Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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Today’s Highlights:

Jenni Barber begins her run in Annie at Broadway’s Palace Theatre.

* Carly Mensch’s Oblivion, featuring Johanna Day, Reg Rogers, Katie Broad and Aidan Kunze, opens at Westport Country Playhouse.

* Chicago, featuring Brenda Braxton, Lindsay Roginski, Tom Hewitt, Ric Stoneback, C. Newcomer and Roz Ryan, opens at Sacramento Music Circus.

Horton Foote’s The Old Friends, featuring Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Lois Smith, Veanne Cox, Adam LeFevre, Sean Lyons, Novella Nelson, Melle Powers and Cotter Smith, begins previews at Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre.

Regina Taylor’s stop. reset., featuring Michi Barall, Teagle Bougere, Ismael Cruz Cordova, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Carl Lumbly and Donald Sage MacKay, begins previews at Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre.

* Cats, featuring Katy Blake, Erica Cenci, Lynn Craig, Mark Donaldson, Jordan Dunlap, Molly Emerson, Jesse Factor, Blayne Gregg-Miller, Laura Elizabeth Henning , Trent Armand Kendall, Ryan Koss, Kevin Loreque, Joe Moeller, Bronson Norris Murphy, Ian Parmenter, Amanda Pulcini, Lauren Sprague, Jonathan Stahl, Erica Sweany, Lucas Thompson and Brad Trump, previews at MA’s North Shore Music Theatre.


Money Bag  Broadway Grosses for the week ending Aug. 19:

Frontrunners (by Gross)
1. The Lion King ($2,112,788)
2. Wicked ($1,871,050)
3. The Book of Mormon ($1,741,615)
4. Kinky Boots ($1,649,031)
5. Motown The Musical ($1,437,843)

Underdogs (by Gross)
5. First Date ($424,227)
4. Rock of Ages ($384, 217)
3. Let It Be ($316,572)
2. Forever Tango ($282,884)
1. Soul Doctor ($200,673) *

Frontrunners (by Capacity)
1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%)
2. Kinky Boots (100.77%)
3. Matilda (100.75%)
4. Pippin (100.01%)
5. Motown The Musical (99.37%)

Underdogs (by Capacity)
5. Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark (78.55%)  **
4. Annie (73.00%)
3. Cinderella (72.93%)
2. Forever Tango (64.74%)
1. Let It Be (39.58%)

* Number based on four previews and four regular performances.
** Number based on seven performances; the eighth was cancelled mid-show after cast member Daniel Curry was injured.

Information provided by the Broadway League.


Star Statue - small2013 Artios Award Nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Casting:

New York Broadway Theatre – Comedy
The Assembled Parties, Nancy Piccione
Dead Accounts, David Caparelliotis
The Nance, Daniel Swee
The Performers, Cindy Tolan, Adam Caldwell (Associate)
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Daniel Swee

New York Broadway Theatre – Drama
The Big Knife, Jim Carnahan
Glengarry Glen Ross, William Cantler
Golden Boy, Daniel Swee
The Heiress, Tara Rubin, Eric Woodall, Merri Sugarman, Lindsay Levine (Associate), Kaitlin Shaw (Associate)
The Other Place, David Caparelliotis, William Cantler
The Trip to Bountiful, David Caparelliotis

New York Broadway Theatre – Musical
Annie, Bernard Telsey, Patrick Goodwin (Associate)
Kinky Boots, Bernard Telsey, Justin Huff
Matilda the Musical, Jim Carnahan, Nora Brennan
Motown the Musical, Bernard Telsey, Bethany Knox
Pippin, Benton Whitley, Duncan Stewart

New York Theatre – Comedy or Musical
Bad Jews, Carrie Gardner
Detroit, Alaine Alldaffer
The Explorers Club, Nancy Piccione
Far From Heaven, Alaine Alldaffer
The Madrid, David Caparelliotis

New York Theatre – Drama
If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, Jim Carnahan
Ivanov, James Calleri, Erica Michelle Jensen
Nikolai and the Others, Daniel Swee
Really Really, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler
Reasons to be Happy, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler

