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2020 Broadway spring season preview of plays: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards?

As we are now about halfway through the Broadway season, and there are currently 12 productions of plays set to open this spring. Could we be seeing any of them contend at this year’s Tony Awards? Below, we recap the plot of each play as well as the awards history of its author, cast, creative types, the opening, and (where applicable) closing dates.

“My Name is Lucy Barton” (opens January 15; closes February 29)

In this stage adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s 2016 novel of the same name, the story follows the title character, who, unsteady after an operation, awakens to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings Lucy back to her desperate rural childhood and her escape to New York. As she begins to find herself as a writer, she is still gripped by the urgent complexities of family life.
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Armie Hammer, Jessie Mueller Among Large Broadway Cast Of Tracy Letts’ ‘The Minutes’; Premiere Set

  • Deadline
Broadway’s upcoming The Minutes by Tracy Letts has set its large cast with a roster that includes Armie Hammer, Jessie Mueller, Blair Brown and Letts himself in a production directed by Anna D. Shapiro, producers announced today.

The Letts-Shapiro pairing marks their first trip to Broadway since 2007 with their Pulitzer- and Tony-winning August: Osage County.

Previews for the 16-week limited engagement begin Feb. 25, 2020, at Broadway’s Cort Theatre, with an opening night of Sunday, March 15.

Letts, currently represented on Broadway with his play Linda Vista and last season starred in a revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, first staged The Minutes at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 2017.

The official synopsis: “The record-breaking hit production from Steppenwolf Theatre Company takes a look at the inner-workings of a city council meeting in the small town of Big Cherry – and the hypocrisy, greed, and ambition that follow. This powerful,
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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Won’t Have A Fast Travel System

Of all modern games that adopt a fast travel system in order to cut down on dreaded backtracking, you’d think Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order would more than justify its use. After all, Respawn’s single-player adventure set in a Galaxy Far, Far Away doesn’t just span multiple different locations of a single planet, but an entire galaxy. With Cal’s journey already confirmed to span multiple celestial bodies, the ability to flit between every previously unlocked location at the drop of a hat would surely be an integral feature, would it not?

According to Fallen Order‘s developer, not at all. As per a recent interview with USgamer, Respawn’s Blair Brown revealed to the site that no, players won’t be able to have Cal teleport at a moment’s notice and, depending on how much you value the element of exploration, that news will either
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Trailer for Marvel's Upcoming Wolverine: The Lost Trail Podcast

Marvel has shared the first trailer for the upcoming second season of their Wolverine podcast. The first season, Wolverine: The Long Night, was actually pretty great and worth listening to if you haven’t already. The second season is called Wolverine: The Lost Trail, and in it Logan heads to New Orleans.

We have a trailer for the new podcast for you to check out today along with a story summary that you can read here:

Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Lost Trail” is an epic quest that takes place in the Louisiana bayou. Following the events of Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Long Night,” Logan (Richard Armitage) returns to New Orleans in search of redemption, only to discover that his ex-lover, Maureen is nowhere to be found. And she's not the only one. Dozens of humans and mutants have gone missing, including the mother of a teenage boy, Marcus Baptiste. With Weapon X in close pursuit,
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James Greene, 'Parks and Recreation' Actor and Broadway Veteran, Dies at 91

James Greene, the character actor and Broadway veteran who had in a recurring role as the tactless Councilman Milton on Parks and Recreation, has died. He was 91.

Greene died Friday at his home in Los Angeles, his wife, Elsbeth M. Collins, told The Hollywood Reporter

Greene also was known for his stint as Davey McQuinn, the elevator attendant in Molly's (Blair Brown) apartment complex, on The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd. Created by Jay Tarses, the acclaimed comedy-drama ran on NBC and Lifetime from 1987-91.

