Tim Dunleavy  |  James Marino  |  Matthew Murray  |  Ellis Nassour  |  Michael Portantiere
Blind Item  |  Contact Us  |  Legal  |  ?

[an error occurred while processing this directive]




Google Broadway


All That Chat (Talkin'Broadway)
Finishing The Chat (Sondheim.com)
The Stephen Sondheim Society


American Theater Web
American Theatre Magazine
Back Stage
Show Business Weekly
Talk Entertainment
Time Out New York


The New York Times
AM New York
Daily News
New York Post
Journal News
The Star-Ledger
The Village Voice
The Wall Street Journal


Compare Theatre Tickets.co.uk
Whatsonstage.com [UK]
ATW - London
Musical Stages [UK]
Albemarle of London
Google News


Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Tribune


Los Angeles Times
San Francisco Chronicle


Steven M. Alper
Army Archerd
Peter Bart
Michael Buckley
Andrew Cohen
Corine Cohen
Ken Davenport
Peter Filichia
Michael Fleming
Andrew Gans
Ernio Hernandez (Playbill Archives)
Ernio Hernandez (Cue & A)
Harry Haun
Joel Markowitz
Michael Musto
Ellis Nassour
Tom Nondorf
Richard Ouzounian
Rex Reed
Frank Rizzo
Richard Seff
Mark Shenton
The Siegel Column
John Simon
Robert Simonson (Week in Review)
Robert Simonson (Brief Encounter)
Steven Suskin
Terry Teachout
Theater Corps
Matt Windman
Linda Winer
Matt Wolf


AP on Broadway
DC Theatre Scene


150 Music
2die4 Music
Bayview Records
Columbia Broadway
Decca Broadway
Dink Records
DRG Records
First Night Records
Fynsworth Alley
Harbinger Records
Jay Records
LML Music
Must Close Saturday
Original Cast Records
PS Classics
TVT Records

Talkin'Broadway's List of Upcoming CD Releases


Radio Playbill
Say It With Music
Old is New
Broadway's Biggest Hits


Theater Talk
Classic Arts Showcase
American Theatre Wing Seminars
Women in Theatre


Tony Central
Oscar Central
Tony Awards
Drama Desk Awards
The Drama League Awards
Lortel Awards
Academy Awards
Emmy Awards
Grammy Awards



Internet Broadway Database
Internet Off-Broadway Database
Internet Movie Database
Internet Theatre Database
Musical Cast Album Database
Show Music on Record Database (LOC)
CurtainUp Master Index of Reviews
Musical Heaven


Gammage [AZ]
Golden Gate [CA]
Curran [CA]
Orpheum [CA]
Community Center [CA]
Civic [CA]
Ahmanson [CA]
Pantages [CA]
Temple Hoyne Buell [CO]
Palace [CT]
Rich Forum [CT]
Shubert [CT]
Bushnell [CT]
Chevrolet [CT]
Broward Center [FL]
Jackie Gleason [FL]
Fox [GA]
Civic Center [IA]
Cadillac Palace [IL]
Ford Center/Oriental [IL]
Shubert [IL]
Auditorium [IL]
Kentucky Center [KY]
France-Merrick [MD]
Colonial [MA]
Wilbur [MA]
Charles [MA]
Wang [MA]
Wharton Center [MI]
Whiting [MI]
Fisher [MI]
Masonic Temple [MI]
Orpheum, State, and Pantages [MN]
Fabulous Fox [MO]
New Jersey PAC [NJ]
Auditorium Center [NY]
Shea's PAC [NY]
BTI Center [NC]
Blumenthal PAC [NC]
Schuster PAC [OH]
Playhouse Square [OH]
Aronoff Center [OH]
Ohio [OH]
Victoria Theatre [OH]
Birmingham Jefferson [OH]
Merriam Theater [PA]
Academy of Music [PA]
Benedum Center [PA]
Providence PAC [RI]
Orpheum [TN]
Hobby Center [TX]
Music Hall [TX]
Bass Hall [TX]
Paramount [WA]
Fox Cities PAC [WI]
Marcus Center [WI]
Weidner Center [WI]

This list is compiled from various sources. If you have additions or corrections to the Road Houses list, please contact us.


