News Nuggets: Is ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ an original play or a revival?

Evita” opens to generally positive reviews: “Though some reviewers did not warm to [Ricky Martin] in the lead role, many seem to agree Olivier Award-winning Elena Roger is a highlight of the season so far (she previously starred in the earlier, Ricky-less West End iteration of this production for more than a year) and Tony-winner Michael Cerveris – as an imperious Juan Peron – is impressive, as always, quite expectedly.” BROADWAY WORLD

Is “One Man, Two Guvnors” an original play or a revival at the Tony Awards? “This year, the crucial decision involves the National Theatre’s production of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ which opens April 18 at the Music Box. The play is based on Goldoni’s 1743 farce, ‘The Servant of Two Masters.’ A play that’s 269 years old certainly sounds like a revival to me. Except that the only thing that remains from the original is the structure. Author Richard Bean has switched the setting from 18th-century Venice to Brighton, England, in 1963. And every line of dialogue, every joke is new.” NEW YORK POST

Breaking Bad” will split its final season, according to Bryan Cranston: “Emmy-winning series star Bryan Cranston says AMC will break the award-winning drama’s final 16-episode season into two separate runs, as has been speculated for months. ‘We’re splitting it,’ says Cranston, who’s currently shooting the fifth season premiere in New Mexico. ‘We’re going to shoot the first eight, then take a four-month production break, then the rest will air next year.’ The network has not announced a premiere date for ‘Breaking Bad,’ though actors on the show say the drama will return in July.” EW.COM

Rating Hollywood’s biopics: “Playing a famous figure is often a fast-track to Oscar gold, as Meryl Streep (Margaret Thatcher), Sean Penn (Harvey Milk), Colin Firth (George VI), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Truman Capote), Reese Witherspoon (June Carter Cash), Jamie Foxx (Ray Charles), Forest Whitaker (Idi Amin) and Marion Cotillard (Edith Piaf) can attest to in recent years. Christian Bale and Melissa Leo won Oscars for playing real people in the same movie, ‘The Fighter,’ while Sandra Bullock and Helen Mirren in ‘The Blind Side’ and ‘The Queen’ (not technically biopics) also scored with the Academy.” CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

NewNowNext Awards honor Naya Rivera, “Revenge,” and the upcoming “The Avengers“: “Always at the forefront of the styles, trends, personalities and guilty pleasures on the verge of a pop culture explosion, this always unpredictable show brought together today’s hottest celebrities and tomorrow’s brightest stars for a night of brilliant performances, outrageous awards and fierce entertainment! … Taking the evening to a fever pitch were the live, and always cutting-edge, musical performances of Adam Lambert, Neon Hitch, Neon Trees and Rye Rye.” SACRAMENTO BEE

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