Monday, July 9, 2012


* NYMF‘s Flambe Dreams, featuring Catherine Cox, Jillian Louis, J. Elaine Marcos, Kevin B. McGlynn, and Jarrod Spector, opens at Off-Broadway’s 45th Street Theatre.

* NYMF‘s Himself and Nora, starring Matt Bogart and Jessica Burrows, opens at Off-Broadway’s Theatre at St. Clements.

* Fela! returns to Broadway beginning previews at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

* Bradshaw Smith memorial celebration, at 4 PM at Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre at Pershing Square.

* Alice Ripley: Daily Practice benefit concert for Strayhaven Animal Shelter, at 8 PM at NYC’s Bon Soir Pink Elephant.

* New Mondays concert, featuring music from Maury Yeston, Joe Iconis, Brett Kristofferson and Adam Gwon, and performances by Jill Abramovitz, Carey Anderson, Wendy Bashor, Mara Davi, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Scott Koonce, Rebecca Luker, Johnny Rodgers, Kathy Searle, Angela Schultz, Katie Thompson, Jonathan Whitton, and Jason “SweetTooth” Williams, at 7 PM at NYC’s 54 Below.

* Musical Mondays free concert, featuring Allison Case, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Keala Settle, and cast members from Hands on a Hardbody, at 10 PM at West Hollywood’s Eleven Nightclub (8811 Santa Monica Blvd).

* Frog and Peach Theatre Company‘s King Lear reading, starring Jeffrey DeMunn, Bebe Neuwirth and Darrell Hammond, at 6:45 PM at NYC’s Players Club.

* Be a Good Little Widow reading, featuring Adam Brody, Sharon Lawrence, Larisa Oleynik and Jason Ritter, at 8 PM at Hollywood’s Celebration Theatre. Reservations:

* Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center Free For All Movie Mondays presents “Billy Elliot” film screening outdoors at dusk (appx. 8 PM). Bring a picnic as early as 5:30 PM.


Funday Monday!

This week’s quizThe 2000s, by Laura Frankos:

1.  How many Tonys did The Producers (2001) win?

2.  Who among the following characters did not take a trip to Urinetown (2001) – the place, not the musical?  Julie Cassidy…. Joseph “Old Man” Strong…. Little Becky Two Shoes…. Roger Roosevelt…. Jacob Rosenbloom.

3.  Which of the following was not an influence on the design elements for Hairspray (2002)?  The “Lite Brite” toy…. Peter Maxx’s artwork…. Necco wafers…. Boris Aronson’s set designs for Do Re Me…. Formstone – a type of faux stone exterior siding?

4.  In a scene from Avenue Q (2003), Rod is reading about Broadway musicals of the 1940s when Nicky interrupts him.  Which two 1940s shows does Rod mention?

5.  In the Broadway production of Spamalot (2005), Chris Sieber played Sir Galahad.  What gorgeous guy was originally slated for the role in Chicago’s tryout, but had to bow out?  Raúl Esparza…. Brian D’Arcy James…. Cheyenne Jackson…. Jason Daniely…. Douglas Sills.

6.  In The Light in the Piazza (2005), Fabrizio (Matthew Morrison) complains to his father that he wishes he were more like which American movie star?  Farley Granger…. Gary Cooper…. Van Johnson…. Gregory Peck…. John Wayne.

7.  In The Drowsy Chaperone (2006), during the song “Show Off,” why did Sutton Foster choose to do a one-handed cartwheel among the other stunts she performed in that showstopper?

8.  In Grey Gardens (2006), which of these songs was not in the Off-Broadway version?  “Another Winter in a Summer Town”…. “Drift Away”…. “Revolutionary Costume”…. “Goin’ Places”…. “Will You?”

9.  In Spring Awakening (2006), what was the explanation for having some members of the audience allowed to sit on the stage, in the midst of the action?  They thought they were in line for the Rent lottery…. they represent adult authority…. they represent the spirit of life…. they represent community…. they’re on the wait list for Herr Professor Knockenbruch’s Latin class.   Broadway Bonus:  What did John Gallagher, Jr. do with his handheld mike during “The Bitch of Living” on the show’s opening night at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre?

10.  In In the Heights (2008), Nina is the first in her family to go to college, but she fears facing everyone’s disappointment after returning home, unable to balance academics and work.  Where was she a student?  UCLA…. Stanford…. Cal Tech…. UC Santa Barbara…. Tait College?

