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Something new! [Thursday
December 18th, 2008 at 3:28PM
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iknowitsmad
[ mood | uncomfortable ]

JEREMY PIVEN LEAVES BROADWAY'S 'SPEED-THE-PLOW'

"Speed-the-Plow" producer Jeffrey Richards says Jeremy Piven is out - and Norbert Leo Butz and William H. Macy are in.

Richards says Butz and Macy will replace Piven in the critically praised Broadway revival of David Mamet's comedy. Piven, star of television's "Entourage," unexpectedly left the play over the weekend, less than two months after the show opened.

Butz, a Tony winner for his role in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," will play Piven's role December 23 through January 11, while Macy takes over for the rest of the run, January 13 through February 22.

Mamet's three-character play about Hollywood glamour, sex and power also stars Elisabeth Moss of TV's "Mad Men" and Raul Esparza.


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Photo Call: Fifty Words [Thursday
September 18th, 2008 at 10:26AM
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littlespoon
[ mood | impressed ]

I don't know about you guys, but I'm just a little bit COMPLETELY in love with this picture. *faint*

Norbert Leo Butz and Elizabeth Marvel currently star in MCC Theatre's world premiere of Michael Weller's Fifty Words Off-Broadway.

Austin Pendleton directs the limited run at the Lucille Lortel.

"Something's gone very wrong behind the idyllic façade of Jan and Adam's Brooklyn brownstone," read press notes for the two-character piece. "At 9:10 PM, they're reveling in the freedom of having waved off their young son, Greg, to a neighborhood sleepover. By 9:15 PM, they're both in tears. By 9:25 PM, things are way past tears."



SOURCE (with additional pics)


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Yazbek gives back [Sunday
May 18th, 2008 at 11:08AM
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iknowitsmad
[ mood | peaceful ]

Snippet of article that pertains to Norbert:

This week, he calls on singer-songwriter Nellie McKay, Tony-winner Norbert Leo Butz and Metropolitan soprano Lauren Flanigan to help out two causes that are close to his heart and close to his home.

They've worked together before, these friends, at an acclaimed winter appearance at Lincoln Center.

Butz, who won his Tony for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," also starred in "Wicked" and in "Rent." This season, he was the lead in "Is He Dead?," a newly discovered Mark Twain play in which he dressed like a woman for much of the evening.

How close is Yazbek's friendship with Butz?

The actor let Yazbek kill him once.

The occasion was a party for Tony-winner O'Brien, who had directed "Scoundrels" and "Monty." Yazbek was asked to send a video tribute.

"On the video, I announced that I was going to pay Jack O'Brien the ultimate compliment, which was human sacrifice," he says. "I called Norbert and said 'I need to kill you on tape for Jack O'Brien. You're going to take your shirt off and I'm going to take a ritual dagger and plunge it into your chest and blood's going to spurt in my face.

"And he said 'When can I be there?'" Yazbek recalls with a laugh.

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Another pilot... [Thursday
May 1st, 2008 at 4:12PM
]

iknowitsmad
[ mood | stressed ]


Also at ABC, Matt Long, Ben Lawson and Norbert Leo Butz have joined David Hemingson's legal drama and Piper Perabo has been cast in "Prince of Motor City." HBO, meanwhile, has added two actresses to its pilot "Suburban Shootout."

...

The Hemingson drama will star Long ("Jack & Bobby," "Ghost Rider") as a law school graduate who's recruited to join a boutique law firm. Butz (a Tony winner for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels") will play the man who lures Long's character to the firm, while Lawson will play an associate there.


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Cool. I hope this one actually gets to see the light of day.

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Norbert Leo Butz on NY-1 'On Stage' This Weekend [Wednesday
February 13th, 2008 at 10:16PM
]

iknowitsmad
[ mood | relaxed ]

Is He Dead? star Norbert Leo Butz will be interviewed on NY-1's "On Stage" by Donna Karger in a segment that will air Saturday, February 16th and Sunday, February 17th at 9:30 AM and 7:30 PM, and Monday, February 18th (early Tuesday) at 12:30 AM.

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Two things. [Wednesday
January 16th, 2008 at 7:48PM
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iknowitsmad
First, if you happened to have missed this when it aired on XM Radio or forgot that American Theatre Wing would have it later, you can go here and either stream it or download it. I haven't listened to it yet, but I'm looking forward to it. The run time is 50:40! Hopefully, that's all Norbert.

Secondly, BroadwayWorld.com has really cute pictures of John Lithgow Visiting Norbert Leo Butz at 'Is He Dead?'.  :)

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I forgot to post this! [Wednesday
January 16th, 2008 at 7:10PM
]

cant_be_still
I went to see Is He Dead? over the weekend. Norbert was fabulous, as always. Very, very funny. And we met him after and he was so sweet. Tired and I think a little nervous that we and the other girls there were fangirls, but he signed everything, took pictures. He was wonderful.

A full, in-depth review that I wrote can be found here: http://deputycos.livejournal.com/44841.html complete with a picture.

It also goes into Young Frankenstein, since we saw that after.

In my last post in this comm, I posted a Norbert cowboy picture. Lol.

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Comanche Moon [Tuesday
January 15th, 2008 at 11:29PM
]

cant_be_still
Did anybody else catch Norbert on tonight's installment? He played a badass, rich cowboy with a handlebar mustache. It was pretty sexy. :P I couldn't tell what he was saying half the time...

He might be on tomorrow night again, I don't know. I was surprised at how big his part was considering a) I didn't realize he was in it and b) he's Norbert.

I MIGHT upload his parts, for anyone who didn't catch his awesomeness.

ETA this little picture:

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Norbert Leo Butz on 'Downstage Center' XM on Jan.11 [Wednesday
January 9th, 2008 at 3:48PM
]

iknowitsmad
[ mood | hopeful ]

Someone has XM radio, right? Right?! Or I can wait till January 14th, lol.

