Friday, February 17, 2012

 

THIS WEEKEND’S HIGHLIGHTS:

Friday, February 17

* All My Sons re-opens at LA’s Matrix Theatre Company.

* It’s Just Sex returns to Studio City’s Two Roads Theatre.

* The Great Immensity, featuring Todd Cerveris and Eddie Korbich, begins performances at Kansas City Rep.

* Figure 8 begins previews at LA’s Theatre of NOTE.

* Broadway Rox concert, at 7:30 PM at Long Island’s Queens Theatre (also Feb. 18).

* Donna McKechnie’s My Musical Theatre Life concert, at 7:30 PM at FL’s Plaza Theatre (also Feb. 18).

Saturday, February 18

* The MisMatch Game returns to the LA Gay & Lesbian Center‘s Renberg Theatre at 8 PM (also Feb. 19 at 7 PM).

* A Catered Affair begins previews at Chicago’s Porchlight Music Theatre.

* Backbeat closes at London’s Duke of Yorks Theatre.

* Port Authority closes at London’s Southwark Playhouse.

* Visiting Mr. Green, starring Theodore Bikel, closes at Toronto’s Harold Green Jewish Theatre.

* Necessary Sacrifices, starring David Selby and David Emerson Toney, closes at DC’s Ford’s Theatre.

* The Beauty Queen of Leenane, starring Judy Nazemetz and Ferrell Marshall, closes at Hollywood’s Production Company.

Sunday, February 19

* Musical Theatre Guild‘s Little Women concert presentation at 3 PM at Thousand Oaks’ Scherr Auditorium.

* Starry Hollywood Rush benefit at 7 PM at LA’s Wilshire Ebell Theater.

* Andrew Lloyd Webber interview with Paula Zahn at Noon on PBS’ “NYC-ARTS,” which airs on WNET/13.

* Encores! Merrily We Roll Along, concert presentation, starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Donnell, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Betsy Wolfe and Elisabeth Stanley, closes at NY City Center.

* Race closes at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

* Ghost Light closes at Berkeley Rep.

* A.C.T.‘s Higher closes at San Francisco’s Theater at Children’s Creativity Museum.

* Giant, starring Aaron Lazar and Kate Baldwin, closes at Dallas Theatre Center.

* Andrea Martin’s Final Days, Everything Must Go, closes at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center.

* A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Phylicia Rashad, closes at LA’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.

* Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, starring Kathleen Turner, closes at LA’s Geffen Playhouse.

* As You Like It closes at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre.

* The Adventures of Tom Sawyer closes at Kansas City Rep.

* Two Things You Don’t Talk About at Dinner closes at Denver Center Theatre.

* Art, starring Bradley Whitford, Michael O’Keefe and Roger Bart, closes at Pasadena Playhouse.

* Red Carpet Memories: A Celebration of Academy Award-Nominated Songs closes at LA’s The Coterie.

* God of Carnage, starring Leslie Stevens, Greg Derelian, Alet Taylor and David Nevell, closes at Long Beach’s International City Theatre.

* The Sisters Rosensweig closes at Albany’s Capital Rep.

* The Scottsboro Boys, featuring Derrick Cobey, Rodney Hicks, Kendrick Jones and Forrest McClendon, closes at Philadelphia Theatre Company.

* Fruit Fly, written by and starring Leslie Jordan, closes at Hollywood’s Celebration Theatre.

* A Man of No Importance closes at Brooklyn’s Gallery Players.

* Invisible Man closes at Chicago’s Court Theatre.

* The Philanderer closes at Off-Broadway’s Pearl Theatre Company.

*  Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting closes at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre.

* A Raw Space closes at PA’s Bristol Riverside Theatre.

* Echo Theatre Company‘s God’s Ear closes at LA’s Zephyr Theatre.

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Reviews for SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT:

NY Times (Charles Isherwood):  ”If you’re going to have the chutzpah to call your show Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It …, it is probably wise to enter joking. William Shatner, who does not need an introduction to anyone who has made it to the second sentence of this review, does precisely that in the chatty, digressive and often amusing tour of his unusual acting career, which opened Thursday night at the Music Box Theater for a brief Broadway run.”

