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I stood in line to get tickets for a performance of “As You Like It” at the famed Shakespeare In The Park – Delacorte Theatre. It was an amazing evening of theatre and it almost made it to the trifecta but I didn’t like the amplified sound (I guess necessary for an outdoor production?). Sitting amongst the trees on a balmy night as the sun goes down watching Shakespeare’s words performed by a first rate cast (Lily Rabe was outstanding as Rosalind) was a highlight for me. After I scored the coveted free tickets I took a stroll through Central Park and snapped some pics of park life. What a wonderful hive of activity, a magnificent park easily one of the best in the world.
The queue for tickets
Supplies whilst I wait including Crack Pie
The coveted ticket
Outside the Delacorte theatre wherefore art thou?
Basking in the sun
Off to work we go
The beautiful Bethesda fountain
The Broadway baseball league
Hitching a ride – tourist style
A game of chess daddy?
Time for a nap
Walking the dogs a plenty
row, row, row your boat
Paper in the park
am I on the set of Hair the movie?
On your hands girls
John Lee Beatty’s wonderfully setting for “As You Like It” where one didn’t know where the park ended and the set began.
Ryan Murphy the co-creator of the smash hit series “American Horror Story” of which Babs is a huge fan has revealed some of the returning cast for the show’s sophomore season.
Jessica Lange who was a huge success as supporting character Constance will return as a entirely new character and he says the series will focus on her as a lead.
“We have designed the second season of American Horror Story completely around her character. Last year Jessica came in with Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott. This will really be the Jessica Lange show so I’m very excited about it. We are designing this amazing new opposite of the Constance character for her. She and I have spoken about different things. She has a lot of ideas, and has a lot of input into her character. She told me some things she has always wanted to play as an actress. She’s a great collaborator and a great friend.”
Jessica has had major award success with the role picking up a Golden Globe and a SAG award, she has to be the hot tip for the Emmy.
Joining her will be Zachary Quinto who was a scene stealer as one of the gay characters last year. He to will be playing an entirely different role as will all according to Mr Murphy.
Also confirmed to return is Sarah Paulson (who I loved in the movie “Martha, Marcy May Marlene” – she played Elizabeth Olsen’s uptight sister) as well as Evan Peters and Lily Rabe (the very talented daughter of playwright David Rabe and actress Jill Clayburgh). Peters had previously played Tate, Constance’s son a Columbine-like killer. Rabe played Nora Montgomery, a woman who had lost her baby to a hideous tragedy. Paulson played the psychic Billie Dean Howard. I am quite pleased as all of the above were my favourite characters last season. Murphy commented no further on what characters the actors will be playing but said they’ll be playing the opposite of characters they’ve already played. The second season of American Horror Story will be set somewhere on the East Coast in an undisclosed “horror institution”. Filming will start shooting this July for an October premiere.
Filed under Casting news, TV
Recently the acclaimed Broadway (kind of revival) production of Alfred Uhry’s hit off- broadway play and subsequent (not so great) film “Driving Miss Daisy” announced a substantial extension due to its box office success. A mega-watt star cast of Vanessa Redgrave & James Earl Jones appear to be the reason. Seasoned actors and true legends in their field, it is no surprise. Boyd Gaines in support also must be acknowledged.
Another hit production with mega-wattage star power has announced an extension. The Broadway transfer of the ‘Shakespeare In The Park’ summer hit (I could have tried to see it, but the thought of lining up for hours……*sigh*) – “The Merchant Of Venice”. The star this time is Al Pacino, and alongside is Lily Rabe (not a star but apparently stunning as Portia), sadly Miss Rabe is probably still grieving over the death of her mother – the great stage and screen actress, Jill Clayburgh (I was and am a big fan and saddened by her death). The Merchant has been grossing over $1 million bucks per week, a true reason to extend. It will have a short hiatus to accomodate a prior film commitment from Al Pacino.
So with star-wattage and truly great actors involved it seems The Broadway can produce substantial hits and light up the Great White Way. I do hope producers pick and choose well in the future – the power of performance with great actors can rule the Great White Way.
Anyone who has seen these acclaimed performances, please let me know your thoughts.
Legends of the Fall – Vanessa Redgrave & James Earl Jones
A star, and a star in the making – Al Pacino & Lily Rabe.