Playbill.com : News Copyright (c) %2014 Playbill.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.playbill.com/ Playbill.com : News en-us 04/23/2014 11:16:40 AM 60 Relativity Will Distribute "Hector and The Search For Happiness," Starring Toni Collette and Christopher Plummer Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:03 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190327-Relativity-Will-Distribute-Hector-and-The-Search-For-Happiness-Starring-Toni-Collette-and-Christopher-Plummer Relativity has acquired the U.S. distribution rights for the comedy "Hector and The Search For Happiness," according to Deadline.com. 

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Carey Purcell
Constantine Maroulis and The Company Men Will Be Part of Linda Eder: Night After the Tonys Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:37 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190333-Constantine-Maroulis-and-The-Company-Men-Will-Be-Part-of-Linda-Eder-Night-After-the-Tonys Linda Eder: Night After the Tonys, featuring original Jekyll & Hyde star Eder, will play the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre June 9 at 8 PM.

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Andrew Gans
Cast Members from Tour of Porgy and Bess Will Offer Inspired by Love to Benefit ASTEP Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:24 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190332-Cast-Members-from-Tour-of-Porgy-and-Bess-Will-Offer-Inspired-by-Love-to-Benefit-ASTEP Cast members from the national tour of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess will be Inspired By Love May 12 Upstairs at Vitello's.

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Andrew Gans
Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette Will Co-Star in "Miss You Already" Film Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:18 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190329-Rachel-Weisz-and-Toni-Collette-Will-Co-Star-in-Miss-You-Already-Film Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, who made her Broadway debut in this season's Betrayal, and Tony Award nominee Toni Collette are attached to star in the comedy-drama "Miss You Already," according to Deadline.com.

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Michael Gioia
Trent Armand Kendall, NaTasha Yvette Williams and Lawrence Clayton Set for Reading of Louis-and-Ella! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:11 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190328-Trent-Armand-Kendall-NaTasha-Yvette-Williams-and-Lawrence-Clayton-Set-for-Reading-of-Louis-and-Ella Louis-and-Ella!, a new jazz musical by Trent Armand Kendall, will receive a developmental table reading April 24 in Manhattan.

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Andrew Gans
Wicked and Jekyll & Hyde Star Teal Wicks Will Go It Solo at 54 Below Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190324-Wicked-and-Jekyll-Hyde-Star-Teal-Wicks-Will-Go-It-Solo-at-54-Below Teal Wicks, who has starred on Broadway in Wicked and Jekyll & Hyde, will make her solo cabaret debut May 8 at the Manhattan nightspot 54 Below.

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Michael Gioia
"Chicago Fire" Star Yuri Sardarov Will Head Cast of Off-Broadway's Becket Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:57 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190325-Chicago-Fire-Star-Yuri-Sardarov-Will-Head-Cast-of-Off-Broadways-Becket Producers Will DeCamp and Alex Rapson announced that Jean Anouilh's Becket, the 1961 Tony Award winner for Best Play, will begin performances June 18 at the East Village’s Gene Frankel Theatre.

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Andrew Gans
Further Casting Announced for Shakespeare in Love, West End Stage Version of Hit Film Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:56 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190319-Further-Casting-Announced-for-Shakespeare-in-Love-West-End-Stage-Version-of-Hit-Film Further casting has been announced for Shakespeare in Love, a stage version of the hit film of the same name that playwright Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, The Pitmen Painters) is adapting from Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard's screenplay. It will begin performances July 2 prior to an official opening July 23 at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre. 

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Mark Shenton
Manchester's Royal Exchange Season to Include Maxine Peake as Hamlet, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Little Shop and More Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:44 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190321-Manchesters-Royal-Exchange-Season-to-Include-Maxine-Peake-as-Hamlet-Cat-on-a-Hot-Tin-Roof-Little-Shop-and-More The fall season at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre, which marks the first full season that Sarah Frankcom has been sole artistic director for, will include Maxine Peake starring in the title role of Hamlet, new productions of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Little Shop of Horrors and the world premiere of Rona Munro's Scuttlers, about gangs in nineteenth-century Manchester.

