Friday, June 28, 2013


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This Weekend’s Highlights:

Friday, June 28

Peter Ustinov’s The Moment of Truth, featuring Bonnie Wright, Rodney Bewes, Mark Carey, Callum Coates, Toni Kanal, Damian Quinn, Miles Richardson and Daniel Souter, opens at London’s Southwark Playhouse.

* Citizen Twain, written by and starring Val Kilmer, opens at LA’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.

* Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, starring Harris Yulin and Candy Buckley, opens at NY’s Chautauqua Theater Company.

* Broadway @ The Art House series opens at Provincetown’s Art House.

* Kim Jong Fun! or How I Learned to Love the Bomb, featuring Mary Buckley, Jen Burton, John Colella, Tamara Davis, Nathan Frizzell, Joey Honsa, Jon Klaft, Joanna Leeds, Maia Madison, Jason Moyer, Justin O’Connor, Bobby Rice, Kelly Schumann and Michael Tauzin, opens at Hollywood’s Celebration Theatre.

* Hello Dolly!, featuring Klea Blackhurst, Ashley Brown, Tony Sheldon, Jeremy Morse, Brooke Shapiro, Spencer Moses, Charles MacEachern and Catherine Blades, begins previews at CT’s Goodspeed Opera House.

“Annie: It’s the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage” documentary debuts at 9 PM on PBS (check local listings).

Andrew Lippa’s I Am Harvey Milk oratorio, starring Lippa as Harvey Milk, with Laura Benanti and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, closes at San Francisco’s Nourse Auditorium.

Bill Russell and Janet Hood’s Unexpected Joys free readings close at Off-Broadway’s York Theatre.

Theater Breaking Through BarriersStill More of Our Parts short play festival, featuring Tonya Pinkins, Mary Theresa Archbold, Russell Barnes III, Christine Bruno, Samantha Debicki, Shannon DeVido, David Harrell, Lawrence Merritt, Ann Marie Morelli, Jamie Petrone, Shawn Randall and Jonathan Todd Ross, closes at Off-Broadway’s Clurman Theatre.

Saturday, June 29

* The Lion in Winter, featuring Treat Williams, Jayne Atkinson, Tara Franklin, Aaron Costa Ganis, Karl Gregory, Tommy Schrider and Matthew Stucky, opens at MA’s Berkshire Theatre Group.

* So Over the Rainbow cabaret, starring Sandra Bernhard, Le DeLaria and Scott Thompson, at 8 PM at NYC’s (le) Poisson Rouge.

Zoe Sarnak‘s A Lasting Impression concert, featuring Alice Ripley, Kacie Sheik, Andrew Kober, Meghann Fahy, Betsy Wolfe, Preston Sadleir, at 7 PM at Joe’s Pub.

* Steel Magnolia benefit staged readings, featuring Donna McKechnie, Pamela Myers, Sally Mayes, Emily Swallow, Amy Canning and Sarah Boone, at 2 PM and 8 PM at FL’s Theatre Jacksonville.

The 4th Annual Art Project Los Angeles APLA benefit, at 6 PM at LA’s Bonhams auction house.

* Travels With My Aunt, starring Jonathan Hyde, David Bamber, Gregory Gudgeon and Iain Mitchell, closes at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.

* Viva Forever!, featuring Sally Ann Triplett, Hannah John-Kamen, Siobhan Athwal, Lucy Phelps, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Bill Ward, Sally Dexter, Tamara Wall, Ben Cura, Hatty Preston, Simon Adkins and Anthony Topham, closes at the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre.

Brendan Cowell’s Happy New, starring Lisa Dillon, closes at London’s Trafalgar Studios 2.

* Rutherford & Son, starring Barrie Rutter, closes at London’s St. James Theatre.

* Race, featuring Clarke Peters, Jasper Britton, Charles Daish and Nina Toussaint-White, closes at London’s Hampstead Theatre.

John Barry, Don Black, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais’ Billy, featuring Mark Carroll, Ricky Butt, Paddy Glynn, Mark Turnbull, Katerina Stearman and Keith Ramsay, closes at London’s Union Theatre.

