Lin-Manuel Miranda to Appear on “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!” Special

Lin-Manuel Miranda is celebrating Broadway’s reopening…

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican Tony Award-winning actor, singer, songwriter, rapper, producer and playwright will take part in Broadway’s Back!, the live two-hour broadcast special immediately following this Sunday’s streaming-only Tony Awards ceremony.

Lin-Manuel Miranda 

In addition to Miranda, who created the Broadway hits In The Heights and Hamilton, the program will include appearances by Kristin Chenoweth, André De Shields, Jake Gyllenhaal, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Broadway legend Chita Rivera, Daphne Rubin-Vega, who originated the role of Mimi Marquez in the Broadway musical Rent, and more, according to CBS and The American Theatre Wing.

The special, presented live on Sunday, Sept. 26 from Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre, will be hosted by Leslie Odom, Jr.

Designed as a celebration of Broadway’s return to the stage following the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, the special (full title: The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!) airs on CBS from 9:00 – 11:00 pm ET (live) and PT (delayed). The special also will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

The concert special will include Broadway performers and Tony Award winners re-uniting on stage to perform classics, and will feature performances from the three Tony-nominated Best Musical contenders: Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge! The Musical and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

The special also will include the live presentation of three Tony Awards: Best Play, Best Revival of a Play and Best Musical.

The 74th Annual Tony Awards, delayed from June 2020 due to COVID-19 and representing a shorter roster of nominees because of the shutdown, will stream exclusively on Paramount+ live beginning at 7:00 pm ET/4:00 pm PT. The ceremony will be hosted by Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning singer and actor Audra McDonald, and will cover productions from the abbreviated 2019-2020 Broadway season.

The line-up of Broadway’s Back! performers and presenters also includes Annaleigh Ashford, Kerry Butler, Christopher Jackson, Ruthie Ann Miles, Bebe Neuwirth, Leslie Odom, Jr., Kelli O’Hara, Ben Platt, Jeremy Pope and BD Wong. Additional performers and presenters will be announced later this week.

The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back! will be produced in collaboration with Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, and White Cherry Entertainment, the team behind the annual Tony Awards telecast. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss are executive producers for White Cherry Entertainment. Weiss will serve as director.

Nichole Galicia to Appear Opposite Jeremy Renner in Paramount+’s “Mayor of Kingstown”

Nichole Galicia is headed to Kingstown

The Panamanian actress has been cast in a recurring role on Jeremy Renner’s Mayor of Kingstown, Taylor Sheridan’s upcoming series for Paramount+.

Nichole Galicia

The series comes from MTV Entertainment Studios. Production is underway in Toronto.

Co-created by Sheridan, Mayor of Kingstown follows the McLusky family, power brokers in Kingstown, Michigan, where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither.

Galicia will portray Rebecca, Mike’s (Renner) fiercely loyal assistant.

Her previous credits include Django Unchained, Defiance and Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood.

 

Lana Parrilla to Star in the Indie Drama “Scrap”

Lana Parrilla is scrapping her plans…

The 44-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress and Once Upon a Time alum will star alongside Anthony Rapp and writer-director Vivian Kerr in Scrap, an indie drama from producer Rachel Stander and her A Season of Rain banner.

Lana Parrilla

Beth DoverKhleo ThomasBrad Schmidt and Julianna Layne have also joined the cast of the film, which is now shooting.

Kerr plays Beth, who has recently been laid off and struggles to maintain the appearance of a successful middle-class lifestyle as she bounces around Los Angeles. Hoping to land a new job and change her situation before her estranged older brother Ben (Rapp) finds out, Beth must confront her own pride before she can reconnect with him and provide for her young daughter Birdy (Layne).

Parrilla, whose most recent credits include Paramount+’s Why Woman Kill, will play Ben’s wife, a successful attorney who is secretly struggling with IVF and re-evaluating her own conflicted relationship with motherhood. Dover plays the principal at Birdy’s school. Schmidt plays Beth’s troubled ex, and Thomas is her potential love interest.

