As if tackling daytime soap operas and the Academy Awards wasn’t challenge enough for James Franco (ex-Franco, “General Hospital”), the actor is gearing up to next take on broadway as he’s signed on to make his debut in “Of Mice and Men” next year. Franco will portray George in the production, which is based on the John Steinbeck novel of the same name. The character is one half of two migrant workers looking for employment during the Great Depression. Actor Chris O’Dowd will portray Lennie, the other migrant worker.
Scheduled to begin with preview performances on Wednesday, March 19, the play will officially open on Wednesday, April 16 and will run through Sunday, July 27. Staged at the Longacre Theatere in New York City, tickets will go on sale beginning Saturday, January 11.
“Of Mice and Men” is being produced by David Binder with Anna D. Shapiro serving as director.
According to Deadline Hollywood, “Magic Mike: The Musical” is heading to Broadway. Per the website, producers are actively working to turn the Channing Tatum blockbuster film about male strippers in Florida into a musical with Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey set to write songs, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa signed to write the book for the Broadway version. The film, released in 2012, was directed by Steven Soderbergh, who along with Tatum, Reid Carolin, Gregory Jacobs, and Nick Wechsler serve as producers on the musical.
“All My Children’s” Walt Willey (ex-Jack Montgomery) has traded in his Pine Valley cohorts for some characters with much less sex appeal: a group of puppets!
While Billy Magnussen (ex-Casey Hughes, “As The World Turns”) did not win Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for his performance as Spike in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” the play itself did win in the category of Best Play. Written by Christopher Durang, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” tells the story of Vanya (David Hyde Piece, “Frasier”) and Sonia (Kristine Nielsen,”Political Animals”) and Masha (Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”) and Spike (Magnussen), who together turn a generally quiet household into a standing circus full of intrigue and super fun.
“I don’t expect to get it. They usually don’t give it to you two years in a row. So for me the real thing is to have been nominated and to have been acknowledged in this way, which is really an acknowledgment of this extraordinary play by Richard Greenberg. This brilliant direction by Lynne Medow and this cast, which is my heart… I’m so appreciative, I really am,” said Judith Light (ex-Karen Wolek, “One Life to Live”) on the red carpet of the 2013 Tony Awards just moments before taking home her second Tony on Sunday, June 9. The actress won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her work as Faye in “The Assembled Parties.” The play also stars Jake Silbermann (ex-Noah Mayer, “As The World Turns”) playing the dual role of Scotty/Tim.
It’s been awhile since Terri Conn (ex-Aubrey Wentworth, “One Life to Live;” ex-Katie Peretti, “As the World Turns”) has been in the public eye, but that’s all about to change! The actress will be joining Anthony Rapp (“Kidnapped,” “Adventures in Babysitting”) and Patrick James Lynch (“At the Top of the Pyramid”) in leading a benefit reading of “Deleted Scenes,” an event that will generate proceeds to help the Hemophilia Association of New York.
Described as the love story behind “Doctor Zhivago,” the award-winning play “Lightning from Heaven,” written by “General Hospital” script writer Scott Sickles, will open for a limited engagement at New York City’s WorkShop Theater beginning Thursday, February 14th.
On Thursday, January 24, former “All My Children” star Christina Bennett Lind (ex-Bianca Montgomery) began appearing in the role of Susy Hendrix, a blind woman who finds herself opening doors to a psychopathic game of deceit and murder, in the John W. Engeman Theater Production of “Wait Until Dark.”
The story begins with Susy’s husband, Sam (portrayed by Steven Alan O’Brien), who’s persuaded by a strange woman to transport a doll across the Canadian border not knowing he is smuggling illicit drugs into the United States at the same time. Shortly afterward, Susy becomes the target of three-con men, headed by Roat (portrayed by actor Michael Sharon), who are on the hunt for the drugs and will go about any means necessary to get what they want. Even if that includes murder!
The 1967 film version of the Broadway play starred actress Audrey Hepburn in the role of Susy.
On Wednesday, January 30, “General Hospital’s” Sean Kanan (AJ Quartermaine) will be putting his comedic chops on display for Mavrick Artists Agency’s Comedy Showcase being held in Los Angeles, CA. The event is being hosted by Lorenzo Lamas, who co-starred with Kanan back in the early 2000′s on “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Lamas portrayed Hector Ramirez on the CBS daytime soap.
The event will be held at The Comedy Store, located at 8433 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069. You must be 21 years old or older in order to gain admission. For more information, call (323) 650-6268 or visit thecomedystore.com. Doors open at 7:30 PM for a prompt start time set for 8:00 PM.
Comedians Ant, Luenell, Mike Ivy, Scout Durwood, Cody Kopp, Jeff Richards, Rebekah Kochran, and Wayne Federman will also be participating in the showcase.
“One Life to Live’s” Matt Walton (ex-Elijah Clark/Elijah Kent) and “Passions” actress Erin Cardillo (ex-Esme Vanderheusen) have come together for a new comedy at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Beginning next month “Under My Skin,” a comedy that finds New York’s most eligible bachelor (Walton) and a single working mother (Cardillo) as they experience all the trials and tribulations of each others lives, hits the stage for a one month engagement (September 11 – October 7, 2012). The story tackles such hot topics as sex, love and healthcare.