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Mark Rylance Withdraws From Olympics Opening Ceremony Due to Stepdaughter’s Death

Mark Rylance Withdraws From Olympics Opening Ceremony Due to Stepdaughter’s Death

Two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance will no longer perform in the Olympics opening ceremony, according to the Associated Press. The British actor, who was scheduled to recite passages from The Tempest during the July 27 ceremony in London, pulled out due to the sudden death of his 28-year-old stepdaughter, filmmaker Nataasha van Kampen. Directed by Danny Boyle, the opening ceremony ...

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Nice Fish by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins Set for Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater

Nice Fish by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins Set for Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater

Nice Fish, written by two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance and poet Louis Jenkins, will premiere at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as part of the theater's 2012-13 season. The new play, based on the poetry of Jenkins, will be directed by Rylance and Claire van Kampen. At both the 2008 and 2011 and Tony Awards, Rylance recited poems by ...

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Tony Winner Mark Rylance Set for the West End's Richard III and Twelfth Night

Tony Winner Mark Rylance Set for the West End's Richard III and Twelfth Night

Two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance will play the title role in Richard III and Olivia in Twelfth Night in London’s West End. Both productions, which originally opened at Shakespeare’s Globe, will transfer to the Apollo Theatre on November 2. Helmed by Tim Carroll, Richard III and Twelfth Night will both open November 17, and play a limited engagement through February ...

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Mark Rylance Gives Away Tony Trophy to Man Who Inspired Jerusalem Role

Mark Rylance Gives Away Tony Trophy to Man Who Inspired Jerusalem Role

As he first told Broadway.com, Mark Rylance has followed through with his plan to give away his 2011 Best Actor Tony Award to Micky Lay, the man who inspired his character, Johnny "Rooster" Byron, in Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem, according to the U.K.'s Independent. Rylance previously told Broadway.com about his intentions to give away the statue right ...

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The Book of Mormon Tops 2011 Tony Awards With Nine Wins

The Book of Mormon Tops 2011 Tony Awards With Nine Wins

Broadway’s big night has arrived! With a brand new venue (the Beacon Theatre) and award-winning host (Neil Patrick Harris), the 2011 Tony Awards telecast was an exciting evening celebrating the best shows, performances and creative efforts of the season. The Book of Mormon reigned over the evening with nine awards, including Best Musical. Lincoln Center Theater's War Horse topped the ...

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Read the Latest Poem/Acceptance Speech from Best Actor Tony Winner Mark Rylance!

Read the Latest Poem/Acceptance Speech from Best Actor Tony Winner Mark Rylance!

In what has become a Tony Award tradition, Mark Rylance took the stage of the Beacon Theatre after his name was called as Best Actor in a Play for Jerusalem and shared a poem with the expectant crowd.

“Unlike flying or astral projection, walking through walls is a totally earth-related craft, but a lot more interesting than pot making or ...

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Video Flashback! Mark Rylance's Poetic Tony Acceptance Speech Is Music to Bengal Tiger Star Arian Moayed

Video Flashback! Mark Rylance's Poetic Tony Acceptance Speech Is Music to Bengal Tiger Star Arian Moayed

In the final days leading up to the 2011 Tony telecast, Broadway.com is posting videos of favorite Tony memories of this year’s nominees, with their own commentary. Arian Moayed, a Best Featured Actor nominee for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, was charmed by Mark Rylance's not-so-traditional 2008 acceptance speech, in which the actor recited Louis Jenkins' poem "The ...

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Jerusalem Playwright Jez Butterworth on the Englishness of His Work, the Tonys and Writing for Mark Rylance

Jerusalem Playwright Jez Butterworth on the Englishness of His Work, the Tonys and Writing for Mark Rylance

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Accomplished British scribe Jez Butterworth’s works Parlour Song, The Night Heron and Mojo have received New York mountings, but Jerusalem marks his first Broadway production. The show and its headliner, Tony winner and current nominee Mark Rylance, has earned raves for its quirky storyline and staging. Here, Butterworth recalls crafting the outlandish character of Johnny "Rooster" ...

