Playbill.com : News Copyright (c) %2014 Playbill.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.playbill.com/ Playbill.com : News en-us 04/23/2014 08:58:35 AM 60 PHOTO CALL: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:15 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190306-PHOTO-CALL-Hedwig-and-the-Angry-Inch-Starring-Neil-Patrick-Harris-Opens-on-Broadway-Red-Carpet-Arrivals Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Emmy Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, opened on Broadway April 22 following previews that began March 29.]]> Matthew Blank and Joseph Marzullo Stage Adaptation of "The Last Testament: A Memoir By God" Heading to Broadway Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190318-Stage-Adaptation-of-The-Last-Testament-A-Memoir-By-God-Heading-to-Broadway An Act of God, a stage adaptation of the satirical publication "The Last Testament: A Memoir By God," will bow on Broadway in 2015, producer Jeffrey Finn announced April 23.

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Adam Hetrick
PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Robin De Jesus, Teal Wicks, Natalie Weiss and Putting the Pieces Together Cast Pick Inspirational Songs Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190314-PLAYBILL-PLAYLIST-Robin-De-Jesus-Teal-Wicks-Natalie-Weiss-and-Putting-the-Pieces-Together-Cast-Pick-Inspirational-Songs Two-time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesus, Teal Wicks and Natalie Weiss are among the performers set for Putting the Pieces Together: Volume 2, a benefit concert for autism awareness, April 24 at 54 Below. In anticipation of the evening, members of the cast pick inspirational songs as part of this week's Playbill Playlist

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Adam Hetrick
Brush Up Your Shakespeare: Ten Broadway Musicals Inspired By The Bard's Plays Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190301-Brush-Up-Your-Shakespeare-Ten-Broadway-Musicals-Inspired-By-The-Bards-Plays The gangsters in Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate implore the audience to "Brush up your Shakespeare." In honor of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, Playbill will help readers do just that — musical-theatre style — by taking a look back at ten Broadway musicals inspired by his plays, from Rodgers and Hart's The Boys From Syracuse to Joe DiPietro's All Shook Up.

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David Gewirtzman
Schools of the Stars: Where Casa Valentina Cast and Creators Went to College Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190298-Schools-of-the-Stars-Where-Casa-Valentina-Cast-and-Creators-Went-to-College Where the principals of the Broadway play Casa Valentina pursued their college studies.

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Robert Viagas
Amber Gray, Jocelyn Bioh, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Shyko Amos, Danny Wolohan, Ben Horner Star in An Octoroon, Beginning April 23 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190296-Amber-Gray-Jocelyn-Bioh-Marsha-Stephanie-Blake-Shyko-Amos-Danny-Wolohan-Ben-Horner-Star-in-An-Octoroon-Beginning-April-23 The Soho Rep world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon begins performances April 23 prior to an official opening May 4.

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Andrew Gans
Emma Hunton Defies Gravity in North American Tour of Wicked, Starting April 23 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190295-Emma-Hunton-Defies-Gravity-in-North-American-Tour-of-Wicked-Starting-April-23 The company of the first North American tour of the hit Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical Wicked welcomes Emma Hunton as Elphaba beginning April 23 in Richmond, VA, at the Altria Theater.

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Andrew Gans
Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina, Starring Patrick Page, John Cullum and Gabriel Ebert, Opens on Broadway Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190294-Harvey-Fiersteins-Casa-Valentina-Starring-Patrick-Page-John-Cullum-and-Gabriel-Ebert-Opens-on-Broadway Casa Valentina, a new play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein about an upstate colony where heterosexual men dress as women, officially opens on Broadway April 23 at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, following previews that began April 1. 

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Carey Purcell
Christine Toy Johnson, Antoinette LaVecchia, Richard Topol Star in New York Premiere of Tough Titty, Beginning April 23 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190293-Christine-Toy-Johnson-Antoinette-LaVecchia-Richard-Topol-Star-in-New-York-Premiere-of-Tough-Titty-Beginning-April-23 The New York premiere of Tough Titty, by the late, award-winning playwright Oni Faida Lampley, is presented April 23-May 11 at the Paradise Factory in the East Village.

