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Review: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

Guillermo del Toro who – alongside Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan – conceived the story for this screen adaptation of the beloved spooky children’s books of the same name by Alvin Schwartz, has been eager to get this project seen by an equally youthful audience. Passed as a PG-13 in the Us, here in the UK the film has been classified a 15 but this does not harm a film that is mostly quite capable of satisfying older and younger horror fans alike. Less an anthology horror structure and more of a story in the vein of It, this film has the fingerprints of del Toro clearly visible on it and expresses the dark affection the film’s makers all have for the source material.

The story, set in 1968, sees a group of teens get in a bit of bother with the local bully on Halloween night and flee to the local
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‘Hostile Planet’ Producer Plimsoll Productions Hires Saul Goldberg To Run La Office

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Exclusive: Plimsoll Productions, the production company behind series including Nat Geo’s Hostile Planet and Yellowstone Live, is ramping up its U.S. activities with the hire of former Covert Media exec Saul Goldberg to run its La office.

This comes after the natural history producer, which is making raft of series for streaming services, including commissions from Apple’s forthcoming platform, received multi-million-dollar investment from private equity firm Ldc.

Goldberg joins the company, founded by former Zodiak USA chief Grant Mansfield, as Vice President of Development and Production. He will oversee Plimsoll’s U.S. slate across factual entertainment and documentaries, building on its footprint, which now amounts to more than 75% of its business. He will work closely with Plimsoll Head of Factual Entertainment Karen Plumb, Head of Documentaries Richard Klein, and President of International Production and Development Andrew Jackson.

Most recently, Goldberg served as Head of Unscripted TV
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‘Life on the Moon’: Inside Robert Grossman’s Historical Graphic Novel

‘Life on the Moon’: Inside Robert Grossman’s Historical Graphic Novel
History and fantasy join forces for Life on the Moon, the debut graphic novel by illustrator Robert Grossman. Grossman, who died last year at the age of 78, was a longtime Rolling Stone cover artist and creator of the iconic poster for 1980’s Airplane!

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Published by Yoe Books earlier this summer, Life on the Moon is a historical yet humorous book that deviates from the traditional graphic novel in that a single illustration with accompanying text makes up each of the 400 pages. The plot is loosely based on the 1835 Great Moon Hoax,
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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Adds ‘Yesterday’ Star Himesh Patel (Exclusive)

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Adds ‘Yesterday’ Star Himesh Patel (Exclusive)
Fresh off his lead role in Universal’s “Yesterday,” Himesh Patel has found his next tentpole with Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” sources tell Variety.

Patel nabbed one of the last roles in the film and will star alongside John David Washington. The cast also includes Elizabeth Debicki, Robert Pattinson, Clémence Poésy, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh. Production is currently underway.

“Tenet,” which is being filmed on location across seven countries, is an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage. Buzz about the film has increased since Warner Bros. secretly released a teaser for it ahead of Imax screenings of “Hobbs & Shaw” almost a year in advance of “Tenet’s” July 17, 2020 release.

Nolan is directing from his own original screenplay and will use a mix of Imax and 70mm film to bring the story to the big screen. He and his wife, Emma Thomas, are
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Bww TV: The Cast of Moulin Rouge! Parties Like It's 1899 on Opening Night

The Al Hirschfeld Theatre was the place to be last night as Moulin Rouge officially opened on Broadway. Directed by Alex Timbers Tony Award-nominated for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher Moulin Rouge The Musical has a book by John Logan Tony Award for Red, choreography by Sonya Tayeh Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for Kung Fu, and Emmy winner, and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
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Photo Coverage: Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit and More Celebrate Opening Night of Moulin Rouge!

The Al Hirschfeld Theatre was the place to be last night as Moulin Rouge officially opened on Broadway. Directed by Alex Timbers Tony Award-nominated for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher Moulin Rouge The Musical has a book by John Logan Tony Award for Red, choreography by Sonya Tayeh Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for Kung Fu, and Emmy winner, and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
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Photo Coverage: On the Opening Night Red Carpet for Moulin Rouge!