The New York Times
New York Post
The New York Times
Aisle Say
DC Theatre Scene
Stage and Cinema
Off-Off Broadway Review


The New York International Fringe Festival
The American Living Room Festival
Summer Play Festival
The New York Musical Theatre Festival
Adirondack Theatre Festival
NAMT: Festival of New Musicals


BC/EFA: Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS
The Actors' Fund
Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation


Google Shakespeare
Actor Tips
Broadway Classroom
Broadway Educational Alliance
Camp Broadway
Great Groups - New York Actors
Theatre Communications Group (TCG)
Theatre Development Fund (TDF)
Off-Broadway Theater Information Center


The League
Local 1
AFM - Local 802
Dramatists Guild
USA 829
WGA, East
WGA, West
League of Professional Theatre Women
Live Broadway


Cherry Lane Theatre
City Center
Drama Dept.
Ensemble Studio Theater
Jean Cocteau Rep.
Lincoln Center Theater
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Lucille Lortel Foundation
Manhattan Theatre Club
Pearl Theatre Company
Public Theater
Second Stage
The York Theatre Company


Actors Theatre
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Alley Theatre
American Musical Theatre in San Jose
American Repertory
Arena Stage
Barrington Stage Company
Bay Street Theatre
Berkeley Rep
Casa Manana
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Cincinnati Playhouse
Dallas Summer Musicals
Dallas Theater Center
Denver Center
George Street
Hartford Stage
Hudson Stage Company
Theatre de la Jeune Lune
Kennedy Center
La Jolla
Long Wharf
Lyric Stage
Mark Taper Forum
New Jersey Rep
North Shore
Old Globe
Oregon Shakespeare
Paper Mill
Prince Music Theater
The Rep (St. Louis)
Sacramento Music Circus
San Francisco Mime Troupe
Seattle Rep
Shakespeare Theatre Co. (DC)
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
South Coast Rep
Theater of the Stars (GA)
Theater Under the Stars (TX)
Trinity Rep
Two River Theater Company
Victory Gardens
Yale Rep


Broadway Abridged
The Smoking Gun
Seating Charts
Entertainment Link
The Onion
Dead People Server


Saturday, July 05, 2003


A Complicated Gift by JESSE GREEN

Like his grandfather Richard Rodgers, Adam Guettel is a musical prodigy haunted by personal demons.

Thanks to American Theater Web for the following features!

[ DMN ]  Back in the spin by TOM SIME
Country star Larry Gatlin returns as rope-twirling humorist Will Rogers, the role that triggered a career makeover.

[ PTR ]  Actress enjoys her 'Fair' role in musical by Alice T. Carter
Good things are said to come in threes, and Glory Crampton feels doubly fortunate.

[ PPG ]  Stuart Pankin returns to Saint Vincent for lively 'Lend Me a Tenor' by Christopher Rawson


Wilde's Victorian Wit Dumbed Down in Drag by LAWRENCE VAN GELDER

The Wilde grows woolly as style steamrollers delicate substance in the Aquila Theater Company's new production of "The Importance of Being Earnest."

[ LAT ]  Plight of the faithful in the AIDS fight by F. Kathleen Foley
'Order My Steps' explores the effects of the disease on black churches.

[ TM ]  Stratford and Shaw Festivals Reviewed By: Perry Tannenbaum

[ TM ]  The Siegels' Nightlife Notes
The Siegels thrill to a performance by Bill Charlap and Sandy Stewart in the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel.


