GRACE NOTES: Monday, July 28, 2014


Today’s Highlights:

* A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Willams, directed by Benedict Andrews, featuring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby, opens at London’s Young Vic.

* Billy Harrigan Tighe and AJ Holmes begin their runs in The Book of Mormon at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre.

* Phoenix, by Scott Organ, directed by Jennifer DeLia, featuring Julia Stiles and James Wirt, begins previews at Off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre.

* Project Shaw‘s Super Shaw reading, produced & directed by David Staller, featuring Charles Busch, Richard Easton, Roberta Maxwell and Patrick Page, at 7 PM at NYC’s Symphony Space.

* Broadway Sings Its Heart Out benefit concert for Zara Aina, co-hosted by Bryce Pinkham & Jake Lacy, featuring Adriane Lenox, Laura Osnes, Jacob Ming-Trent, Kate Schutt, Griffin Matthews, Matt Gould, Lisa O’Hare, Lauren Worsham, and the cast of Witness Uganda, at 7 PM at Joe’s Pub.

* Broadway the Hardway concert, starring Lena Hall & Billy Magnussen & cast members from Rock of Ages and A Night With Janis Joplin, and special guests Lance Horne, Constantine Maroulis, Kayvon Z and III, Courtney Act, and more, at 8 PM at NYC’s 42West.

* Lindsay Mendez and Marco Paguia in concert, at 7 PM at NYC’s Birdland.

* Impro Theatre’s Sondheim Unscripted completely improvised musical, at 8 PM Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

* Margo Seibert‘s Busy Being Free concert, at 9:30 PM at 54 Below.

* Broadway Barre benefit concert, hosted by Kate Pazakis, featuring We Will Rock You cast members Jackie Arnold, P.J. Griffith, Ruby Lewis, Erica Peck, Ryan Knowles, Todd Adamson, Jennifer Noble, Saccha Dennis, Suzanna Dupree, Brooke Morrison, Daniel Kermidas, Jessica Crouch, Sam DiGiuseppe, Corey Mosello and Dan Greenberg, at 8 PM at LA’s Rockwell Table & Stage.

* Seussical, directed & choreographed by Dan Knechtges, featuring Stephen Wallem, John Tartaglia, Julia Murney, Kirsten Wyatt, Liz Mikel, James Anthony, Gary Glasgow, April Strelinger and Reuben Thomas, closes at St. Louis Muny.



Quiz GRACE NOTES QuizFacing the Music, by Jim Bernhard:

These song titles all contain the word “face.” In what musicals do they appear?

1. “My Fortune Is My Face”
2. “Take That Look Off Your Face”
3. “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face”
4. “Put on a Happy Face”
5. “Funny Face”
6. “How Can You Describe a Face?”
7. “Sun on My Face”
8. “Let’s Face It”
9. “Look at That Face”
10. “That Face”

Scroll down for the answers…


MA’s Berkshire Theatre Group benefit performance of Lincoln’s Favorite Shakespeare will take place Thurs. Aug. 4 at 4 PM, directed by Gordon Hyatt.

Cast: John Douglas Thompson, Kathleen Chalfant, Chris Noth and Fritz Weaver.

The performance will feature “scenes and soliloquies known and loved by Abraham Lincoln from the canon of Shakespeare.”


Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical will return Dec. 5-28 at Madison Square Garden, directed by Matt August, with choreography by Bob Richard.

Casting TBA.


Menopause The Musical will play Denver Center‘s Buell Theatre Sat. Aug. 16 at 2 & 7:30 PM.

Cast: Sandra Benton, Kimberly Vanbiesbrouck, Valerie Mackey and Roberta B. Wall.


Casting has been announced for the Australian  premiere of Once, to begin Sept. 26 at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre.

Cast: Tom Parsons and Madeleine Jones, with Anton Berezin, Andrew Broadbent, Ben Brown, Gerard Carroll, Colin Dean, Brent Hill, Stefanie Jones, Keegan Joyce, Amy Lehpamer, Lachlan Neate, Jane Patterson, Greg Stone, Susan-ann Walker and Paul Watson


Update  The disorderly conduct and harassment case against actor Shia LaBeouf, who was escorted out of a performance of Broadway’s Cabaret in handcuffs, has been adjourned until Sept. 10.


The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis has announced its 2014-25 season:


* One Man, Two Guvnors (Sept. 10 – Oct. 5), by Richard Bean, directed by Edward Stern.

* A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oct. 15 – Nov. 9), directed by Paul Mason Barns.

* Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash (Dec. 3-28), by Richard Maltby, Jr. & William Meade, directed by Jason Edwards.

* Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Jan. 7 – Feb. 1), by Todd Kreidler, directed by Seth Gordon.

* The Winslow Boy (Feb. 11 – Mar. 8), by Terrence Rattigan, directed by Steven Woolf.

* Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Mar. 18 – Apr. 12), by Christopher Durang, directed by Michael Evan Haney.


* A Kid Like Jake (Oct. 29 – Nov. 16), by Daniel Pearle, directed by Seth Gordon.

* Safe House (Jan. 21 – Feb. 8) by Keith Josef Adkins.

* Buyer & Cellar (Mar. 11-29), by Jonathan Tolins, directed by Wendy Dann.


