News Nuggets: Will ‘Other Desert Cities’ win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama?

Who will win the Pulitzer Prize for drama? “Last year at this time, as Playbill was polling theatre pundits about possible recipients of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, many assumed that Jon Robin Baitz‘s widely praised family drama ‘Other Desert Cities‘ was the obvious front-runner. But Lincoln Center Theater shook its head at the suggestion. The production did not officially open at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre until January 2011 (previews began in December 2010), and was thus not eligible for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama … A year has passed — the 2012 Pulitzers and finalists in a number of literary and journalistic divisions get announced April 16 — and now it looks like it may now be Robbie’s turn.” PLAYBILL

One man imitates 75 Best Supporting Actress Oscar winners: “It took a little while to get out, but this young man’s lightning-round riff on all 75 Best Supporting Actress Oscar-winners is the textbook definition of better late than never. Guess who: ‘I’m only in this movie for four minutes and you gave me an Oscar!’ And his Cloris Leachman is pretty dead-on, actually.” MOVIELINE

Who is in the running for supporting Oscars for 2012? “Nowhere is the ‘April Foolish’ descriptive more appropriate than in the Supporting Categories. They’re generally the last major categories to clear up in each Oscar race since so much rides on the success of a film and/or its leading players. Coattails are often required even if the performance is great all by its lonesome. Witness the sad fate of Vanessa Redgrave‘s ‘Coriolanus‘ performance in the last race. She was easily the greatest but barely any awards group noticed since reviews for the film were lukewarm and it was barely released at that.” THE FILM EXPERIENCE

Leap of Faith” among recent shows that address faith on Broadway: “When preacher/con-man Jonas Nightingale pitched his revival-meeting tent at the St. James Theatre on April 3, ‘Leap of Faith’ became the fifth current Broadway musical to employ and explore the world of religion, faith and personal spirituality. (‘Godspell,’ ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ ‘Sister Act’ and ‘The Book of Mormon’ are the others.) Irreverent Reverend Nightingale (played by Raul Esparza) joins a list of men and women whose dynamic, larger-than-life personalities, to quote ‘Sister Act’s’ Deloris, really ‘get the rafters ringing.'” PLAYBILL

Jimmy Smits joins the cast of “Sons of Anarchy” for a season-long arc: “On the dark biker soap, Smits will play Neron ‘Nero’ Padilla, a Latino gangbanger with an exit strategy who becomes a dangerous mentor for Jax (Charlie Hunnam). Smits has played bad guys before, most notably the scheming ADA Miguel Prado in another season-long arc on a gritty cable drama, Showtime’s ‘Dexter,’ but this marks a rare departure from Smits’ trademark shirt-and-suit look associated with most of his characters.” DEADLINE

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