The Al Hirschfeld Theatre was the place to be last night as Moulin Rouge officially opened on Broadway. Directed by Alex Timbers Tony Award-nominated for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher Moulin Rouge The Musical has a book by John Logan Tony Award for Red, choreography by Sonya Tayeh Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for Kung Fu, and Emmy winner, and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
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Photo Coverage: Moulin Rouge! Company Takes Opening Night Bows!

The Al Hirschfeld Theatre was the place to be last night asMoulin Rougeofficially opened on Broadway. Directed by Alex Timbers Tony Award-nominated for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher Moulin Rouge The Musical has a book by John Logan Tony Award for Red, choreography by Sonya Tayeh Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for Kung Fu, and Emmy winner, and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
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‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ Review: All You Need Is Love Songs By The Dozens

Even the most wholly original works of art can, in the service of story or character or heart, summon the stray memory, the whispery chill of déjà vu. They’ll switch on the bittersweet recall of better times or drip-drop echoey little splashes of the worst. Most, though, remember to turn the damn spigot off.

Watching Broadway’s truly lovely-looking, golden-oldie-stuffed Moulin Rouge! The Musical, opening tonight, I was reminded time and time (and time) again not only of life’s circumstances when this or that hit song first caught our shared attention, but of Moulin‘s spiritual predecessor. I thought of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 movie, too, but the predecessor that never escaped my mind was Name That Tune, the old game show in which contestants vied to be the first to recognize a song in as few notes as possible.

Directed by Alex Timbers, whose stage credits include the transcendent and the okay (Beetlejuice), Moulin Rouge! both adheres to, and expands upon, Luhrmann’s dazzling, hyper-stylish film starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. The plot and setting are the same: We’re in fin-de-siècle Paris (1899 and Montmartre to be exact), inside the legendary nightclub of the title.

Actually, legendary might be a tad premature – a mere 10 years into its extant existence, the tales of debauched, defiant Bohemians of many and varied stripes are just taking root. The club is hot hot hot, but broke.

Not that you’d know by looking at it. In the miracle-working hands of scenic designer Derek McLane, Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre is transformed into a red velvet heart-shaped fever dream, a gloriously naughty, gender-mucked Valentine from a last-gasp Victorian Era. Costume designer Catherine Zuber matches the mood with the sort of flashy divine decadence undergarments-as-outer that we’ve come to expect after so many Cabaret revivals, but few will begrudge the familiarity. Dazzle is dazzle, never more so than when Sonya Tayeh is choreographing with a kitchen sink approach that encompasses can-can, Fosse and Single Ladies.

We’ll take it on faith that this nightclub has to sell itself to a devilish Duke.

At least, that’s the plan dreamed up by Harold (a couldn’t be better Danny Burstein), the leering emcee of this cabaret, er, nightclub who conspires with his star performer/courtesan and longtime from-the-streets pal Satine (Karen Olivio) to give the rich and vicious-by-reputation Duke of Monroth (Tam Mutu) whatever he wants, and whenever he wants it.

The complication is Christian – sometimes the show is just that literal – a naive young and very poor composer from Ohio (where else? what else?) who has come for a slice of La Vie Boheme and finds it straight off. He meets artist Toulouse-Lautrec (Sahr Ngaujah) and Argentinian gigolo Santiago (Ricky Rojas) and, through them, the Moulin Rouge and Satine.

There’s a mix-up/meet-cute involving the Duke, Christian (Aaron Tveit) and Satine, but identities are sorted soon enough, and before you can say “my dad has a barn” the gang is planning a new musical that will save the club, revolutionize the art form, provide Christian with the recognition he deserves and make a star of Satine.

At least, that’s how it should go. But the Duke’s wallet comes with a string attached to Satine, who now must dump Christian lest he wind up face down in the Seine. Oh, and Satine only has a week or so to live, her countdown tick-tocked by the size of the rouge splotch on her white hanky.

