Friday, March 30, 2012

 

THIS WEEKEND’S HIGHLIGHTS:

Friday, March 30

* Jersey Boys becomes the 20th longest-running Broadway show.

* Long Day’s Journey into Night, featuring Helen Carey and Peter Michael Goetz, opens at DC’s Arena Stage.

* Heartbreak House opens at Denver Center Theatre Company.

* The Luck of the Irish opens at Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company.

* Mary Rose, starring Jessie Cave, opens at London’s Riverside Studios.

* Charles Busch’s Judith of Bethulia, featuring Busch, Mary Testa, Jennifer Cody, Dave August, Christopher Borg, Kendal Sparks, Larry Bullock, Jonathan Walker, Jennifer Van Dyck and Billy Wheelan, opens at Off-Broadway’s Theatre for the New City.

* The Tempermentals opens at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.

* Citizen Twain, Val Kilmer’s one-man show, opens at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

* Deathtrap opens at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center.

* Angels in America begins performances at Chicago’s Court Theatre.

* Monkee Business begins performances at the UK’s Manchester Opera House.

* Roundabout‘s Don’t Dress for Dinner, with Patricia Kalember, Ben Daniels, Adam James, Jennifer Tilly, Spencer Kayden and David Aron Damane, begins previews on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre.

* The Prince of Atlantis begins previews at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Rep.

* Roadside concert presentations, featuring Ryan Alexander, Erick Devine, Janine DiVita, Jamie LaVerdiere, Daniel C. Levine, Ed Watts and Nick Wyman, at various times through April 1, at Off-Broadway’s York Theatre.

* Liza Minnelli performs at Stamford Center for the Arts’ 8 PM benefit gala. Information and tickets: 203-517-3426.

* An Intimate Evening with John Bucchino concert, featuring Richard Kind, Todd Buonopane, Milena Govich, Lesli Margherita, Brian Lane Green, Lindy Robbins, Victoria Strong, Deborah S. Craig, Julie Garnye, Cortes Alexander, and more, at 8:30 PM at LA’s Coterie.

Saturday, March 31

* Creditors opens at Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara.

* The Bungler begins previews at Pasadena’s A Noise Within.

* Broadway Concert Series performance, at 8 PM at Long Island’s John W. Engeman Theater.

* Merrily We Roll Along, starring Malcolm Gets, Daniel Jenkins and Becky Ann Baker, closes at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

* The Madness of George III, starring David Haig, closes at the West End’s Apollo Theatre.

* A Bowl of Cherries closes at London’s Charing Cross Theatre.

* I Dreamed a Dream, the musical about Susan Boyle, closes at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal.

Sunday, April 1

* Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, starring James Earl Jones, Candice Bergen, Angela Lansbury, John Larroquette, Michael McKean and Eric McCormack, opens on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

* The Festivals: FringeNYC, NYMF, AFO & Beyond panel discussion, featuring Hunter Bell, at Noon at NYC’s Snapple Center. Admission is free, but reservations are required: Click here to reserve a seat.

* Selected Shorts presentation, starring Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker, at 2 and 7 PM at Berkeley Rep.

* Kritzerland at Sterling’s Take Me Out – the Music of Bob Merrill concert, starring Julie Garnye, Juliana Hansen, Melody Hollis, Kristofer McNeely and Jeffrey Todd, with special guest Lainie Kazan, at 7 PM at Kritzerland at Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal (5303 Lankershim Blvd. in N. Hollywood, at Weddington). Reservations: 818-754-8700.

* Upright Cabaret presents An Evening with Yvette Cason concert, at 7:30 PM at Hollywood’s Catalina Jazz Club.

* Encores! Pipe Dream, starring Laura Osnes, Will Chase and Tom Wopat, closes at NY City Center.

* The Bomb – A Partial History in Two Parts closes at London’s Tricycle Theatre.

* Damn Yankees, starring Howard McGillin and Chryssie Whitehead, closes at NJ’s Paper Mill Playhouse.

* Richard Montoy’s American Night closes at LA’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.

* Bell, Book and Candle, featuring Kate MacCluggage, Michael Keyloun, Robert Eli, Gregor Paslawsky and Ruth Williamson, closes at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre.

* Travesties, starring Sam Buntrock, closes at NJ’s McCarter Theatre.

* Annie, starring George Dvorsky, Michele Ragusa, Glory Crampton and Sadie Sink, closes at Houston’s TUTS.

* Hello, Dolly!, starring Vicki Lewis and Gary Beach, closes at FL’s Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

* Sight Unseen closes at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Rep.

* Freud’s Last Session closes at Pittsburgh Public Theatre.

