Tuesday, February 21, 2012


*¬†A Raisin in the Sun opens at Rochester, NY’s Geva Theatre.

* Porchlight MusicalsA Catered Affair opens at Chicago’s Stage 773.

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

* Celebrity Autobiography reading, featuring Valerie Bertinelli, Craig Bierko, Micky Dolenz, Florence Henderson, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Matthew Perry, Martha Plimpton, Ryan Reynolds, Martin Short and more, at 5:30 and 8 PM at the Indian Wells Theater, on the Palm Desert Campus of Cal State San Bernardino.

* Frog and Peach Theatre Company‘s Hamlet, benefit reading featuring Anna Chlumsky, Darrell Hammond, Austin Pendleton, Shirley Knight and Fred Willard, at 7 PM at NYC’s Players Club.

* Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs script available for free download. Daisey is granting an open license — free of charge and without royalty — to anyone who wishes to perform or adapt the show in any way around the world. Click here for more information.


Following the sell-out success at Chichester Festival Theatre,¬†Sweeney Todd, starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton,¬†transfers to the West End’s Adelphi Theatre on March 10.

According to a recent tweet by Ball, a cast recording is in the works — “Thrilled to announce we are making a cast album of Sweeney. Not meant to say anything yet but can’t keep a secret.”


Video:  Brian Stokes Mitchell thinks actors and politicians have a lot in common.


According to the Washington Post, actress Judi Dench said that she has been diagnosed with an eye condition called macular degeneration. The condition can cause blindness. The actress said that she already had bad vision and had difficulty reading scripts.

“The 77-year-old told the Daily Mirror that she was relying on friends and family to keep her up to speed with her lines.”

During the interview Dench said,¬†‚ÄúThe most distressing thing is in a restaurant in the evening I can‚Äôt see the person I‚Äôm having dinner with.‚ÄĚ


According to the official Lysistrata Jones blog, Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn are currently at work on a high school-friendly version of the Broadway show, which will be made available for licensing soon.


Video: ¬†Kaye Ballard, Liliane Montevecchi, and Lee Roy Reams in rehearsal for Doin’ It for Love.


Eve Ensler, best known for The Vagina Monologues, will join with women from the Occupy Wall Street movement for a performance of that show at The Great Hall at Cooper Union (7 East 7th Street) on Feb. 26 at 2 PM.

Among the other performers will be poet Alix Olson, journalist Laura Flanders, and author Terry Tempest Williams.

All proceeds will benefit The Voices of Women Organizing Project (VOW) and The National Domestic Workers Alliance.


The Anything Goes Cocktail Contest!

Win 2 tickets to see one performance of Anything Goes on Broadway between March 26 РSept. 2.  In addition, the winning cocktail will be featured at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre bar for a limited time.

“Everyone has their favorite beverages to keep them warm when the weather turns cold. Tap into your inner mixologist and shake up your most creative concoction to share with your fellow Facebook fans. Send us the draft for your drink as well as a photo and the five most buzz-worthy libations will be sent to our special guest judge who will crown the top cocktail!”

Click here to enter on Facebook.


According to the New York Times, Al Hirschfeld, who passed away in 2003, will get his own biography in the near future.  Ellen Stern, who wrote about the artist in 1987 for GQ, will write the book, which will be released in 2015.


Video: ¬†Steve Kazee performs “Gold” from Once.


Jason Robert Brown will direct a new production of¬†13, to be presented under the auspices of the UK’s long-established young people’s company at the National Youth Music Theatre for a run at the West End’s Apollo Theatre, beginning Aug. 22 and running through Aug. 25, as part of their summer season.

Brown will also present a gala concert at the Apollo Aug. 26.


Rain, the San Fernando Valley’s first upscale gay restaurant and nightclub, in collaboration with Outfest, has announced a benefit Oscar viewing and cocktail party to benefit the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s Outset Film Mentoring Program.

The doors at Rain will open at 2 PM on Sun. Feb. 26, with red carpet coverage beginning at 4 PM. The 84th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, broadcast live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, begins at 5:30 PM. The Rain event will feature a hosted vodka bar with passed hors d’oeuvres during the red carpet activities, Oscar ballots with prizes in each category (courtesy of Outfest), and more surprises. Click here for more information and tickets.


Upcoming at the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge:

* An Evening with Bernadette Peters on Sat. March 3 at 8 PM. Information and tickets.

* Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley in Standard Time on Sat. March 17 at 8 PM, with music direction by Eric Stern.  Information and tickets.


Directed by Eric Woodall, performances of Steel Magnolias are scheduled for April 20-29 at North Carolina Theatre.

The cast stars Beth Leavel (M’Lynn),¬†Jenn Colella¬†(Truvy), Diane Findlay (Ouiser), Darrie Lawrence (Clairee), Maddie Taylor (Annelle) and Adria Vitlar (Shelby).


Article:  Peter Filichia РThe First Hit Broadway Musical from a Movie.


Casting has been announced for Eric Idle and John Du Prez’s¬†What About Dick?, to be offered as a staged reading April 26-29 at LA’s Orpheum Theatre.¬†The production will be taped for eventual release as a concert film.

The show, a farce set partly in the early 20th century, focuses on the inventor of the vibrator and an Oxford student pursuing philosophy and gynecology, as well as their friends and family.

The company will feature Idle and Du Prez, along with Russell Brand, Tim Curry, Billy Connolly, Eddie Izzard, Jane Leeves, Tracey Ullman, and Sophie Winkleman.


Loni Ackerman, who played the title role during the original Broadway run of¬†Evita, will bring an all-new concert act to NYC’s¬†Metropolitan Room March 2, 20 and 23 at 7 PM.

Entitled Next to Ab-Normal is directed by Barry Kleinbort, with musical direction by Paul Greenwood.


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