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SAMPLE ISSUE:  Friday, October 28, 2016

This Weekend’s Highlights

Friday, October 28

Huntington Theatre Company‘s Tiger Style!, by Mike Lew, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, featuring Ruibo Qian, Jon Norman Schneider, Francis Jue, Emily Kuroda and Bryan T. Donovan, opens at Boston’s Calderwood Pavilion.

* Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill workshop production, directed by Hugo Sayles, starring Mary Louise Lee, opens at Denver CPA.

* Pump Boys and Dinettes, directed by Brandon Ivie, featuring Levi Kreis, Joshua Carter, Sylvie Davidson, Michael Feldman, Olivia D. Hamilton, Sara Porkalob and James “Rif” Reif, opens at WA’s Everett PAC.

* The Last Five Years, directed by Jason Robert Brown, featuring Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey, begins previews at London’s St. James Theatre.

* Carousel, directed by Molly Smith, featuring Betsy Morgan (Julie Jordan), Nicholas Rodriguez (Billy Bigelow), Kate Rockwell (Carrie Pipperidge), Kurt Boehm (Enoch Snow), Kyle Schliefer (Jigger Craigin), E. Faye Butler (Mrs. Mullin), Ann Arvia (Nettie Fowler), Skye Mattox (Louise Bigelow), Jacob Beasley (Enoch Snow, Jr.), Rayanne Gonzales (Mrs. Bascombe), Michael Graceffa (Carnival Boy), Thomas Adrian Simpson (David Bascombe), Stephawn Stephens (Captain), Nicole Wildy (Starkeeper) and Joshua Otten (Heavenly Friend), begins previews at DC’s Arena Stage.

* The Rage: Carrie 2, An Unauthorized Musical Parody in Concert, with an original pop-rock score by Rebekah M. Allen, directed by Michael Bello, featuring Molly Ranson F. Michael Haynie, Jenny Rose Baker, Lauren Nicole Chapman, Shakina Nayfack, Philip Jackson Smith, Travis Kent, Tina Stafford, Luke Hoback, Jessica Kahkoska, Rachel King and Thea Lammers, at 11:30 PM at 54 Below.

* NAMT‘s 28th Annual Festival of New Musicals concludes at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages.

* Cherry Lane School panel discussions & workshops conclude at Off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre.

Saturday, October 29

* Return to the Forbidden Planet, by Bob Carlton, directed & choreographed by Kirby Ward, featuring Jason Graae (Ariel the Robot), Kimberly Hessler (Miranda), Caleb Horst (Cookie), Harley Jay (Captain Tempest), Rebecca Ann Johnson (Gloria, The Science Officer), Martin Landry (The Navigation Officer), Craig McEldowney (Bosun), James O’Neill (Dr. Prospero), Trevor Wheetman (Ensign), Omar D. Brancato (Ensign), Jesse Graham (Flight Crew), Madeline Gambon (Flight Crew), Stephen Russell (Flight Crew) and Lucy Willhite (Flight Crew), opens at Ventura, CA’s Rubicon Theatre.

* Half a Sixpence, revised by Cameron Mackintosh, Julian Fellowes, George Stiles & Anthony Drewe, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, featuring Charlie Stemp (Arthur Kipps), Devon-Elise Johnson (Ann Pornick), Ian Bartholomew (Chitterlow), Emma Williams (Helen Walsingham), Vivien Parry (Mrs. Walsingham), Gerard Carey (James Walsingham), John Conroy (Mr. Shalford), Alex Hope (Sidney), Jane How (Lady Punnet), Sam O’Rourke (Buggins), James Paterson (Uncle Bert), Callum Train (Pierce) and Annie Wensak (Aunt Susan), begins previews at the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre.

* Terms of Endearment, by Dan Gordon, directed by Michael Parva, featuring Molly Ringwald (Aurora Greenway), Hannah Dunne (Emma), Jeb Brown (Garrett), Denver Milord (Flap), John C. Vennema (Doctor Maise) and Jessica Digiovanni (Patsy/Doris/Nurse), begins previews at Off-Broadway’s 59e59 Theaters.

* The Ziegfeld Society‘s Call My Publicist – The Starry Education of a Broadway Press Agent presentation, written by & starring Josh Ellis, directed by Gretchen Cryer, at 3:30 PM at NYC’s Hunter College (Lang Recital Hall).

Kelli O’Hara in concert, at 8 PM at NYC’s Carnegie Hall.

