GRACE NOTES: Friday, August 29, 2014

 

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This Weekend’s Highlights:

Friday, August 29

Fire Island Pines Arts Project‘s Into the Woods, featuring Beth Leavel (Giant), Eric Gunhus (Rapunzel’s Prince), Nicole LaFountaine (Witch), Heather Koren (Cinderella), Steven Alan Black (Baker), Cynthia Murray-Davis (Baker’s Wife), John Cassese (Narrator), Dani Marcus (Rapunzel) and Ryan Bell (Cinderella’s Prince), opens at Whyte Hall.

* PSYCHE – A Modern Rock Opera, by Cindy Shapiro, directed by Michael Matthews, featuring Ashley Ruth Jones, Michael Starr and Laura L. Thomas, with Benai Boyd, Mathew Domenic D’Amico, Katie Kitani, Philip Dean Lightstone, Cindy Sciacca, Nakia Secrest, Neil Taffe, Derrian Tolden, Grace Yoo and Cynthia Zitter, opens at LA’s Greenway Court Theatre.

* The Tempest, adapted & directed by Aaron Posner & Teller, featuring Miche Braden, Louis Butelli, Joel Davel, Nate Dendy, Dawn Didawick, Joby Earle, Zachary Eisenstat, Liz Filios, Charlotte Graham, Eric Hissom, Jonathan M. Kim, Edmund Lewis, Mike McShane, Manelich Minniefee, Tom Nelis, Christopher Rose and Matt Spencer, begins previews at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center.

* Celebrating the Music of William Finn concert, directed by Shakina Nayfack, featuring Michael Linden, Anne L. Nathan, Amanda Savan, Sally Wilfert, Michael Winther  and Chip Zien, at 8 PM at MA’s Barrington Stage (also Aug. 30).

* The Bodyguard closes at London’s Adelphi Theatre.

* Nine Lives: A Musical Witness of New Orleans, by Paul Sanchez, Colman deKay, Michael Cerveris & Kimberly Kaye, directed by Jim Fitzmorris, featuring Cerveris, Bryan Bratt, Paul Sanchez, Shamarr Allen, George Sanchez, Jesse Moore, Robin Barnes, Vance Vaucresson, Alex McMurray, Debbie Davis, John Michael Haas, Ashley Rose Bailey, Tara Brewer, Erica Falls, Bill Malchow, Craig Klein and Sam Craft, closes at New Orleans’ Le Petit Theatre.

Saturday, August 30

* The Ziegfeld Society’s Summer Soirée 2014 concert, featuring Mike Batusic, Kimilee Bryant, David Giardina, Sarah Rice, Tara Tagliaferro and JoAnn Yeoman, at 1 PM at NYC’s Café Loup (105 West 13th Street).

* Celebrating the Music of William Finn concert, directed by Shakina Nayfack, featuring Michael Linden, Anne L. Nathan, Amanda Savan, Sally Wilfert, Michael Winther and Chip Zien, at 8 PM at MA’s Barrington Stage.

* Forbidden Broadway closes at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.

* Dessa Rose, by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, directed by Andrew Keates, featuring Cynthia Erivo, Sharon Benson, Miquel Brown, Cassidy Janson, Jon Robins, John Addison, Edward Baruwa, Alexander Evans, Cameron Leigh, Gabriel Mokake and Abiona Omanau, closes at London’s Trafalgar Square Studios 2.

Sunday, August 31

* Race, by David Mamet, directed by Scott Zigler, featuring Chris Bauer, Dominic Hoffman, Jonno Roberts and DeWanda Wise, opens at LA’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.

* The Tempest, adapted & directed by Aaron Posner & Teller, featuring Miche Braden, Louis Butelli, Joel Davel, Nate Dendy, Dawn Didawick, Joby Earle, Zachary Eisenstat, Liz Filios, Charlotte Graham, Eric Hissom, Jonathan M. Kim, Edmund Lewis, Mike McShane, Manelich Minniefee, Tom Nelis, Christopher Rose and Matt Spencer, opens at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center.

