Archive for June, 2009
The cast and crew of the Tony-nominated Best Musical Rock Of Ages will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble on Wednesday, July 1st. The event will start at 1:30 pm PST, and will be streamed live on Ustream here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/us-air-guitar-world-record
The ensemble will include Tony Award Nominee Constantine Maroulis, 2007 National Air Guitar Champion Andrew “William Ocean” Litz, the matinee audience and fans.
A Little Vacation for Hair star Gavin Creel
Tony Award nominee Gavin Creel just announced on his blog that he “will be off with the Creel Clan chilling by a lake in Michigan” from Aug 10-17 this summer, so if you head to Hair that week, you’ll be seeing understudies Jay Armstrong Johnson or Paris Remillard as Claude.
RUMOR: Stanley Tucci to direct T.R. Knight in Lend Me a Tenor
Entertainment Weekly claims that Gray’s Anatomy star, T.R. Knight, will play Max in the Stanley Tucci directed Broadway production of Lend Me a Tenor, but no official announcement about the production has yet been made. You can bet it’ll get posted here once it is.
A New Sondheim Cast Album!
The cast album for Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show arrives in stores today (check it out on iTunes now)!
The show, which made its world premiere Off-Broadway at the Public Theater last fall with a book by John Weidman (Pacific Overtures, Assassins, Contact) and a score by Sondheim (Company, Into the Woods, Sweeny Todd, Sunday in the Park with George) and is “the story of two brothers whose quest for the American dream turns into a test of morality and judgment that changes their lives in unexpected ways.”
John Doyle (Sweeny Todd, A Catered Affair, Company) directed the production, which featured Michael Cerveris (Sweeny Todd, Assassins, Titanic, The Who’s Tommy) and Alexander Gemignani (Assassins, Sweeny Todd, Sunday in the Park with George).
The CD features the complete cast of the original Public Theater production which also included Alma Cuervo, William Parry, Claybourne Elder, Aisha de Haas, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Mylinda Hull, Mel Johnson, Jr., Orville Mendoza, Anne L. Nathan, Tom Nelis, Matt Stocke, William Youmans and Kristine Zbornik.
And just for fun…
Amy Spanger, who created the role of Sherrie in Rock of Ages, left the show for some vocal rest after the Tony Awards and was expected to return on June 29; however, a new press statement issued today announced that she will not return due to “personal reasons.” Savannah Wise will continue to play the role until a permanent replacement has been found.
“I know what you’re thinking: Where’s he been all my life? Right? “
The King of Comedy, Jerry Lewis (Damn Yankees!) is bringing the 1963 movie he directed, wrote and starred in – The Nutty Professor – to the Broadway stage in 2010/2011. He will sit in the director’s chair this time round, working alongside composer Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line, They’re Playing Our Song, The Sweet Smell of Success, The Goodbye Girl, Smile) and librettist/lyricist Rupert Holmes (Curtains, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Accomplice, Solitary Confinement, Say Goodnight Gracie).
Casting and the rest of the production team has yet to be announced.
It’s a sad day on Broadway. Producers just announced that the critically acclaimed Avenue Q will close its run at the John Golden Theatre on September 13, 2009.
When it closes, the Tony-award winning Best Musical will have played 22 previews and 2,534 performances.
If you haven’t seen it yet – get your tickets now or forever regret it.
“We will miss our furry friends on 45th Street but are very proud of their longevity.” – Goodman, producer
Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming (Cabaret, The Threepenny Opera) are set to star in Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark on Broadway as Mary Jane Watson and Norman Osborn (a.k.a. Green Goblin) respectively. The show, written by Julie Taymor (Lion King) and Glen Berger, features music and lyrics by U2’s Bono and The Edge. The production, directed by Taymor, opens at the Hilton Theatre on February 25, 2010. The production dates have been moved back due to the large scale of the production, rumored to have already cost $40 million.
It may not be headed for Broadway…but is highly entertaining and actually quite good.
Produced by a non-profit student theater company, this musical spoof “filled with magical fun and original songs … is a Potter-spectacular that no fan should miss.” The show only played five performances, but was captured on video and luckily for us – posted to YouTube.
If nothing else, it will help while away the hours until Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince comes out on July 15. And come on…what else are you doing on a Friday afternoon…
Win a copy of the newly released West Side Story cast album, featuring the 2009 Broadway cast! All you have to do is tell us why you love Broadway Musicals!
John Cullum (Urinetown), Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) and Colman Domingo (Passing Strange) will star in an invitation-only reading of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman (The Producers).
With music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman), a book by David Thompson, and musical direction is by David Loud, the musical “explores the famous Scottsboro case of the 1930′s — in which a group of young African American teenagers were unjustly accused of attacking two women — and their attempt to prove their innocence.”
Cullum, Dixon and Domingo lead a reading cast that also includes Josh Breckenridge, Jared Grimes, Malik Hammond, Jared Joseph, James Lane, JC Montgomery, Brenda Pressley, Christian White, and Dashaun Young.
The musical will be presented June 26th at 3PM at the Vineyard Theater.
Six Feet Under‘s Justina Machado will takeover the role of Daniela in Broadway’s In the Heights.
Chelsea Morgan Stock is now playing Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
Guys and Dolls has announced they will tour the recently closed Broadway production nationally for the 2010-2011 season; route, dates and casting information has not yet been announced.