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Tickets Are Now on Sale for Burn This Starring Keri Russell & Adam Driver

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This. Tony winner Michael Mayer will direct the highly anticipated new staging, set to begin previews on March 15, 2019 with an opening scheduled for April 16 at the Hudson Theatre. Keri Russell and Adam Driver will star alongside Brandon Uranowitz and David Furr.

Burn This tells the story of four New Yorkers whose lives are uprooted by a young dancer’s accidental death. Set in downtown New York in the 1980s, the drama explores the spiritual and emotional isolation of Pale (Driver) and the modern dancer Anna (Russell), and their tempestuous relationship after they are brought together in the wake of a life-changing personal tragedy.

Burn This is scheduled to play a limited engagement through July 7.

Source: https://www.broadway.com/

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The Babysitter’s Seduction Blu-Ray screencaptures

Growing up on the poorer side of town, 18-year old Michelle Winston (Keri Russell) not only appreciated the opportunity to make some money babysitting for the wealthy, upwardly mobile Bertrands, but takes pleasure in being surrounded by all the material trappings of their home. Bill (Stephen Collins) and Sallie Bertrand were a young, successful couple who seemed to live a happy, typical existence. But that storybook tale comes to a tragic end when Sallie is found dead in her home, the victim of an apparent suicide. Feeling an obligation to-and sympathy for-Bill and the two children, Michelle becomes more and more a fixture in the Bertrand home. But as she begins to spend virtually all of her free time there, and is seen driving Sallie’s new car and wearing her old jewelry, she quickly alienates her mother and all her school friends with her new-found responsibilities. This sudden transformation is also looked upon suspiciously by the police. When the circumstances surrounding Sallie’s death are re-examined, Michelle soon finds herself the prime suspect in her death. Michelle’s friends, jealous of her all-consuming relationship with the Bertrands, suspect there’s something unpleasant happening between her and the supposedly grieving widower. Their suspicions prove to be fairly accurate as Bill does make advances towards the impressionable schoolgirl. But his intentions are not based on love, but to set up his attractive baby-sitter for the murder of his wife.



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‘Burn This,’ Starring Adam Driver and Keri Russell, Locks in Broadway Plans

Tony nominees David Furr and Brandon Uranowitz will complete the cast of the Lanford Wilson drama, which opens April 16 at the Hudson Theatre.
After months of circling Broadway for the right venue and dates, the upcoming revival of Lanford Wilson’s combustible drama Burn This has secured a home at the Hudson Theatre, where it was originally planned for early 2017.

The four-character play will star previously announced leads Adam Driver and Keri Russell, with Tony nominees David Furr and Brandon Uranowitz completing the cast.

Michael Mayer will direct the new staging, which swoops in on a prime vacancy created at the Hudson by the Jan. 6 closing of another Mayer production, the Go-Go’s musical Head Over Heels.

First seen in 1987 in a celebrated production that paired John Malkovich and Joan Allen, Burn This is a smoldering story of love and raw attraction set in gritty 1980s New York. It centers on two strangers brought together by an untimely death who forge an explosive connection.

David Binder, who last teamed with director Mayer on the hit 2014 revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is lead producer on the Wilson play, which has assembled a Tony-winning design team of Derek McLane (sets), Clint Ramos (costumes) and Natasha Katz (lighting).

Previews start March 15 at the Hudson, with an official opening set for April 16. General ticket sales begin Dec. 2.

The play marks Driver’s return to Broadway for the first time since 2011, while Russell will make her Broadway debut, following six seasons on the critically adored FX series The Americans.

Furr was last on Broadway in a 2016 revival of Noises Off, earning a Tony nomination for his role. Uranowitz received Tony nominations in 2015 for An American in Paris and in 2017 for Falsettos. He is currently appearing in the musical The Band’s Visit.

The Broadway revival of Burn This was originally announced to reopen the newly restored Hudson in early 2017, with Jake Gyllenhaal slated to play the role of coke-snorting restaurant manager Pale. Those plans fell apart due to Gyllenhaal’s scheduling conflicts, and the play got back on track late last year with Driver in the role.

Source: https://ew.com/

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Why The Americans’ Keri Russell deserves a Golden Globe

We live through history unaware of history, carried ever forward through transformative moments we will only recognize in hindsight. Yet there are rare occasions, in rare lives, when human beings get the chance to knowingly alter the course of human events. Consider, say, the beginning of the sixth season of The Americans, when the undercover KGB agent known as Elizabeth Jennings embarks on a rendezvous with global destiny. She’s given a toppest-of-top-secret mission, a late-stage Cold War bit of subterfuge that reaches toward the highest levels of Soviet-American relations. It’s a complicated mission, and the final season of FX’s spy drama kept sharpening its focus on Elizabeth, played with subtlety and rage and existential weariness and so much more by Keri Russell.

And now history is calling to the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the voting body behind the Golden Globe awards. There is a profound wrong that must be righted, you see, a collective sin of our species that requires penance. Even though Russell spent six seasons of The Americans soul crunching Elizabeth’s morally ambiguous journey — even as she juggled wigs between espionage characters, sometimes resulting in two or three great separate performances per episode — she’s never won a major award for her work on the show.

