GRACE NOTES: Monday, October 20, 2014

Today’s Highlights:

* brownsville song (b-side for tray), by Kimber Lee, directed by Patricia McGregor, featuring Sheldon Best, Sun Mee Chomet, Lizan Mitchell, Chris Myers and Taliyah Whitaker, opens at Off-Broadway’s LCT3.

* Billy & Ray, by Mike Bencivenga, directed by Gary Marshall, featuring Vincent Kartheiser and Larry Pine, with Sophie von Haselberg and Drew Gehling, opens at Off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre.

* Jaygee Macapugay begins her run as Imelda Marcos in Here Lies Love at the Public Theater.

* A Delicate Balance, by Edward Albee, directed by Pam MacKinnon, featuring Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins and Martha Plimpton, begins previews at Broadway’s Golden Theatre.

Dancers Over 40‘s I Like Your Style: A Tribute to Joe Layton celebration, hosted by Bruce Vilanch, with panelists Nicole Barth, James Dybas, Dorothy Frank Danner, Carolyn Kirsch, Sondra Lee, Lawrence Leritz, Patti Mariano, Lawrence Merritt and Mary Zahn, remembrances by Grover Dale, Bob Fitch, Terrence Mann, Marianne Tatum and Susan Guthrie Lowrance, and performances by Loni Ackerman, Jill O’Hara and Walter Willison, at 7 PM at Off-Broadway’s St. Luke’s Theatre.

Red Bull Theater‘s The Tempest gala benefit reading, directed by Jesse Berger, featuring Michael Cerveris (Prospero), De’Adre Aziza, Gerry Bamman, Clifton Duncan, Angel Desai, Sean Patrick Doyle, Glenn Fleshler, Carman Lacivita, Drew Ledbetter, Matthew Rauch, Jay O. Sanders, Stephen Spinella, Raphael Nash Thompson, Auden Thornton, Michael Urie and Marc Vietor, as well as original live music by Greg Pliska, at 7:30 PM at Off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons.

* Phyllis Frelich memorial service, hosted by Deaf West Theatre, at 8 PM at LA’s Mark Taper Forum. Open to the public.

* Bloodsong of Love concert, by Joe Iconis, directed by John Simpkins, featuring Phillipa Soo, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Eric William Morris, Jeremy Morse, Lance Rubin and Jason SweetTooth Williams, at 7 & 9:30 PM at 54 Below.

* Zoey Sarnak & Taylor Noble‘s tay and zo’s Living Room Session FREE concert, with special guest Lauren Pritchard, at 9 PM at NYC’s Rockwood Musical Hall. Information212-477-4155.

* Playing on Air public radio show, featuring Steven Boyer, Marsha Mason, Matthew Maher, Amy Ryan, David Furr and Jeanine Seralles, at 7:30 PM at Brooklyn’s Bric House.

* The Last Ship TimesTalks discussion with Sting and Joe Mantello, live-streamed at 6:30 PM here.


Reviews Reviews for East is East at London’s Trafalgar Studios:

The Independent (Paul Taylor): “There are few plays that manage to be so delightful and discomfiting at the same time as East Is East…Sam Yates’s splendid revival now in the Trafalgar Transformed Season is notable… It brings Jane Horrocks back to stage in a terrific, gutsy-yet-sensitive portrayal of Ella.”

The Guardian (Lyn Gardner): “… David Hare has taken to the stage to perform his own work, but there is something particularly poignant in watching Ayub Khan Din play the overbearing father, George, in his strongly autobiographical play about growing up in a mixed race household which is set in Salford in the early 1970s…It’s a beautiful performance in a hugely enjoyable revival…with great humour and real theatrical exuberance it explores generational tensions and gently suggests that, however much we revolt against our parents, there is a large chance that, eventually, we will turn into them.”

