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SAMPLE ISSUE:  Friday, July 6, 2018

This Weekend’s Highlights:

Friday, July 6

*  Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, world premiere adaptation by David Grieg & Charlie Fink, directed by Max Webster, featuring Steven Epp (The Once-ler), Ansa Akyea, Christopher Becknell, Stephanie Bertumen, Brian Bose, Ryan Colbert,Lynnea Doublette, Johannah “Joh” Easley, Rajané Katurah, Ryan Lear, Ryan Dean Maltz, Emily Michaels King, and Autumn Ness, with puppeteers H. Adam Harris, Meghan Kreidler & Rick Miller (Lorax), opens at San Diego’s Old Globe.

* The Full Monty, directed & choreographed by Barry Ivan, featuring Sarah Uriarte Berry (Vicki Nichols), Dan Deluca (Ethan Girard), Matt Dewberry (Dave Bukatinsky),  Randy Donaldson (Noah “Horse” T. Simmons), Natalie Charele Ellis (Georgie Bukatinsky), Anita Gillette (Jeanette Burmeister), John Hickok (Harold Nichols), Andy Kelso (Jerry Lukowski), Kevin Massey (Malcolm MacGregor), Chris Peluso (Teddy Slaughter), and Cortney Wolfson (Pam Lukowski), with Katie Anderson, Becky Barta, Jerome Doerger,  Joseph Domencic, Alex Dorf, Luke Halferty, Cameron Anika Hill, Nate Huntley, Jessica Ice, Quinn Patrick Shannon, Allan Snyder, Davis Wayne and Jack Engel, opens at Pittsburgh CLO.

* Peter Pan, by Leonard Bernstein, adapted & directed by Christopher Alden, featuring Peter Smith (Peter Pan), Erin Markey (Wendy), William Michals (Captain Hook), Rona Figueroa (Mrs. Darling, Tiger Lily, and the Crocodile), and Jack Ferver (Tinker Bell), with Milo Cramer, Catherine Bloom, Jewel Evans, Alec Glass, and Charles Mai, opens at NY’s Bard Summerscape.

* West Fest 2018: We Gotta Get Outta Here, featuring a plethora of new 10-min. plays, opens at LA’s Theatre West.

* Smokey Joe’s Cafe, directed & choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, featuring Jelani Remy, Alysha Umphress, Kyle Taylor Parker, Dwayne Cooper, Emma Degerdstedt, John Edwards, Dionne D. Figgins, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, and Max Sangerman, begins previews at Off-Broadway’s Stage 42.

* Musical Theatre West‘s Yankee Doodle Dandy, by George M. Cohan, Albert Evans & David Armstrong, directed by Jamie Rocco, featuring Adam Wylie (George), Cynthia Ferrer (Nellie), David Engel (Jerry Cohan), David Pevsner (Erlaner, Stage Manager), Tro Shaw (Josie Cohan), Rachel Beard (Little Georgette), Richard Bulda (Chick), Joven Calloway (The Champ), ), Quintan Craig (Young Lou), Bryan Dobson (Old Lou), Katie Marshall (Agnes), Matthew Kacergis (Sam Harris), and Cassie Simone (Ethel Levy, Georgette), with Ryan Chlanda, Maggie Darago, Mia Davidson, Kenny Garry, Silvie Gosse, Caleb Green, Christine Negherbon, Dylan Pass, Adam Stern-Rand, Devan Watring, and Alyssa Wilsey, previews at Long Beach’s Carpenter Center for the Arts.

* Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, featuring Scott Sheets, Jacob Shipley, Josh D. Smith, Erikka Walsh, Paul Wyatt and Kurt Zischke, begins previews at Albany’s Capital Rep.

Impro Theatre‘s Pledge Drive Unscripted 30-hour benefit marathon, begins at 5:30 PM at Los Feliz’s Impro Studio (1727 North Vermont Ave),

Saturday, July 7

* Hair, directed by Daisy Walker, featuring Andrew Cekala (Claude), Michael Viruet (Berger), Latoya Edwards (Dionne), Kayla Foster (Sheila), Katie Birenboim (Crissy), Livvy Marcus (Jeanie), and Eric Williams (Hud), with Ariel Blackwood, Shayna Blass, Chance Brayman, Kristopher Saint Louis, Mason Alexander Park, and Sarah Sun Park, opens at Berkshire Theatre Group.