* An Evening with Steve Ross concert, with special guest Nancy Anderson, at 7:30 PM at NYC’s Merkin Concert Hall.

The Glimmerglass Festival’s Sweeney Todd, directed by Christopher Alden, featuring Greer Grimsley (Sweeney Todd), Luretta Bybee (Mrs. Lovett), Harry Greenleaf (Anthony Hope), Emily Pogorelc (Johanna Barker), Peter Volpe (Judge Turpin), Nicholas Nestorak (Tobias Ragg), Bille Bruley (Beadle Bamford), Patricia Schuman (Beggar Woman) and Christopher Bozeka (Pirelli), streamed at Noon ET here.

* Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway closes at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

* Sunny Afternoon, by Ray Davies & Joe Penhall, closes at the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre, after more than 2 years.

* Confessional, by Tennessee Williams, directed by Jack Silver, featuring Lizzie Stanton, Rob Ostlere, and Gavin Brocker, with Raymond Bethley, Simone Somers-Yeates, AF McLoughlin, Jack Archer and Alex Kiffin, closes at London’s Southwark Playhouse.

* The Real Actors of NYC, by Karlan Judd, directed by Max Friedman, featuring Klea Blackhurst, Noah Zachary, Jennifer Jean Anderson, Nicholas Barnes, RJ Vaillancourt, Lorinda Lisitza and Jake Mckenna, closes at Off-Broadway’s The Theater Center.

* Kate Baldwin: Extraordinary Machine closes at 54 Below.

* Betty Buckley: Story Songs closes at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center.

* Hudson Stage Company‘s You Will Remember Me, by Francois Archambault, directed by Dan Foster, featuring Ella Dershowitz, John Hutton, Chris Kipiniak, Susan Pellegrino and Susannah Schulman Rogers, closes at Armonk, NY’s Whippoorwill Hall Theatre.

Sunday, October 30

* Donmar Warehouse’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses, by Christopher Hampton, directed by Josie Rourke, featuring Janet McTeer (La Marquise de Merteuil), Liev Schreiber (Le Vicomte de Valmont), Mary Beth Peil (Madame de Rosemonde), Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Madame de Tourvel), Elena Kampouris (Cécile Volangel), Raffi Barsoumian (Le Chevalier Danceny), Ora Jones (Madame de Volanges), Elena Kampouris (Cécile Volanges), Katrina Cunningham (Émilie), Josh Salt (Azolan), Joy Franz (Victoire), David Patterson (Major-domo) and Laura Sudduth (Julie), opens at Broadway’s Booth Theatre.

* The King and I national tour, featuring Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens), Joe Llana (King of Siam), Joan Almedilla (Lady Thiang), Brian Rivera (Kralahome), Manna Nichols (Tuptim), Kavin Panmeechao  (Lun Tha), Anthony Chan (Prince Chulalongkorn), Graham Montgomery (Louis Leonowens) and Baylen Thomas (Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey), launches at Providence PAC.

* Red Bull Theater‘s Coriolanus, directed by Michael Sexton, featuring Dion Johnstone (Coriolanus), Lisa Harrow (Volumnia), Patrick Page (Menenius) and Stephen Spinella (Sicinius), with Matthew Amendt, Zachary Fine, Rebecca S’manga Frank, Manga Frank, Merritt Janson, Aaron Krohn, Edward O’Blenis, Christina Pumariega, and Olivia Reis, opens at Off-Broadway’s Barrow Street Theatre.

* Vicuña, world premiere by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Robert Egan, featuring Linda Gehringer, Brian George, Harry Groener, Ramiz Monsef and Samantha Sloyan, opens at LA’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.

* Living for Today benefit concert, directed by David Alpert, featuring Alice Ripley, Alysha Umphress, Erin Davie, Janine DiVita, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Autumn Hurlbert, Amber Iman, Andy Kelso, Liz McCartney, The Doo Wop Project, and more, at 7 PM at Joe’s Pub.

* Quel Fromage 2 – Michael Colby’s 65th Birthday Bash benefit concert, directed by Sara Louise Lazarus, featuring Robert Cuccioli, Bethe Austin, PJ Benjamin, Jeff Harnar, Heather MacRae, Louisa Flaningam and Lori Tan Chinn, with many surprise guests, at 7 PM at NYC’s Triad.

* MAC Remembers Julie Wilson concert, with guests Holt McCallany, Jonathan Groff, Debbie Damp, Christopher Denny, Lina Koutrakos, Lorinda Lisitza, Sidney Myer and Chris Zelno, at 3 PM at NYC’s Don’t Tell Mama.

