News Nuggets: Laurie Metcalf, Bobby Cannavale coming to Broadway

Tony-winner Audra McDonald sidelined from “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” due to illness: “Audra McDonald won her fifth Tony Award earlier this month for her performance in ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ on Broadway, but ticket-holders expecting to catch her in the musical in the next several days will be out of luck. McDonald has withdrawn from the production through July 3, citing inflammation of her vocal cords that resulted from an earlier respiratory infection. The actress’ understudy, Alicia Hall Moran, will perform the role of Bess in her place. Moran already plays Bess in Wednesday evening performances. McDonald is expected to return to the musical on July 3.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Michael Fairman looks back at five classic Daytime Emmy moments: “As the countdown begins for the Daytime Emmy Awards to air for the first time on HLN, let’s look back at five of the most memorable Daytime Emmy moments in the history of the broadcast. I have been a part of the Daytime Emmys for several decades, either as one of the producers of the telecast or as a journalist covering the big night on the red carpet and backstage. Many times, I was also in the audience, watching the show and felt the energy in the room and the undeniable camaraderie that the daytime community shares. From my vantage point, it was hard to select just five top moments, when so many heartfelt, emotional, and yes, some jaw-dropping moments where you say to yourself, ‘What were they thinking?’ moments exist. But here are some of my favorites …” HLN

Bobby Cannavale joins the upcoming Broadway revival of “Glengarry Glen Ross“: “The Fall 2012 Broadway revival of David Mamet’s acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning drama ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ led by two-time Tony Award winner Al Pacino will also star Emmy Award winner and two-time Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale in the role of Richard ‘Ricky’ Roma … ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, September 12th, with previews beginning on Tuesday, October 16th and an official opening date set for Sunday, November 11th at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). Tony Award-winning director, Daniel Sullivan (‘The Columnist,’ ‘The Merchant of Venice,’ ‘Time Stands Still,’ ‘Proof’) will direct.” BROADWAY WORLD

Emmy roundtable: Is reality TV stigmatized? “From Bristol Palin to Louisiana’s ‘Swamp People,’ it seems almost anyone is capable of getting their own reality television show these days. But despite the proliferation of often ridiculous-sounding reality programming, the hosts of some of the genre’s more popular shows don’t think there’s a negative stigma attached to working in reality TV. ‘Everybody understands that it’s a means to an end. I don’t think people in the entertainment industry have a stigma about it — or if they do, it’s not enough to make them not want to do it, right?’ said ‘Top Chef‘ host Padma Lakshmi, who joined Phil Keoghan (‘The Amazing Race‘), Heidi Klum (‘Project Runway‘) and Adam Savage (‘MythBusters‘) for a Times round table last month.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Laurie Metcalf is coming to Broadway: “The 2013 Tony Awards race for best actress in a play has begun. Starting in December the Emmy-winning actress Laurie Metcalf (‘Roseanne’) will reprise her acclaimed performance as a drug-industry businesswoman who unravels emotionally in ‘The Other Place,’ a psychological drama by Sharr White that ran off Broadway in 2011 and will be remounted on Broadway by Manhattan Theater Club, the organization confirmed on Thursday. Ms. Metcalf, who is currently drawing rave reviews in London playing Mary Tyrone in ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night,’ won an Obie Award and a Lucille Lortel Award last year for ‘The Other Place’; hers was the sort of performance that often draws Tony Awards attention but ‘The Other Place’ wasn’t eligible because only Broadway productions are considered for Tonys.” NEW YORK TIMES

Barbra Streisand getting set to direct for the first time in 16 years: “Roger Friedman reports that Streisand has agreed to helm ‘Skinny and Cat,’ a love story about the controversial American author Erskine Caldwell and pioneering photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White. Colin Firth and Cate Blanchett are attached to star in the project, which will mark Streisand’s first time in the director’s chair since her 1996 release, ‘The Mirror Has Two Faces.’ The iconic songstress is reportedly ‘very excited’ for ‘Skinny and Cat,’ which will be produced by Linda Yellen and is scheduled to begin production in January 2013.” VANITY FAIR

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