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‘Hello Again’ Trailer: Sex-Fueled Musical Puts Broadway Greats In Ten Affairs Over Ten Decades — Watch

‘Hello Again’ Trailer: Sex-Fueled Musical Puts Broadway Greats In Ten Affairs Over Ten Decades — Watch
There is a very niche swath of Broadway lovers and lesbians who will be over the moon to see Audra McDonald and Martha Plimpton share a seductive scene in “Hello Again,” a film adaptation of Michael John Lachiusa’s 1993 musical which released its steamy new trailer today.

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Hello Again” tells ten love affairs set in each decade of the 20th century, following the sexual escapades of characters with names like The Whore, The College Boy, and The Young Thing. Lachiusa is best known for writing “The Wild Party,” which developed a cult following in the years since its Broadway debut in 1999. “Hello Again” is based on “La Ronde,” the 1897 play by Arthur Schnitzler which caused an uproar when it first played Berlin and Vienna in 1920.

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The movie stars six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, as well as similarly lauded theater actors Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight, Cheyenne Jackson, and Rumer Willis. “Hello Again” is directed by Tom Gustafson from a screenplay by Cory Krueckeberg, the same pair behind the 2012 musical comedy “Mariachi Gringo.”

How many Broadway stars can you find?

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Bruce Lansbury, TV Producer and Brother of Angela Lansbury, Dies at 87

Bruce Lansbury, the veteran TV producer and writer known for his work on The Wild Wild West, Wonder Woman and Murder, She Wrote, which starred his older sister, Angela Lansbury, has died. He was 87.

The London-born Lansbury died Monday in La Quinta, Calif., after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, his daughter, Felicia Lansbury Meyer, told The Hollywood Reporter.

His survivors also include his twin brother, Edgar Lansbury; he produced the popular 1970s Broadway revival of Gypsy that starred their sister and worked on films including The Wild Party (1975), directed by James Ivory.

Lansbury also served as vp creative affairs...
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Bww Interview: Frances Ruffelle Talks The Wild Party at Lloyd Webber's The Other Palace

Frances Ruffelle is perhaps best known for originating the role of Eponine in Les Miserables. She's since done numerous other stage roles, produced several albums and represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest, and will soon star as Queenie in The Wild Party, the opening musical of Andrew Lloyd Webber's revamped The Other Palace the show begins previews on 13 February.
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Bww Interview: Frances Ruffelle Talks The Wild Party at Lloyd Webber's The Other Palace

Frances Ruffelle is perhaps best known for originating the role of Eponine in Les Miserables. She's since done numerous other stage roles, produced several albums and represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest, and will soon star as Queenie in The Wild Party, the opening musical of Andrew Lloyd Webber's revamped The Other Palace the show begins previews on 13 February.
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Stage Tube: Broadway Inspirational Voices Continues 'Broadway Our Way' Series with 'I Don't Need A Roof' from Big Fish

Tony and Grammy award-nominated Michael McElroy and Broadway Inspirational Voices released the sixth video in their 'Broadway Our Way'series today, featuring 'I Don't Need A Roof' from the musical Big Fish, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa multi-award winner, including Emmy, Outer Critics, and Drama Desk Awards Grammy, and Tony nominations for The Wild Party, The Addams Family, I Am Harvey Milk. Check it out below
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Frances Ruffelle Headlines First Major London Production of The Wild Party

As Michael John Lachiusa's The Wild Party will receive its first major London production at The Other Palace, playing from Saturday 11 February to Saturday 1 April 2017, with a press night on Monday 20 February. Directed and choreographed by 2016 Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie and starring Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle, The Wild Party will be the inaugural production at The Other Palace, formerly St. James Theatre, when it reopens in February 2017 as the newest addition to The Really Useful Theatres Group and a home for new musical theatre.
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Photo Flash: First Look at Andrew Lippa and More in The Life Of The Party at TheatreWorks

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley brings U.S. audiences their first look a London hit with theAmerican Premiere of the joyous musical revue The Life of the Party. Directed and co-created by David Babani, the Artistic Director of London's Menier Chocolate Factory, this rollicking musical journey celebrates the songs of Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa The Wild Party, The Addams Family, Big Fish who takes the stage as a featured performer, along with a cast of Broadway and West End veterans, bringing to life a hilarious, uplifting, memorable evening. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below
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Get Cast in ‘The Wild Party’ and 4 More L.A. Projects