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Mark Shenton
Forbidden Broadway to Return to London's Menier Chocolate Factory Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:19 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190322-Forbidden-Broadway-to-Return-to-Londons-Menier-Chocolate-Factory Forbidden Broadway, previously seen at London's Menier Chocolate Factory in 2009 and before that in seasons at Jermyn Street Theatre and the West End's Fortune Theatre, is to return to the Menier, beginning performances June 19 prior to an official opening July 2, for a run through Aug. 16.

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Mark Shenton
Charlotte Cornwell to Star in World Premiere of Between Us at London's Arcola Theatre Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:13 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190320-Charlotte-Cornwell-to-Star-in-World-Premiere-of-Between-Us-at-Londons-Arcola-Theatre Charlotte Cornwell is to star in the world premiere of Between Us, a new play by Sarah Daniels that will begin performances at London's Arcola Theatre (which also commissioned the play) May 28, prior to an official opening May 30.

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Mark Shenton
West End's Mamma Mia! Will Welcome New Cast Members in June Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:45 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190323-West-Ends-Mamma-Mia-Will-Welcome-New-Cast-Members-in-June New cast members will join the original London production of Mamma Mia!, now running at the Novello Theatre, beginning performances June 9.

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Mark Shenton
PHOTO CALL: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:15 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190306-PHOTO-CALL-Hedwig-and-the-Angry-Inch-Starring-Neil-Patrick-Harris-Opens-on-Broadway-Red-Carpet-Arrivals Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Emmy Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, opened on Broadway April 22 following previews that began March 29.]]> Matthew Blank and Joseph Marzullo Stage Adaptation of "The Last Testament: A Memoir By God" Heading to Broadway Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190318-Stage-Adaptation-of-The-Last-Testament-A-Memoir-By-God-Heading-to-Broadway An Act of God, a stage adaptation of the satirical publication "The Last Testament: A Memoir By God," will bow on Broadway in 2015, producer Jeffrey Finn announced April 23.

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Adam Hetrick
PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Robin De Jesus, Teal Wicks, Natalie Weiss and Putting the Pieces Together Cast Pick Inspirational Songs Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190314-PLAYBILL-PLAYLIST-Robin-De-Jesus-Teal-Wicks-Natalie-Weiss-and-Putting-the-Pieces-Together-Cast-Pick-Inspirational-Songs Two-time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesus, Teal Wicks and Natalie Weiss are among the performers set for Putting the Pieces Together: Volume 2, a benefit concert for autism awareness, April 24 at 54 Below. In anticipation of the evening, members of the cast pick inspirational songs as part of this week's Playbill Playlist

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Adam Hetrick
Brush Up Your Shakespeare: Ten Broadway Musicals Inspired By The Bard's Plays Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190301-Brush-Up-Your-Shakespeare-Ten-Broadway-Musicals-Inspired-By-The-Bards-Plays The gangsters in Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate implore the audience to "Brush up your Shakespeare." In honor of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, Playbill will help readers do just that — musical-theatre style — by taking a look back at ten Broadway musicals inspired by his plays, from Rodgers and Hart's The Boys From Syracuse to Joe DiPietro's All Shook Up.

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David Gewirtzman
Schools of the Stars: Where Casa Valentina Cast and Creators Went to College Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190298-Schools-of-the-Stars-Where-Casa-Valentina-Cast-and-Creators-Went-to-College Where the principals of the Broadway play Casa Valentina pursued their college studies.

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Robert Viagas
Amber Gray, Jocelyn Bioh, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Shyko Amos, Danny Wolohan, Ben Horner Star in An Octoroon, Beginning April 23 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190296-Amber-Gray-Jocelyn-Bioh-Marsha-Stephanie-Blake-Shyko-Amos-Danny-Wolohan-Ben-Horner-Star-in-An-Octoroon-Beginning-April-23 The Soho Rep world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon begins performances April 23 prior to an official opening May 4.

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Andrew Gans
Emma Hunton Defies Gravity in North American Tour of Wicked, Starting April 23 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190295-Emma-Hunton-Defies-Gravity-in-North-American-Tour-of-Wicked-Starting-April-23 The company of the first North American tour of the hit Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical Wicked welcomes Emma Hunton as Elphaba beginning April 23 in Richmond, VA, at the Altria Theater.

