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THIS WEEKEND’S HIGHLIGHTS:
Friday, October 11
* bare, with Ross Wild, Michael Vinsen, Jodie Steele, Molly Stewart, Luke Baker, Nadine Cox, Christopher Dickens, Gary Lee Netley, Lauren Rae, Jemma Geanaus, Tash Holway, Ashley Andrews, David Albury, Adam Bailey, Ashley Gilmour, Daniel Hope, Charlotte Jeffery, Annie Kitchen and Alison Pope, opens at London’s Greenwich Theatre.
* Nina Raines’ Tribes, with John McGinty, Stephen Schnetzer, Hugh Kennedy, Tracey Maloney, Anna Reichert and Sally Wingert, opens at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater.
* Clybourne Park, with Hassan El-Amin, Tiffany Hobbs, Steven Michael Walters, Chamblee Ferguson, Sally Nystuen Vahle, Allison Pistorius and Jacob Stewart, opens at Dallas Theater Center.
* Carrie, with Alice Ripley, Kendra Kassebaum, Keaton Whittaker, Larissa Schmitz, Kody Bringman, Tessa Archer, Andrew Brewer, Brian Lange, Erin Herrick, Frederick Hagreen, Alexandria Henderson, Melissa Maricich, Eli Wills and Riley Neldam, opens at Seattle’s Balagan Theatre.
* Marc Camoletti’s Don’t Dress for Dinner, with Greg Deralian, Afton Quast, Karen Jean Olds, Matthew Wrather, Amie Farrell and Michael Cusimano, opens at Long Beach’s International City Theatre.
* Mark St. Germain’s Becoming Dr. Ruth, starring Debra Jo Rupp, begins previews at Off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre.
* Charles Randolph-Wright’s Love in Afghanistan, starring Melis Aker and Khris Davis, begins previews at DC’s Arena Stage.
* Stephen Belber’s The Power of Duff, with David Wilson Barnes, Jennifer Westfeldt, Amy Pietz, Ben Cole, Noah Galvin, Brendan Griffin, Joe Paulik and Russell G. Jones, begins previews at Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company.
* Catherine Trieschmann’s The Most Deserving, with Jolene Atkinson, Ted Atkinson, Liz Chang, Edie Kelch, Dwayne Dean and Everett Whiteside, begins previews at Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
* Larry Shue’s The Foreigner, with Martin Buchanan, Rusty Sneary, Charles Fugate, Kyle Hatley, Gary Neal Johnson, Emily Shakelford and Kathleen Warfel, begins previews at Kansas City Rep.
* American Idiot documentary released only in NYC, at the Village East Theater.
* The Skivvies (Lauren Molina & Nick Cearley) concert, with special guests Jeremy Jordan, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Roe Hartrampf, Steve Rosen, Jeremy Kushnier, and more, at 11 PM at 54 Below.
* Joanne Tatham‘s Soundtrack New York closes at NYC’s Café Carlyle.
Saturday, October 12
* Noël Coward’s Fallen Angels, with Andrew Barnicle, Paul Boehmer, Mary-Pat Green, Colette Kilroy, Katie MacNichol and Mike Ryan, opens at Laguna Playhouse.
* Deanna Jent’s Falling, with Anna Khaja, Matt Little, Tara Windley, Karen Landry and Matthew Elkins, opens at LA’s Rogue Machine Theatre.
* Hugh Jackman… One Night Only MPTF benefit concert, at 8 PM at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
* Eric McCormack‘s The Concert I Never Gave (Except for, Like, 2,000 Times in My Bedroom) benefit for Stand Up to Cancer, at 8 PM at North Hollywood’s El Portal Theatre (also Oct. 13).
* Joe Iconis & Family concert, with Krysta Rodgriguez, Nick Blaemire, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Seth Eliser, Molly Hager, Ian Kagey, Dennis Michael Keefe, MK Lawson, Lauren Marcus, Jeremy Morse, Rob Rokicki, Lance Rubin, Jared Weiss, Jason “SweetTooth” Williams, and more, at 11 PM at 54 Below.
* Dancers Responding to AIDS‘ Hudson Valley Dance Festival benefit concert, at 5 PM at the Historic Catskill Point.
* American Showstoppers: An Evening with Richard Rodgers concert, with Joshua Henry, Nora Mae Lyng, Karen Murphy, Jeffry Denman, Tari Kelly, Anastasia Barzee, David Elder, Damon Kirsche and Jesse Luttrell, at 7:30 PM at NYC’s Pace University Schimmel Center.
* Betty Buckley’s new The Vixens of Broadway concert, at 8 PM at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre.