Los Angeles actors, this week’s casting highlights have been chosen just for you! They include an upcoming production of Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party,” as well as two short films. Check out some of the awesome Golden State notices you may have missed this week! Andrew Lippa’S “The Wild Party”Director/producer, Quentin Garzon, is currently casting for a leading role in his upcoming production of Andrew Lippa’s musical, “The Wild Party.” The production seeks a union or nonunion actor to portray Black, who is “suave, handsome, in great shape; he is an enigmatic loner, smooth talking, and romantic.” The piece will begin rehearsing immediately, with a run slated for Sept. 9–Oct. 2 at The Complex in Los Angeles. “Hypochondriac”Two leading roles are sought for "Hypochondriac," a new web series from Dandelion Films. Depicting a woman “who thinks she has a new medical condition every episode
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Photo Flash: Meet the Stars of Andrew Lippa's The Life Of The Party at TheatreWorks

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will bring U.S. audiences their first look a London hit, when it presents the American Premiere of the joyous musical revue The Life of the Party. Directed and co-created by David Babani, the Artistic Director of London's Menier Chocolate Factory, this rollicking musical journey celebrates the songs of Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa The Wild Party, The Addams Family, Big Fish who takes the stage as a featured performer, along with a cast of Broadway and West End veterans, bringing to life a hilarious, uplifting, memorable evening. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below
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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Star Rachel Bloom on the Unsung MVPs of Season 1 (Consider This)

It’s not often that a primetime network TV show devotes three minutes of airtime to a “Les Miserables” sendup featuring hyper-specific references to Inland Empire utility politics. But it helps when you have the right people to pull it off.

Such are the sheer, nothing-else-like-it delights of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” the newest jewel in the CW crown. At the show’s center is Rachel Bloom, who in addition to being the show’s star and co-creator (alongside “The Devil Wears Prada” scribe Aline Brosh McKenna) is also one of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s” biggest fans.

When we spoke to Bloom, the talk kept turning toward the cast and crew that helps color this crazy, lovable slice of the TV landscape. From the writing staff to the songwriting team headlined by executive music producer Adam Schlesinger, she spoke about how it takes a village to raise a child (that occasionally sings therapeutic boy band parodies).

It seems like a nice added bonus that the people you’ve cast in these central roles get to have their featured moments. If you want them to grow, you can give them their own songs.

A lot of other people on our show, they’re Broadway people — they’re singers by trade. With the roles of Josh and Greg, we weren’t even necessarily looking for people who could sing. We were looking for the best actors. In the breakdowns, we were putting things like, “sing, rap, play guitar — we’ll write to your strengths.” Not in our wildest dreams could we have realized the kind of Renaissance men that we cast in both Santino and Vince — I mean, God, Vince has like three black belts.

Pete is a comedy/improv/sketch guy and would not consider himself a singer, but he has a really good voice. And he’s really in touch with his body. Vella is the same way. She’s a fantastic actress. She went to Juilliard, and I think with her training and with her natural abilities, she has the command over her voice. And so that was a really pleasant surprise for us when we realized, “Oh, we don’t have to Auto-Tune these people.”

It’s great that they’re all different kinds of voice types on this show, because you have Vince with more of a pop sound, you have Santino with the classic sound, you have Donna with the big Broadway belt, you have Pete with this twang, and then you have Vella with this like rock and roll thing that we’re so excited to write more for her. She sang at our cast party, we had a karaoke machine and she sang TLC’s “Waterfalls…”

Oh my God.

And it was so good! And Adam [Schlesinger] and I were watching her, and I was like, “We gotta write a ’90s song for Vella” and he was like, “Absolutely.” It was kind of like she was auditioning for us — except she was drunk and didn’t realize she was — and we never cease to be amazed and surprised with the talents of the actors we have on the show. It’s not what you hear about working with TV actors sometimes, where they’re afraid to be brave or they’re snobby or they’ll only film from 1 to 4:30 and then they’ll be in their trailer. We have such grateful theater people.

And people like Pete still get non-singing moments like “Having a Few People Over,” which probably wouldn’t exist if you were working with a shorter runtime.

Precisely. I really like that now, in any given episode, a lot of the time the second song is another character. And it’s about the B-story. That makes me really happy. I think that some of the most impactful storylines we’ve done come from exploring things like Darryl and [White] Josh. It’s funny because now they’re everyone else’s favorite couple, and I’m kind of like “They were my favorite couple first!” I was on set for their first kiss. I got to sit on set, and I was like, “Done! They’re my favorite couple, they’re the ones I root for. Don’t give a fuck about anyone else.” Next season we’re going to deal with them more.

