Friday, June 22, 2007

Surviving le deluge

Apparently Jennifer Ehle took some time away from her zinnia watching and returned to the Delacorte Theater to attend the gala performance of Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare in the Park. New York Magazine says:
[...] Some of the celebs who’d stuck it out through the first batch of rain — Janney, Josh Hamilton, Liev Schreiber — bolted. Idina Menzel, in a poncho, pushed past us on her way out. Marcia Gay Harden was seen running for a cab, dress hiked up to her waist. But Tony winner Jennifer Ehle proved herself to be totally cool, running around in a white tunic dress. [...]

BroadwayWorld has photo coverage, and although I can't find any pictures of Jennifer Ehle, there is one of Josh Hamilton. The New York Times also has a video featurette documenting the event, which is kind of fun.

An anonymous tipster commented on a previous post that there is a picture of Jennifer Ehle in the June issue of Vogue. Apparently they called called her glorious and the "best reason to believe in the existence of God." If anyone has a copy and would like to scan it and send it to us, that would be awesome!

The Hindu has another article about Jennifer Ehle's Before the Rains co-star Rahul Bose. Here is the relevant quotage:

[...] Next in the kitty is Before the Rains, a film set in 1937. It explores the relationship be tween an English planter and a Malayali villager. “This is the most eclectic film by Santosh Sivan that I am waiting for. It is about divided loyalties, betrayals, fondness and patriotism. Most probably, it will be premiered in the Toronto Film Festival this year.” [...]

There hasn't been much news lately, so here are a few marginally related items:

  • has another review of The Coast of Utopia CD.
  • This week the American Theatre Wing's Tony Committee announced that they are adding two new categories to the Tony Awards: 1) Best Sound Design of a Play and 2) Best Sound Design of a Musical. The Envelope speculates that this is Tom Stoppard's doing:
    [...] When four-time Tony champ Tom Stoppard talks, the theater award administrators listen. Backstage on Tony night, I asked for his thoughts about his play trilogy "The Coast of Utopia" winning a record seven awards this year. The celebrated author bemoaned the fact that the achievement of Mark Bennett, who composed the music and sounds that underscored so many scenes, was not eligible for consideration. On Tuesday, the Tonys announced the creation of two new categories — sound design for both a play and a musical — bringing the total Tony tally to 27 (the Oscars have 25 by comparison). [...]
  • The New York Social Diary has a picture of Rosemary Harris at the American Theatre Wing's Annual Spring Gala, which "honored Carol Channing, James Earl Jones and Tommy Tune for their innovative and artistic accomplishments to the theatre." Martha Plimpton and David Pittu were also photographed at the gala.
  • Josh Hamilton will be taking part in a free reading of Wirehead on June 25th. See BroadwayWorld for the details. And, according to Playbill, Utopians Jason Butler Harner and Mia Barron have been cast in a production of A Wake on Chappaquiddick at the Cape Cod Theater Project in Massachusetts.
  • Finally, the Gothamist tells us that Lincoln Center now has free WiFi!
    On opening day of this season's Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center has become a free WiFi hot spot. So if you're at Josie Robertson Plaza, in Damrosch Park, or on the North Plaza by the Reflecting Pool, your laptop, phone or PDA will be wired. Lincoln Center president Reynold Levy said, “One of the goals of Lincoln Center’s transformation projects is to encourage visitors to our campus to come earlier and linger longer, both before and after performances." We wonder if this will encourage people to blog about performances during intermissions. [...]

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