* Musical Theatre West‘s Yankee Doodle Dandy, by George M. Cohan, Albert Evans & David Armstrong, directed by Jamie Rocco, featuring Adam Wylie (George), Cynthia Ferrer (Nellie), David Engel (Jerry Cohan), David Pevsner (Erlaner, Stage Manager), Tro Shaw (Josie Cohan), Rachel Beard (Little Georgette), Richard Bulda (Chick), Joven Calloway (The Champ), ), Quintan Craig (Young Lou), Bryan Dobson (Old Lou), Katie Marshall (Agnes), Matthew Kacergis (Sam Harris), and Cassie Simone (Ethel Levy, Georgette), with Ryan Chlanda, Maggie Darago, Mia Davidson, Kenny Garry, Silvie Gosse, Caleb Green, Christine Negherbon, Dylan Pass, Adam Stern-Rand, Devan Watring, and Alyssa Wilsey, opens at Long Beach’s Carpenter Center for the Arts.

Bay Street Theater‘s Some Enchanted Evening 27th Annual Summer Gala, written by Jonathan Tolins, with choreography by Joshua Bergasse, featuring Robert Fairchild, Howard McGillin, Sarah Bowden, Joshua Bergasse, and Phyre Hawkins, at 6 PM at Sag Harbor’s Long Wharf.

* 54 Sings Ariana Grande concert, featuring Anna Ty Bergman, Alex Boniello, Brielle Brook, Melanie Brook, Brian Russell Carey, Harrison Chad, Tyler Conroy, Joey Contreras, DeMarius Copes, Kerri George, Mia Gerachis, Spencer Glass, Michael Gioia, Brian Graziani, Brittney Johnson, Olivia Keane, Kelly Krauter, Peter LaPrade, April Lavalle, Paige McNamara, Olivia Puckett, Dave Resultan, Leela Rothenberg, Madison Sylvester, Dan Thompson, Hannah Tobias, and Vix Vaporub the Drag Queen, at 11:30 PM at 54 Below.

* Tovah Feldshuh is Leona Helmsley!, offering excerpts from Queen of Mean, by Ron Passaro, David Lee & Alex Lippard, directed by Jeff Harnar, closes at 54 Below.

* The Royal Family of Broadway, world premiere by Rachel Sheinkin & William Finn, directed by John Rando, featuring Arnie Burton (Bert), Kathy Fitzgerald (Kitty Dean), Alan H. Green (Gil), Harriet Harris (Fanny), Laura Michelle Kelly (Julie), Hayley Padschun (Gwen), AJ Shively (Perry), Will Swenson (Tony), and Chip Zien (Oscar), with Holly Ann Butler, Michelle Carter, Tim Fuchs, Tyler Johnson-Campion, Tyler Matthew Roberts, and Jake Vacanti, closes at Barrington Stage Company.

* Sylvia, directed by Matt Lenz, featuring Jennifer Cody (Sylvia), Michele Pawk (Kate), John Dossett (Greg), and Stephen Derosa (Tony/Phyllis/Leslie), closes at MA’s Cape Playhouse.

Sunday, July 8

* queens, by Martyna Majok, directed by Carey Perloff, featuring Jolly Abraham (Aamani, Yara), Leslie Fray (Pelagiya, Dragana), Rae Gray (Inna, Tanya), Brenda Meaney (Renia), Melissa Miller (Agata), and Xochitl Romero (Isabela, Glenys), opens at La Jolla Playhouse.

* Million Dollar Quartet, directed by Tim Seib, featuring Daniel Durston (Elvis), Peter Oyloe (Johnny Cash), Austen Hohnke (Carl Perkins), Billy rude (Jerry Lee Lewis), Hugh Hysell (Sam Phillips), Bill Morey (Brother Jay), Jon Rossi (Fluke), and Tiffan Borrelli (Dyanne), opens at Laguna Playhouse.