* Julie Garnye Live and In Concert! at 7 PM at LA’s Rockwell Table & Stage.

* Buyer & Cellar, by Jonathan Tolin, starring Michael Urie, closes at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre.

* My Fair Lady, directed by Joe Dowling, featuring Helen Anker Tony Sheldon, Donald Corren and Jeff McCarthy, with Robert O. Berdahl, Melissa Hart, Molly Sue McDonald, Tyler Michaels, Kasono Mwanza, Angela Timberman, Tony Vierling, Joseph Bigelow, Cat Brindisi, Aimee K. Bryant, Alex Gibson, Michael Gruber, Michael Hanna, Linda Talcott Lee, Joel Liestman, Ann Michels, Tinia Moulder and Jared Oxborough, closes at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater.

* Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by Joel Sass, featuring Charles Janasz, Suzanne Warmanen, Candy Buckley, Joshua James Campbell, Isabell Monk O’Connor and Ali Rose Dachis, closes at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater.

* The Qualms world premiere, by Bruce Norris, directed by Pam MacKinnon, featuring Greg Stuhr and Diane Davis, with Kate Arrington, Owais Ahmed, Karen Aldridge, Kirsten Fitzgerald, Keith Kupferer, David Pasquesi and Paul Oakley Stovall, closes at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre.

* Quartet, by Ronald Harwood, directed by Richard Seer, featuring Roger Forbes, Robert Foxworth, Elizabeth Franz and Jill Tanner, closes at San Diego’s Old Globe.

* Reasons to be Pretty, by Neil LaBute, directed by Randall Arney, featuring Nick Gehlfuss, Shawn Hatosy, Amber Tamblyn and Alicia Witt, closes at LA’s Geffen Playhouse.

* Dixie’s Tupperware Party, by Kris Andersson, directed by Patrick Richwood, starring Dixie Longate, closes at LA’s Geffen Playhouse.

* Sex With Strangers, by Laura Eason, directed by David Schwimmer, starring Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen, closes at Off-Broadway’s 2econd Stage.

* The Troubadour Theatre Company’s A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream, directed by Matt Walker, closes at Laguna Playhouse.

* Once national tour, featuring Stuart Ward, Dani De Waal, Ray Bokhour, Matt Deangelis, John Gardner, Donna Garner, Evan Harrington, Ryan Link, Benjamin Magnuson, Alex Nee, Erica Swindell, Kolette Tetlow, Claire Wellin, Estelle Bajou, Stephen McIntyre, Zander Meisner, Tina Stafford, Tiffany Topol, and Matt Wolpe, closes at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center.

* Romance in Hard Times workshop production, by William Finn & Rachel Sheinkin, directed by Joe Calarco, featuring David Benoit, Lance Fletke, Alan H. Green, Demond Green, Anne Kanengeiser, Theresa Kloos, Alix Korey, Andrea Leach, Michael Mandell, Christina Acosta Robinson, Aaron Serotsky, Matthew Gregory, Gabriel Elizabeth Kadian, Jordana McMahon and Ross Yoder, closes at MA’s Barrington Stage Company.

* My Life is a Musical, by Adam Overett, directed & choreographed by Marlo Hunter, featuring Robert Cuccioli, Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone , Justin Matthew Sargent, Howie Michael Smith, Wendi Bergamini, Adam Daveline, Danyel Fulton and Brian Sills, closes at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre.

Fire Island Pines Arts Project‘s Into the Woods, featuring Beth Leavel (Giant), Eric Gunhus (Rapunzel’s Prince), Nicole LaFountaine (Witch), Heather Koren (Cinderella), Steven Alan Black (Baker), Cynthia Murray-Davis (Baker’s Wife), John Cassese (Narrator), Dani Marcus (Rapunzel) and Ryan Bell (Cinderella’s Prince), closes at Whyte Hall.