* Judy Kaye concludes her run as Madame Morrible in Wicked at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre.

* Carrie St. Louis concludes her run as Glinda in Wicked at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre.

* Alan Mingo, Jr. concludes his run as Lola in Kinky Boots at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

* A Taste of Honey, by Shelagh Delaney, directed by Austin Pendleton, featuring Rebekah Brockman, John Evans Reese, Rachel Botchan, Bradford Cover and Ade Otukoya, closes at Off-Broadway’s Pearl Theatre.

* Classic Theatre of Harlem‘s Fit for a Queen, world premiere by Betty Shamieh, directed by Tamilla Woodard, featuring April Yvette Thompson, closes at NYC’s 3LD Art & Technology Center (80 Greenwich Street).

* Mint Theater Company‘s A Day by the Sea, by N.C. Hunter, directed by Austin Pendleton, featuring Julian Elfer, Katie Firth, Philip Goodwin, Sean Gormley, Polly McKie, Kylie McVey, George Morfogen, Mark Anderson Phillips, Athan Sporek and Jill Tanner, closes at Off-Broadway’s Beckett Theatre.

Musicals Tonight‘s Funny Face, by Fred Thompson, Paul Gerard Smith and George & Ira Gershwin, directed & choreographed by Casey Colgan, featuring Patrick Graver, Jessica Ernest, Caitlin Wilayto, Whitney Winfield, Seth Danner, Blake Spellacy, Bill Bateman, Edward Tolve, and Doug Jabara, with Christian Brown, Kacie Burns, Caleb Dicke, Giulia Dunes, Briana Fallon, Parker Krug, Andrea Weinzierl, and Kyle White, closes at Off-Broadway’s Lion Theatre.

* Communion, written & directed by Daniel MacIvor, featuring Erica Bradshaw, Stephanie Cozart, and Jackie Hansen, closes at Off-Broadway’s Urban Stages.

* The Little Foxes, by Lillian Hellman, directed by Kyle Donnelly, featuring Marg Helgenberger (Regina Giddens), Edward Gero (Benjamin Hubbard), Jack Willis (Horace Giddens), Gregory Linington (Oscard Hubbard), Isabel Keating (Birdie Hubbard), Stanton Nash (Leo Hubbard), Megan Graves (Alexandrea Giddens), James Whalen (William Marshall), Kim James Bey (Addie) and David Emerson Toney (Cal), closes at DC’s Arena Stage.

* The Lion, written & performed by Benjamin Scheuer, directed by Sean Daniels, closes at San Diego’s Old Globe.

* Billy & Ray, by Mike Bencivenga, directed by Michael Matthews, featuring Blake Ellis, Nick Searcy, Scott Lowell and Joanna Strapp, closes at Laguna Playhouse.

* Man of La Mancha, directed by Allison Narver, featuring Rufus Bonds, Jr. (Cervantes/Don Quixote), Don Darryl Rivera (Sancho), Nova Payton (Aldonza), Allen Fitzpatrick (The Innkeeper), Eric Ankrim (Dr. Carrasco), Jose Gonzales (The Barber), Brandon O’Neill (Pedro), David Quicksall (Captain of the Inquisition), Nick DeSantis (Padre), Lauren Du Pree (Antonia) and Marlette Buchanan (Maria/Housekeeper), closes at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre.

* Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill workshop production, directed by Hugo Sayles, starring Mary Louise Lee, closes at Denver CPA.

* Frankenstein, adapted by Nick Dear, directed by Sam Buntrock, featuring Sullivan Jones & Mark Junek (alternating as Victor Frankenstein and his Creature), Molly Carden, Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Meridith C. Grundei, John Hauser, Charlie Korman, Jenny Leona, Avi Levin, Rodney Lizcano, Kevin McGuire, Douglas Rees, Jessica Robblee, Brian Shea, Brynn Tucker, Nellessa Walthour, Erin Willis and Max Woertendyke, closes at Denver Center Theatre Company.

* The Rocky Horror Show, directed by Hunter Foster, featuring Kevin Cahoon (Dr. Frank ’N’ Furter), Nick Adams (Rocky), Maximilian Sangerman (Brad), Stephanie Gibson (Janet), William Youmans (Narrator/Eddie/Dr. Scott), Ryah Nixon (Magenta), Katie Anderson (Columbia) and Danielle Diniz (Phantom) and Tyler McKenzie (Phantom), closes at PA’s Bucks County Playhouse.

