GRACE NOTES: Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Today’s Highlights:

* Paul Anthony Stewart begins his run as Don Kirshner in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

* Scott J. Campbell begins his run as Gerry Goffin in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

* Quinn VanAntwerp begins his run as Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre.

* Chicago, directed & choreographed by Nick Kenkel, featuring Heather Parcells, Bahiyah Hibah, Sean McDermott, Liz McCartney, Nick Kohn and C. Simmons, with Sara Andreas, Sissy Bell, Cameron Bruke, Ian Campayno, Paula Caselton, Gaby Gamache, Michael Graceffa, Tripp Hampton, Lauralyn McClelland, Tim McGarrigal, Elyse Niederee, Devin L. Roberts and Kit Treece, opens at MA’s North Shore Music Theatre.

* Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Christopher Luscombe, featuring Edward Bennett and Michelle Terry, with Sam Alexander, Peter Basham, William Belchambers, Nick Haverson, John Hodgkinson, David Horovitch, Tunji Kasim, Sophie Khan Levy, Oliver Lynes, Emma Manton, Chris McCalphy, Frances McNamee, Peter McGovern, Chris Nayak, Jamie Newall, Roderick Smith, Flora Spencer-Longhurst and Harry Waller, Thomas Wheatley and Leah Whitaker, begins previews at the UK’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

* The Vertical Hour, by David Hare, directed by Nigel Douglas, featuring Peter Davison and Thusitha Jayasundera, begins previews at London’s Park Theatre.

TACT/The Actors Company Theatre‘s The Killing of Sister George, by Frank Marcus, directed by Drew Barr, featuring Cynthia Harris, Darrie Lawrence, Margot White and Caitlin O’Connell, begins previews at Off-Broadway’s Beckett Theatre.

* Randy Graff‘s Made in Brooklyn concert, at 7 PM at 54 Below (also Oct. 7 & 21).

* A Little New Music 6 concert, hosted by Jordan Kai Burnett, featuring songs by Carner & Gregor, Gregory Nabours, Buck & Gwinn, Kristy Hanson, Sankoff & Hein, Bogart & Rockwell, Levine & Castle, Anna K. Jacobs & Michael R. Jackson, Kevin Ray, Rachel Peter, Meinwald & Leary, Daniel Maté, and Moran & Pappas, performed by Nicole Parker, Kevin Odekirk, Leslie Stevens, Rhett George and Lisa Musser, with Patricia Whiteman, Constance Jewell Lopez, Kevin Patrick Doherty, Shannon Martinous, David Crane, Jase Lindgren, Sammi Lappin, and more, plus special guest Kristy Hanson, at 8 PM at LA’s Rockwell Table & Stage.

* “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” tribute airs at 10:30 PM on PBS.

* Tamar of the River cast album released on CD.  Order Order here.

* Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga‘s “Cheek to Cheek” released on MP3. Download Download here.


Reviews Reviews for Evita at London’s Dominion Theatre:

Guardian (Michael Billlington):  ”Has anyone thought of using surtitles in musicals? I ask because the one flaw in this highly skilled revival of the 1978 Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice show is the lack of attention to vocal detail. We lose many of the heavily amplified words, and that matters in a musical that rests on its ambivalent attitude towards its protagonist…If the show still works, it is largely because it boasts one of Lloyd Webber’s best, most tightly composed scores. It uses Latin American rhythms, military marches, and wistful ballads yet constantly returns to a key melodic phrase in the big number. Rice’s lyrics also offset Lloyd Webber’s inherent romanticism and contain sharp couplets such as Che’s ‘instead of government we had a stage, instead of ideas a prima donna’s rage.’ The only problem is that I didn’t catch those lines in the vast Dominion. One day I’d like to see this musical in an intimate, studio version where audibility trumped spectacle.”

Daily Mail (Quentin Letts): “This too-brief revival – set to run only until the start of November – reminds us of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s superb melodies: ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,’ ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall,’ ‘On This Night Of A Thousand Stars’ and more…Miss Alberto is superb as Eva, feeding off the crowds, her voice sure. Matthew Cammelle is good as Peron, Ben Forster does splendidly as nightclub singer Magaldi.”