* NYC Cabaret Festival concludes at 54 Below.

* The Fabulous Lipitones, by John Markus & Mark St. Germain, directed by Peter Flynn, featuring P.J. Benjamin, Scott Mikita, Joe Ricci and Rachid Sabitri, closes at Stony Point, NY’s Penguin Rep.

* In a Dark Dark House, by Neil LaBute, directed by Larry Moss, featuring Aaron McPherson, Shaun Sipos and Annie Chernecky, closes at LA’s Matrix Theatre.

* The Max Factor Factor, by Adrian Bewley, Joe Blodgett & Chana Wise, directed by Michael A. Shepperd, featuring Alex Boling, Jordan Kai Burnett, Jeff Scot Carey, Everjohn Feliciano, Jessica Howell, Kevin McIntyre, Kevin Michael Moran, Heather Olt, Stefan Rich, Trevor Shor, Jeffrey Christopher Todd and Jessica Snow Wilson, closes at North Hollywood’s NoHo Arts Center.

* Sanger: One Woman, One Story, starring Pamela Daly, closes at North Hollywood’s El Portal Theatre.  Use code DALY for discounts!

Monday, September 1

* Tim Realbuto: Wunderkind concert, featuring special guests Jenna Leigh Green, Ariana DeBose, Laurissa Romain, Kimberly Faye Greenberg, David Corris, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Melissa Dye and Abigail Ludrof, with Mat Burrow, Julie D’Moure, Thomas Ian Johnson, Allison St. Rock and co-writer Matthew Martin, at 7 PM at NYC’s Stage 72.

* sMASHed UP concert, with musical direction by Benjamin Rauhala, featuring Lacey Angerosa, Michael Campayno, Ariana DeBose, Steven Grant Douglas, Meghann Fahy, Ben Fankhauser, Jenna Leigh Green, Ari Groover, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Janet Krupin, Steffanie Leigh, Taylor Louderman, Trevor McQueen, Tara Minogue, Daniel Quadrino, Ryann Redmond, Christopher Rice, Nic Rouleau, Nick Savarese, Jillian Soares, Tess Soltau, and more, at 11:30 PM at 54 Below.

* Ben Platt‘s I’m Here cabaret, at 7 PM at 54 Below.

* ”Alan Jay Lerner – A Lyricist’s Letters” released in hardcover. Order Order here.

* Dancing Sondheim FREE iPhone & iPad app, compiling 7 short dance movies by Richard Daniels using the music of Stephen Sondheim, released.  Download Download here.

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Complete casting has been announced for the national tour of Kinky Boots., which launches Sept. 4-14 at Las Vegas’ Smith Center.

Cast: Kyle Taylor Parker (Lola), Steven Booth (Charlie Price), Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Lauren), Joe Coots (Don), Craig Waletzko (George) and Grace Stockdale (Nicola), with  Damien Brett, Stephen Carrasco, Lauren Nicole Chapman, Amelia Cormack, Troi Gaines, J. Harrison Ghee, Blair Goldberg, Darius Harper, Andrew Theo Johnson, Crystal Kellogg, Jeffrey Kishinevskiy, Jeff Kuhr, Ross Lekites, Patty Lohr, Mike Longo, Tommy Martinez, David McDonald, Nick McGough, Bonnie Milligan, Anthony Picarello, Horace V. Rogers, Ricky Schroeder, Anne Tolpegin, Juan Torres-Falcon, Hernando Umana and Sam Zeller.

Click here for the complete tour schedule.

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New York Times writer David Itzkoff will write a biography on Robin Williams, to be published by Henry Holt.

A timeline for its release was not announced. It is characterized as “the definitive, comprehensive account of Williams’s life.”

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Video Video: “Covers” web series, Ep. 4.  ”Covers” is a heightened-reality, character-driven “mockudramedy” that follows the story of two competing understudies and the surrounding company of Broadway’s Chicago.