Oh, she was recognized, sure. She won this year’s Television Critics Association award for Individual Achievement in a Drama, and critics always know best. And the Emmys nominated her thrice. In fact, this year the Emmys loaded up a few cannons full of trophies and fired a fusillade at everyone on The Americans except for anyone named “Keri Russell.” Showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg took the stage for a writing win. Russell’s costar/real-life partner Matthew Rhys landed Best Actor in a Drama. Continue reading Why The Americans’ Keri Russell deserves a Golden Globe

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70th Emmy Awards Coverage

Keri attended the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards held at Microsoft Theater on September 17 in Los Angeles. Sadly she didn’t win but Matthew won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

While accepting his award, Rhys made mention of his co-star and partner, Keri Russell, who was also nominated for the finale season of The Americans. (Though she’s been nominated three times for the show, she’s never won.)

“And to the woman who truly got me to this award who stands in front of me every day and puts up with me — she said if you propose to me, I’ll punch you clean in the mouth — I don’t have the words. I don’t have the time. Neither of which would do you justice, except thank you, more to come,” Rhys said. “Thank you.”



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FX Networks and Vanity Fair 2018 Primetime Emmy Nominee Celebration

Keri attended the FX Networks and Vanity Fair 2018 Primetime Emmy Nominee Celebration at Craft LA on September 16 in Los Angeles. Keri is nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series at this year’s awards ceremony which will air tonight.


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The Americans: Keri Russell on Finally Unraveling Elizabeth Jennings

Ahead of the Emmys—Keri Russell’s last chance to win the award for The Americans—the actress tells Vanity Fair about her tough-as-nails KGB spy, and how her own mothering skills match up.

The Americans ended its Emmy-nominated, six-season run this past May. But Keri Russell still jokes that she isn’t sure why creator Joe Weisberg, a former CIA officer, cast her as the drama’s female lead. After all, Elizabeth Jennings is an ice-cold KGB spy who has no qualms about killing countless men and bedding others for intel.

“I thought Elizabeth should be, kind of, Brigitte Nielsen—this cool, sexy, spy lady,” Russell recently told Vanity Fair, deadpanning, “I’m pretty much afraid to answer my phone. My friend Mandy, who was on Felicity with me, used to call me and, after I’d say, ‘Hello,’ she’d say, ‘Why do you sound so afraid? You know it’s me calling!’”

Russell has a point—her first acting role was on the Mickey Mouse Club. Before The Americans, Russell was best known for playing the wholesome title character on WB’s college drama Felicity. When the show premiered in 1998, The New York Times noted in its review that Russell was “immensely likable” as a character “who struggles to stand up for herself.” Fifteen years later, playing Elizabeth Jennings in the series premiere of The Americans, Russell rammed the head of her rapist through a wall during a full-contact fight that left him bloody and struggling for breath. Continue reading The Americans: Keri Russell on Finally Unraveling Elizabeth Jennings

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Keri Russell Talks End Of ‘The Americans’ And Reuniting With J.J. Abrams In ‘Star Wars Episode IX’

Another Emmy hopeful this year is FX’s critical favorite The Americans, which despite consistent acclaim has had a wildly inconsistent ride at the Emmys over its six seasons. For its final turn at bat in this season, it received just four nominations, by far the lowest overall total of any of the seven nominees for Best Drama Series, yet it recently got a big boost just as Emmy voting got underway whenthe Television Critics Association’s TCA Awards recognized it as the top Drama Series (its third such accolade from TCA) and Drama Series Actress Keri Russell. It had been nominated for the Best Drama Series Emmy only once before, in 2016, and really didn’t get serious recognition from the TV Academy until it hit its fourth season. To date its only two wins are both for Margo Martindale in the supporting race.

The series has had a really odd trajectory but shouldn’t be counted out for this one last turn. Voters are aware that it’s now or never, and that could help if the favorites in the Drama Series category, past winners The Handmaid’s Tale and Game of Thrones, cancel each other out and let an underdog like Americans prevail. It has proved to be a slow, steady riser with both its stars, Matthew Rhys and Russell, finally getting into the game with consecutive nominations in the final three seasons, after being ignored for the first three. That’s not the way Emmys usually work, to say the least, but it also could indicate that this is a show posed to further break conventional rules by having a big Emmy night on September 17 as a way to say goodbye to a great series about Russian spies living in our midst that has only grown in its timeliness and importance.

I hopped on the phone this week with Russell, who was just coming from the airport after arriving back from London where she is shooting Star Wars: Episode IX. I congratulated her on the new Emmy recognition, which she was very excited about, especially considering the show’s unusual path. “I know, it’s funny. Maybe it speaks to how much good stuff there is on TV right now, ” she said. “There must be hundreds of shows on television now, and there’s really good stuff. There’s good actors working on TV because it’s such a cool medium, especially in cable. So I don’t know. The show did have an unusual trajectory, but you know, ‘What a fun way to go out’ is all I have to say about it. It’s like, who cares about winning? It is just so fun to end like this and still be nominated and recognized. It’s ideal. It’s exactly what you’d want after six years of giving your life to this story. It’s the best way to go out.”
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