Regional Theatre East
The Blue Deep, James Calleri, Erica Michelle Jensen
The Glass Menagerie, Jim Carnahan, Stephen Kopel
The Importance of Being Earnest, James Calleri, Paul Davis
The Power of Duff, Howie Cherpakov
Sweet Bird of Youth, David Caparelliotis (Location Casting)

Regional Theatre West
Allegiance, Craig Burns
Arcadia, Janet Foster
Blood and Gifts, William Cantler, Karyn Casl (Associate)
Glengarry Glen Ross, William Cantler, Karyn Casl (Associate)
Pygmalion, David Caparelliotis

Los Angeles Theatre
Intimate Apparel, Michael Donovan
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Joanne DeNaut, Andy Crocker (Associate)
The Parisian Woman, Joanne DeNaut
The Producers, Margery Simkin, Michael Donovan
The Royale, Mark B. Simon

Special Theatrical Performance – East
The Book of Mormon, Carrie Gardner
Memphis, Rachel Hoffman
War Horse, Daniel Swee

Special Theatrical Performance – West
Carousel, Jay Binder, Jack Bowdan
Fiorello!, Jay Binder, Jack Bowdan
It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, Jay Binder, Jack Bowdan
On Your Toes, Jay Binder, Jack Bowdan

Big Budget Feature – Comedy
“Oz the Great and Powerful,” John Papsidera
“Pain & Gain,” Denise Chamian, Lori Wyman (Location Casting), Ania Kamieniecki-O’Hare (Associate)
“Silver Linings Playbook,” Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham, Diane Heery (Location Casting)
“Ted,” Sheila Jaffe, Angela Peri (Location Casting)
“The Watch,” Alyssa Weisberg, Shay Bentley Griffin (Location Casting), Yesi Ramirez (Associate), Karina Walters (Associate)

Big Budget Feature – Drama
“Argo,” Lora Kennedy
“Les Misérables,” Nina Gold
“Life of Pi,” Avy Kaufman
“Lincoln,” Avy Kaufman, Erica Arvold (Location Casting), Pat Moran (Location Casting)
“Zero Dark Thirty,” Mark Bennett, Richard Hicks, Seher Latif (Location Casting)

Feature – Studio or Independent  – Comedy
“Hitchcock,” Terri Taylor, John McAlary (Associate)
“Moonrise Kingdom,” Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate)
“Pitch Perfect,” Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee, Tracy Kilpatrick (Location Casting)
“Seven Psychopaths,” Sarah Halley Finn, Tamara Hunter (Associate)
“To Rome with Love,” Patricia DiCerto, Beatrice Kruger

Feature – Studio or Independent – Drama
“The Company You Keep,” Avy Kaufman
“Lawless,” Francine Maisler
“Looper,” Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham, Lisa Mae Fincannon (Location Casting),
Craig Fincannon (Location Casting)
“Magic Mike,” Carmen Cuba, Wittney Horton (Associate)
“Mud,” Francine Maisler, Diana Guthrie (Location Casting)
“The Place Beyond the Pines,” Cindy Tolan, Adam Caldwell (Associate)

Low Budget Feature – Comedy or Drama
“Celeste & Jesse Forever,” Angela Demo
“Compliance,” Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee
“Frances Ha,” Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate)
“The Sessions,” Ronnie Yeskel
“Smashed,” Avy Kaufman, Kim Coleman

Animation Feature
“Brave,” Kevin Reher, Natalie Lyon
“Epic,” Christian Kaplan
“Frankenweenie,” Ronna Kress, Jennifer Rudin (Location Casting)
“Ice Age: Continental Drift,” Christian Kaplan
“Wreck-It Ralph,” Jamie Sparer Roberts

Short Film
“200 Years,” Sherrie Henderson, Dan Velez
“Hotel Pennsylvania,” Donna DeSeta
“Little Shadow,” Donna DeSeta
“Room 8,” Rose Wicksteed
“The Learning Curve,” Kendra Patterson 

Television Pilot – Comedy
“Animal Practice,” Lisa Miller Katz
“Guys with Kids,” Geraldine Leder
“How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life),” Susan Edelman, Jeff Greenberg
“The Mindy Project,” Felicia Fasano
“Partners,” Julie Ashton-Barson