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Andrew Gans
Romantic Drama Sea Marks, Starring Patrick Fitzgerald and Tony Nominee Xanthe Elbrick, Begins April 23 at Irish Rep Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190292-Romantic-Drama-Sea-Marks-Starring-Patrick-Fitzgerald-and-Tony-Nominee-Xanthe-Elbrick-Begins-April-23-at-Irish-Rep Irish Repertory Theatre concludes its 2013-14 season with a revival of Gardner McKay's Sea Marks, with performances beginning April 23. 

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Carey Purcell
Drama League Presents Rocky Composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty in Up Close Series April 23 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190290-Drama-League-Presents-Rocky-Composers-Lynn-Ahrens-and-Stephen-Flaherty-in-Up-Close-Series-April-23 Award-winning composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty participate in the Drama League's Up Close series April 23 at 7 PM.

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Carey Purcell
New York Premiere of The Few, Featuring Gideon Glick, Michael Laurence and Tasha Lawrence, Begins April 23 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190287-New-York-Premiere-of-The-Few-Featuring-Gideon-Glick-Michael-Laurence-and-Tasha-Lawrence-Begins-April-23 The New York premiere of The Few, by award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter, begins performances at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater April 23 prior to an official opening May 8.

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Carey Purcell
Judith Light and Christopher Sieber Announce Drama League Awards Nominations April 23 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190286-Judith-Light-and-Christopher-Sieber-Announce-Drama-League-Awards-Nominations-April-23 Two-time Tony Award winner Judith Light and Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber announce the 2014 Drama League Awards nominations April 23 at 11 AM at Sardi's.

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Carey Purcell
Laura Osnes, Sam Underwood, Max Crumm, Amy Spanger and More Celebrate Shakespeare at April 23 Like You Like It Concert Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190279-Laura-Osnes-Sam-Underwood-Max-Crumm-Amy-Spanger-and-More-Celebrate-Shakespeare-at-April-23-Like-You-Like-It-Concert The concert version of the award-winning musical Like You Like It, based on As You Like It and set at a mall in the 1980s, is held April 23 at 54 Below in celebration of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday. 

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Michael Gioia
THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Nicholas Nickleby, A New Musical Star Luba Mason Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190267-THEIR-FAVORITE-THINGS-Nicholas-Nickleby-A-New-Musical-Star-Luba-Mason-Shares-Her-Theatregoing-Experiences Playbill.com's feature series Their Favorite Things asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of Broadway singing actress Luba Mason, who can currently be seen in Theater for the New City's Nicholas Nickleby, A New Musical through May 5 at the Joyce and Seward Johnson Theater.

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Andrew Gans
PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: APRIL 23 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/69055-PLAYBILL-VAULTS-Today-In-Theatre-History-APRIL-23 1564 Okay, no one's actually certain that April 23, 1564 was William Shakespeare's birthday, but that's the accepted date. Over the next 52 years, the Bard would pen such works as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Comedy of Errors, Othello, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar.

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David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez
The Verdict: Critics Review Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Starring Neil Patrick Harris Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:29 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190317-The-Verdict-Critics-Review-Hedwig-and-the-Angry-Inch-Starring-Neil-Patrick-Harris Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Emmy Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, opened on Broadway April 22 at the Belasco Theatre.]]> Playbill Staff Book of Mormon Tour Is Top Earner in Easter Bonnet Competition; Event Raises a Record $4.53 Million Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:20 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190315-Book-of-Mormon-Tour-Is-Top-Earner-in-Easter-Bonnet-Competition-Event-Raises-a-Record-453-Million The 28th annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition raised an all-time record $4,532,129 in six weeks of nightly curtain-call appeals. That total eclipsed the $4.25 million previous record set one year ago. The number was revealed at the April 22 performance of skits, songs, dances and giant hats that make up the unique fundraiser-show, at the Minskoff Theatre.

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Robert Viagas
PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: The Velocity of Autumn — Spunk, Spark and Boom! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:46 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190312-PLAYBILL-ON-OPENING-NIGHT-The-Velocity-of-Autumn-mdash-Spunk-Spark-and-Boom Playbill.com offers a behind-the-scenes look at opening night of Eric Coble's The Velocity of Autumn.