* A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Michelle Terry, John Light, Huss Garbiya, Tala Gouveia, Tom Lawrence, Christopher Logan, Molly Logan, Fergal McElherron, Edward Peel, Pearce Quigley, Stephanie Racine and Matthew Tennyson, closes at London’s Shakespeare’s Globe.
* Anton Burge’s Storm in a Flower Vase, with Penny Downie, Carolyn Backhouse, Sally George, Sheila Ruskin, Carol Royle and Christopher Ravenscroft, closes at the West End’s Arts Theatre.
* Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way, with Bryan Cranston, Brandon J. Dirden, Michael McKean, Reed Birney, Dakin Matthews, Arnie Burton, Crystal Dickinson, Betsy Aidem, Eric Lenox Abrams, Peter Jay Fernandez, Marianne Hagan, William Jackson Harper, Christopher Liam Moore, Ethan Phillips, Dan Butler and J. Bernard Calloway, closes at Boston’s A.R.T.
* A Streetcar Named Desire, with Adam O’Byrne, Sarah Sokolovic, René Augesen, Joe Manganiello, Phillip Christian, Nick Erkelens, Mercedes Herrero, Marc Damon Johnson, April Matthis and Ken Ruta, closes at New Haven’s Yale Rep.
* The Grapes of Wrath, adapted by Frank Galati, with Stephen Berenson, Janice Duclos, Mia Ellis, Anne Scurria, Fred Sullivan Jr., Stephen Thorne, Charlie Thurston, Joe Wilson Jr., Jessica Crandall, Richard Donelly, Alex Curtis, Sherri Eldin, Ben Grills, Zdenko Martin, Nikki Massoud, Ted Moller and Matt E. Russell, closes at Providence’s Trinity Rep.
* Cathy Tempelsman’s A Most Dangerous Woman, with Aedin Moloney, Ames Adamson, John Little, Deanne Lorette, Rob Krakovski, Andy Paterson, Devin Norik and Sheffield Chastain, closes at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.
Sunday, October 13
* London Festival of Cabaret opens. Click here for the complete schedule.
* American Idiot documentary released nationwide.
* Been on Broadway concert, with Jordan Luke Gage, Christopher Mitchell, Sally Samad, Alexandra Da Silva, Phoebe Street and Sebastian Thomas, at 7:30 PM at the West End’s Duchess Theatre.
* Soul Doctor closes at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre.
* Macbeth, starring Joseph Millson and Samantha Spiro, closes at London’s Shakespeare’s Globe.
* Shaw’s You Never Can Tell, with Robin Leslie Brown, Bradford Cover, Dominic Cuskern, Dan Daily, Sean McNall, Ben Charles, Amelia Pedlow, Zachary Spicer and Emma Wisniewski, closes at Off-Broadway’s Pearl Theatre.
* Will Power’s Fetch Clay, Make Man, with Ray Fisher, K. Todd Freeman, Anthony Gaskins, Nikki M. James, John Earl Jelks, Sekou Laidlow and Richard Masur, closes at New York Theatre Workshop.
* Ethan Coen’s Women or Nothing, with Robert Beitzel, Halley Feiffer, Susan Pourfar and Deborah Rush, closes at Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theatre Company.
* Around the World in 80 Days closes at Off-Broadway’s New Theater at 45th Street.
* Smokey Joe’s Café, featuring LaVance Colley, Kyra DaCosta, Thomas Hobson, Stu James, Adrianna Rose Lyons, Monique L. Midgette, Robert Neary, Michael A. Shepperd and Carly Thomas Smith, closes at Pasadena Playhouse.
* Clybourne Park, with Carol Halstead, Clea Alsip, Kevin Crouch, Lynnette R. Freeman, Andy Lucien, Greg Jackson and Remi Sandri, closes at MA’s Barringtson Stage.
* Miss Saigon, with Charlie Brady, Katie Boren, Meggie Cansler, Andy Danh, Robyn DeGuzman, Rona Figueroa, Nkrumah Gatling, Dan Gleason, Chris Ignacio, Eric Anthony Johnson, Austin Ku, Jonny Hsu Lee, Glen Llanes, Garen McRoberts, Orville Mendoza, Shoba Narayanan, Manna Nichols, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Alfie Parker Jr., David Raimo, Peter Romagna, Michiko Sasaki, Christopher Shin, Richard M. Steele, Viet Vo, Allen Lucky Weaver, Tyrick Wiltez Jones, Jessica Wu, Anna-Lee Wright, Minami Yusui, Arianna Yi, Sam Simahk, Yuki Ozeki and Daphne Valenta, closes at St. Paul’s Ordway Theatre.