[ NJ ]  Paper Mill fills vacancies

[ P ]  Zeffirelli Play Extends London Run

P ]  Today in Theatre History: JULY 5

P ]  Hershey Felder Series Begins with George Gershwin Alone at American Rep in MA, July 5-26

P ]  Jerry Springer — The Opera To Transfer to London's West End, Oct. 14

posted at 7/5/2003 09:38:49 AM by
Tim Dunleavy | Item Link

Friday, July 04, 2003

[ YN ]  Barry White, the "Maestro of Love," dies aged 58

[ IBDB ]  Barry White's Broadway Credits

Yes, believe it or not, Barry White had a Broadway credit - thanks to two people you wouldn't normally associate with Barry White...

posted at 7/4/2003 08:54:05 PM by Tim Dunleavy | Item Link

Michael Riedel's newest column, in which he gives his take on BOUNCE, is in the New York Post today - but did not make it to the Post's website.


[ TM ]  Peter Filichia's Diary
Years after Brownstone made its New York debut, composer Peter Larson finally gets his musical recorded.

[ BG ]  Pictures of Lili by Maureen Dezell
Versatile Lili Taylor spends her summer in John Guare's 'Landscape'

[ BG ]  'Beatle' documents FBI's pursuit of Lennon by Steve Morse
SHEFFIELD - In this sleepy Berkshires burgh, a new play is examining one of the most turbulent eras in American history.

[ WP ]  Shepherdstown Stage Festival Broadens Its Scope by Larry Fox

[ BSUN ]  Theater festival delivers new plays by Marissa Lowman

Annual event offers works from satirical to musical


[ TB ]  The Fishermen of Beaudrais Review by Matthew Murray

[ NJ ]  Princeton Rep lets Shakespeare be silly BY PETER FILICHIA
Finding the right Hamlet, Richard III, or King Lear isn't easy. But of all of Shakespeare's 37 plays, the most difficult to cast is "The Comedy of Errors." A director needs to find not one, but two sets of actors who can pass for a pair of identical twins.

JULIA Jordan is the playwright of the moment, with four plays scheduled for New York City productions this season. And if her first outing, "St. Scarlet," is typical of her work, this will be a red-letter year for audiences.

IN Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the city boy pursues the country girl and the country boy pursues the city girl despite the opposition of a fearsome obstacle: the city girl's mother.

[ TM ]  Tunes, Tomes, & Videos
Brooke Pierce is captivated by Fynsworth Alley's new CD of William Finn's Elegies: A Song Cycle.

Two Generations, Agreeing on a Single Ambience by STEPHEN HOLDEN
The mother-and-son duo of Sandy Stewart and Bill Charlap share an artful simplicity, as seen in their show at the Algonquin on Monday.


[ BG ]  Companies find 'Man' of some importance by Maureen Dezell
SpeakEasy Stage Company and the Sugan Theatre Company will kick off their seasons with a collaboration this fall: the New England premiere of the musical ''A Man of No Importance.''

posted at 7/4/2003 11:04:38 AM by Tim Dunleavy | Item Link


The Fine Art of Slumming It in a Brechtian World by BEN BRANTLEY

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., July 1 — Two sweethearts of the American musical are looking anything but sweet at the moment, and oh, what a relief it is. The ever-lovely Melissa Errico (late of "Amour") and the ever-plucky Karen Ziemba (a Tony winner for "Contact") can be found standing back to back, murder in their eyes, singing a disharmonious little tune by Kurt Weill called "Jealousy Duet" at the Williamstown Theater Festival.

'Angels' in Honky Tonk heaven

In "The Last of the Honky Tonk Angels," the devil is in the writing. Plus, "Sneaux!" at the Matrix and more.

[ CU ]  Sneaux Review
With Kristen Bell.


[ LAT ]  Big-city hall marks by Paul Lieberman
Conceived in the Eisenhower era, the Los Angeles Music Center, Washington's Kennedy Center and New York's Lincoln Center — are forced to face some modern realities.