Television Pilot – Drama
“The Americans,” Cami Patton, Christal Karge, Julie Tucker (Location Casting), Ross Meyerson (Location Casting)
“Bates Motel,” April Webster, Sara Isaacson, Jennifer Page (Location Casting), Corinne Clark (Location Casting)
“The Following,” Greg Orson, Lesli Gelles-Raymond, Lisa Mae Fincannon (Location Casting)
“House of Cards,” Laray Mayfield
“The Newsroom,” Francine Maisler

Television Series Comedy
“30 Rock,” Katja Blichfeld, Jessica Daniels
“Girls,” Jennifer Euston
“Modern Family,” Jeff Greenberg, Allen Hooper (Associate)
“New Girl,” Anya Colloff, Michael Nicolo, Jessica Munks (Associate)
“Nurse Jackie,” Julie Tucker, Ross Meyerson

Television Series Drama
“Game of Thrones,” Nina Gold
“The Good Wife,” Mark Saks, John Andrews (Associate)
“Homeland,” Judy Henderson, Lisa Mae Fincannon (Location Casting), Craig Fincannon (Location Casting)
“House of Cards,” Laray Mayfield, Julie Schubert
“The Newsroom,” Francine Maisler, Nancy Perkins

Television Movie or Mini Series
“American Horror Story,” Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson, Carol Kritzer, Eric Souliere (Associate)
“Behind the Candelabra,” Carmen Cuba, Wittney Horton (Associate)
“Phil Spector,” Sharon Bialy, Sherry Thomas, Mia Cusumano (Associate)
“Political Animals,” David Rubin, Melissa Pryor (Associate), Jason Loftus (Associate)
“Top of the Lake,” Kirsty McGregor

Daytime Drama Series
“Days of Our Lives,” Marnie Saitta
“General Hospital,” Mark Teschner
“The Young and the Restless,” Judy Blye Wilson

Children’s Series
“Good Luck Charlie,” Sally Stiner, Barbie Block
“iCarly,” Krisha Bullock, Jennifer K.M. Treadwell (Associate)
“Jessie,” Sheryl Levine
“Victorious,” Krisha Bullock, Jennifer K.M. Treadwell (Associate)
“Wizards of Waverly Place,” Howard Meltzer

Television – Animation
“American Dad!,” Linda Lamontagne
“Bob’s Burgers,” Julie Ashton-Barson
“Family Guy,” Linda Lamontagne
“Robot Chicken,” Linda Lamontagne
“SpongeBob SquarePants,” Sarah Noonan

The CSA will fête their own on Mon. Nov. 18 with award ceremonies to be held simultaneously at LA’s Beverly Hilton Hotel (reception to begin at 6 PM PDT) and at NYC’s XL Nightclub (reception to begin at 6 PM EDT).


Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons will open on Broadway next Spring, directed by Sheryl Kaller and starring Tyne Daly.

Additional details TBA.

“Tackling national themes in the most intimate of settings, Mothers and Sons is Terrence McNally at his most uncompromising, compassionate and revealing. Twenty years after her son’s death, a mother turns up at the door of his former lover, who is now married to another man and has a young son. This man and his family challenge the woman to confront the truths of their shared past, and a future she never imagined. Values clash as they struggle to reconcile their vastly different worlds. As powerful and provocative as it is warm and humorous, Mothers and Sons explores the very essence of family and forgiveness in a rapidly changing society.”

Mothers and Sons had its world-premiere production at Bucks County Playhouse, under the producing direction of Jed Bernstein, June 13-23. Also in the production were Manoel Felciano and Bobby Steggert.

Mothers and Sons will mark Mr. McNally’s 20th Broadway production.


Let It Be, scheduled to run through Dec. 29, will close early on Sept. 1 at Broadway’s St. James Theatre, after 9 previews and 46 regular performances.


John Kander & Greg Pierce’s The Landing will run Oct. 3 – Nov. 10 (opening Oct. 23) at Off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre, directed by Walter Bobbie.

The cast features David Hyde Pierce, Julia Murney, Paul Anthony Stewart and Frankie Seratch.

The Landing will feature three mini-musicals tied together by the themes of desire, love and loss.


Video  Watch:  Angela Lansbury discusses A Little Night Music.


A new tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will launch Mar. 4 at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square.