Telegraph (Dominic Cavendish): “On the opening night of its return to the West End, lighting up a fancily refurbished Dominion Theatre for a limited season, did I care about the fate of its heroine, played in the original production by Elaine Paige and here by radiant Portuguese star-in-the-making Madalena Alberto? Not really until the closing stages, when stirring strings and Alberto’s powerfully affecting performance had me teetering on the brink of tears at the spectacle of premature death – Evita died in 1952 at the age of 33, yearning to do more, somehow unfinished.”


Reviews Reviews for MCC Theater’s Money Shot at Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre:

NY Times (Ben Brantley): “So let’s get started: How many Hollywood actors does it take to screw in a light bulb? Neil LaBute neither poses nor answers that question in The Money Shot, his raunchy new sitcom of a play…But if he did, I’m sure he’d have a body slam of a punch line. As it is, he and the director, Terry Kinney, manage to stretch what is essentially a single dumb movie star joke into 100 minutes of arduous, repetitive and occasionally hilarious stage time…There’s a certain novelty in the high raunch factor here, which goes places that even HBO normally fears to tread. And the cast is good and beyond game, with Mr. Weller bravely and fully committed to his character’s shallowness. Ms. Thorne finds an authentic sexiness in Bev’s defiant, plain-Jane machismo. But the funniest moments belong to Ms. Reaser and Ms. Crovatin, who every now and then take their characters’ absurdity into the comic ether.”

Variety (Scott Foundas): “Four characters dangle precariously from their respective perches on the Hollywood power ladder in Neil LaBute’s The Money Shot, an acid-tongued showbiz satire that makes up in belly laughs and inspired performances what it lacks in nuance or novelty. This is a somewhat kinder, gentler LaBute piece, in which cruelty takes a backseat to a kind of blithe, self-absorbed cluelessness. And while its targets may be obvious — celebrity egomania, self-congratulatory activism, trashy blockbusters, diet fads — the barbed accuracy with which The Money Shot shoots them down is a minor but consistent pleasure. Whether or not a Broadway transfer lies in the offing for the author’s latest, an L.A. staging is certainly called for.”

Newsday (Linda Winer): “Neil LaBute, who became celebrated, then repetitious by putting shocking twists on dark gender-character studies, has taken one of the more surprising twists in his interesting career. We can’t call The Money Shot lighthearted, exactly. But the prolific playwright has put a fresh, joyously impolite edge on two overdone genres — the sex comedy and the Hollywood satire — simultaneously…You think there are no new ways to make fun of celebrity, but LaBute finds more.”


Money Bag Broadway Grosses for the week ending Sept. 21:

Frontrunners (by Gross)
1. The Lion King ($1,740,907)
2. The Book of Mormon ($1,602,733)
3. Wicked ($1,356,354)
4. Kinky Boots ($1,323,036)
5. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ($1,295,796)

Underdogs (by Gross)
5. Once ($407,108)
4. Rock of Ages ($337,242)
3. The Country House ($230,242)
2. Love Letters ($162,749) *
1. On the Town ($103,586) **

Frontrunners (by Capacity)
1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%)
2. It’s Only a Play (100.83%) ***
3. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.65%)
4. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (100.45%)
5. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (100.05%)

Underdogs (by Capacity)
5. Matilda (67.88%)
4. This Is Our Youth (65.74%)
3. Love Letters (63.28%)
2. Once (59.41%)
1. Cinderella (48.06%)

* Number based on four preview performances and four regular performances
** Number based on one preview performance
*** Number based on eight preview performances
Source: The Broadway League


Star Statue - small2014 Artios Award nominations for Casting:


New York Broadway Theater – Comedy:
Act One, Daniel Swee
Casa Valentina, David Caparelliotis, Nancy Piccione, Bernard Telsey
Outside Mullingar, Nancy Piccione
The Realistic Joneses, Daniel Swee

New York Broadway Theater – Drama:
All the Way, William Cantler, Karyn Casl (Associate)
Betrayal, Cindy Tolan, Adam Caldwell (Associate)
Macbeth, Daniel Swee
Of Mice and Men, James Calleri, Erica Jensen
The Winslow Boy, Jim Carnahan, Stephen Kopel

New York Broadway Theater – Musical:
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Jay Binder, Jason Styres
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Stephen Kopel
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, James Calleri, Paul Davis
Les Miserables, Tara Rubin, Eric Woodall, Merri Sugarman

New York Theater – Comedy:
American Hero, David Caparelliotis, James Calleri, Paul Davis, Lauren Port
Dinner With Friends, Jim Carnahan, Carrie Gardner
Domesticated, Daniel Swee
Hand to God, William Cantler, Karyn Casl
Stage Kiss, Alaine Alldaffer

