GRACE NOTES: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Today’s Highlights:

Star - Green Due to the weather, be sure to check performance schedules.

* The Ruling Class, by Peter Barnes, directed by Jamie Lloyd, featuring James McAvoy (Jack), Ron Cook (Sir Charles Gurney), Kathryn Drysdale (Grace Shelley), Joshua McGuire (Dinsdale Gurney), Anthony O’Donnell (Daniel Tucker), Michael Cronin (Bishop Bertie Lampton), Serena Evans (Lady Claire Gurney), Paul Leonard (Ralph Gurney), Elliot Levey (Dr Herder) and Forbes Masson (McKyle), with Rosy Benjamin, Andrew Bloomer and Oliver Lavery, opens at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios.

* The Hard Problem, by Tom Stoppard, directed by Nicholas Hytner, featuring Olivia Vinall, Kristin Atherton, Anthony Calf, Vera Chok, Jonathan Coy, Rosie Hilal, Damien Molony, Lucy Robinson and Parth Thakerar, opens at the West End’s Dorfman Theatre.

Barry Humphries’ Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour opens at LA’s Ahmanson Theatre.

* Postponed to Jan. 30: Huntington Theatre Company‘s The Second Girl world premiere, by Ronan Noone, directed by Campbell Scott, featuring Christopher Donahue, Kathleen McElfresh and MacKenzie Meehan, opens at Boston’s Candlewood Pavillion.

* Rattlestick Playwrights Theater‘s Everything You Touch, by Sheila Callaghan, directed by Jessica Kubzansky, featuring Christian Coulson, Tonya Glanz, Miriam Silverman, Robbie Tann, Nina Ordman, Allegra Rose Edwards, Chelsea Fryer and Lisa Kitchens, opens at Off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre.

* The Bad Years, by Kait Kerrigan & Brian Lowdermilk, directed by Jacob W. Patorti, featuring Jane Bruce, Phoebe Dunn, Trent Hayward, Melissa Rose Hirsch, Avon Haughton, Celeste Rose, Katharine Lorraine, Justin Luciano, Anthony Sagaria, Joyah Love Spangler, Zachary Francis Stewart, Dan Tracy, Elanna White, Chloe Williamson and members of The Viewpoints Collective, opens at Brooklyn’s Loft 172.

* Texas in Paris, by Alan Govenar, directed by Akin Babatunde, featuring Lillias White and Scott Wakefield, begins previews at Off-Broadway’s York Theatre.

* A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George, written by & starring Kelly Carlin, directed by Paul Provenza, begins previews at Burbank’s Falcon Theatre.

* The Government Inspector reading, by Oded Gross, directed by Lucie Tiberghien, featuring Brad Heberlee, Patricia Buckley, Al Foote III, Gibson Frazier, Mandie Jenson, Christopher Livingston, Eddie Lopez, Daniel Passer, Danielle Skraastad, Haley Sullivan and Zoe Winters, at 2 PM at Off-Broadway’s Pearl Theatre (also Jan. 29).

American Songbook‘s Billy Porter in concert, with special guest Cyndi Lauper, at 7:30 & 9:30 PM at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room.

* Mandy Gonzalez: Love, All Ways concert, directed by Eric Michael Gillett, with special guest Rogelio Douglas, Jr., at 8:30 PM at Hollywood’s Catalina Bar & Grill.

* Tomatoes Got Talent competition finals, co-created by The Three Tomatoes & Randie Levine-Miller (who also hosts), with celebrity judges Julie Budd, Jill O’Hara and Alyce Finnell, at 7 PM at NYC’s Stage 72.


Star Statue - small2015 UK Critics’ Circle Theatre Award winners:

New Play: King Charles III by Mike Bartlett (Almeida Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre, London)

Musical (new or revival): Gypsy (Festival Theatre, Chichester, followed by transfer to Savoy Theatre, London)

Actor: Mark Strong, A View From The Bridge (Young Vic Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre)

Actress: Helen McCrory, Medea (Olivier Theatre at the National, London)

Shakespearean Performance: Antony Sher, Henry IV Parts I & II (Royal Shakespeare Company at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, regional tour and Barbican Theatre, London)

Director: Ivo van Hove, A View From The Bridge (Young Vic Theatre followed by transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre)

Designer (tie): Paul Barritt, Golem (Young Vic Theatre)… and… Es Devlin, The Nether (Headlong Theatre at Royal Court Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Duke of York’s Theatre, London)

Most Promising Playwright: Barney Norris, Visitors (Up In Arms regional tour and Arcola Theatre, London, followed by transfer to Bush Theatre, London)

Most Promising Newcomer (other than a playwright): Patsy Ferran, Blithe Spirit and Treasure Island (Gielgud Theatre, London, and Olivier Theatre at the National, London)


Quotation Mark  GRACE NOTES Quote of the Week:  “Without wonder and insight, acting is just a business. With it, it becomes creation.”  ~ Bette Davis


Extended:  The West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has extended its run through June 4, 2016 at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.


Benj Pasek, Justin Paul & Peter Duchan’s Dogfight will run Feb. 13-22 at Fairlawn, NJ’s Old Library Theatre, directed & choreographed by Amy Eileen Shera.

