Highlights From "August: Osage County" Starring Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis and Ewan McGregor head the cast of "August: Osage County," the film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play which earned multiple Tony Awards including Best Play, Best Direction of a Play, Best Leading Actress in a Play and Best Featured Actress in a Play. Directed by John Wells ("ER," "Shameless") and with a script by Letts, the film takes a darkly comedic look into the troubled Weston family whose strong-willed women reunite after a death in the family. The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 27. Read the Playbill Brief Encounter with Letts.
Highlights From the 25th Annual Gypsy of the Year For the second year in a row The Lion King won Best Presentation while Kinky Boots took top fundraising honors (with $377,301 raised) at the 25th annual Gypsy of the Year Competition. The Dec. 9-10 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS event presented at the Minskoff Theatre collected a grand total of $4,343,234. The Lion King’s winning presentation, choreographed by Ray Mercer, was offered in memory of South Africa’s late President Nelson Mandela. Since 1989, the 25 editions of Gypsy of the Year have raised a total of $57,277,815 to benefit BC/EFA. Read the Playbill story.
Highlights From Martha Clarke's Chéri Starring Amy Irving Martha Clarke's world-premiere of Chéri opened Off-Broadway Dec. 8 at the Signature Theatre Company. Inspired by the Colette novel of the same title, this new work is a fusion of theatre, live music, and dance. Set in Paris' Belle Époque era, the story of forbidden love between a young man and an older woman features Academy Award nominee Amy Irving, American Ballet Theatre
principal dancer Herman Cornejo, prima ballerina assoluta Alessandra Ferri and pianist Sarah Rothenberg. Performances run through Dec. 29. Read the Playbill story.
Highlights From The Nutcracker at the Marriott Theatre The music of Tchaikovsky brings the classic tale of The Nutcracker to life on stage at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL. When Marie receives a beautiful nutcracker for Christmas from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer, it comes to life as a handsome Prince. The pair battles the wicked Mouse King and begins a magical journey to reach the Sugar Plum Fairy. Performances are through Dec. 28. See Playbill’s Listings for details.
All The Way
Art of the Brick
Bullets over Broadway
Heart and Lights
Of Mice and Men
The Bridges of Madison County
The Realistic Joneses
The Velocity of Autumn
Tony n' Tina's Wedding