Auditions: Improv on HEALTHY Dating & Relationships (Boston), “Fireball Improv”: Inspired by audience suggestions, we’ll improvise scenes about dating & relationship challenges. Anything is fair game! First, we’ll have fun with “what NOT to do” in any given situation. Then, Daniel Phoenix (Masters in Counseling Psychology) and the cast will create healthy solutions to each challenge, and perform them live! Topics will include: “Adventures in Dating,” “More Joy Couples,” “Healthy Sexuality” (NO NUDITY required), “Your Life Partner in the Mirror,” and more.
Paid cast: public performances, private educational performances, workshops, and events. Are you like the Sun? Please be/have several of the following: Improv experience, therapist/counselor/educator experience, a commitment to personal growth, open-minded, non-judgmental, joyful, funny, honest, accepting, respectful, and beautiful (inside and out).
Go to www.fireballimprov.com/auditions.html for more information, and to secure an initial audition time (Nov. 3-11)
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William Shatner is a man of fairly intense focus. He brought a stack of notes to the café and scanned them, then looked up like a professor about to start his lecture. “Let’s begin, we have plenty to talk about.” I sat up a little straighter and looked at my tape recorder to make the sure the red light was on.
Comedian Jim Jefferies FXX series, Legit, is back for a second season and it’s crazier than ever.
Jefferies said in a recent Q & A that he’s learned a lot from the first season. He’d never written a sitcom before and the whole things was a “little bit more fly by the seat of your pants,” he said. This season, he’s written a lot more for the actors because now, he knows what their strengths and weaknesses are.
In the interview, he talks about season two, writing for the show, stand-up and killing sacred cows.
Legit airs at 10pm on Wednesdays on FXX Read more
After working for Trinty Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island for 14 seasons as a company member beginning in 1970 and serving as its artistic director from 1990-1994, Richard Jenkins has finally returned to his roots. The actor has been busy the few decades as in films like his Oscar-nominated turn in The Visitor and on HBO’s Six Feet Under.
This time around, he’s not getting onstage, he’s directing and choreographing the theatre’s latest musical, Oliver!. He’s not doing it alone though, he is sharing the duties with his wife, Sharon, just in time for the company’s 50th anniversary.
Interview: Chris Henry Coffey on His Broadway Debut in ‘Bronx Bombers’, Yale and Diversifying His Career
Chris Henry Coffey is making his Broadway debut in the new play, Bronx Bombers, about the New York Yankees that follows the great Yogi Berra and his wife, Carmen, through almost a hundred years of the teams high’s and lows. The show brings together some of its most legendary players like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Derek Jeter and Joe Dimaggio, played by Chris.
I love hearing stories of how people got the part that lands them on Broadway and Chris’ story is up there as one of my favorites.
Originally from Green Bay, he went to school at Yale and soon after moved to New York and as he told me, he’s been “pounding the pavement for a lot of years.” That’s not to mean that he hasn’t been working. He’s always been a busy working actor, doing a bunch of off-Broadway shows, commercials, TV and films (like Trust directed by David Schwimmer). If that’s not enough, he also teaches acting!
As you’ll find out in the interview, he’s a genuinely nice guy. He’s talented and I gotta say that I’m incredibly happy for him. In the interview, we talk about how he got the part, the first time he stepped on-stage for preview night and one of his worst auditions. I also recommend checking out the podcast where he talks about his research on DiMaggio, meeting Henry Miller and tons more. It’s well worth your time!
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Bryan Cranston on His Post-’Breaking Bad’ Theater Role: “If I don’t bring everything, every bit of my sense on stage, I will get lost”
Whether you are a fan of the series or not (and who isn’t?), Breaking Bad is truly something special. And undoubtedly the main reason for that is Bryan Cranston, an actor previously best known for his comedic television roles who has completely reinvented himself as Walter White, the meth-dealing high school chemistry teacher. Of course, although the series is winding up its final episodes Breaking Bad has finished filming and Cranston has moved on to his next role, which is playing president Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way at Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater — a run that has already been sold out each performance in its entirety.
In an interview with Radio Boston, Cranston spoke at length about preparing for his latest role after completing what will likely be known as one of the best television series of the decade. Read more
Since she was a little girl, Lake Bell has been obsessed with voice acting. Her new movie, In a World, focuses on the voice-over industry. She not only stars in the film, but also directed it.
“Your voice is such a massive tool when you are acting. Obviously, your body and your voice are what depict a character, so it’s one half of the mechanism,” she said in an interview with Yahoo! News. “It’s inherently very important to me as an actor. The sexy baby vocal virus that’s pandemic, that’s infecting a generation of young women. I think really affects women and actresses trying to get jobs. If there was more self-awareness with their voices, perhaps women wouldn’t pigeonhole themselves into sounding less than.” Read more
The Tony Awards, the best of all the awards shows in my opinion, crowned their winners last night and Kinky Boots was the clear winner with 6 total awards. The new show by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein won Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Billy Porter, among others.
The big shocker of the night was Tom Hanks not winning Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play. That went to Tracy Letts. I saw Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf last December and while I’m not a fan of Edward Albee, I have to say, the actors in the show were outstanding and I didn’t think Letts winning was a long-shot at all.
The actual show started off with a bang. Neil Patrick Harris‘ opening number was freakin’ gold as was two other numbers he did during the show. Aside from Annie with Jane Lynch, the numbers with the kids (Matilda, Christmas Story) I could have done without. And how bad was Bring It On? No wonder it closed early.
The musical number I thought killed was Kinky Boots. How great did that look? I haven’t seen the show yet, but one thing I loved was that the chorus look like normal people. They weren’t your typical showgirls, guys… all buffed-up dancers. They looked like me and you (I suppose). Stark Sands and Billy Porter rocked the number.
Below is the list of winner. Check it out! Read more
For quite some time Johnny Depp was attached to star in the biopic Black Mass as Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, who is currently on trial for his role in 19 murders. But it was suddenly announced on May 30 that he was out after a pay dispute. Or is he? That seems to depend on whom you ask.
The Hollywood Reporter has taken an in-depth look at Depp’s exit (or non-exit). When international interest in the film was soft, financiers Cross Creek and Exclusive Media asked Depp to reduce his salary to $10 million — half of his original $20 million price tag. The story was initially reported that Depp balked at these terms and then walked. It was surprising news because it is rare for financiers to ask any talent — particularly those of Depp’s magnitude — to renegotiate their deals after the agreements have been made, especially since Depp was to begin shooting the movie on August 26. Read more