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Harry Haun
After Midnight Celebrates Duke Ellington and Jazz Appreciation Month With Weeklong Events Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:39 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190313-After-Midnight-Celebrates-Duke-Ellington-and-Jazz-Appreciation-Month-With-Weeklong-Events The Broadway musical revue After Midnight, inspired from Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club, will celebrate Ellington's birthday (April 29) and Jazz Appreciation Month with a week of special activities throughout the city.

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO CALL: A Sneak Peek at Upcoming "Glee" Episodes, "Opening Night" and "Back-Up Plan," With Shirley MacLaine Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:27 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190309-PHOTO-CALL-A-Sneak-Peek-at-Upcoming-Glee-Episodes-Opening-Night-and-Back-Up-Plan-With-Shirley-MacLaine Matthew Blank Here Lies Love Pushes Cast Album Release Date to May 6 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:24 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190308-Here-Lies-Love-Pushes-Cast-Album-Release-Date-to-May-6 The original Off-Broadway cast album of the Public Theater's world-premiere production of the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love, starring Ruthie Ann Miles and Jose Llana, will now be released May 6 from Nonesuch Records.

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Adam Hetrick
MCC Theater Season Includes Works by Neil LaBute, Simon Stephens, Jennifer Haley and Robert Askins Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:07 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190307-MCC-Theater-Season-Includes-Works-by-Neil-LaBute-Simon-Stephens-Jennifer-Haley-and-Robert-Askins MCC Theater will stage the world premiere of Neil LaBute's The Money Shot and Robert Askins' Permission as part of its 2014-15 season, which will also include the New York premieres of plays by Simon Stephens and Jennifer Haley.

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Adam Hetrick
World Premiere of Found, by Tony Nominee Hunter Bell, Lee Overtree and Eli Bolin, Will Play Atlantic Theater Company Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190305-World-Premiere-of-Found-by-Tony-Nominee-Hunter-Bell-Lee-Overtree-and-Eli-Bolin-Will-Play-Atlantic-Theater-Company Atlantic Theater Company will begin its 2014-15 season by presenting the world premiere of the new musical Found.

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Carey Purcell
Suzan-Lori Parks' Father Comes Home From the Wars Will Play A.R.T. in 2015 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:23 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190304-Suzan-Lori-Parks-Father-Comes-Home-From-the-Wars-Will-Play-ART-in-2015 Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks' drama Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) will be staged in January 2015 as part of the American Repertory Theater's upcoming season.

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Adam Hetrick
Broadway Box-Office Analysis, April 14-20: If/Then, Lady Day and More Boast Almost-Full Audiences Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:45 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190275-Broadway-Box-Office-Analysis-April-14-20-If-Then-Lady-Day-and-More-Boast-Almost-Full-Audiences Playbill's newest weekly feature examines the box-office trends of the past week.

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Robert Simonson
PHOTO CALL: Lauren Molina and Steel Burkhardt Star in Regional Premiere of Murder Ballad Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:16 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190302-PHOTO-CALL-Lauren-Molina-and-Steel-Burkhardt-Star-in-Regional-Premiere-of-Murder-Ballad Murder Ballad, which began performances April 17 at TUTS Underground in Houston, TX.]]> Matthew Blank Reading of Amelie Musical, Featuring a Book by Craig Lucas, Will Be Held in Manhattan in July Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:31 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190297-Reading-of-Amelie-Musical-Featuring-a-Book-by-Craig-Lucas-Will-Be-Held-in-Manhattan-in-July A developmental lab of the musical Amelie will be held in New York this summer, according to an Equity casting notice.

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Carey Purcell
Wolf Trap Summer Season Will Include Sarah Brightman, Matthew Morrison and Beauty and the Beast Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:10 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190288-Wolf-Trap-Summer-Season-Will-Include-Sarah-Brightman-Matthew-Morrison-and-Beauty-and-the-Beast Wolf Trap has announced programming for its summer 2014 season.

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Andrew Gans
64th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards Nominations Announced; A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Leads the Pack Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:56 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190274-64th-Annual-Outer-Critics-Circle-Awards-Nominations-Announced-A-Gentlemans-Guide-to-Love-and-Murder-Leads-the-Pack Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams announced the nominations for the 64th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards — celebrating productions both on and Off-Broadway — April 22 at the Friars Club.