Greene made his Broadway debut as a member of the chorus in a 1951 ...
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Marvel and Stitcher announce Wolverine: The Lost Trail

Marvel and Stitcher have announced Wolverine: The Lost Trail, the follow-up to the hit scripted podcast Wolverine: The Long Night, which will see Richard Armitage reprising his role as Logan for a 10-episode season launching in 2019.

Marvel’s Wolverine: The Lost Trail is an epic quest that takes place in the Louisiana bayou. Following the events of Marvel’s Wolverine: The Long Night, Logan (Richard Armitage) returns to New Orleans in search of redemption, only to discover that his ex-lover, Maureen is nowhere to be found. And she’s not the only one. Dozens of humans and mutants have gone missing, including the mother of a teenage boy, Marcus Baptiste. With Weapon X in close pursuit, Logan and Marcus must team up and follow a trail of clues that leads them deep into the gothic heart of the bayou, where they encounter biker gangs, Cajun thieves and a world of wonders that defies explanation.
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‘Wolverine: The Lost Trail’: Marvel Podcast Renewed for Season 2, Will Return to Stitcher in 2019

Marvel’s first scripted podcast is back for another round of episodes, but the audio saga of “Wolverine” is taking a detour along the way.

As “Wolverine: The Long Night” heads towards this week’s finale, Marvel and Stitcher announced today that the podcast has been renewed for Season 2, a new installment titled “Wolverine: The Lost Trail.” Venturing from the frigid climes of rural Alaska to New Orleans, this new season will follow Logan (Richard Armitage) as he travels through the bayou on the lookout for answers surrounding the disappearance of a former lover.

Read More: ‘Wolverine: The Long Night’: Marvel’s First Scripted Podcast is Doing What Their Films and TV Shows Never Could

Marvel and Stitcher released the following synopsis for the upcoming season:

“Marvel’s ‘Wolverine: The Lost Trail’ is an epic quest that takes place in the Louisiana bayou. Following the events of Marvel’s ‘Wolverine: The Long Night,
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Off Broadway Review: ‘Mary Page Marlowe’

  • Variety
In “Mary Page Marlowe,” Tracy Letts, the Tony-winning actor (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”) and Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright (“August: Osage County”), takes his cue from a sage passage from the writings of Joan Didion: “I think we are well-advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be. Otherwise, they turn up unannounced and surprise us.”

Mary Page, who is played by six different actresses (including Blair Brown and the freshly Emmy-nominated Tatiana Maslany) at ten stages of her life in this poetic mood piece, is the kind of character who grows, and grows, and grows on you. When first met, she’s 40 years old, separating from her husband, and preparing to relocate from Dayton, Ohio, to Lexington, Kentucky, a move that unsettles her two children. As played by Susan Pourfar, she’s almost comically stressed out, trying to juggle the complicated work and
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Listen: Tatiana Maslany Would Do an ‘Orphan Black’ Reunion on One Condition

  • Variety
Listen: Tatiana Maslany Would Do an ‘Orphan Black’ Reunion on One Condition
Hoping for an “Orphan Black” reunion? You’ll have to wait a while.

“[Creator] John Fawcett joked at one point that when I’m like 70, we’re gonna do like a reunion special,” said Tatiana Maslany, the Emmy-winning star of “Orphan Black,” speaking on the latest episode of Variety’s Stagecraft podcast. “So all the characters will be in an old age home. I’m up for that. That is logical to me. Something too soon doesn’t make sense. Let’s see when they’re geriatric!”

Listen to this week’s podcast for free below and at Apple Podcasts:

Currently making her New York stage debut in Second Stage Theater’s Off Broadway production of Tracy Letts’ “Mary Page Marlowe,” Maslany has flipped the playbook for her latest role: Rather than take on a dozen major roles at once, as she did in “Orphan Black,” she’s playing just the
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Bww TV: Tatiana Maslany & Company Explain What Tracy Letts' Mary Page Marlowe Is All About!

