“Once” in London

http://www.oncemusical.co.uk/

An old-fashioned love story that dares to be different, Once is brought to life by a supremely talented cast of actor-musicians who unleash all the giddy exhilaration of an Irish ceilidh live on stage. Featuring all of the magical songs from the original film, including the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly”, this is an achingly beautiful, thrillingly inspirational show that strikes a truly unforgettable chord. How often does a musical like this come around…

Rolling Stone Reviews ‘Tim Buckley’ at Tribeca

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/greetings-from-tim-buckley-with-penn-badgley-screens-at-tribeca-film-festival-20130425

There were more than a few audience members surprised by Penn Badgley’s falsetto at the U.S. premiere of Greetings from Tim Buckley, which screened this week at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The narrative digs deep into the relationship between Tim Buckley and his son Jeff – played by Badgley – dramatizing the respective back stories of a musical pair who never really knew each other.

“I was a Jeff Buckley fan even before I read for the Richard Hell part,” Anthrax’s Frank Bello said in a discussion following the film. “But I was skeptical. I said, ‘Who is going to play Jeff? Penn Badgley? Who the fuck is that? But I’m telling you. . . balls of steel. Balls of steel.”

‘Glass Menagerie’ Coming to Broadway

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/glass-menagerie-coming-to-broadway/?ref=theater

The American Repertory Theater’s recent production of “The Glass Menagerie,” starring the Tony Award-winning actress Cherry Jones as Amanda Wingfield and Zachary Quinto as her son Tom, will transfer to Broadway this September for a 17-week run, the show’s New York producers confirmed on Thursday.

This revival of the Tennessee Williams play received strong critical acclaim during its wintertime run at the theater in Cambridge, Mass.; the New York producers – Jeffrey Richards and John N. Hart – quickly began eyeing a move to Broadway, but theater availability and the actors’ schedules dictated a fall 2013 opening. The production, directed by the Tony winner John Tiffany (“Once”), will begin preview performances on Sept. 5 at a Shubert theater to be announced later; opening night is set for Sept. 26, and the run is scheduled through early January 2014.

Entertainment Weekly’s 13 Must See Films For Tribeca

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/04/17/tribeca-film-festival-preview/

Greetings From Tim Buckley (U.S. premiere)
Directed by Daniel Algrant
Cast: Penn Badgley, Imogen Poots, Norbert Leo Butz, Ben Rosenfeld, Isabelle McNally, Kate Nash

Dan Humphrey really sings, hallelujah, hallelujah. Badgley plays a young Jeff Buckley in the days leading up to a 1991 tribute concert to his absentee father, Tim, a man he never knew. “I think people will be really surprised to see him breaking away from the Gossip Girl kind of role to something like this, where he really embodies this role of a musician,” says Terranova. “He sings in this and he’s quite good.”

Once The Musical | The Gaiety Theatre

Entertainment.ie Theatre Review, Wednesday 27th February 2013

Once is an eight time Tony Award winning musical based on Oscar winning movie. Those are some pretty big boots to fill for the new European cast, which opened in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatrethis week. So does it live up to the hype or fall short in the shadow of its Broadway counterpart?

It’s easy to see why Once has enjoyed such success so far. Music is at its centre and its refreshing to watch a production with songs that don’t rely on the tested formulas you come to expect from musicals these days. Even more unique is the fact that the cast are completely self-accompanied and rarely leave the stage. This touching and heartfelt story It takes the passion and creativity of Dublin and gives it a voice, lamenting the city’s many dreamers and urging them not to give up.

It’s not too often that an event like Once comes along – an award-winning musical with sturdy Irish connections that has made the world stand up and take notice. It’s only around for a couple of weeks, so make sure to get down to Once before it leaves for the West End.

Once runs in The Gaiety Theatre until 9th March at 7.30pm. Matinees: 27th Feb and 2th, 6th, 9th March at 2.30pm. Tickets: €21.50 – €49.50. For tickets go to: www.gaietytheatre.ie

Once Cast Album Wins Grammy Award As Best Musical Theater Album

Playbill.com, February 10, 2013

The Broadway cast recording of Once was named Best Musical Theater Album in the 2013 Grammy Awards on Feb. 10. The winner, among nominees that includedNewsiesFolliesThe Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Nice Work If You Can Get It, was revealed Sunday afternoon in the pre-telecast of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

The cast album of Once: A New Musicalwas released on the Masterworks label. Its principal soloists (Grammy language) areSteve Kazee (already a Best Actor Tony Award winner for this) and Tomy nomineeCristin Milioti. The album’s producers are Steven Epstein & music supervisor Martin Lowe (the latter responsible for the score’s intricate, folky, evocative orchestrations). Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova are the composers/lyricists.

