Entertainment Weekly, the pop culture mag that occasionally pays attention to the theatre, named a handful of theatre artists as part of its annual "It List" in the current June 28/July 5 double issue.
The list reflects the "100 most creative people in entertainment," as chosen by the writers and editors of EW.
- Emily Watson, the Oscar-nommed film actress ("Breaking the Waves") who will appear in "concurrent" productions of Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night in London come fall.
- Patrick Wilson, the hot star of The Full Monty, Oklahoma! and the upcoming "Angels in America" TV production.
- Chad Kimball, the young actor who gets on all fours — and earns eager applause — at the Broadhurst Theatre every night playing the bovine Milky White in Into the Woods. His goal, he tells EW, is "to move beyond livestock on stage or screen."
- Brad Oscar, the actor who moved into Nathan Lane's spotlight to become Max Bialystock in The Producers, after earning a Tony nom for playing Franz in the same show.
- Billy Joel & Twyla Tharp, the respective pop songwriter and choreographer are cobbling Joel tunes together to create a dramatic musical theatre piece, Movin' Out, moving into Broadway this fall.
- Rick Miller, the actor-impressionist whose "Simpsons" flavored take on Macbeth, called MacHomer, has been touring North America.
- Kia Corthron, Dael Orlandersmith and Oni Faida Lampley, African-American women playwrights whose voices are rising with (respectively) Breath, Boom, Yellowman and The Dark Kalamazoo.
- Mark Ravenhill, the provocative British playwright of Shopping and F------ and Mother Clap's Molly House.
- Hunter & Sutton Foster, the brother and sister musical theatre performers working on different sides of Broadway: She just won a Tony for playing the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, he's across Seventh Avenue at the Henry Miller, playing Bobby Strong in Urinetown.
— By Kenneth Jones