Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.
Bobby Cannavale & More Will Get Buggy
Two-time Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale has joined the cast of Ant-Man, the latest Marvel action feature, Deadline reports. The Peyton Reed-helmed film, which begins filming on August 18, will also feature stage vets Paul Rudd, Corey Stoll and Wood Harris. Ant-Man, which follows a con man with the superpower to shrink in size while maintaining strength, is currently slated for a July 2015 release.
Leslie Bibb Joins The Odd Couple
Screen actress Leslie Bibb has joined the cast of the upcoming CBS series based on The Odd Couple, TVLine reports. She will play Casey, the model sister to Lindsay Sloane’s character, Emily. Bibb appeared in reasons to be happy, Neil LaBute’s follow-up to his reasons to be pretty, last year off-Broadway. As previously reported, the modern take on the classic Neil Simon play will star Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon, as well as Wendell Pierce and Yvette Nicole Brown.
Get Ruthless (and Dragged Out) for a Cause
The pint-sized Sophia Anne Caruso, who appeared in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! and Smash, will lead a new production of Ruthless! The Musical to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. She’ll take on the role of the diabolically talented Tina Denmark, a part originated by Laura Bell Bundy and understudied by Britney Spears and Natalie Portman. Ruthless! composer, Marvin Laird, will play the domineering agent Sylvia St. Coix. For select performances, lyricist and book writer Joel Paley will play the eight-year-old Tina. We love us some camp. Also in the cast are Kim Maresca, Katie Sparer, Delaney Arizala and Rita McKenzie. The show will play Stage 72 at the Triad on September 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20 and 22.
Debbie Reynolds Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Debbie Reynolds, who has earned the moniker “America’s Sweetheart” over the course of her nearly seven-decade career, will be honored with the SAG Life Achievement Award at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 25, 2015. Reynolds, whose notable film credits include the movie musicals Singin’ in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (for which she received an Oscar nod,) garnered a Tony nomination for Irene. She also appeared on Broadway in Woman of the Year and her revue, Debbie.
NPH Bids Auf Wiedersehen to Hedwig
On August 17, Neil Patrick Harris pulled the wig down from the shelf one last time in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The Tony winner took to Instagram to document his transformation into the rock goddess, from sausage-curled head to gold heel-adorned foot. Just before taking the stage one final time, Harris, as Ms. Hedwig, signed off with a farewell smooch. Tony nominee Andrew Rannells will don the glitter and fishnets at the Belasco Theatre beginning August 20.