News Nuggets: David Strathairn joins Jessica Chastain in Broadway’s ‘The Heiress’

Oscar-nominees David Strathairn annd Jessica Chastain will appear together on Broadway: “Written by Ruth Goetz & Augustus Goetz, ‘The Heiress’ will be directed by Tony Award nominated playwright and director Moisés Kaufman and will open in the Fall of 2012 at a theatre to be announced … ‘The Heiress’ will be produced by Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P. McClelland. This production marks 17 years since the celebrated play was last seen on Broadway. ‘The Heiress’ is based on the classic Henry James novel Washington Square and became an Academy Award-winning film.” BROADWAY WORLD

In the TV marketplace, is it better to be acclaimed or have ratings? “Both ‘Two and a Half Men‘ and ‘Mad Men‘ are considered massively successful shows, but that’s about where their similarities end. The former has ratings through the roof, while the latter is critically-acclaimed. It made me wonder — in a world of seemingly infinite choices of what to watch, which accolade is more important? And if I were a top-notch executive TV producer, which would I really be after?” L.A. WEEKLY

Tim Rice will be honored at the 2012 Olivier Awards: “Three-time Tony Award-winning British lyricist Tim Rice will receive the Special Award at the 2012 Olivier Awards as a ‘celebration of his outstanding contribution to musical theater.’ The ceremony, hosted by ‘Sweeney Todd’ co-stars Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, will be held on April 15 at the Royal Opera House in London.” BROADWAY.COM

SAG Awards nominating committee for 2013 selected randomly today: “… a random drawing will be held to pick the 4,200 members who will serve as the nominating committee for the 19th SAG Awards on Jan. 27, 2013. Half of those will nominate film performances, and remaining half will nominate primetime television performances … The selection of committee members is made randomly, under the supervision of SAG Awards committee chair JoBeth Williams. Members who have served on the same nominating committee at any time during the past eight years are disqualified. (That requirement has been tightened this year; previously, those who’d served in the last five years weren’t eligible.)” THE WRAP

Kenny Chesney will debut new single at the ACM Awards: “The superstar is planning a major reveal at the show, choosing to perform the first single from his brand new album, according to a representative from his label BNA. It’s certainly interesting that the title of the single has not yet been determined but the live premiere has! Even so, Chesney fans will take it. Chesney’s new album — which is also waiting for a title — will be released on June 19, smack dab in the middle of his Brothers of the Sun tour with Tim McGraw.” TASTE OF COUNTRY

The Recording Academy honors Rep. Howard Berman and John Mayer: “The Recording Academy, the organization internationally known for the Grammy Awards, will present its 2012 Grammys on the Hill Awards in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 25 at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel. Often referred to as Washington’s most interesting mix of music and politics, the event will honor U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and seven-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer John Mayer for their commitment to improving the working environment for the nation’s music community.” THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

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