New York Theater – Drama:
A Kid Like Jake, Daniel Swee
Choir Boy, Nancy Piccione
The City of Conversation, Daniel Swee
The Hilltown Plays, James Calleri, Paul Davis, Erica Jensen
Romeo and Juliet, James Calleri, Erica Jensen
Tales From Red Vienna, Nancy Piccione

New York Theater – Musical:
Heathers the Musical, Sheila Guthrie, Suzanne Goddard-Smythe
Here Lies Love, Tara Rubin, Lindsay Levine
Little Miss Sunshine, Bernard Telsey, Patrick Goodwin
South Pacific, Abbie Brady-Dalton, Andrew Femenella
The Threepenny Opera, Tiffany Little Canfield

Regional Theater East:
American Hero, James Calleri, Paul Davis
Animal Crackers, James Calleri, Paul Davis
Beaches, Bethany Knox, Cesar A. Rocha
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Jay Binder, Jack Bowdan, Jason Styres
A Streetcar Named Desire, Tara Rubin, Lindsay Levine
The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Tara Rubin, Kaitlin Shaw

Regional Theater West:
A Chorus Line, Jason Styres
Fly, Bernard Telsey, Patrick Goodwin
The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, Amy Potozkin, James Calleri, Paul Davis
Sideways, Tara Rubin, Kaitlin Shaw
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, David Caparelliotis, Lauren Port
The Winter’s Tale, David Caparelliotis, Lauren Port

Los Angeles Theater:
12 Angry Men, Michael Donovan
Chicago, Margery Simkin, Michael Donovan
Rapture Blister Burn, Alaine Alldaffer
The Sunshine Boys, Jim Carnahan, Mark B. Simon
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Mark B. Simon, Daniel Swee

Special Theatrical Performance East:
Anna Nicole: The Opera, Tiffany Little Canfield, Cesar A. Rocha
Guys and Dolls, Bernard Telsey, Rachel Hoffman
The Most Happy Fella, Jay Binder, Mark Brandon, Jason Styres
Sweeney Todd, Craig Burns, Cesar A. Rocha (Associate)
Titanic, Craig Burns

Theater Tours:
Evita, Craig Burns, Cesar A. Rocha
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Justin Huff, Andrew Femenella
Motown, Bethany Knox, Cesar A. Rocha
Once, Jim Carnahan, Stephen Kopel
Peter and the Starcatcher, Jim Carnahan, Jillian Cimini


Television Pilot Comedy:
“The Goldbergs,” Leslie Litt
“Looking,” Carmen Cuba, Nina Henninger (Location Casting), Bernard Telsey (Location Casting), Wittney Horton (Associate), Abbie Brady-Dalton (Associate)
“Mom,” Nikki Valko, Ken Miller, Peter Pappas (Associate)
“Orange is the New Black,” Jennifer Euston
“Silicon Valley,” Jeanne McCarthy, Nicole Abellera

Television Pilot Drama:
“Halt and Catch Fire,” Sharon Bialy, Sherry Thomas, Lisa Mae Fincannon (Location Casting), Craig Fincannon (Location Casting), Ally Bader (Associate), Jen Ingulli
“Masters of Sex,” Bernard Telsey, Tiffany Little Canfield, Junie Lowry Johnson, Libby Goldstein
“Ray Donovan,” John Papsidera
“Sleepy Hollow,” Cathy Sandrich Gelfond, Amanda Mackey, Craig Fincannon (Location Casting)
“True Detective,” Alexa L. Fogel, Christine Kromer, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting)

Television Series Comedy:
“Girls,” Jennifer Euston
“Modern Family,” Jeff Greenberg, Allen Hooper
“Nurse Jackie,” Julie Tucker, Ross Meyerson
“Orange is the New Black,” Jennifer Euston
“Veep,” Pat Moran (Location Casting)

Television Series Drama:
“Breaking Bad,” Sharon Bialy, Sherry Thomas, Kiira Arai (Location Casting), Russell Scott
“Game of Thrones,” Nina Gold
“The Good Wife,” Mark Saks, John Andrews
“House of Cards,” Laray Mayfield, Julie Schubert
“True Detective,” Alexa L. Fogel, Christine Kromer, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting)

