Thursday, May 3, 2012

 

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

* The Iceman Cometh, starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, opens at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

* Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project opens at Flushing Meadow’s Queens Theatre.

* The Runner Stumbles opens at Off-Broadway’s Arclight Theatre.

* The Civilisation Game opens at Lyric Theatre Belfast.

* The Caretaker, starring Jonathan Pryce, begins performances at BAM.

* Follies, starring Victoria Clark, Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Ron Raines, Jayne Houdyshell and Elaine Paige, begins previews at LA’s Ahmanson Theatre.

* Hairspray previews at Elmsford’s Westchester Broadway Theatre.

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The 1996 original cast recording of Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald’s john & jen, starring Carolee Carmello and James Ludwig, has been released digitally.  Download the mp3 here.  Order the CD here.

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Mikhail Baryshnikov will make his Hartford Stage debut in the world-premiere stage adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Man in a Case.  Baryshnikov will be joined on stage by Jess Barbagallo, Tymberly Canale and Chris Giarmo.

Directed by Paul Lazar and Annie-B Parson, with choreography by Parson, the production will run Feb. 21 – March 24.

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DC’s Arena Stage will present Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, starring Kathleen Turner, Aug. 23 – Oct. 28.

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Full casting has been announced for Chicago’s Writers’ Theatre production of  Hamlet, directed by Michael Halberstam, which runs Sept. 4  – Nov. 11.

The cast will feature Scott Parkinson, Shannon Cochran, Michael Canavan, Timothy Edward Kane, Larry Yando, Ross Lehman, Kareem Bandealy, Liesel Matthews, Julian Parker, Witold Huzior and Billy Fenderson.

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London’s Barons Court Theatre will present Neil LaBute’s Bash, June 5-17 in the theatre’s Curtains Up Pub. Olivia Rowe will direct.

The cast stars James Le Feuvre and Faye Winter.

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Boston’s A.R.T. production Woody Sez will be simulcast live May 17 at 7:30 PM  — the first live outdoor simulcast of a theater production outside of New York.  The simulcast will be presented in collaboration with Harvard University and the American Repertory at The Plaza next to the Science Center on the Harvard campus.

The Simulcast will be preceded by a 6:30 PM live performance with Sara Lee Guthrie, Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter.

The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required.

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The one-man musical Herringbone, starring B.D. Wong and directed by Roger Rees, will be presented at NYC’s Dixon Place (161A Chrystie St., between Rivington and Delancey) May 21-22 at 7 PM.

Herringbone features a book by Tom Cone, music by Skip Kennon and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh.

The performances will be recorded for a future CD release.

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Julie Taymor, Elliot Goldenthal, Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner will participate in interviews moderated by Disney Theatrical Group producer and president Thomas Schumacher for Music-Theatre Group.

The interviews, which will feature the artists discussing their careers and their work at Music-Theatre Group, will be held May 17 (Taymor and Goldenthal) and June 7 (Paulus and Weiner) at the Dimenna Center for Classical Music (450 West 37th Street) at 7:30 PM.

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Goodspeed Musicals‘ production of the muscial Mame, starring Louise Pitre, will get an extra eight performances at CT’s Goodspeed Opera House, now through July 7.

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The recent live films of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies will return to U.S. cinemas May 21 and 23 for an encore presentation.

Phantom will be screened May 21 at 7:30 PM, followed by Love Never Dies May 23 at 7:30 PM.  Click here to find a theater near you.

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RumorScarlett Johansson is close to finalizing a deal to return to Broadway in a revival of Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. Also Jeremy Renner has revealed he is considering starring as Brick.

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Debby Boone will star in Reflections of Rosemary (an intimate tribute to Boone’s late mother-in-law, Rosemary Clooney) May 20 at 7 and 9 PM at San Francisco’s Yoshi’s Jazz Club. John Oddo is the musical director.

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The Off-Broadway cast album of Queen of the Mist, starring Mary Testa, will be released by Ghostlight Records June 19.  Listen to clips and pre-order the CD here.

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Bells Are Ringing, the next staged reading of Long Beach’s Musical Theatre West Reiner Reading Series, will take place on Sun. May 20 at 7 PM at the University Theater on the CSU Long Beach campus at the 7th Street entrance.

Directed by Michael Betts, with musical direction by Matthew Smedal and choreography by John Todd, the cast features Damon Kirsche, Beth Malone  and Nick Santa Maria.  Additional casting TBA.

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Article:  Friends and colleagues remembered Ted Mann at his recent memorial service.

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Katori Hall and Woodie King, Jr. will be honored with All Stars Project Groundbreakers Awards at the All Stars Project‘s national gala benefit entitled, Big Builders for Young People, to be held at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, on on Mon. May 7 at 6 PM.

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The Tony Awards Film Series will open with the world premiere of Stephanie Riggs’  “The Standbys”on Sat. May 12 at 2 PM at NYC’s Paley Center. The screening will be followed by a talk-back.  Watch the trailer here.

“The Standbys” follows actors Ben Crawford (standby for Shrek), Merwin Foard (standby for Gomez in The Addams Family) and Aléna Watters (standby for Anita in West Side Story). Other interviewees include: Jerry Zaks, Bebe Neuwirth, Brian d’Arcy James, Cheyenne Jackson, Sutton Foster, David Hyde Pierce, Katie Finneran, Nelle Nugent, Michael Riedel and Zachary Quinto.

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John Larroquette and Eyewitness News anchor Michelle Charlesworth will host “Broadway Backstage: Spring Preview,” which will air in the New York metropolitan area May 5 at 7 PM on ABC7 with an encore broadcast May 6 at 5:30 AM.

The half-hour special will examine the current Broadway season. Expect interviews with Blair Underwood, John Lithgow, Kelli O’Hara, Matthew Broderick, Linda Lavin, Harvey Fierstein and Raul Esparza.

Former NBA greats Magic Johnson and Larry Bird will also talk about Magic/Bird, the new play based on their sports history.

“Broadway Backstage” will also visit Joe Allen’s restaurant. TV watchers will also learn how the HD video of the Tony-winning musical Memphis was put together.

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Article:  Richard Chamberlain on The Heiress, currently at Pasadena Playhouse.

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Blake Ross will host “Success on Broadway: The Un-Broadway Way,” a panel discussion that will be presented May 7 from Noon – 1 PM at NYC’s City Winery (155 Varick Street) as part of the fourth annual Creative Week.

Panelists will include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andrew Lippa and Rick Elice.

A limited number of seats are available.  For more information: bross@playbill.com.

Attendees will have the opportunity to win free tickets to Peter and the Starcatcher.

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