Thursday, February 23, 2012


* Hay Fever, starring Lindsay Duncan and Jeremy Northam, opens at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre.

* The Car Plays: San Diego opens at La Jolla Playhouse.

* The Lady from the Sea, starring Joely Richardson, opens at the UK’s Rose Theatre, Kingston.

* Lay Down Your Cross opens at the UK’s Hampstead Theatre.

* Galileo, starring F. Murray Abraham, opens at Off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company.

* Mandy Patinkin’s Let Go song cycle, opens at Florida’s Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (through Feb. 26).

* Ethel!, written by and starring Terry Burrell, opens at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre.

* The Whipping Man begins previews at Hartford Stage.

* The Seagull begins previews at North Hollywood’s Anteus Theatre.

* Seth Rudetsky’s Deconstructing Broadway benefit for Reprise Theatre at 8 PM at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse.

* Alameida Up Close fundraising gala at London’s One Mayfair.

* Silence! The Musical‘s cast performs selections from the show at 5 PM at Barnes & Noble‘s upper east side location (150 East 86th Street).

* The Best of Jim Caruso’s Cast Party concert, featuring Stephanie J. Block, Linda Lavin, Liz Mikel, Julia Murney, Paulo Szot, John Bucchino, Frank Wildhorn, and more, at 8 PM at NYC’s Town Hall.


Barbra Streisand and Columbia Records announced on Feb. 22 that Streisand’s recording contract with the label has been extended, and revealed that Columbia will release a 12-set DVD, “giving unprecedented access into her professional and personal life.”

The DVD set will feature “never-before-seen footage directly from Barbra’s archives, as well as milestones from her illustrious career.”


The musical Kinky Boots, about a shoe company that finds new life when its owner is inspired to switch to manufacturing fetish footwear, will get a pre-Broadway tryout this fall at Chicago‘s Bank of America Theatre.  Book by  Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper.

The world-premiere run will begin in Chicago in October, followed by a 2013 Broadway life. Casting and specific dates have not been announced. Jerry Mitchell will direct.


The New York Philharmonic‘s 2012-13 season, which was announced Feb. 22, will include a staged production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. The production will be televised nationally on Live From Lincoln Center on PBS stations.

Directed by James Brennan and conducted by Rob Fisher, performances are scheduled for Feb. 27 – March 2, 2013. Casting will be announced at a later time.


Off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre revival How I Learned to Drive, starring Norbert Leo Butz and Elizabeth Reaser, will get an extra week, now to March 18.


The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs will present the 26th Annual MAC Awards Show March 29 at 7:30 PM at NYC’s B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

Jason Graae will host the evening, which will feature performers/presenters Scott Barbarino, Kenny Bell, Anna Bergman, Liz Lark Brown, Mary Foster Conklin, Scott Coulter, Baby Jane Dexter, Natalie Douglas, Kevin Dozier, Bernie Furshpin, Terese Genecco, Sean Harkness, Thomas Honeck, Karen Mason, Sharon McNight, Julie Miller, Sidney Myer, Mark Nadler, Christine Pedi, Don Rebic, Julie Reyburn, Sarah Rice, Ricky Ritzel,Johnny Rodgers, Billy Stritch, KT Sullivan, Steven Ray Watkins, Lennie Watts and Amy Wolk.

The nominees for the 26th Annual MAC Awards will be announced March 1.


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Tovah Feldshuh will host the sixth annual Broadway Beauty Pageant,  which will be held March 19 at 8 PM at NYC’s Symphony Space. The annual event benefits New York’s Ali Forney Center.

The show, directed by Ryan J. Davis, is written and conceived by Jeffery Self. Christopher Denny is the musical director.  Brent Barrett and past Pageant winners Frankie James Grande and Michael Cusumano are set to perform.

Contestants include Andrew Chappelle, Wilkie Ferguson, Corey Mach, Jesse Swimm and Anthony Wayne.


The American premiere of The City Club, billed as “an original blues and jazz musical about the indisputable intoxication of music,” will begin Off-Broadway April 3, prior to an official opening April 23, at Off-Broadway’s Minetta Lane Theatre.

The new musical, featuring a score by James Compton, Tony Demeur and Tim Brown with a book by Glenn M. Stewart, will be directed by Mitchell Maxwell and choreographed by Lorin Latarro.

Casting will be announced at a later date.


Casting is now complete for the Friends in Theater Company and Story Pirates one-night-only benefit performance of Little Shop of Horrors, which is scheduled for March 19 at 7:30 PM at Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theater. The evening will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York.

David Lefkowich directs, with choreography by Curtis Holbrook and musical direction by Jonathan Rose.

As previously reported, the cast will feature Tom Deckman as Seymour, Kenita Miller as Audrey, Carmen Ruby Floyd as Audrey II, Dan’yelle Williamson as Ronette and Laquet Sharnell as Chiffon. Newly announced for the evening are Skipp Sudduth as Mushnik, Brian Sears as Orin (Dentist) and Eleasha Gamble as Crystal.

