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Friday, March 24, 2023

Casting Director Geoff Josselson on Casting for Sondheim and Audition Tips for Actors by Jenelle Riley

Pictured: Casting directors Katja Zarolinski and Geoff Josselson of JZ Casting. This article first appeared as part of Jenelle Riley’s Acting Up newsletter – to subscribe for early con…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:00PM
Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Variety’s 10 Brits to Watch 2023 Celebrates New Talent by Jenelle Riley

Since 2013, Variety has been selecting its list of 10 Brits to Watch, artists across all media who have made an impact in entertainment. This year’s honorees will be feted at the seventh a…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Friday, January 6, 2023

Jeremy Pope on How Leaving a Big Studio Film Led to His Breakout Role in ‘The Inspection’: ‘I Was Tired of Negotiating My Worth’ by Jenelle Riley

Jeremy Pope doesn’t break into a new medium quietly. The actor not only earned a Tony nomination for his Broadway debut in 2018’s “Choir Boy” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, he also became…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Friday, November 18, 2022

‘2:22 A Ghost Story’ Writer Danny Robins on the Scares and Realness of His Hit Play by Jenelle Riley

When playwright Danny Robins wrote “2:22 A Ghost Story,” he thought he chose the titular number at random. “I wanted something that had a ring to it,” he reveals. But when actor Tom …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM
Thursday, November 10, 2022

Aaron Sorkin and Richard Thomas Talk Bringing ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ on Tour by Jenelle Riley

Even with an Academy Award and six Emmys on his mantel, Aaron Sorkin was intimidated by the idea of a bringing “To Kill a Mockingbird” to the stage. Harper Lee’s 1960 novel remains a b…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:30AM
Sunday, November 6, 2022

The New York Comedy Festival Returns in Full Force by Jenelle Riley

In 2021 with America barely emerging from the pandemic, Louis Faranda and his team struggled to get comedians and clubs to commit to the New York Comedy Festival. This year, however, people …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM
Monday, July 25, 2022

David Harbour on Changing the Dialogue About Mental Illness With ‘Mad House’ and Hopper’s Fate in ‘Stranger Things’ by Jenelle Riley

After losing more than 75 pounds for Season 4 of “Stranger Things,” in which his character Jim Hopper was wasting away in a Russian gulag, David Harbour had one thing on his mind.  “A…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:30PM
Thursday, July 21, 2022

‘Hamilton’ Director Thomas Kail Talks Helming Improvised Musical ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ by Jenelle Riley

One of the joys of live theater is that it’s ephemeral — a show is never the same from night to night. But “Freestyle Love Supreme” has taken that up a notch, presenting an entirely …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:47PM
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Everyman Comic Nate Bargatze Celebrates 20 Years in Comedy by Jenelle Riley

On a pretty cul-du-sac 25 minutes south of Nashville, Nate Bargatze lives in sprawling two-story brick house that doesn’t stand out. He’d owned the house for a couple years before the ne…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Bill Engvall Reflects on Stand-Up Career and Being ‘Given A Gift’ Amid Farewell Tour by Jenelle Riley

When someone who has made a four-decade career out of being funny decides to take a step back from what made them famous, there’s always that potentially nagging sense of self-doubt that c…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:05PM
Thursday, May 19, 2022

Pasadena Playhouse’s New Season Includes Six-Month Sondheim Celebration by Jenelle Riley

The Pasadena Playhouse has announced its lineup for the 2022-23 season, including a six-month Sondheim Celebration that will kick off in January 2023. The celebration is dubbed to be the mos…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:00PM
Friday, May 6, 2022

Tony Winner Levi Kreis on Taking on Hermes and Greek Mythology in ‘Hadestown’ by Jenelle Riley

Levi Kreis was a born performer, a singer-songwriter touring for audiences from the age of 12 and landing a full scholarship to study piano at Vanderbilt University when he was only a sophom…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:28PM
Thursday, April 7, 2022

David Letterman, Howie Mandel and More Comics Share Comedy Store’s Impact on Their Careers by Jenelle Riley

After almost 50 years as an interviewer, comedian and talk show host, David Letterman’s pedigree on stage feels so firmly established that it’s hard to imagine a situation where he’d b…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:00PM

How Comedy Store Co-Founder Mitzi Shore Transformed Iconic Comedian Hub by Jenelle Riley

No matter how many people tied to the Comedy Store you ask about the late Mitzi Shore, the connective tissue between their answers is an almost identical impression of the late owner. David …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00PM

Historic Comedy Store, Birthplace of Comedians David Letterman, Jim Carrey and More, Turns 50 by Jenelle Riley