* Dorset Theatre Festival‘s 2018 Summer Stars Celebration Gala, with special guests Estelle Parsons, Theresa Rebeck, Judd Hirsch, and Maxine Linehan, at 6 PM at Dorset’s Old Gray Barn.

* Baby, Dream Your Dream: The Great Women Songwriters concert, featuring Karen Ziemba, Margo Seibert, and Natalie Douglas, at 7 PM at East Hampton’s Guild Hall.

* Jessica Keenan Wynn concludes her run as Cynthia Weil in Beautiful at Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

* First Love, by Charles Mee, directed by Kim Weild, featuring Michael O’Keefe and Angelina Fiordellisi, closes at Off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre.

* The Sound Inside, world premiere by Adam Rapp, directed by David Cromer, featuring Mary-Louise Parker and Will Hochman, closes at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

* Radio Island, by Liza Birkenmeier, directed by Jaki Bradley, featuring Pascale Armand, Adina Verson, Maryann Plunkett, Stephen Tyrone Williams, Kelly AuCoin, and Birgit Huppuch, closes at Vassar’s Powerhouse Theater.

* Skeleton Crew, by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Patricia McGregor, featuring Amari Cheatom (Dez), Caroline Stefanie Clay (Faye), Kelly McCreary (Shanita) and D.B. Woodside (Reggie), closes at the Geffen Playhouse.

* Camelot, directed by Alan Paul, featuring Ken Clark (King Arthur), Alexandra Silber (Guenevere), Nick Fitzer (Lancelot du Lac), Ted van Griethuysen (Merlyn), Floyd King (King Pellinore), Patrick Vaill  (Mordred), Paul Victor (Sir Lionel), Brandon Bieber (Sir Sangamore), Mark Banik (Sir Dinadan), Melissa Wimbish (Nimue), and Ben Gunderson  (Squire Dap), with Veronica Burt, Chadae, Jennifer Cordiner, Trinity Sky Deabreu, Bridget Riley, Frankie Shin,  Eleanor Todd, and Casey Wenger-Schulman, closes at DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company.

* The 39 Steps, directed by Jamie Torcellini, featuring Bo Foxworth, Louis Lotorto,  Ashley Morton, and Eric Wentz, closes at Long Beach’s International City Theatre.


  (again):  Stephen Payne has replaced Denis Arndt, who replaced Tom Skerritt in 2econd Stage‘s Straight White Men at Broadway’s Hayes Theatre.

Apparently Arndt left the production due to “creative differences,” while Skerritt left due to “personal reasons.”  Payne has always been attached to the play as an understudy.

Currently in previews, the show opens on July 23.


  Complete casting has been announced for Annie, to run July 27-29 at the Hollywood Bowl, directed by Michael Arden, conducted by Todd Ellison, with choreography by Eamon Foley.

: Ana Gasteyer (Miss Hannigan), David Alan Grier (Daddy Warbucks), Roger Bart (Rooster Hannigan), Megan Hilty (Lily St. Regis), Lea Salonga (Grace Farrell), Steven Weber (FDR), Kaylin Hedges (Annie), Ali Stroker (Star-to-Be), Amir Talai (Bert Healy), Marlow Barkley (Kate), Amadi Chapata (Pepper), Noe Lynds (July), Rae Martinez (Tessie), Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja (Molly), and Olivia Zenetzis (Duffy).


  Video: PBS’ “2018 A Capitol Fourth” in its entirety, featuring Renée Fleming, Chita Rivera, Jimmy Buffett (with the cast of Escape to Margaritaville), The Beach Boys, Pentatonix, The Temptations, Jade, Luke Combs, Lauren Alaina, CeCe Winans, Andy Grammer, and Kyla Jade (1:30.56).


 Off-Broadway’s Barrow Group has announced its 2018-19 season:

* The Tricky Part (Nov. 29 – Dec. 6), by Martin Moran, directed by Seth Barrish. Moran’s candid and deeply personal account of being sexually abused by a camp counselor during his early teens, and his quest to confront his abuser 30 years later.