Associated Press (Mark Kennedy):  ”He doesn’t beam in, but William Shatner does the next best thing at the start of his one-man Broadway show: He appears to the familiar orchestral strains of the ‘Star Trek’ theme.  Then he soaks up the applause.  ’Thank you,’ he says when it finally dies down. ‘You need an entrance because you put on a few years and a few pounds, nobody recognizes you.’

Hollywood Reporter (Frank Scheck):  ”To quote a famous ‘Star Trek’catchphrase, resistance is futile to William Shatner’s one-person show, Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It. The octogenarian actor—here making his first Broadway appearance in a half-century–is such an engagingly hammy and funny raconteur that only the most curmudgeonly will begrudge him this celebration of his life and career.”

Washington Post (Peter Marks):  ”Dressed in jeans, gray vest and dark jacket, he’s inspirationally vigorous for an octogenarian. What he has to say is not quite as inspirational, and the way he freely associates all through the show, directed by Scott Faris, imbues the proceedings with a pronounced loopiness. Was the captain of the Starship Enterprise a flake? From a story about his bareback horsemanship in a costume epic, he segues to the maudlin tale of how guilt-ridden he felt after he put his own prized stallion to stud. And then, a reminiscence about euthanizing the horse leads to some cheesy philosophizing about mortality.”

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Christian Borle, Adam Chanler-Berat and Celia Kennan-Bolger will all reprise their Off-Broadway roles in Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway.

The show, co-directed by Alex Timbers and Roger Rees, will begin previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on March 28 in anticipation of an official opening on April 15.

The cast will also include Teddy Bergman, Arnie Burton, Matt D’Amico, Carson Elrod, Greg Hildreth, and David Rossmer, all of whom also appeared in the NYTW production.

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Casting is complete for the Broadway transfer of the West End comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, about a manservant pulled between two bosses — and his own voracious appetite. As previously reported, James Corden repeats his London work as butler Francis Henshall.

Producer Bob Boyett’s Broadway engagement of the Nicholas Hytner comedy by Richard Bean will begin previews April 6 at the Music Box Theatre, with an opening set for April 18. The National Theatre of Great Britain production continues with a new cast on the West End this spring.

There are ten performers from the original cast crossing the pond for the American premiere, all with the support of Actors’ Equity Association:  James Corden, Oliver Chris, Jemima Rooper, Tom Edden, Martyn Ellis, Trevor Laird, Claire Lams, Fred Ridgeway, Daniel Rigby and Suzie Toase.

One Man, Two Guvnors also features Oliver Chris, Jemima Rooper, Tom Edden, Martyn Ellis, Trevor Laird, Claire Lams, Fred Ridgeway, Daniel Rigby and Suzie Toase, along with Brian Gonzales, Eli James, Ben Livingston, Sarah Manton, Stephen Pilkington, David Ryan Smith and Natalie Smith.

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Video:  Highlights from Signature’s Blood Knot.

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The Book of Mormon will open at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre in March of 2013. Casting is set to begin shortly in the UK.

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Mary Beth Peil, Michael Laurence and violinist Hanah Stuart have been cast in the New York premiere of The Morini Strad, Willy Holtzman’s drama about late violinist Erica Morini, directed by Casey Childs.

Primary Stages presents the limited March 20 – April 28 (opening April 3) engagement at 59E59 Theaters.

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LA Weekly Theatre Award nominations:

Production of the Year
Hyperbole: Origins, Rogue Artists Ensemble at [Inside] the Ford
Influence, Katselas Theatre Company at the Skylight Theatre
Oedipus El Rey, Theatre @ Boston Court
La Razón Blindada (Armored Reason), 24th Street Theatre

Revival Production of the Year (of a 20th- or 21st-century work)
The Autumn Garden
, Antaeus Company
A Prayer for My Daughter, Crown City Theatre
Take Me Out, Celebration Theatre
Wit, Actors Co-op

Musical of the Year
Hoboken to Hollywood, Reasoner Prods at the Edgemar Center for the Arts
See What I Wanna See, Blank Theatre Company

