The Shape of Memory, Both Fragile and Fierce

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The movement is small, abrupt and oddly graceful for an act of clumsiness. It happens so fast that you’re surprised that you didn’t miss it. Then again, how could you have?

Because with that quick, backward step, which occurs during Tom Wingfield’s opening monologue in the gorgeous new production of “The Glass Menagerie” at the American Repertory Theater, something both momentous and commonplace has happened.

A man has been pulled out of the present and sent stumbling into a past that is never not waiting to claim him. And if the letting go isn’t entirely voluntary, it has the resignation of someone who knew it was going to happen; after all, it never does stop happening, does it?

http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/theater/reviews/the-glass-menagerie-at-loeb-drama-center-cambridge-mass.html?pagewanted=all

Q&A with Penn Badgley at Rolling Stone

Penn Badgley is doing his very best to make audiences forget the words Gossip Girl. In Greetings from Tim Buckley, the former CW star plays Jeff Buckley, the son of fellow musician Tim Buckley, the father he never knew. Rolling Stone spoke with Badgley about portraying Buckley’s feminine side, performing an interpretation of Led Zeppelin III and life after Gossip Girl.

What sort of energy were you channeling with this role?
I think when any actor is doing their best job, it’s not intellectual – it’s intuitive. And for those brief moments where I was really, really tapped into Jeff, I wasn’t thinking. I was sort of feeling his vibe, and I think maybe if anything, those vibes were, in some ways, feminine. Not in the typical way that people mean it, but he had this sort of feline, feral, feminine energy that I think was really honest and kind of magical. And in some ways, that allowed him to be more of a man than a lot of people are.

How did you prepare for the part?
I was just in a really great place to play Jeff at this time in his life…
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“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.

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