Monday, February 18, 2013


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Today’s Highlights:

* Singin’ in the Rain, featuring Adam Cooper, Louise Bowden, Jennifer Ellison, Stephane Annelli, Sandra Dickinson, Dora Bailey and Peter Forbes, opens at the West End’s Palace Theatre.

* Apollo Club Harlem revue, directed and choreographed by Maurice Hines, opens at Harlem’s Apollo Theater.

* Ann, starring Holland Taylor, begins previews on Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre.

* The 2013 Jerome Robbins Award presented to Chita Rivera, Stephen Sondheim and  Harold Prince, featuring Frank Rich, David Pittu, LaChanze, Anthony Crivello, Charlotte d’Amboise, Deidre Goodwin, Lisa Mordente, Jessica Molaskey and John Pizzarelli, at NYC’s Baryshnikov Arts Center.

* Ragtime concert staging, featuring Lea Salonga, Tyne Daly, Howard McGillin, Michael Arden, Manoel Felciano, Patina Miller, Norm Lewis, Kerry Butler, Matt Cavenaugh, Jarrod Emick, Dick Latessa, Lilla Crawford, Jose Llana, Phillip Boykin , Michael McCormick, Lewis Grosso and NaTasha Yvette Williams, at 8 PM at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.

* Frank Wildhorn & Friends concert, featuring Deborah Cox, Janet Dacal, Lisa Datz, Carly Robyn Green, Sam Harris, Clint Holmes, Tracy Miller and Teal Wicks, at 7:30 PM at LA’s Pantage Theatre lobby.

Tonya PinkinsBring On The Men concert, with Brad Simmons, at 9:30 PM at Joe’s Pub (also Mar. 24).

* Can’t Something Be Done?: An Evening with Edward Hibbert closes at NYC’s 54 Below.

* Tales of Joni, featuring Heather MacRae, Annie Golden, Nic Rodriguez, Michael Winther, Lisa Asher, Julie Reyburn and Gabrielle Stravelli, closes at NYC’s 54 Below.



 GRACE NOTES QuizMasquerade: Characters Using False Names, Part 2, by Laura Frankos

Below are false names used by some characters.  Can you guess their real names?

1. “Rosabello” Esposito
2. Mimi, the beautiful French girl
3. “Ze Lady from Lourdes” (Colette Antoinette Alouette Mistinguette Alfabette)
4. M. Madeleine
5. Meslisande (not the one Starbuck sings about)
6. M. Oscar
7. “Body Beautiful Beale”
8. Phocion, Aspasie and Cécile

Scroll down for the answers…


Casting has been announced for the World Premiere of Sense & Sensibility The Musical, to run Apr. 5 – May 26 (opening Apr. 11) at Denver Center for the Performing Arts, directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge.

The musical has book and lyrics by Jeffrey Haddow and music by Neal Hampton.

The cast stars Stephanie Rothenberg (Elinor) and Mary Michael Patterson (Marianne), and will feature Nick Verina (Edward), Jeremiah James (Willoughby), Robert Petkoff (Colonel Brandon), Ed Dixon (Sir John), Ruth Gottschall (Mrs. Jennings) and Joanna Glushak (Mrs. Dashwood/Mrs. Ferrars).

The ensemble will include Andrew Kober, Preston Dyar, Josh Walden, Stacie Bono, Liz Pearce, Kate Fisher, Jessica Hershberg, Steven Strafford, and Daniella Dalli.


Off-Broadway’s Abingdon Theatre Company (312 West 36th Street) will present a reading of Jinxed, a new play by Stacie Luftig, directed by Donald Brenner on Feb. 22 at 7 PM. Admission is free and reservations are not required.

“Jackie Cochran is the most accomplished female pilot you never heard of. She’s also Amelia Earhart’s best friend. In tracing the surprising events that lead to Amelia’s disappearance, and dramatizing the devotion, competition, and deception that join and divide its central characters, Jinxed explores this question: How far do we go to support the passions of those we love when we understand the dangers?”