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Broadway Does Country will be presented Mon. Sept. 8 at 7 PM at NYC’s Laurie Beechman Theatre, directed by Thom Christopher Warren, with musical direction by Steven Jamail.  

Performers: Nicholas Rodriguez, Stephanie Gibson, Justin Bowen, Stacia Fernandez, Cliff Samuels, Jim Newman, Gabrielle Ruiz, Jody Reynard, Adam Fleming, Brooklyn Shuck, Katie Rose Clark, Melissa VanPelt, Julie Tolivar, Meredith Ingleseby, Joshua Dixon, Kate McMillan and Scott Guthrie.

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Update - Yellow  Universal Pictures is now an above-the-title producer for the Broadway revival of the 1997 Tony-nominated musical Side Show, which will begin previews Oct. 18 and open Nov. 17 at Broadway’s St. James Theatre.

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To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel, which is currently in a return engagement at the U.K.’s Open Air Theatre, Regent Park (through Sept. 13), prior to a national tour, will have a 3rd London run June 24 – July 25, 2015 at the Barbican Theatre.

Robert Sean Leonard will return to the role of Atticus Finch.

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Star Statue - smallPhiladelphia’s 2014 Barrymore Award nominations:

Overall Production of a Play:
Annapurna (Theatre Exile)
The Brothers Size (Simpatico Theatre Project)
Circle Mirror Transformation (Theatre Horizon)
Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq (The Wilma Theater)
Down Past Passyunk (InterAct Theatre Company)
I Am My Own Wife (Theatre Horizon)
In a Dark Dark House (Simpatico Theatre Project)

Overall Production of a Musical:
Midsummer [a play with songs] (Inis Nua Theatre Company)
The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) (Montgomery Theater)
Nerds (Philadelphia Theatre Company)
Parade (Arden Theatre Company)

Direction of a Play:
Samantha Bellomo (Pride & Prejudice, People’s Light)
Damon Bonetti (True Story, Passage Theatre Company)
Joe Canuso (Annapurna, Theatre Exile)
Matthew Decker (Circle Mirror Transformation, Theatre Horizon)
James Ijames (The Brothers Size, Simpatico Theatre Project)
Kathryn MacMillan (I Am My Own Wife, Theatre Horizon)
Matt Pfeiffer (Down Past Passyunk, InterAct Theatre Company)

Direction of a Musical:
Stephen Casey (The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Montgomery Theater)
Aaron Cromie (Man of La Mancha, Act II Playhouse)
Kate Galvin (Midsummer [a play with songs], Inis Nua Theatre Company)
Terrence J. Nolen (Parade, Arden Theatre Company)

Leading Actor in a Play:
Pearce Bunting (Annapurna, Theatre Exile)
Keith J. Conallen (Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq, The Wilma Theater)
Akeem Davis (The Brothers Size, Simpatico Theatre Project)
Charlie DelMarcelle (I Am My Own Wife, Theatre Horizon)
Dan Olmstead (Frost/Nixon, New City Stage Company)
Allen Radway (In a Dark Dark House, Simpatico Theatre Project)
William Zielinski (Down Past Passyunk, InterAct Theatre Company)

Leading Actress in a Play:
Nancy Boykin (The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington, Flashpoint Theatre Company)
Beth Dixon (4000 Miles, Philadelphia Theatre Company)
Alice M. Gatling (Gidion’s Knot, InterAct Theatre Company)
Alex Keiper (Down Past Passyunk, InterAct Theatre Company)
Deirdre Madigan (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Philadelphia Theatre Company)
Katharine Powell (Three Sisters, Arden Theatre Company)
Catharine Slusar (Annapurna, Theatre Exile)

Leading Actor in a Musical:
Stanley Bahorek (Nerds, Philadelphia Theatre Company)
Charlie DelMarcelle (Midsummer [a play with songs], Inis Nua Theatre Company)
Ben Dibble (Parade, Arden Theatre Company)
Rob McClure (The Story of My Life, Delaware Theatre Company)