* Paul Osborn’s On Borrowed Time, directed by Joel Grey, with Oakes Fegley, Robert Hogan, Tom Nelis, Alex Garfin, Brian Gildea, Brian Michael Hoffman, Betsy Hogg, Patrick Husted, Diane Kagan, Angela Reed, Steven Skybell, Lorenzo Villanueva, John Thomas Waite and Snickers, closes at NJ’s Two River Theater.
* Daniel Beaty’s Breath and Imagination: the Story of Roland Hayes, with Elijah Rock, Karan Kendrick and Kevin Ashworth, closes at Burbank’s Colony Theatre.
* Ain’t Misbehavin’, with Rufus Bonds, Jr., Jenelle Randall, Sylvia MacCalla, Amber Mercomes and David LaMarr, closes at San Diego Musical Theatre.
* Broadway Bound with Gina Hecht, Allan Miller, Cate Cohen, Ian Alda, Brett Ryback and John Mariano, closes at La Mirada Theatre.
* 9 to 5, with Kelli Cramer, Susan Moniz, Alexandra Palkovic, James Moye, Marya Grandy, Ben Jacoby and Roger Anderson, closes at ILL’s Marriott Theatre.
* Laurence O’Keefe & Kevin Murphy Heathers, with Barrett Wilbert Weed, Ryan McCartan, Sarah Halford, Kristolyn Lloyd, Elle McLemore, Katie Ladner, Jon Eidson, Evan Todd, Rena Strober, Rex Smith, Zachary Ford, AJ Meijer, Zach Bandler, Cait Fairbanks, Charissa Hogeland, Trevor Shor and Rachel Flynn, closes at LA’s Hudson Backstage Theatre.
NY Times (Charles Isherwood): “There remains a strange disjunction between the soul-baring singer and the woman calmly telling us that “the blues is just a good woman feelin’ bad,” or ‘the blues are a way out of where you are, and they can drag you to where you’re going,’ or ‘it’s the want of something that gives you the blues, man.’ The Janis we meet in A Night With Janis Joplin spends so much time talking about the blues, you begin to wonder when she had time to truly suffer them.”
Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz): “Where the script goes irritatingly wrong is Joplin’s near-lecturing on the blues. ‘I got the blues because I don’t have my baby,’ she says. ‘I got the blues because I don’t have the quarter for a bottle of wine, I got the blues because they won’t let me in that bar …’ Enough. She brings up the blues so much that she wrings the color and potency out of the idea and has you seeing red. Better to let the music do the talking.”
Newsday (Linda Winer): “Mary Bridget Davies has the lungs, the notes and the screaming moan in the back of the throat to suggest the real thing in ‘Cry Baby,’ ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ and ‘Ball and Chain.’ But the actress, who also toured in a different Janis revue, is too externalized (and badly costumed) to touch the layers of vulnerability, much less the brazen sexuality that helped galvanize the adventures of a generation.”
Variety (Marilyn Stasio): “As a musical biography, A Night With Janis Joplin is pretty much a bust. The book by Randy Johnson, who also helmed, skims lightly over the singer’s Texas childhood and her tenure with Big Brother and the Holding Company, with nary a word about her personal life or the booze and drugs that cut it short. But as a concert in which those great ladies of song who were Joplin’s musical inspiration join her on stage, the show is something else — a celebration of the blues and those beautiful bruises they leave on the singer’s soul.”
Billy Magnussen has been cast as a series regular in the HBO drama “The Money,” about wealth and corruption among the super elite.
Additional cast: Rosemary Harris, Laila Robins, Mamie Gummer, Patrick Kennedy, Ray Liotta, Ruth Negga, Morgan Spector, John Carroll Lynch, Tracee Chimo and Nathan Lane.
Off-Broadway’s York Theatre Company will present a concert presentation of Joe Masteroff & Edward Thomas’ Six Wives Mon. Oct. 28 at 7:30 PM, directed by David Green, with music direction by Dennis Buck. The musical will be recorded following the concert.
Cast: Nick Wyman, Claybourne Elder, Judy Kaye, Alexandra Silber and Alexander Gemignani.
The musical “tells the story of Henry VIII, the larger-than-life English monarch, and the six extraordinary women he married: Anne Boleyn, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, Katherine of Aragon, Jane Seymour, and Katherine Parr. This five-person musical reexamines Henry VIII’s historical image from a modern day perspective—with two women playing all six wives.” York produced the world premiere in 1992.