Tribeca Film And Focus World Acquire U.S Rights to “Greetings From Tim Buckley”

Tribeca Film News, December 10, 2012

Tribeca Film, in cooperation with Focus World, has acquired the U.S Rights to Greetings from Tim Buckley, a fascinating portrait of two generations of musicians: Tim Buckley, the famous folk rock star, and his son, Jeff Buckley. Featuring a riveting performance by Penn Badgley (Margin Call,Gossip Girl), this film will appeal to both movie fans and music lovers.

Since the world premiere of Greetings from Tim Buckley at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, the film has generated considerable buzz and positive reviews. The Hollywood Reporter, for example, raves about the film’s “urgent originality” that springs from Penn Badgley’s “vibrant, break-out performance” and from Dan Algrant’s “lyrical recreation of a father-son relationship through memory and music.”

Directed by Dan Algrant and co-written by Algrant, Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel, the film features, in addition to Badgley, Imogen Poots (A Late Quartet) and Ben Rosenfield as Tim Buckley. Jumping back and forth between the 1990s and 1960s, Greetings from Tim Buckleyinitially follows s the young, unknown Jeff Buckley, as he prepares to participate in a tribute concert for his late father.

Tribeca Film And Focus World Acquire U.S Rights to “Greetings From Tim Buckley”
Tribeca Film News, December 10, 2012

Tribeca Film, in cooperation with Focus World, has acquired the U.S Rights to Greetings from Tim Buckley, a fascinating portrait of two generations of musicians: Tim Buckley, the famous folk rock star, and his son, Jeff Buckley. Featuring a riveting performance by Penn Badgley (Margin Call,Gossip Girl), this film will appeal to both movie fans and music lovers.

Since the world premiere of Greetings from Tim Buckley at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, the film has generated considerable buzz and positive reviews. The Hollywood Reporter, for example, raves about the film’s “urgent originality” that springs from Penn Badgley’s “vibrant, break-out performance” and from Dan Algrant’s “lyrical recreation of a father-son relationship through memory and music.”

Directed by Dan Algrant and co-written by Algrant, Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel, the film features, in addition to Badgley, Imogen Poots (A Late Quartet) and Ben Rosenfield as Tim Buckley. Jumping back and forth between the 1990s and 1960s, Greetings from Tim Buckleyinitially follows s the young, unknown Jeff Buckley, as he prepares to participate in a tribute concert for his late father.

Broadway Musical Once Transfers To The West End

The Stage News, October 12, 2012

Tony award-winning musical Once will open in the West End next year.

The musical, which began playing on Broadway in March, will run at the Phoenix Theatre from March 16.

It is currently booking until November 30, 2013.

The show, which won eight Tony Awards this year – including best musical and best direction – has a book by Enda Walsh.

It is directed by John Tiffany and has music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who also starred in the 2007 film on which the musical is based.

Prior to its West End opening Once will run at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin from February 22 until March 9, 2013.

Scenic and costume designs are by Bob Crowley, lighting is by Natasha Katz, sound is by Clive Goodwin, musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Lowe and movement is by Steven Hoggett.

The West End production of Once is being produced by Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G Wilson, Orin Wolf and Michael Rose Limited in association with New York Theatre Workshop.

Casting will be announced shortly.

Norbert Leo Butz Will Join Katie Holmes In ‘Dead Accounts’

The New York Times, August 29th 2012

This fall on Broadway, Norbert Leo Butz will play the ne’er-do-well brother of Katie Holmes’s character, whose return to their childhood Ohio home sets off the action in Theresa Rebeck’s “Dead Accounts,” representatives for the play announced on Wednesday. “Dead Accounts” will begin previews at the Music Box Theater on Nov. 3, with a scheduled opening on Nov. 28.

A two-time Tony winner for starring roles in the musicals “Catch Me If You Can” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Mr. Butz has also earned stellar reviews in such plays as “Speed-the-Plow” and the recent revival of “How I Learned To Drive” at Second Stage.

Jack O’Brien, who directed Mr. Butz in both his award-winning musical roles, will direct “Dead Accounts,” which had its premiere in Cincinnati this winter.

