George Morfogen Dies: ‘Oz’, Broadway Actor Was 86

His final performance on any stage was in Horton Foote's Traveling Lady at Off Broadway's Cherry Lane Theatre in 2017, directed by his longtime friend Austin Pendleton.
Among them were St, Elsewhere, Deadly Matrimony, Blood Feud and Sherlock Holmes. Although Morfogen will be instantly recognizable to viewers of the intense, addictive Oz (1997–2003), in which his quiet, laid-back, eldery survivor of the brutal Oswald State Correctional Facility often was a mentor to younger, hotter heads, the actor appeared on no fewer than 12 TV series. His TV credits go back to Kojak and The Adams Chronicles miniseries in 1976.
The actor's film career was closely tied to Peter Bogdanovich, with Morfogen appearing in the director's What's Up, Doc?, Daisy Miller (1974), They All Laughed (1981) and, most recently, 2014's She's Funny That Way, starring Imogen Poots and Owen Wilson.
No cause was disclosed, but donations in his memory can be made to the Parkinson's Foundation. His death was announced by his family in a New York Times obituary.
George Morfogen, an actor whose career spanned Broadway (most recently in 2008's A Man For All Seasons), film (1972's What's Up, Doc?) and the TV role for which he's probably most widely known — as the seen-it-all inmate Bob Rebadow of HBO's Oz — died March 8 at his home in New York.
He appeared at some of the most prestigious theaters in the country, including the Kennedy Center, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York's Public Theater and Shakespeare in the Park and Off Broadway's Mint Theater Company, to name a sampling. But perhaps no other medium displayed Morfogen's talents as fully as the stage.
He is survived by his husband and life partner of 51 years, Gene Laughorne.” /> Morfogen also was an acting instructor at New York's renowned HB Studio.
His Broadway credits include 1981's Kingdoms, with Armande Assante; the 1985 Circle in the Square production of Arms and the Man with Raul Julia, Glenne Headley and Kevin Kline; 2002's Fortune's Fool, directed by Arthur Penn and starring Alan Bates and Frank Langella; and, his final Broadway production, 2008's A Man for All Seasons, also starring Langella.

‘Be More Chill’ Composer Joe Iconis’ New Musical Sets Off-Broadway Premiere; ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Actress To Star

With music and lyrics by Iconis (whose credits also include NBC's Smash), Broadway Bounty Hunter features a book by Iconis, Lance Rubin and Be More Chill actor Jason SweetTooth Williams.
The new musical will begin previews Tuesday, July 9 at Greenwich House Theater in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, with an opening night of Tuesday, July 23. The 10-week limited engagement will run through Sunday, Sept. 15, say producers Jennifer Ashley Tepper and Allison Bressi, who made the announcement today.
Other Broadway credits include The Full Monty and Violet, among others, and she originated the role of Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins Off-Broadway.” /> She appeared on Broadway in a 1977 revival of Hair (and starred in Milos Forman's 1979 film version). Golden, who shared a SAG Award with the Orange is the New Black ensemble cast, played Norma Romano for four seasons of the Netflix series.
The Off Broadway production will be directed and choreographed by Iconis' frequent collaborator Jennifer Werner (she's also doing his in-development Punk Rock Girl) with the full 12-member cast to be announced soon.
Iconis' follow-up to the viral phenomenon Be More Chill – which began previews on Broadway last week following last summer's sold-out Off Broadway engagement – Broadway Bounty Hunter had its world premiere in 2016 at Barrington Stage, the regional theater in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
The creative team for the Off Broadway production also includes scenic designer Michael Schweikardt, lighting designers Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, costume and wig designer Sarafina Bush, projection designer Brad Peterson, sound designer Cody Spencer, music supervisor and orchestrator Charlie Rosen, vocal arranger Joel Waggoner, music director Geoffrey Ko, and artistic consultant Nehemiah Luckett.
EXCLUSIVE: New musical Broadway Bounty Hunter from Be More Chill composer Joe Iconis will get its New York premiere Off Broadway this summer with Orange is the New Black actress Annie Golden reprising her critically acclaimed lead performance.
Inspired by 1970s-era exploitation movies, Broadway Bounty Hunter follows Golden's Annie, a down-on-her-luck actress of a certain age who is asked to become a bounty hunter and capture a South American drug lord. The production describes the musical as "a woman’s journey to find her inner strength and true badass identity – and save the theatre."

Shawn Levy & Greg Berlanti Chosen To Team On Movie Version Of Broadway-Bound ‘Be More Chill’