[ P ]  DIVA TALK: Ripley Goes Hollywood Plus a Chat with Chicago's Roz Ryan


P ]  Actors Discuss Roles in New Faber & Faber Series

P ]  Today in Theatre History: JULY 4

P ]  Broadway's July 4th Performance Schedule Changes

P ]  Kristin Chenoweth Sings on PBS' "Capitol Fourth" July 4

P ]  Film Forum Salutes Arthur Freed and the Movie Musical, July 4-24

P ]  Goodbye Girl's Peters and Short Reteam for New TNT Movie

P ]  "Theater Talk" Remembers Peter Stone July 4

P ]  PBOL'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, June 28-July 4: Try, Try Again

YN ]  Neil Patrick Harris Is Voice of Animated 'Spider-Man'

posted at 7/4/2003 12:37:38 AM by Tim Dunleavy | Item Link

Thursday, July 03, 2003


[ TM ]  Somers in the City by: Michael Portantiere
TV favorite Brett Somers brings her "musical memoir" to Danny's Skylight Room.
Good gravy Marie, she's back!

[ BS ]  Promoting Business with Show Biz
Undoubtedly, romance was in the air, but, no, this is not a scene from a foolish play or sitcom. It's business theatre -- or live industrials, as it's known.

[ BS ]  Dancing Out of the Dark?
Are New York City's "cabaret laws" -- ordinances enacted at the height of Prohibition and considered archaic by much of the nightlife industry -- in for a rewrite?


[ R ]  SAG President Gilbert Will Run Again by Peter Kiefer
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A day after suffering a narrow defeat in a membership referendum that would have consolidated Hollywood's two big actors unions, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) president Melissa Gilbert said Wednesday she would seek a second term.

[ P ]  X'd, Tale of Gay Mormon's Life After the Church, Gets NYC Premiere July 25

P ]  New Play Sixteen Wounded Headed for Broadway


ATW ]  Da Vinci's 'Notebooks' Dramatically Sketchy

[ ATW ]  Look Out, Old Mackie is Back

posted at 7/3/2003 05:39:56 PM by Tim Dunleavy | Item Link


[ P ]  Broadway, Hollywood and TV
Michael Buckley discusses the new triangle trade.


[ P ]  Chicago Helmer Gary Griffin To Direct Developing The Color Purple Musical

P ]  Twyla Tharp Brings Dance Program to London's Sadler's Wells

P ]  Michael Ball Leaves London Chitty to Launch U.K. Tour

P ]  Boys of Summer: Take Me Out Cast Sings National Anthem at Shea Stadium July 7

P ]  Alice Ripley Goes Hollywood in New Ludwig Play

P ]  Melissa Errico to Sing on "Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards"


B ]  Getting Into Heaven Review by Ron Lasko

posted at 7/3/2003 02:37:32 PM by Tim Dunleavy | Item Link

[ NYP ]  Soggy Sun Mixes Up Spitzes
MediaBistro.com describes this the best:
    The New York Sun's "Broadway After Dark" columnist Ward Morehouse III confused playwright Marc Spitz, 33, with Olympic swimming legend Mark Spitz, 53, in an unintentionally hilarious column yesterday."
Ward, you are at the Sun, not The Times!

[ SF ]  Caron sings, charms at theater gala Lerner tribute benefits 42nd Street Moon

posted at 7/3/2003 10:41:41 AM by James Marino | Item Link

[ B ]  Biltmore Memories by Ken Mandelbaum
Ben Davis, who was one of the Marcellos in Broadway's La Boheme, will be taking over the role of Trevor Graydon in Broadway's Thoroughly Modern Millie.

posted at 7/3/2003 10:37:06 AM by Tim Dunleavy | Item Link

Thanks to American Theater Web for the following features!

[ HChron ]  A 'Sound' approach to Maria by EVERETT EVANS
Marla Schaffel brings impeccable credentials to her role as Maria in Theatre Under The Stars' The Sound of Music, opening Sunday at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

[ CPD ]  On their marks by Carolyn Jack
Details, details, details. Don't become a stage manager if you don't like them.