The ensemble includes Phillip Claflin, Sean Clark, Sheena DiMatteo, Michael Hull Kristen Marie, Jenna Miller, Darcy Wright and Michael Yeshion.


La Jolla Playhouse announced the addition of J.T. Rogers’ Blood and Gifts, the play about international military intervention in Afghanistan, as part of its 2012-13 season. Lucie Tiberghien will direct the production to play June 12-July 8 at the Mandell Weiss Forum.


Gary Wilmes will return to the role of Tom in the Public Theater‘s encore presentation of Elevator Repair Service’s Gatz. This return engagement will play a 28-performance run in the Newman Theater March 14 – May 6 under the direction of John Collins.

Wilmes will join fellow original cast members Laurena Allan, Frank Boyd, Jim Fletcher, Ross Fletcher, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Annie McNamara, Kate Scelsa, Scott Shepherd, Susie Sokol, Victoria Vazquez and Ben Williams.


Kate Baldwin, pianist Rob Berman and 19-year-old ragtime pianist Adam Swanson will join singer-pianist Michael Feinstein for the Feb. 29 performance of Standard Time with Michael Feinstein — After The Ball: Tin Pan Alley 1891-1911 at 7:30 PM at Carnegie Hall.


Bob Glaudini and Kevin Corrigan will co-star as father and son in the world premiere of Brett C. Leonard’s Philadelphia-set drama Ninth and Joanie, which will begin performances April 5 at NYC’s Bank Street Theater.  Mark Wing-Davey directs.


Avenue Q and Book of Mormon writer Robert Lopez is at work on a new television series, according to Lopez is collaborating with his brother Billy on the new comedy series for ABC Studios. Details on the series are forthcoming.


Beginning Feb. 29, Sierra Boggess, Joyce Van Patten, Erica Watson and ally Walker will be the final New York cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which will end its run March 25 at Off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre.


The works of Noël Coward — and his contemporaries and U.K. successors — will be presented in Manhattan in a monthly reading series dubbed Noël and Company, kicking off with a March 5 (6 PM) performance of Coward’s Design for Living.  Visit the website here.

The series, presented in association with the Noël Coward Foundation’s Noël Coward Festival at Lincoln Center, will run at The Gershwin Hotel’s “Living Room” (7 E. 27th Street).

The March 5 show will be preceded by a 5:30 performance by cabaret star Steve Ross.

The cast features Amy Rutberg, Kevin Collins and Keith Merrill, along with Mary Ellen Ashley, Anthony Newfield and Seth Duerr.


Stew and Heidi Rodewald are at work on a musical adaptation of the graphic novel Stagger Lee, based on the true-life criminal Lee Shelton. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis will stage a March 15 (3 PM) reading of the musical, directed by Amanda Dehnert, as part of the “Ignite! New Play Festival” series. Reservations(314) 968-4925.

Music by Stew and Rodewald, lyrics by Stew and a book by Derek McCulloch.


It Shoulda Been You, the new musical about the perfect wedding that quickly unravels, will play Washington’s Village Theatre beginning March 14. The musical has book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi.

Jon Kretzu will stage the Village Theatre production that officially opens March 15 and runs through April 22 in Issaquah, WA. It will then play Everett, WA, April 27 – May 20.

The cast includes Kat Ramsburg, Leslie Law, Mara Solar, John Dewar, Josh Carter, Timothy Wilson, Jayne Muirhead, John Patrick Lowrie, Dennis Bateman, Aaron C. Finley, Diana Huey, John David Scott and Angie Louise.


Alton White’s “Ecstasis” album is now available for download.


The run of Githa Sowerby’s Rutherford & Son at Off-Broadway’s Mint Theater has been extended one week, through April 8.


Off-Broadway’s Irish Repertory Theatre continues its sixth season of the Irish Rep Reading Series, with a free reading of Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats on Fri. Feb. 24 at 3 PM.

The cast includes Bianca Amato, Mark Blum, Dashiell Eaves, Michelle Hurst, Mia Katigbak, Louisa Krause, Dan McCabe, Marissa O’Donnell, Gordana Rashovich, and David Sitler.


Casting has been announced for Working at The Production Company‘s Lex Theatre in Hollywood. August Viverito will direct the production which opens on March 16 and continues to May 6.

The production will feature Lane Allison, Michael D’Elia, Margaret Dwyer, Harmony Goodman, Kurt Andrew Hanson, Randy Wade Kelley, Larry Lederman, Judy Nazemetz, Pamela Taylor, and Michael Zemenick.


North Hollywood’s Antaeus Company will present staged readings of six classics in Classics Fest 2012, Part I, March 18 – April 22.  All readings will take place at 7 pm. Admission is free with a ten dollar suggested donation at the door.