Leading Actress in a Musical:
Jennie Eisenhower (Parade, Arden Theatre Company)
Liz Filios (Midsummer [a play with songs], Inis Nua Theatre Company)
Lexy Fridell (Nerds, Philadelphia Theatre Company)
Laura Giknis (Little Shop of Horrors, Bristol Riverside Theatre)

Supporting Actor in a Play:
David Bardeen (Circle Mirror Transformation, Theatre Horizon)
Peter DeLaurier (Emma, Lantern Theater Company)
Joe Guzmán (True Story, Passage Theatre Company)
Dave Johnson (Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Arden Theatre Company)
Jered McLenigan (The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Lantern Theater Company)
William Rahill (Down Past Passyunk, InterAct Theatre Company)
John Zak (The Pillowman, Luna Theater Company)

Supporting Actress in a Play:
Nancy Boykin (Circle Mirror Transformation, Theatre Horizon)
Amanda Kearns (Tribes, Philadelphia Theatre Company)
Charlotte Northeast (Emma, Lantern Theater Company)
Karen Peakes (The Real Thing, The Wilma Theater)
Marcia Saunders (Incorruptible, Arden Theatre Company)
Mary Elizabeth Scallen (Pride & Prejudice, People’s Light)
Mary Beth Shrader (In a Dark Dark House, Simpatico Theatre Project)

Supporting Actor in a Musical:
Carl Clemons-Hopkins (Little Shop of Horrors, Bristol Riverside Theatre)
Derrick Cobey (Parade, Arden Theatre Company)
Benny Elledge (Nerds, Philadelphia Theatre Company)
Michael Philip O’Brien (Parade, Arden Theatre Company)

Supporting Actress in a Musical:
Sarah Gliko (Parade, Arden Theatre Company)
Alex Keiper (Parade, Arden Theatre Company)
Kenita Miller (Parade, Arden Theatre Company)
Candace Thomas (Little Shop of Horrors, Bristol Riverside Theatre)

Ensemble in a Play:
The Brothers Size (Simpatico Theatre Project)
A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Lantern Theater Company)
Circle Mirror Transformation (Theatre Horizon)
Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq (The Wilma Theater)
The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington (Flashpoint Theatre Company)
Pride & Prejudice (People’s Light)
Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Arden Theatre Company)

Ensemble in a Musical:
Man of La Mancha (Act II Playhouse)
The Muscial of Musicals (The Musical!) (Montgomery Theater)
Nerds (Philadelphia Theatre Company)
Parade (Arden Theatre Company)

Original Music:
Stefán Örn Arnarson (True Story, Passage Theatre Company)
Christopher Colucci (The Rainmaker, People’s Light)
Michael Hahn (The Exonerated, Delaware Theatre Company)
Robert Kaplowitz (A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Lantern Theater Company)
Daniel Perelstein (Annapurna, Theatre Exile)
Daniel Perelstein (Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq, The Wilma Theater)
Daniel Perelstein (The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington, Flashpoint Theatre Company)

Choreography/Movement:
Samantha Bellomo (Pride & Prejudice, People’s Light)
Joshua Bergasse (Nerds, Philadelphia Theatre Company)
Stephen Casey (Little Shop of Horrors, Bristol Riverside Theatre)
Michael Cosenza (Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq, The Wilma Theater)
Niki Cousineau (Parade, Arden Theatre Company)
K.O. DelMarcelle (Emma, Lantern Theater Company)
Samuel Antonio Reyes (Altar Boyz, 11th Hour Theatre Company)

Music Direction:
Matt Doebler (Nerds, Philadelphia Theatre Company)
Jamison Foreman (Midsummer [a play with songs], Inis Nua Theatre Company)
Ryan Touhey (Little Shop of Horrors, Bristol Riverside Theatre)
Ryan Touhey (Parade, Arden Theatre Company)