Complete casting has been announced for the national tour of Porgy and Bess, to launch Nov. 10 – Dec. 8 at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre.
Previously announced: Alicia Hall Moran (Bess) and Nathaniel Stampley (Porgy).
Newly announced: Alvin Crawford (Crown), Kingsley Leggs (Sporting Life), Sumayya Ali (Clara), Denisha Ballew (Serena), Danielle Lee Greaves (Mariah), David Hughey (Jake), Dan Barnhill, Vanjah Boikai, Adrianna M. Cleveland, Roosevelt André Credit, Cicely Daniels, Dwelvan David, Nkrumah Gatling, Tamar Greene, Nicole Adell Johnson, James Early Jones II, Quentin Oliver Lee, Cheryse McLeod Lewis, Sarita Rachelle Lilly, Kent Overshown, Chauncey Packer, Lindsay Roberts, Fred Rose and Soara-Joye Ross.
Read: Peter Filichia celebrates the 1ooth anniversary of the opening of the Shubert Theatre, remembering twenty of the best songs from shows that have been performed there (including 1963’s Here’s Love), and offering some fascinating historical notes.
Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, with Verton R. Banks, Bill Brochtrup, Tim Cummings, Matt Gottlieb, Fred Koehler, Stephen O’Mahoney, Ray Paolantonio, Lisa Pelikan, Dan Shaked and Jeff Witzke, has been extended through Dec. 15 at LA’s Fountain Theatre.
An all-star reading of Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen’s The Exonerated will take place Sat. Nov. 9 at 6 PM at Topanga, CA’s Mountain Mermaid, directed by Ellen Geer, to benefit Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum.
Cast: James Avery, Beau Bridges, Jamie Hector, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Wendie Malick and Brent Spiner.
Kritzerland presents Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: The Songs of the Sherman Brothers, which will take place Sun. Nov. 3 at 7 PM at North Hollywood’s Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal, with musical direction by Tom Griep. Reservations: 818-754-8700.
Performers: Brent Barrett, Kim Huber, Damon Kirsche, Jane Noseworthy, Jenna Lea Rosen and Sami Staitman, with special guests Susan Egan and Richard M. Sherman.
In his absence, understudies Chris Hoch and Ben Thompson will play the role of Miss Trunchbull.
London’s Old Vic will undergo a major restoration and redevelopment project “in order to sustain the 195 year old London landmark for the next generation of theatre-goers, creative talent, local community and the general public.”
A timeline has not been announced.
The S.E.C will not pursue action against embattled Rebecca producers Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza, according to a report in the New York Times. The S.E.C.’s decision follows a full investigation, which involved “countless documents being turned over about how the Rebecca producers conducted their business.”
Sprecher and Forlenza are now hoping for a fall 2014 Broadway arrival for Rebecca. As previously reported, Thomas Drozda of VBW has extended Sprecher’s window into 2014 to raise the capital necessary to produce Rebecca on Broadway.
Stanley Kauffmann, a thinking-man’s drama and film critic who spent a half century mulling over the arts of stage and screen, their histories and practitioners, died of pneumonia at NYC’s St. Luke’s Hospital Oct. 9. He was 97.
Additional casting has been announced for NAMT‘s 25th Annual Festival of Musicals, to run Oct. 17-18:
* Analog and Vinyl (book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon), directed by Michael Berresse. Cast: Bryan Fenkart, Sarah Stiles and Harriet Harris.
* The Astonishing Return of…The Protagonists! (book and lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila, music by Michael Shaieb), directed by Christopher Gattelli, with musical direction by Lynne Shankel. Cast: Sutton Foster, Kevin Smith, Andy Karl, Douglas Sills, Kara Lindsay, Aurelia Williams, Alice Lee, Carlos L. Encinias, Marc Kudisch, Christopher Sieber, Tyler Maynard and Todd Alan Johnson.
* The Boy Who Danced on Air (book and lyrics by Charlie Sohne, music by Tim Rosser). Cast: Giuseppe Bausilio, Anthony Lee Medina, Fajer Al-Kaisi, Sorab Wadia and Jonathan Raviv.
* Come From Away (book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff & David Hein), directed by Brian Hill, with musical direction by Dan Pardo. Cast: Ann Miles, Klea Blackhurst, Lenny Wolpe, Spencer Moses, Nick Choksi, Colin Hanlon, Allison Case, Becca Ayers, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Barbara Walsh, Jason “SweetTooth” Williams and Jason Michael Snow.
