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Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Matthew Wexler

It’s just a short ride from Rhode Island to the bright lights of Broadway, and The Broadway Blog’s Matthew Wexler gives us some tips on what’s hot in the epicenter of New York theater. 

Some recent replacements in shows currently running, bring opportunity to see some Broadway vets in new roles. Donna Murphy will be a weekly cover for Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly, Betsy Wolf will be “handed over the pie” in Waitress, and Telly Leung continues Disney’s commitment to diversity as the new lead in Aladdin.

Opening in late summer is Michael Moore’s one man show, Terms of My Surrender, and the Hal Prince review, Prince of Broadway

Wexler also offers some fun tips on Broadway-inspired itineraries for your next trip to the Big City. 


Related Slideshow: 50 Movies Made in Rhode Island

Film crews have been coming to Rhode Island for quite some time now. Check out 50 of the more popular selections below!

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Moonrise Kingdom


Director: Wes Anderson

Cast: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray Frances McDormand

This Oscar nominated film features many local landmarks including Fort Wetherill State Park, Bayfield Farm, and the Conanicut Lighthouse.

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Mr. North


Director: Danny Huston

Cast: Anthony Edwards, Robert Mitchum, Lauren Bacall

Shot in Newport, this comedy-drama features Anthony Edwards as a con man attempting to break into the 1920s Newport social scene. 

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There's Something About Mary


Directors: Peter and Bobby Farrelly

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller

Filmed partly in Providence, this movie was the highest-grossing comedy in 1998. 

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Federal Hill


Director: Michael Corrente

Cast: Nicholas Turturro, Anthony DeSando, Libby Langdon

Set in Providence's Federal Hill neighborhood, the movie marks the directorial debut of Pawtucket native Michael Corrente.

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Age of Innocence


Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder

This Oscar winning drama was partly filmed in Portsmouth.  

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True Lies


Director: James Cameron

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold

The ballroom scenes in the movie were filmed at the Rosecliff Mansion in Newport.

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High Society


Director: Charles Walters

Cast: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra

Nominated for two Academy Awards, the movie's opening shot features a flyover of Newport’s oceanfront mansions. 

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Thirteen Days


Director: Roger Donaldson

Cast: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Steven Culp

This docudrama about the Cuban Missile Crisis was partly shot in Newport. 

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Little Children


Director: Todd Field

Cast: Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Connelly, Jackie Earle Haley

Shot partly in Providence, this critically acclaimed drama received three Academy Award nominations, including a Best Lead Actress nod for Kate Winslet.

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Director: Peter M. Lenkov

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon

A car chase for this action-comedy was filmed in downtown Providence.

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Dijimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey

Shot at the Rosecliff Mansion in Newport and the State House in Providence, this drama received four Academy Award nominations in 1998. 

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Outside Providence


Director: Michael Corrente

Cast: Shawn Hatosy, Amy Smart, Alec Baldwin

Filmed in multiple locations throughout Rhode Island, this movie is an adaptation of Peter Farrelly's 1988 novel of the same name.

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Me, Myself & Irene


Directors: Peter and Bobby Farrelly

Cast: Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger. Chris Cooper, Robert Forster, Richard Jenkins

Filmed in Newport, Narragansett, Jamestown, and Galilee, this comedy centers on a Rhode Island State Trooper played by Jim Carrey. 

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Director: Lajos Koltai

Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Meryl Streep

The film was primarily set in Newport and included large portions shot at Gooseberry Beach.

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The Great Gatsby


Director: Jack Clayton

Cast: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston, Bruce Dern

This Academy Award-winning drama was filmed in Newport at the Rosecliff Mansion on Bellevue Ave.

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Self Storage


Director: Tom DeNucci

Cast: Eric Roberts, Jonathan Silverman, Michael Berryman, Tom DeNucci

Filmed in a self storage facility in East Greenwich, this horror-comedy marks the directorial debut of Cranston native Tom DeNucci. 

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27 Dresses


Director: Anne Fletcher

Cast: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Åkerman, Ed Burns

Shot throughout Rhode Island, locations included the Rosecliff and Marble House mansions in Newport and a beach in Charlestown.

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Dan in Real Life


Director: Anne Fletcher

Cast: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, Alison Pill

Filmed primarily in Jamestown, the movie also features the Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett.

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Hachi: A Dog's Tale


Director: Lasse Hallström

Cast: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Jason Alexander

Filmed primarily in Bristol and Woonsocket, other locations included the Columbus Theater in Providence and the University of Rhode Island in Kingston.

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The Education of Charlie Banks


Director: Fred Durst

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Eva Amurri

Shot partially in Brown University in Providence, the movie marks the directorial debut of Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst.

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Meet Joe Black


Director: Martin Brest

Cast: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani

Warwick's Aldrich Mansion served as the residence of Anthony Hopkins' character in the film. 

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Reversal of Fortune


Director: Barbet Schroeder

Cast: Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Ron Silver

Jeremy Irons took home the Oscar for Best Actor for this drama, which was partly shot in Newport.