Television Movie or Mini Series:
“American Horror Story – Coven,” Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson, Carol Kritzer, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting), Eric Souliere
“Broadchurch,” Victor Jenkins, Kelly Valentine Hendry
“Fargo,” Rachel Tenner, Jackie Lind (Location Casting), Stephanie Gorin (Location Casting), Charlene Lee
“The Normal Heart,” Amanda Mackey, Cathy Sandrich Gelfond, Susanne C. Scheel


Web Series:
“Aim High (Season 2),” Matthew Lessall
“Backpackers,” Stephanie Gorin
“Chosen (Seasons 2 & 3),” Josh Einsohn
“Deadbeat,” Adam Caldwell, Cindy Tolan
“Mortal Kombat: Legacy (Season 2),” Matthew Lessall

Short Film:
“Aban and Khorshid,” Mike Page
“All’s Fair,” Alyssa Weisberg
“Blow Me,” Michael Sanford
“From the Sky,” Stephen Salamunovich
“The Hyperglot,” Michael Cassara
“Wini & George,” Linda Phillips Palo

The bi-coastal awards will be presented Jan. 22.


Star Statue - small2014 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award nominations:

Best Season:
3-D Theatricals
Actors Co-op
Fountain Theatre
La Mirada Theatre
The Theatre @ Boston Court

Production of a Play (Intimate Theatre):
Everything You Touch, The Theatre @ Boston Court
Henry V, Pacific Resident Theatre
My Name is Asher Lev, Fountain Theatre
Stupid Fucking Bird, The Theatre @ Boston Court
The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, LA LGBT Center
The Pliant Girls, Fugitive Kind Theater
The Recommendation, IAMA Theatre Company

Production of a Play (Large Theatre):
Breath & Imagination, Colony Theatre Company
Come Back, Little Sheba, A Noise Within
Other Desert Cities, International City Theatre
Pericles, Prince of Tyre, A Noise Within
Premeditation, LA Theatre Center
Slowgirl, Geffen Playhouse
The Country House, Geffen Playhouse

Production of a Musical (Intimate Theatre):
110 In The Shade, Actors Co-op
Lysistrata Jones, Chance Theater
The Wrong Man, Skylight Theatre Company

Production of a Musical (Large Theatre):
Floyd Collins, La Mirada Theatre
Les Misérables, La Mirada Theatre
Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life, Wallis Annenberg Center

Presented Production:
A Word or Two, Center Theatre Group
Brief Encounter, Wallis Annenberg Center
Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Center Theatre Group

Lead Actor in a Play:
Gordon Goodman, Barrymore, Good People Theatre Company
Roger Guenveur Smith, Frederick Douglass Now, Bootleg Theater
Chris L. McKenna, Taste, Sacred Fools Theatre Company
Eric Lange, The Country House, Geffen Playhouse
Malcolm Barret, The Recommendation, IAMA Theatre Company
Joe Spano, The Sunset Limited, Rubicon Theatre Company
Tucker Smallwood, The Sunset Limited, Rubicon Theatre Company

Lead Actress in a Play:
Karan Kendrick, Breath & Imagination, Colony Theatre Company
Deborah Strang, Come Back, Little Sheba, A Noise Within
Kirsten Vangsness, Everything You Touch, The Theatre @ Boston Court
Anna Khaja, My Name is Asher Lev, Fountain Theatre
Blythe Danner, The Country House, Geffen Playhouse
Sarah Steele, The Country House, Geffen Playhouse
Elizabeth Rodriguez, Unorganized Crime, Elephant Theatre

Lead Actor in a Musical:
Mark Whitten, Floyd Collins, La Mirada Theatre
Davis Gaines, Kiss Me Kate, Cabrillo Music Theatre
James Barbour, Les Misérables, La Mirada Theatre
Jeff Skowron, Les Misérables, La Mirada Theatre
Maurice Hines, Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life, Wallis Annenberg Center
Jay Winnick, The Producers, 3-D Theatricals
Jeff Skowron, The Producers, 3-D Theatricals

Lead Actress in a Musical:
Kim Huber, Floyd Collins, La Mirada Theatre
Nicole Parker, Funny Girl, 3-D Theatricals
Viva Carr, Into the Woods, 3-D Theatricals
Victoria Strong, Kiss Me Kate, Cabrillo Music Theatre
Alison England, Zombies From The Beyond, The Viceral Company

