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SAMPLE ISSUE:  Monday, February 11, 2019

Today’s Highlights:

* The Price, directed by Jonathan Church, featuring David Suchet (Gregory Solomon), Brendan Coyle (Victor Franz), Adrian Lukis (Walter Franz), and Sara Stewart (Esther Franz), opens at the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre.

* Eddie Jemison begins his run as Ogie in Waitress at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

* The Play That Goes Wrong, directed by Matt DiCarlo, featuring Ryan Vincent Anderson (Trevor), Brent Bateman (Robert), Bartley Booz (Dennis), Matt Harrington (Chris), Bianca Horn (Annie), Chris Lanceley (Jonathan), Ashley Reyes (Sandra), and Max Walker (Max), with Damien Brett, Adam Daveline, Simone Policano, and Maggie Weston, begins previews at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages.

* Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, directed by Joel Grey, featuring Steven Skybell (Tevye), Jackie Hoffman (Yente), Jennifer Babiak (Golde), Joanne Borts (Sheyndl), Lisa Fishman (Bobe Tsatyl), Kirk Geritano (Avrom), Samantha Hahn (Beylke), Cameron Johnson (Fyedka), Ben Liebert (Motl Kamzoyl), Stephanie Lynne Mason (Hodl), Evan Mayer (Sasha), Rosie Jo Neddy (Khave), Raquel Nobile (Shprintze,  Nick Raynor (Yosl), Bruce Sabath (Leyzer- Volf), Drew Seigla (Perchik), Adam B. Shapiro (Der Rov), Jodi Snyder (Frume-Sore), James Monroe (Mendl), Lauren Jeanne Thomas (Der Fiddler), Bobby Underwood (Der Gradavoy), Mikhl Yashinsky  (Nokhum/Mordkhe), and Rachel Zatcoff (Tsaytl), with Michael Einav, Abby Goldfarb, John Giesige, Moshe Lobel, Jonathan Quigley, and Kayleen Seidl, begins previews at Off-Broadway’s Stage 42.

* Williamstown Theatre Festival‘s 2019 Gala: An Evening with Audra McDonald, with special guests Eden Espinosa, Jessica Hecht, and Martyna Majok, at 6:30 PM at NYC’s 583 Park Avenue.

* New York Theatre Workshop‘s NYTW 2019 Gala, honoring Stephen Graham, featuring Alice Ripley, Anthony Rapp, Daphne Rubin Vega, Amber Gray, and Cristina Monet, at 6 PM at NYC’s Capitale.

* They’re Playing Our Song Actors Fund benefit concert, directed by Chet Walker, starring Robert Klein and Luci Arnaz, at 7:30 PM at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre.

* Abingdon Theatre Company‘s The Prompter presentation, by Wade Dooley, directed by Scott Schwartz, featuring Estelle Parsons and Wade Dooley, at 7 PM at Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre.

* Project Shaw‘s Shaw Songs @ The Players cabaret, directed by David Staller, featuring Jim Brochu, Mara Davi, Cady Huggman, Howard McGillin, Jon Weber, Aaron Weinstein, and Karen Ziemba, at 7 PM at NYC’s Players Club.

* A Beautiful Noise Neil Diamond tribute concert starring Fisher Stevens, at 7:30 PM at London’s Lyric Theatre.

* FNAM’s Musi-CAL concert, offering selections from new musicals, at 8 PM at LA’s Rockwell Table & Stage.

* “Studio 54,” documentary, by Matt Tyrnauer, premieres at 9 PM on A&E (check local listings).

* Ann of Green Gables, Parts 1 & 2, workshop presentations in rep, adapted & directed by Chris Henry, featuring (Part I) Ali Ewoldt, Brooke Averi, Nichole Forde, Hannah Hall, Kara Menendez, Stephanie Young, and Juna Shai, and (Part II) Doreen Montalvo, Mindy Lai and Erica Misilo, conclude at Off-Broadway’s Royal Family Performing Arts Space.