* Awake (Jan. 12 – Feb. 8), world premiere written & directed by K. Lorrel Manning. A collection of vignettes examining diversity, prejudice, and fear.

* The Thickness of Skin (Mar. 15 – Apr. 11), by Clare McIntyre, directed by Lee Brock. A middle-class woman lends a hand to a homeless man.


  Laurence O’Keefe & Kevin Murphy’s Heathers will transfer from the Other Place to the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket Sept. 3 – Nov. 24, directed by Andy Fickman, with  choreography by Gary Lloyd.

: Carrie Hope Fletcher, and more TBA.


 Encores! Off-Center continues with The Civilians & Michael Friedman’s  Gone Missing, to run July 11-2 at NY City Center, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, with choreography by Karla Garcia, and music direction by Chris Fenwick.

: John Behlmann, Susan Blackwell, Aysan Celik, Deborah S. Craig, Taylor Mac, and David Ryan Smith.

This wry and whimsical docu-musical is based on interviews with real people about physical objects they’d lost and offers a very personal account of how we deal with loss in our lives.

  Video: Preview (5:47)


 LCT3‘s Pass Over has been extended through July 22 at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theatre.


 Broadway Sings (a spinoff of Broadway Sings: Unplugged) will begin a one-year residency at NYC’s Green Room 42, featuring acoustic, “unplugged” versions of brand new arrangements written specifically for the series, which continues four times a year at the Highline Ballroom. Eight different Broadway performers will sing in one show per month on Monday nights, at 7 & 9:30 PM, all directed & orchestrated by Joshua Stephen Kartes. More:

 (August): Jelani Alladin, Corey Cott, Ben Fankhauser, Amber Iman, Aisha Jackson, Corey Mach, Tiffany Mann, and Natalie Weiss.

* August: Whitney Houston
* September: Justin Timberlake
* October: The Beatles
* November: Sara Bareilles
* December: Lady Gag
* January: Bruno Mars
* February: Beyoncé
* March: P!nk
* April: Rihanna
* May: Bowie/Prince
* June: Kelly Clarkson
* July: Alanis Morissette


  Video: Fabulous!! Laura Osnes, Corey Cott, Jeremy Jordan perform “In My Own Little Corner/Agony”


  Animus Theatre Company presents its Beth Henley 12-Hour Reading Festivalwhich will return to Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre on Thurs. July 19 from 11 AM – 11 PM.  Readings will include Crimes of the Heart, The Wake of Jamey Foster, Ridiculous Fraud, The Debutante Ball, The Jacksonian, Control Freaks, and Impossible Marriage. 

: Carol Kane, Grace Gummer, Christine Lahti, Nnamdi Asomugha, Juliet Brett, Valorie Curry, Sami Gayle, Daniel London, Lauren Pritchard, Bill Pullman, Andrew Rothenberg, Wrenn Schmidt, and Paul Schneider.

Company artists: Haley Bond, Sara Canter, Alex Correia, Alice Grindling, Jonathan Judge-Russo, Trevor Kluckman, Alan Langdon, Brad Lemons, Amy Northup, Liz Elise Richards, Erin Leigh Schmoyer, Courtney Shaw, and Karen Sours Albisua.


  RIP: Jeff Loeffelholz, an original cast member of the 1996 revival of Chicago, passed away last Friday, June 29, at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. He is survived by his partner, Peter De La Cruz.

Loeffelholz made his Broadway debut with Chicago as an understudy for Mary Sunshine. He had been a member of the Broadway company for 22 years and was the last remaining original company member. He was the co-creator as star of the musical-comedy review Dangerous Duets. Loeffelholz also opened for Betty Buckley at New York’s Bottom Line, and appeared at La Mama E.T.C. and MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He originated the role of the “Eunuch” in the workshop of Kander & Ebb’s The Visit with Angela Lansbury.

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to BC/EFA in Jeff’s name.


   The New York PopsUnderground Cabaret will take place Mon. Sept. 24 at 5:30 PM at 54 Below, hosted by Steve Reineke.  Proceeds go to the PopsEd music programs, which reach more than 5,000 New York City students each year.