* Red Bull Theater’s The Maids, starring J. Smith-Cameron and Ana Reeder, closes at Off-Broadway’s Theater at St. Clements.

* Hand to God, about a possessed Christian-ministry puppet, closes at Off-Broadway’s Ensemble Studio Theatre.

* Legally Blonde closes at IL’s Marriott Theatre.

* Gypsy, starring Klea Blackhurst, closes at IL’s Drury Lane Theatre.

* Impro Theatre’s Jane Austen Unscripted closes at Pasadena Playhouse‘s Carrie Hamilton Theatre.

* The Fall to Earth, starring JoBeth Williams, closes at LA’s Odyssey Theatre.

* Porchlight MusicalsA Catered Affair closes at Chicago’s Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont Ave.)

* Now Circa Then closes at Palo Alto’s TheatreWorks.

* Musicals Tonight‘s L’il Abner, featuring Bill Coyne and Mary Stout, closes at Off-Broadway’s Lion Theatre.

* A Raisin in the Sun closes at Brooklyn’s Gallery Players.

* Citizen Twain, Val Kilmer’s one-man show, closes at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

* Sunset Boulevard, starring Denise Whelan, closes at PA’s Fulton Theatre.

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

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Reviews for Broadway’s NEWSIES:

NY Times (Ben Brantley):  “Here are a few titles of the songs by Alan Menken (music) and Jack Feldman (lyrics): ‘Carrying the Banner,’ ‘The World Will Know,’ ‘Seize the Day,’ ‘Something to Believe In’ and ‘Once and for All.’ And if you asked me to explain what distinguishes one of these songs from another, I couldn’t begin to without consulting my notes, my program and possibly the show’s director, Jeff Calhoun, and book writer, Harvey Fierstein.”

Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney):  “Broadway clearly has an appetite for wholesome family entertainment, and the vocal audience response at previews indicates that the exhilarating melodies of Alan Menken’s score and the airborne bodies of the ensemble as they execute choreographer Christopher Gattelli’s athletic dance moves are hitting the spot. The thematic currency of scrappy underdogs taking on greedy powerbrokers doesn’t hurt either.”

Associated Press (Mark Kennedy):  “There are lots of musicals that inspire and stimulate. Only one makes you want to rush outside to buy a newspaper, join a union and hug someone from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Such is the effect after the relentlessly cheery Newsies, a musical based on a film of the same name, which opened Thursday at the Nederlander Theatre with heart, soul and a lot of vests, caps and too-thick Noo Yawk accents.”

Newsday (Linda Winer):  “What the show, directed with rousing two-dimensional enthusiasm by Jeff Calhoun, lacks in originality is disguised — if not quite hidden — by a big, talented cast of actors (and several actresses). There is also ingenious erector-set scenery by Tobin Ost and, especially, lots of exuberant, soft-bounce high-precision tap, balletic and acrobatic invention by choreographer Christopher Gattelli.”

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Video: “Submissions Only” Ep. 7, featuring special guests Mary Beth Peil, Joe Iconis, Adam Pascal, and more.

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2011 MAC Award winners:

Female Vocalist: Sarah Rice, Screen Gems: Songs of Old Hollywood (Laurie Beechman)

Male Vocalist: Kevin Dozier, Take Me to the World, Feinstein’s (Laurie Beechman, Don’t Tell Mama)

Major Artist: Julie Reyburn, Live at Feinstein’s; Summer Night; So Many People…a Sondheim Show (Feinstein’s, Laurie Beechman, Urban Stages)

Celebrity Artist: Marilyn Maye, Her Own Kind of Broadway; The Merriest; In Love Again (Metropolitan Room, Feinstein’s)

New York Debut – Female: Liz Lark Brown, Tarnished (Metropolitan Room)

New York Debut – Male: Sean Harkness (Metropolitan Room, Top of the Rock).

Comedy/Musical Comedy Performer – Female: Amy Wolk, Amy Wolk Sings Divine Madness (Don’t Tell Mama)

Comedy/Musical Comedy Performer – Male: Adelmo Guidarelli, Operation Adelmo – The Clown Prince of Opera; The Adelmo Guidarelli Christmas Special (Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, Triad, Brook Arts Center)

Duo/Group: Scott Coulter, Steven Ray Watkins, Lennie Watts, 3Play The 70s (Don’t Tell Mama)

Variety Production/Recurring Series: Cabaret Cares, produced by Joseph Macchia (Laurie Beechman(

Open Mic: Salon, created and hosted by Mark Janas, produced by Tanya Moberly (Etcetera Etcetera(