Second Stage Theater will soon present the New York Premiere of Tracy Letts' acclaimed play, Mary Page Marlowe, directed by Lila Neugebauer. David Aaron Baker and Nick Dillenburg will complete the cast featuring Blair Brown, Kayli Carter, Audrey Corsa, Marcia DeBonis, Ryan Foust, Tess Frazer, Emma Geer, Grace Gummer, Mia Sinclair Jenness, Brian Kerwin, Tatiana Maslany, Kellie Overbey, Susan Pourfar, Maria Elena Ramirez, Elliot Villar, and Gary Wilmes.
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9 Stars Who Played Jackie Kennedy, From Natalie Portman to Katie Holmes (Photos)

  • The Wrap
9 Stars Who Played Jackie Kennedy, From Natalie Portman to Katie Holmes (Photos)
Jackie Kennedy has been a favorite role for actresses the past half-century. Click on to see who’s donned the pink suit and pillbox hat to play one of America’s most famous First Ladies.

The real Jackie Kennedy (1929-1994) was born Jacqueline Bouvier and married the future President Kennedy in 1953, 10 years before he was assassinated in Dallas.

Divine “Eat Your Makeup” (1968).

Yes, the drag queen later famous for John Waters movies such as “Hairspray” impersonated Jackie in this tasteless reenactment of the JFK assassination, from Waters’ first 16 mm short.

Jacqueline Bisset

The Greek Tycoon” (1978).

This drama was loosely based on the former First Lady’s relationship with Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.

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“Kennedy” (1983).

This NBC miniseries starring Martin Sheen as the title character was pegged to the 20th anniversary of the JFK assassination.

Stephanie Romanov

Thirteen Days” (2000).

This political thriller about the Cuban missile crisis starred Kevin Costner
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Allyn Ann McLerie, Actress in 'Where's Charley?' and 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?' Dies at 91

Allyn Ann McLerie, Actress in 'Where's Charley?' and 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?' Dies at 91
Allyn Ann McLerie, the actress and dancer who starred in the Broadway and big-screen versions of Where's Charley? and played a freaked-out contestant in They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, has died. She was 91.

McLerie died May 21 in North Bend, Washington, her daughter, Iya Falcone Brown, announced.

On television, McLerie portrayed Blair Brown's mother on the 1987-91 NBC-Lifetime series The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd and played the priggish secretary of a widowed judge (Tony Randall) on the 1976-78 ABC-CBS sitcom The Tony Randall Show. Both shows were created by Jay Tarses.

McLerie also had a recurring role as ...
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5 Biggest Questions About This Year’s Tony Nominations

  • Variety
Harry Potter, Tina Fey, Denzel Washington, Panic! at the Disco: They could all end up sitting in the same room in six weeks, because they’re all contenders for nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards. Who’ll stand tall, and who’ll be shut out? Here are the five biggest questions about this year’s nominations, with answers set to come when nominators name their choices Tuesday morning.

1. Can any show beat “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”?

In the race for best play? Probably not. In a season that was fairly light on new plays, the sweeping two-parter “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” — beloved by critics, massively popular with audiences, and poised to run as long as “Hamilton” — is this season’s clear juggernaut. It’ll easily score a nod for best play and is already tipped to win in a category that’ll likely include “Farinelli and the King,
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Tatiana Maslany to Lead Tracy Letts Play Off-Broadway + More N.Y. Theater News

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! An Emmy winner sets her sights on the stage.Emmy Award-winning “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany will make her New York stage debut in “Mary Page Marlowe,” a new drama by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts. The Off-Broadway production, which will
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It never was you by Anne-Katrin Titze

Laurie Simmons on Kurt Weill's It Never Was You: "I love the words to the song because of Ellie [Laurie Simmons] assuming all these characters. It has so many meanings." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Laurie Simmons has assembled an impressive list of collaborators for her debut feature film My Art, including Barbara Sukowa, Blair Brown, Parker Posey, and Lena Dunham to go along with her film vignette reenactment partners Robert Clohessy, John Rothman and Josh Safdie.