Evening Standard (Henry Hitchings): “Jane Horrocks returns to theatre, after five years away, with an intelligent portrait of a Seventies housewife struggling to stand up to six wilful children and a despotic husband. She brings a lovely chirpy resilience to loyal Ella in Ayub Khan Din’s semi-autobiographical play about immigration and identity…The grimmer scenes of domestic abuse seem contrived, and the production doesn’t always feel sharply focused. But any opportunity to see Horrocks onstage is a treat.”



Quiz GRACE NOTES Quiz Press Conference, by Jim Bernhard

Match the Journalists in Column 1 with the Newspapers in Column 2 and the Plays or Musicals in which they appear in Column 3:

1. Mary Sunshine Waterbury Standard Nelly Bly
2. E. K. Hornbeck New York World The Man Who Came to Dinner
3. Hildy Parks Grover’s Corner Sentinel An Enemy of the People
4. Charles Webb Mesalia Journal Chicago
5. Benjamin Kidd Baltimore Herald The Front Page
6. Bert Jefferson Chicago Herald-Examiner Our Town
7. Joseph Pulitzer People’s Messenger Inherit the Wind
8. Sid Davis New York Herald The Desert Song
9. Phineas T. Fogarty Paris Daily Mail Newsies
10. Hovstad Evening Star Ah, Wilderness!

Scroll down for the answers…


Additional casting has been announced for Prospect Theatre Company‘s production Peter Mills & Cara Reichel’s The Upperclassman (inspired by Fitzgerald’s first novel “This Side of Paradise”), to run Nov. 9 -23 (opening Nov. 19) at Off-Broadway’s Duke on 42nd Street, directed by Reichel, with choreography by Christine O’Grady and musical direction by Daniel Feyer..

Cast 2: Matt Dengler (F. Scott Fitzgerald), Jessica Grové (Ginevra King), Piper Goodeve  (Marie Hersey), Alex Wyse (John Peale Bishop), Billy Hepfinger (Edmund Wilson) and Jeremy Morse, with Jordan Bondurant, Elizabeth Burton, Jason Edward Cook, Holland Grossman, C.J. Pawlikowski, Davey Rosenberg, and Michael Ruocco, Matt Gibson, Christopher Herr, Adam Machart, Liz Shivener and Whitney Winfield.

“An original musical that explores F. Scott Fitzgerald’s coming of age as a writer on the eve of World War I — and his first romance with elusive debutante Ginevra King. ”


Closing  David Byrne & Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love will close Jan. 3 at the Public Theater.    


Complete casting has been announced the Musical in Mufti’s production of Gerald Freedman & John Morris’ A Time for Singing (based on Richard Llewellyn’s novel “How Green Was My Valley”), to run Oct. 25 – Nov. 2 at Off-Broadway’s York Theatre, directed by Michael Montel, with musical direction by Dale Rieling.

Cast 2: Glenn Seven Allen, Wilson Bridges, Dylan Boyd, Preston Truman Boyd, Madeleine Doherty, Steve French, Ben Gunderson, Gus Halper, Joe Kolinski, Sara Killough, Analisa Leaming, Barbara Marineau, Brian Murray and Gordon Stanley.

A Time for Singing examines the lives and loves of the citizens of a South Wales mining town. Virtually unheard since its brief Broadway run during a New York newspaper strike in 1966, the show is a tapestry of choral riches and operatic grandeur.”


NYMF’s 2014 Gala Auction is now open and continues through Nov. 9 at 8 PM ET.

Bid Click here to view all items and to bid.


The fourth annual TEDxBroadway — a one-day event that asks “What is the Best Broadway Can Be?” – returns Mon. Feb. 23rd at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages.

“This event is for everyone who has a stake in Broadway,” explains Jim McCarthy, CEO, Goldstar and Co-organizer, TEDxBroadway. “We’re talking about the whole neighborhood, the whole Broadway ecosystem, and so it’s broader than just arts or theatre. True to the TED format, we pull speakers from vast perspectives, varying expertise, some fields you may not even have heard of yet – all with ideas worth sharing.”

This year’s speakers: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Sree Sreenivasan, Dr. Laurie Santos,  Kirsten Sabia, Osh Ghanimah, Elliott Masie and Emily Simoness, with more TBA.