Both 21 Laps and Berlanti have their first look deals with Fox. Among the producers I've heard were Color Force's Nina Jacobson, Imagine Entertainment, Michael De Luca, Marty Bowen's Temple Hill, Scooter Braun, Jennifer Todd and Bob Zemeckis' ImageMovers. Next step will be to enlist a studio. I'm told that many producers chased this one over the past couple of days.
Watch a couple samples from the Off Broadway production below.
Both Levy and Berlanti are repped by WME.
His father, who is so depressed he won't even put on pants, personifies the hopelessness. That comes in the form of a pill called a SQUIP, essentially a computer chip that embeds itself into the brain and tells kids exactly what to say and do to become popular. (In Jeremy's case, his customized SQUIP guru, invisible to everyone else, looks and sounds just like Keanu Reeves). The musical has music and lyrics by Joe Iconis (NBC's Smash), with book by Joe Tracz, and it revolves around a nerdy, bullied high school junior who tries to up his social status from the loser he feels like. While he seems on a good enough track by following the girl he likes into joining the school play — a post-apocalyptic Midsummer Night's Dream with zombies — Jeremy is persuaded by a bully to take a short cut to being cool.
Already, music from the high school-set sci-fi musical has generated an unprecedented amount of song streams. EXCLUSIVE: A wild chase has ended with Shawn Levy's 21 Laps and Greg Berlanti's Berlanti Productions being chosen as the producers to shepherd a movie adaptation of Be More Chill, a Broadway-bound musical that became a viral sensation with young audiences even before its recent Off Broadway staging.
Director of development Mike McGrath and director of production Jimmy Gibbons brought the project to Berlanti Productions and will supervise it. 21 Laps CE Becca Edelman will supervise production for the producer. Levy and 21 Laps' Dan Cohen will produce with Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Movie adaptations of hit musicals don't usually materialize until years after lucrative stage runs, but this one looks like it has a strong shot at succeeding.
While it overcomes Jeremy's wimpier tendencies, the short cut to coolness raises issues of conformity, mind control and Mountain Dew. It is all based on a cult YA novel by Ned Vizzini.
13, 2019, with an official opening on Sunday, March 10, at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, with Stephen Brackett directing. But there is time, considering that performances don't begin until Wednesday Feb. This follows an Off-Broadway run that was sold out before its first performance, fueled by the power of social media. Much of the deal still has to be worked out, including which studio acquires the rights.
The musical started life in 2015 as a commission from Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, which led to the recording of the cast album that became a big success on social media.
Here are a couple clips from the 2018 Off Broadway production:
The auction is being run by WME, which also is separately still brokering a long gestating auction for the rights to theatrically release a movie based on filmed performances of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, with the original cast. That one still has several big bidders in the mix including Apple, with the parties vying hard in a deal that will surpass $50 million when all is said and done.” />

Glenn Close Off-Broadway Play ‘Mother Of The Maid’ Gets Three-Week Extension

25 and opens Wednesday, Oct. The play, which begins previews Tuesday, Sept. 17, is directed by Matthew Penn, Emmy-nominated for Law & Order with other credits including Orange is the New Black, The Sopranos, and Close's Damages.
Playwright Anderson's stage credits include The Baby Dance and Defying Gravity, and she won an Emmy for Olive Kitteridge. She most recently wrote The Wife, starring Close, Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater.
Mother of the Maid tells the story of Joan of Arc’s mother, "a sensible, hard-working, God-fearing peasant woman whose faith is upended as she deals with the baffling journey of her odd and extraordinary daughter."” />
Today's announcement says the play has now "been extended a final three weeks." Initially set to close Nov. 18, Mother of the Maid was subsequently extended to Dec. 2. The Public Theater announced today that the play – which stars Close as the mother of Joan of Arc – will now run through Sunday, Dec. 23.
Mother of the Maid, the new Off Broadway play teaming Glenn Close with her The Wife screenwriter Jane Anderson, begins previews next week and has already gotten a three-week extension.

Marin Mazzie Dies: Broadway Star Of ‘Passion’, ‘Ragtime’ Was 57

"This is absolutely devastating," tweeted Patti Murin of Frozen. Lauded for her unforgettable performances in Ragtime, Kiss Me, Kate and, perhaps most of all, Stephen Sondheim’s 1994 musical Passion, Mazzie was mourned today by Broadway. "What a bright, shining light she was…"

Her starring role in 1999's Kiss Me, Kate brought her third nomination. Mazzie made her Broadway debut in 1985 in the Huckleberry Finn musical Big River. She earned her first Tony nomination nine years later for her performance as Clara in Passion, and her second in 1998 as Mother in Ragtime.

"A glorious voice and an even better human being…" "Beautiful, brave and inspiring," wrote Harvey Fierstein.
The actress is survived by Danieley, her mother and a brother.

Broadway actress and three-time Tony nominee Marin Mazzie died this morning in New York. She was 57.
Other stage credits include 2002's Man of La Mancha (which reteamed her with Ragtime's Brian Stokes Mitchell), Spamalot, Next to Normal, Off Broadway's revival of Carrie and, just this year and also Off Broadway, Terrence McNally's Fire and Air.
"The lights of Broadway all shine a little dimmer tonight," wrote Daniel Dae Kim, her co-star in 2016's The King and I. "My heart goes out to Jason and all who were lucky enough to call her family or friend."″ />

Mazzie was inducted into New York's Theater Hall of Fame last year. They married the following year, and later would perform in concert together. She met Danieley when both appeared in the Off Broadway 1996 production Trojan Women: A Love Story.
On TV, Mazzie had a recurring role as Kathy Halverson in the CBS sitcom Still Standing (2003-2006).
Her death was announced by her husband, actor Jason Danieley. Mazzie had been fighting ovarian cancer since her diagnosis three years ago.