Hathaway, McDonald, Esparza, Pittu and Walker Preserve Twelfth Night on Disc

By Adam Hetrick
August 24, 2009

The starry, music-filled Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night, featuring a score by the Brooklyn-based band Hem, will be released on CD Oct. 27.

Shakespeare's tale of unrequited love, hidden identity and midsummer madness played a critically praised run at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in early June. Under the direction of Daniel Sullivan, the production was the first of the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park offerings of 2009.

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June 26, 2009

THEATER REVIEW | 'TWELFTH NIGHT'
I Love You, You’re Perfect. You’re a Girl?

By CHARLES ISHERWOOD

“Most wonderful.” The exclamation of joyous surprise that bursts from the lips of Countess Olivia at the climax of “Twelfth Night,” when she discovers that her new husband appears to have divided himself in two, seems an apt reaction to the scintillating new production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy that opened Thursday night at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

“Twelfth Night” is a perennial favorite, and with its multifaceted plot mixing sweetness, sadness and silliness it is also about as surefire as Shakespeare plays get. If the romances are dreary, the comedy may still crackle. And vice versa. But this polished staging, expertly directed by Daniel Sullivan, is the most consistently pleasurable the city has seen in at least a decade. And it is certainly one of the most accomplished Shakespeare in the Park productions the Public Theater has fielded in some time. Incidentally — or perhaps not — the varied talents of its all-American lead cast help restore faith in the city’s ability to cast Shakespeare in depth.

All together now: most wonderful!

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June 21, 2009
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The Three Sisters of ‘Twelfth Night’
By PATRICK HEALY

AT the first preview performance of “Twelfth Night” this month two newcomers to Shakespeare in the Park — the actresses Anne Hathaway and Audra McDonald — were greeted by the sort of old friend oft seen at the Delacorte Theater: a raccoon, waddling across the stage during the first scene between Viola (Ms. Hathaway) and Olivia (Ms. McDonald). Audience members giggled, but the two women did not break focus.

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Just because I love to see discussion on line readings - from inanimate (words on the page) to animate (speech on the stage).

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The Best Way To Speak Shakespeare

It will make you catch your breath.

By Ron Rosenbaum

Will she do it as a dirty joke? I'm talking about a certain line in Twelfth Night that can be read either way, innocuous or salacious. And I'm talking about Anne Hathaway, the beautiful Hollywood ingénue most known for squeaky-clean roles (though there was Havoc and the ex-junkie she played in Rachel Getting Married). Anne Hathaway, who, as I'm sure you know and will nevertheless be told incessantly, has the same name as Shakespeare's bride, is doing Shakespeare in the Park this summer.

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Play On: Starry Twelfth Night Begins Central Park Run June 10

By Adam Hetrick
June 10, 2009

Academy Award-nominated actress Anne Hathaway heads a cast of stage and screen veterans in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night, which begins performances June 10 at the outdoor Delacorte Theater.

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Oh! I am so excited to hear these new cast announcements. Raul Esparza and Audra McDonald FTW!

McDonald, Esparza, Pittu, Cumpsty and More Join Twelfth Night Cast

By Adam Hetrick
April 15, 2009

Four time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald and Tony nominee Raúl Esparza have joined the cast of the Public Theater's upcoming Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night starring the previously announced Anne Hathaway.

In addition to Academy Award-nominee Hathaway as Viola, the Public has revealed that McDonald (110 in the Shade, Ragtime) will play Olivia with three-time Tony nominee Esparza (Company, Speed-the-Plow) as Orsino.

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Oscar Nominee Hathaway Will Be Garland on Stage and Screen

By Andrew Gans
March 23, 2009

Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway, who will portray Viola in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night this summer, has landed another starring role.

Hathaway, according to Variety, will play the late, legendary Judy Garland in both the stage and screen adaptations of the Garland bio "Get Happy."

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Oscar Nominee Hathaway to Star in Shakespeare in the Park's Twelfth Night

By Adam Hetrick
February 12, 2009

Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway will star as Viola in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night this summer.

Daniel Sullivan will direct Twelfth Night, which will kick off the summer of free theatre at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Sullivan previously staged A Midsummer Night's Dream for Shakespeare in the Park in 2007. Twelfth Night will run June 9-July 12.

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Julia Murney sings a great rendition of Cole Porter's C'est Magnifique on the Broadway By the Year 1953 album/event. You can imagine my surprise (or not) at the reappearance of this song in an advertisement. That it's paired with one of my favourite actresses is a bonus.

ETA: Of course, I just picked up a concert of Patti LuPone's where she sings this song.

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Streep, Langella, Winslet, Hoffman and More Among Academy Awards Nominees

By Andrew Gans
January 22, 2009

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis and Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker announced the nominees for the 81st Academy Awards Jan. 22 at 8:30 AM ET in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Nominees follow:

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January 4, 2009

From a Goofy Smile to a Baring of Teeth
By DAVID CARR
LOS ANGELES

WHEN Anne Hathaway shows up for an interview at a coffee shop on Melrose, her smile precedes her.

It always has. Lots of actors have wonderful smiles, but Ms. Hathaway’s was a star before she was. In the “Princess Diaries” movies, in which she played a pratfalling royal in development, a single flash of that grill could nervously apologize, awkwardly charm and girl-next-door seduce, all in a few seconds.

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