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Andrew Gans
Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina, Starring Patrick Page, John Cullum and Gabriel Ebert, Opens on Broadway Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190294-Harvey-Fiersteins-Casa-Valentina-Starring-Patrick-Page-John-Cullum-and-Gabriel-Ebert-Opens-on-Broadway Casa Valentina, a new play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein about an upstate colony where heterosexual men dress as women, officially opens on Broadway April 23 at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, following previews that began April 1. 

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Carey Purcell
Christine Toy Johnson, Antoinette LaVecchia, Richard Topol Star in New York Premiere of Tough Titty, Beginning April 23 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190293-Christine-Toy-Johnson-Antoinette-LaVecchia-Richard-Topol-Star-in-New-York-Premiere-of-Tough-Titty-Beginning-April-23 The New York premiere of Tough Titty, by the late, award-winning playwright Oni Faida Lampley, is presented April 23-May 11 at the Paradise Factory in the East Village.

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Andrew Gans
Romantic Drama Sea Marks, Starring Patrick Fitzgerald and Tony Nominee Xanthe Elbrick, Begins April 23 at Irish Rep Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190292-Romantic-Drama-Sea-Marks-Starring-Patrick-Fitzgerald-and-Tony-Nominee-Xanthe-Elbrick-Begins-April-23-at-Irish-Rep Irish Repertory Theatre concludes its 2013-14 season with a revival of Gardner McKay's Sea Marks, with performances beginning April 23. 

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Carey Purcell
Drama League Presents Rocky Composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty in Up Close Series April 23 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190290-Drama-League-Presents-Rocky-Composers-Lynn-Ahrens-and-Stephen-Flaherty-in-Up-Close-Series-April-23 Award-winning composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty participate in the Drama League's Up Close series April 23 at 7 PM.

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Carey Purcell
New York Premiere of The Few, Featuring Gideon Glick, Michael Laurence and Tasha Lawrence, Begins April 23 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190287-New-York-Premiere-of-The-Few-Featuring-Gideon-Glick-Michael-Laurence-and-Tasha-Lawrence-Begins-April-23 The New York premiere of The Few, by award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter, begins performances at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater April 23 prior to an official opening May 8.

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Carey Purcell
Judith Light and Christopher Sieber Announce Drama League Awards Nominations April 23 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190286-Judith-Light-and-Christopher-Sieber-Announce-Drama-League-Awards-Nominations-April-23 Two-time Tony Award winner Judith Light and Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber announce the 2014 Drama League Awards nominations April 23 at 11 AM at Sardi's.

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Carey Purcell
Laura Osnes, Sam Underwood, Max Crumm, Amy Spanger and More Celebrate Shakespeare at April 23 Like You Like It Concert Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190279-Laura-Osnes-Sam-Underwood-Max-Crumm-Amy-Spanger-and-More-Celebrate-Shakespeare-at-April-23-Like-You-Like-It-Concert The concert version of the award-winning musical Like You Like It, based on As You Like It and set at a mall in the 1980s, is held April 23 at 54 Below in celebration of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday. 

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Michael Gioia
THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Nicholas Nickleby, A New Musical Star Luba Mason Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190267-THEIR-FAVORITE-THINGS-Nicholas-Nickleby-A-New-Musical-Star-Luba-Mason-Shares-Her-Theatregoing-Experiences Playbill.com's feature series Their Favorite Things asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of Broadway singing actress Luba Mason, who can currently be seen in Theater for the New City's Nicholas Nickleby, A New Musical through May 5 at the Joyce and Seward Johnson Theater.

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Andrew Gans
PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: APRIL 23 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/69055-PLAYBILL-VAULTS-Today-In-Theatre-History-APRIL-23 1564 Okay, no one's actually certain that April 23, 1564 was William Shakespeare's birthday, but that's the accepted date. Over the next 52 years, the Bard would pen such works as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Comedy of Errors, Othello, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar.

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David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez
The Verdict: Critics Review Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Starring Neil Patrick Harris Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:36 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190317-The-Verdict-Critics-Review-Hedwig-and-the-Angry-Inch-Starring-Neil-Patrick-Harris The Broadway premiere of the John Cameron Mitchell-Stephen Trask rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Emmy Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, opened on Broadway April 22 at the Belasco Theatre.

