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‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Closing Up Shop + More NY 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! The chocolate factory is closing.Following its opening this past spring, Broadway’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” has announced it will play its final performance at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Jan. 14, 2018. The tuner, based on the Roald Dahl film, stars Christian Borle as iconic Willy Wonka,
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‘King Kong’ Sets Official Broadway Dates + More NYC 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! “Kong” is coming.After much speculation, “King Kong” has officially gotten the Broadway greenlight. Based on the 1932 novel, this adaptation will be written by Jack Thorne, directed by Drew McOnie, and feature a score by Marius de Vries, with songs by Eddie Perfect. It
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Rannells, Parsons, Bomer to Lead B’way’s ‘Boys in the Band’ + 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! The boys in the band are heading to Broadway.Producers Ryan Murphy and David Stone have assembled a sterling cast of A-listers for the first-ever Broadway production of Mart Crowley’s 1968 dramatic comedy, “Boys in the Band.” Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello,
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Musical Comedy ‘The Prom’ Sets Broadway Bow + More New York 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! Find your date to “The Prom.”The new Broadway season is just barely underway, but plans are already being made for the one that will follow. “The Prom,” the Casey Nicholaw-helmed musical comedy that had its world premiere in Atlanta last year, has
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Lee Pace Joins ‘Angels in America’ on Broadway + More New York 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! A screen star will step into “Angels.”One of this theater season’s most anticipated events is the revival of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” the two-part drama that will bow at the Neil Simon Theatre Feb. 23, 2018. The Marianne Elliott-directed production has
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Lindsay Mendez Joins Broadway’s ‘Carousel’ + More New York 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! Mendez steps in for Wolfe.Following the somewhat shocking news that Betsy Wolfe would depart the forthcoming Broadway revival of “Carousel” after her casting was announced, the golden age tuner has found its new Carrie Pipperidge. Lindsay Mendez, who has played Elphaba in “Wicked
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Tony Winner Jessie Mueller Leads New Musical Reading + More NYC 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! Jessie Mueller lines up a busy fall.Ahead of her return to Broadway in the spring 2018 revival of “Carousel,” Tony winner Jessie Mueller will lead industry readings of the new musical, “The Museum of Broken Relationships.” The piece, depicting an old suitcase and a
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The Cher Musical Announces Broadway Timeline + More New York Theater News

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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! There’s life after love on Broadway.“The Cher Show,” a musical using the songs of the titular icon’s prolific songbook to tell the story of her life, is coming to Broadway. The tuner will open at the Neil Simon Theatre in fall
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‘Emojiland’ Musical Is Holding Industry Readings + More NY Theater News

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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! The Emoji musical is coming.It is 2017, which means we are getting an Emoji musical. Morgan Weed (“American Psycho”), Nora Schell (“Spamilton”), Rheaume Crenshaw (“Groundhog Day”), and more have signed on for readings of “Emojiland: The Musical,” directed by Whitney White. The two invite-only
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‘SpongeBob’ Musical Completes Its Deep-Sea Cast + More New York Theater News

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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! “SpongeBob” rounds out its deep-sea cast.Ahead of its first preview on Nov. 6, “SpongeBob SquarePants” the musical has announced the final additions to its cast. Wesley Taylor, “Smash” and “Addams Family” alum, will play Plankton, and Brian Ray Norris will be making his Broadway debut as Mr.
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‘Angels in America’ Announces Broadway Transfer + More New York Theater News

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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! Angels will fly across the pond.After a highly lauded run in the West End, the recent “Angels in America” revival will play Broadway with much of the original cast intact. The Tony Kushner drama will arrive at the Neil Simon Theater in spring 2018, and will star Nathan Lane,
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'Game of Thrones' Parody Musical Coming to Off-Broadway + More 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! Winter is coming—to Off-Broadway.If there’s a dragon-sized hole in your heart following this week’s season finale of “Game of Thrones,” there is a silver lining. For a three-week run this October, “Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical — An Unauthorized
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New Evans Announced for ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ + More New York Theater Happenings

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! New Evans will wave through a window.Following Ben Platt’s announcement that he will leave his Tony-winning title role in Broadway’s “Dear Evan Hansen” this November, two of his successors have been named. Following Platt’s final performance on Nov. 19, “The Real
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Bruce Springsteen Sets Broadway Dates + More New York 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, the 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! The Boss will rock the Broadway.It’s true: after speculation, it’s now confirmed that Bruce Springsteen will be making his Broadway debut this fall at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The one man show, “Springsteen on Broadway,” will have its first preview on Oct.
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Broadway’s Casting Directors Rally in NYC to Demand Health Care, Pensions