The cast stars Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young.

Director, additional casting and tour schedule TBA.  One tour stop will include an engagement at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre June 3-22.


Complete casting has been announced for the Toronto production of Les Misérablesto run Sept. 27 – Dec. 22 at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

The cast features Ramin Karimloo (Jean Valjean), Earl Carpenter (Javert), Genevieve Leclerc (Fantine), Perry Sherman (Marius), Melissa O’Neil (Eponine), Cliff Saunders (Monsieur Thenardier), Lisa Horner (Madame Thenardier), Samantha Hill (Cosette), Mark Uhre (Enjolras), Ella Ballentine, Saara Chaudry & Madison Oldroyd (who will share the roles of Little Cosette and Young Eponine) and David Gregory Black & Aiden Glenn (who will share the role of Gavroche).  The ensemble includes Richard Leon Barth, Katie Beetham, Andreane Bouladier, Caroline Colantonio, Ben Gunderson, Brittney Johnson, Elena Juatco, Andrew Love, Cornelia Luna, Heather McGuigan, Marisa McIntyre, Matt McMahan, Tyler Murree, Jason Ostrowski, Kristen Peace, John Rapson, Rachel Rincione, Matt Rosell, David Silvestri, Alan Shaw, Aaron Walpole, Jonathan Winsby, Ashley Wright and Chris Zonneville.


The next installment of The Meeting * will celebrate the TV series “Sex and the City” on Aug. 28 at 9:30 PM at 54 Below, with host Justin Sayre.

Guests: Tonya Pinkins, Joe Iconis, Michael Musto and Jake Boyd.

The Meeting* is a monthly “gay romp through politics (sexual and otherwise), social news, music, comedy skits, and other important life-changing information.”

Upcoming sessions of The Meeting*:
Liza Minnelli (Sept. 25)
Dreamgirls (Oct. 30)
“Grey Gardens” (Nov. 20)
Holiday Spectacular (Dec. 18)


ILL’s Marriott Theatre presents Mary Poppins Oct. 23 – Jan. 5, directed by Gary Griffin,  with choreography by Alex Sanchez and musical direction by Michael Mahler.

The cast features Summer Naomi Smart, Bernie Yvon and Johnny Rabe, along with Rod Thomas, Brady Tutton, Susan Moniz, Caroline Heffernan and Madison Gloria Olszewski.  The ensemble includes John Reeger, Paula Scrofano, Matthew Crowle, Rebecca Finnegan, Johanna McKenzie Miller, William Carlos Angulo, Lauren Blane, Jaclyn Burch, Jameson Cooper, Raymond Interior, Ericka Mac, Sam Rogers, Amanda Tanguay, Brandi Wooten and Melissa Zaremba.


God Hates This Show: Shirley Phelps-Roper In Concert, live from Hell – a new comedy that takes aim at the Westboro Baptist Church – will run Oct. 16-20 at NYC’s HERE, written and directed by John J. Caswell, Jr.

The cast features Erin Markey, Allison Guinn, Adam Enright and Anna Marquardt.


Hugh Panaro will return to the title role of the long-running Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera, which will also welcome Jeremy Hays (Raoul) and Laird Mackintosh (Monsieur André).

All three actors begins their runs on Aug. 26.


Rumor  Rumor:  Oprah Winfrey is looking into bringing John Doyle’s current reimagined production of The Color Purple, which is currently playing at the  Menier Chocolate Factory, to Broadway.


A concert version of Kyle Ewalt & Michael Ian Walker’s Bromance: The Dude-sical will take place Aug. 22 at 7 PM at Joe’s Pub, directed by Matt Cowart, with musical direction by Benjamin M. Rauhala.

The cast features Jenn Colella, Jason Tam, Adam Chanler-Berat, Andrew Kober and Guy Olivieri.

“Like an awesome buddy movie come to life, Bromance: The Dude-sical reveals a world of Beer, Brotherhood, and Brocabulary.”


Sick  Andrew Lloyd Webber was hospitalized Aug. 15 in England to undergo a medical procedure on his back, but has returned to work on his forthcoming musical, Stephen Ward.

