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Archive for June, 2009

Rock of Ages Attempting to Break Air Guitar Guinness World Record

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:

The ensemble will include Tony Award Nominee Constantine Maroulis, 2007 National Air Guitar Champion Andrew “William Ocean” Litz, the matinee audience and fans.

A Vacation, A Rumor, A Cast Album and A Web Site Story

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.

Order the cast album on

And just for fun…

webside has created a new web muscial called Web Site Story. It’s no Prop 8: The Musical…but has some pretty good lines. Check it out here.

Amy Spanger will not return to Rock of Ages

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.

Jerry Lewis, Marvin Hamlisch & Rupert Holmes are bringing Nutty Professor to Broadway

“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.

Avenue Q to Close on Broadway on September 13

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

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Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming will star in Broadway’s Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark!

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.

Harry Potter: The Musical Online

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…

To watch Harry Potter: The Musical straight through, click here.

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