George Kelly’s The Show-Off, featuring Jayne Houdyshell, Will Rogers, Clea Alsip, Mia Barron, Nat DeWolf, Robert Eli, Adam LeFevre, Karl Baker Olson and Marc Vietor, closes at CT’s Westport Country Playhouse.

MCC Theater‘s Reasons to be Happy, featuring Jenna Fischer, Josh Hamilton, Leslie Bibb and Fred Weller, closes at Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Jessica Dickey’s Charles Ives Take Me Home, featuring Drew McVety, Kate Nowlin, and Henry Stram, closes at Off-Broadway’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

* 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, featuring Caitlin Chuckta, Rachel Farmer, Megan Johns, Thea Lux, and Maari Suorsa, closes at Off-Broadway’s Snapple Theatre Center.

Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers, featuring Jordan Gelber, Jennifer Cody, Leenya Rideout and Natalie Walker, closes at Ithica’s Hangar Theatre.

* Let the Right One In, featuring Rebecca Benson, Paul Thomas Hickey, Lorraine M McIntosh, Angus Miller, Cristian Ortega, Martin Quinn, Chris Reilly, Stuart Ryan and Ewan Stewart, closes at the UK’s Dundee Rep.

John Lloyd Young in concert closes at NYC’s Café Carlyle.

* Sherie Rene Scott‘s Pieces of Meat closes at 54 Below.

Sunday, June 30

* John Bucchino and Friends concert, with guests John Barr, Amelia Cormack, Sophia Ragavelas, Matthew Barrow, Ashely Robinson, Christina Lund, Phoebe Coupe, Linnea Stenbeck, Suzanna Kempner, Belinda Wollaston and Hila Pliltman, at  4 PM and 8 PM at London’s St. James Studio Theatre.

* Musical Theatre West‘s Kismet concert presentation, featuring Daniel A. Smith, Chris Warren Gilbert, Melissa Fahn, Madison Claire Parks, Robert Hoyt, Marc Benard, Caleb Shaw, Jonathan Arana, Amy Glinskas, Jordan Lamoureux, William Martinez III, Ayme Olivo and Jennifer Wilcove, at 7 PM at the University Theater on Long Beach’s CSULB campus.

* Heritage of Pride‘s Dance on the Pier fundraising party, featuring Cher and Deborah Cox, from 3-10 PM at NYC’s Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 in Tribeca.

* Exposed: Drew Overcash in Concert, featuring Richard H. Blake, Nick Cartell, Ariana DeBose, Jason Gotay, Emma Hunton, Kara Lindsay, Zak Resnick, Christina Sajous and NYC a cappella group Blackout, at 9 PM at NYC’s Time Out Lounge.

* You Make Me Feel, Mighty Real: A Sylvester Concert, featuring Anthony Wayne, Anastacia McCleskey, Jacqueline B. Arnold, Antoine L. Smith and Rashidra Scott, at 7 PM and 10 PM at NYC’s (le) Poisson Rouge.

John Logan’s I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, starring Bette Midler, closes at Broadway’s Booth Theatre, after 18 previews and 71 regular performances.

* Ann, starring Holland Taylor, closes at Broadway’s at Lincoln Center‘s Beaumont Theatre, after 19 previews and 132 regular performances.

Shakespeare in the Park‘s Comedy of Errors, featuring Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Hamish Linklater, Becky Ann Baker, Emily Bergl, Jonathan Hadary, Heidi Schreck, Skipp Sudduth, de’Adre Aziza, Keith Eric Chapelle, Robert Creighton, along with J. Clint Allen, Reggie Gowland, Bryan Langlitz and Jessica Wu, closes at NYC’s Delacorte Theater.

Eric Rosen, Matt Sax and Curtis Moore’s Venice, featuring Leslie Odom, Jr., Haaz Sleiman, Jennifer Damiano, Claybourne Elder, Matt Sax, Uzo Aduba, Jonathan-David, Victoria Platt, Angela Polk, Emilee Dupre, Semhar Ghebremichael, Devin Roberts and Manuel Stark, closes at the Public Theater.