Host – Variety Show, Series, or Open Mic: Raissa Katona Bennett, The Concerts at Tudor City Greens (Tudor City Greens)

Special Production: Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories, created and performed by Faye Lane, directed by Jay Rogers, produced by Adam Magazine (La Mama ETC, Huron Club at Soho Playhouse)

Piano Bar/Restaurant Singing Entertainer: Kristine Zbornik (Don’t Tell Mama)

Piano Bar/Restaurant Instrumentalist: Nate Buccieri (Don’t Tell Mama, Brandy’s)

Musical Director: Alex Rybeck, Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway: Boom! (Town Hall), Todd Murray (Feinstein’s, Metropolitan Room), Kevin Dozier (Feinstein’s, Laurie Beechman, Don’t Tell Mama), Liz Callaway: New Year’s Eve (Metropolitan Room), Donna McKechnie (Laurie Beechman), Faith Prince (Caramoor)

Director: Lennie Watts, Julie Reyburn (Feinstein’s, Laurie Beechman), Kevin Dozier (Feinstein’s, Laurie Beechman, Don’t Tell Mama), Liz Lark Brown (Metropolitan Room), Jackie Fornatale (Don’t Tell Mama, Laurie Beechman)

Technical Director: David Brian Colbert — Karen Finley, Sarah Rice, Coco Peru (Laurie Beechman)

Song: “Haunted,” Music by Tracy Stark, Lyrics by Marcus Simeone

Special Musical Material: “Christmas in Michigan,” Music and lyrics by Mary Liz McNamara

Recording: Karen Oberlin: “Live at the Algonquin – The Songs of Frank Loesser”

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2012 Lortel Award nominations:

Outstanding Play
* Milk Like Sugar – Produced by Playwrights Horizons and Women’s Project Theater; Written by Kirsten Greenidge
* Sons of the Prophet – Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company; Written by Stephen Karam
* The Big Meal – Produced by Playwrights Horizons; Written by Dan LeFranc
* The School For Lies – Produced by Classic Stage Company; Written by David Ives

Outstanding Musical
* Once – Produced by New York Theatre Workshop; Book by Enda Walsh, Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
* Queen of the Mist – Produced by Transport Group; Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa
* SILENCE! The Musical – Produced by Victoria Lang, Rich Affannato, Donna Trinkoff in association with Scott Kirschenbaum, Theater Mogul, Kitefliers Studio and Terry Schnuck; Music and Lyrics by Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan, Book by Hunter Bell, Adapted from the screenplay Silence! The Musical by Jon and Al Kaplan
* The Blue Flower – Produced by Second Stage Theatre; By Jim Bauer and Ruth Bauer
* The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World – Produced by Playwrights Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop; Book by Joy Gregory, Music by Gunnar Madsen, Lyrics by Joy Gregory and Gunnar Madsen, Story by Joy Gregory, Gunnar Madsen, and John Langs

Outstanding Revival
* Blood Knot – Produced by Signature Theatre; Written by Athol Fugard
* The Lady from Dubuque – Produced by Signature Theatre; Written by Edward Albee
* Look Back in Anger – Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company; Written by John Osborne
* The Cherry Orchard – Produced by Classic Stage Company; Written by Anton Chekhov, Translated by John Christopher Jones
* The Maids – Produced by Red Bull Theater; Written by Jean Genet, Translated by Bernard Frechtman

Outstanding Solo Show
* An Iliad – Produced by New York Theatre Workshop; Written by Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson; Performed by Denis O’Hare and Stephen Spinella; Based on Homer’s The Iliad translated by Robert Fagles
* The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith – Produced by Penguin Rep Theatre and Edmund Gaynes in association with Lizanne and Don Mitchell; Written by Angelo Parra; Performed by Miche Braden

Outstanding Director
* Jo Bonney, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
* David Cromer, Tribes
* Sam Gold, Look Back in Anger
* Sam Gold, The Big Meal
* John Tiffany, Once

Outstanding Choreographer
* Chase Brock, The Blue Flower
* Bill Castellino, Ionescopade
* Christopher Gattelli, SILENCE! The Musical
* Steven Hoggett, Once
* Annie-B Parson, The Broken Heart

Outstanding Lead Actor
* Santino Fontana, Sons of the Prophet
* Russell Harvard, Tribes
* Hamish Linklater, The School For Lies
* Jefferson Mays, Blood and Gifts
* Jay O. Sanders, Titus Andronicus

Outstanding Lead Actress
* Sanaa Lathan, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
* Cristin Milioti, Once
* Carey Mulligan, Through a Glass Darkly
* Molly Ranson, Carrie
* Mary Testa, Queen of the Mist

