Friday, February 24, 2012

 

THIS WEEKEND’S HIGHLIGHTS:

Friday, February 24

* The Total Bent opens at the Public Theater.

* Figure 8 opens at LA’s Theatre of NOTE.

* Broadway’s Memphis premieres at 9 PM on PBS’ Great Performances (check local listings)

Saturday, February 25

* The Birds opens at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theatre.

* The Convert opens at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

* Short Shakespeare!’ The Taming of the Shrew opens at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

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

* I Can’t Wait: The Songs of Patrick Dwyer concert, featuring Robb Sapp, Tally Sessions and Teal Wicks, at 4:30 PM at NYC’s Duplex Cabaret Theatre (also Feb. 27 at 7:30 PM).

* You Like Me: An Evening Of Classic Acceptance Speeches event, at 8 PM at Off-Broadway’s Ars Nova.

* Pippin, starring Harry Hepple, Ian Kelsey, Matt Rawle and Frances Ruffelle, closes at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.

* The Whale closes at Denver Center Theatre Company.

* Good Goods, directed by Tina Landau, closes at Yale Rep.

* Jitney, starring Chuck Cooper, closes at NJ’s Two Rivers Theatre.

* The Devil and Mister Punch closes at London’s Barbicon Pit.

* Nora, Ingmar Bergman’s stage version and adaptation of A Doll’s House, closes at LA’s Pacific Resident Theatre.

* Christine Ebersole concludes her run at NYC’s Cafe Carlyle.

Sunday, February 26

* 2012 Academy Awards telecast at 8:30 PM ET (5:30 PM PT) on ABC. Red carpet coverage begins at 7 PM ET (4 PM PT). Print your Oscar ballot here.

* Stick Fly closes on Broadway at the Cort Theatre, after 24 previews and 92 regular performances.

* Clybourne Park closes at LA’s Mark Taper Forum.

* Cat on a Hot Tin Roof closes at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theatre.

* Elephant Room closes at Arena Stage.

* The Recommendation, featuring Jimonn Cole, Brandon Gill and Evan Todd, closes at The Old Globe.

* Richard Montoya’s American Night: The Ballad of Juan José, closes at La Jolla Playhouse.

* The Taming of the Shrew closes at Denver Center Theatre.

* Jesus in India, world premiere billed as “a contemporary reimagining of a wild stretch in the lost years of Jesus Christ” in his teen years, closes at San Francisco’s Magic Theatre.

* Elemeno Pea closes at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Rep.

* Ionescopade closes at Off-Broadway’s York Theatre.

* Caroline, or Change closes at Syracuse Stage.

* Red, starring Bob Ari and Randy Harrison, closes at NJ’s George Street Playhouse.

* Man of La Mancha, starring Davis Gaines and Lesli Margherita, closes at Long Beach’s Musical Theatre West.

* Seth Rudetsky’s DISASTER!, written by and starring Rudetsky, along with Rudetsky, along with Paul Castree, Drew Geraci, Tom Riis Farrell, Kathy Fitzgerald, Lauren Kennedy, Anika Larsen, closes at NYC’s Triad Theatre.

* Wings, starring Ann Crumb, closes at PA’s Media Theatre.

* The Sty of the Blind Pig closes at Hartford’s TheaterWorks.

* The 39 Steps closes at Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara.

* Adam Guettel song cycle Myths and Hymns, starring Linda Balgord, Anika Larsen, Lucas Steele and Bob Stillman, closes at NYC’s Prospect Theatre.

* The Marvelous Wonderettes, starring Bets Malone, Misty Cotton, Beth Malone and Lowe Taylor, closes at San Diego Musical Theatre‘s new home at the Birch North Park Theatre (2891 University Avenue).

* A Steady Rain, starring Khris Lewin and Kevin Rolston, closes at Mill Valley, CA’s Marin Theatre Company.

* The Sound of Music, starring Kim Huber and Tom Schmidt, closes at Fullerton, CA’s Plummer Auditorium.

* I Love Lucy – Live on Stage closes at LA’s Greenway Court Theatre.

* Furious Theatre Company‘s No Good Deed closes at LA’s [Inside] the Ford.

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A musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s film “Bullets Over Broadway” will arrive on Broadway in 2013. Producers Julian Schlossberg and Letty Aronson, who also produced Allen’s recent Broadway venture Relatively Speaking, are behind the project.