* The Scottsboro Boys, featuring Hal Linden, Joshua Henry, Trent Armand Kendall, JC Montgomery, Clinton Roane, Christian Dante White, Gilbert L. Bailey II, David Bazemore, Ayanna Berkshire, Shavey Brown, Christopher James Culberson, Max Kumangai, Justin Prescott, Cedric Sanders, Deandre Sevon and C. Kelly Wright, closes at LA’s Ahmanson Theatre.

* The Little Mermaid, featuring Nick Adams, Jessica Grové, Liz McCartney, Alan Mingo, Jr., Edward Watts, Matt Allen, Sean Patrick Doyle, Timothy Shew and Ron Wisniski, closes at NJ’s Paper Mill Playhouse.

* Company, featuring Matthew Scott, Sherri Edelen, Thomas Adrian Simpson, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Evan Casey, Erin Driscoll, James Gardiner, Sandy Bainum, Bobby Smith, Erin Weaver, Paul Scanlan, Madeline Botteri, Rachel Zampelli and Jamie Eacker, closes at VA’s Signature Theatre.

* Shrek the Musical, featuring Stephen Wallem, Julia Murney, Rob McClure, Michael James Scott and Natalie Venetia Belcon, closes at St. Louis Muny.

* The Wizard of Oz, featuring Emily Walton, Jim Walton, Shannon Stoeke, Jamie Torcellini, Bill Nolte, Heather Lee, Jacqueline Piro Donovan and Doug Carfrae, closes at Sacramento’s Music Circus.

Paul Rayfield’s Payback: The Musical, featuring Matthew White, Katie Bernstein, Sarah Earnshaw, Adam Flynn, Howard Samuels, Alan Vicary and James Yeoburn, closes at London’s Riverside Studios.

Doug Katsaros, Amanda Yesnowitz and Ken Davenport’s Somewhere in Time world premiere, featuring Andrew Samonsky, Hannah Elless, Marc Kudisch and David Cryer, closes at Portland Center Stage.

* Other Desert Cities, featuring James DeMarse, Helena Ruoti, John Patrick Hayden, Susan Cella and Pilar Witherspoon, closes at Pittsburgh Public Theater.

* Present Laughter, featuring Veanne Cox, Michael Cumpsty, Kaitlin Hopkins, Haley Treider, Cole Escola, Leighton Bryan, Robin Moseley, Camille Saviola, James Riordan, Jeffrey Kuhn and Mark Capri, closes at NJ’s Two Rivers Theater.

* Catch Me If You Can closes at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center.

* Yeston & Kopit’s Phantom, featuring Ron Bohmer, Erin Mackey, Peter Matthew Smith, Donna Lynne Champlin, Jeff Howell, Ken Land, Bryant Martin, Paul Palmer and Jamie Ross, closes at Pittsburgh CLO.

* Avenue Q closes at London’s fringe Highgate’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse.

SpeakEasy Stage‘s In The Heights, featuring Diego Klock-Perez, Anthony Alfaro, Jorge Barranco, Amos Oliver, Tony Castellanos, Sarah Crane, Lauren Csete, Jared Dixon, Merissa Haddad, Sean Jones, Jasmine Knight, Melanie Porras, Chris Ramirez, Adrian Ruz, Nicole Paloma Sarro, Carolyn Saxon, Santina Umbach, and Alessandra Valea, closes at the Boston Center for the Arts.

* Falling for Make Believe, featuring Ben D. Goldberg, Brett Ryback, Tyler Milliron, Rebecca Ann Johnson and Jeffrey Landman, closes at Burbank’s Colony Theatre.

* Brits Off Broadway Festival closes at 59e59 Theaters.

Alan Ayckbourn’s House & Garden closes at Providence’s Trinity Rep.

Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone, featuring Alina Phelan, Trent Dawson, Susan Diol, Heather Roberts and Eileen T-Kaye, closes at Long Beach’s International City Theatre.

Susan Merson and Shellen Lubin’s Between Pretty Places, featuring Carolyn Mignini, Tuck Milligan, Laura Ligouri, Karen Landry and Juliette Bailey, closes at Venice, CA’s Pacific Resident Theatre.

TheatreWorksWild with Happy, written by and starring Colman Domingo, closes at CA’s Mountainview Center for the Performing Arts.

