The Present Cast on New Years Eve Webcast

Thanks to Sandra.

Awesome News! The cast of The Present, a Sydney Theatre Company production currently in previews on Broadway, will be featured on the live webcast of Times Square New Years Eve at www.timessquarenyc.org tomorrow, December 31th You can listen to webcast at here:https://livestream.com/accounts/43923/events/6612528/player



Cate Blanchett set to Make Broadway Debut Next Month in Adaptation of Chekhov Play ‘The Present’

Hollywood superstar Cate Blanchett is set to make her Broadway debut. NY1 theater correspondent Frank DiLella filed the following preview.

Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett is finally making her Broadway bow. The actress is currently in previews in “The Present,” an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play “Platonov.”

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“I think it’s got a very particular and eclectic audience,” Blanchett said. “I was really interested to see that Simon McBurney’s ‘Encounter’ is sitting alongside sort of ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Kinky Boots.’ I’m excited to be performing, all of us to be performing for that sort of eclectic mix of people.”

The play is set at a birthday party for Blanchett’s character of Anna.

“And so she brings everyone from her past together to see what’s worth salvaging,” the star said.

“The Present” has been adapted from the original Chekhov source material by Blanchett’s husband Andrew Upton.

“I got very attracted to, it’s really only one of the strands in the narrative, which is this beautiful dynamic between three men and a woman,” Upton said.

“The Present” comes to New York after a run at The Sydney Theatre Company back in 2015. The Broadway production features the entire Australian cast including Richard Roxburgh.

“It’s a play about a woman having a birthday and inviting all of her great friends around to share this experience, and of course it all goes terribly wrong. To do that with a company of players that you’ve worked with for so many years across so many permutations of experience is very special,” said Roxburgh.

And you can catch “The Present” starring Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh now in previews at The Barrymore Theatre. Opening night is set for Sunday, January 8. [Source]



Blanchett and Roxburgh, in love and battle

When Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh fall for each other, it rarely ends well. Dynasties crumple. Lives smash. Murder can follow. Or suicide. Sometimes both.

But these Australian actors, who have performed opposite each other for more than 20 years, seemed in rude health at a recent weekday brunch. On a break from rehearsals for “The Present,” an adaptation of an early Anton Chekhov play now in previews at the Barrymore Theater, they nestled in a corner booth at the Russian Samovar and listened to a waiter describe infused vodkas. “You cannot leave this place without trying many,” the waiter demanded.

“We have to do this,” Roxburgh said.

“We have to try this,” Blanchett concurred.

“Out of respect for Chekhov,” Roxburgh said.

Tipsy or sober, they do have a helpless reverence for Chekhov and a shared history with his plays. They played Nina and Trigorin in “The Seagull” in 1997 (dead child, wrecked life). They reunited as Yelena and Vanya for “Uncle Vanya” in 2010 (attempted murder, attempted suicide). Ben Brantley described this three-hour Sydney Theater Company production as “among the happiest of my theatergoing life.”

They’re reuniting for “The Present,” a hectic and sometimes wrenching comedy directed by John Crowley (“Brooklyn,” “The Pillowman”). When it had its première in Sydney, The Daily Telegraph called it “blisteringly brilliant.”

Adapted by Andrew Upton, Blanchett’s husband, it is a bold and boldly comic rendering of Chekhov’s first full-length play, never performed in his lifetime and discovered in a safe-deposit box in 1920, 16 years after his death. In its original form, the manuscript is an untitled, fragmented, 300-page muddle of a melodrama, most often called “Platonov.” Read More



THE PRESENT’s Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh Will Visit GMA

ABC has announced that on Thursday, December 29th, actors Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, both making their Broadway debuts in Anton Chekhov’s The Present, will appear on GOOD MORNING AMERICA.



Cate Blanchett: ‘I Have Seen Firsthand The Determination Refugees Have To Protect Their Children’

Dr. Munjed Al Muderis is an orthopedic surgeon who has pioneered a new prosthetic limb allowing amputees to start walking sooner. It’s helped countless veterans. But in 1999, Munjed was ordered to cut off the ears of people fleeing the army in Baghdad when he was a junior doctor and Saddam Hussein was president.

So he fled Iraq, seeking asylum in Australia. Ten months were spent in detention but soon he was back in a hospital. This time, in Mildura. Today he’s in Sydney with his wife, his daughters and his dog. How far he has come.

Munjed is also one of the many refugees being celebrated by the UNHCR’s ‘Human Lives, Human Rights’ campaign as 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the first major refugee arrival down under (five young men fled Vietnam and sailed into Darwin Harbour).

You can see their stories here and below, but Australian actress Cate Blanchett wants you to know something about them. They’ve never been more important.

“This campaign comes at an important moment, as more people are displaced globally than ever before,” Blanchett told The Huffington Post Australia. Read More



New photoshoots of Cate Blanchett added

2 new photoshoots of Cate Blanchett have been added to the gallery so, you can go there to take a look and enjoy!

Gallery Links:
Photoshoot #012
Photoshoot #011



New photos of Cate Blanchett added

I have added some new photos of Cate Blanchett during the cast of ‘Hamilton’ 2016 Door Decorating Competition at Richard Rodgers Theatre on December 23, 2016 in New York City. You can go to the gallery to take a look to the photos.

Gallery Link:
“Hamilton” Holiday Cast Door Competition



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