Direction
Benjamin BurdickA Wolf Inside the Fence, Open Fist Theatre Company
Guillermo Cienfuegos, Julia, Pacific Resident Theatre
Nick DeGruccioCaught, Buttermilk Productions and Drumfish Productions at the Zephyr Theatre
Peter HaskellKataki, Prince Livingston Players at the Lex Theatre
Simon Levy, Opus, Fountain Theatre
Travis PrestonBrewsie and Willie, Poor Dog Group and the Center for New Performance at CalArts at the 7th Floor Penthouse
Diane Rodriguez, Sick, Playwrights’ Arena and Latino Theatre Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center
Stephen SachsThe Train Driver, Fountain Theatre

Direction of a Musical
Jeremy AldridgeHoboken to Hollywood, Reasoner Productions at the Edgemar Center for the Arts
Daniel HenningSee What I Wanna See, Blank Theatre Company
L. Flint EsquerraHead: The Musical, Met Theatre 
Amanda Marquardt
Schmutzigen Deutsche Kabarett, Zombie Joe’s Underground

Comedy Direction
Larry BiedermanWirehead, Echo Theater Company at Stage 52 Theatre
Daniel Henning
Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, Blank Theatre Company at the Stella Adler Theatre
Jaime RobledoWatson, Sacred Fools Theater Company
Ron SossiThe Arsonists, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Barbara SchofieldStage Door, Open Fist Theatre Company
Richard TatumThe Girl Who Would Be King, Absolute Theatre/Full Circle Theatrics at the El Centro Theatre

Musical Direction
Robert Shaw, Head: The Musical, Met Theatre
Paul LitteralHoboken to Hollywood, Reasoner Productions at the Edgemar Center for the Arts
Gregory NaboursThe Women of Brewster Place, Celebration Theatre
David O, See What I Wanna See, Blank Theatre Company

Ensemble
Anton’s Uncles
, Theater Movement Bazaar at 24th Street Theatre/Bootleg Theater
Caught, Buttermilk Productions and Drumfish Productions at the Zephyr Theatre
Holy Ghost, Theatre of NOTE
Influence, Katselas Theatre Company at the Skylight Theatre
Oedipus El Rey, Theatre @ Boston Court
A Prayer for My Daughter, Crown City Theatre
Supernova, Elephant Theatre Company
A Wolf Inside the Fence, Open Fist Theatre Company

Musical Ensemble
Head: The Musical, Met Theatre
Schmutzigen Deutsche Kabarett, Zombie Joe’s Underground
The Women of Brewster Place, Celebration Theatre

Comedy Ensemble
Dirty Pooh, Zombie Joe’s Underground
The Girl Who Would Be King, Absolute Theatre/Full Circle Theatrics at the El Centro Theatre
Looking For Trouble, White Buffalo Theatre Company at the Lost Studio
Paradise Park, City Garage
Stage Door, Open Fist Theatre Company
Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, Blank Theatre Company at the Stella Adler Theatre
Yellow, Coast Playhouse

Leading Female Performance
Nike Doukas/Alicia WollertonCousin Bette, Antaeus Company at Deaf West Theatre
Allegra Fulton/Kirsten PotterKing Lear, Antaeus Company
Taylor GilbertMadagascar, Road Theatre Company at the Lankershim Arts Center
Nan McNamara
Wit, Actors Co-op
Roses PrichardJulia, Pacific Resident Theatre

Leading Male Performance
Sam AndersonMadagascar, Road Theatre Company at the Lankershim Arts Center
Kevin BriefA Prayer for My Daughter, Crown City Theatre
Harry Groener/Dakin MatthewsKing Lear, Antaeus Company
Justin HuenOedipus El Rey, Theatre @ Boston Court
Christian LebanoOpus, Fountain Theatre
Jeremy MaxwellWirehead, Echo Theater Company at Stage 52 Theatre
Gregory Sims, Baal, Sacred Fools Theater
Jack StehlinMore Lies About Jerzy, Circus Theatricals at the Hayworth Theatre

Supporting Female Performance

Anne Gee ByrdThe Autumn Garden, Antaeus Company
Anne Gee Byrd, Four Places, Rogue Machine at Theatre/Theater
Charlotte ChanlerA Wolf Inside The Fence, Open Fist Theatre Company
Diana Cignoni The Arsonists, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Jia DoughmanOpus, Fountain Theatre
Agatha NowickiParasite Drag, Elephant Theatre Company
Zoe PerryThe Autumn Garden, Antaeus Company
Jeanne Syquia, Sidhe, Road Theatre Company