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Book of Mormon Tour Is Top Earner in Easter Bonnet Competition; Event Raises a Record $4.53 Million Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:20 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190315-Book-of-Mormon-Tour-Is-Top-Earner-in-Easter-Bonnet-Competition-Event-Raises-a-Record-453-Million The 28th annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition raised an all-time record $4,532,129 in six weeks of nightly curtain-call appeals. That total eclipsed the $4.25 million previous record set one year ago. The number was revealed at the April 22 performance of skits, songs, dances and giant hats that make up the unique fundraiser-show, at the Minskoff Theatre.

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Robert Viagas
PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: The Velocity of Autumn — Spunk, Spark and Boom! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:46 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190312-PLAYBILL-ON-OPENING-NIGHT-The-Velocity-of-Autumn-mdash-Spunk-Spark-and-Boom Playbill.com offers a behind-the-scenes look at opening night of Eric Coble's The Velocity of Autumn.

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Harry Haun
After Midnight Celebrates Duke Ellington and Jazz Appreciation Month With Weeklong Events Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:39 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190313-After-Midnight-Celebrates-Duke-Ellington-and-Jazz-Appreciation-Month-With-Weeklong-Events The Broadway musical revue After Midnight, inspired from Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club, will celebrate Ellington's birthday (April 29) and Jazz Appreciation Month with a week of special activities throughout the city.

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO CALL: A Sneak Peek at Upcoming "Glee" Episodes, "Opening Night" and "Back-Up Plan," With Shirley MacLaine Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:27 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190309-PHOTO-CALL-A-Sneak-Peek-at-Upcoming-Glee-Episodes-Opening-Night-and-Back-Up-Plan-With-Shirley-MacLaine Matthew Blank Here Lies Love Pushes Cast Album Release Date to May 6 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:24 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190308-Here-Lies-Love-Pushes-Cast-Album-Release-Date-to-May-6 The original Off-Broadway cast album of the Public Theater's world-premiere production of the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love, starring Ruthie Ann Miles and Jose Llana, will now be released May 6 from Nonesuch Records.

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Adam Hetrick
MCC Theater Season Includes Works by Neil LaBute, Simon Stephens, Jennifer Haley and Robert Askins Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:07 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190307-MCC-Theater-Season-Includes-Works-by-Neil-LaBute-Simon-Stephens-Jennifer-Haley-and-Robert-Askins MCC Theater will stage the world premiere of Neil LaBute's The Money Shot and Robert Askins' Permission as part of its 2014-15 season, which will also include the New York premieres of plays by Simon Stephens and Jennifer Haley.

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Adam Hetrick
World Premiere of Found, by Tony Nominee Hunter Bell, Lee Overtree and Eli Bolin, Will Play Atlantic Theater Company Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190305-World-Premiere-of-Found-by-Tony-Nominee-Hunter-Bell-Lee-Overtree-and-Eli-Bolin-Will-Play-Atlantic-Theater-Company Atlantic Theater Company will begin its 2014-15 season by presenting the world premiere of the new musical Found.

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Carey Purcell
Suzan-Lori Parks' Father Comes Home From the Wars Will Play A.R.T. in 2015 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:23 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190304-Suzan-Lori-Parks-Father-Comes-Home-From-the-Wars-Will-Play-ART-in-2015 Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks' drama Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) will be staged in January 2015 as part of the American Repertory Theater's upcoming season.

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Adam Hetrick
Broadway Box-Office Analysis, April 14-20: If/Then, Lady Day and More Boast Almost-Full Audiences Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:45 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190275-Broadway-Box-Office-Analysis-April-14-20-If-Then-Lady-Day-and-More-Boast-Almost-Full-Audiences Playbill's newest weekly feature examines the box-office trends of the past week.

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Robert Simonson
PHOTO CALL: Lauren Molina and Steel Burkhardt Star in Regional Premiere of Murder Ballad Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:16 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190302-PHOTO-CALL-Lauren-Molina-and-Steel-Burkhardt-Star-in-Regional-Premiere-of-Murder-Ballad Murder Ballad, which began performances April 17 at TUTS Underground in Houston, TX.]]> Matthew Blank Reading of Amelie Musical, Featuring a Book by Craig Lucas, Will Be Held in Manhattan in July Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:31 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190297-Reading-of-Amelie-Musical-Featuring-a-Book-by-Craig-Lucas-Will-Be-Held-in-Manhattan-in-July A developmental lab of the musical Amelie will be held in New York this summer, according to an Equity casting notice.

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Carey Purcell