Just three days before the 2017 Tony Awards, Broadway’s casting directors rallied in the streets of New York City to galvanize efforts to unionize and negotiate a contract with the Broadway League, which would provide this facet of the industry—one of the only without a union—with health insurance and pension plans. The rally, held on June 8 outside Radio City Music Hall while rehearsals for the 71st annual Tony Awards took place inside, saw dozens from the Broadway and casting communities assemble. Most held signs which read: “I support casting directors.” Among those rallying was Bernie Telsey, the casting force behind such shows as “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” and “Hello, Dolly!,” and who founded the prolific Telsey + Company. “We’re the only creative people working on Broadway today that don’t have health benefits and don’t have pension benefits,” Telsey said of Broadway’s approximately 40 casting directors. “It’s ludicrous
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‘This Is Us’ Casting Director Discusses Reason Why New York Talents Are Being Discovered Later In Their Careers

When casting a television series, there can be few tasks more daunting than piecing together a believable TV family—as any viewer of NBC’s hit series This Is Us can surely tell you, family is complicated. This is the task casting director Tiffany Little Canfield took on, alongside her New York partner, Bernard Telsey, playing a critical role in the series’ success in bringing together one of the most beloved families on television. Canfield’s assignment was…
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Jennifer Holliday, Norbert Leo Butz Hit McC Theater’s 2017 Miscast Gala

(Above) Two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz performs at McC Theater's annual Miscast Gala at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Some of Broadway’s most luminous stars stepped out to support McC Theater at its 2017 edition of the annual Miscast Gala on April 3. The event, held inside New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, did as it does each year: allow stars of the stage to perform songs from roles in which they’d never be cast. The event this year had an added significance, as it also marked McC Theater’s 30th anniversary. The driving forces behind the theater company—artistic directors Robert LuPone, Bernie Telsey, and William Cantler along with executive director Blake West—were on hand to introduce the event. Additionally, the team later revealed that, through the ceremony alone, over $1 million had been raised towards McC’s programming. Among these programs is McC’s Youth Company, which bestowed its 2017 alumni award upon Xavier Galva,
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Csa Celebrates Casting’s Best With 2017 Artios Nominees

The Casting Society of America (Csa) is ringing in the new year with their announcement of the entertainment industry’s top casting professionals. On Jan. 19 the 32nd Annual Artios Awards, recognizing excellence in the art of casting, will be hosted in a bi-coastal ceremony by Joel McHale and Michael Urie at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and at Stage 48 in New York City, respectively. Recently announced feature film casting nominees join the television, theater, web series, and short film categories unveiled in September. All honorees were submitted by Csa members and met specific eligibility requirements, including the newly added unscripted TV series category. Among the nominees are casting pros David Rubin, Bernard Telsey, Linda Lamontagne, Stephen Kopel , Jim Carnahan, and many more. “Perfect casting can make all the difference,” said Csa President Richard Hicks in a statement. “Finding exactly the right actor or actress to bring the story
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Casting Society of America Nominations: ‘Jackie,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals’ and ‘Christine’ Among Eclectic List of Contenders

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Casting Society of America Nominations: ‘Jackie,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals’ and ‘Christine’ Among Eclectic List of Contenders
The guild award nominations keep coming in. The Casting Society of America has announced the nominees in its feature film categories for the 32d annual Artios Awards, which honor outstanding achievement in casting. “Arrival,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Hidden Figures,” “Nocturnal Animals” and “The Girl on the Train” all picked up nods in the big-budget drama category, with “Captain Fantastic,” “Jackie,” “Lion,” “Loving” and “Manchester by the Sea” doing likewise in the studio or independent drama field.

Joel McHale will host the Los Angeles ceremony, while Michael Urie is on duty at the New York ceremony; both take place on January 19. Full list of nominees below.

Read More: SAG Film Nominations Surprise With ‘Captain Fantastic,’ Emily Blunt, and More

Big Budget — Comedy

Deadpool” — Ronna Kress, Jennifer Page (Location Casting), Corinne Clark (Location Casting)

“Hail, Caesar!” — Ellen Chenoweth, Susanne Scheel (Associate)

La La Land” — Deborah Aquila, Tricia Wood
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Here Are the Best-Cast Films of 2016, According to Top Casting Directors

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Here Are the Best-Cast Films of 2016, According to Top Casting Directors
Casting directors have a strange distinction in the awards world: Their guild has an Academy branch, but it’s the only one without its own Oscar category. Imagine for a moment that they did. What are the best-cast films of 2016?

IndieWire asked 13 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. There were a few restrictions worth noting. Although casting directors often get early sneak peeks at films, many noted there are some films they still hadn’t seen. In particular, many are anxious to find out what legendary casting director Ellen Lewis has cooked up for Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” The other restriction, which was imposed as responses came in: They couldn’t all write about “Moonlight.” (We’ll dig further into the casting of that film in another article.)

Read More: Casting Directors and the Academy: Why Lynn Stalmaster’s Honorary Oscar Matters
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