Allen is at work adapting his original 1920’s-set screenplay, co-authored with Douglas McGrath, for the musical, which will incorporate pre-existing songs from the period. Additional information on the creative team, a theatre and dates of production will be announced at a later date.

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Complete casting has been announced for the LA engagement of Follies at the Ahmanson Theatre May 3 – June 9 (opening May 9).

Joining the previously announced Victoria Clark as Sally, Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion, will be Christian Delcroix as Young Buddy, Colleen Fitzpatrick as Dee Dee West, Lora Lee Gayer as Young Sally, Michael Hayes as Roscoe, Leah Horowitz as Young Heidi, Jayne Houdyshell as Hattie Walker, Florence Lacey as Sandra Crane, Mary Beth Peil as Solange LaFitte, David Sabin as Dimitri Weismann, Kirsten Scott as Young Phyllis, Frederick Strother as Max Deems, Nick Verina as Young Ben, Susan Watson as Emily Whitman and Terri White as Stella Deems.

They are joined by Carol Neblett as Heidi Schiller and Sammy Williams as Theodore Whitman.

Rounding out the ensemble, the majority of whom are returning, are John Carroll, Mathew deGuzman, Sara Edwards, Nathaniel Flatt, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, Danielle Jordan, Amanda Kloots-Larsen, Joseph Kolinski, Joe Komara, Brittany Marcin, Erin N. Moore, Jessica Pariseau, Andrew Pirozzi, Pamela Otterson, Angel Reda, Clifton Samuels, Jessica Sheridan, Becky Elizabeth Stout and Sam Strasfeld.

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Stephanie J. Block, who stepped into the tap shoes of Sutton Foster in Anything Goes last fall when Foster was filming a TV pilot, will permanently take over the role of Reno Sweeney March 15, now that Foster’s pilot has gone to series.

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Article:  Evita! Judy! Jesus! Thank heaven for musicals about celebrities!

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Recession Art Shows is to present The Chorus Boy Chronicles, a one-night only event to benefit the Point Foundation. The event will take place at NYC’s Recession Art at CULTUREfix (9 Clinton Street) on March 7 at 8 PM.

The Chorus Boy Chronicles is an evening of cabaret standards, beverages, and backstage tales, with selected readings by author and Broadway dancer Brian Spitulnik, whose literary column “The Chorus Boy Chronicles” is published bi-monthly on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

Performers include Nick Blaemire, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Santino Fontana  and Tony Sheldon.

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Aurora, Illinois’ Paramount Theatre has announced its 2012-13 season:

Grease (Sept. 12-30), directed by Michael Unger, Annie (Nov. 21 – Dec. 30), directed by Rachel Rockwell, The Music Man (Jan. 16 – Feb 3, 2013), directed by Rachel Rockwell, and Fiddler on the Roof (March 6-24, 2013), to be directed by Jim Corti.

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PJ Baccari, Tamra Hayden, Arlo Hill, Rick Hip-Flores, and Ereni Sevasti will perform in Jacques Brel Returns at NYC’s The Triad March 14 at 7 PM and March 26 at 7 PM.

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Dallas Theater Center has announced the casting for its spring productions:

* Next Fall (April 13 – May 6), features Lynn Blackburn, Candy Buckley, Terry Martin, Lee Trull and Steven Michael Waters. DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty will direct.

* God of Carnage (May 11 – June 17), features Hassan El-Amin, Matthew Gray, Sally Nystuen Vahle and Christina Vela. DTC Associate Artist Joel Ferrell will direct.

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Audio:  Laura Osnes sings “He Appeared” from Faustus The Musical (by Michael Mott and Justin Silvestri).  Click here for more information on the show.

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Team StarKid, the troupe behind the popular internet musical parody A Very Potter Musical, will launch its new spoof — the comic-book-inspired Holy Musical B@man! — this spring with live performances in Chicago that will be filmed and released online starting in April. Book by Matt Lang and Nick Lang, music and lyrics by Nick Gage and additional lyrics by Scott Lamps

Free admission is by lottery to Chicago performances March 16-25.

The cast includes Julia Albain, Chris Allen, Jamie Lyn Beatty, Denise Donovan,  Brian Holden,  Nick Lang, Lauren Lopez, Jim Povolo, Dylan Saunders,  Meredith Stepien, Nicholas Strauss, Joseph Walker, Nico Ager and Jeff Blim.

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The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation will donate £150,00 over two years to help fund the Royal Court Theatre’s Studio program, which aims to seek out, nurture and support emerging playwrights, including their “Unheard Voices” project, which aims to find and develop plays from minority communities who are underrepresented in the theatre.