Outstanding Featured Actor
* David Wilson Barnes, The Big Meal
* Adam Driver, Look Back in Anger
* Alvin Epstein, The Cherry Orchard
* Peter Francis James, The Lady from Dubuque
Jeff Perry, Tribes

Outstanding Featured Actress
* Anita Gillette, The Big Meal
* Kimberly Hébert Gregory, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
* Marin Mazzie, Carrie
* Tonya Pinkins, Milk Like Sugar
* Mare Winningham, Tribes

SPECIAL AWARDS

Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard Frankel

Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee: Richard Foreman

Service to Off-Broadway Award: Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY)

Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience: Voca People – Produced by Doron Lida, Revital Kalfo, Leeorna Solomons and Eva Price

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The Tony Awards Administration Committee met on March 29 to decide the eligibility for The Gershwins’ Porgy and BessWit, and The Road to Mecca.

Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress and Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical categories, while David Alan Grier will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical category, respectively, for their work inThe Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.

Cynthia Nixon will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play category for her performance in Wit.

Rosemary Harris will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, while Carla Gugino and Jim Dale will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress and Actor in a Featured Role in a Play categories, respectively, for their performances in The Road to Mecca.

All other eligibility is consistent with the opening night credits.

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Gavin Creel will star as Elder Price in the national tour of The Book of Mormon, which will launch at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Aug. 14 – Sept. 12.

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Casting has been announced for The Scottsboro Boys, to run at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, to run April 29 – June 10, opening May 5. Susan Stroman will direct and choreograph.

The cast will feature Ron Holgate (The Interlocutor), Clifton Duncan (Haywood Patterson), Jared Joseph (Mr. Bones), JC Montgomery (Mr. Tambo), David Bazemore (Olen Montgomery), Nile Bullock (Eugene Williams), Christopher James Culberson (Andy Wright), Eric Jackson (Clarence Norris), Kendrick Jones [original Bway cast] (Willie Roberson), James T. Lane [original Bway cast] (Ozie Powell), Clifton Oliver (Charles Weems), Clinton Roane (Roy Wright) and C. Kelly Wright (The Lady), with Audrey Martells (The Lady Understudy) and Shavey Brown and Max Kumangai (Swings).

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Video:  How to Succeed‘s Michael Urie struts his stuff and chats about an “Ugly Betty” sequel.

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The Dallas Theater Center has announced its 2012-13 season:

The Second City Does Dallas (Aug. 29 – Oct. 6), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Oct. 19 – Nov. 25),  A Christmas Carol (Nov. 20 – Dec. 23), King Lear (Jan. 18 – Feb. 17), Red (Feb. 8 – March 10), The Dracula Cycle, a fresh take on the classic, to be directed by Kevin Moriarty (March 15 – April 28),  the new musical Fly By Night, by Kim Rosenstock, Michael Mitnick, and Will Connolly, to be directed by Bill Fennelly (April 26 – May 26) and Fly, a new musical version of the Peter Pan story, co-written by Rajiv Joseph and Bill Sherman, to be directed by Jeffrey Seller (July 2 – April 18).

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San Francisco’s 42nd Street Moon has announced its 2012-13 season:

Of Thee I Sing (Oct. 3-21), directed by Greg MacKellan; Carmelina (Oct. 31 – Nov. 18); Pal Joey (Nov. 28  -Dec. 16) directed by Zack Thomas Wilde; Baby, It’s Cold Outside! – The Frank Loesser Salon (Jan. 31);  Carnival (April 3-21);  and Little Me, directed by Eric Inman, starring Jason Graae and Sharon Rietkerk (May 1-19).

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John Doyle just directed Merrily We Roll Along at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, which stars Malcom Gets and which continues through March 31.

Today in the New York Post, Michael Riedel reports that Stephen Sondheim has been “raving about it to friends ever since” and that “I hear several New York producers, including Richard Frankel, who produced Sweeney Todd, have gone out to take a look. As for Sondheim, one of his associates says: ‘Steve was very pleased. If there’s going to be a revival of Merrily on Broadway next season, it’s going to be this one.'”

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Peter Mac as Judy Garland offers April concerts (all at 8 PM) at the new Peter Mac Showroom inside West Hollywood’s French Market (7985 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 104). Click here for more information.

* Judy Garland’s The Lost Easter Special, April 6,7, 13 and 14.

* Judy at Carnegie Hall, April 20, 21, 27 and 28.

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Video: Promo for an upcoming episode of “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” which features “Glee” regulars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, and Chris Colfer, as well as Ryan Murphy.