Scroll down for the answers…


The Off-Broadway production of Rent will play its final performance at New World Stages Sept. 9, after 32 previews and 450 regular performances.


“Smash” update:

* Krysta Rodriguez will join the show as Ana, the spunky roommate of Katharine McPhee’s Karen Cartwright, who is looking to break into the world of show business.

* Leslie Odom, Jr. will join the series full time. He guest-starred during the first season.


Martin Pakledinaz, who for two decades was among the most sought-after costume designers on Broadway, died the morning of July 8. He was 58 and had been suffering from cancer.

Mr. Pakledinaz fabricated costumes for classics (Hedda Gabler, The Father, Hamlet, Summer and Smoke) and modern plays (Golden Child, Cellini), but was perhaps best known for his vibrant work on musicals like the 1999 Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate and Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he won a Tony Award in 2002.

Private funeral services will be held in Michigan. A community memorial will be announced in the late fall.

Donations may be made to The Martin Pakledinaz Scholarship, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003.


The 14th annual Broadway Barks, hosted by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, which will take place July 14 from 3:30 – 6:30 PM in Shubert Alley, has announced additional performers:

Newly announced: Nina Arianda, Stephanie J. Block, Adam Chanler-Berat, Michael Cumpsty, Tom Edden, Martyn Ellis,Jessica Hecht, Megan Hilty, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Claire Lams, Norm Lewis, Kara Lindsay, Rita Moreno, Nancy Opel, Da’vine Joy Randolph,Jemima Rooper, Matt Saldivar, Natalie Smith, Ben Vereen, Syndee Winters and The Craze.

Previously announced: Tracie Bennett, Bill Berloni, Jackie Burns,  Michael Cerveris, John Dossett,Richard Fleeshman, Montego Glover, Joel Grey, Julie Halston, Jeremy Jordan, Carol Kane, Judy Kaye, Steve Kazee,  Angela Lansbury, Dick Latessa, Linda Lavin, Caissie Levy, Audra McDonald, Michael McGrath,Judy McLane, Cristin Milioti, Bebe Neuwirth,  Rory O’Malley, Bryce Pinkham, Andrew Rannells and Chandra Lee Schwartz.


Video:  “Chewing the Scenery with Randy Rainbow” Ep. 8:  A Porgy and Bess performance, Minnelli, Stritch, and more.


It’s not only Mike Tyson who is heading to the New York stage.

Former boxer Jake LaMotta will be seen in his theatrical tell-all, Lady and the Champ, July 19 -29 (opening July 22) at NYC’s Richmond Shepard Theatre (301 East 26th Street). Tickets(212) 684-2690.

LaMotta will share the stage with his seventh wife, Denise Baker, for “an evening of stories, videos, and song and dance.” The production, will also feature Carl Shimkin and Patrick Jude.


The 2008 Lincoln Center Theater revival of South Pacific will make its Australian premiere Aug. 8 – Sept. 9 at the Sydney Opera House.

Bartlett Sher is currently in Australia staging the production that will employ an orchestra of 34 musicians. The production will then play at Melbourne’s  Princess Theatre Sept. 13 – Oct. 21.

The cast is led by Lisa McCune (Nellie Forbush) and Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Emily de Becque), along with Kate Ceberano (Bloody Mary), Eddie Perfect (Luther Billis), Daniel Koek (Lieutenant Cable), Celina Yuen (Liat), John O’May (Captain Bracket), Jeremy Stanford (Harbison), John Xintavelonis (Stewpot) and Rowan Witt (Professor).


In conjunction with its current revival of Closer Than Ever, Off-Broadway’s  York Theatre Company will present A Closer Conversation with Maltby & Shire, July 14 at 11:30 AM.


Casting has been announced for NYMF‘s production of A Letter to Harvey Milk, which will play Off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center July 23-28.

Directed by David Schechter, with music direction, orchestrations and arrangements by Ned Paul Ginsburg, and choreography by Michael Raine, the cast will feature Michael Bartoli, Sarah Corey, Jeff Keller, Leslie Kritzer, Michael Padgett, Ravi Roth  and Cheryl Stern.


On the heels of its most groundbreaking production to date, in which a Central London Warehouse was converted into a futuristic spaceship in which Ridley Scott’s smash hit Prometheus was staged throughout the month of June, Secret Cinema has announced plans to stage its first ever New York production in the Fall of 2012.

