Saturday, May 25, 2024

Tony Winner “Vanya” Will Extend: Sigourney Weaver off to do “Avatar”


Tony winning Best Play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” must say goodbye to its star. Sigourney Weaver will exit the play next month. But the original end date has been extended until August 25th, so past Tony winner Julie White will step in to play Masha. Weaver has to get ready to make two “Avatar” sequels for James Cameron, and has stayed well beyond the time she ever anticipated. If you can, see her before she goes. She’s terrific as self absorbed Masha. When “Vanya” does eventually wrap up its Broadway run it will move to the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, probably in January…

…A big surprise winner last night was Courtney B. Vance. He plays Hap Hairston in “Lucky Guy,” and is a lucky guy because he’s married to Angela Bassett. I remember when Vance debuted on Broadway years ago in “Fences” with James Earl Jones. Since then he’s been a regular on TV, but always came back to theater. Bassett was thrilled for him last night, and she is really a knockout in person. What’s she up to? Bassett is heading to New Orleans, she tells me, to play a voodoo witch doctor in “American Horror Story” on F/X, with Jessica Lange…

…Judith Light is now a back to back Tony winner. She won last year for “Other Desert Cities” and last night for “The Assembled Parties.” Each was for Featured Actress. The year before “ODC” she was nominated for lead in “Lombardi.” This is quite a career change from “Who’s the Boss?” her hit TV series of long ago, and her famous run on “One Life to Live” in the late 1970s. But she’s turned out to be Broadway’s secret weapon. This review changed her life several years ago:

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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