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Anna Deavere Smith will be among the honorees at Second Stage Theatre‘s Spring Gala, to be held at 6:30 PM on Mon. April 2 at NYC’s Cipriani 42nd Street. The event will be directed by Jeremy Dobrish, with musical direction by Justin Levine.

In addition to a performance by host Daniel Breaker, the evening will include a performance by Godspell star Morgan James and a sneak peak at Second Stage’s upcoming new musical, Dogfight, with creators Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

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Casting has been announced for the Penumbra Theatre Company’s production of James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, to play Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater May 5 – June 17, opening May 11.  Directed by Lou Bellamy, with music direction by Sanford Moore.

The cast will feature Greta Oglesby, Eric Berryman, Shá Cage, Lerea Carter, James Craven, Crystal Fox, Hannibal Lokumbe, Thomasina Petrus, Faye M. Price, Dennis W. Spears and Austene Van, along with H. Adam Harris, ShaVunda Horsley, Charla Marie Bailey, Joetta Wright, Kemi Ojelade, Koya Frye, Krystle Igbo-Obonna, Brian Curtis James, Earl Milton, Quintin Brown, Antonio Duke, Antonio Richardson, Benjamin Mandelbaum, Jasmine Gilbert, Ashley Selmer and Armyan Craven, and members of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.

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Casey Long, Jennifer Ruckman, and Karen Webster will star in Annaheim Hill’s Chance Theater production of Zayd Dohrn’s Reborning, April 20 – May 20. Oanh Nguyen will direct.

The play focuses on a young artist who sculpts baby dolls — and begins to suspect that a demanding client may be the mother who abandoned her.

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Video: “Chewing the Scenery with Randy Rainbow” Ep. 2.

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Daisy Eagan co-stars with Willam Belli and Jessica Buttafuoco in Jersey SHOREsical: A Frickin’ Rock Opera, which continues at LA’s Hayworth Theatre through May 30.  Drew Droege directs.  Written by Daniel Franzese and Hanna LoPatin, who also appear in the production.

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Broadway Bares XXII: Happy Endings will be held at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom on Sun. June 17 at 9:30 PM and Midnight.  Lee Wilkins will direct. All proceeds benefit BC/EFA.

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Kerry Ellis and Ramin Karimloo will headline a concert celebrating musicals, to be aired live as part of the Friday Night is Music Night on April 20 at 8 PM on BBC Radio 2.

In addition to performing, Ellis will host the broadcast, which will also feature Jonathan Ansell and Brian May, along with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Steve Sidwell.

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Ari Brand, Melissa Miller, and Mark Nelson will star in New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre production of My Name is Asher Lev, to run May 2-27. Gordon Edelstein will direct.

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Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s London Road will return to London’s National Theatre July 28 – Sept. 6, directed by Rufus Norris. The show documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.

The cast will include Clare Burt, Kate Fleetwood, Hal Fowler, Nick Holder, Claire Moore, Michael Shaeffer, Nicola Sloane, Paul Thornley, and Duncan Wisbey.

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Convicted white-collar criminal Garth Drabinsky, the impresario who once ran the Broadway producing organization Livent, which collapsed in a financial scandal, won’t be able to appeal his fraud and forgery convictions before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ottawa Citizen reported.

The Canadian Supreme Court will not hear the appeal case, the court announced March 29, and, as is tradition, did not give a reason for its decision.

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Him, which officially opened March 21 at NYC’s Soho Playhouse, played its final performance on March 24, after 11 previews and 3 regular performances.

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The Bodyguard musical will begin previews Nov. 6 at West End’s Adelphi Theatre, with an official opening likely in December. The musical will be directed by Thea Sharrock and will star Heather Headley .

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Movie director Kevin Smith plans to add a third, live chapter to his well-known comedy films “Clerk” and “Clerks II,” according to a report by Contactmusic.com. Smith wants to premiere the show on Broadway near the end of 2014.

“The person I’m going to have to convince, that’s Jeff Anderson,” Smith said. “If I can’t convince him, there’s no point in doing it; he is the key to Clerks for me. If he says yeah, then that’s what we’ll do—we’ll do it as a Broadway play, which I think will be so fun for all of us.”

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It is 50 years since The Beatles released their first single ‘Love Me Do’ in October 1962. To celebrate, London’s Prince of Wales Theatre will welcome Let It Be, a new West End production featuring more than twenty of The Beatles’ greatest hits for a limited season Sept. 14 – Jan. 19, opening Sept. 24. It is the first time that the Grand Theatrical Rights to The Beatles’ back catalogue have been granted by Sony/ATV for a West End production.

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