broadway next season, rocked London's Olivier Awards winning a record-breaking seven awards including Best New Musical.
Audience members ejected from 'Magic'
Although the producers of the basketball drama "Magic/Bird" are hoping to bring sports fans to Broadway, some of them are unprepared for that experience. At a performance last week, two women in the audience were kicked out by management for unruly behavior. "Drunk is too kind of a word for their state. Their yelling went on for half of the show," a fellow audience member wrote on BroadwayWorld.com's discussion board.
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