Roundabout Roundup: Week of June 6, 2011

Posted on: June 10th, 2011 by Bradley Sanchez

Death Takes a Holiday Begins Performances
June 10

"The question of why mortals cling so passionately to life hangs in the air of the new musical Death Takes a Holiday, starting a world-premiere Off-Broadway engagement June 10. The songs of Tony Award winner Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic) caress that query, made by the Grim Reaper himself.

The life-loving friends, family and lovers of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre include British actor Julian Ovenden as Death, in a handsome disguise, plus Broadway's Jill Paice as his object of desire, with Max von Essen, Matt Cavenaugh, Simon Jones, Linda Balgord, Rebecca Luker, Michael Siberry and more." -

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Book of Tonys: Anything Goes?
The NY Times makes its Tony Predictions

With 14 nominations, will The Book of Mormon sweep the Tony Awards on Sunday night or come close to the record of 12 wins by another mega-hit musical, The Producers? Can Americans beat the British in a passel of play and acting categories? Can anything sink the U.S.S. Sutton Foster?

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Brian Bedford's 'Lady' is a tiger
Nominated for a Tony for his turn in 'Earnest,' the actor crafts an imperious doyenne.

Brian Bedford likes to joke that after playing King Lear at the Stratford Festival, it was a natural progression to take on the role of Lady Bracknell, that gorgon of Victorian society, in the Oscar Wilde comedy The Importance of Being Earnest—in full drag.

But asked what his sequential roles might have in common, the actor pauses. "You know, I've never thought about it, but when Lear enters a room, that's all that matters to him," he says. "His presence is a very powerful influence on himself as well as everybody else. And there is something about that with Lady Bracknell. She knows how to fill a room." The same can be said of Bedford.

His performance as Bracknell has been nominated for a Tony—an award he won in 1971 for School for Wives—and this month brings him his widest audience yet in a series of screenings around the world of The Importance of Being Earnest': Live in HD, a collaboration of the Roundabout, L.A. Theatre Works, and By Experience." - Los Angeles Times

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The People in the Picture Star Donna Murphy on Playing a Bubbie and Not Doing ‘The White Color Purple’

If you need any proof that Donna Murphy loves a challenge, look no further than her Broadway resume. The versatile actress took home her first of two Best Actress Tony Awards in 1994 for creating the role of Fosca, a sickly, ugly and obsessive lover in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion. Now Murphy has earned her fifth Tony nomination in Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The People in the Picture.

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Related Categories:
2010-2011 Season, Anything Goes, Death Takes A Holiday, Roundabout Roundup, The Importance of Being Earnest, The People In The Picture

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