Other Features:

[ CST ]  Dramatic step for Latino theater
As the Latino population of Chicago and the suburbs grows, so does a theater community aimed at presenting works relevant to a Latino audience, as well as other theatergoers interested in a cross-cultural experience. Since the late '80s, this community, albeit small, has established a foothold on area stages.

[ YN ]  Animals Have Key Roles in 'Gypsy' by CAMERON BLOCH, Associated Press Writer
Coco, a wee fluffball of a dog, paces the floor as she waits for her cue at Broadway's Shubert Theatre.

"Getting Into Heaven" - Reviews:

Fortysomething Rock Star's Plight by BRUCE WEBER

Polly Draper is a very appealing actress with a significant stage résumé, but nothing she has ever done theatrically has usurped her identity as Ellyn, the single young professional from television's "thirtysomething." It's easy to imagine that she's weary of hearing that, weary of waiting around for the next role that sticks in the mind and so decided to create it herself. But the play she has written, "Getting Into Heaven" will not, sad to say, rectify the situation.

[ ND ]  Serving Up a Rock and Roll Fantasy by Gordon Cox
In her new play, Polly Draper gets to be a rock star.

[ CU ]  Getting Into Heaven Review

[ TM ]  Getting Into Heaven Reviewed By: David Finkle

Other Reviews:

[ BG ]  Two old musicals lack new life by Ed Siegel
WILLIAMSTOWN -- How important is it to bring something new to the table when you're mounting a classic musical? If the source material is strong, why not leave well enough alone and let the music and story speak for themselves?
That's what two directors in the Berkshires have done with very different musicals, ''The Threepenny Opera'' and ''Funny Girl.'' While both are well mounted and beautifully sung, the results are disappointing.

[ BH ]  Goodman shines in second hand role by Vicki Sanders
It takes a sassy, strong-voiced woman to compete with the memory of Barbra Streisand's Fanny Brice, the title character in "Funny Girl." The Barrington Stage Company has such a spitfire in Jeanne Goodman.

[ CU ]  Funny Girl Review

[ DN ]  Whimsy trumps wit in Wilde & crazy redo by Howard Kissel
According to a program note, the Aquila Theater Company "changes perceptions of classical drama by freeing the spirit of the original text and allowing the widest possible audience to enjoy these great plays as live, visceral, and above all, entertaining theater."

[ CST ]  Resnik and Ramirez at Ravinia: Chicago veteran soars BY HEDY WEISS
Earlier this week I caught the double bill of Chicago favorite Hollis Resnik and New Yorker Sara Ramirez in concert at the Ravinia Festival's Martin Theatre. It was a case study in taste and experience triumphing over youth.

[ ND ]  Bouncing Along the Road, Not Merrily by Gordon Cox
The new musical "Bounce," which marks the first collaboration in more than 20 years between musical theater legends Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince, opened at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago on Monday night, and the reviews are decidedly mixed.


[ NYT ]  Rod Amateau, 79, a Creative Mainstay of 50's Prime-Time Series, Dies

[ IBDB ]  Rod Amateau's Broadway Credits

[ NJ ]  'Fraulein Else' at the McCarter Theatre by Peter Filichia

Plus "Ain't Misbehavin'" casting.

[ P ]  Today in Theatre History: JULY 3

P ]  Broadway Stars Among PBS' "Patriotic Broadway" Salute July 3

P ]  Icarus and Aria Has Open Run at Club Cheetah Off-Off-Broadway

P ]  Wellman and Simpson Team Again on Cellophane at Flea, July 3

P ]  Casting Announced for Paper Mill's Ain't Misbehavin'

P ]  Lost Script by Lardner & Trumbo Comes Alive on Stage as Fishermen Premieres July 3 in NYC

posted at 7/3/2003 07:55:32 AM by
Tim Dunleavy | Item Link

Wednesday, July 02, 2003


[ NYT ]  Theater That Uses the City as a Stage by MEL GUSSOW
From the top of One Times Square, where the ball drops on New Year's Eve, to the Chrysler Building to the Roosevelt Island tramway, Deborah Warner had scouted locations since October. The search was not for a film but for an environment in which to place a site-specific performance installation called "The Angel Project." That project, which Ms. Warner regards, quite simply, as "a walk," is the theatrical feature of Lincoln Center Festival 2003, which starts next week.