Plotwise, that’s pretty much it. John Logan’s book adds no big (or small) surprises and little emotion – what genuine feeling graces Moulin Rouge comes via the likes of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, when a “Your Song” pushes the exact button intended. Both Tveit and Olivo are wonderful singers and fine actors, but neither can bring much depth to these stock stage musical characters.

Olivo makes a better go of it, partly because Timbers and Logan have given her a rawer Satine than Luhrmann gave Kidman. This survivor is no porcelain doll, and if her backstory of child prostitution and sisterhood of the streets seems a bit tacked on, well, a character needs notes to hit just as much as any singer does.

Still, even the best of these character flourishes begin to feel like also-ran ideas running to catch up with what must have been the founding concept for this adaptation: the cover songs. The term “jukebox musical” is often one of disparagement, but rarely has it felt more appropriate. What seemed like a clever little motif in the film – having late 19th Century bohos strutting to “Lady Marmalade” or jamming to T. Rex – here becomes the raison d’être. The movie’s original soundtrack lists 17 songs, nearly all cover versions of hits, and though a few numbers in the movie were left off the record, even the second volume couldn’t combine to match the 70 (!) songs of the stage version.

Granted, most of those are more snippet than song, which is either good or bad, I suppose, depending on whether your era of choice got much snipping. While the movie leaned, aurally at least, on ’70s nostalgia, the stage production updates with Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, OutKast, Britney Spears, Beyonce, the White Stripes, Florence and the Machine, Seal, Adele, Sia and whoever sang “Shut Up + Dance.”

Good, catchy songs, no disputing that, whether you favor “Bad Romance” or “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Chandelier” or “The Sound of Music.” And certainly the track listing itself can be fun in a guess-what’s-next, parlor-game sort of way, at least initially. Wears thin fast, though, certainly by the time we get to the end of the overlong first act where we’re met with what’s been called the “Elephant Love Medley” since the movie.

Performed by Satine and Christian in her elephant-shaped dressing room, the medley strings together what begins to feel like every love song ever written. Here’s the list, courtesy of Playbill: “All You Need is Love/Love is Just a Game/I Was Made for Loving You/Just One Night/Pride (In the Name of Love)/Can’t Help Falling In Love/Don’t You Want Me/Don’t Speak/I Love You Always Forever/It Ain’t Me Babe/Love Hurts/Love is a Battlefield/Play the Game/Such Great Heights/Torn/Take On Me/Fidelity/What’s Love Got To Do with It/Everlasting Love/Up Where We Belong/Heroes/I Will Always Love You).”

The something-for-everyone approach has its advantages – not least a steady stream of applause and recognition chuckles that make Moulin Rouge! feel like one of the liveliest shows on Broadway. With box office soaring), this reportedly $28 million enterprise will swat away any stray critical brickbats like so many gnats.

But I don’t think I’ll be the only one leaning more toward grimace than grin. There’s another bit of nostalgia detritus that drifted across my mind during

“Elephant Love Medley,” and if you can’t manage my recommended Hadestown or Tootsie to see musicals with genuine heart, take another route and search YouTube for the Cher and David Bowie duet from 1975’s The Cher Show. It’s a classic of its type called “Young Americans Medley,” featuring the two icons (one coked to his different-colored eyeballs) performing a musical daisy-chain. “Song sung blue/everybody knows one/Is the loneliest number…” You can fast-forward when you’ve had enough.
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Filming Begins On Christopher Nolan’s Tenet Starring Robert Pattinson

Filming has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Tenet,” being directed by Christopher Nolan.

Tenet,” which is being filmed on location across seven countries, is an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.

Nolan is directing from his own original screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 70mm film to bring the story to the screen.

The international ensemble cast is led by John David Washington and also stars Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.

The film is being produced by Nolan and Emma Thomas. Thomas Hayslip is serving as executive producer.

Nolan’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Jennifer Lame, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, and visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson. The score is being composed by Ludwig Göransson.

Warner Bros. Pictures is distributing “Tenet” worldwide and has slated
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Tenet Cast, Release Date and More for Next Christopher Nolan Movie

Kirsten Howard Aug 27, 2019

A new Christopher Nolan movie awaits us next year. Here's everything we know about Tenet...