For the first time, New Yorkers will be able to experience this unique form of “Live Cinema,” the format defined by Future Cinema – creators of Secret Cinema.  Live Cinema allows the filmgoer to step inside the film and creates a unique experience and journey, far beyond a traditional 2D or 3D viewing experience. The line between actor and audience member is blurred.

Click here for more information.


Anything Goes‘ farewell music video.


Marilyn Michael’s A Funny Girl Revisited, will play NY’s Dix Hills PAC (305 North Service Road) at Five Towns College, on July 28 at 7:30 PM.


The Ojai Playwrights Conference runs Aug. 8 – 12, and includes works by Terrence McNally, Luis Alfaro, Liza Powell O’Brien, Robert Askins, Jennifer Haley, Matt Hoverman, with Stephen Adly Guirgis and Nikkole Salter as Writers in Residence.

Click here for more information and a complete schedule of events.


L.A. Theatreworks has announed its 2012-13 season:

* The Seagull (Sept. 20-23), featuring Calista Flockhart, T.R. Knight and Josh Stamberg.

* The Night Watcher (Oct. 18-21), written by and starring Charlayne Woodard.

* Pride and Prejudice (Nov. 15-18), featuring Jane Carr and Nicholas Hormann.

* Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Dec. 6-9), featuring Steven Weber.

* The Motherf***er with the Hat (Jan. 31 – Feb. 3), featuring Broadway cast members Bobby Cannavale, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Annabella Sciorra.

* Red (March 14-17), featuring Alfred Molina.

* For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (April 18-21), featuring Cherise Boothe.

* Glengarry Glen Ross (May 16-19), featuring Joe Mantegna, Thomas Sadoski and Josh Malina.

* Kindertransport (June 20-23), featuring Jane Kaczmarek.

* Cyrano de Bergerac (July 11-14), featuring Emily Swallow.


Construction to improve the stage and floor of LA’s historic outdoor Ford Amphitheatre is scheduled to begin in October 2012 immediately following the close of the Amphitheatre’s current summer season.  Click here for more information about the renovation.

The construction is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2013 Ford Amphitheatre Summer Season opening next May, but will pre-empt the 2012-13 season in the [Inside] the Ford theater.


San Diego’s Old Globe has announced casting for its production God of Carnage, July 27 – Sept. 2 (opening Aug. 2), directed by Richard Seer.

The cast will feature Caitlin Muelder, T. Ryder Smith, Erika Rolfsrud  and Lucas Caleb Rooney.


The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival will present Much Ado About Nothing July 11 – Aug. 5 (opening July 13). James J. Christy will direct, with choreography by Erin Hurley.

The cast will feature Rob Kahn, Eleanor Handley, Zach Robidas and Emiley Kiser, along with Larry Bull, Joe Vincent, Tom Degnan, Jo Twiss, Carey Van Driest and Anthony Reimer.


Highlights of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, which will feature over 100 free performances, July 25 – Aug. 12:

Click here for the complete schedule.

July 29Our Land: Celebrating Irish Culture in America, a day-long event on July 29 that will feature appearances by Michael Cerveris,Terry George, Geraldine Hughes, Cara Seymour, Angelica Page, Malachy McCourt, Barbara Feldon, Joe Hurley, Antonique Smith, and cast members from Once, among many other artists.

Aug. 11-12: Roots of American Musical Festival, which includes appearances by Desmond Child, Sarah Dash, Taylor Mac, Melissa Manchester, Nona Hendryx, Tom Paxton and more.

Aug. 12: Pardon Our Analysis: An All-Star Gathering For Gil Scott-Heron , which will feature Martha Redbone, Carl Hancock Rux, Sapphire, and many others.


Upcoming at Long Island’s Adelphi Univeristy PAC:

Dirtday!, the newest work by performance artist Laurie Anderson (Oct. 12), Christine Ebersole and Edward Hibbert in the concert Love, Noël: The Letters and Songs of Noël Coward (March 22) and Bobby McFerrin in Spirit You All, featuring the singer’s new takes on popular songs (April 16).


Berkshire Playwrights Lab‘s upcoming series of staged readings at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center:

* Gino Dilorio’s Release Point will be presented on July 11 under the direction of Jeff Zinn. Miranda Shea, Dina Thomas, and Bates Wilder star in the work, which explores a man’s struggle to reconnect with his son and daughter after his release from prison.