Kerr’s screenplay was a finalist in Final Draft’s Big Break Screenplay Competition; it later became a short film that starred Kerr and Rapp.

The adaptation is the directorial debut for Kerr.

Kaya Scodelario to Star in the Dramedy “Don’t Make Me Go”

Kaya Scodelario is on the go

The 29-year-old half-Brazilian English actress has joined the cast of Amazon Studios’ father-daughter adventure dramedy Don’t Make Me Go.

Kaya Scodelario

The Maze Runner and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City star joins John Cho, Mia Isaac and Jade Harlow in the film, which is being directed by Hannah Marks from a script penned by Vera Herbert.

Currently in post-production, Don’t Make Me Go follows a single father who takes his teenage daughter on a road trip to find her estranged mother as he tries to teach her everything she might need to know for the rest of her life along the way.

Scodelario next will be seen in the origin film Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City, which Sony is releasing in November. Best known for the Maze Runner franchise, she got her break on cult UK series Skins.

She most recently starred in Netflix’s series Spinning Out, Paramount’s horror film Crawl and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile alongside Zac Efron.

Justino Diaz Among This Year’s Kennedy Center Honors Recipients

It’s an Honors of a lifetime for Justino Diaz.

The 81-year-old Puerto Rican operatic bass-baritone is among the recipients of the Kennedy Center’s Kennedy Center Honors this year, as the organization plans to return the ceremony to its traditional time and format in December.

Justino Diaz

In 1963, Díaz won an annual contest held at the Metropolitan Opera of New York, becoming the first Puerto Rican to obtain such an honor and as a consequence, made his Metropolitan debut in October 1963 in Verdi‘s Rigoletto as Monterone.

Diaz’s big roles throughout his career were in the operas of Mozart, taking on the title role of Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro a total of 27 times in his Met career.

He was also a renowned Scarpia and Iago in his time. He was famously picked by Franco Zeffirelli to take on the villain in his film version of Verdi’s final tragic masterwork; Scarpia was the last role he sang on the Met stage.

In addition to Diaz, the recipients for the December 5 event will be singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, actress and singer Bette MidlerSaturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, and Motown Record founder and producer Berry Gordy.

CBS will broadcast the 44th annual ceremony, and it will be live streamed on Paramount+ and available on demand.

The Kennedy Center Honors traditionally takes place in the first weekend of December, with events at the White House and the State Department preceding the ceremony at the Kennedy Center Opera House. But because of Covid-19, the most recent honors were postponed until May this year, with the ceremony spread out over several days with a mix of indoor and outdoor events, some in person and some pre-taped. Instead of a White House reception, President Joe Biden had a smaller gathering of the honorees.

In a statement, Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter said, “After the challenges and heartbreak of the last many months, and as we celebrate 50 years of the Kennedy Center, I dare add that we are prepared to throw ‘the party to end all parties’ in D.C. on Dec. 5th, feting these extraordinary people and welcoming audiences back to our campus.”

Isabela Merced to Portray Juliet in “Rosaline,” 20th Century Fox’s Revisionist Take on “Romeo & Juliet”

Wherefore art thou Isabela Merced?

The 19-year-old Peruvian American actress has been cast to play Juliet in 20th Century Fox’s Rosalinea comedic and revisionist take on Romeo & Juliet with Kaitlyn Dever attached to star.

Isabela Merced

Karen Maine will direct, with 21 Laps, Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen producing.

The script is based on the novel When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle and is a modern twist on the classic William Shakespeare tale. We see “the most famous love story ever told” through the eyes of Juliet’s cousin Rosaline (Dever), a sharp but idealistic young woman—who happens to be Romeo’s recent ex. What begins as an attempt to foil the famous romance and win back her guy becomes a journey of self-discovery as she ultimately works to help get the star-crossed lovers back together.

Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber penned the script.