* The Fantasticks, directed by Ted Pappas, featuring Jamen Nanthakumar (Matt), Mary Elizabeth Drake (Luisa), Daniel Krell (Bellomy), Gavan Pamer (Hucklebee), Josh Powell (El Gallo), Jason Shavers (The Mute), Tony Bingham (Mortimer) and Noble Shropshire (Henry), closes at Pittsburgh Public Theater.

* Hand to God, by Robert Askins, directed by Gary Griffin, featuring Nina Ganet (Jessica), Curtis Edward Jackson (Timothy), Eric Slater (Pastor Greg), Janelle Snow (Margery) and Alex Weisman (Jason/Tyrone), closes at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater.

* LA Theatre WorksTogether Tonight: Hamilton, Jefferson and Burr live radio recordings, by Norman Corwin, directed by Alexis Jacknow, featuring Maurice Williams (Alexander Hamilton), JD Cullum (Aaron Burr), Gregory Harrison (Thomas Jefferson) and Henri Lubatti (Pickering), closes at UCLA’s Melnitz Hall. Save 30% with code OVAL.

* Baby Doll, by Tennessee Williams, adapted by Pierre Laville & Emily Mann, directed by Simon Levy, featuring Daniel Bess, Karen Kondazian, Lindsay LaVanchy, John Prosky and George Roland, closes at LA’s Fountain Theatre.


Reviews 1  Reviews for Falsettos at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre:

NY Times (Charles Isherwood): There’s hardly a moment in the exhilarating, devastating revival of the musical Falsettos that doesn’t approach, or even achieve, perfection. This singular show, about an unorthodox family grappling with the complexities of, well, just being a family — unorthodox or otherwise — has been restored to life, some 25 years after it was first produced, with such vitality that it feels as fresh and startling as it did back in 1992….  once again directed by Mr. Lapine — whose work is so sharp it’s as if he were seeing the show with a new pair of eyes… Mr. Borle, known for his Tony-winning comic performances in Something Rotten! and Peter and the Starcatcher, shines here as he has never before, in a role that lets him stretch beyond his trademark loopy humor….  Ms. Block, better here than ever…  Here, we get to see new aspects of Mr. Rannells’s gifts… as the character grows weaker, Mr. Rannells introduces a touching sense of dignified resignation…

Chicago Tribune (Chris Jones): Of all the love songs in all the Broadway musicals, few compare to the one in William Finn and James Lapine’s Falsettos sung by a nerdy man named Marvin to a handsome man named Whizzer, for whom Marvin has left his wife and adolescent son, despite seemingly having nothing in common with his lover. “But when he sparkles,” Marvin sings, “the earth begins to sway. What more can I say?” What more indeed?… You don’t normally apply the adjective vulnerable to musicals, as distinct from people. But it fits Falsettos, a musical that throbs with passion and compassion, a masterwork strong enough to bare formative comparison to the work of Stephen Sondheim, but a whole lot more cuddly of a show…

Variety (Marilyn Stasio): …this surprisingly fresh revival has been directed by original director Lapine, who plainly understands the bittersweet humor and provisional joy of that period. March on… The warm performances of a terrific cast soften the underlying sadness of Finn’s breakthrough musical… an endearing performance from Christian Borle… Stephanie J. Block, dynamite… Anthony Rosenthal, blessedly unaffected… Andrew Rannells, irresistible to all sexes… Rannells is so charming, he’d be loved by the family dog, if the family had a dog. Which makes everyone bring out the hankies in Act II, when Whizzer makes his brave farewell to all the people who loved him: “You Gotta Die Sometime,” the lyric goes. Sure, but does it have to be right now?

The Guardian (Alexis Soloski): …In its first Broadway revival, again directed by Lapine, its portrayal of a man who leaves his wife for a male lover and the devastation that the Aids virus subsequently inflicts feel like the story of another era, as outmoded as the early 80s fashions. But what remains effortlessly current is the show’s lancet-like approach to individual psychology, which reveals the characters at their passionate, neurotic, tender, greedy, bewildered worst and best…. March is perhaps the more interesting half. Nearly every number explores a character’s emotional state and the result is a work of often radical intimacy… The second act…it’s here that the work’s emotional heart beats most muscularly and anyone who leaves without shedding a tear may want to see this or her ophthalmologist.


Gala 2  Additional performers have been announced for the 33rd Annual Drama League Centennial Musical Celebration of Broadway benefit gala, to take place Mon. Nov. 7 at 7 PM at NYC’s Plaza Hotel.

