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Casting directors came out from behind the curtain to be honored by their peers last night at the 25th Annual Artios Awards. The bi-coastal awards, which were held simultaneously at the new Times Center in New York City and the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, are presented yearly for outstanding achievement in casting in theater, film, and television categories on the criteria of originality, creativity, and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project.Celebrity awards presenters in New York were Patrick Wilson ("Little Children," "Angels in America"), Carrie Preston ("True Blood"), Michael Shannon ("Revolutionary Road"), Jennifer Morrison ("House"), Bill Pullman ("Oleanna"), Christine Ebersole ("Grey Gardens"), Vincent Kartheiser ("Mad Men"), and Elizabeth Reaser ("Twilight"). Stanley Tucci and producer Daryl Roth presented the New York Big Apple Award to Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, whose "Love, Loss and What I Wore" recently opened Off-Broadway to rave reviews.See full article at Backstage »
The foothold of British musicals on Broadway is loosening with the closure of Les Miserables after a 16-year-run on Sunday. The Cameron Mackintosh-produced musical finished after 6,680 performances and now leaves Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom Of The Opera as the only remaining 1980's British musical in New York. However, the last night was a celebratory one, with an invite-only audience of previous cast members, creatives, friends and relatives joined together to commemorate the success of the long-running French revolution show. The performance on the night also took longer than usual as audience members interrupted the run regularly to clap and cheer. Mackintosh took to the stage after the show with authors Alain Boublil and Claude-michel Schonberg and co-directors Trevor Nunn and John Caird. Mackintosh said, "Time for au revoir," and thanked "all the great, fantastic casts we've had before." Les Miz was based on Victor Hugo's novel, and opened in New York on March 12, 1987. It won eight Tony awards and grossed $410 million in the city alone.