Costume designer Stacey Battat (Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer's Still Alice, Scott McGehee and David Siegel's What Maisie Knew, Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled and The Bling Ring) and production designer Kelly McGehee (Oren Moverman's The Dinner and Time Out Of Mind, Reed Morano's Meadowland and I Think We're Alone Now) dressed up the actors and the sets respectively, and Celia Rowlson-Hall brilliantly recreated choreography from Joshua Logan's Picnic, starring William Holden and Kim Novak.
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“The Parisian Woman’s” Blair Brown on Being an Actress Over 40 and #MeToo

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In “The Parisian Woman,” which is now playing on Broadway, actress Blair Brown plays the newly-appointed head of the Federal Reserve Bank. Her conservative character is embroiled in a Washington scandal that involves her daughter (Phillipa Soo) and a socialite (Uma Thurman).

Blair’s credits include TV series such as “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd,” “Fringe,” and “Orange Is the New Black” and films “Altered States,” “Continental Divide,” and “Dogville.” She’s also worked extensively in theater, and won a Tony Award in 2000 for her role in “Copenhagen.”

We spoke to Brown about her new play, what it’s like to be a woman in Hollywood over 40, and her thoughts on the #MeToo movement.

“The Parisian Woman” is playing in a limited run at the Hudson Theatre. The play was written by “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon and is directed by Pam MacKinnon (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
See full article at Women and Hollywood »

The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd: Why Isn't the Blair Brown Series Available?

Do you remember The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd? Recently, star Blair Brown spoke with Deadline about the NBC/Lifetime TV show.The comedy-drama starred Brown as Molly Dodd, a divorced woman living in New York City. The show ran for two seasons on NBC between 1987 and 1988 before moving to Lifetime for another three seasons.Read More…
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Phillipa Soo on Playing a Young Activist in “The Parisian Woman” and Her Thoughts on #MeToo

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Phillipa Soo is no stranger to the Broadway stage. In the last few years, she has had leading roles in “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” “Hamilton,” and “Amélie.” The Julliard graduate, who primarily studied acting and not music, has a pivotal role in a new drama called “The Parisian Woman,” now playing at the Hudson Theatre. Written by “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon and directed by Pam MacKinnon, the play also stars Uma Thurman and Blair Brown. It’s modern tale of politics, relationships, and scandals, and is painfully relatable to the times we are living in.

We spoke to Soo recently about what it’s like being in a politically charged show in 2017, her collaborations, and the #MeToo movement.

“The Parisian Woman” is now playing on Broadway.

W&H: What’s it like going from mainly musicals to a full-fledged drama?

Ps: I had
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Rob Lowe to Star in, Direct Lifetime's Remake of Horror Classic The Bad Seed

Rob Lowe to Star in, Direct Lifetime's Remake of Horror Classic The Bad Seed
Rob Lowe is about to play the father of literally the most evil girl on the planet.

The Parks and Rec and West Wing alum is set to star in a remake of the classic horror film The Bad Seed for Lifetime, according to our sister site Deadline. (Lowe is also attached to direct the project, which isn’t confirmed yet, as Lifetime is still working to acquire the rights.) Lowe will play the dad of Emma, a demonic young girl who he learns is responsible for a terrible tragedy at her school. This version flips the gender of the original film,
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Blair Brown On Uma Thurman, Queen Lear – And The Mystery Of ‘Molly Dodd’

Blair Brown plays a D.C. doyenne of the right and designated head of the Fed in Beau Willimon’s Broadway play The Parisian Woman. This makes her the foil for Uma Thurman’s ambitious lefty agitator, who hopes Brown will put in a word with the unnamed boss – that would be Donald Trump – advancing her husband’s transition from tax lawyer to a choice judgeship. Fat chance. In what is easily the play’s most crackling scene, the two women engage in a conversational tango…
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