JoAnne Worley‘s Keep Laughin’ closes at CA’s Welk Theatre.

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  Reviews for Roundabout’s The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin:

NY Times (Charles Isherwood):  ”Although Mr. Levenson’s portrait of Tom’s narcissism and the collateral damage it has inflicted on his family never strikes a false note, the fact remains that with a few exceptions — Shakespeare’s Richard III and some of the livelier monsters who populate Harold Pinter’s plays spring to mind — sociopaths, who aren’t much fun in life, do not make for appealing company onstage either.”

NY Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz):  ”Get a look at what the cat dragged in.  The homecoming of a white-collar ex-con and pathological liar whose wife and kids want nothing to do with him sets The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin in motion.  What did he do? Well into the 100-minute drama we find out the crime: a Ponzi scheme that ruined people’s lives, including his family’s. Tom is a lot like you-know-who.  That clarifying detail sparked some hmm’s in the audience, but it failed to raise the stakes on Steven Levenson’s sensitive but dramatically inert work, presented by the Roundabout Theatre.”

NY Post (Elisabeth Vincentelli):  ”If only the show, which opened last night at the Roundabout, matched that [David Morse's] performance.”

Newsday (Linda Winer):  ”Morse’s pleasant, open face seems to shift from compassion to duplicity with the speed of a passing thought. He can make skin crawl yet, somehow, we like having him around.  Such manipulative virtuosity is invaluable in The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, Steven Levenson’s smartly engrossing but sometimes strained drama about a privileged family crushed by the catastrophic white-collar crimes of the father.”

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Bullets Over Broadway (adapted by Woody Allen, with pre-existing songs from the 1920s and 1930s as the score) will begin previews Mar. 11 and open Apr. 10 at Broadway’s St. James Theatre, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.

The cast features Zach Braff (David Shayne), Brooks Ashmanskas (Warner Purcell) ,Betsy Wolfe (Ellen), Lenny Wolpe (Julian Marx), Hélene Yorke (Olive Neal) and Vincent Pastore (Nick Valenti).  Additional casting, including the role of actress Helen Sinclair (originated on screen by Dianne Wiest), TBA.

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The interracial production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by David Leveaux, will begin previews Aug. 19 and open Sept. 19 at Broadway‘s Richard Rodgers Theatre.

The cast stars Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, along with Jayne Houdyshell (Nurse), Brent Carver (Friar Laurence), Chuck Cooper (Lord Capulet), Christian Camargo (Mercutio), Justin Guarini (Paris), Roslyn Ruff (Lady Capulet), Conrad Kemp (Benvolio), Corey Hawkins (Tybalt) and Geoffrey Owens (Prince Escalus).

  Romeo and Juliet website.

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The world premiere of Stephen Ward (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black), will run Dec. 3 – Mar. 1 (opening Dec. 19) at the West End‘s Aldwych Theatre.  Richard Eyre directs, with choreography by Steven Mear.

Casting TBA.

“Set in 1963, the show revolves around a scandal that shocked society. Its title character is one of the victims of the Profumo Affair – not John Profumo himself, the disgraced Minister for War, nor even the fatally wounded Conservative government of Harold Macmillan, but the society osteopath whose private libertarian experiments blew up in his own and everyone else’s face. In a trial as emblematic to the 20th century as Oscar Wilde’s was to the 19th – from which he was the only protagonist to emerge with some dignity and honor – Ward became the targeted scapegoat of a furiously self-righteous Establishment. By no means a hero, he was a reluctant martyr, thanks to an unholy alliance between press and police of a kind we can all too readily recognize today; inadvertently, he was the hinge between two worlds and the harbinger of a revolution in manners, music and morals when the ordered, stuffy, respectful universe of the 1950s gave way to the classless, truculent, unstoppable ’60s.”

  Audio: Stephen Ward theme.

  Stephen Ward website.

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Baz Luhrmann’s stage adaptation of his 1992 film “Strictly Ballroom” will have its world premiere in early 2014 at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.

The stage production promises “the beloved songs of the original film weaved into a score also featuring new songs from world class composers.”  It has not been announced which songwriters are contributing material to the production.