* Philip Gerson’s Apeshit, directed by Bob Jaffe, will be read on July 23. The work finds a renowned primate research taken hostage by an animal rights activist who is determined to free the researcher’s prized chimpanzee.

* Matthew Penn will direct James DeMarse’s Existing Privilege, on Aug. 8. The play is the story of an American diplomat trying to simultaneously negotiate peace in an African republic as well as his troubled marriage.


MORMONS: A Musical Cabaret of Godly Proportions will be held on Mon. July 16 at 9 PM at NYC’s Triad Theatre.

The cabaret show will be hosted by Ryan Simmons, and will feature performances by Nic Rouleau, Stephanie Umoh, Seth Baird, Jacob ben Widmar, Will Blum, Nikki Bohne, Jeremiah Ginn, Kendal Hartse, Becca Schwartz, Jason Michael Snow, Jeffrey Scott Stevens.


Playwright Jack Richardson has died in New York at age 78.

Richardson’s plays included Lorenzo and Xmas in Las Vegas (both of which had short Broadway runs), The Prodigal (a reimagining of Euripides’ drama Orestes, which won Obie and Drama Desk Awards) and Gallows Humor.


The Drama Desk has announced the nominators for the 2012-2013 season, led by chairperson Barbara Siegel of and

The nominating committee members will also include David Kaufman (author); Samuel L. Leiter (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center); Martha Wade Steketee (dramaturg); Adrian Wattenmaker (Theater Faculty, Brooklyn College; Director, School of Creative and Performing Arts); and James Wilson, (Professor of Theatre, CUNY; co-editor of Journal of American Drama and Theatre).


Simon & Schuster has released a 2-disc audio recording of Alan Cumming‘s one-man performance in Macbeth, which begins a limited run at Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center on July 7 as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, after a recent production at the Tramway Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland.

Purchase the CD here.


Patrick Page will conclude his run as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, at the Foxwoods Theatre, on Aug. 5, in order to play the role of the Comte de Guiche in the Roundabout Theater Company’s upcoming production of Cyrano de Bergerac, which begins performances on Sept. 14 at the  American Airlines Theatre.


Complete casting has been announced Jonathan Lewis’ play, Our Boys, to play London’s Duchess Theatre, beginning Sept. 26, opening Oct. 3. David Grindley will direct.

The cast will feature Cian Barry, Jolyon Coy, Arthur Darvill, Laurence Fox, Matthew Lewis and Lewis Reeves.


Fulll casting has been announced for Neil Armfield’s production of David Hare’s The Judas Kiss, to run Sept. 6 – Oct.13 at London’s  Hampstead Theatre, under the artistic direction of Edward Hall.

The play is about the fall from grace of Oscar Wilde, due to his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas.

The production will star Rupert Everett and Freddie Fox, along with Alister Cameron, Tom Colley, Ben Hardy, Cal Macaninch, and Kirsty Oswald.


British stage and screen star James Grout, who earned a Tony Award nomination for his role as Harry Chitterlow in Half a Sixpence, has died aged 84.

Grout spent many decades on the London stage, appearing in such shows as Twelfth Night, The Mousetrap, The Lily White Boys, Sweet Bird of Youth, Man and Superman, When We Are Married, The Way of the World, Quartermaine’s Terms, and Mary Stuart.


Norbert Leo Butz: will make his NY cabaret debut Aug. 5 at 9 PM and Aug. 10-11 at 11 PM at NYC’s 54 Below.


Video:  Meet Gary Griffin, director of St. Louis Muny’s Aladdin. Video:  Sneak peek at the show.


Idina Menzel will play the West End’s Apollo Theatre Oct. 8-14, followed by two regional dates at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall (Oct. 16) and Manchester’s Palace Theatre (Oct. 17).   Click here for more information on all concert dates.


Out of the Box Unwrapped!, a collection of original plays and monologues, will run at LA’s Write Act Rep (6128 Yucca Street) July 12-28. Reservations(323) 469-3113.

Writers: Judith Allen, Mari Falcone Cantos, Ann L. Gibbs, Elayne Heilveil, Susan C. Hunter, Marina Palmier,  Linda L. Rand.