One of my favorite moments was when you brought back the grocery clerk at the end of the season.

This is actually pretty great. We were writing the song “I Have Friends” and I had a rough draft written and I was brainstorming with Aline, our other executive producer, Erin Ehrlich, and our co-executive producer Michael Hitchcock. “I Have Friends” is all about those fun specifics, like “a janitor that lives in an Rv behind the school.” And Hitchcock just busted out “grocery clerk with half an eyelid,” and I was like, “Done. Yes.” There was something so B-52’s about it and when I think of B-52’s I think of this kind of like nasal voice, which made me think of my friend Ben, who I did stuff at Ucb with and was also on an improv team with our writer’s assistant Elisabeth [Kiernan Averick]. Before he even auditioned or knew we were thinking of him, we just started writing the lines in his voice. We had such a great deleted scene from Episode 3 of him and Pete just going on an improv run. It was one of the funniest things to watch all season, and hopefully we’ll release it on a DVD extra.

When you’re shooting scenes, it’s easy to toss lines in. Is there a lyric or musical moment that came kind of at the last minute?

For “Sexy Getting Ready Song,” the lyric “whisper your dick hard” originally was something else. We were in the recording studio, and Jack, who produced the song, was directing me and he was just like “Okay, this next take, I want you to whisper someone’s dick hard,” and I was like, “Jack! That’s a lyric!”

CBS hasn’t gotten into the live musical game yet. But if they do, is there a particular show that you’d like for them to do?

Well, I’m pretty indie musical theatre. So if they did anything Sondheim, if they did a live version of “Assassins” or “Company”? God, if you’re gonna do a live show, doing “Rent” would be just fun.

Would you want to be Maureen?

Oh, yeah. Yes, I’d want to be Maureen. [laughs]

I mean, anything Kander and Ebb. “Chicago,” “Cabaret.” For any Jewish comedian who can sing, I mean “Funny Girl” is kind of the ultimate, right?

As a big musical theater fan, do you have a go-to underrated show that, if someone was really digging deeper, you would point them toward?

For comedy, “Gutenberg! the Musical.” That soundtrack is amazing. It’s just such a great example of comedy musical theater that should be mentioned more. And “Light in the Piazza” is just brilliant. I love “Whatever I Dream” from “A New Brain.” Michael John Lachiusa’s “The Wild Party,” which I actually directed in college, is one of the most underrated musical theater scores. The way the genre changes as the show gets darker, it’s absolutely brilliant.

There’s another musical he wrote called “Hello Again.” The song “Tom” from Hello Again is just one of the greatest songs ever written in musical theater. “Tom,” “Safe,” and “Mistress of the Senator,” every song on “Hello Again” is a winner and I feel like no one ever talks about it.

Obviously, you have a deep love of musical theater and now have people asking for the sheet music to use for audition songs in the future. That has to be an exciting feeling.

Oh, it’s so exciting. If you could be in on all the emails! I am bugging people constantly because I want the musical theater kids out there to have sheet music and karaoke tracks! So everything that the fans ask, chances are I’ve already asked about 6,000 times. It’s really exciting for me to interact with fans because fans of the show are people that I would want to be friends with. This is a show that I would watch.

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Stage Tube: On This Day for 4/13/16- The Wild Party

Today in 2000, The Wild Party opened at the Virginia Theatre now the August Wilson Theatre, where it ran for 68 performances. The Wild Party is a musical with a book by Michael John Lachiusa and George C. Wolfe and music and lyrics by Lachiusa. It is based on the 1928 Joseph Moncure March narrative poem of the same name. The Broadway production coincidentally opened during the same theatrical season 1999-2000 as an off-Broadway musical with the same title and source material. Its plot centers on a party - fueled by bathtub gin, cocaine, and uninhibited sexual behavior - hosted by Queenie and Burrs, whose relationship is disintegrating. The cast included Toni Collette making her Broadway debut as Queenie, Mandy Patinkin as Burrs, and Yancey Arias as Black.
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Lachiusa's Rain, Starring Eden Espinosa, Jared Zirilli and More, Begins Tonight at The Old Globe

The Old Globe welcomes Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, making his musical directing debut with Rain, a sumptuous world premiere musical by one of the most significant teams working in theatre today composer and lyricist Michael John Lachiusa The Wild Party, Giant and book writer Sybille Pearson Giant. Based on the short story by Somerset Maugham, Rain will play tonight, March 24, through May 1, 2016 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Friday, April 1 at 800 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the stars in character, plus the full company, below
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Photo Flash: Meet the Company of Lachiusa's Rain at The Old Globe - Eden Espinosa, Jared Zirilli and More!