* Eastland (book and lyrics by Andrew White, music by Andre Pluess & Ben Sussman), directed by Amanda Dehnert. Cast: William Parry, Melanie Vaughan, William Ryall, Andi Alhadeff, Will Connolly, Randy Redd, Lauren Marcus, Katrina Lenk, Emily Walton, Derek Hasenstab and Erik Heilman.
* My Heart is the Drum (concept and music by Phillip Palmer, original story and book by Jennie Redling, lyrics by Stacey Luftig), directed by Schele Williams. Cast: Natalie Venetia Belcon, Mel Johnson Jr., Crystal Joy, Saycon Sengbloh, Krystal Joy Brown, Rebecca E. Covington, Nicole Lewis, John Eric Parker, Danielle K. Thomas, Donald Weber, Jarran Muse and Tommar Wilson.
* The Sandman – a little nightmare musical (music by Richard Oberacker, book and lyrics by Robert Taylor & Richard Oberacker, based on the disturbed scribblings of E.T.A. Hoffmann), with musical direction by Valerie Gebert. Cast: Bailey Ryon, Heidi Blickenstaff, Douglas Sills, Joshua Colley, Mavis Simpson-Ernst, Robert Creighton and Kelly McCormick.
* The Single Girls Guide (book by Gordon Greenberg, music and lyrics by Tommy Newman), directed by Kevin Moriarty. Cast: Graham Rowat, Julia Mattison, Clarke Thorell, Adam Heller, Amber Iman, Sydney James Harcourt, Michael McCorry Rose, Farah Alvin, Jenny Powers, Gwen Hollander, Steve Rosen and Susan Mosher.
* The Three Little Pigs (book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, music by George Stiles), directed by Meg Bussert, with musical direction by Ryan Fielding Garrett. Cast: Christopher Sieber, Ann Harada, George Salazar, Ciara Renée and David Larsen.
Joan Collins – One Night with Joan, will run Feb. 2-9 at London’s Leicester Square Theatre, directed by Percy Gibson.
“In the show, she shares stories and secrets of her celebrated life and career in what press materials dub as ‘one of the world’s most glamorous and intriguing personalities.’ Among the many confidences, she tells of the ups and downs of her career and screens rare film footage from her life. It’s a chance to hear firsthand about her marriages, her screen test for ‘Cleopatra’ and to discover why she lost the role to Elizabeth Taylor, her first on-set encounter with the formidable Bette Davis, being broke and why and how Hollywood changed her fortune. In the second half of the evening there is a question-and-answer session.”
Watch: Preview of Seth Rudetsky & Jack Plotnick’s Disaster! A 1970’s Disaster Movie…Musical, with Mary Testa, Haven Burton, Tom Riis Farrell and Jennifer Simard.
Off-Broadway’s Naked Angels and The New School for Drama will present Angels Ajar, a preview of brand-new, full-length work by revered and promising talent, Nov. 4 at 6:30 PM at NYC’s New School for Drama Theater, directed by Daniel Aukin.
Scheduled to share excerpts from their newest works in progress: Jon Robin Baitz, Janine Nabers and Kirit Limperis.
Performers: Nathan Lane, Peter Jay Fernandez, Debargo Sanyal and New School for Drama MFA actors.
London’s St. James Theatre presents Mark Holliman & Greg Kotis’ Urinetown, to run Feb. 22 – May 3, directed by Jamie Lloyd.
Cast: Richard Fleeshman, Jenna Russell, Cory English and Jonathan Slinger, with more TBA.
A workshop of the news musical Bend It Like Beckham (music by Howard Goodall, lyrics by Charles Hart, book by Gurinder Chadha & Paul Mayeda), took place Oct. 5 in London, directed by Chadha, with choreography by Lynne Page.
Cast: Samantha Barks, Frances Ruffelle, Shobna Gulati, Preeya Kalidas and Richard Fleeshman.
Bend It Like Beckham is aiming to open late next year or early 2015 in the West End.
Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan will co-star in BBC television’s version of Susanna Clarke’s novel “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.”
The mini-series — adapted by screenwriter Peter Harness — will play seven one-hour episodes. Filming begins Oct. 23.
“At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England’s history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England–until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight. Soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell’s student, and they join forces in the war against France.”
New York Theatre Workshop‘s What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined, (music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David and others, musical arrangements by Kyle Riabko, conceived by Kyle Riabko and David Lane Seltzer), will run Nov. 19 – Jan. 5 (opening Dec. 5), directed and choreographed by Steven Hoggett.
Cast: Daniel Bailen, Laura Dreyfuss, James Nathan Hopkins, Nathaly Lopez, Kyle Riabko, James Williams and Daniel Woods.