Supporting Male Performance
Tony Amendola/Michael McShaneCousin Bette, Antaeus Company at Deaf West Theatre
Tom CostelloTake Me Out, Celebration Theatre
Gregory Itzin/Morlan HigginsKing Lear, Antaeus Company
Boyd KestnerParasite Drag, Elephant Theatre Company
Garrett MathesonTake Me Out, Celebration Theatre
Thomas James O’LearyTake Me Out, Celebration Theatre
Winston J. RochaOedipus El Rey, Theatre @ Boston Court
Cooper ThorntonOpus, Fountain Theatre
Colin WalkerA Wolf Inside the Fence, Open Fist Theatre Company

Two-Person Performance
Tony Duran/Arturo Diaz de Sandy and Jesus Castaňos ChimaLa Razón Blindada, 24th Street Theatre
Morlan Higgins and Adolphus WardThe Train Driver, Fountain Theatre
Robert Mammana and Will BradleyThe Twentieth-Century Way, Theatre @ Boston Court
A.K. Murtadha and M.D. WaltonTopdog/Underdog, Lillian Theatre
Tucker Smallwood and Ron BottittaThe Sunset Limited, Rogue Machine at Theatre/Theater

Solo Performance
Paul Dillon
The Event, needtheater at Son of Semele Ensemble
Anna KhajaShaheed, Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre
Michael McGeeSt. Nicholas, Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre
Ann Randolph, Loveland, Santa Monica Playhouse

Female Comedy Performance
Christine EstabrookWhy Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, Blank Theatre Company at the Stella Adler Theatre
Beth HoganThe Arsonists, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Jonica PatellaSchmutzigen Deutsche Kabarett, Zombie Joe’s Underground 
Cynthia Mance
The Marriage of Figaro, City Garage
Amanda WeierStage Door, Open Fist Theatre Company

Male Comedy Performance
John AchornThe Arsonists, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Henry DittmanWatson, Sacred Fools Theater Company
Arthur HanketStage Door, Open Fist Theatre Company
Norbert Weisser
The Arsonists, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

One-Act Performance
Candice AfiaBlood and Thunder, Moving Arts
Keith RobinsonLooking For Trouble, White Buffalo Theatre Company at the Lost Studio
Tony WilliamsBlood and Thunder, Moving Arts

Playwriting
Matthew Benjamin and Logan Brown
Wirehead, Echo Theater Company at Stage 52 Theatre
Shem Bitterman, Influence, Katselas Theatre Company at the Skylight Theatre
Joseph FisherA Wolf Inside the Fence, Open Fist Theatre Company
Timothy McNeilSupernova, Elephant Theatre Company
Vince MelocchiJulia, Pacific Resident Theatre
Tom JacobsonThe Twentieth Century Way, Theatre @ Boston Court
Erik PattersonSick, Playwrights’ Arena and Latino Theatre Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center
John StepplingPhantom Luck, Gunfighter Nation at the Lost Studio

Choreography
Ameenah KaplanThe Women of Brewster Place, Celebration Theatre
Tina KronisAnton’s Uncles, Theatre Movement Bazaar at 24th Street Theatre/Bootleg Theater
Natasha Norman and Ceasar F. BarajasWatson, Sacred Fools Theatre Company
Aristides VargasLa Razón Blindada (Armored Reason) , 24th Street Theatre

Original Music
Andrew Conrad and Andrew GilbertBrewsie and Willie, Poor Dog Group and the Center for New Performance at CalArts at the 7th Floor Penthouse
Ryan Johnson, Watson, Sacred Fools Theater Company
Dean MoraThe Good Woman of Setzuan, Open Fist Theatre Company
Robert OriolOedipus El Rey, Theatre @ Boston Court

Click here for a complete list of nominations.

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Update on Spider-Man vs. Julie Taymor:

“Pursuant to the parties’ settlement agreement, the Producers have agreed to pay Julie Taymor full royalties for her Director services for the New York production of SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark, from the inception of the run through its duration pursuant to the terms of her Director’s agreement, and to pay certain other amounts due to Ms. Taymor as a Collaborator, when the show’s New York production recoups.  The parties also reached agreement with regard to compensation owed for subsequent productions.

“The SDC has agreed that Ms. Taymor’s services as a Director and Collaborator are completed, and that she will have no further involvement with the show in those capacities.  All claims of breach by the parties in the arbitration have been withdrawn.”