The festival’s staged readings will include Eugene O’Neill’s Moon for the Misbegotten (March 18 and 19), directed by Don Eitner; Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (March 25 and 26), directed by Armin Shimerman; Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good (April 1), directed by Elizabeth Swain; Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth (April 8 and 9), directed by Robert Egan; Carlo Goldoni’s The Liar (April 15 and 16), directed by Frank Dwyer; and Oedipus: Parts I & II by Sophocles (April 22), directed by Casey Stangl.


Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre is set to present a return engagement of Les Misérables, June 27 – July 7, directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell.


Jackie Hoffman and Seth Rudetsky will star in Don’t Cry for Me, Ahasuerus, a Broadway-cabaret Purim shpiel to be presented at NYC’s  92YTribeca on Wed. March 7 at 7:30 PM. Michael Schiralli will direct, with music direction by Bobby Peaco.

Hoffman will play Esther, the beautiful Jewish girl who becomes queen, with Rudetsky as Haman, the Jew-hating royal adviser. The performance is written by and will feature Rachel Shukert. The cast will also include Dan Fishback and Billy Zavelson.


LA’s Odyssey Theatre Ensemble will present actor Julian Sands in a benefit, A Celebration of Harold Pinter, March 9-11, directed by John Malkovich.

With personal anecdotes and reflections drawn from their work together, Sands combines Pinter’s poems and political prose for an intimate insight into the Nobel laureate’s literary legacy.


The national tour of Million Dollar Quartet will play Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts April 24 – May 6.

Eric Schaeffer directs a cast that includes Lee Ferris as Carl Perkins, Martin Kaye as Jerry Lee Lewis, Derek Keeling as Johnny Cash and Cody Slaughter as Elvis Presley. Christopher Ryan Grant will play the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Sam Phillips.  The cast also features Kelly Lamont as Dyanne, and musicians Billy Shaffer (Fluke, drums) and Chuck Zayas (Jay Perkins, bass). Rounding out the company is: Austin Cook, Scott F. Moreau, John Michael Presney, David Sonneborn, Alyssa Marie and Billy Woodward.


LA’s Pacific Resident Theatre presents the world premiere of Wendy Johnson’s Concealing Judy Holiday, which runs March 3 – April 29.  Directed by Guillermo Cienfuego.

The cast features Dan Cole, Melody Doyle, Terrance Elton, Marilyn Fox, Wendy Johnson, Kevin Quinn and Sarah Zinsser.


Garage Band, with music by Mark Allen and book by The Grundleshotz (a group of performers and writers comprised of Sebastian Arcelus, Fred Berman, Michael Hirstreet, Jenna Coker Jones, Craig Jzorack, Nathan Kaufman, Jay Klaitz, Emily McNamara, Jennifer Miller, Bhavesh Patel, Sarah Saltzberg and Fletcher Young), will have a private industry reading on March 2 in NYC.

Directed by Ken Davenport, the cast includes Micky Dolenz, Beth Leavel, Alex Gemignani, Andy Karl, Manu Narayan, Al Calderon, Amy Spanger, Kelsey Fowler, Jay Klaitz, J. Elaine Marcos, Brandon Williams, Fred Berman, Emily McNamara, Kathy Searle, Jennifer Frankel, Erica Dorfler, Ryan Duncan and Donnie Kehr.

“When Mitch Shapiro gets fired from his Wall Street job on his 40th Birthday, he has no choice but to move back in with his mom… in New Jersey. On his first day back, his best friend from high school suggests that they “put the band back together!” Mitch thinks his buddy is crazy. But when Tygen Billows, a local real estate mogul and the town douchebag threatens to foreclose on Mitch’s mom unless Mitch agrees to a re-match of their infamous battle of the bands, Mitch realizes he may have no choice.”


LA’s Lyric Theatre presents the world premiere of Feedback, written by Jane Miller and directed by Craig Jessen.  Previews begin March 28, with an opening on March 30.  Performances continue to April 28.

Feedback tells the tale of Holly, who, to cope with the loss of her mother, spends her inheritance on a PR firm that specializes in rebranding people. Holly’s entire life is put under a microscope by a hard-nosed professional and a freewheeling eccentric who dissect every facet of her appearance, behavior, and relationships, to create a new and improved version of herself. But, as the firm’s techniques grow increasingly bizarre, will there be any room for the old Holly inside the new?

The cast features Dorrie Braun, Karen Deputy, April Grace Lowe, Cody Roberts and Angela Ryskiewicz.


Janeane Garofalo and Morgan Spector will host The New Group‘s 2012 GalaCabaret Soiree, to be held at NYC’s Edison Ballroom on Mon. Feb. 27 beginning at 6:30 PM.

The event will honor David Rabe and Nancy Manocherian with The Michael Mendelson Award for Outstanding Commitment to Theater.

There will be cabaret performances by Alan Cumming, Veanne Cox, Melissa Errico, Jay Rogers, Penny Fuller and Leslie Uggams.


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