Click here for more information.


Video Video: Mash-up of Christopher Walken‘s many memorable musical moments.


Shaw’s Major Barbara will run Nov. 4 – Dec. 14 (opening Nov. 16) at Off-Broadway’s Pearl Theatre Company, directed by David Staller.

Cast 2: Robin Leslie Brown (Rummy), Bradford Cover (Morrison, Peter Shirley, Biliton) Dan Daily (Andrew Undershaft), Carol Schultz (Lady Britomart, Mrs. Baines), Becky Baumwoll (Sarah Undershaft, Jenny Hill), Hannah Cabell (Barbara Undershaft), Cary Donaldson (Bill Walker, Charles Lomax), Richard Gallagher (Cusins) and Alec Shaw (Stephen Undershaft, Snobby Price).

“In Major Barbara, when the charming weapons-manufacturer Andrew Undershaft goes toe-to-toe with his passionate daughter Barbara, a Major in the Salvation Army, over his “ill-gotten” fortune, it leads to the wager of the century. She is determined to save his soul—he is determined to open her eyes to a wider world. Their confrontation will knock their entire family’s moral compass up, down, and sideways, never to be the same again.”


Complete casting has been announced for Timothy Mason & Mel Marvin’s Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to run Nov. 15 – Dec. 27 (opening Nov. 20) at San Diego’s Old Globe, directed & choreographed by James Vásquez, with musical direction by Elan McMahan.

Cast 2: Burke Moses (Grinch), Taylor Coleman & Gabriella Dimmick (Cindy-Lou Who), Steve Gunderson (Old Max), Robert J. Townsend (Papa Who), Bets Malone (Mama Who), Geno Carr (Grandpa Who), Nancy Snow Carr (Grandma Who), Katelyn Katz & Alexis Rae Tenney (Annie Who), Brooke Henderson and Mikaela Celeste Villalpando  (Betty-Lou Who), Noah Baird & Elliot Weaver (Boo Who), and Jordi Bertran & Imahni King-Murillo (Danny Who), with Luke Babbitt, Josh Bradford, Nathan Conlan, Sophia Dimmick, Savannah Rae Farmer, David Kirk Grant, Kyrsten Hafso-Koppman, Jacob Haren, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport, Hourie Klijian, Cady Mariano, Dylan Nalbandian, Nathan Andrew Riley, Lexy Sakrekoff, Jill Townsend and Kelsey Venter.


Married Matthew Morrison married Renee Puente on Saturday in Maui in a small ceremony of 50 family and friends on a private venue.


The Shubert Organization, which owns 17 of the 40 Broadway theatres, has purchased the former H.B. Day Warehouse at 604-606 West 48th Street, between 11th Avenue and the West Side Highway, for $11.25 million.

Built in 1929, the 24,000 square-foot building includes a full basement, a freight elevator and ground-floor parking. The deal was set in motion last spring with the formation of “604-606 W 48th St. LLC,” filed with the New York State Secretary of State.

It was also reported that the company, which made a bid for Off-Broadway’s New World Stages complex this summer, also planned to build a state-of-the-art, 1,500-seat Broadway theatre between West 45th and 46th streets.

Additional details TBA.


Jennifer Holliday will star as Sophia in a mini-tour of The Color Purple, to launch Oct. 23 in Detroit.

Click here for the tour schedule.


Duane Poole, Larry Grossman & Carol Hall’s A Christmas Memory will run Nov. 25 – Jan. 4 (opening Dec. 4) at Off-Broadway’s Irish Rep, directed by Charlotte Moore, with musical direction by Aaron Gandy.

Cast 2: Alice Ripley, Nancy Hess, Taylor Richardson, Virginia Ann Woodruff, Silvano Spagnuolo, Samuel Cohen and Ashley Robinson.

“The musical, based on a short story by Truman Capote, is set in 1930′s Alabama with a plot centered around a group of eccentrics throwing a traditional Southern Christmas.”


