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Disney Is Developing a Muppets Stage Show

There may be a Muppets stage show on the way. Variety reports that Disney is working to develop a live show involving Jim Henson's beloved felt creatures, and they recently staged a 15-minute presentation for a prospective show. The short but elaborate test run involved 85 different Muppets and was received well, so we'll just have to see if this becomes a real thing. You can see the Muppets next in The Muppets… Again!, a Europe-sets sequel to Jason Segel's reboot that stars Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, and not Jason Segel.

Talking to David Wain & Joe Lo Truglio About Theater, Constructing A Well-Made Play, and Achieving Cult Comedy Status

Since their time with the sprawling 90’s MTV sketch group The State, David Wain and Joe Lo Truglio have gone on to, respectively, direct and act in several successful films including Wanderlust, Role Models, and the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer. Yet, prior to gaining recognition on the big screen, the duo made a brief foray into the theater with their 1998 play, SEX (a.k.a Weiners and Boobs). Written along with fellow State member and Wain’s oft co-writer Michael Showalter, the play is an irreverent comedic romp, which in its original production starred the writers, and most notably, featured a scene from David Mamet’s GlenGarry Glen Ross that [...]

Hamlet's Arrested Development: Teaching Shakespeare and the Bluths

I’m almost the same age as Hamlet.

This occurred to me at 3 AM on the night before I had to teach a class on Hamlet and Arrested Development. I had started to fall asleep on top of my computer, and dragged myself to the bathroom to splash cold water on my face.

When I looked up from the sink, the news in the mirror wasn’t good.

A patch of white hair in my right eyebrow had marched eastward, a thickening index of the unchecked free radicals cartwheeling through my body. Purplish circles sagged under my eyes, fed by lack of sleep and grief at the recent death of [...]

There Will Be a Book of Mormon Movie, Eventually

With the insane success of Broadway's Book of Mormon, it's only natural to wonder if a movie will be made from it. After all, who can forget how great the movie version of The Producers was? But the answer is yes, yes they will adapt it for the screen; it just might not be for a while. Since the show is still selling out months in advance on Broadway, and a touring version is in the works for next year, there are still a lot of dollars to be made from the stage version.

But once they've squeezed every last drop from the beach towel soaked with [...]

Book of Mormon Tops the Tony Nomination List with 14 Nominations

Book of Mormon has gotten almost unanimously positive reviews and is sold out for months, and now it's given the South Park guys another reason to brag: it got 14 Tony nominations, more than any other show. It's nominations include Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, two nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, and a whole slew more. Suck on that, Priscilla Queen of the Desert!

Judd Apatow Is Writing a Play About the Criminal Justice System

GQ has an excellent profile on writer/producer/director/King of Hollywood Comedy Judd Apatow out today. In it, Judd Apatow discusses his ambitions to branch out and write a play about the criminal justice system:

"I have a great idea. Maybe like the best idea I've ever had," [Apatow] says. "It requires me to create characters and situations that have absolutely nothing to do with my experience."

When he reveals the idea, off the record, I can see what he means. The subject matter (all he'll let me say about it is "It's about victims of the criminal-justice system and the challenges they face") is unlike anything he's tackled before. [...]

Lewis Black to Vent About Politics on Broadway

Just in time for the election this fall, Lewis Black is bringing his latest one-man show, Running on Empty, to Broadway. It'll run at the Richard Rodgers Theater from October 9th to the 14th. His last show, Black on Broadway, was also broadcast as a special on HBO, so there's a good chance that this one will as well. As for his reasoning, here's what Black had to say about the new show:

Why Broadway? It’s close to my apartment, just blocks away, and frankly I’m too tired to go anywhere else. These guys are exhausting me. Democrats. Republicans. The Tea Party. Just shut up. Enough is enough.

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Russell Brand Will Star in Eric Idle's Stage Romp What About Dick?

Russell Brand will don the stage actor's powdered wig for a few performances of What About Dick?, a play by Eric Idle, in LA this April. The rest of the British cast is pretty fantastic too: Eddie Izzard, Jane Leeves, Sophie Winkleman, Tracey Ullman, Tim Curry, and Billy Connolly – plus Idle as the play's narrator. It's a "farcical romp" set in the early 1900s, which means there will surely be endless, interminable, unceasing naughty plays on the word "dick." You'd be an absolute fool to not attend this show if you have the chance.

Book of Mormon Going on Tour Four Months Early

Book of Mormon, the perpetually sold out Tony Award hoarder from Matt Parker and Trey Stone, is getting the national tour treatment earlier than expected; it's heading to Denver next August, not in December as earlier reported. It's still a long way off, but at this point it's almost as long as you'd have to wait to buy tickets to the original on Broadway, so I guess you've gotta take what you can get.

A Book of Mormon Movie Is Pretty Much Inevitable

Tickets for The Book of Mormon are both expensive and difficult to come by, with the Broadway show sold out well into the summer already. But it sounds like it'll get much easier to see Trey Parker and Matt Stone's super-popular musical, at least on a long enough timeline, as they've been discussing adapting it into a movie with producer Scott Rudin.

No concrete plans are set up yet, and no studio is attached, but all involved say it'll happen sooner or later. Getting the cash to make it shouldn't be tough, according to Parker: “We’ve learned in our careers that as long as something is successful, they [...]

A Funny Thing #34: Yowza with Jiji Lee

This week we bring you a two-fisted double feature from storyteller Jiji Lee. First, an ode to the indignities and vagaries of the New York public transit system, the ever present male gaze and good customer service. The second, a tragic tale of the racial anxiety, envy and high drama swirling within a high school production of an all-white Rashomon.

You can see Jiji Lee perform in Ladies Night at UCB East on Nov. 15th at 11 pm. Ladies Night is always a great show, so go get tickets at ucbtheater.com. Follow Jiji on twitter, right here or visit her at jijilee.com.  She told her stories at Oh Hey, Guys!  You want [...]

Jerry Lewis Is Making a 'Nutty Professor' Musical

The New York Times has a story about Jerry Lewis, at 86, directing a musical adaptation of The Nutty Professor in Nashville. Sadly, he is remaking his version; there won't be a singer clapping whilst belting: "Hercules, Hercules, Hercules, Hercules…"

The Book of Mormon Will Put Down Temporary Roots in Tinseltown Next Fall

The Book of Mormon will play a twelve-week run in LA starting next Sept. 5 as part of its national tour. "LA will finally get to see what real culture feels like," say hordes of pretentious New Yorkers.

A Book of Mormon Tour Is in the Works

Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Book of Mormon has been a huge success, selling out shows through the late summer, garnering 14 Tony nominations and paying for extra wings to be added to each of their solid-gold mansions. But what of the people nowhere near NYC who want to check it out? There's the soundtrack, but that's not quite the same of seeing the show in person. Never fear! A tour of the show is in the works, kicking off in Denver starting in December of 2012. There's also talk of a show in London, although that one's less nailed down at this point. In any [...]