Cast 1: Christine Marie Danelson, Vinnie Urdea, Mike Rossi, Travis-John Prol, Ashley Leone, Chris Frazier, Anthony J. Bruno, Gabe Weiss, Derek Colon, Nicholas Christopher Mellina, Evan Tintle Charpentier, Kristen Dziuba and Jana Byrnes.


Jonathan Tolin’s Buyer & Cellar will run Mar. 3-29 (opening Mar. 6) at NJ’s George Street Playhouse, directed by David Saint.

Cast 1: John Tartaglia


Good People Theater Company presents Maltby & Shire’s Closer Than Ever  Feb. 21 – Mar. 15 at Burbank’s Hollywood Piano Showroom (323 North Front Street), produced & directed by Janet Miller, with music direction by Corey Hirsch

Cast 1: Corey Hirsch, Elizabeth Brackenbury, Gabriel Kalomas, Jessie Withers and Jordan Lamoureux.


images HBO has ordered a pilot of Alan Ball, Elton John & David Furnish’s “Virtuoso.”  The drama will be set in 18th century Vienna, and will center on “a class of musicians from all across Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence.”

Cast 1: Peter Macdissi, Alex Lawther, Francois Civil, Nico Mirallegro, Lindsay Farris and Iva Babic.


Concert: Songs For Slutty Girls: A Song Cycle by Kailey Marshall will take place Thurs. Jan. 29 at 10 PM at NYC’s Don’t Tell Mama, directed by Max Friedman, with music direction by Madeline Smith.

Performers 1: Kailey Marshall, Kasie Gasparini, Molly Hager, Katy Rea and Will Roland.

Songs for Slutty Girls “is a peppy, poppy, and potent exploration of female sexuality in the 21st century. From walks of shame to heartfelt revelations, Songs for Slutty Girls encapsulates the varied sexual landscape of dating in New York City. This song cycle seeks to redefine the word ‘slut’ through a pop/rock score that captures the anger and ecstasy of the modern liberated woman.”


images Video: Mostly Sondheim celebrates its 10th anniversary at The Duplex.


The national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella will run Feb. 3-15 at Denver Center‘s Buell Theatre.

Cast 1: Paige Faure (Cinderella), Andy Jones (Prince Topher), Kecia Lewis (Marie), Beth Glover (Madame), David Andino (Jean-Michele), Kaitlyn Davidson (Gabrielle), Aymee Garcia (Charlotte), Blake Hammond (Sebastian) and Antoine L. Smith (Lord Pinkleton), with Jordana Grolnick,  Adrian Arrieta, Adrian Baidoo, Summer Broyhill, Audrey Cardwell, Jennifer Evans, Alexandra Frohlinger, Richard Gatta, Eric Anthony Johnson, Danielle Jordan, Ben Lanham, Sean Seymour, Blakely Slaybaugh, Lauren Sprague, Paige Williams, Thad Turner Wilson, John Yi and Alexandra Zorn.


SeasonCabrillo Music Theatre has announced its 2015-16 season at Thousand Oaks Civics Arts Plaza: 

* Damn Yankees (Oct. 16-25)
* A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Jan. 29 – Feb. 14, 2016)
* Children of Eden (Apr. 8-17)
* The Little Mermaid (July 15-24)


Upcoming at LA’s Rockwell Table & Stage:

* Musi-Cal (Feb. 2), offering previews of 4 new musicals. Details

* Steve Kazee – Live (Feb. 6). Details

* Emma Hunton – Live in Concert (Feb. 9). Details

* Cruel Intentions: The Completely Unauthorized Musical parody (Feb. 17 & 18), adapted by Jordan Ross, directed by Lindsey Rosin, featuring Constantine Rousouli, Katie Stevens, Molly McCook, Shlley Regner, Garrett Clayton and Tyler Scheef. Details 

* Romeo & Juliet: Love is a Battlefield (Feb. 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28), a massive new production with a twist. Details


images Video: Ellyn Marie Marsh deconstructs Adele.


Benefit: LA’s LGBT Center‘s Conversations with Coco benefit, with special guest Allison Janney, will take place Sat. Mar. 7  at 8 PM.

“Blending fascinating discussion, revealing stories, and a multimedia survey of her guests’ careers, Conversations With Coco has proven to be among the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center’s most popular offerings.”


World Premiere: San Diego’s Old Globe presents the world premiere of Stephen Flaherty’s Up in Arms, to run Sept. 16 – Oct. 25 (opening Sept. 24), co-conceived by Christopher Gattelli & Jennifer Manocherian, directed & choreographed by Gattelli.

Casting and link TBA.

In Your Arms features 10 dance vignettes written by an incredible and diverse lineup of theatre powerhouses, including Douglas Carter Beane, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, David Henry Hwang,Rajiv Joseph, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage, and Alfred Uhry.”


images Video: Matt Glendinning, principal of The Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island surprised his students by announcing that their school would be closed due to the blizzard with a “Let It Go” parody.


Danielle Hope will make her American debut Fri. Feb. 13 at 9:30 PM at 54 Below.

“The evening will feature a celebration of music including performances of songs from shows that have shaped her career so far, West End favorites and some very special new material – and some very special Broadway guests.”


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