Filming is now underway on Tenet, a brand-new project from Christopher Nolan due out next summer. It'll have been three years since the acclaimed director's last film, Dunkirk, at that point.

For Tenet, Nolan is re-teaming with a big chunk of his Dunkirk crew, including DoP Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, and visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson. Nolan has picked Black Panther and Creed composer Ludwig Göransson to create a score this time, and has also ditched long-time favorite Lee Smith for Hereditary editor Jennifer Lame.

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Tenet Cast

Himesh Patel has landed one of the last mystery main cast roles for Tenet, reports Variety. He comes into the ensemble with significant
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Kenneth Branagh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Michael Caine join Christopher Nolan’s new filmed – ‘Tenet’

To mark the start of production on Christopher Nolan’s previously untitled next project – now known as ‘Tenet’ – Warner Bros have announced the full cast list. Kenneth Branagh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Michael Caine have jumped onboard the already impressive cast list.

Branagh, Johnson and Caine join the international ensemble cast which is led by John David Washington and also stars Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia and Clémence Poésy.

Nolan is directing from his own original screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 70mm film to bring the story to the screen. ‘Tenet’ will be filmed on location across seven countries and is being described as an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.

Also in news – New behind the scenes images revealed for ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The last time we saw Nolan was for ‘Dunkirk’, the wartime epic earned Nolan his first Oscar Nomination.
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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Starts Shooting; More Cast Members Added

Filming has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ Tenet, which is being directed by Christopher Nolan.

Tenet, which is being filmed on location across seven countries, is described as an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.

Nolan is directing from his own original screenplay, utilising a mixture of IMAX® and 70mm film to bring the story to the screen.

The international ensemble cast is led by John David Washington and also stars Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, with Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.

Related: Dunkirk review

The film is being produced by Nolan and Emma Thomas. Thomas Hayslip is serving as executive producer.

Nolan’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Jennifer Lame, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, and visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson. The score is being composed by Ludwig Göransson.

Warner Bros. Pictures
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Christopher Nolan’s Action Epic Is Titled ‘Tenet,’ Hoyte van Hoytema and Ludwig Göransson Sign On

Christopher Nolan’s Action Epic Is Titled ‘Tenet,’ Hoyte van Hoytema and Ludwig Göransson Sign On
Christopher Nolan’s upcoming action movie set for release in 2020 now has an official title: “Tenet.” Up until now the project has been described as a “massive, innovative, action blockbuster which will again be shown in Imax,” but Variety now confirms the movie is set in the world of international espionage. Plot specifics remain under wraps. The movie will be filmed across seven countries.

Joining previously announced cast members John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki, and Robert Pattinson are Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh, Clémence Poésy, Dimple Kapadia, and Michael Caine. Branagh previously starred in Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” which earned Nolan his first Best Director Oscar nomination. Caine has been a frequent collaborator of Nolan’s as a co-star in “Inception,” “The Prestige,” and “The Dark Knight” trilogy. “Tenet” will be a reunion between Nolan and Caine after the actor sat out “Dunkirk” (one his voice appeared in the film).

“Tenet” will
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Christopher Nolan’s New Film Gets a Title as Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Caine Join the Cast

Christopher Nolan’s New Film Gets a Title as Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Caine Join the Cast
Christopher Nolan’s next movie now has a title and a rounded-out cast, as Warner Bros. announced on Wednesday that it is called “Tenet.”

John David Washington leads the previously announced cast that also stars Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki. And joining the project are Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.

Filming has also now begun on “Tenet,” which is being filmed on location across seven countries and is described only as an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage. Nolan will further be shooting “Tenet” in a combination of IMAX and 70mm film.