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Director: Frederik Du Chau

Cast: Jason Lee, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Warburton, Amy Adams

Shot entirely in Rhode Island, filming locations included Hope High School on the East Side of Providence.

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Tanner Hall


Directors: Francesca Gregorini, Tatiana von Furstenberg

Cast: Rooney Mara, Georgia King, Brie Larson

Shot in Providence and Newport, the film marks the the directorial debut of Brown University graduates Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg.

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Dumb and Dumber


Directors: Peter and Bobby Farrelly

Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly

Scenes from the beginning of this comedy were filmed on location in Providence, including a shot of the Big Blue Bug.

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Irrational Man


Director: Woody Allen

Cast: Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey

Shot entirely in Rhode Island, filming locations included the Chez Pascal: a cafe located on Hope Street in Providence. 

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Infinitely Polar Bear


Director: Maya Forbes

Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky

Shot in Providence, this comedic drama tells the story of a manic-depressive man who tries to win his wife back by taking care of their two daughters while she attends business school.  

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Dumb and Dumber To


Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle

Scenes from the beginning of this comedy were filmed in Providence: including the iconic Big Blue Bug. 

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Director: Marcus Nispel

Cast: Brittany Curran, Stephen Lang, Kelly Blatz

This horror, thriller film, originally titled Blackmask, was filmed at to the Ladd School in Exeter which closed in the 1990s. 

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Bleed for This


Director: Ben Younger

Cast: Miles Teller, Katey Sagal, Ciarán Hinds 

This film, telling the story of Vinny Paz nicknamed "The Pazmanian Devil", was filmed at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence. 

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Missing William


Director: Kenn MacRae

Cast: Brandon Routh, Courtney Ford, Reid Scott

This movie shows scenic locations from around Rhode Island. 

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Director: Georgia Hilton

Cast: Tim Abell, Aleisha Force, Tom Stedham

Some of the filming for this mystery thriller was done from Newport.

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Director: Rick Laprade

Cast: Michael Berryman, Michael A. LoCicero, Ally Tully

This water-based horror thriller uses Block Island's coastline as a backdrop. 

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Directors: Sophia Cacciola, Michael J. Epstein

Cast: Jade Sylvan, Molly Carlisle, Molly Devon 

Parts of this horror mystery were filmed in Barrington.

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The Proposal


Director: Anne Fletcher

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen

Although much of this movie was filmed in other states, part of this romantic comedy was filmed in Newport. 

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Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon

This highly controversial black comedy had filming locations in both Westerly and Newport. 

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Hall Pass


Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Cast: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate

This comedic romance had a filming location in Providence. 

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Mystic Pizza


Director: Donald Petrie

Cast: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor

Although primarily filmed in Mystic, Connecticut, part of the movie was filmed at Watch Hill in Westerly. 

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Celeste & Jesse Forever


Director: Lee Toland Krieger

Cast: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood

The wedding scene of this romantic comedy was filmed in Middletown. 

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Director: Richard Benjamin

Cast: Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder

Although much of this movie was shot in Massachusetts, this dramatic comedy had a filming location in Pawtucket. 

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American Buffalo


Director: Michael Corrente

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz, Sean Nelson

This movie drama was filmed in Pawtucket. 

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Director: Carroll Ballard

Cast: Matthew Modine, Jennifer Grey, Cliff Robertson

This sport related action drama had portions filmed in both Newport and Jamestown. 

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Kiss the Bride


Director: Vanessa Parise

Cast: Amanda Detmer, Sean Patrick Flanery, Brooke Langton

Part of this movie was filmed at Watch Hill in Westerly. 

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They Were Expendable


Director: John Ford, Robert Montgomery

Cast: Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed

This world war two naval film had a portion of the movie shot from Melville in Portsmouth. 

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Tell Tale


Director: Michael Cuesta

Cast: Josh Lucas, Lena Headey, Brian Cox

This Sci-fi horror film was shot in many locations around Rhode Island including Woonsocket, Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Providence

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Normal Adolescent Behavior


Director: Beth Schacter

Cast: Amber Tamblyn, Ashton Holmes, Kelli Garner

This movie, which was an official selection of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, was filmed in Rhode Island. 

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Directors: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro

Cast: Joe Soares, Keith Cavill, Mark Zupan

Part of this documentary about quadriplegics who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs was filmed in Providence. 

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The Clique


Director: Michael Lembeck

Cast: Elizabeth McLaughlin, Ellen Marlow, Sophie Anna Everhard

This family comedy about a girl's struggles in middle school was filmed in Rhode Island. 

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November Criminals


Director: Sacha Gervasi

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Ansel Elgort, Catherine Keener

This movie is set to come out in 2016. 

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Pretty Dead Things


Director: Richard Griffin

Cast: Patrick Pitu, William DeCoff, Danielle Lozeau

This horror movie was filmed in Pawtucket, Providence, and Westerly.


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