Monday, March 26, 2012



* Clybourne Park begins previews on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

* Nothing Like a Dame, Actors Fund benefit, featuring Elaine Stritch, Polly Bergen, Andréa Burns, Bobby Cannavale, Mario Cantone, Lauren Flanigan, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Jackie Hoffman, David Lutkin, Alexandra Silber, Talise Trevigne and Bruce Vilanch, at 7:30 PM at NYC’s Gerald Lynch Theatre (524 West 59th Street).

* MCC Theatre‘s Miscast 2012 gala, featuring Laura Benanti, Norbert Leo Butz, Nikki M. James, Jonathan Groff, Steven Pasquale, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Josh Gad, Norm Lewis, Jan Maxwell, Rory O’Malley, Nicole Parker, and Constantine Maroulis, at 6:30 PM at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

NY Philharmonic‘s Anywhere I Wander: The Frank Loesser Songbook concert, featuring Ann Hampton Callaway, Victoria Clark, Robert Morse, Danieley, Marc Kudisch, Mary Testa, John Bolton, Jo Sullivan Loesser, and more, at 7:30 PM at Avery Fisher Hall.

* If It Only Even Runs A Minute 9 concert, at 7 and 9:30 PM at Joe’s Pub.

* Golden Gala: A Glittering Evening of American Musical Theater concert, featuring Kate Baldwin and Sheldon Harnick, at 6 PM at DC’s Arena Stage.

* Musicals Tonights At This Performance…. concert, at 7 PM at Off-Broadway’s Lion Theatre.

* Deadline reading, with Jenn Colella and Jimmy Smits, at 7:30 PM at NYC’s Pershing Square Signature Center. Reservations (2 tickets per person):

* The Single Girl’s Guide reading, featuring Elizabeth Stanley, Graham Rowat, Nick Wyman, Farah Alvin, Steve Rosen, Clarke Thorell and Nancy Opel, at 7 PM at NYC’s ASCAP.

* M: The Musical free reading, featuring Anastasia Barzee, Sean Dougherty, Sean Haberle, Michael Kostroff, and more, at 8 PM at NYC’s Pearl Studios (500 8th Ave., Room 404).   Reservations:

* Riverside Theatre‘s Women of Excellence in the Arts event, featuring Lillias White, Melba Moore, and more, at 6 PM at NYC’s Riverside Church (90 Claremont Ave. at 120th Street).

* Red Bull Theater‘s The Screens reading, starring Roberta Maxwell, at 7:30 PM at Off-Broadway’s Theatre at St. Clements.

* The Noise reading, featuring Greg Keller, Meredith Holzman, Maryann Plunkett, and Merritt Wever, at 7 PM at Off-Broadway’s Ars Nova Theatre.

* celebration of the life of John Bissom, presented by Musical Theatre West, from 7 – 9:30 PM at Long Beach’s Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Lobby opens at 7 for a gathering/reception, doors to the theatre open at 7:30, with program beginning at 8 PM. (Note: Parking is now free).



This week’s quizI’m Looking for Something, Part 1, by Laura Frankos.

In which musical would you find…..

1.  Big-Ass Rock

2.  Big Black Giant

3.  Big Brother

4.  Big Bow-Wow

5.  Big D

6.  Big Spender

7.  Big Beat

8.  Big Time

9.  Big Trouble

10.  Miss Turnstiles

11.  Miss Marmelstein

12.  Miss Blendo

13.  Miss Baltimore Crabs

14.  Miss Langley’s School for Girls

Scroll down for the answers….


Upcoming releases on PS Classics:

* The recent Encores! concert of Merrily We Roll Along will reunite April 9-10 to record a two-disc cast album. The recording (like the Feb. 8-19 concert run) will feature completely new orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick.   The album will be released June 19.  Pre-order the CD here.  This new recording will be the only album to include all the changes that Sondheim and Furth made in the decades following Merrily‘s initial 1981 Broadway run. It’s also the first time that the post-1981 material is fully orchestrated for a large Broadway-style orchestra.

* The cast of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess gathers in a Manhattan recording studio March 26-27 (a later date than originally planned, due to cast illnesses) to record the new cast album of the classic American opera, which will now be released May 22.   Pre-order the CD here.

* The studio cast album of George Gershwin and B.G. DeSylva’s Sweet Little Devil will be released May 22. The cast will include Bethe Austin,  Danny Burstein, Philip Chaffin, Sara Jean Ford, Jason Graae, Rebecca Luker and Sally Wilfert.  Pre-order the CD here.


Corbin Bleu will step into the role of Jesus in Broadway’s Godspell beginning April 17 at Circle in the Square. Hunter Parrish will play his final performance April 15.


Despite a recent extension to April 22,  Off-Broadway’s MCC Theater will now close its production of Carrie on April 8.


Article:  The Public Theater’s artistic director, Oskar Eustis, has issued a statement on Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstacy of Steve Jobs.

Article:  Mike Daisey addresses these issues on his website.


Got a few extra dollars?  “Variety,” the trade magazine founded in 1905 by Sime Silverstein, is for sale.


The Drama League will honor Alan Menken, Rosie O’Donnell and Diane Paulus at the 78th Annual Drama League Awards ceremony, which is set for May 18 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.


Albany’s Capital Rep has announced its 2012-13 season:

Ella, starring Tina Fabrique as Ella Fitzgerald (July 24 – Aug. 12),  Pride @Prejudice, an interactive, modern day adaptation by Daniel Elihu Kramer of Jane Austen’s classic novel (Oct. 2-28), This Wonderful Life (holiday dates TBA), Race (Jan. 15 – Feb. 10), The Single Girls Guide (March 5-30) and Red (April 23-May 19).