The cast stars Nancy Anderson (Amelia Earheart) and Lori Gardner (Jackie Cochran), along with Ryan Dietz, Peter Herrick, Don Meehan, Christopher Randolph and James Nugent.


Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre has announced a trio of comedies:

Lend Me a Tenor (May 28 – June 23)
The Mystery of Irma Vep (July 2-28)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Aug. 6 – Sept. 1)


NJ’s George Street Playhouse has announced casting for the world premiere of Victoria Stewart’s Rich Girl., to run Mar.12 – Apr. 7 (opening Mar. 15)

Produced in association with the Cleveland Play House, the upcoming production will be directed by Cleveland artistic director Michael Bloom.

The cast will star Dee Hoty and Liz Larsen, along with Crystal Finn and Tony Roach.


  Video:  Mitchell Jarvis and Wesley Taylor’s “It Could Be Worse” Ep. 3.


London’s Shakespeare’s Globe has announced additional casting for its production of Macbeth, to run June 22 – Oct. 13 (opening July 2), directed by Eve Best.

Joining the previously announced Joseph Millson will be Samantha Spiro and Bette Bourne.


Broadway’s Future Songbook Series — presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul — will continue Feb. 25 at 6 PM in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Directed, hosted and produced by John Znidarsic, the free evening will spotlight the songs of Jacob Yandura and Rebekah Greer Melocik.

Performers: Margaret Kelly, Rebekah Greer Melocik, Ben Roseberry, Jennifer Sanchez and  Forest Van Dyke, along with musicians Lizzie Hagstedt (bass), Jahn Sood (guitar, banjo), Joel Waggoner (violin), Breanna Noel (cello) and Yandura (piano).


{Your Name Here} A Queer Theater Company will present an industry reading of Justin Sayre’s The Click of the Lock Feb. 25 at 7 PM at NYC’s Bank Street Theater, directed by the playwright.  Industry

The cast features Brian Barefoot, Joe Beedles, Christian Coulson, Sean Dugan, Cole Escola, Logan Ford, Randy Harrison, Rob Maitner, Allen McCullough and Chris Tyler.

The pay, set in The Bowery of 1901, “tells of the often forgotten world of the Fairie Resorts, the first instance of gay visibility in New York, a small group of saloons gearing toward men of certain ‘proclivities,’” according to press notes. “[The play] follows ‘Lillian Russel,’ an aging fairie struggling to find a new home as one after another of the resorts are closed down. As a last chance, she goes to The Dream, where she is far from welcome. She talks with her ‘daughter,’ Gracie, trying to court Grace with the promises from a very wealthy and love-starved, Daniel. At the core of the play are conflicts with love, in the ephemeral and the tangible, the creation of an identity, and the truth about what we can own.”


London’s 2013 Award winners:

New Play: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Simon Stephens, at the National, Cottesloe
New Comedy: The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan, at the Gielgud
Play Revival: Abigail’s Party, at the Menier Chocolate Factory & Wyndham’s
Shakespearean Production: Twelfth Night, at Shakespeare’s Globe & the Apollo
Actress in a Play: Sheridan Smith, Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic
Actor in a Play:  Rupert Everett, The Judas Kiss at Hampstead.
Supporting Actress in a Play:  Natalie Casey, Abigail’s Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory & Wyndham’s
Supporting Actor in a Play: Stephen Fry, Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe & the Apollo
New Musical: The Bodyguard by Alex Dinelaris, at the Adelphi
Musical Revival: Sweeney Todd, at the Adelphi
Actress in a Musical: Imelda Staunton, Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi
Actor in a Musical: Michael Ball, Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi
Supporting Actress in a Musical: Melanie C, Jesus Christ Superstar at the O2
Supporting Actor in a Musical: Tim Minchin, Jesus Christ Superstar at the O2
Solo Performance: Idina Menzel, Idina Menzel at the Apollo
Ensemble Performance: Richard III & Twelfth Night, at Shakespeare’s Globe & the Apollo
Takeover in a Role: Ramin Karimloo, Les Misérables at the Queen’s
Director: Jonathan Kent – Sweeney Todd, at the Adelphi
Choreographer: Andrew Wright, Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace
Original Music: Sweet Smell of Success, Marvin Hamlisch, at the Arcola
London Newcomer of the Year:  Will Young (actor), Cabaret at the Savoy
West End Show: Les Misérables, at the Queen’s
Off-West End Production: Taboo, at the Brixton Club House
Regional Production: American Idiot, on tour
Event of the Year: Danny Boyle’s “Olympics Opening Ceremony”

Click here for a complete list of winners.