Featured Actor in a Play:
Hugo Armstrong, Backyard, The Echo Theater Company
Leon Russom, Henry V, The Porters of Hellsgate
Alec Frasier, One in the Chamber, Theatre Planners
Adam Silver, Stupid Fucking Bird, The Theatre @ Boston Court
Arye Gross, Stupid Fucking Bird, The Theatre @ Boston Court
Joe Delafield, The Liar, The Anteus Company
Tyler Seiple, The Pliant Girls, Fugitive Kind Theater

Featured Actress in a Play:
Rebecca Gray, Firemen, The Echo Theater Company
Carole Weyers, Henry V, Pacific Resident Theatre
Shannon Holt, Passion Play, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Kelly Schumann, The Homosexuals, Celebration Theatre
Rachel Grate, The Pliant Girls, Fugitive Kind Theater
Sage Howard, The Pliant Girls, Fugitive Kind Theater
Abigail Marks, Top Girls, The Antaeus Company

Featured Actor in a Musical:
Josey McCoy, Floyd Collins, La Mirada Theatre
John Manzari, Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life, Wallis Annenberg Center
Luke Spring, Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life, Wallis Annenberg Center
David Engel, The Producers, 3-D Theatricals
Leigh Wakeford, The Producers, 3-D Theatricals
Andy Umberger, When You Wish: the Story of Walt Disney, When You Wish L.A., LLC

Featured Actress in a Musical:
Stephanie Anderson, Bare: A Rock Musical, glory/struck Productions
Hannah Corneau, Harmony, Center Theatre Group
Lindsey Alley, Legally Blonde, 3-D Theatricals
Andi Davis, Young Frankenstein, Musical Theatre West
Rebecca Johnson, Young Frankenstein, Musical Theatre West
Tracy Lore, Young Frankenstein, Musical Theatre West
Annie Golden, The Black Suits, Center Theatre Group

Acting Ensemble (Play):
Lebensraum, Art of Acting Studio
My Name is Asher Lev, Fountain Theatre
Stupid Fucking Bird, Theatre @ Boston Court
The Brothers Size, Fountain Theatre
The Country House, Geffen Playhouse
The Pliant Girls, Fugitive Kind Theater
The Recommendation, IAMA Theatre Company

Acting Ensemble (Musical):
Floyd Collins, La Mirada Theatre
Harmony, Center Theatre Group
Les Misérables, La Mirada Theatre
Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life, Wallis Annenberg Center
The Producers, 3-D Theatricals

Director of a Play:
Tim Robbins, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Actors’ Gang
Jessica Kubzansky, Everything You Touch, The Theatre @ Boston Court
Guillermo Cienfuegos, Henry V, Pacific Resident Theatre
Jose Louis Valenzuela, Premeditation, LA Theatre Center
Michael Michetti, Stupid Fucking Bird, The Theatre @ Boston Court
Daniel Sullivan, The Country House, Geffen Playhouse
Amanda McCraven, The Pliant Girls, Fugitive Kind Theater

Director of a Musical:
Richard Israel, 110 in the Shade, Actors Co-op
Richard Israel, Floyd Collins, Lar Mirada Theatre
Michael Matthews, Funny Girl, 3-D Theatricals
Yuval Sharon, Invisible Cities, The Industry
Brian Kite, Les Misérables, La Mirada Theatre

Playwrighting for an Original Play:
Sheila Callaghan, Everything You Touch, The Theatre @ Boston Court
Tommy Smith, Firemen, The Echo Theater Company
Marja-Lewis Ryan, One In The Chamber, Theatre Planners
Luis Alfaro, St. Jude, Center Theatre Group
Aaron Posner, Stupid Fucking Bird, The Theatre @ Boston Court
Donald Margulies, The Country House, Geffen Playhouse
Meghan Brown, Pliant Girls, Fugitive Kind Theater

Book for an Original Musical:
Chrisopher Cerrone, Invisible Cities, The Industry
Ross Golan, The Wrong Man, Skylight Theatre Company
Dean McClure, When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney, When You Wish L.A., LLC

Lyrics/Music for an Original Musical:
Christopher Cerrone, Invisible Cities, The Industry
Ross Golan, The Wrong Man, Skylight Theatre Company
Dean McClure, When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney, When You Wish, L.A., LLC

John Charron, Bye Bye Birdie, Cabrillo Music Theatre
Dana Solimando, Damn Yankees, 3-D Theatricals
Joann Hunter, Harmony, Center Theatre Group
Danielle Agami, Invisible Cities, The Industry
Kelly Todd, Lysistrata Jones, Chance Theater
Lauren Kadel, Young Frankenstein, Musical Theatre West
Ameenah Kaplan, The Brothers Size, Fountain Theatre

Music Direction:
David O, Flyod Collins, La Mirada Theatre
John O’Neill, Harmony, Center Theatre Group
John Glaudini, Les Misérables, La Mirada Theatre
Sherrie Maricle, Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life, Wallis Annenberg Center
David Lamoureux, The Producers, 3-D Theatricals

Click here for the complete list of nominations.

