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A few shows are back in NYC — and they’re hot



A few shows are back in NYC — and they're hot

They’re back to giving ’em the old razzle dazzle — with a few COVID updates.

As of April 2, ticketed live performances have returned to New York City after more than a year of dark, locked-up venues and out-of-work actors, creatives and staff.

However, what’s onstage today — like our waistlines — looks a little different from the art form we waved goodbye to on March 12, 2020. Think: audio plays in pods and solo Talking Heads dance parties.

One aspect has happily stayed the same, though. In typical New York fashion, tickets to the buzzy shows are hot, hot, hot.

“ ‘Social!’ sold [out] maybe in five hours,” Rebecca Robertson, executive producer of the Park Avenue Armory, told The Post of her new production that kicks off Friday. “We just watched the tickets be bought. Incredible.” 

“Social! The Social Distance Dance Club” is no “South Pacific.” Ninety-five audience members stand in individual pools of light, separated by 12-to-15 feet, and dance for 55 minutes to a playlist curated by David Byrne of the Talking Heads. Pretty weird, but there is top-tier talent involved. The show is designed by Christine Jones and choreographed by Steven Hoggett, both of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and other Broadway shows.

Lest you think exhausted New Yorkers who have been cooped up in small apartments for more than a year might be too skittish to attend a theatrical hoedown, think again. The waitlist got so huge, Robertson said, she had to cut it off.

“I think we’re at 300,” she added. “We just decided, look, we don’t have that many performances!” 

The production, which runs through April 22, has more stringent safety measures than most. Each audience member will get a COVID-19 rapid test outside the theater, even if fully vaccinated, and must remain masked while inside. But the theater’s precautions haven’t deterred ticket buyers. Park Avenue Armory’s following show, “Afterwardsness” by director/choreographer Bill T. Jones, completely sold out in four hours. 

A more traditional option — and an ideal segue for those who’ve been spending their nights binge-watching “The Office” — is “The Office! A Musical Parody” off-Broadway at the Theater Center. It’s the first musical to reopen in Times Square, but its neighbors on Broadway should be back by fall.

Michael Scott, Jim, Pam, Dwight and the rest of the Dunder Mifflin crew are on hand for the show. And so are silly songs, such as “Scranton: The Electric City” and “That’s What She Said!” 

Although “The Office!” opened way back in the fall of 2018, it’s re-opening night on Friday has no tickets remaining.

In Union Square’s Daryl Roth Theatre, a new play is missing a familiar hallmark of a live show: actors. 

“Blindness,” an audio drama by Simon Stephens (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”) that is based on the novel by José Saramago, has audiences sit in pods of two as they wear headphones and listen to a recording of British actress Juliet Stevenson. She tells the story of the world being overcome by an epidemic of sight loss.

“It may not be theater as we know it, but it’s a unique experience,” producer Daryl Roth tells The Post. “It’s in a theater. It gives people the opportunity to come in, gather together safely and experience something that is certainly theatrical.”

Roth was initially worried that audiences would hesitate to show up for the first new, ticketed show in pandemic-era New York. But weekends have been selling briskly (the play runs through Sept. 5), and, she says, word of mouth has accelerated faster than for the usual off-Broadway play she’s produced.

“Everything in theater is a risk,” she said. “No matter good times or bad times.” 

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Mads Mikkelsen lands role in ‘Indiana Jones 5’



Mads Mikkelsen lands role in ‘Indiana Jones 5’

Mads Mikkelsen is getting his next big paycheck finding artifacts with Indiana Jones.

The Danish-born actor has been cast alongside megastars Harrison Ford and “Fleabag” actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the fifth installment of the “Indiana Jones” franchise, according to Deadline.

While the 55-year-old’s role in “Indiana Jones 5” has yet to be disclosed, fans will get to see him shine on the big screen once again when the film hits theaters July 29, 2022. The project was first announced in 2016 but has since been in development hell. There was even word of Marvel actor Chris Pratt starring in the lead role at the time.

The last “Indy” flick to hit screens was 2008’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” The movie starred Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Jim Broadbent and Shia LaBeouf. No new projects in the franchise have been released since Lucasfilm was acquired by Disney in 2012. 

Steven Spielberg will not be returning as director after having directed the last four movies. However, he will return as a producer alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel.  

“Logan” and “Ford v Ferrari” director James Mangold will call the shots on set this time around. Famed “Indiana Jones” composer John Williams — who scored the iconic theme — will also return. Plot details for the new action-adventure film are still under wraps. “We are working on the script,” Marshall said in December.