[ B ]  Fresh Face: Christopher Denham by Katie Riegel

[ BS ]  All Auditions Are Not the Same

Know what to expect, regardless of the medium.

[ BS ]  Road Rules
L.A. actors have found Interstate 5 to be the path to juicy regional theatre roles, and some have even started traveling during--gasp--pilot season.


[ TM ]  Bounce Reviewed By: Jonathan Abarbanel

[ CU ]  Hitchcock Blonde London Review

[ CU ]  Calamity Jane London Review

[ CU ]  Golden Boy London Review

posted at 7/2/2003 09:47:45 PM by Tim Dunleavy | Item Link

One more item on Buddy Hackett, this one courtesy TVGameShows.net:

GSN Plans Fourth of July Hackett Tribute
Game Show Network will air both a daytime and nighttime tribute to Buddy Hackett on the Fourth of July (Black and White Overnight will actually be July 5).
Friday's Hollywood Squares morning vertivision block will now be all Hackett episodes from 9 a.m. to 12 noon (EDT). Included will be at least two of the early NBC nighttime shows.
The black-and-white overnights Friday night/Saturday morning will include a rarely-shown CBS daytime To Tell the Truth and are as follows (all times EDT):

4 a.m. Password: Hackett and Betsy Palmer.
4:30 a.m. What's My Line?: Hackett on the panel Sept. 24, 1965. Danny Kaye, Yves St. Laurent and Bette Davis also appear.
5 a.m. I've Got a Secret: Hackett joins the panel to guess secrets of Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland. Johnny Olsen appears on camera in an audience spot.
5:30 a.m. To Tell the Truth: CBS daytime version.

Also, check out TVGameShows.net for some interesting stories about Buddy's career in game shows, both as a panelist and a host.


[ B ]  CDs: On a Snowy Night, the Twenties by Ken Mandelbaum
Jennifer Gambatese will replace Kerry Butler as Penny in the Broadway Hairspray.

[ B ]  Ripley Wins Role in Shakespeare in Hollywood
Alice Ripley, who recently starred as Audrey in the pre-Broadway tryout of Little Shop of Horrors (but will not play the part on Broadway), has been tapped to star in Ken Ludwig's Shakespeare in Hollywood, a source close the actor confirmed to Broadway.com.

[ B ]  Frank Langella Will Likely Visit the Public

[ P ]  Frank Langella in Talks to Play Schill in New York Premiere of Kander-Ebb Musical The Visit

B ]  Wooley Tapped for Little Shop's Killer Plant Voice

[ P ]  Feed Me: Michael Leon-Wooley Offered the Role of Audrey II in Bway Little Shop

P ]  Terkel's The Good War Is New Musical, Dawning in Spring 2004

P ]  Mint Theatre Makes Hit Daughter-in-Law an Open Run

P ]  Fame to Arrive in October at Off-Bway's Little Shubert

P ]  Sad to Be All Alone in the World: Harriet Harris Leaves Millie Aug. 3

P ]  Hepburn Remembered at July 2Opening of Sherlock Holmes at CT House She Once Played

P ]  Saturday Night at Grossinger's, the Musical, Gets Revision and a Long Island Run, July 5-20

P ]  Details of Sunset Boulevard in New Black Bio "Wrestling with Elephants"

P ]  Off-Broadway's De La Guarda Has Open-Ended Run Again

P ]  Heather Headley to Sing at NYC's B.B. King Blues Club


TM ]  All Over the Map by: Dan Bacalzo
The Good German journeys to Westport, The Seventh Monarch reigns in L.A., and Wild Blue flies into Dayton