The Comedy Store turns 50 this year, and it’s now known as a storied birthplace for the careers of literally hundreds of comedians — from David Letterman to Jim Carrey to Whoopi Goldberg…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Friday, November 5, 2021

Bringing Back the Laughs: The New York Comedy Festival Returns Live by Jenelle Riley

When Louis Faranda and his team started putting together the New York Comedy Festival after a year’s absence due to the pandemic, they knew it would be a lot of work — it always is. But …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:00AM
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Just for Laughs 2021 Festival Set for Hybrid Launch, Awards Show by Jenelle Riley

Just for Laughs Montréal is the world’s largest international comedy festival and this year it’s taking that notion to a new level. With COVID travel restrictions making it impossible t…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM

Creative Impact in Comedy Honoree Bert Kreischer on Becoming ‘The Machine’ by Jenelle Riley

Bert Kreischer can pinpoint the exact moment his life changed: Dec. 28, 2016. Before then, Kreischer had been a stand-up comedian for about 20 years and had achieved what appeared to be a go…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Aaron Sorkin on How He Considered Turning ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ Into a Musical by Jenelle Riley

Aaron Sorkin is widely considered the king of film and TV dialogue. Actors line up for a chance to feast on his words and the opportunity to deliver a Sorkin-penned speech. And yet his monol…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:10PM
Monday, February 15, 2021

Jamie Dornan on His Show-Stopping ‘Barb and Star’ Musical Number, Oscar Buzz and Tearing Up Shirts by Jenelle Riley

Jamie Dornan is happy to get silly, even showing up for an interview sporting a bikini t-shirt, swag from his new film. The film in question is “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” Krist…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:29PM
Friday, April 26, 2019

‘America’s Got Talent’ Champ Terry Fator Celebrates 10 Years at the Mirage by Jenelle Riley

Terry Fator always knew he’d be an entertainer when he grew up, he just didn’t know he’d be doing it as a ventriloquist or that he’d be one of America’s top — and top-paid — ta…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Nia Vardalos Brings the Tears and Laughter of ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ to Los Angeles by Jenelle Riley

You may have heard of stage actors holding for laughs — when they have to wait to continue their lines because an audience is laughing so loud. But holding for tears? It’s happened, and …

SOURCE: Variety at 05:59PM
Friday, November 30, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda on ‘Inheriting This Incredible Legacy’ With ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ by Jenelle Riley

As with anyone who gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s journey is the result of hard work and inspiration, along with influences and confluences that shaped and…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:00PM
Thursday, November 1, 2018

NY Comedy Fest Touts Big Laughs, Return of Springsteen by Jenelle Riley

The New York Comedy Festival, founded 15 years ago by club impresario Caroline Hirsch, features hundreds of standups, sketch and improv artists performing all over the city over the course o…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Barry Jenkins On Losing His Temper, Advice From Denzel and Doing a Marvel Movie by Jenelle Riley

After his film “Moonlight” won the Academy Award, Barry Jenkins had a lot of offers — but not from Marvel. The filmmaker stopped by the Variety Studio presented by AT&T at T…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:06PM
Monday, August 20, 2018

Jennifer Garner Talks Walk of Fame, TV After ‘Alias’ by Jenelle Riley

Twenty years ago, Jennifer Garner thought her career couldn’t get better. She’d survived nine months of sleeping in a kitchen in Manhattan and eating spaghetti with butter while understu…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Friday, June 8, 2018

Tony Honorees Bruce Springsteen, Andrew Lloyd Webber Can Enjoy the Show by Jenelle Riley

Here are some of the artists receiving special Tony Award honors on Sun., June 10. JOHN LEGUIZAMO Leguizamo has been a regular fixture on Broadway since his first show on the Great White Way…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00PM

Tony Nominees ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Angels in America’ Reflect British Invasion by Jenelle Riley

Broadway is as American as apple pie — or at least as American as the Big Apple. But this year, a lot of the nominees for Broadway’s biggest night have one thing in common: A British pas…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:30PM
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Behind the Scene: How Pasek and Paul’s ‘Greatest Showman’ Anthem ‘This Is Me’ Became a Smash Hit by Jenelle Riley

It’s been a good year for Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriting and composing duo better known as Pasek and Paul. After landing an Academy Award for their song, “City of Dreams” …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:23PM

Academy Awards Seek to Polish Image of Tainted Industry by Jenelle Riley

When the Academy Awards were first handed out 89 years ago, Variety reported at the time that the planning for the dinner and ceremony at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood took about a week o…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Variety Honors Patty Jenkins, Aaron Sorkin and Daniel Kaluuya With Creative Impact Awards by Jenelle Riley

Every year, Variety hosts an intimate brunch where it honors 10 Directors to Watch and the recipients of the Creative Impact Awards the morning following the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM

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