Mikkelsen is coming in hot with this casting news, as it was announced last year that he would be replacing Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in “Fantastic Beasts 3.” Depp exited the Harry Potter prequel franchise amid his legal battle with his estranged ex-wife, Amber Heard.

“Clash of the Titans” actor Mikkelsen starred in the Danish film “Another Round,” which scored Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best International Feature.

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Pete Davidson to play Joey Ramone in Netflix biopic



Pete Davidson to play Joey Ramone in Netflix biopic

Hey! Ho! Let’s go! Pete is a punk rocker.

“Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson, 27, has been cast as Ramones singer Joey Ramone in the upcoming biopic based on the punk icon’s life. 

The film, which is being developed by Netflix in collaboration with STXfilms, will be based on and have the same title as Ramone’s brother Mickey Leigh’s 2009 book, “I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir.” 

“When you share a bed with someone — and not just a bed, but a childhood, a family and a lifetime — you know that person better than anybody else,” said STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson in a statement, IndieWire reported. “Mickey Leigh not only collaborated with his big brother’s band — he has irreplaceable memories of and insights into Joey Ramone, having supported him when no one else would and witnessed him overcome adversity in the most dramatic way.” 

The book, Fogelson continues, is an epic tale of music and family which Davidson and director Jason Orley are an ideal team for. 

“ ‘I Slept With Joey Ramone’ is a great rock anthem that will make an equally great rock biopic, set apart by a universal story of family. Pete is perfect for this role, and we’re excited he and Jason will be bringing this icon of rock to life and thrilled to be collaborating once again with our friends at Netflix,” he said. 

Orley and Davidson previously worked together on the entertainer’s 2020 Netflix standup special, “Pete Davidson: Alive From New York.” 

Ramone, who passed away in 2001 at age 49 following a battle with lymphoma, originally hailed from Queens, while Davidson is a proud Staten Island native.

The iconic punk rocker lives on in his music, his legacy and an annual birthday celebration thrown for him by Leigh, 66, who also maintains an archive of his possessions in his former East Village apartment.

The estate of Joey Ramone will be supporting and cooperating with the film’s production. 

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‘Game of Thrones’ sparks rumors with ‘Winter is coming’ tweet



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Winter is apparently coming — again. 

“Game of Thrones” fans have new hope that the beloved series is remaking its much-maligned ending, thanks to a cryptic tweet by the HBO show’s official Twitter account on Wednesday. 

“Winter is coming,” the show announced to its 8 million followers Wednesday afternoon, borrowing an oft-memed phrase from the drama. By Thursday morning, the post had racked up nearly 170,000 likes and plenty of excited interpretations of the message. 

Many are hopeful the brief tweet is teasing an alternative finale, as the existing one famously didn’t live up to many viewers’ expectations. 

Maisie Williams as Arya in a still from HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”HBO

“Fix season 8. You could probably do it in three episodes,” tweeted author John Hornor Jacobs.

But first, some are demanding a formal apology. 

“if HBO wants me to watch a Game Of Thrones spin off I want a personal apology for season 8. 12 pt font, double spaced, no funny business on the margins,” wrote New York Times national politics reporter Astead W. Herndon.  

Others believe the show is beyond redemption. 

“Winter has GONE. YOU BLEW IT,” wrote one fan unable to give the show’s writers a second chance. 

Emilia Clarke as Dany in a scene from the HBO hit “Game of Thrones.”

Some are hopeful the tweet can, somehow, turn back time. 

“Between us I’m ALL IN on us pretending it’s early 2019, season 8 hasn’t happened yet, and doing the damn thing fresh. Our secret!” tweeted Sam Riggs Bozoian of Barstool Sports. 

In other recent “Game of Thrones” news, the TV series is also reportedly getting — in addition to several spinoff shows in the works at HBO — the Broadway treatment. The play will be a prequel story set 16 years before of the events in the series.

Meanwhile, in the retail world, Fabergé has announced that it will be selling a “Game of Thrones” dragon egg worth $2.2 million. The pricey “one-of-a-kind bespoke creation” will be replete with diamonds, rubies, 18-karat white gold and fine enameling that marries Fabergé’s “superior craftsmanship and artistic ingenuity with one of the 21 century’s most iconic TV series,” according to the website.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”


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Jacob Anderson portrayed Grey Worm in the HBO show “Game of Thrones.”


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