* The Music Man semi-staged concert production, directed by Marc Bruni, featuring Norm Lewis (Harold Hill), Jessie Mueller (Marian Paroo), Rosie O’Donnell (Mrs. Paroo), John Cariani (Marcellus Washburn), Veanne Cox (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn), David Pittu (Charlie Cowell), Damon Gillespie (Tommy Djilas), Eloise Kropp (Zaneeta Shinn), Sam Middleton (Winthrop Paroo), and Emmy Elizabeth Liu-Wang (Amaryllis), with Tessa Grady, Arlo Hill, Todd Horman, Denis Lambert, Liz McCartney, Hayley Podschun, Katerina Papacostas, Blakely Slaybaugh, Jimmy Smagula, Ryan Steele, Daryl Tofa, Diana Vaden, and Nicholas Ward, closes at the Kennedy Center.

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  GRACE NOTES Quiz:  Here’s Love by Jim Bernhard

Fill in the missing words in these titles of plays and musicals having to do with love:

1. A ____ Guide to Love and Murder, musical by Robert L. Friedman and Steven Lutvak:…Useful…Handy…Gentleman’s…Curmudgeon’s

2. All for Love, or the ___ Well Lost, play by John Dryden:  …World…Maiden…Fortune…Reputation

3. ____ Loves Opal, play by John Patrick:  …Oscar… Nobody… Everybody… Her Mother

4.  For Love or ____,comedy by F. Hugh Herbert:  …Hate… Money… Nothing…Valor

5.  How the Other ____ Loves, play by Alan Ayckbourn:  …Fellow… Couple… Side… Half

6.  I Love My ____, musical by Michael Stewart and Cy Coleman:  …Wife …Dog …Lover …Life

7.  Love’s­­­____ Lost,comedy by William Shakespeare:   …Kisses …Comedy …Labours… Love

8.  Lovers and Other ­­­­____, comedy by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna:   …Oddballs… Strangers …Dreamers …Friends

9. Nobody Loves an ____, comedy by Ronald Alexander:   …Alligator …Aardvark …Artist …Albatross

10. The Love of Four ____, comedy by Peter Ustinov:   …Freshmen …Horsemen … Roses…Colonels

Scroll down for the answers…

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   The Actors Fund presents a benefit reunion concert presentation of Hunter Bell & Jeff Bowen’s [title of show] on Mon. Mar. 11 at 7:30 PM at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre, directed by Michael Berresse, with music direction by Larry Pressgrove.

: Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, and Jeff Bowen.

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  Michel Legrand & Jeremy Sams’ Amour will run May 2 – July 20 (opening May 8) at the Charing Cross Theatre, directed by Hannah Chissick, with choreography by Matt Cole, and music direction by Jordan Li-Smith.

Casting TBA.

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  MA’s Barrington Stage Company has announced its 2019 season:

* Hold These Truths (May 22 – June 8, opening May 25), by Jeanne Sakata. An unsung American hero, Gordon Hirabayashi, fought passionately for the Constitution against an unexpected adversary: his own country. During World War II, he refusted to report to a relocation camp with thousands of families of Japanese descent, launching a 50-year journey from college to courtroom and eventually to a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

* Into the Woods  (June 19 – July 13, opening June 22), directed by Joe Calarco, with music direction by Darren R. Cohen.

* Time Flies and Other Comedies (July 5-27, opening July 10) by David Ives. An evening filled with some of the funniest short plays ever written.

* America V. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro (July 14 – 30, opening June 20) world premiere by Stacey Rose, directed by Logan Vaughn. Set in the not too distant future, the play is a day in the life of a troupe of Black actors who are charged with re-enacting the revised history of the once-thriving American Negro. It quickly becomes a day of reckoning as the troupe is forced to face the parallels their own lives draw to the lives of the very Negroes whose stories they are compelled to tell.

* Gertrude and Claudius (July 18 – Aug. 3, opening July 21), by Mark. St. Germain, directed by Julianne Boyd. Based on the novel by John Updike. Passion. Deception Power. A lover story for the ages told through the lens of Mar. St. Germain. A provocative prequel to Hamlet.

* If I Forget (Aug. 4-31), by Steven Levenson, directed by Jennifer Chambers. Three siblings reunite to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday. As destructive secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface, they negotiate — with biting humor and razor-sharp insight — how much of the past they’re willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning.