The awards will be presented Nov. 2 at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.


Casting Complete casting has been announced for An American in Paris, by Craig Lucas, George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin, to run Nov. 22 – Jan. 4 (opening Dec. 10) at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet before beginning previews Mar. 12 and opening Apr. 13 at Broadway’s Palace Theatre, directed & choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, with musical supervision by Rob Fisher.  

Cast: Robert Fairchild (Jerry Mulligan), Leanne Cope (Lise Dassin), Veanne Cox  (Madame Baurel), Jill Paice (Milo Davenport), Brandon Uranowitz (Adam Hochberg) and Max von Essen (Henri Baurel), with Caitlin Abraham, Will Burton, Michael Cusumano, Attila Joey Csiki, Taeler Elyse Cyrus, Ashlee Dupré, Rebecca Eichenberger, Sara Esty, Laura Feig, Jennie Ford, Kurt Froman, Heather Lang, Dustin Layton, Nathan Madden, Gia Mongell, Candy Olsen,Rebecca Riker, Adam Rogers, Sam Rogers, Shannon Marie Rugani, Garen Scribner, Sam Strasfeld, Sarrah Strimel, Charlie Sutton, Allison Walsh, Scott Willis and Victor J. Wisehart.


Thumbs Up Disney’s The Lion King, which played its 7,000th Broadway performance on Sept. 3, is now the top-earning title in box-office history for both stage productions and films, with a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion.


Broadway Loves Len: Cariou at 75 will take place Sun. Oct. 5 at 9:30 PM at 54 Below.

Performers: James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, Betty Buckley, Liz Callaway, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Robertson,Veanne Cox, Lee Roy Reams and Sarah Rice.


Video Video: Can-Can preview at Paper Mill Playhouse, with Kate Baldwin and Jason Daniely.


Casting Complete casting has been announced for Trina Davies’ Shatter, to run Oct. 18 – Nov. 16 (opening Oct. 23) at Off-Broadway’s Urban Stages, directed by Susan Fenichell.

Cast: Hollis McCarthy, Rebecca Nelson, Jackie Hansen and Michael Chris McGuire.

“A four character play, based on historic fact and set in 1917 Halifax when the largest man-made explosion before Hiroshima hits Nova Scotia, Canada.”


Off-Broadway’s York Theatre has announced its Fall lineup:

* On the Air: Songs for Marian McPartland (Sept. 26-28), offering “a musical tribute honoring the legendary radio host who died Aug. 13, 2014 at 95.” Performers: Stacy Sullivan and Jon Weber. Details

* A Maestro’s Memoirs: An Evening with Broadway’s Donald Pippin (Sept. 30), who will “share his ‘inside’ stories in a performance that wows with its spectacular combination of music, narrative and visuals that captures the defining moments in his life and career.”  Performers: Debbie Gravitte and Nat Chandler. Details

* Tune in Time (Oct. 4 & 28, Nov. 11, Dec. 2), a game show for musical theater lovers, by Amy Engelhardt & Heather Shields, hosted by Emily McNamara. “In this ‘musical theater Olympics,’ three teams of composers and lyricists – who have never worked together – are forced to collaborate – and to beat the clock!  Their task is to write a song for a new Broadway musical, the title of which is picked from a hatful of audience suggestions, in a style determined by a spin of the dreaded ‘Genre Wheel’ – all within 20 minutes. Each edition features a different roster of musical theater composters and lyricists as well as a panel of celebrity judges who pick the winner.”


Sad News Seattle’s Balagan Theatre, a “hub for accessible contemporary work that nurtured Seattle’s up-and-coming theatre-makers,” has ceased operation in the face of financial difficulties.

The theatre’s Dogfight (Pasek & Paul) co-production with ArtsWest, to run Oct. 24 – Nov. 22, will now be produced at ArtsWest.


