Thursday, August 8, 2002 at midnight (Broadway Time)

'Miami' Replaces Its Host

NBC's search for a pompous, arrogant morning show host is over.
The network has cast actor Matt Letscher to fill the role of Gavin Stone, the aforementioned host on its new comedy series, "Good Morning Miami." The actor who played Stone in the pilot episode, Burke Moses, has left the show. Portions of the pilot will be reshot to reflect the change.
Sad news for Burke Moses fans like us. Still, it should be noted that Matt Letscher is a University of Michigan grad with plenty of stage credits, including a role on Broadway in Neil Simon's "Proposals" five seasons ago.

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Alice Ripley Eyes Audrey in Broadway Little Shop

Although no official casting has been announced for the production, has learned that Alice Ripley is expected to take on the role of Audrey in the popular tuner which will open on Broadway in July 2003.

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Coming Up Harvey by Jason Gay

"Queen needs makeup!" Harvey Fierstein said. It was late afternoon on Monday, August 5, and Mr. Fierstein, primed to return to Broadway in heels upon a hot pink, giddy steamrollerthe musical version of John Waters Hairspraysat before a mirror in a windowless white studio in the West Village, his face under construction for yet another magazine photo shoot. Dressed in a flowered orange smock and sandals, his skin rosy and deprived of eyebrows, chest hair, armpit hair and leg hair, he resembled a pretty pot roast.
Thanks to davei2000 on TB for the link.
I've seen HAIRSPRAY twice and I LOVE this show. It's fun, makes you feel good, and puts a smile on your face all night long. Mailing the CD sampler out earlier this summer was a great idea. It worked for me, I listened to it way before seeing the show and liked the songs immediately. Since I happen to be the one who orders group tickets for my real job, it also worked, I ordered them and after seeing the show called back and ordered even more.

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Special Import 74

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DVDs: Delphine and Solange by Ken Mandelbaum

THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (Miramax Home Entertainment)

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Time and timing is everything for 'Boys'

The third in a series on the production of The Boys from Syracuse.

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Turning Mysteries of E-Mail and Technology Into Theater by GEORGE GENE GUSTINES

'A new play, `In the Wire,' aims both to entertain and to unravel the complexity of technology.

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Matt Robinson, 65, TV Writer And a 'Sesame Street' Actor, Dies

He also wrote several plays, including the off-Broadway production "The Confessions of Stepin Fetchit."

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Broadway Tryouts: Are Unwritten Rules Changing? by Gordon Cox

These days, you don't need to be an insider to have an insider's view of a developing Broadway show.

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THEY don't call it the Fringe for nothing. With shows like "The Joys of Sex," "Deviant," "Spanking" and "Pissing in the Wind," the theater fest that begat "Urinetown" is nothing if not edgy.

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Fringe Fest Shows Art's Wild Side by Katherine Roth

Producers of the New York International Fringe Festival have revealed a taste of wild things to come at the city's increasingly popular performance and theater arts event.

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Life-Affirming One-Act Plays by Redoubtable Ray Bradbury by DARYL H. MILLER

Three genial works, based on short stories from the '50s, are grouped in 'Past, Present and Future'

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Tony-winner Leslie Uggams will play the lead in "Blue," Charles Randolph-Wright's off-Broadway hit that comes to the Paper Mill Playhouse this winter.
Plus an item on Jessica Molaskey.

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The magical art of Brian Bedford by Richard Ouzounian

STRATFORD, Ont. On Tuesday night, Brian Bedford strode onto the stage of the Tom Patterson Theatre looking like a corporate executive.

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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK: Emotions Beneath the Sondheim Chill By BEN BRANTLEY

The jewel of the Kennedy Center's summer-long Sondheim festival is a transfixingly clear revival of "Passion," the Tony-winning musical from 1994.

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MARISSA Jaret Winokur has lost weight - enough to send a frantic theater crew bringing candy and chocolate shakes to her dressing room.As the chunky star of "Hairspray," the red-hot, yet-to-…

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SECOND casts, like second thoughts, are usually not for the better. So it is with Jane Curtin and the rest of the completely new crew of Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" at the Brooks Atkinson T…

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A self-possessed actress opens up by John Clarke

When Jennifer Ehle won a Tony Award in 2000 for her work in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing," she got a congratulatory telegram from Prime Minister Tony Blair. It was a nice thought, only Ehl…

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15 B'way shows closing for a day on Sept. 11 by Robert Dominguez and Patricia O'Haire

Fifteen Broadway shows will be dark on Sept. 11, when the city commemorates the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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New contract costs Roundabout Wilder play by Robert Hofler

Our "Town," your "Town," whose "Town" is coming to town this Broadway season? Adrian Bryan-Brown, spokesman for the Roundabout Theater Co., confirmed the legit org would not be staging the T…

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