* Fall Springs (Aug. 9-31, opening Aug. 14), world premiere by Niko Tsakaloakos & Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, directed by Stephen Brackett, with music direction by Vadim Feichtner. Boulders, buildings and the occasional bartender are being swallowed in the ground due to fracking. And that’s only the beginning… The town of Fall Springs is cash-strapped but sits directly on top of America’s largest reserve of cosmetic essential oils. It has big dreams but at what cost? With new fracking techniques being recklessly implemented, the ground beneath Fall Springs is crumbling.

* American Underground (Oct. 2 -20, opening Oct. 6), world premiere by Brent Askari, directed by Julianne Boyd. An interracial couple enjoys a visit from their college-aged son when a young Muslim woman arrives at their back door looking for safe passage via a new Underground Railroad.

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  My Fair Lady will run Mar. 12-31 at Vero Beach’s Riverside Theatre, directed & choreographed by James Brennan, with music direction by Anne Shuttlesworth.

: Kristen Beth Williams (Eliza Doolittle), James Ludwig (Professor Henry Higgins), Tom Souhrada (Alfred Doolittle), Kathleen Huber (Mrs. Higgins), Ed Dixon (Colonel Pickering), John Donovan Wilson (Freddy Eynsford-Hill), Karen Murphy (Mrs. Pearce), James Beaman (Zoltan Karpathy), and Robin Lounsbury (Mrs. Eynsford-Hill), with Denali Bennett, Theo Blumstein, Taylor Broadard, Ronald L. Brown, Michael Peter Deeb, Michael J. Farina, Eliabeth Flanagan, Chloe Fox, Chris Kotera, Brady Miller, Patrick John Moran, Sophie Morris, Jennifer Seifter, Madison Tinder, and Lily Warner.

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  Video“As Long as He Needs Me,” with Cayman Ilika, from Oliver! at Musical Theatre West.

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 Complete casting has been announced for Karlan Judd’s The Big Bang Theory: A Pop-Rock Musical Parody, to begin previews on Mar. 6 and open Mar. 13 at the Anne Bernstein Theater (1627 Broadway), directed & choreographed by Tristan J. Shuler.

: John McGowan (Sheldon Cooper), Teresa Hui (Amy Farrah-Fowler), Kevin Stevens (Leonard Hofstadter), Bailey McCall Thomas (Penny), Brandon Delsid (Rajesh Koothrappali), Isaac Calvin (Howard Wolowitz), Hannah Bonnett (Bernadette), and Meagan Michaelson (Star Trek’s “Q”). 

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  Dear Evan Hansen will begin previews Oct. 29 and open Nov. 19 at the Noël Coward Theatre.

Casting TBA.

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  RIP: Joseph Sirola, Tony Award-winning producer, has died at the age of 89.

Sirola produced many Broadway shows, most recently A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Other Broadway credits include The Trip to Bountiful (2013), Love Letters (2014), Stick Fly (2011), and Time Stands Still (2010).

Acting credits on Broadway include Pal Joey (1976), Golden Rainbow (1968), and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1960).

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  L.A. Theatre Works presents live radio recordings of A Room with a View, adapted & directed by Kate McCall, to run Mar. 1-3 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater.

: Edita Brychta, Darren Richardson, Julian Sands, and Eugene Simon.

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  Complete casting has been announced for Aladdin, to run Mar. 6-23 at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

: Clinton Greenspan (Aladdin), Major Attaway (Genie), Lissa deGuzman (Jasmine), Jonathan Weir (Jafar), Jay Parananda (Iago), Jerald Vincent (Sultan), Philippe Arroyo (Omar), Zach Bencal (Babkak), and Jed Feder (Kassim), with Korie Lee Blossey, Ellis C. Dawson III, and Adam Stevenson.

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  Off-Broadway’s Davenport Theatre, owned and operated by Broadway & Off-Broadway producer Ken Davenport, has ceased operations as of the end of January 2019.