Laoisa Sexton’s For Love, about the sexual adventures of three women in modern-day central Dublin, will run Mar. 13 – Apr. 5 (opening Mar. 19) at Off-Broadway’s Irish Rep, directed by Tim Ruddy.

The cast features John Duddy, Jo Kinsella, Georgina McKevitt and playwright-actress Sexton.


Kritzerland at North Hollywood’s Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal presents its March offering, Billy! A Celebration of Billy Barnes, on Sat. Mar. 2 (yes, that’s Saturday, not the usual Sunday) at 7 PM, with musical direction by Lloyd Cooper.  Reservations818 754-8700.

The cast features Susanne Blakeslee, Chelsea Emma Franko, Caitlynne Medrek, Jane Noseworthy and Robert Yacko, with special guests Nancy Dussault and JoAnne Worley.


Casting has been announced for Beth Henley’s Abundance, to play Hartford Stage Apr. 4-28 (opening Apr. 12).

Jenn Thompson directs a cast that stars Monique Vukovic and Brenda Withers, along with Kevin Kelly, James Knight and John Leonard Thompson.


Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars has announced it’s 2013-14 season:

Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Sept. 29 – Oct.12)
ELF (Dec. 6-19)
We Will Rock You (Jan. 22 – Feb. 4, 2014)
The Wizard of Oz (Mar. 4-16, 2014)
Evita (May 6-18, 2014)
The Little Mermaid (June 13-26)


Ruthie Henshall‘s album, “I’ve Loved These Days” has been released.

 Order the CD here.

Track List:
1. “A Hard Day’s Night” (Lennon/McCartney)
2. “Don’t Rain On My Parade” (Styne/Merrill)
3. “Both Sides Now” (Mitchell)
4. “Nice Work If You Can Get It” (Gershwin/Gershwin)
5. “Adelaide’s Lament” (Loesser)
6. “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)” (Joel)
7. “Electricity” (John/Hall)
8. “Blizzard Of Lies” (Frishberg/Frishberg)
9. “Send In The Clowns” (Sondheim)
10. “When You’re Good To Mama” (Kander/Ebb)
11. “Vincent” (McLean)
12. I’ve Loved These Days (Joel)


Hugh Dancy and Raul Esparza will star in NBC’s “Hannibal,” which will premiere Apr. 4 at 10 PM.

“‘Hannibal’ follows Will Graham (Dancy) and his interactions with confidant/mentor Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelsen) and takes place a few years prior to the events in ‘Slience of the Lambs,’ largely focused on the Red Dragon era years when Lector worked alongside the FBI to track the most dangerous and violent serial killers.

“Esparza, who will portray the psychiatric institute’s crooked quack of a captain, Dr. Chilton, joins a starry supporting cast that also includes Laurence Fishburne as Will Graham’s tough-taking boss Jack Crawford and Gillian Anderson as Dr. Lector’s psychiatrist (a role not represented in the novels).”


A host of theatre artists will rejoin forces on Mar. 11 at 6 PM at Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre for the second annual Spotlight On St. Jude, Broadway’s Tribute to the Kids.  Information and tickets here.