Also Read: Christopher Nolan Is Trying to Make Sure His Movies Won't Look Weird on TV

Warner Bros. has additionally unveiled the creative team on the project. Hoyte van Hoytema is the director of photography, Nathan Crowley is the production designer, Jennifer Lane is the editor, Jeffrey Kurland designed the costumes,
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Christopher Nolan’s New Movie Gets A Title, Final Cast As Shooting Begins

Christopher Nolan’s New Movie Gets A Title, Final Cast As Shooting Begins
Warner Bros said Wednesday that shooting has begun on Tenet, which is now officially the title of Christopher Nolan’s secretive next movie. It also has added Michael Caine, Dunkirk‘s Kenneth Branagh, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Clémence Poésy to and ensemble cast topped by John David Washington along with Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki.

The film, Nolan’s first feature since 2017’s Oscar-nominated Dunkirk, is being described as an action epic revolving around the world of international espionage. He wrote the original screenplay and shooting spanning seven countries is now underway. The studio has already set a July 17, 2020 release date for it.

Nolan and Emma Thomas are producing, with Thomas Hayslip executive producer. The Tenet team includes Dunkirk’s director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema and editor Jennifer Lame, production designer Nathan Crowley, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland and VFX supervisor Andrew Jackson.

The score is being composed by
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Christopher Nolan’s New Film Casts Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh

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Christopher Nolan’s New Film Casts Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kenneth Branagh will appear in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film, “Tenet,” led by John David Washington.

Clémence Poésy, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine are also joining the cast that includes Washington as well as Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson.

“Tenet,” which is being filmed on location across seven countries, is an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.

Nolan is directing from his own original screenplay and will use a mix of Imax and 70mm film to bring the story to the big screen.

Nolan and his wife, Emma Thomas are producing the movie, while Thomas Hayslip is serving as executive producer.

Nolan’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Jennifer Lame, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, and visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson. The score is being composed by Ludwig Göransson.

Warner Bros. Pictures is distributing “Tenet” worldwide.
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Spec Script Suggests that Thanos Hosting Could Be a Lot of Fun

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Spec Script Suggests that Thanos Hosting Could Be a Lot of Fun
Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, upcoming fourth-timer Paul Rudd — seems like nearly every major “Avengers” star has hosted “Saturday Night Live” at some point. But whither Thanos? Yes, Josh Brolin, in his non-purple state, has hosted the show twice, but why shouldn’t the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most powerful supervillain get a chance to take over Studio 8H?

To dig into this question, editor and comedian Dominick Nero created a spec script for “Saturday Night Live” to address this issue — and also poke a little fun at the familiar rhythms of the long-running sketch series. Not every sketch is a winner (just like on regular “Saturday Night Live”) but it’s a fun read for anyone trying to avoid “Endgame” spoilers, one which invokes memories of classic viral specs like Billy Domineau’s “‘Seinfeld’ does 9/11” script.

what would it be like if Thanos hosted Saturday Night Live?
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Trump Thinks George Washington Could Have Done More to Promote His Brand

If President Trump knows anything, it’s how to promote a brand. He thinks George Washington could have done himself a favor.

On Wednesday, Politico published a story about a trip the president and first lady took to Mount Vernon last April with French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte. Mount Vernon is the sprawling Virginia estate of George Washington that has been turned into a historical center and common destination for middle school field trips. Trump was dismayed that the first president didn’t slap his name all over the place.
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Drama League Names 2019 Special Honorees: Kelli O’Hara, Alex Timbers And Taylor Mac

Tony-winning actress Kelli O’Hara, playwright Taylor Mac and Beetlejuice director Alex Timbers will receive special honors at the upcoming Drama League Awards. The three recipients, along with winners in five competitive categories, will pick up their awards at the Drama League’s annual event in Manhattan on May 17.

O’Hara, currently starring in Broadway’s Kiss Me, Kate revival and in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, will be honored with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award. Among her many stage credits: The Bridges of Madison County, South Pacific and her 2015 Tony-winning performance in The King and I. On TV, she played Mrs. Darling in NBC’s live telecast of Peter Pan, and has roles in The Good Fight and Masters of Sex.

Timbers will be the recipient of the League’s Founders Award for Excellence in Directing. He is a two-time Tony-nominated director and writer whose credits include Peter and the Starcatcher,
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