Directors: Michael Eiden, Ann L. Gibbs, Susan C. Hunter, Elayne Heilveil, Richard Pierce.

Actors: Susan Bartels, Kathleen Cecchin, Nicole Foti, Ann L. Gibbs, Babbie Green, Jonathan Harrison, Nancy Hendrikson, Jackie Marriott, Andrew McGee, Ashley McGee, Kathlyn Miles-Avcollie, Kevin Myers, Vince Palmieri, Courtney Rackley, Linda L. Rand, Anthony Rutowicz, Georgia Ann Silva, Sandra Tucker, Mark Anthony Williams


York Theatre Company’s revival of Closer Than Ever, featuring Jenn Colella, George Dvorsky, Christiane Noll and Sal Viviano, will be recorded for release on the Jay Records label, to be released later this year.


The body of Jason Lindahl, a 27-year-old technician who had been currently working in video production for Broadway’s Ghost The Musicaland previously for Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, was found near the Hudson River July 4.

Mr. Lindahl, who had last been seen at his apartment in Astoria, Queens, vanished Sunday morning, July 1. His fully clothed body washed up near the George Washington Bridge at West 179th Street at approximately 9:40 PM Wednesday, July 4.  The Broadway technician had sent e-mails of a suicidal nature to friends in recent days. A handwritten suicide note was also found at his home.


Although the upcoming season for Off-Broadway’s Transport Group, under the artistic direction of Jack Cummings III, has yet to be announced, the season will likely include the NYC premiere of the two-character musical  The Memory Show, which made its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company in August 2010.

Catherine Cox, who starred in the Barrington premiere, said, “[My upcoming projects include] The Memory Show. It’s a two-character musical about Alzheimer’s (and, yes, it’s touching and painfully funny). The music is by Zac Redler/lyrics by Sara Cooper and directed by Joe Calarco withVadim Feichtner as musical director. It will be produced by The Transport Group (thank you, Jack Cummings) and open at the Duke Theater on 42nd St. in March of 2013. And, I have the pleasure to work with Leslie Kritzer.”

No official announcement about the production has been made.


Additional casting has been announced for the world premiere of the new musical Finding Neverland, which will star Julian Ovenden and Rosalie Craig and will debut Sept. 21 – Oct. 18 (opening Sept. 22) at Leicester’s,  Curve Theatre.  Rob Ashford directs and choreographs.

The musical has a book by Allan Knee, based on his play of the same title, with a score by Scott Frankel andMichael Korie.

The cast will also feature Oliver Boot (Blunt/Hook), Norman Bowman (P.G. Wodehouse), Claire Foster (Mary Barrie), Vince Leigh (Arthur Conan Doyle), Stuart Neal (Elliot), Liz Robertson (Mrs. DuMaurier) and Matt Wilman (Edward Elegar), along with Michelle Rancis, Frankie Jenna, Julie Jupp, Gary Watson, Stephen Webb, Zoe Rainey, Harry Polden, Corey Wickendon, Connor Fitzgerald, Worrall Courtney, Edward Bracey, Connor Phillips, Garrett Tennant, Jamieson Hughes, Theo Fewell, Josh Swinney, Harrison Slater and Morgan Heath.


Daddy Cool, a disco musical based on songs written by Frank Farian for Boney M and other artists including Milli Vanilli, No Mercy, Eruption and La Bouch, will launch a U.K. tour, beginning performances Oct. 9 at Northampton’s Derngate Theatre, then visiting Bradford, Wolverhampton, Oxford, Bromley, Eastbourne, Wimbledon (in South West London) and Sunderland.  Visit the show’s website here.

The cast stars Jane McDonald and Sheila Ferguson.


Casting has been announced for NYMF‘s production of Foreverman, which will run July 20-28 at NYC’s PTC Performance Space, 555 West 42nd Street. Directed by Stephen Nachamie.

The cast includes Larry Cahn, Nat Chandler, Glory Crampton, Karen Elliott, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Kelly McCormick and Adam Monley.

“What if you could live forever? On New Year’s Eve, 1675, Will and Jack make a remarkable discovery – an elixir that will grant them eternal life. But when both men fall in love with Fiona, a young woman with a dark and painful secret, they learn that immortality may not be the gift they had imagined. InForeverman friendship turns to rivalry and love turns to betrayal, setting the stage for a tumultuous journey through the ages.”