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Heidi Range will star in the U.K. tour of Happy Days — the Musical (book by Garry Marshall, music and lyrics by Paul Williams), to launch Jan. 13 at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre near London, directed and choreographed by Andrew Wright.

Additional casting TBA.

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Upcoming Sony Masterworks Broadway releases:

* Seven Come Eleven, (July 16), Julius Monk’s café revue.  More information.

* The film soundtrack for the 1978 film adaptation of “A Little Night Music,” (Aug. 13), featuring Elizabeth Taylor, Len Cariou and Diana Rigg.  The remastered recording – transferred from the original stereo masters – includes the film version of “The Glamorous Life,” previously unreleased instrumental cues and the complete version of “Every Day A Little Death,” which is lifted from the mono soundtrack. The carriage ride verse, written specifically for the film, was not included on the stereo master.  Link not yet available.

* Cowardy Custard (Sept. 10), long-running British revue.  Link not yet availalbe.

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Project Shaw presents a reading of On the Rocks Mon. July 22 at 7 PM at NYC’s Players Club, produced, adapted and directed by David Staller.

The cast features Alison Cimmet, Jack Gilpin, Merwin Goldsmith, Andrea Lynn Green, Jonathan Hadary, Geroge S. Irving, Rebecca Luker, Ron McClary, Michael McDonald, James Rana, Justine Salata, Michael Selkirk, A. J. Shively, Robert Stanton, Matthew Sullivan, Marc Vietor and Diane Stilwell Weinberg.

On the Rocks is “a brisk comedy cocktail of money, greed, politics and sex. In this play, a beleaguered Prime Minister is attacked from all corners and is losing hope before the arrival of a mysterious woman who changes everything.  This is the play that inspired the Brit-Com, ‘Yes, Minster!’”

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Josh Segerra joins the cast of Around the World in 80 Days on July 2, replacing Bryce Ryness, who departed June 23, at Off-Broadway’s New Theatre at 45th Street.

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An Evening Celebrating Emerging Female Composers, which is billed as “a concert to promote gender parity in musical theatre,” will take place July 15 at 7:30 PM at NYC’s Helen Mills Event Space and Theatre (137-139 West 26th Street), with musical direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell.

Composers: Jennifer Lucy Cook, Shoshana Greenberg, Kathryn Hathaway, Janine McGuire, Julia Meinwald, Nicky Phillips and Sarah M. Underwood, with contributions by Carmel Dean, Laura Kleinbaum, Tina Lear, Gordon Leary, Jeffery Dennis Smith and Stephanie Smith.

Performers: Erin Davie, Lesli Margherita, Christiane Noll, Alice Ripley, Krysta Rodriguez and Betsy Wolfe.

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LA’s Kirk Douglas Theatre has announced its 2013-14 season:

* Three solo shows in rep (Sept. 14 – Oct. 6) — St. Jude (written and performed by Luis Alfaro, directed by Robert Egan), Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam (by Trieu Tran with Robert Egan, directed by Egan) and Rodney King (created and performed by Roger Guenveur Smith).

* The Black Suits (Oct. 27 – Nov. 24), world premiere (music and lyrics by Joe Iconis, book by Iconis and Robert Maddock, directed by John Simpkins. The musical offers the “high energy, soaring dreams and emotional intensity of being in a high school garage band.”

* The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens (Dec. 8-29), by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort, directed by Marc Warzecha.  ”The creative team describes this year’s offering as ‘reloaded and re-twisted – the same show you loved last year, just better.’”

* Samuel Beckett’s I’ll Go On (Jan. 10 – Feb. 9), a Gate Theatre production, based on the novels “Molloy,” “Malone Dies” and “The Unnamable,” texts selected by Gerry Dukes and Barry McGovern, directed by Colm Ó Briain, starring Barry McGovern.

* different words for the same thing (May 4 – June 1) world premiere by Kimber Lee, directed by Neel Keller.  The play “depicts the intersecting lives of the townspeople as they deal with the web of love, tradition, religion, politics and heartbreak that connect them all.”