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  Bucks County Playhouse presents benefit readings of George Kelly’s The Torch-Bearers on Mon. Mar. 11 at 7 PM at Off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre and Wed. Mar. 13 at 7 PM at Bucks County Playhouse, directed by Dylan Baker & Paul Mullins.

: Becky Ann Baker (Mrs. Ritter), John Rubinstein (Mr. Ritter), Dana Ivey (Mrs. Nelly Fell), Marsha Mason (Mrs. J. Duro Pampinelli), John E. Brady (Teddy), Sue Brady (Jenny/Clara Sheppard), Philip Goodwin (Mr. Twiller), Ginna Le Vine (Florence McCrickett), Michael Rogers (Mr. Spindler), Zachary Wyatt (Mr. Hossefrosse), and Justin Phillips (Stage Manager).

The Noises Off of its day, the play is a comedy of manners that focuses on a hapless group of amateur theatricals as they rehearse, and ultimately perform, a show-stopping new play.

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 The tw0-part, four-hour, Michael Jackson documentary, “Leaving Neverland” will premiere Mar. 3 & 4 at 8 PM on HBO (check local listings).

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  “Come From Away; Welcome to the Rock,” an illustrated companion book to the musical, will be released Aug. 13 on Kindle, Hardcover, and Audio CD.
  Pre-order here.

Included:
* The 1st printing of the complete book & lyrics.
* Forward from Justin Trudeau.
* Never-before-seen cut material, illustrations, close looks at design details.
* Interviews from actors and others who inspired their characters.
* A narrative, by theatre historian Laurence Maslon, of the true events depicted in the musical.

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  The Donmar Warehouse’s sold-out production of Sweat will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre June 7 – July 20, directed by Lynette Linton.

: Martha Plimpton (Tracey), and more TBA.

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  St. Louis Rep has announced its 2019-20 season:

* Angels in America: Parts One and Two (Sept. 4 – Oct. 6)

* The Lifespan of a Fact (Oct. 16 – Nov. 10), by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell & Gordon Farrell.

* Feeding Beatrice (Oct. 30 – Nov. 17), world premiere by Kirsten Greenridge. June and Lurie have a haunting new houseguest, and she’s ravenously hungry. As she burrows deep and deeper into their lives, the couple faces a horrific question: what will it cost to exorcise Beatrice forever?

* Pride and Prejudice (Dec. 4-29), adapted by Christopher Baker, directed by Hana S. Sharif.

* Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (Jan. 8 – Feb. 2, 2020), by Luis Alfaro. A Greek tragedy reborn through the experiences of a young immigrant family living in modern day Los Angeles.

* The Thanksgiving Play (Jan. 22 – Feb. 9), by Larissa FastHorse.

* The Mystery of Irma Vep (Feb. 12 – Mar. 8), by Charles Ludlam.

* The Cake (Mar. 11-29), by Bekah Brunstetter

* Dreaming Zenzile (Mar. 18 – Apr. 12), written & performed by Soni.

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  Suzanne Westenhoefer: March On! will take place Sat. Mar. 16 at 8 PM at the LGBT Center.

An uproarious evening of no-holds-barred comedy.

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    The Marvelous Wonderettes is getting a reprieve after playing what was to have been its closing night on Jan. 6. Now, the production will return for weekly Sunday performances, beginning Feb. 17 at 3 PM at Theatre Row.

: Kristen Alderson, Michelle Dowdy, Amy Hillner Larsen, and Maggie McDowell.

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  GRACE NOTES Quiz answersHere’s Love

1. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, musical by Robert L. Friedman & Steven Lutvak

2. All for Love, or the World Well Lost,  play by John Dryden

3. Everybody Loves Opal, play by John Patrick

4. For Love or Money,comedy by F. Hugh Herbert

5. How the Other Half Loves, play by Alan Ayckbourn

6. I Love My Wife, musical by Michael Stewart & Cy Coleman

7. Love’s Labours Lost,comedy by William Shakespeare

8. Lovers and Other Strangers, comedy by Renee Taylor & Joseph Bologna

9.  Nobody Loves an Albatross, comedy by Ronald Alexander

10.  The Love of Four Colonels, comedy by Peter Ustinov