Bruce Lumpkin has been named the artistic director of Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars.


Casting been announced for New York Stage and Film and Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theater‘s semi-staged workshop production of Fires Are Confusing by Eva Anderson, Will Berson, and Zach Helm (who also directs), to run July 13-15.

The cast will feature Erin Anderson, Michael Braun, Patrick Carroll, Michael Chernus, Griffin Dunne, Wayne Duvall, Joanne Lubeck, Samantha Mathis, Stephanie O’Neill, Danton Stone, Jeremy Webb, and Libby Woodbridge.


A special benefit performance of Brian Hampton’s The Jungle Fun Room will take place July 31 at 7:30 PM at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages. Proceeds from the evening, which is sponsored by the Petco Foundation, will benefit the Long Island Bulldog Rescue Foundation.

The play revolves around the lives of the struggling actors at the Jungle Fun Birthday Parties at the Bronx Zoo.

In addition to Hampton, the cast will include Carter Calvert, Kim S. Goldfeder, Beverly Lauchner, Trey Mitchell, and Paul Nugent.


Performers have been announced for the 23nd Annual New York Cabaret Convention, to be held Oct. 17-19 at the Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center. All shows are at 6 PM.

Participating artists: Karen Akers, Christine Andreas, Emily Bergl, Anna Bergman, Klea Blackhurst, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jim Caruso, Natalie Douglas, Gregory Generet, Jeff Harnar, Edward Hibbert, Clint Holmes, Andrea Marcovicci, Karen Mason, Marilynn Maye, Amanda McBroom, Mark Nadler, Lee Roy Reams, Steve Ross, Craig Rubano, Billy Stritch, KT Sullivan, and Amra Faye-Wright.


La Jolla Playhouse has announced casting for its upcoming co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre of Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson’s adaptation of An Iliad, running Aug.11 – Sept. 9. Lisa Peterson will direct.

The cast includes Henry Woronicz and Brian Ellingsen.


New York Post Chief Theater Critic Elisabeth Vincentelli will host a free panel discussion “Tales from the Scripts: Recalling Vintage BAM Theater Moments” on Mon. July 16 at 7 PM at BAM Rose Cinemas.

Featured in the discussion will be Frank Dunlop, who led the BAM Theater Company from 1976-78, Graciela Daniele, Rosemary Harris and Austin Pendleton.

The panel will look back at BAM Theater Company productions including Waiting for GodotJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, and The Three Sisters, among others.


Performing Arts Fort Worth will present Pat Hazell‘s one-man show The Wonder Bread Years at the Bass Performance Hall‘s McDavid Studio, July 25-29.


Casey Erin Clark and David Schmittou will star in the Stages St. Louis‘ production of The Sound of Music, to run July 20 – Aug. 19 at the Robert G. Reim Theater at the Kirkwood Civic Center. Michael Hamilton directs, with choreography by Dana Lewis and musical direction by Lisa Campell Albert.

The cast also features Suzanne Ishee (Mother Abbess), Heidi Giberson (Liesl von Trapp), Matt Leisy (Rolf Gruber), William Thomas Evans (Max Detweiler), Kari Ely (Elsa Schraeder), Christopher Guilmet (Herr Zeller), Shaun Sheley (Admiral Von Schreiber), Zoe Vonder Haar (Frau Schmidt), and Grace Clark, Phoebe Desilets, Matthew Howard, Morgan McDonald, Braden Phillips, Julia Schweizer (The Von Trapp Children)

Ensemble members include Lori-Barrett Pagano, Karin Berutti, Justin Ivan Brown, Michelle Burdette Elmore, Laura Ernst, Megan Haberberger, Charlie Ingram, Ellen Isom, Debbie Lennon, Savannah Light, Larry Mabrey, Laure McConnell, Pamela Reckamp, Whit Reichert, Jordan Schultz, Caden Self, and Madelyn Wansong.


Laura Michelle Kelly and James Wilby will star in the U.K.’s Rose Theatre, Kingston revival of The Second Mrs. Tanqueray, to run Sept. 27 – Oct. 27, directed by Stephen Unwin.

The cast also includes Joseph Alessi, Rona Morison, and Sally Tatum.


BroadwayWorld has released updates to their apps for the iPhone,  iPad and Android devices which now feature an improved login system (login once and forget it), multitasking improvements, speed improvements, an updated player for BWW radio, access to your BWIDBPersonalized News Feed and other miscellaneous fixes and enhancements.