: Faith Prince


  “Jessica Vosk: Wild and Free” will be released Aug. 10 digitally and on CD.
  Pre-order here.


  UnsungMusicals has announced a three-year partnership with Off-Broadway’s York Theatre Company:

* Show Time! The First 100 Years of the American Musical (Sept. 13-16).

* 45 Minutes from Coontown (Fll 2019), focusing on black musical writers.

* 68 Ways to Go (Fall 2020), focusing on female musical writers.


  Hairspray will run July 27 – Aug. 2 at Kansas City Starlight Theatre, directed & choreographed by Jay Cranford.

:  Brad Oscar (Edna Turnblad), Jessica Alcorn (Tracy), Cathy Barnett (Velma Von Tussle), Eric Geil (Link Larkin), Katie Karel  (Penny), and more TBA.


  Open Fist Theatre presents Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood July 20 – Aug. 25 (opening July 27) at the Atwater Village Theatre, directed by Ben Martin.

: Richard Abraham, Dillon Aurelio-Perata, Bryan Bertone, Christopher Cedeño,  Stephanie Crothers,Cat Davis, Bruce A. Dickinson, Claire Fazzolari, Katherine Griffith,  Jennifer Kenyon, Carol Kline, Tim Labor, Gina Manziello, Paul Myrvold, Neil Asa Oktay,  Michael Philbrick, Katie May Porter, Kenia Romero, and Jade Santana.

Dylan Thomas recounts the dreams, gossip and waking hours of the sleepy, Welsh seaside town of Llareggub — a name that seems innocent enough until you read it backwards.


  Dawn King’s Foxfinder will run Sept. 6 – Jan. 5 at the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre, directed by Rachel O’Riordan.

: Iwan Rheon, with more TBA.

England is in crisis as foxfinder William Bloor arrives at Judith and Samuel Covey’s farm to investigate a suspected fox infestation. William is fixated on his mission to unearth the animals that must be to blame for the Covey’s woes. But as the hunt progresses, William finds more questions than answers.


  Harry Potter und das Verkunschene Kind will make its German premiere in Spring 2020.

Theatre, dates, and casting TBA.

This will mark the first non-English version of the play.


 Watch: “Treasures of New York: The Juilliard School”

A one-hour documentary examining the history and legacy of one of the world’s leading performing arts conservatories, from its creation to move to Lincoln Center.


  A studio cast album of Michael Webborn and Daniel Finn’s The Clockmakers Daughter, which ran in London in 2015, will be released later this year (link TBA).

: Ramin Karimloo, Christine Allado, Fra Fee, Matthew Croke, and Lauren James Ray.

The musical is set in the fictional Irish town of Spindlewood, which has its traditions, including The Turning of the Key. Every year, on the last night of winter, as the first day of spring unfolds, the townsfolk gather to take part in the strange ritual.


  The King and I will launch an international tour in 2019, most likely to include stops in the UK, Tokyo, Osaka, Taiwan, Korea, Australia and several other European cities.

Additional information, tour dates, and casting TBA.


  The world premiere of Carmen Pelaez & Richard Kagan’s Havana Music Hall will run Oct. 10 – Nov. 18 at Coral Gables’ Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, directed & choreographed by Maria Torres.

Casting TBA.

Set in 1958 Cuba, Havana Music Hall tells the story of husband and wife musical team Rolando and Ramona Calderon, who are on the verge of breaking through to the world’s stage when the Cuban Revolution tears apart the only life they’ve ever known. Almost 60 years later, the couple tries to forget the past in the now-devastated Havana Music Hall.


 Fresh Ink Theatre (link TBA) presents its 6th annual Mad Dash: A Theatrical Event in 24 Hours! on Sat. July 21 at Boston’s Lyric Stage.

Writes, directors, and cast TBA.

This fun, wild, and wacky event brings together the Boston theatre community to write, rehearse, and mount an evening of new work in just a single day.


  FRIENDS! The Musical Parody will close July 22 (earlier than the originally announced Sept. 2) at Off-Broadway’s St. Luke’s Theatre, after 17 previews and 213 regular performances.