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Dishing out daily (or almost daily) Broadway musical news and gossip. The companion site to The Broadway Musical Home (broadwaymusicalhome.com), a directory of Broadway musicals with the story, songs, merchandise, video clips, lyrics, tickets, rights & awards for almost 200 shows.

Archive for July, 2009

Roger Bart and Shuler Hensley to reprise their Young Frankenstein roles for the national tour

Roger Bart (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Producers) and Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!, Tarzan) will reprise their Broadway roles as Young Frankenstein and his Monster, in the national tour of the musical.

The cast will also include Cory English (Igor), Brad Oscar (Inspector Kemp/Blind Hermit), Beth Curry (Elizabeth), Joanna Glushak (Frau Blucher) and Anne Horak (Inga).

Written by three-time Tony Award winner Mel Brooks and three-time Tony Award winner Meehan, and directed by Susan Stroman who has five Tonys under her belt, Young Frankenstein was nominated for 3 Tony awards and ran on Broadway for 485 performances.

Kimball and Glover Will Star in Memphis on Broadway

Chad Kimball (Into the Woods, Lennon, The Civil War) and Montego Glover (The Color Purple, Ragtime, Aida), who both originated the starring roles in the show’s pre-Broadway La Jolla and Seattle engagements, will star in the upcoming Broadway production.

The Broadway production will also feature J. Bernard Calloway (The Good Negro), James Monroe Iglehart (The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee), Cass Morgan (Mary Poppins), Derrick Baskin (The Little Mermaid), and Michael McGrath (Spamalot, Is He Dead?). Ensemble members include: Jennifer Allen, Brad Bass, Tracee Beazer, Kevin Covert, Hillary Elk, Dionne Figgins, Rhett George, John Jellison, Sydney Morton, Vivian Nixon, John Eric Parker, Jermaine R. Rembert, LaQuet Sharnell, Ephraim Sykes, Cary Tedder, Danny Tidwell, Daniel J. Watts, Katie Webber, Charlie Williams and Dan’yelle Williamson.

Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) directs the Joe DiPietro written (I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, The Toxic Avenger) and David Bryan scored musical (The Toxic Avenger) with choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Next to Normal, Jersey Boys), scenic design by David Gallo, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Ken Travis.

Previews begin Sept 23 and the show officially opens on Oct 19.

Broadway’s 9 to 5 to Close September 6

Official word has been given: 9 to 5 will end its Broadway run September 6.

What do you think? Is it an unfair or merited short run?

Get your tickets before it’s too late.

Or catch the national tour – launching the week of Sept. 20, 2010, at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville.


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Michael Mayer to Direct and Tom Kitt to Arrange Green Day’s American Idiot for the Stage

Okay, okay so they may not have announced plans to take the show to Broadway just yet, but I just have to share this one:

Berkley Repertory Theatre is premiering a stage adaptation of Green Day’s Grammy-winning multi-platinum album American Idiot. Yes – album concept to stage a la The Who’s Tommy. I personally adore this album and think it has the right tone for a musical, but who am I? Some blogger. True, it could fall on its face, but you might not think that when you hear who’s involved:

Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Thoroughly Modern Millie, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Triumph of Love) will direct. Tony Award-winning orchestrator and composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, 13, High Fidelity) will be arranging, orchestrating and music supervising. Others on the creative time include Olivier Award-winning choreographer Steven Hoggett, Tony nominee Christine Jones (sets), two-time Tony winner Kevin Adams (lights), Baryshnikov fellow Andrea Lauer (costumes) and Obie Award winner Brian Ronan (sound). And it’s being co-produced by the people who brought Spring Awakening to Broadway. I’m jumping up and down and they haven’t even announced the cast yet!

I broke my own rule of only talking Broadway musicals to share this with you. Here’s hoping they don’t make a complete lier of me and actually take this one to Broadway!

EDITED 8/3/09

It just keeps getting better!

They just announced the cast for the Berkley Rep’s American Idiot and it’s just as fabulous as the creative team: John Gallagher Jr. (Spring Awakening), Matt Caplan (Rent, South Pacific), Michael Esper (A Man for All Seasons), Mary Faber (Avenue Q), Rebecca Naomi Jones, Christina Sajous and Tony Vincent! (Jesus Christ Superstar).

The rest of the ensemble includes Declan Bennet (Rent, London’s Taboo), Andrew Call (Cry-Baby, Glory Days, High Fidelity), Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening), Miguel Cervantes (Happiness), Joshua Henry (In the Heights), Brian Charles Johnson (Spring Awakening), Chase Peacock, Theo Stockman (Hair), Ben Thompson, Alysha Umphress, Morgan Weed and Libby Winters.

May need to make a trip to SF to see this show…

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Another Break Out in Song Performance (Anything Goes)


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Rupert Holmes Joins Creative Team of Robin and the 7 Hoods

Rupert Holmes (Curtains, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), the writer for the Broadway-aimed musicals The First Wives Club and The Nutty Professor, has now joined the creative team of another musical on its way to the Great White Way, Robin and the 7 Hoods

Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot) will direct and choreograph the musical, a “re-thinking of the classic 1964 Warner Brothers film of the same name [that] will shine a Broadway light on that sexy, swinging era, where the old culture meets the sexual revolution.” 

The show will feature songs from Sammy Cahn & James Van Heusen like “My Kind of Town,” “Come Fly with Me,” “All The Way,” “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” and others.

Casting for the show, set to do an out-of-town tryout on the west coast in the summer of 2010, has yet to be announced.

“Hair: Let the Sunshine In” Documentary to Air on the Sundance Channel Tonight

“Hair: Let the Sunshine In,” the new documentary tracing the birth of the musical Hair, will air on the Sundance Channel tonight at 9 PM ET.

Directed by Pola Rapaport, the documentary “captures preparations for the recent, Tony Award-nominated revival as it weaves together archival footage (including a cast performances on ‘The Tonight Show’) with the candid recollections of ‘Hair’ veterans, including co-creator/ star Rado, composer McDermot, director Tom O’Horgan and performers Melba Moore, Ben Vereen, Keith Carradine and Mary Lorrie Davis.”

The DVD for the documentary is also available online.


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