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Casting updates in Broadway’s Annie:

* Lilla Crawford will play her final performance July 28.  Taylor Richardson, who currently plays orphan Duffy, and Sadie Sink, a standby in the production, will share the role as of July 30.

* Anthony Warlow has extended his contract through Dec. 8.

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Betty Buckley: Signature Songs, a benefit concert for Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre, will take place Sept. 30 at 7:30 PM (cocktails begin at 6:30 PM).

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Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre presents Harmony – A New Musical (music by Barry Manilow and book and lyrics by Bruce Sussman) Sept. 6 – Oct. 6, directed by Tony Speciale.

The cast features Wayne Alan Wilcox, Tony Yazbeck, Douglas Williams, Chris Dwan, Will Taylor, Will Blum, Leigh Ann Larkin and Hannah Corneau.

Harmony is about a group of young men who came together during a terrifying time in history to create something exquisite,” said director Speciale in a statement. “Their heartbreaking and untold story was the impetus for Barry and Bruce to write Harmony, and it’s what compelled me to work on this important project. Together the authors have woven an intricate and epic piece of music theatre about memory, collaboration, hope, brotherhood, survival and redemption. Harmony is a celebration of these six brilliant men and an inspiring reminder of the human capacity to make great art, even in our darkest hours.”

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Ben Rimalower’s solo show Patti Issues has announced a seventh and final extension to Aug. 15  at NYC’s Duplex.

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London’s Jermyn Street Theatre has announced its Fall 2013 season:

* Steven Berkoff: Religion and Anarchy (Sept. 24 – Oct. 26), five Steven Berkoff one-acts in rep, directed by Berkoff and Max Barton.

* David Pinners The Potsdam Quartet (Oct. 29 – Nov. 23), directed by Anthony Biggs.

* The Little Beasts (What Happens to Naughty Children) (Nov. 26 – Dec. 19), a new musical by Luke Bateman and Michael Conley.

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  Video:  Teaser for the London revival of Miss Saigon.

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NAMT‘s Festival of Musicals (Oct. 17 &18):

* Analog and Vinyl (book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon).   ”Harrison is obsessed with LPs from the sixties and the superior quality of analog. Rodeo Girl, a quirky Silver Lake hipster, is obsessed with Harrison but he barely notices. With his vintage record store about to go under, Harrison and Rodeo Girl are visited by a mysterious customer who makes them a devilish offer they can’t refuse.”

* The Astonishing Return of…The Protagonists! (book and lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila, music by Michael Shaieb).  ”The Protagonists was once a mighty group of superheroes battling the forces of evil. Twenty years later, they find themselves battling the forces of thinning hair and menopause. But when an old nemesis re-emerges with a sinister plan, can the former superfriends pull it together to save the world again?”

* The Boy Who Danced on Air (book and lyrics by Charlie Sohne, music by Tim Rosser).
The Boy Who Danced on Air focuses on a tradition in Afghanistan called Bacha Bazi: wealthy men take in poorer boys and train them to dance. The boys perform at parties and are often sexually abused. This is the story of what happens when two of those boys fall in love.”

* Come From Away (book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein).  ”Come From Away tells the true story of when seven thousand people landed on the doorstep of Gander, Newfoundland… and the people of Gander ‘put the kettle on.’ A rocking musical about when 38 planes from around the world were diverted to a small, Canadian community on September 11, 2001 — doubling its population in an instant. While the world witnessed the worst acts of humankind, the stranded passengers had their faith in humanity restored by the spirited people who comforted those who had come from away.”

* Eastland (book and lyrics by Andrew White, music by Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman).
“Early morning, July 24, 1915: Moored on the Chicago River, the S.S. Eastland overflows with passengers ready for their company picnic. The boat leans to port – and keeps leaning, until it tips completely over. By day’s end, hundreds will perish, whole families will vanish and unexpected heroes will emerge.”

* My Heart is the Drum (concept and music by Phillip Palmer, original story and book by Jennie Redling, lyrics by Stacey Luftig).   ”When Efua Kuti is pulled from school and forced to marry, she flees her village in Ghana to pursue her dream: an education. Guided by the spirit of her grandmother, she confronts life-threatening dangers—and discovers her own heart. A tale of modern Africa with driving rhythms and rich vocal harmonies, this big, coming-of-age musical celebrates the promise within us all.”