Merced is best known for her roles in Sicario: Day of the Soldado and as Dora the Explorer in Paramount’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold movie.

She was most recently seen in Netflix’s Let It Snow and also voiced the lead character in DreamWorks Animation and Universal’Spirit Untamed.

She is currently filming Warner Bros.’ new Father of the Bride film starring Andy Garcia.

Sofia Carson Lending Voice to Netflix’s Animated Film “My Little Pony: A New Generation”

Sofia Carson is ponying up…

The 28-year-old Colombian American actress/singer is part of the voice cast Netflix’s animated film My Little Pony: A New Generation, which will debut on the streamer on September 24, 2021.

Sofia Carson

It’s the same date the film had been planned to premiere when the eOne animated pic was set up at Paramount. Netflix acquired global rights in February when the pandemic was wrecking havoc with movie theaters.

My Little Pony

In addition to Carson, who voices the character of Pipp, the voice cast also includes Vanessa Hudgens (Sunny), Kimiko Glenn (Izzy), James Marsden (Hitch) and Liza Koshy (Zipp) along with Ken Jeong, Elizabeth Perkins, Jane Krakowski, Phil LaMarr and Michael McKean.

The plot centers on what happens when Earth Ponies, Unicorns, and Pegasi are no longer friends on Equestria and live separated by species. But idealistic Earth Pony Sunny teams with Unicorn Izzy team to travel to faraway lands to find a way to bring enchantment and unity back to their world.

My Little Pony

Robert Cullen and José L. Ucha direct the film, and Mark Fattibene is co-director. The story was created by Cullen & Ucha, and Tim Sullivan. Sullivan and Gillian Berrow penned the script.

The last film, My Little Pony: The Movie released in 2017 via 2017, earned $21.9M domestic and $60.3M WW.

The My Little Pony toy franchise was first launched in 1981, with the brand reportedly grossing over $1 billion annually in retail sails by 2014.

“General Hospital” Star Maurice Benard Wins Third Career Daytime Emmy Award

Maurice Benard may need a larger trophy case…

The 58-year-old Salvadorian and Nicaraguan American soap opera star and author picked up one of the top prizes at the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which were handed out in a ceremony hosted by The Talk’s Sheryl Underwood.

Maurice Benard

Benard took home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his iconic role as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital.

It’s the third win in the category for Benard, who was born Mauricio Jose Morales. He previously won the prize for his work on GH in 2003 and 2019.

The show, which aired live in the East on CBS and Paramount+ but delayed in the West, also paid tribute to a trio of television legends who left us during the past year: Regis PhilbinAlex Trebek and Larry King.

The Daytime Children’s Programming and Animation Emmy Awards will be presented in a stand-alone streaming show July 17, and the Daytime Lifestyle Programming Emmy Awards follow the next day. Nominations for both will be revealed om Monday.

Here’s the full list of winners at the 48th Daytime Emmys:

WINNERS

Outstanding Drama Series
General Hospital (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood as Steffy Forrester
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Maurice Benard as Sonny Corinthos
General Hospital (ABC)

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host
Larry King
Larry King Now (Ora TV)

Outstanding Entertainment News Program
Entertainment Tonight (Syndicated)

Outstanding Daytime Non-Fiction Special
Creators for Change on Girls’ Education with Michelle Obama (YouTube Originals)

Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series
The Young and the Restless (CBS)

Outstanding Game Show Host
Alex Trebek
Jeopardy! (Syndicated)

Outstanding Limited Drama Series
Studio City (Amazon Prime Video)

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series
Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton-Devereaux
Days of Our Lives (NBC)

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
Kelly Clarkson
The Kelly Clarkson Show (Syndicated)

Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series
General Hospital (ABC)

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program
The People’s Court (Syndicated)

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series
Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady
Days of Our Lives (NBC)

Outstanding Culinary Host
Ina Garten
Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro (Food Network)

Outstanding Morning Show
CBS Sunday Morning (CBS)

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show
The Kelly Clarkson Show (Syndicated)