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Tony-Nominated Jerusalem Extends Limited Engagement for Four More Weeks

Tony-Nominated Jerusalem Extends Limited Engagement for Four More Weeks

Johnny "Rooster" Byron is going to wreak havoc on Broadway for another month. Jez Butterworth's Tony-nominated play, Jerusalem, has added four weeks of performances to its schedule. The show will now close on August 21 at the Music Box Theatre.

Directed by Ian Rickson, Jerusalem follows Johnny "Rooster" Byron (Mark Rylance), a modern-day Pied Piper living in a rundown ...

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A Starry Crowd Attends the 77th Annual Drama League Awards

A Starry Crowd Attends the 77th Annual Drama League Awards
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When there are 70 nominees packed into one category, you can bet there will be a healthy turnout of stars at an awards ceremony. On May 20 Broadway's brightest stars headed to the 77th Annual Drama League Awards, where Jerusalem's Mark Rylance took home the prize for Distinguished Performance. The Book of Mormon and War Horse also triumphed by ...

Robin Williams, James Earl Jones, Sutton Foster and More Come Together for Drama League Awards

Robin Williams, James Earl Jones, Sutton Foster and More Come Together for Drama League Awards

With 70 actors nominated for the Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award, it's no surprise that a notable roster of Broadway boldface names turned out for the May 20 ceremony. The Book of Mormon and War Horse took home the top musical and play awards respectively, and Mark Rylance nabbed the performance award, and there was no shortage of stars to ...

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Drama League Names Mark Rylance Distinguished Peformer; War Horse and The Book of Mormon Take Top Honors

Drama League Names Mark Rylance Distinguished Peformer; War Horse and The Book of Mormon Take Top Honors

Winners of the 77th annual Drama League Awards, which honor the best of Broadway and off-Broadway theater, have been announced with War Horse and The Book of Mormon taking home prizes for Distinguished Production of a Play and Distinguished Production of a Musical, respectively. Mark Rylance was presented the Distinguished Performance Award for Jerusalem and La Bete, beating out over ...

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Celebrating with the Winners of the New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards

Celebrating with the Winners of the New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards
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With so many new shows arriving on Broadway,  it’s been a busy season for New York’s drama critics. After many nights out and much deliberation, these pros selected the recipients of the 76th annual New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, which were presented May 16 at Broadway haunt Angus McIndoe. As previously announced, the 24-member group honored David Lindsay-Abaire’s ...

The Book of Mormon, War Horse and Anything Goes Top 2011 Outer Critics Circle Awards

The Book of Mormon, War Horse and Anything Goes Top 2011 Outer Critics Circle Awards

The Book of Mormon, War Horse and Anything Goes took top honors at the 2010-2011 Outer Critics Circle Awards, which were announced on May 16 and will be presented on May 26 at Sardi’s. The three productions won four awards each, with The Normal Heart taking two prizes. A complete list of winners follows:

Outstanding New Broadway Play: War Horse ...

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Squigs Delivers a Commanding Portait of Mark Rylance and the Cast of Jerusalem

Squigs Delivers a Commanding Portait of Mark Rylance and the Cast of Jerusalem

Tony winner Mark Rylance is giving a tour de force performance as the larger-than-life Johnny "Rooster" Byron in the Tony-nominated play Jerusalem, so it's more than fitting that Broadway'com's resident artist Justin "Squigs" Johnson has immortalized Rylance's colorful acting in a new portrait. Sporting a kaiser helmet, Rylance is joined by his ragtag group of co-stars (including Tony nominee Mackenzie ...

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Good People, Jerusalem & The Book of Mormon Take Top Honors from the New York Drama Critics' Circle

Good People, Jerusalem & The Book of Mormon Take Top Honors from the New York Drama Critics' Circle

Good People, Jerusalem and The Book of Mormon were named winners of the 76th annual New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, which were chosen by the 24-member organization on May 9. David Lindsay-Abaire’s drama took the Best Play prize, with Jez Butterworth’s play named Best Foreign Play and Mormon named Best Musical. The awards will be presented on May 16 ...

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The Book of Mormon Tops 2011 Tony Award Nominations with 14

The Book of Mormon Tops 2011 Tony Award Nominations with 14

Tony winners Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose announced the nominations for the 65th Annual Tony Awards May 3 at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center.