* The Sandman – a little nightmare musical (music by Richard Oberacker, book and lyrics by Robert Taylor & Richard Oberacker, based on the disturbed scribblings of E.T.A. Hoffmann).   ”Germany, 1838. What if Clara’s nutcracker had been built by a clockmaker whose children were held hostage by the Sandman? What if the clockmaker’s nanny had invited the Sandman in? What if the Sandman steals children’s eyes at night? Too ghastly to contemplate. Who dares put such horrors in a musical?”

* The Single Girls Guide (book by Gordon Greenberg, music and lyrics by Tommy Newman).  ”Jane Austen meets Helen Gurley Brown in the stylish world of 1964 Manhattan. Filled with the buoyant sounds and bright spirit of the mid-1960s, The Single Girl’s Guide is a fizzy riff on ‘Emma’ and ‘Sex and The Single Girl’ that echoes the questions we continue to ask about marriage, sex and being single.”

* The Three Little Pigs (book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, music by George Stiles).  ”Take three little superstar Piglets, their devoted single-parent Mom, a misunderstood Big Bad Wolf and the award-winning tuneful wit of Stiles and Drewe and you’ve got the perfect “Great Big Little Broadway Show” for audiences of three years old and up. This very curly musical tail will huff, puff and blow you away!”

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From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook, which took place Jan. 28, will air on select public television stations in the NY tri-state area:

July 18 at 10 PM, on WLIW21
July 26 at 10 PM, on THIRTEEN and CPTV
July 30 at 10 PM, on NJTV

The cast features Brian Stokes Mitchell, Linda Eder, Stephen Schwartz, Micky Dolenz, Marc Shaiman, Michael Cerveris, Frank Wildhorn, Nikki Blonsky, Alan Muraoka, Robin de Jesus, Ashley Blanchet and Capathia Jenkins, along with the Muppets and cast members from “Sesame Street.”

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  Rumor:  Will London’s Top Hat cross the pond to Broadway, with a little help from Tommy Tune?

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Murder Ballad, featuring John Ellison Conlee, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Will Swenson and Caissie Levy, will close July 21 at Off-Broadway’s Union Square Theater, after 17 previews and 70 regular performances.

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Up Close and Personal with Matthew Morrison returns to 54 Below July 13-17.

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The Public Theater will present three special screenings of Wallace Shawn and André Gregory’s most beloved films, “André Gregory: Before and After Dinner,” ”Vanya on 42nd Street” and ”My Dinner With André,” at Joe’s Pub Aug. 3-4.

These three screenings are presented as part of the current retrospective, The Wallace Shawn-André Gregory Project, celebrating the 40-year collaboration between these two artists.

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Barry Humphries will bring Eat Pray Laugh! to the West End’s London Palladium Nov. 15 – Jan. 8 as part of his farewell U.K. tour (Oct. 23 – Mar. 8), featuring his famous creations the Honorable Sir Les Patterson, Sandy Stone and, of course, Dame Edna Everage.

In addition to Dame Edna, Humphries will reprise the Honorable Sir Les Patterson (the constantly inebriated Australian cultural attaché) and the gentle, grandfatherly Sandy Stone. In the words of Dame Edna, this serves as “just a bit of foreplay really before I make an orgasmic appearance in Act Two.”

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Rob McClure will star in a short film, “Recursion,” written by Sam Nash and directed by Sam Buntrock.

The film tells “the story of Sherwin (McClure), an unlikely Best Man.  Awkward and accident-prone, he loses the ring moments before the ceremony.  But Sherwin knows a powerful secret. A secret that allows him to try everything possible (and impossible) to correct his mistake …again, and again, and again. The trick? Not to destroy his universe while he’s at it.”

 Recursion website.

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The inaugural London Festival of Cabaret, which will run at venues across the capital Oct. 22 – Nov. 15, will include appearances by Michael Feinstein, Elaine Paige, Maria Friedman, Julian Ovenden, KT Sullivan, Steve Ross, Janie Dee, Alexander Armstrong, and more.

Click here for a complete schedule of events.

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