January 18, 2021
Sarah Paulson Trades Second Head for J.D. After four seasons of getting freaky, stage and screen star Sarah Paulson with team up with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk once again for their new FX anthology series, American Crime, Deadline reports. As previously announced, the first season will cover the O.J. Simpson trial. Paulson will take on the role of head prosecutor Marcia Clark. Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. has been tapped to play Simpson. Streep & Stage Faves Nab SAG Noms The nominations for the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced on December 10. In addition to Into the Woods’ witchy Meryl Streep being nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, a whole host of stage names received nods. The nominees include Cabaret star Emma Stone for Birdman, Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game and Sherlock: His Last Vow, Uzo Aduba for Orange is the New Black and the Gyllenhaal siblings, Maggie (currently on Broadway) and Jake (heading here this spring), for The Honorable Woman and Nightcrawler, respectively. Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo were nominated for the HBO adaptation of The Normal Heart. Tony winners to receive recognition included Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything, Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey, Frances McDormand for Olive Kitteridge, Ellen Burstyn for Flowers in the Attic and Cicely Tyson The Trip to Bountiful. The Broadway-centric flick Birdman was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Jeremy Jordan Has the Magic Touch Tony nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Jeremy Jordan, Mamma Mia! star Judy McLane, The Last Ship’s Fred Applegate and Tony nominees Kerry Butler, Brad Oscar and Douglas Sills will headline a reading of Presto Change-O. The new musical follows three generations of illusionists (like those guys) and the woman who loves all of them. The show features music by Joel Waggoner and a book and lyrics by Eric Price. Marc Bruni will direct the reading, presented by Barrington Stage Company, on December 19 at the Manhattan Theatre Club. View Comments Prince William, Duke of Cambridge/West End Producer? The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrapped up their New York tour on Tuesday, but not before giving a Brooklyn-based performer a royal offer. During William and Kate’s visit to The Door, a youth center in lower Manhattan, 22-year-old Steven Prescod performed selections from his one-man show Brooklyn Boy, including spoken word pieces and dance personifying his early life. According to The Daily Mail, Prince William was so moved that he gave Prescod his number and offered to help bring the show to the West End. Excuse us, Prince William, did you by chance give that number to our News Editor as well? We have a few show ideas we would love to pitch you.