Outstanding Daytime Special Event
Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space (Discovery and Science Channel)

Outstanding Game Show
Jeopardy! (Syndicated)

Outstanding Informative Talk Show
Red Table Talk (Facebook Watch)

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Max Gail as Mike Corbin
General Hospital (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Marla Adams as Dina Mergeron
The Young and the Restless (CBS)

Outstanding Makeup
The Real (Syndicated)

Outstanding Makeup for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program
Dash & Lily (Netflix)

Outstanding Hairstyling
The Real (Syndicated)

Outstanding Hairstyling for a  Drama or Daytime Fiction Program
The Letter for the King (Netflix)

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling
The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program
Julie and the Phantoms (Netflix)

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design
Odd Squad (PBS)

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program
Endlings (Hulu)

Outstanding Casting for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program
General Hospital (ABC)

Outstanding Live and Direct-To-Tape Sound Mixing
The Kelly Clarkson Show (Syndicated)

Outstanding Sound Mixing And Editing for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program
The Letter for the King (Netflix)

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program
Julie and the Phantoms (Netflix)

Outstanding Technical Team
Sesame Street (HBO)

Outstanding Technical Team for a Drama Or Daytime Fiction Program
General Hospital (ABC)

Outstanding Lighting Direction
Odd Squad (PBS)

Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program
Studio City (Amazon Prime Video)

Outstanding Original Song
“Unsaid Emily”
Julie and the Phantoms (Netflix)

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Daytime Program
The Letter for the King (Netflix)

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous / Launch Campaign (Netflix)

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Freestyle Love Supreme” to Receive Special Tony Award

Lin-Manuel Miranda is receiving some extra Love

A special Tony Award will be presented in September to Freestyle Love Supreme, the Broadway show about the hip-hop improv troupe founded by the 41-year-old Puerto Rican actor, singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, and playwright, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale,

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Special Tony Awards are presented to outstanding productions, artists and organizations who do not fall into any of the competitive categories.

In a joint statement, Heather Hitchens, CEO and President of the American Theatre Wing and Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, said that the Freestyle Love Supreme “take(s) theatre to the next level, delivering outside-of-the-box presentations that have gone beyond the stage and brought theatre into the homes of millions of people around the world.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Freestyle Love Supreme

Freestyle Love Supreme was developed in the basement of The Drama Bookshop in 2004 and slowly worked its way to Broadway’s Booth Theatre in 2019.

Directed by Kail, the acclaimed show features a comedic improvisational musical structure, and a rotating cast.

Freestyle Love Supreme will return to Broadway for a strictly limited engagement at the Booth on Thursday, October 7 through Sunday, January 2, 2022.

The 74th Annual Tony Awards, presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will be a two-hour, streaming-only ceremony on Sunday, September 26, available on ViacomCBSParamount+ platform and followed immediately by a special two-hour CBS broadcast special called The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!

Natalia Reyes to Star in the Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Thriller “Tomorrow Before After”

Natalia Reyes has big plans for tomorrow

The 34-year-old Colombian actress has signed on to star in Tomorrow Before After, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller that’s scheduled to start shooting this month in Colombia.

Natalia Reyes

The film, from writer/director Alfonso Quijada (El Suspiro del Silencio), centers on a woman with no name (played by Reyes) who struggles to survive on her own in a post-apocalyptic world, searching for others, with only a stray dog by her side.

In her quest, she collides with a world that is collapsed and utterly destroyed, and it seems, for a long time, that she is the only survivor in the world—until she discovers one day that she is pregnant. Not understanding how this could be possible, she then begins to question her own existence.

Reyes is best known for her turn as Dani Ramos in Tim Miller’s Terminator: Dark Fate, which James Cameron produced for Skydance and Paramount.

She also starred in the crime drama Birds of Passage, directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, which premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Among her television credits is Sony’s hit Latin American series Lady, La Vendedora de Rosas, in which she played Lady Tabares.