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Odds & Ends: Braxton's 20 Feet From Oprah, Finneran Teams Up With Butz & Monty Python's Final Bow

Odds & Ends: Braxton's 20 Feet From Oprah, Finneran Teams Up With Butz & Monty Python's Final Bow
Photo by: Bruce Glikas
Toni Braxton
Always look on the bright side of life!

Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.

Toni Braxton to Take on Love for Oprah 
Broadway alum Toni Braxton is to star as singer Darlene Love in an upcoming bio-pic of the singer. According to Variety, My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story will air on Oprah's OWN network in December. Love was featured in the Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom and as previously reported, a Broadway musical adaption of the documentary, produced by Mick Jagger, is also on the cards.

Tony Nominee Patrick Wilson's Latest Movie's Full of Broadway Vets
Great White Way alums John Leguizamo, Lynn Collins and Jim Belushi have boarded The Man on Carrion Road, starring the previously reported Tony nominee Patrick Wilson and Ian McShane. According to The Wrap, the movie, penned by Nils Lyew and directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, tells the tale of a failed Mexican cartel deal in the back roads of a border town.

Broadway Boys Get Up Close and Personal
Nine of Broadway Bares’ raciest male dancers are set to perform solo stripteases in Broadway Bares: Solo Strips in aid of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Performers including Joshua Michael Brickman, Joshua Buscher, Anthony Rooar DeCarlis, Todd Hanebrink, Vince Oddo, Ricky Schroeder, Michael Scirrotto, Sheldon Tucker and Ryan Worsing will take it off on May 11 at BPM nightclub in New York City.

Katie Finneran & Norbert Leo Butz to Play Netflix Hubby & Wife
The Michael J. Fox Show may have been canceled earlier this year, but two-time Tony winner Katie Finneran is not leaving the small screen anytime soon. Deadline reports that the Annie and Promises, Promises star has been tapped to appear in an untitled Netflix psychological thriller, which will also feature the previously reported Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and Sam Shepard. The series revolves around four adult siblings whose scars are revealed when their estranged brother returns home. Finneran will play Butz’s wife, Belle.

Monty Python Announce Retirement Date (Sort Of)
Monty Python, who are reuniting this Summer for a number of dates in London, will not take Monty Python Live (mostly) on a world tour owing to individual commitments to other projects. This means that the July 20 show at the O2 arena will probably be the last live performance that John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin (Graham Chapman died in 1989) ever play together. Before you reach for the tissues, we’ve put a new video of the madcap Brits below. Always look on the bright side of life!
 

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