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Video:  Original “Little Red” Danielle Ferland and Eric Liberman sing Into the Woods‘ “It Takes Two,” to run at Baltimore Center Stage and Westport Country Playhouse.

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Episode 6 of “Submissions Only,” airing March 2, will feature guest stars Marc Kudish, Cass Morgan, Santino Fontana, Annaleigh Ashford, Max von Essen and Gavin Creel.   Watch the preview here.

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Article:  Will Magic Johnson bring Soul Train to Broadway?

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Mystery Writers of America announced two theatrical titles as nominees for its annual Edgar Awards, honoring the best in mystery, thriller and crime literature and nonfiction across multiple disciplines.

In the category of Play, the Edgar nominees are Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club by Jeffrey Hatcher, produced by Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix, AZ; and The Game’s Afoot by Ken Ludwig, produced by Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, OH.

The 66th Edgar Awards will be presented April 26 at NYC’s Grand Hyatt Hotel.

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James Naughton will perform at the National Meningitis Association’s fourth annual Give Kids a Shot! gala April 23 at the New York Athletic Club (180 Central Park South). The event, a benefit the NMA, will begin at 6:30 PM with cocktails and a silent auction. Richard Thomas will be the master of ceremonies.

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Idina Menzel’s Live: Barefoot At The Symphony will be released by Concord Records on March 6.  Pre-order the CD here.  Pre-order the DVD here.  Buy the mp3 here.

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Boston’s A.R.T., in association with Harvard University Office for the Arts and StageSource, will hold a memorial service to celebrate the life and accomplishments of longtime Resident Director David Wheeler, who passed away on Jan. 4.  The service will take place May 14 at 6 PM at A.R.T.’s Loeb Drama Center. Click here for more information.

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Brooklyn’s Gallery Players has announced casting for its upcoming production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, to run March 17 – April 1. Reginald L. Douglas will direct.

The cast will feature Brittany Bellizeare, Gil Charleston, Gregory Cohan, Kwaku Driskell, Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Hope Harley, Shawn Herb, Ross Johnson and Arthur James Solomon.

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The national tour of American Idiot will play Denver Center Theatre March 6-11.

The cast features Van Hughes, Joshua Kobak, Jake Epstein, Scott J. Campbell, Leslie McDonel, Gabrielle McClinton and Nicci Claspell, along with  Talia Aaron, Krystina Alabado, Gabriel Antonacci, Larkin Bogan,Jennifer Bowles, Matt DeAngelis, Dan Gleason, Kelvin Moon Loh, Tommy McDowell, Jillian Mueller,Jarran Muse, Vince Oddo, and Okieriete Onaodowan.

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PS Classics will record a two-disc cast album of the Broadway revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess March 12-13, with an in-store release date of May 8.  Pre-order the CD here. Orders placed via PS Classics will ship two weeks prior to the in-store release.  GET LINK!!!!!! psclassics.com

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John C. Reilly and Friends in Concert will offer an afternoon concert Sun. March 18 at 2 PM at Topanga, CA’s The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum.

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Christmas in Hanoi by Eddie Borey was named winner of LA’s East West Players’ Face of the Future playwriting competition.  The second place winner is A Nice Indian Boy by Madhuri Shekarm, with Samsara by Lauren Yee coming in third.

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Sky Arts has announced the writers and initial casting for “Playhouse Presents,” a new series of comedies and dramas. The initiative is an extension of the channel’s previous Sky Arts Playhouse and Theatre Live! series.

Among the pieces that will be broadcast as part of Playhouse Presents is “Walking the Dogs,” which centers on the real-life story of the evening a man broke into Buckingham Palace, entered the Queen’s boudoir and chatted with her until the police took him away. Emma Thompson will play Queen Elizabeth II. The program will also feature Russell Tovey and Eddie Marsan.

Other offerings in the series will be “King of The Teds” by Jim Cartwright, featuring Tom Jones, Brenda Blethyn and Alison Steadman; Will Self’s “The Minor Character,” which will star David Tennant; “The Man,” featuring Stephen Fry, Stellan Skarsgard, and Zoe Wanamaker; “The Other Woman,” which will have a cast that includes Geraldine James, Richard E Grant and Trevor Eve; “City Hall,” which will star Olivia Williams and Martin Shaw, and “Care,” which will feature Gina McKee.

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