Broadway’s ‘Once’ Offers Quick Return On Investment

LA Times, August 14th 2012

In an announcement Monday, the Broadway show’s producers crowed that “Once” recouped its investment “faster than any Tony Award-winning best musical in more than a decade.” A national tour of the stage musical will reportedly launch in 2013.

The story of an unrequited love between a heartsick busker (known in the  credits only as “Guy”) who falls under the spell of a Czech flower vendor, the musical adaptation opened at the New York Theater Workshop in December 2011, then moved to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway early this year.

In a review from March, the L.A. Times’ Charles McNulty expressed reservations about the musical’s length given its fable-like story, but wrote, “‘Once’ depends on your dreamy-headed complicity. But even if you resist, you’ll still be humming ‘Falling Slowly’ on your way home.”

The production was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won eight, including best musical, best actor and best book, which was written by Irish playwright Enda Walsh.

Screen To Stage Musical Transfer ‘Once’ Recoups In Record Time

Deadline Hollywood, August 13th 2012

Producers of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical ONCE announced today that the production has recouped its capitalization after only 21 weeks (169 performances), faster than any new Broadway musical in more than a decade.

ONCE is produced by Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf, The Shubert Organization and Executive Producer Robert Cole, in association with New York Theatre Workshop.

ONCE opened on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, and went on to win eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. The production was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critic Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards.

ONCE features a book by award-winning Irish playwright & screenwriter, Enda Walsh (Penelope, Hunger, The New Electric Ballroom), the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, direction by the acclaimed John Tiffany (Black Watch), movement by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch, American Idiot) and music supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe (Mamma Mia!).

The set and costume design are by six time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley (The Coast of Utopia, Mary Poppins), lighting design is by three time Tony winner Natasha Katz (Aida, The Coast of Utopia), and sound design is by Clive Goodwin.

ONCE will begin a US national tour booked by The Road Company in the summer of 2013.

The cast of ONCE features Steve Kazee as ‘Guy’ and Cristin Milioti as ‘Girl.’ Also in the company are David Abeles, Will Connolly, Elizabeth A. Davis, David Patrick Kelly, Eliza Holland Madore, Anne L. Nathan, Lucas Papaelias, Ripley Sobo, Andy Taylor, Erikka Walsh, Paul Whitty, and J. Michael Zygo.

ONCE is the celebrated new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film. It tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, ONCE is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty… and unforgettable in every way.

The 2007 Academy Award-winning film, ONCE, was written and directed by John Carney, and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, with original music and lyrics by Mr. Hansard and Ms. Irglová.

ONCE was originally developed at the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, Massachusetts) in April 2011; Diane Paulus, Artistic Director; Diane Borger, Producer.

A developmental run of ONCE at New York Theatre Workshop (James C. Nicola and William Russo) began performances on November 15, 2011 and opened December 6. The production broke box office records and concluded a sold out engagement including a two week extension through January 15th, 2012.

Katie Holmes Will Return To Broadway In ‘Dead Accounts’

The New York Times, July 19th 2012

Katie Holmes, who has kept a relatively high profile in New York City since making it her post-Tom Cruise home, is about to anchor herself professionally to Manhattan as well. Ms. Holmes, 33, will return to Broadway this fall to star in the new family comedy “Dead Accounts” by Theresa Rebeck, a Pulitzer Prize finalist whose play “Seminar” was an audience favorite on Broadway last season.

Ms. Holmes will portray a fairly unglamorous character, Lorna, who is living with her aging parents in Cincinnati while trying to pull together her life (which includes being on a diet). “Dead Accounts,” which had its world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park last winter, also focuses on one of her siblings, a prodigal son who returns home with secrets, including a load of new money and a missing wife.

The Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien (“The Coast of Utopia,” “Hairspray”) is directing the five-character play, which will run at the Music Box Theater.

Ms. Holmes, who made her Broadway debut in 2008 in a revival of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” as the love interest Ann, has settled in New York with her and Mr. Cruise’s daughter, Suri, after her lawyer announced in late June that she was filing for divorce after five-and-a-half years of marriage. Ms. Holmes, who has been frequently photographed around town with her daughter, declined an interview request on Thursday, but said in a statement, “I am thrilled to be coming back to the Broadway community and honored to be a part of this team.”

Performance dates and casting for the four other roles will be announced shortly.

Ms. Rebeck was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004 for “Omnium Gatherum,” and made her Broadway debut with “Mauritius” in 2007. “Seminar,” a five-person ensemble comedy like “Dead Accounts,” starred Alan Rickman and Lily Rabe and closed on Broadway in May.

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