Independent Shakespeare Company has announced the productions planned for its Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival 2012, which takes place at LA’s Old Zoo at Griffith Park:

The Winter’s Tale (June 28 – July 29), directed by Sanford Robbins, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (July 5 – Sept. 2), directed by Melissa Chalsma and A Comedy of Errors (Aug. 2 – Sept. 1), also directed by Chalsma.


Audio:  Clips from the London Sweeney Todd cast album (released on March 30).


NYC’s Stage Left Studios has announced the lineup of plays for the fifth year of their Left Out Festival. The festival, designed as a celebration of LGBT theater, will run April 14-25.

The lineup of plays includes: That Play: A Solo Macbeth by Tom Gualtieri and Heather Hill; Home in Her Heart by Margaret Morrison; The Mademoiselles by Jason Sebache; Getting Away With Mother by Topher Cusumano; A Mad Person’s Chronicle of a Miserable Marriage by Sinan Ünel; Frank Blocker’s Southern Gothic Novel: The Aberdeen, Mississippi Sex Slave Incident. The festival will also include Selected Shorts, a series of short plays, solo performances, and hits from past Stage Left Studio performances.

Performers this year will be: John Andert, Alex Beck, Frank Blocker, Patrick Falahee, Gaby Gold, Ericka L. Hart, Joe Hutcheson, Cheryl King, Chaz Lowery, Jacob Moore, Margaret Morrison, Michelle Ramoni, Don Rider, Peter Straus, and KC Weakley.


The Pasadena Playhouse is set to present its annual fundraiser,  Premiere Gala: Destination, May 19 at 6:30 PM at the private home of Playhouse Board member Stephen Bennett and his wife Chantal Bennett in San Marino.  The evening’s honorees will be Playhouse Board Chair Michele Dedeaux Engemann and The Pasadena Playhouse.


Video:  Broadway sings happy birthday to Rosie.


Venice, CA’s Pacific Resident Theatre presents a Gala Reading Series Fundraiser of Jonathan Tolins’ Secrets of the Trade Sun. April 29 at 7 PM.

The cast features Camryn Manheim, Bill Brochtrup (who also directs), Orson Bean, Justin Preston, Tony Pasqualini and Matt McKenzie.

“In show business, it’s all about who you know. Or is it? Andy Lipman, a smart, ambitious kid from Long Island dreams of a career on Broadway and hopes that his idol, theatre legend Martin Kerner can give it to him. Will Kerner open Andy’s door to success, or will their complicated relationship force him to question a life in the theatre?”


LA’s Theatre of NOTE presents the world premiere of Copy, by Padraic Duffy, April 27 – June 2 (opening May 4).

Directed by David LM McIntyre, the cast includes Troy Blendell, Cat Davis, Lauren Letherer, Gabby Sanalitro, Stephen Simon and Phil Ward.


Will Tim Rice never work with ALW again?

According to The Telegraph, Sir Tim Rice does not see more collaborations in his future with Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he worked on Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar, because of a disagreement the two had over Webber’s new television show searching for the new lead for the Jesus Christ Superstar tour, ‘Superstar’ that will air on ITV this summer.

Rice believes that the television show is unnecessary and called it “tasteless”, “tacky,” and “relentlessly downmarket”.   He said, “If it’s going to be cast with stars [Lord Lloyd Webber is said to be pursuing the pop singer Nicole Scherzinger to play Mary Magdalene], then you don’t need to do the TV thing.”

When asked about working with Webber again, Rice said that he would not. He said, “I don’t think it would be any good. You’ve got to have a young element in a show. Any project needs youth and dynamism as well old codgerdom and experience. The two of us trying to write something wouldn’t work. We’re not relevant as a team any more.”

Rice believes that reality television is not the answer for musical theatre. He calls it a “crisis” with writers because there are not many new, young writers in the theatre world at the moment.


A look back at some of the “Che’s” from Evita:

Video 1: Colm Wilkinson

Video 2: David Essex

Video 3: Mandy Patinkin

Video 4:  Mandy Patinkin (with Patti Lupone and Bob Gunton at the Tony’s).

Video 5: Antonio Banderas

Video 6: Matt Rawle (2006 London production)


Hunter Bell will be among the featured participants in the Off-Broadway Alliance’s free-of-charge panel discussion, The Festivals: FringeNYC, NYMF, AFO & Beyond, to be held at theSnapple Theater Center on Sun. April 1 from Noon – 1:30 PM.   Admission is free, but reservations are required: Click here to reserve a seat.

The panel will also feature Elena K. Holy, Producing Artistic Director of The Present Company, creator of the New York International Fringe Festival; Isaac Robert Hurwitz, Executive Director of NYMF, the New York Musical Theatre Festival; and Michael Wolk, Executive Director of the All For One Theater Festival. John Capo will moderate the discussion.


Answers to this week’s quiz I’m Looking for Something, Part 1:

1.  Big-Ass Rock — The Full Monty

2.  The Big Black Giant — Me and Juliet

3.  Big Brother — The Boys from Syracuse

4.  Big Bow-Wow — Snoopy

5.  Bid D — The Most Happy Fella

6.  Big Spender — Sweet Charity

7.  The Big Beat — Over Here

8.  The Big Time — The Will Rogers Follies and Mr. Wonderful and Mack and Mabel

9.  Big Trouble — How Now, Dow Jones

10.  Miss Turnstiles — On the Town

11.  Miss Marmelstein — I Can Get It for You Wholesale

12.  Meet Miss Blendo — Top Banana

13.  Miss Baltimore Crabs — Hairspray

14.  Miss Langley’s School for Girls — What’s Up

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