BWW’s new apps were completely redesigned from the ground-up and release in June and feature all of our news, content, videos, show listings, message boards, special offers, radio channel, search features, regional news and lots more – all updated in real-time!

Get the new iPhone app here.

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The Finals Competition for the 16th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts will be held Fri. July 13, from 7-10 PM at LA’s California Ballroom of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel (404 S. Figueroa Street).  There are a limited number of free tickets available for California residents only.

Invited talent contestants from the USA and more than 40 countries are expected to vie for the crown in various competitive events:  dancing, singing, modeling, acting, variety and instrumental.


A staged reading of Jennifer Anniston Stole My Life, written and directed by Jon Courie, will be presented July 16 at 8 PM at North Hollywood’s Eclectic Company Theatre (5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd.).  The event is free and reservations are not required.

The cast includes Dana Amromin, Sarah Allyn Bauer, Ashleigh Boiros, Dean Farell Bruggeman and Elizabeth Southard.


Casting has been announced for Harlem Repertory Theatre‘s “chamber” production of Dreamgirls, running Aug. 17 – Oct. 7 at 133rd Street Arts Center. The production is directed and choreographed by Keith Lee Grant.

The first act will be performed in the proscenium theater at the 133rd Street Arts Center, while the second will be performed in an open loft space on the building’s third floor.

The cast will feature Alexandra Bernard (Effie), Isis Kenney (Lorrell), Natalia Peguero (Deena), Dennis Williams (Jimmy), Oscar Aguirre (Curtis), Eric Myles (C.C.), Darilyn Castilio (Michelle), Magnus Percinthe (Marty), and Janique Evans and Dion Millington (The Step Sisters).


NYMF presents a reading of KT Peterson and Cedric D. Lyles’ 7:32, directed by Laura Braza, July 10 (8 and 9:30 PM) and 12 (7 PM) at Off-Broadway’s 45th Street Theatre.

The cast includes Emily Afton, Tory Andrus, Max Bisantz, Stephen Mitchell Brown, Anthony Comis, Sequina DuBose, Randy Dunkle, Dayna Graber, John Kevin Jones, Susannah Jones, Mark Emerson Smith and Brandon A. Wright.


Casting has been announced for Maine State Music Theatre‘s production of Sunset Boulevard, running July 18 – Aug. 4, directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, with musical direction by Edward Reichert.

The show stars Denise Whelan (Norma Desmond) and Gregg Goodbrod (Joe Gillis), along with David Girolmo (Max Von Mayerling), Lauren Blackman (Betty), Bill Nabel (Cecil B. DeMille), Curt Dale Clark, Brian Michael Hoffman, Theo Lencicki, Charis Leos, Chuck Ragsdale, and Courtney Romano.


Great Expectations, starring Suzanne Carrico and Joi Danelle Price, will play NYC’s Metropolitan Room July 29 and Aug. 5 & 12 at , with musical direction by Don Rebic.


Answers to this week’s quiz – The 200s:

1.  The Producers won the maximum possible Tonys (barring any ties) – 12.

2.  Little Beck Two Shoes sings about people going to Urinetown, but she doesn’t actually go there.

3.  Peter Maxx’s artwork was not an influence in the design elements of Hairspray, as his work dates from several years after Hairspray‘s early 1060s setting.  Actually, so did the Lite Brite Toy, but that didn’t stop the creative team from adding it to the show.

4.  In Avenue Q, Nicky mentions Pal Joey and High Button Shoes.

5.  Douglas Sills was slated to play Sir Galahad in the Chicago tryout of Spamalot, but had to bow out.

6.  In The Light in the Piazza, Fabrizio wants to be like Van Johnson.

7.  Sutton Foster broke her wrist during The Drowsy Chaperone, but wanted to keep the cartwheel in “Show Off,” so she worked on doing it one-handed, which continued even after the cast came off.

8.  In Grey Gardens, “Goin’ Places” was added for the Broadway production, replacing “Better Fall Out of Love.”

9.  In Spring Awakening, Michael Mayer said the onstage audience members represent community.  Broadway Bonus: On opening night,  John Gallagher brought his hand mike up to his mouth with such force that he chipped his front tooth.

10.  In In The Heights, Nina is a student at Stanford.

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