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Andrew Gans
Rocky Horror in Concert, Peter and the Starcatcher and Alabama Story Part of Pioneer 2014-15 Season Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:51 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190303-Rocky-Horror-in-Concert-Peter-and-the-Starcatcher-and-Alabama-Story-Part-of-Pioneer-2014-15-Season Pioneer Theatre Company has announced its 2014-15 season, which includes two musicals, a world-premiere play, the Utah premiere of One Man, Two Guvnors and a new concert series that will launch with The Rocky Horror Show.

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO CALL: Katie Finneran, Parker Posey, Janeane Garofalo, Stephen Bogardus Celebrate Opening of Annapurna, Starring Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:48 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190291-PHOTO-CALL-Katie-Finneran-Parker-Posey-Janeane-Garofalo-Stephen-Bogardus-Celebrate-Opening-of-Annapurna-Starring-Megan-Mullally-and-Nick-Offerman Annapurna, which officially opened Off-Broadway April 21 after previews that began April 13 at the Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row.]]> Matthew Blank Jonathan Groff, Laverne Cox and Rea Carey Named Grand Marshals of NYC Pride March Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:42 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190289-Jonathan-Groff-Laverne-Cox-and-Rea-Carey-Named-Grand-Marshals-of-NYC-Pride-March Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff, "Orange Is the New Black" actress and activist Laverne Cox and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force executive director Rea Carey have been named the grand marshals of the 2014 New York City Pride March.

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Adam Hetrick
Broadway's Palace Theatre Given $200,000 Makeover for Holler If Ya Hear Me Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:10 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190285-Broadways-Palace-Theatre-Given-200000-Makeover-for-Holler-If-Ya-Hear-Me The Palace Theatre has been given a $200,000 renovation for Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new Broadway musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur that will begin performances May 29 towards a June 19 opening.

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO CALL: The Velocity of Autumn, Starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals, Curtain Call and Cast Party Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:02 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190264-PHOTO-CALL-The-Velocity-of-Autumn-Starring-Estelle-Parsons-and-Stephen-Spinella-Opens-on-Broadway-Red-Carpet-Arrivals-Curtain-Call-and-Cast-Party The Velocity of Autumn, starring Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella, opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre April 21, following previews that began April 1.]]> Matthew Blank Las Vegas Broadway Bares Will Feature Performers from Rock of Ages, Dreamgirls, La RÍve and More Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:58 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190284-Las-Vegas-Broadway-Bares-Will-Feature-Performers-from-Rock-of-Ages-Dreamgirls-La-Rve-and-More Las Vegas Broadway Bares will return for its fifth year with Got Wood, presented May 2 at the Planet Hollywood Showroom.

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Adam Hetrick
Upcoming Guests Announced for "David Letterman" and "Craig Ferguson"; Rocky Cast to Perform Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:49 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190282-Upcoming-Guests-Announced-for-David-Letterman-and-Craig-Ferguson-Rocky-Cast-to-Perform Upcoming guests have been announced for the week of April 28 for two CBS programs: "Late Show with David Letterman" and "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."

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Andrew Gans
Free Concert of Katie Thompson Songs Will Feature Alex Brightman, Matt Doyle, Molly Hager, Bryan Terrell Clark, Marty Thomas Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:42 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190281-Free-Concert-of-Katie-Thompson-Songs-Will-Feature-Alex-Brightman-Matt-Doyle-Molly-Hager-Bryan-Terrell-Clark-Marty-Thomas Broadway's Future Songbook Series — presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul — will continue April 28 in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

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Andrew Gans
Rachel York, Erin Weaver and Hello, Dolly! Honored at 30th Annual Helen Hayes Awards Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:41 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190283-Rachel-York-Erin-Weaver-and-Hello-Dolly-Honored-at-30th-Annual-Helen-Hayes-Awards The 30th annual Helen Hayes Awards were presented April 21 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, the Washington Post reports.

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Carey Purcell
Matthew Warchus' LGBT Film "Pride," With Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, to Premiere at Cannes Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:21 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190280-Matthew-Warchus-LGBT-Film-Pride-With-Bill-Nighy-Imelda-Staunton-Dominic-West-to-Premiere-at-Cannes "Pride," the new Matthew Warchus film based on the true story of gay and lesbian U.K. activists who raised funds to support striking members of the National Union of Mineworkers, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors' Fortnight, according to Deadline.com.

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Adam Hetrick