“In hospital today having my 12th general anesthetic in 8 months,” he tweeted Aug. 15.  “However, back to work on ‪@SWardMusical tomorrow, even if a bit woozy. ALW”


La Mirada Theatre presents Tribute Fridays 2013:

* The Garth Guy and Shades of Shania, a tribute to Garth Brooks and Shania Twain (Aug. 30 at 8 PM)

* House of Floyd, a tribute to Pink Floyd (Sept. 6 at 8 PM)


Video  Watch:  Hysterical! Rory O’Malley and Lauren Molina compete on “So You Think You Can Walk.”


Off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre has announced its 2013-14 season:

* Charles Fuller’s One Night… (Oct. 17 – Nov. 24), directed by Clinton Turner Davis.  “One Night…. takes an unflinching look at what has happened to women in the U.S. Armed Forces when their decision to serve their country exposes them to an unforeseen battle against their fellow soldiers.  Home from war, One Night… explores the lingering effects of trauma and injustice and one woman’s recompense.”

* Snow Orchid (Jan. 7 – Feb. 2), the world premiere of Joe Pintauro’s revised version.  “The familial drama focuses on an Italian family living in Brooklyn in 1964. The family consists of a home-bound matriarch who longs for her native Sicily, her husband, who has just returned home from rehab, and their sons.”

Two of the five productions of Lucy Thurber’s The Hilltown PlaysScarcity  and the world premiere of Ashville. Performances continue through Sept. 28.

* The Master Class series, a program of one-night-only evenings featuring playwrights David Henry Hwang (Sept. 9 at 7 PM), Kia Corthron (Sept. 16 at 7 PM) and Matt Williams (Nov. 18 at 7 PM).  Master Class sessions are free and open to the public. Reservations are required: mailingcompany@cherrylanetheatre.org.


New Haven’s Yale Rep presents A Streetcar Named Desire, to run Sept. 20 – Oct. 12, directed by Mark Rucker.

The cast features Adam O’Byrne, Sarah Sokolovic, René Augesen, Joe Manganiello,  Phillip Christian, Nick Erkelens, Mercedes Herrero, Marc Damon Johnson, April Matthis and Ken Ruta.


UnsungMusicalsCo. presents a new Off-Broadway production of the 1950 musical revue Bless You All!, featuring sketches by Arnold Auerbach and a score by Harold Rome, Sept. 19 – Oct. 5 (opening Sept. 22) at NYC’s Connelly Theatre, directed by Ben West.

The cast features James Beaman, Jeremy Benton, Jennifer Lee Crowl, Tari Kelly, Lindsay Roberts and Billie Wildrick.  Additional casting TBA.

“Brimming with jazz-infused melodies, song-and-dance specialties and classic comedy numbers, Bless You All! is a cheerful celebration of the Golden Age of the Broadway revue. Delicious send-ups of such cultural icons as the 21 Club and the roaring ’20s line the landscape of this glittering entertainment!”


Broadway’s Motown: The Musical has announced “Makin’ It Motown,” a nationwide open casting call for performers to join both the Broadway production and the upcoming national tour.

Auditions will be held Sept. 13, on the stage of Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, as well as Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in Chicago where the musical will launch its national tour.   Click here for more information.


Bobby Cannavale will be joining the new “Annie” film remake, alongside  Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne.

Cannavale will play a political advisor for Foxx’s character, who is running for mayor of New York.

The film is set to be released Dec. 25, 2014.


Rumor  Rumor:  Lee Daniels is being considered to direct an upcoming Sammy Davis Jr. film for HBO.

Tommy Davidson has also been recently rumored to be circling the role of Davis, although nothing has been confirmed.

The rights to Sammy Davis Jr.’s story are somewhat complicated; who holds the estate, which books are optioned and more will have to be ironed out before the project can proceed.


The U.S. premiere of Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh‘s staging of Macbeth will take over NYC’s Park Avenue Armory‘s 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall in June 2014.  A co-commission of Park Avenue Armory and Manchester International Festival, the critically acclaimed production was originally mounted in Manchester in July 2013, and will be re-imagined for the Armory presentation.

Branagh, in his highly anticipated New York stage debut, will star as Macbeth alongside Alex Kingston as Lady Macbeth. Kingston’s appearance will also mark the first time she has performed on a New York stage.

Additional casting and performance dates TBA.


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