New Play/Musical:
A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Lantern Theater Company)
Down Past Passyunk (InterAct Theatre Company)
The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington (Flashpoint Theatre Company)
True Story (Passage Theatre Company)

Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist:
Liz Filios
Aimé Donna Kelly
Bi Jean Ngo
Daniel Perelstein
Mary Tuomanen

Philadelphia Award:
Annapurna (Theatre Exile)
The Exonerated (Delaware Theatre Company)
I Am My Own Wife (Theatre Horizon)
In a Dark Dark House (Simpatico Theatre Company)
The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington (Flashpoint Theatre Company)

Evolving Theatre Company:
Azuka Theatre
EgoPo Classic Theater
Inis Nua Theater Company
Quintessence Theatre Group
Tiny Dynamite

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Carla Belver, Actress and Teacher

Click here for the complete list of nominations.

The awards will be presented Mon. Oct. 27 at 7 PM at the Merriam Theatre.

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David Hyde Pierce will recur on “The Good Wife” as “a highly respected cable news legal commentator who is so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office in order to affect change.”

“The Good Wife” returns for its 6th season on Sept. 21 at 9:30 PM on CBS.

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The Festival of New American Musicals presents the world premiere of Bill Borden’s Locals Only!, to run Oct. 2-29 (opening Oct. 3) at Santa Monica College.

Casting and creative team TBA.

“The story of a poor young Venice surfer, Buzz, who falls in love with Ariel, a ‘Valley girl’ from a sheltered, privileged background. Filled with colorful characters, and foot-stomping songs and dances, Locals Only! reveals the inevitable conflicts when different worlds collide.”

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West End Bares, the London edition of Broadway Bares, will return for the 5th consecutive year at London’s Café de Paris for two performances of Nudedunnit?! on Sun. Sept. 7 at 9:30 PM & Midnight (the latter peformance is notoriously more risqué than the first).

The show “will pay homage to the murder mystery genre, featuring the usual suspects, large concealed weapons and the most revealing of motives.”

Performers: Jake Canuso, James Dreyfus, Matt Evers, Jill Halfpenny, Helen Lederer and Harriet Thorpe.

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Charles Busch will make his London cabaret debut Nov. 11-13 at Crazy Coqs, with musical direction by Tom Judson.  I’ll post a link when it’s available.

“The show is filled with outrageous personal stories, original characters, Hollywood film parody and classic songs.”

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Off-Broadway’s York Theatre Company will present Stephen Cole’s The Gift of Music, A Father’s Musical Legacy, Sept. 6-7 at 7:30 PM, directed by Pamela Hunt, with musical direction by Michael Rice.

Cast: George Dvorsky, Marcie Henderson and Quinn Lemley.

The show is a concert tribute to cantor and Broadway performer Larry Gilbert.

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Sean J. Quinn’s Money Grubbin’ Whores will run Sept. 25 – Oct. 19 (opening Sept. 30) at Off-Broadway’s Lion Theatre, directed by Brian Cichocki.

Cast: Adam Mucci, James Andrew O’Connor, Penny Bittone and Carmit Levité.

“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a messy divorce negotiated in the downstairs party room of a Northern New Jersey pizza joint.”

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Casting has been announced for the return of the Jersey Boys national tour at LA’s Pantages Theatre Sept. 30 – Oct. 19 (opening Oct. 5).

Cast: Nicolas Dromard (Tommy DeVito), Jason Kappus (Bob Gaudio), Hayden Milanes (Frankie Valli) and Adam Zelasko (Nick Massi) as The Four Seasons, and Barry Anderson and Thomas Fiscella, with Tommaso Antico, Jaycie Dotin, Marlana Dunn, De’Lon Grant, Wes Hart, Bryan Hindle, Austin Owen, John Rochette, Leslie Rochette, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Kara Tremel, Jonny Wexler and Keith White.

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Disney’s “Tangled” returns to Hollywood’s El Capitan Theater Sept. 12 – Oct. 8.

