NYU Alumni Magazine Spring 2008


NYU Celebrities Steal the Show—From Broadway
to Prime-time TV

At this year’s Tony Awards, Marcia Gay Harden (TSOA ’88) took home Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for the bourgeois-bashing God of Carnage, while producer Andrew D. Hamingson (STEINHARDT ’93, ’08) won Best Revival of a Musical for hippie classic Hair

Raúl Esparza (TSOA ’92), who also scored a Tony nomination for Speed-the-Plow, starred alongside Anne Hathaway this summer in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night… Actress Camryn Manheim (TSOA ’87) returns for the fifth season of Ghost Whisperer on CBS, while Aziz Ansari (STERN ’04) and Aubrey Plaza (TSOA ’05) are back in the NBC comedy Parks and RecreationLeslie Morgenstein (STERN ’97) is executive producer of two shows on The CW: Gossip Girl and newcomer The Vampire Diaries, which chronicles high school bloodsuckers… Peter Krause (TSOA ’90) co-stars in the new dramedy remake of Parenthood on NBC… The peacock network also debuted producer Charlie Corwin’s (LAW ’99) summer drama The Philanthropist, co-starring Jesse L. Martin (TSOA ’91), about a world-traveling billionaire… Ethan Peck (TSOA ’09), grandson of acting legend Gregory Peck, reprised Heath Ledger’s role in the ABC Family adaptation of the film 10 Things I Hate About YouJustin Bartha (TSOA ’00) played the groom-gone-missing in the surprise summer smash The Hangover, the latest comedy about men misbehaving from director Todd Phillips (TSOA ’94)… Martin Scorsese (WSC ’64, STEINHARDT ’68, HON ’92) directed the upcoming thriller Shutter Island, set in a secluded hospital for the criminally insane and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley… Jennifer Fox (GAL ’94) produced The Informant!, which features Matt Damon as a bipolar whistle-blower in Steven Soderbergh’s dark comedy… Greek gods will rule the cineplex with two films in the new year: director Louis Leterrier (TSOA ’96) revisits Clash of the Titans, while Chris Columbus (TSOA ’80) will helm Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, based on the adventure book series about Poseidon’s half-human son… Oscar-winning scribe Michael Arndt (TSOA ’87) penned Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, due out next summer… Chris Taylor (STEINHARDT ’04), Ed Droste (GAL ’03), Daniel Rossen (CAS ’04), and Chris Bear (STEINHARDT ’04) make up indie rock band Grizzly Bear, now in the midst of their world tour.

—RenÉe Alfuso

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Marcia Gay Harden