The LA revival cast of the Damon Intrabartolo & Jon Hartmere’s bare will reunite in concert Sun. Nov. 16 at 8 PM at LA’s Rockwell Table & Stage, with musical direction by Elmo Zapp.

This is not the same incarnation of the musical that was recently seen at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages; that version featured a revised libretto and additional material by Lynne Shankel.

Cast 2: Payson Lewis, Jonah Platt, Lindsay Pearce, Katie Stevens, Shelley Regner, John Griffin, Kelsey Hainlen, Casey Hayden, Christopher Higgins, Reesa Ishiyama, Alissa-Nicole Koblentz, Harrison Meloeny, Katherine Washington and Stephanie Andersen.


Chicago’s Drury Lane Theatre will present Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot Oct. 30 – Jan. 4 (opening Nov. 6), directed by Alan Souza.

Cast 2: Ken Clark (King Arthur), Christy Altomare (Guenevere), Travis Taylor (Lancelot), Jonathan Weir (Merlyn/Pellinore), Patrick Rooney (Mordred) and Gabriel Stern (Tom of Warwick), with Alec Barbour, Michael Brown, Don Denton, Devin DeSantis, J. Michael Finley, Nathan Gardner, Travis A. Knight, Philip Lacey, Megan Long, Henry McGinniss, Keewa Nurullah, Erin Oechsel, Tony Pellegrino, Allison Sill, Andrea Louise Soule and Glenn Stanton.


If It Only Even Runs A Minute 13, the latest edition of rare songs, behind-the-scenes tales and inspiring photos from under-appreciated Broadway & Off-Broadway musicals, will take place Mon. Nov. 3 at 9:30 PM at 54 Below.

The show will feature performances and stories from original cast members and writers of several of the featured shows, including All Shook Up, American Passion, Jimmy,  Laughing Room Only, Saved, The Shoestring Revue and Sunny River.

Performers: Anna Grace Barlow, Harrison Chad, Bobby Creighton, Jenn Gambatese, Van Hughes, Molly Model, Grace Ralbovsky, Charlie Rosen, Joan Shepard, Evan Thompson, and more.


Gene Kelly: The Legacy, An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly will be presented Oct. 24-25 at Nashville’s Troutt Theater.

“Mrs. Gene Kelly (Patricia Ward Kelly) who is also a professional biographer and film historian, will take the audience behind the scenes and share an intimate story of her late husband Gene Kelly, the man who helped create some of the most memorable scenes in film history. This unique performance combines rare and familiar film clips, never released audio recordings, memorabilia, and personal insights culled from hundreds of hours of interviews with her husband. Mrs. Kelly, whose presentation has been described as ‘mesmerizing,’ reveals a very personal side of this American legend and his perspective on the innovative work for which he wished to be remembered.”


Rumor Rumor:  Ericka Nicole Malone’s In Love with Tyrone is currently in talks with directors and producers to bring the touring show to Broadway.

“The musical is a story about a woman’s struggle to redefine herself after she is betrayed by her first love and best friend – her husband Tyrone. The urban contemporary, inspiring musical features eight original songs by Malone.”

The 2012 tour starred Robin Givens and Leon Robinson.


Carol Burnett with Rosie O’Donnell will take place Sun. Nov. 2 at 7:30 PM at NYC’s 92Y, and will be live-streamed here as well at 7:30 PM ET.


Quiz GRACE NOTES Quiz answersPress Conference:

1. Mary Sunshine, Evening Star, Chicago
2. E. K. Hornbeck, Baltimore Herald, Inherit the Wind
3. Hildy Parks, Chicago Herald-Examiner, The Front Page
4. Charles Webb, Grover’s Corners Sentinel, Our Town
5. Benjamin Kidd, Paris Daily Mail, The Desert Song
6. Bert Jefferson, Mesalia Journal, The Man Who Came to Dinner
7. Joseph Pulitzer, New York World, Newsies
8. Sid Davis, Waterbury Standard, Ah, Wilderness!
9. Phineas T. Fogarty, New York Herald, Nelly Bly
10. Hovstad, People’s Messenger, An Enemy of the People

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