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Stephen Sondheim will take part in a public conversation about his work in conjunction with the April 21 (7:30 PM) performance of LIAISONS: Re-Imagining Sondheim From the Piano at NYC’s Symphony Space.  Mark Eden Horowitz will moderate the discussion.

The performance, devised and performed by pianist Anthony de Mare, will consist of 17 new works –15 of which are world premieres — for piano that are inspired by Sondheim’s songs for theater. The participating composers are Mason Bates, Derek Bermel, William Bolcom, Kenji Bunch, Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie, Fred Hersch, Ethan Iverson, Gabriel Kahane, Tania Leon, Ricardo Lorenz, Paul Moravec, David Rakowski, Steve Reich, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), David Shire, and Mark Anthony Turnage.

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Kelly Bishop has joined the cast of the upcoming ABC Family show, “Bunheads,” starring Sutton Foster.

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Watertwon, MA’s New Repertory Theatre has announced its 2012-13 season:

The Kite Runner (Sept. 9-30), directed by Elaine Van Hogue, Race (Oct. 14-Nov. 4), directed by Robert Walsh, Chesapeake (Nov. 25 – Dec. 16), directed by Doug Lockwood, Holiday Memories (Dec. 9-23), Fully Committed (Dec. 19-30), directed by Bridget Kathleen O’Leary, Marry Me a Little (Jan. 6-27, 2013), directed by Ilyse Robbins, Lungs (Feb. 17 – March 10), directed by Bridget Kathleen O’Leary,  Master Class (March 31 – April 21), directed by Antonio Ocampo-Guzman and  Amadeus (April 28 – May 19).

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The Seattle Rep production of Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife has extended its engagement, now through March 10.

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The world premiere of Ryan Scott Oliver and Brett Ryback‘s Darling, A New Musical, will take place March 1-2 at Boston’s Emerson College in the Semel Theater. Michael Bello, a senior BFA Musical Theatre Major at Emerson, will direct.

Darling, which has spent nearly two months in on-campus development at Emerson, follows upper crust teenager Ursula Morgan in 1929 Boston. Neglected by her parents, Ursula encounters Peter, a charming boy on the run from the Captain of Police.

The cast will include Maximilian Sangerman, Lauren Chapman, Michael Niederer, Chelsea Williams, Brock Bivens, Amanda Spinella, Lily LaGravenese, Michael Albert, Andrew Barret Cox, Hallie Brevetti, Sara Deviney, Natasha Edwards, Gabe Gibbs, Braden Joyce-Schleimer, Matt Koplik, Melody Madarasz, Eric Maxwell, Sarah Mitchel, Hayley Moir Jake Novak, Chris Renalds, Julia Sinks, and Andrew Spatafora.

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Mike Daisey will bring back The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs to DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, July 17 – Aug. 5. Jean-Michele Gregory directs.

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Kate Budgen will direct Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape, to run May 16 – June 9 at London’s Southwark Playhouse.  Casting TBA.

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Palo Alto’s TheatreWorks has announced its 2012-13 season:

The world premiere of Laura Schellhardt’s Upright Grand (July 11 – Aug. 10), Time Stands Still (Aug. 22 – Sept. 16), 33 Variations (Oct. 3-28), Big River (Nov. 28 – Dec. 30),  Somewhere (Jan. 16 – Feb. 10, 2013), The Mountaintop (March 6-31, 2013), the world premiere of the musical Being Earnest, Paul Gordon and Jay Gruska’s adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest (April 3-28, 2013) and Wild with Happy, starring Colman Domingo (June 5-30, 2013).

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Leslie Uggams has joined the cast of the City Center Encores! production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pipe Dream, which will be presented March 28 – April 1.

Uggams will play Fauna, the proprietress of the Bear Flag Café, the local brothel. The actress joins a cast that includes Will Chase, James Clow, James Moye, Laura Osnes, Steve Routman, Stephen Wallem and Tom Wopat.

Marc Bruni directs the concert production that will have music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Kelli Barclay.

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Caldwell Theatre Company in Boca Raton, FL, is “reviewing various options of reorganization” in light of its mortgage lender’s $6 million foreclosure lawsuit, artistic director Clive Cholerton said, adding that the resident Equity theatre is not discussing or considering Chapter 7 bankruptcy or liquidation.

