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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

Norbert Leo Butz’ Sister Murdered in Possible Hate Crime

Norbert Leo Butz’ sister, Teresa Butz, was killed and her partner severely wounded early Sunday by a man who attacked them as they slept in their home. A detective has confirmed that Teresa sacrificed herself to save her fiancée’s life during the attack. The murder is being investigated as a possible hate crime and the murderer is still at large, though police remain confident of apprehending her killer.

Norbert Leo Butz has been out of town working on the Broadway-bound Catch Me If You Can at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. The production cancelled its preview performances in deference to his family emergency.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Butz family and to Miss Butz’ fiancée.

Galeotti and Aniello Want to Bring The Notebook to Broadway

“One Tree Hill” actress Bethany Joy Galeotti, whose original aspirations were for Broadway musical theater, and music producer/songwriter Ron Aniello have teamed to create a new musical based on Nicholas Sparks’ “The Notebook.”

“It was something that I just wanted to do as my own project,” Galeotti said. “I just thought, ‘Man this will be so great. I just have to get this out. I feel music attached to this story and I have to write this music out and I have to make it into a play. And whether anything happens to it or not, I just have to get it out creatively for myself.’ ”

The duo plan to present a musical workshop of the production in early October in Wilmington.

Maybe you think the show doesn’t have a shot in hell, but Galeotti has started to make her name in the music world (listen to her sing) and as a child vying for Broadway “would always get really close and then never quite make it.”

What do you think? Flop? Hit?


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Who’s excited for Broadway’s The Addams Family?!

I know I am.

The new musical The Addams Family, based on the characters that made Charles Addams famous, will officially open at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 8, 2010. Previews begin March 4, 2010 following the show’s out-of-town run in Chicago (which begins on November 13, 2009).

Starring Nathan Lane as Gomez, Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia, Terrence Mann as Mal Beineke, Carolee Carmello as Alice Beineke, Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Fester, Jackie Hoffman as Grandmama, Zachary James as Lurch, Adam Riegler as Pugsley, Wesley Taylor as Lucas Beineke and Krysta Rodriguez as Wednesday, this Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt and Five Cent Productions produced show is getting a lot of pre-opening attention.

The Addams Family features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), direction and design by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter, The Metropolitan Opera’s Satyagraha) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Next to Normal, Jersey Boys).

Seriously – with all of those names involved and some of the most darkly quirky characters of all time … I don’t know how this show could possibly go wrong.

For more information on The Addams Family, visit www.theaddamsfamilymusical.com


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CD Giveaway: 9 to 5 Star Stephanie J. Block’s New Solo Album

Win a copy of the new solo album from Stephanie J. Block (9 to 5, The Pirate Queen, Boy from Oz), featuring performances of “I am a Wife,” “I Will Always Love You,” “15 Pounds Away from My Love,” “Invention,” “Never Neverland Fly Away” and many others, sung with the songwriters and lyricists themselves. It’s a phenomenal album by one of Broadway’s biggest stars.

Click here to enter to win it!


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Tom Kitt Wins Dramatists Guide Award for his Next to Normal Score

The Dramatists Guild of America announced Tom Kitt as the recipient of this year’s Frederick Loewe Award for Dramatic Composition for his score for Next to Normal.

Have you bought the CD or seen the show yet? You really should – it’s amazing.

The other Dramatists Guild Award recipients for this year are David Ives, Polly Pen and Lanford Wilson.

Sheryl Lee Ralph to Join the Cast of the Broadway-bound First Wives Club

Sheryl Lee Ralph (Dreamgirls, Thoroughly Modern Millie) will join the cast of the Broadway-bound First Wives Club in place of Adriane Lenox, who is departing the company “due to health concerns.”

The show, directed by Francesca Zambello (The Little Mermaid), is scheduled to run July 17-Aug 23 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and includes a book by Rupert Holmes (Curtains, The Mystery of Edwin Drood) and a score by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland.

The rest of the cast includes Barbara Walsh (Company, Hairspray), Karen Ziemba (Contact, Curtains), John Dossett (Gypsy), Kevyn Morrow (Dreamgirls), Brad Oscar (The Producers), Sara Chase, Sam Harris (The Life), and Ari Lerner/Austyn Myers, Michelle Aravena, Mark Campbell, Thursday Farrar, Jenifer Foote, Bob Gaynor, Matthew LaBanca, Victoria Matlock, Kat Palardy, Martin Samuel and Richard Waits.

The location and dates for the Paul Lambert and Jonas Neilson produced Broadway transfer has yet to be announced.

More information: http://fwcthemusical.com 
Tickets:  http://bit.ly/13eb54

Cast Announced for Broadway’s Finian’s Rainbow

Initial casting has been announced for the Broadway revival of Finian’s Rainbow which will open at Broadway’s St. James Theatre on October 29 (with previews starting October 8).

The cast includes Kate Baldwin (Wonderful Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Sharon, Jim Norton (The Seafarer) as Finian, Christopher Fitzgerald (Young Frankenstein, Wicked) as Og and Chuck Cooper (Lennon, Caroline or Change, The Life) as Billboard. Casting for the role of Woody, which was played by Cheyenne Jackson in the original Encores! performance, has not yet been announced.

Warren Carlyle will direct and choreograph the David Richenthal and Jack Viertel produced transfer, with musical direction by Rob Berman.

Finian’s Rainbow tells “the story of the Irishman Finian McLonergan and his daughter Sharon who travel to a small Southern town in the mythical state of Missitucky with plans to bury a stolen pot of gold in the shadows of Fort Knox, in the mistaken belief it will grow and multiply. They have been followed from Ireland by the owner of the gold, a leprechaun, who shows up determined to recover his treasure.” It features the songs Look to the Rainbow, How Are Things in Glocca Morra?, Old Devil Moon, and If This Isn’t Love, among others.

Tickets went on sale via telecharge today.


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Free Download of American River Suite by Flaherty, as Sung by Audra McDonald and Idina Menzel

The New York Pops are providing a free download of the music from their 4th of July celebration, including “American River Suite,” which was composed by Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island, Seussical) and performed by Tony Award winners Audra McDonald (110 in the Shade, Dreamgirls, Ragtime) and Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent).

Click here to download the performance now! (Available for a limited time only)


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Life is a Musical: Break Out in Song!

Are you one of those people who fantasizes that you’ll wake up tomorrow and life will be a musical? Did you shed a few tears of happiness when you saw this on youtube?

Well today is your lucky day because Ryan H. Mackey has created Break Out in Song!

Join in the fun and bring musical theater to the masses: 

July 16, 2009 @ 6 pm
“If My Friends Could See Me Now”
Time Warner Center 

July 17, 2009 @ 5:45 pm
“Don’t Rain on My Parade”
South Street Seaport (Fulton and Front Street)

July 18, 2009 @ 3 pm
“Anything Goes”
Intrepid

July 19, 2009 @ 1 pm
“Consider Yourself”
Times Square (in front of the Marquis)


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RUMOR: Larry King’s Wife, Shawn King, Might Play Arachne in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

According to the New York Post, the wife of TV host Larry King, Shawn King, is one of two finalists being considered for the role of Arachne in Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark. Shawn, a country singer whose lucky number is 30, auditioned on June 30 at 3:30 pm with the songs “Turn Off the Dark” and “Rise Above.” Were she to land the role, the show would mark her Broadway debut.


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