Video  From recent Cutting Edge Composers Corner concerts:

Video: Ben Frankhauser & Matthew McCorry Rose, “Gods Among Men” by Alexander Sage Oyen
Video: Annie Golden, “Spin Those Records” by Joe Iconis, LanceRubin & Jason SweetTooth Williams
Video: Van Hughes, “Before the End” by Kathryn Hathaway & Benjamin Velez
Video: Conrad Riccamora & Amber Gray, “As Beautiful” by Aaron Jones & Sung Rno
Video: Lilli Cooper, “It’s a Choice” by Paul Loesel & Scott Burkell
Video: Donna Vivino, “Where Is The Man” by Landon Braverman & Derek Hassler
Video: Julia Murney, “Elegy” by Carmel Dean
Video: Cristin Hubbard and Mary Mossberg, ”Out On The Edge” by Virginia Hart Pike
Video: Alison Cusano, Kate Ferber and Molly Hager, “Live Free or Die” by Sean Mahoney and Creighton Irons
Video: Ben Platt, “The Last Loser in the Universe” by Drew Gasparini
Video: Titus Burgess sings his own song, “I’ll Be Alright”
Video: Adam Kantor & Preston Sadleir, “Something There” by Zak Zadek
Video: Alice Ripley & Megahann Fahy, “The Flame” by Zoe Sarnak
Video: Allison Posner & Monica Raymund, “The Way You Move” by Eli Bolin & Sam Forman
Video: Al Calderon, “Someday” by Michael Patrick Walker
Video: Blake Daniel, “I Knew a Boy” by Will Reynolds
Video: Emma Hunton, “We Were Children” by Anna Dagmar


RIP  Broadway producer Karen Walter Goodwin has died from complications of color cancer surgery on June 30. She was 66 years old.

Goodwin helped produce Royal Shakespeare Company’s All’s Well That Ends Well in New York, London’s Les Miz (1985), The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon. She was also a producer of “Annie Warbucks” and “The Ark.”


Producers of NBC’s live version of the Broadway classic Peter Pan are seeking Native American women to star as Tiger Lily in the upcoming holiday broadcast.

Earlier this year an online petition circulated objecting to the casting of a Caucasian woman in the role of a Native American after Warner Brothers announced that Rooney Mara was cast to play Tiger Lily in the film “Pan,” which also stars Hugh Jackman.


Mykal Kilgore in concert will take place Mon. Aug. 4 at 9:30 PM at 54 Below, directed by Will Nunziata.

Special guests: Anastacia McCleskey, Amber Iman and Travaulya Wallace.

The concert will “explore Kilgore’s life as an artist, why music is important to him, and show off his eclectic taste in music ranging from gospel to jazz to soul to contemporary musical theatre.”


Article Article:  Robert Schenkkan on The Great Society, the sequel to All the Way.


Remembering Elaine Stritch will be held Thurs. Aug. 7 at 7 PM at NYC’s Metropolitan Room, hosted by Bernie Furshpan.

Performers: Pia Zadora, Natalie Douglas, Annaleigh Ashford, Shaleah Adkisson, Christopher Borger, Lisa Brescia, Baby Jane Dexter, Natalie Douglas, Jordan Scott Gilbert, Daryl Glenn, Jeff Harnar, Darius Harper, Anna Kirkland, Steven Carl McCasland, Liz McKendry, Travis Moser, Marquise Neal, N’Kenge, Maria Ottavia, Craig Pomeranz, Scott Siegel, Elaine St. George, K.T. Sullivan, Debbie Bush Whiting and Debra Grace Winer, with more TBA.


Ben Ockrent’s Breeders will run Sept. 3 – Oct. 4 at London’s St. James Theatre, directed by Tamara Harvey.

Cast: Nicholas Burns, Angela Griffin, Tamzin Outhwaite and Jemima Rooper.

“Andrea and her wife Caroline have it all: great jobs, a loving relationship and a new home. There’s just one thing missing: a baby. Amidst the drink-sodden traditions of a family Christmas, they have an idea: if nature can’t give them a child that shares both their genes, perhaps Andrea’s under-achieving brother Jimmy can? When he and his girlfriend Sharon agree, the four are forced closer than any family expects to be. Will this be the perfect solution? Or a recipe for disaster?”


Video  Video:  The Visit in rehearsal, starring Chita Rivera, and more, at Williamstown Theatre Festival.


Additional casting has been announced for the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which will launch Oct. 10-18  at RI’s Providence PAC.

Previously announced:  Paige Faure and Andy Jones.

Newly announced: Kecia Lewis, Blake Hammond, Aymee Garcia, Ashley Park, David Andino and Antoine Smith, with Adrien Arrieta, Adrian Badoo, Summer Broyhill, Audrey Cardwell, Jennifer Evans, Alexandra Frohlinger, Richard Gatta, Jordana Grolnick, Eric Anthony Johnson, Danielle Jordan, Bruce Landry, Ben Lanham, Stephanie Jae Park, Blakely Slaybough, Paige Williams, Thad Turner Wilson, John Yi and Alexandra Zorn.

Click here for the tour schedule.


Jessie Mueller & Jarrod Spector’s Jessie & Jarrod: The Stars of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will play New Jersey PAC March 1 & 2.

I’ll post a link when it’s available.

Additional concert dates TBA.


Chita Rivera‘s Chita’s Back returns to NYC’s Birdland Oct. 7-11.

I’ll post a link when it’s available.


Quiz GRACE NOTES Quiz answersFacing the Music:

1. “My Fortune Is My Face” by Jule Styne, Betty Comden & Adolph Green – Fade Out-Fade In
2. “Take That Look Off Your Face” by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Don Black –Song and Dance
3. “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe – My Fair Lady
4. “Put on a Happy Face” by Charles Strouse & Lee Adams  – Bye Bye Birdie
5. “Funny Face” by George & Ira Gershwin – Funny Face and My One And Only
6. “How Can You Describe a Face?” By Jule Styne, Betty Comden & Adolph Green – Subways Are For Sleeping
7. “Sun on My Face” by Jule Styne & Bob Merrill – Sugar
8. “Let’s Face It” by Cole Porter – Let’s Face It
9. “Look at That Face” by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley – The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd
10. “That Face” by Mel Brooks – The Producers

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