Honoring 5 David Hyde Pierce

Previously announced: Tyne Daly, Billy Porter, Bebe Neuwirth, Sierra Boggess, Christopher Sieber, Harriet Harris, Kristine Nielsen, Debra Monk, Adam Kantor, Brandon Uranowitz.

Newly announced: F. Murry Abraham, Hank Azaria, Christopher Durang, Daryl Roth, Kate Baldwin, John Bolton, Lea DeLaria and Peri Gilpin.


News 2  Marsha Norman is no longer attached to the musical version of King Kong.

Norman told the New York Times: “I’m no longer involved with King Kong in a creative capacity, because King Kong has moved toward the nonstandard musical arena. We exhausted the possibilities, I believe, of what I could do in writing a book where the main character doesn’t speak or sing.”


reading-15 Musical Theatre West presents a concert reading of The Boys From Syracuse Sun. Nov. 13 at 7 PM at the Long Beach Convention Center’s Beverly O’Neill Theater, directed by David Lamoureux.

Cast 13: Gabriel Kalomas (Antipholus of Syracuse), Eric Michael Parker (Antipholus of Ephesus), Jeffrey Landman (Dromio of Ephesus), Louis Pardo (Dromio of Syracuse), Kelly Marie Pate (Luce), Katharine McDonough (Adriana) and Carlin Castellano (Lucianna), and more.


Extended - 5 The world premiere of Blank Theatre‘s The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare) has been extended through Nov. 20 at LA’s Skylight Theatre.


TV 2  Bernadette Peters and Paul Guilfoyle have joined the cast in recurring roles in the spinoff of “The Good Wife.” No word yet on their characters.

The yet-untitled series will debut in February 2017 on CBS before moving exclusively to CBS All Access.


Video 1  Video: Highlights from the Nothing Like a Dame benefit concert.


Regional 2  Casting has been announced for A Musical Christmas Carol, to run Dec. 9-23 at Pittsburgh CLO, adapted & directed by David H. Bell, with music direction by McCrae Hardy.

Cast 13: Patrick Page (Scrooge), Allison Cahill, Justin Fortunato, Lisa Ann Goldsmith, Ashton Guthrie, Luke Halferty, Tim Hartman, Jeffrey Howell, Daniel Krell, Julia Paladino, Marco Attilio Petrucci, Benjamin Pimental, Erika Strasburg, Mark Tinkey, Terry Wickline and Magan Dee Yantko.


Los Angeles 3  Troubadour Theater Company’s Little Drummer Bowie will run Nov. 30 – Jan. 15 at Burbank’s Falcon Theatre, directed by by Matt Walker & Joseph Leo Bwarie, with choreography by Jordana Toback and music direction & arrangements by Eric Heinly.

Cast 13: Rick Batalla, Lisa Valenzuela, Beth Kennedy, Joseph Leo Bwarie,  Riccardo Berdini, Katie DeShan, Katie Kitani, Niles Rivers and Cloie Wyatt Taylor.

” Journey to a far away land where a new king is on the rise and a drummer with a dilemma is asking, ‘Is There Life On Mars?'”


Cast album 2 The cast album of Alan Menken & David Spencer’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravtiz will be released Dec. 2.  Order Pre-order here.


Off Broadway 4 Complete casting has been announced for Tiny Beautiful Things, adapted by Nia Vardalos, to run Nov. 15 – Dec. 31 (opening Dec. 7) at The Public Theater, directed by Thomas Kail.

Cast 13: Nia Vardalos, Phillip James Brannon, Alfredo Narciso, Natalie Woolams-Torres  and Miriam Silverman.

“Sugar is the online advice columnist who thousands of people have turned to for words of wisdom, honesty and hope. As anonymous readers come to her with their deepest and most personal problems, Sugar—who ultimately revealed herself to be Strayed—finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with theirs, creating a beloved column about the monstrous beauty, endless dark and glimmering light at the heart of being human.”


Video 1  Video:  Theater Talk: Spamilton and Noël Coward expert Barry Day.


Update 8 on Mel Brooks’ revival of Young Frankenstein:

* Some of the scores bulkier aspects of the show have been dropped, new songs have been added, and the running time has been reduced to 2 hours.

* The opening number has been cut.

* The revival will be directed & choreographed by Susan Stroman.

Shuler Hensley will return as the Monster.

* An out-of-town tryout is planned for later this year at the UK’s Theatre York in Newcastle, and could wind up in West End theater by the Spring.