Topping the list with a whopping 14 nods (which is high but not record-breaking—The Producers and Billy Elliot share that crown ...

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What’s Up, Mackenzie Crook? The Actor Talks Jerusalem and Living the Pirates Life Opposite Johnny Depp

What’s Up, Mackenzie Crook? The Actor Talks Jerusalem and Living the Pirates Life Opposite Johnny Depp

Two seasons after his Broadway debut in The Seagull, British actor Mackenzie Crook has returned to the New York stage opposite Mark Rylance in Jerusalem. Crook originated the role of Ginger (the timid right-hand man to boisterous madman Johnny "Rooster" Byron) at London’s Royal Court Theatre and later in the West End transfer of Jez Butterworth's acclaimed play. Broadway.com ...

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The Book of Mormon Tops Drama Desk Nominations with 12

The Book of Mormon Tops Drama Desk Nominations with 12

Nominations for the 2011 Drama Desk Awards were announced on April 29, and The Book of Mormon led the pack with a total of 12 nods. The awards, which honor Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions, will be presented on May 23 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in a ceremony to be hosted by Harvey Fierstein. Audra McDonald and Liev Schreiber announced ...

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Get Rowdy with Mark Rylance and the Cast of Jerusalem on Opening Night

Get Rowdy with Mark Rylance and the Cast of Jerusalem on Opening Night

Mark Rylance is delivering one terrific performance as the eccentric Johnny "Rooster" Bryon in Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem. During the show, Rylance douses himself in alcohol, swallows raw eggs, covers himself in blood and lots more. Broadway.com caught up with the Tony-winning actor on Jerusalem's April 21 opening night to find out what it's like performing this wild character ...

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Sister Act and Anything Goes Lead Outer Critics Circle Nominations

Sister Act and Anything Goes Lead Outer Critics Circle Nominations

Nominations for the 61st annual Outer Critics Circle Awards have been announced, with the new musical Sister Act leading the pack with nine nods. The Broadway revival of Anything Goes followed closely with eight nods. Winners will be announced on May 16, with an awards ceremony to follow on May 26. The Outer Critics Circle is an organization of writers ...

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Daniel Radcliffe, Chris Rock & 61 More Nominated for 2011 Drama League Awards

Daniel Radcliffe, Chris Rock & 61 More Nominated for 2011 Drama League Awards

Nominees have been announced for the 77th annual Drama League Awards, which will be presented at a luncheon to be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis Hotel on May 20. Kathleen Turner (High) will host the awards, presented in five competitive categories, including the Distinguished Performance Award. As always, the 63 acting nominees, plus seven past winners ...

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O Holy Night! Mark Rylance and the Cast of Jerusalem Celebrate Their Broadway Opening

O Holy Night! Mark Rylance and the Cast of Jerusalem Celebrate Their Broadway Opening
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The characters in Jez Butterworth's new play Jerusalem party pretty hard throughout the three-hour long show, so it comes as no surprise that the cast was ready to have a good time on their opening night. Mark Rylance, John Gallagher Jr, Mackenzie Crook. and their co-stars took their bows at the Music Box Theatre on April 21 before heading to ...

Did Our Word of Mouth Panelists Enjoy Their Visit to Jerusalem?

Did Our Word of Mouth Panelists Enjoy Their Visit to Jerusalem?

London audiences and critics raved about Mark Rylance's performance in Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem as disorderly Johnny 'Rooster' Byron, a substance-abusing Englishman living in a dilapidated trailer deep inside a forest where he's often joined by a group of hard-partying teenagers. Now the play is opening in New York at the Music Box Theatre, but will this very British story connect ...

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Journey Deep Into the English Woods With Mark Rylance, John Gallagher Jr. and the Cast of Jerusalem

Journey Deep Into the English Woods With Mark Rylance, John Gallagher Jr. and the Cast of Jerusalem
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Mark Rylance is bringing his Olivier Award-winning performance as the boisterous Johnny "Rooster" Byron to Broadway in Jez Butterworth's acclaimed play Jerusalem. Byron is a loud-mouthed, hard-partying Englishman who has taken residence in a forest on the outskirts of a London suburb, much to the dismay of its citizens. Joining Rooster in his rundown trailer is a group of a ...

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