Performers: Broadway Inspirational Voices, Ward Billeisen, Richard H. Blake, Larkin Bogan, Christian Borle, Caroline Bowman, Anne Brummel, Jamie Cepero, Sheila Coyle, Rachel Dratch, Jenn Furman, Brooklyn Freitag, Alexa Green, Jenna Leigh Green,  John Arthur Greene, Greg Hildreth, Autumn Hurlbert, Sarah Jenkins, Sara Rose King, Anne Markt, Mackenzie Mauzy, Fletcher McTaggart, John Moauro, Isabella Moner, Halle Morse, Christine Nolan, Marissa O’Donnell, Paul Pilcz, Catherine Porter, Daniel Quadrino, Kristine Reese, Julie Reiber, Aleque Reid, Rachel Resheff, Andrea Rivette, Molly Ryan, Lindsay Ryan, Bryce Ryness, Libby Servais, Coleen Sexton, Chelsea Swanderski, Brett Teresa and Lauren Ashley Zakrin.


 From Live at Lincoln Center’s “Ring Them Bells! A Kander & Ebb Celebration”

Video: Joel Grey, “If You Could See Her”
Video: Chita Rivera, “Kiss of the Spider Woman”


Backstage at 54 Below offers its next installment on Feb. 19 at 10:30 PM, featuring Kate Rockwell, Lavon Fisher Wilson, Alex Wyse, Ryan Knowles, Jonathan Whitton and Tori Scott.

Susie Mosher hosts, with musical direction by Brad Simmons.


Providence’s Trinity Rep has announced its 2013-14 season:

* The Grapes of Wrath, adapted by Frank Galati, directed by Brian McEleney (Sept. 5 – Oct. 13)
* Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Nov. 21 – Dec. 2)
* A Lie of the Mind, directed by Brian Mertes (Jan. 23 – Feb. 23, 2014)
* Oliver! (Feb. 3 – Mar. 23)
* Intimate Apparel (Mar. 27 – Apr. 27)
* Veronica Meadows World Premiere, by Stephen Thorne (May 29 – June 29)


Song list from Kristin Chenowith‘s The Dames of Broadway… All of ‘Em!!!, which was presented Feb. 15 at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room, and will be broadcast Mar. 24 on PBS:

“Somebody, Somewhere” (The Most Happy Fella)
“(When I Marry) Mister Snow” (Carousel)
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (Show Boat)
“A Quiet Thing” (Flora, the Red Menace)
“My Funny Valentine” (Babes in Arms)
“One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man” (Wonderful Town)
“My White Knight” (The Music Man)
“Little Girl Blue” (Jumbo)
“Green Finch and Linnet Bird” (Sweeney Todd)
“Who Are You Now?” (Funny Girl)
“Moonshine Lullaby” (Annie Get Your Gun)
“Old Maid” (110 in the Shade)
“My Lord and Master” (The King and I)
“Dance: Ten; Looks: Three” (A Chorus Line)
“Before the Parade Passes By” (Hello, Dolly!)
“Edelweiss” (The Sound of Music)


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 GRACE NOTES Quiz AnswersMasquerade: Characters Using False Names, Part 2:

1. “Rosabella” is the name Tony Esposito gives to the waitress he falls for and marries, not knowing her real name is Amy (The Most Happy Fella).

2. Mimi, a beautiful French girl, is the persona adopted by Janet Vandergraff when she sees Percy, her groom-to-be, approaching her, wearing a blindfold and roller skates (The Drowsy Chaperone).

3. “Ze Lady from Lourdes” sent to investigate the miracle in Cora Hoover Hooper’s town is actually Nurse Fay Apple (Anyone Can Whistle).

4. M. Madeleine, factory owner, mayor and respectable citizen, is actually ex-convict and parole breaker Jean Valjean (Les Miserables). 

5. Melisande is the name Ella Peterson uses since she doesn’t want Jeff to know she’s the girl at this answering service (Bells Are Ringing).

6. M. Oscar is the name used by Nestor-le-Fripé when visiting Irma la Douce.

7. “Body Beautiful Beale” was the soubriquet for Little Edie Bouvier Beale (Grey Gardens).

8.  Phocion, Aspasie and Cécile are all personae created by the clever Princess Léonide of Sparta as she schemes to win the heart of Agis (Triumph of Love).

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