Concert 12  An Evening of Classic Broadway will take place Tues. Nov. 15 at 8 PM at LA’s Rockwell Table & Stage, with music direction by Brad Ellis.

Performers 8: Valerie Perri, William Martinez, Chris Chatman, Ashley Fox Linton, Christopher Carothers, Louise Marie Cornillez, Eric Michael Parker, Sylvie Gosse and Diane Fraser.


Rumor 2  Rumor: Talks are currently underway for a possible “Will & Grace” revival on NBC.


News 2  More than 1,000 members of AEA have signed an open letter seeking a “historic” pay increase for actors working on an Off-Broadway contract.

By contract, Off-Broadway is defined by the seating size of theatres. At the low end, 100-199 seats, pay currently starts at $593 a week. At the high end, 351-499 seats, the minimum salary is $1,057 a week. Some not-for-profit Off-Broadway theatres are on a separate contract that has different rates. (Some theatres pay as little as $361 a week.)

According to #FairWageOnStage, 63% of Off-Broadway contracts pay actors $593 a week. In a survey conducted by AEA earlier this year, members responded that they could not live in New York City on the current wage.

Click here to learn more.


TV 2  NBC has set its next live musicalBye Bye Birdie, exec-produced and starring Jennifer Lopez as Rosie. Harvey Fierstein will write the television adaptation, which will air in 2017.

Additional information TBA.


reading-15 J. Todd Allen, Peter B. Allen & Mathayu Warren-Lane’s Love and War will take place Nov. 3 (2 PM) & Nov. 4 (11 AM) at NYC’s Roy Arias Theatres, directed by Daniel Goldstein. RSVP: info@loveandwarmusical.com.

Cast 13: Jeremy Kushnier, Liz Larsen, Ben Jacoby, Allison Semmes, Steffanie Leigh, A.J. Shively, James Judy, Antoine L. Smith, Claudia Yanez, Will Ray, J. Michael Finley, Thursday Farrar, Jennifer Reed, Kate Loprest, and Ellis C. Dawson III.


Off Broadway 4 MCC Theater has announced that Anna Jordan’s Yen will run Jan. 12 – Feb. 19 (opening Jan. 30) at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, directed by Trip Cullman.

Cast 13: Lucas Hedges, and more TBA.

“Bobbie and Hench are home alone. Days are filled by streaming porn, playing Call of Duty, watching the world go by. Their mom rarely visits these days, and it’s chaos when she does. But when animal-loving neighbor Jenny takes an interest in their dog Taliban, the boys discover a world far beyond what they know.”


Cast album 2  “Elaine Paige Presents The Musicals” will be released in a 3-CD box set on Nov. 25.

Order  Click here to view the Track List and to pre-order.


Book 3  Leslie Bennetts’ “Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers” will be released Nov. 15.

Order  Pre-order here.


News 2  Michael Grandage shared his beliefs about theatre previews, the few weeks that lead up to a show’s official opening night.

Grandage believes previews will soon be a thing of the past, adding that a show’s first performance will eventually become its official opening night.

“We do it in opera and I do,” Grandage said. “One of the jobs of a director, and certainly I see it as one of my jobs, is to make sure the rehearsal period is such that when you get to that first preview, you are effectively getting to an opening night…. Opening previews will be opening nights before too much longer in some form. They already are, if you like, because of social media. You are opening to a body of opinion before you have officially opened and it’s all valid, at some level.”


reading-15 An invitation-only industry reading of of leo Hurley & Charles Osborne’s Paris Through the Window will take place Nov. 10-11 in NYC.

Cast 13: Erin Davie, Ed Dixon, Darius Harper, Travis Kent, and more.

“A musical coming-of-age story based on the story of real-life poet Alan Seeger.”


Off Broadway 4 Complete casting has been announced for Tracy Letts’ Man From Nebraska, to begin previews Jan. 26 and open Feb. 15 at 2econd Stage Midtown, directed by David Cromer.

Cast 13: Reed Birney, Heidi Armbruster, Annika Boras, Nana Mensah, Max Gordon Moore, Kathleen Peirce, William Ragsdale and J. Smith-Cameron.

“Sometimes even the most devout can lose their faith. When Ken, a middle aged man from Nebraska, suddenly finds he’s lost his, along with his sense of purpose, he goes on a wild adventure to find it. Along the way he encounters a world vastly different from his own, filled with chance meetings and romantic encounters that shake him to the core.”