“During this process we have held lengthy talks and discussions with our lender Legacy Bank wherein we believed to have reached an agreement in principle,” Cholerton said in an email to Playbill.com. “It is our understanding that the foreclosure filing is simply a step in the process for them and we remain confident an agreement will be reached.” Caldwell “continues to operate and will be opening its next show, Working, as planned,” he said. “Moreover we are actively planning for next season.”

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Pasadena Playhouse has announced casting for The Heiress, to run April 24 – May 20, with an opening on April 29. Dámaso Rodriguez will direct.

The cast will be led by Richard Chamberlain, Heather Tom and Julia Duffy, along with Gigi Bermingham, Steve Coombs, Chris Reinacher, Elizabeth Tobias, Anneiliese van der Pol and Jill Van Velzer.

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Full casting has been announced for Twelve Angry Men, to run March 13 – April 8 at NJ’s George Street Playhouse. David Saint directs.

Jack Klugman (who appeared in the 1957 film version) stars, along with David Akins, John Bolger, Jim Brachitta, Scott Drummond, Gregg Edelman, Jonathan Hadary, Jonathan C.Kaplan, Andrew Nogasky, James Reborn, David Schramm, Lee Sellars, and Michael Sirow.

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Article:  Theatre Development Fund has launched a series of autism-friendly shows on Broadway.

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Dublin’s Gate Theatre has announced the productions set for its upcoming season:

Tenet: A True Story About the Revolutionary Politics of Telling the Truth About Truth as Edited by Someone Who is Not Julian Assange in Any Literal Sense (May 1-26), a collaboration with Greyscale Theatre about 19th-century mathematician Evariste Galois and Julian Assange.

The season will also include a production of Hassan Abdulrazzak’s The Prophet (beginning June 14), directed by Haydon, about 2011′s Egyptian uprising and Sunset Baby (September) by Dominique Morisseau.

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George Dvorsky, Michele Ragusa, Glory Crampton and newcomer Sadie Sink will star in Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars production of Annie, which will run March 20 – April 1.  Mark Waldrop directs, with Eddy Robinson as musical director.

The cast also includes Dave Schoonover, Brandi Wooten  and Tom Treadwell. Dog trainer Bill Berloni was brought in to train Macy in the role of Sandy.

The adult ensemble features J. David Anderson,Bill Bateman, Caitlin Cannon, Christopher Carothers, Tess Ferrel, Danny Gardner, Dustin J. Harder, Rod Roberts, Susan Shofner, Roger Preston Smith, Dorothy Stanley, Michael Tapley, Erin Wasmund and Nikol Wolf.

The orphans are Margarite Durning, Megan McGuff, Mandy Miller, Elise Shoss, Jacqueline Touchet, Mara-Catherine Wissinger, as well as Mallory Bechtel, Maddie Dyer, Raiya Goodman, Elyssa Kim, Miho Maeda, Savannah May, Abigail Moorhead, Lauren Santana and Katja Yanko.

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The King’s Speech, originally written as a play before it was adapted as the Oscar-winning 2010 feature film, is to make its West End debut, beginning performances March 22 at Wyndham’s Theatre prior to an official opening March 27.

This follows its current national tour that premiered at the regional Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in February and continues through March 17.

Directed by Adrian Noble, the cast includes Charles Edwards as King George VI, Jonathan Hyde as Lionel Logue, Emma Fielding as Queen Elizabeth, Ian McNeice as Winston Churchill, Michael Feast as Cosmo Lang and Joss Ackland as King George V. Further casting includes Charlotte Randle as Myrtle Logue, David Killick as Stanley Baldwin, and Daniel Betts as King Edward VIII.

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To help fund the sweeping renovation plans to its storied facilities, the Bucks County Playhouse has created a “Founders Club” program, which is centered on how to make the Playhouse more functional, self-sustaining, and enjoyable for all who visit. These renovations will be executed in phases.

The “Founders Club”  is an outreach from Kevin and Sherri Daugherty to engage a group of uniquely philanthropic individuals to share the goal of returning the Playhouse to its former glory. The hope is to achieve a goal of $1,000,000 in support of reopening BCP. For more information about the “Founders Club”, call 215-315-7788.

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