The Old Globe welcomes Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, making his musical directing debut with Rain, a sumptuous world premiere musical by one of the most significant teams working in theatre today composer and lyricist Michael John Lachiusa The Wild Party, Giant and book writer Sybille Pearson Giant. Based on the short story by Somerset Maugham, Rain will play March 24 - May 1, 2016 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run March 24 - 31. Opening night is Friday, April 1 at 800 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the stars in character, plus the full company, below
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 11/30/15- Mandy Patinkin

Happy Birthday, Mandy Patinkin Mandy Patinkin won the Tony Award for his Broadway debut in Evita and was again nominated for Sunday in the Park with George and The Wild Party. He also appeared on Broadway in Trelawny of the 'Wells,' The Shadow Box, The Secret Garden, Falsettos, and his solo concerts Dress Casual, Celebrating Sondheim, and Mamaloshen. Other theatre credits include The Split, Savages, Enemy of the People, and most recently The Tempest at Classic Stage Company. Mandy continues to tour his concerts Dress Casual, Celebrating Sondheim, Mamaloshen, and An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin.
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Manuel Gives Thanks

Manuel here. Has it really been a year since the last time I gave thanks (not coincidentally with another pic of Ms Blanchett)? I feel as though I should be giving thanks in front of some sort of food, so imagine I’ve come with a full dozen donuts from Donut Time.

I’m thankful…

- For unabashedly queer Christmas flicks featuring fab ladies.

- For having had the chance to see over twenty-four films at the New York Film Festival (and having been in the same room as Kate Winslet!!)

- For Wiig, in all and every incarnation.

- For Joy and Joy (and consequently, Amy Poehler and Brie Larson).

- For all the delicious food on Please Like Me, a show you should all be watching!

- For Mad Men’s beautiful and perfect ending.

- For Twelve Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer, one of the greatest TV episodes this year.
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Photo Coverage: Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars at the Dramatists Guild Fund Gala!

The Dramatists Guild Fund just welcomed a slew of stars for their 2015 Gala, Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars, which was hosted by musician and Emmy-nominated composer, Darren Criss. Directed by Leigh Silverman Violet, The Wild Party, Chinglish with Music Direction by Charlie Rosen, the event featured award-winning playwrights, lyricists and composers introducing the stars who brought their work to life on stage, including Stephen Schwartz, Kirsten Childs, Gretchen Cryer amp Nancy Ford, Sheldon Harnick, Benj Pasek amp Justin Paul, Laurence O'Keefe amp Nell Benjamin, Steven Sater and Benjamin Scheuer.
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Photo Coverage: Darren Criss, Kristin Chenoweth & More Celebrate the Dramatists Guild Fund

TheDramatists GuildFund just welcomeda slew of stars for their 2015 Gala,Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars, which was hosted by musician and Emmy-nominated composer,Darren Criss.Directed byLeigh SilvermanViolet, The Wild Party, Chinglish with Music Direction byCharlie Rosen, the event featuredaward-winning playwrights, lyricists and composers introducing the stars who brought their work to life on stage, includingStephen Schwartz,Kirsten Childs,Gretchen CryerampNancy Ford,Sheldon Harnick,Benj PasekampJustin Paul, Laurence O'Keefe ampNell Benjamin,Steven SaterandBenjamin Scheuer.
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Theater Review: What’s the Favorable/Unfavorable on First Daughter Suite?

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Like the M34 bus, Michael John Lachiusa never disappoints for long: If you don’t enjoy one show, another will come by soon. At 53, he remains probably the most prolific of his cohort of theater composers, also writing his own lyrics and often his own books. In addition to his operas and song cycles and out-of-town experiments, eleven of his musicals have received full-scale New York productions, starting with First Lady Suite, at the Public, in 1993. By my taste buds, the results are delicious about half the time: I’m a fan of Hello Again, The Wild Party, and See What I Wanna See, among others. But even when I haven’t warmed to his work I’ve admired it; his intent is never less than to use the full resources of the genre, and his own questing musical voice, to explore serious themes. If the execution is sometimes unconvincing,
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