Video Video:  Side Show commercial.


Additional casting has been announced for NBC‘s live presentation of Peter Pan, to air Dec. 4 at 8 PM.

Previously announced: Allison Williams (Peter), Christopher Walken (Capt. Hook), Christian Borle (Mr. Darling/Smee) and Kelli O’Hara (Mrs. Darling).

Newly announced: Taylor Louderman (Wendy) and Alanna Saunders (Tiger Lily).


Thumbs Up The 28th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, which was held Sept. 21 in and around Shubert Alley, brought in an all-time high of $713,986 for BC/EFA.


Lee Blessing’s For the Loyal, a new drama inspired by the sex scandal that rocked Penn State University and tarnished the college’s football program, will premiere in spring 2015 at Minneapolis’ Illusion Theatre, directed by Michael Robins.


Delayed Primary Stage‘s production of Billy Porter’s While I Yet Live, which was scheduled to begin Off-Broadway previews tonight at Off-Broadway’s Duke on 42nd Street, has delayed the start of performances one day due to technical issues. The production is directed by Sheryl Kaller.

Previews now begin Sept. 24, the opening remains Oct. 12 and the production continues through Oct. 31.

Cast: Elain Graham, Sheria Irving, S. Epatha Merkerson, Kevyn Morrow, Larry Powell, Sharon Washington and Lillias White.


Extended Deaf West‘s immersive production of Spring Awakening has extended its run through Nov. 9 at LA’s Inner City Arts.


Goodspeed Musicals will present an invitation-only Nov. 7 NYC workshop of Dusty Kay, Bill Nuss, Stephen Weiner & Peter Mills’ The Honeymooners, a new musical based on the legendary CBS television series of the same name, directed by John Rando, with choreography by Joshua Bergasse.

Cast: Michael McGrath (Ralph Kramden), Hank Azaria (Ed Norton), Leslie Kritzer (Alice Kramden) and Megan Hilty (Trixie Norton), with more TBA.

“Ralph Kramden and his buddy Ed Norton are back and still shooting for the moon in this world-premiere musical. After shocking their wives by winning a high profile jingle contest, they are catapulted out of Brooklyn and into the cutthroat world of Madison Avenue, where they find themselves torn between success and friendship. Filled with warmth, laughs, and an infectious score, The Honeymooners is a new musical comedy that will bang-zoom its way into your heart.”


Thumbs Up Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill has broken box-office records at Broadway’s Circle in the Square.

The production grossed $696,922 for the week ending Sept. 21, bringing in more than any other production in one eight-performance week in the theatre’s history. The production recouped its $2.6 million investment in early August.


The Ziegfeld Society presents Jolson, My Dad & Me on Sat. Sept. 27 at 3:30 PM at NYC’s Hunter College (Lang Recital Hall).

Cast: Walter Willison, with guest Joanna Rush, and Mark York at the piano.

“The multi-media musical weaves together the songs of Al Jolson to tell the story of his father as a young man, growing up in the early part of the 20th Century, through Prohibition, The Great Depression, WWII, and into the present day, and of his own personal encounters with such iconic Jolson associates as Ruby Keeler, Patsy Kelly, Judy Garland,Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin and others.”


Vivian Neuwirth’s Mr. Toole will run Oct. 16 – Nov. 1 at NYC’s 4th Street Theatre, directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker.

Cast: Lisa Pelikan, Josh Mendelow, Laura Butler and Richard Vernon.

“The teacher a student will never forget becomes a legend the world will never forget – John Kennedy Toole.”


Blank! The Musical will run Nov. 1 – Dec. 14 (opening Nov. 17) at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages.

“Experience the magic of Broadway like never before at Blank! The Musical, New York City’s astonishing and hysterical next-generation theatrical sensation. Each night, a talented ensemble takes to the stage—with no script, no rehearsal, and no idea what will happen—to perform a brand-new smash hit musical…that you help to create!”


Into Sweeney Todd’s Woods, a monster mash-up of two Sondheim musicals, will take place Sat. Nov. 1 at 6 & 8:30 PM at Newark’s NJPAC, directed by Phil Geoffrey Bond, with musical direction by Joe Goodrich.

Performers: Joanna Gleason, Chip Zien and Sarah Rice, with  Scott Coulter,Kristy Cates, Claybourne Elder, Matt Farnsworth, and more.


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