Will “Hamilton” win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama on Monday? The better question may be whether there is any legitimate reason to believe that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical will not win the award. In addition to the incredible amount of acclaim it has already received, “Hamilton” more than meets the tendency of Pulitzer judges to give the award to an original work “dealing with American life.” Stephen Karam’s “The Humans,” which recently transferred to Broadway, will likely be named as a finalist.
Radcliffe joins digital age drama at Public Theater
“Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe, who has appeared on Broadway in “Equus” and “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” will now give downtown theater a shot. He will lead the cast of James Graham’s digital age drama “Privacy” at the Public Theater, which is a co-production with London’s Donmar Warehouse. Inspired by the data disclosures of Edward Snowden, the play is intended to explore the role of technology in our lives. Audience members will apparently be encouraged to keep their cell phones on during the show. Previews begin on July 5.
Levinson slated to direct Babs in ‘Gypsy’ film
The long-in-development, much-stalled film version of “Gypsy” with Barbra Streisand may finally get a green light from STX Entertainment, according to Variety. Barry Levinson (“Rain Man,” “Diner”) is now expected to direct, with a screenplay by Richard LaGravenese (“The Last Five Years”). Streisand, who is about to turn 74 years old, may be a bit old at this point to play Rose Hovick, the stage mother from hell.
Drama Desk and Tony nomination announcements on the way
Awards season is just around the corner. Nominations for the Drama Desk Awards (which recognize both Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows) will be announced by Matthew Morrison and Vanessa Williams on April 28 from Feinstein’s/Below 54. The Tony nominations will be announced on May 3 by Andrew Rannells and Patina Miller.
‘She Loves Me’ adds on four weeks
The Roundabout’s acclaimed revival of the 1963 musical romance “She Loves Me” may not have the same commercial potential as the company’s “Cabaret” revival, which ran for a year at Studio 54, but its limited run has been extended for four weeks through July 10. It is currently unclear whether the production (which is led by Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski) will receive a cast album.
Senator Bernie Sanders and Eli Manning at “Hamilton” … Stephen Hawking at “The Book of Mormon” … Spike Lee at “The Color Purple” … Cicely Tyson at “Eclipsed” … Bill Murray and Kate Winslet at “The Crucible.”