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[Wednesday
December 26th, 2007 at 5:41PM
]

early_tess
Well, just to keep this community up and running, I thought I'd share a small Norbert-related detail.

For Christmas, my aunt gave me the RENT book, and there's a little paragraph in it about NLB, because he was one of the original understudies.
Here's what it says:

Norbert Leo Butz spent four seasons at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He has played the title role in Lizard and appeared in Hamlet, Saint Joan, and Balm in Gilead. Other credits include productions for the Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Hope Rep, and New Stage Theater.

                                  I went on as Roger ten days after signing my contract, and the audience clapped for me. I thought, "Okay, they're not going to throw tomatoes."


And then there's a little picture of him with the other understudies. I love the quote about tomatoes.
Does anyone know where one can see videos of him in RENT?

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[Monday
December 17th, 2007 at 7:04PM
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early_tess
On the official "Is He Dead?" website, there are several articles about the play and about NLB. But I found this one particularly interesting, and thought you guys might find it intersting too.
http://www.tdf.org/TDF_Article.aspx?id=119&do=v

Also, for those of you who want it, here's the URL for the slideshow narrated by Butz himself.
http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/arts/20071210_BUTZ_FEATURE/index.html

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[Monday
December 17th, 2007 at 10:58AM
]

iknowitsmad
[ mood | cold ]

Oooo, this article popped up on my Google alerts and there is a nice photo to go with it:

What a Farce: Norbert Leo Butz skipped Young Frankenstein for old Mark Twain. Good call.

Interesting if I do say so myself.


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Okay, well, yay for more Is He Dead? posts... [Friday
December 14th, 2007 at 6:55AM
]

early_tess
So I found more videos and pictures (because obviously I have nothing better to do at 7:00 in the morning...)

Pictures:
http://www.broadway.com/gen/Buzz_Photo_Op.aspx?ci=557831

And video from opening night!
Hilarious, amazing... basically.
http://www.broadway.com/gen/Buzz_Video.aspx?ci=557873

"Barely pretty women have gone very far in this world, I'll have you know." Hahahaha. Oh man.

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Finally a few "Is He Dead?" video clips! [Friday
December 14th, 2007 at 6:39AM
]

early_tess
http://www.broadway.com/gen/general.aspx?ci=557845

Well, so the "word of mouth" people only seemed to like it okay... I mean, they weren't exactly heaping praise on the show. But the vid is completely worth watching, if only to finally get a glimpse of NLB's character in motion! And make sure to watch it all the way through... at the end, there's an actual (though very short) clip from the show, complete with dialogue!

All I have to say: I. Want. To. See. This. Show.

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[Monday
December 10th, 2007 at 5:45PM
]

cant_be_still
Q&A with Norbert Leo Butz

http://www.broadway.com/gen/Buzz_Story.aspx?ci=557834

Lots of talk about Is He Dead, his other shows, his kids, and Michelle. Very, very cute picture of his family.

This made me smile.

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Is He Dead opened today! (Or yesterday, depending on where you are in the world...) [Sunday
December 9th, 2007 at 8:26PM
]

early_tess
So, the NY Times published their review, and it seems they loved it! I'm prediciting here and now that Norbert will be nominated for a Tony for this role.

Anyway, here's the review - make sure to watch the slideshow: it's narrated by NLB and it's chock full of pictures from the production!
http://theater2.nytimes.com/2007/12/10/theater/reviews/10dead.html?pagewanted=1&8dpc


And here's some pictures that Broadway World put up:
http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=23527

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Is He Dead? [Sunday
December 2nd, 2007 at 9:00PM
]

early_tess
I would never ask for bootlegs, as I know they're illegal. But does anyone know of a place to see any video clips from Is He Dead? I'm dying to see what the show looks like (not to mention how Norbert looks as a woman!)
I'm hoping the official website will put something up, but there aren't even pictures there yet... I assume because the show hasn't actually opened yet. Ah well.
(I'm just impatient.)

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On the strike... [Thursday
November 29th, 2007 at 6:38PM
]

iknowitsmad
[ mood | tired ]

Part of the article:

There was some slight anxiety in the home of Norbert Leo Butz, star of Mark Twain's Is He Dead?, the 1898 comedy that only played two previews before the Nov. 10 shutdown.

"There were three times [during the strike] when we were told to get ready to come back to work tomorrow," Butz told Playbill.com after his Nov. 29 run-through. He said he worried that he would have the "actor's nightmare" and not be ready when it was time to return, so his actress wife Michelle Federer would run lines with him — sometimes 'til 2 AM.

"She really did help me — and the cast voluntarily got together, to go through lines, last week," he said. "Memorization is not my forte."

The Twain comedy (adapted by David Ives) isn't a breakneck farce like Noises Off, but there is a lot of offstage prep for Butz's character, including some quick changes (and a gender change). "There's a lot of backstage stuff that has to happen," he said. "There were mistakes [at the rehearsal today], but there's another week before we open…"

The feeling of instant family helps showfolk make it through rough patches, whether on stage, backstage or during the strike's down time.

"It was a really a good and happy thing to be back at work," Butz said. "There's this tremendous feeling of glee. Everybody is so happy to be back at work. You know, you get very close to people when you work with them; it's a family, and it's hard when you don't get to see them."


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[Tuesday
November 27th, 2007 at 10:29AM
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littlespoon
[ mood | giggly ]

Norbert filled out Playbill's questionnaire. I love his sense of humor!!


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NLB in Dan In Real Life [Saturday
October 27th, 2007 at 7:45PM
]

early_tess
I don't mean to spam your friends page, so I hope you all don't mind I'm posting again.

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