Showtimes: 10 AM, 1 PM, 4 PM and 7 PM.

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Goodspeed Opera House presents the world premiere of Gordon Greenberg & Chad Hodge’s Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn Sept. 19 – Nov. 30 (opening Oct. 25), directed by Greenberg, with choreography by Denis Jones and musical direction by Michael O’Flaherty.

Cast: Noah Racey, Danny Rutigliano, Patti Murin, Hayley Podschun, Susan Mosher, Tally Sessions (replacing Corey Mach) and Noah Marlow, with Alissa Alter, Abby Church, Darien Crago, Caley Crawford, Jeremiah Ginn, Juliane Godfrey, Laura Harrison, Bryan Thomas Hunt, Charles MacEachern, Karl Skyler Urban, John T. Wolfe, Sarah Fagan and Darrell T. Joe.

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Initial casting has been announced for the world premiere of Clare Barron’s You Got Older will run Oct. 29 – Nov. 22 (opening Nov. 6) at Off-Broadway’s HERE, directed by Anne Kauffman.  I’ll post a link when it’s available.  

Cast: Reed Birney and Brooke Bloom, with more TBA.

“This new play looks at family, illness, and how we cope when life unexpectedly unravels. The plot follows one woman as she attempts to remain standing when everything she’s known comes crashing down around her.”

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Bradley Cooper is behind many of the Booth Theatre’s exterior transformations for the fall run of The Elephant Man. He wants to make the Booth feel like one of the attractions of that time.

The Booth will now sport a marquee with vintage light bulbs, walls and doors cloaked in 19th-century sideshow-inspired artwork, and period appropriate lamp posts.

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Lizzie Vieh’s Wisconsin Death Trip will have two readings, directed by James Rutherford. RSVPElizabethRVieh@gmail.com.

Sun. Sept. 7 at 7 PM: Manhattan Theatre Club’s Creative Center (311 W. 43rd Street)
Mon. Sept. 8 at 7 PM: ART/NY’s Bruce Mitchell Room (520 8th Avenue)

Cast: Caroline Kaplan and Jason Loughlin, with Georgia Cohen, Charise Greene, Karl Gregory, Brough Hansen, Ben Kahre, Lizzie King-Hall, Lauren Lubow, Haas Regen and Rudi Utter.

Wisconsin Death Trip, based on the book by Michael Lesy, mixes vivid poetic language with deliciously dark humor, and explores themes of loss, sickness, alienation, drug addiction and sexual yearning. While most events are filtered through the perspective of tireless newspaperman Frank Cooper, the heart of the drama is found in our intimate encounters with characters such as Anna Myinek and Ward Rausch, two homeless tramps on-the-go; and Vera Arlington, a wealthy daughter of a landowner who marries beneath her status, kills herself after her only baby dies, and returns as a ghost. These stories offer glimpses into the resoluteness of the human spirit in the face of utter destruction.”

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Director Jamie Lloyd has “amicably” left the team of the new Back to the Future musical adaptation, just before the show was set to begin workshops in Los Angeles and London. Lloyd and Bob Gale – screenwriter for the three “Back to the Future” films — “disagreed over the production’s direction.” A new timeline has yet to be announced.

For Lloyd, the decision was “just a case of wanting to stand by my vision. You absolutely have to believe in it or there’s not much point.”

Bob Gale will now rewrite the musical and will send out a new draft to directors late next year, with hopes for a 2016 bow in the West End. The show had originally been aiming for an opening to coincide with the 1985 film’s 30th anniversary in 2015.

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A NYC workshop of Alfred Uhry’s musical adaptation of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, directed by Rob Ashford, will take place Sept. 15-18. The project features standards from the American songbook, including the music of Johnny Mercer.

Casting TBA, although Tony Goldwyn, Leslie Uggams, Peter Cincotti, Jessica Molaskey, Michael Park and Jake Robinson appeared in a recent reading.

“Shots rang out in Savannah’s grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt’s sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction.”

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