[ P ]  PHOTO CALL: Brand: Ralph Fiennes


TB ]  Sound Advice by Jonathan Frank
Jonathan reviews the Nine revival CD, plus CDs from Heather & K.T. Sullivan, Natalie Douglas, Audrey Lavine, and a recording of the songs of Karen Benedetto (featuring Chuck Cooper, Scott Coulter, Frank Dain, Karen Mack, Avery Sommers, Alton Fitzgerald White, and more).

posted at 7/2/2003 06:28:11 PM by Tim Dunleavy | Item Link

[ WSJ ]  Forget the Failures: Sondheim And the Mizner Brothers by JOEL HENNING
Stephen Sondheim's "Bounce," in its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre (through Aug. 10), is Mr. Sondheim's first new musical to see daylight since "Passion" in 1994 and marks the first time in more than 20 years that the composer has worked with the legendary director Hal Prince. This musical also has had one of the longest gestations of any theatrical work. In 1952, the young Mr. Sondheim (now on the other side of 70) read the true story of the flamboyant brothers Addison and Wilson Mizner in Alva Johnston's book "The Legendary Mizners" and was inspired to create a musical comedy about them.

Roger Sturtevant, Voice-Over Casting Director and Theatre Enthusiasit, has passed away.

[ IBDB ]  Roger Sturtevant

posted at 7/2/2003 11:25:54 AM by James Marino | Item Link

The season's over and the awards have all been handed out. So here are the total numbers of awards given to each show nominated in all of the five larger award ceremonies.


[ R ]  Hollywood Actors Vote Against Merger Plan
In a stunning blow to the leaders of Hollywood's two biggest actors' unions, rank-and-file members on Tuesday narrowly voted down a controversial merger plan for the second time in four years.

Marisa Tomei on the state of "Sweet Charity" (final item).

SAN FRANCISCO - The Wicked Witch of the West is heading east. But not before she gets a makeover.

[ B ]  Stage Notes 07/01/03 by Paul Wontorek

[ NYT ]  City Eases the Pain in Budget for Arts by ROBIN POGREBIN

While the arts budget will be cut by more than $11 million, another $16.2 million in planned cuts was restored, leaving cultural institutions surprised and relieved.

[ P ]  Feds Tail John Lennon in New Play, Ears on a Beatle, Premiering in MA, July 2-19

P ]  Today in Theatre History: JULY 2

P ]  Higgins Is Big Bill at Williamstown, Beginning July 2

P ]  Heaven Can't Wait: Polly Draper-Penned Drama Opens Off-Broadway July 2

P ]  Noise/Funk Tony Winner Starts Cookin' at the Cookery at San Jose Rep, July 2-Aug. 3

P ]  Uriarte-Berry and Shields Confirmed for Taboo; Ensemble Announced


Theater's Promise? Look Off Broadway by BRUCE WEBER

It may have been a financially calamitous year Off Broadway, but invention thrived.
Plus a related sidebar article (see the Reviews section below).

[ TM ]  Peter Filichia's Diary
Attention, high school drama teachers! Filichia makes his (surprising) suggestions for next year's school musical.

[ ND ]  The Rough Road to 'Heaven' by Blake Green
Polly Draper stars in her own play on how to get there from here

[ TS ]  Casting a musical? Send in the clowns by RICHARD OUZOUNIAN
Column on possible Stratford casting of Andrea Martin in next season's musicals leads into reflections on Buddy Hackett and the role of the funnymen in musical comedy.

[ CST ]  Buddy Hackett never lost sight of importance of laughter BY ROGER EBERT
Funny article full of Ebert's memories of his friend.


[ NYT ]  Off Broadway's Best
These are Bruce Weber's choices of the best Off Broadway plays of the season.

[ USA ]  Your ticket to good theater by Elysa Gardner
In the second of a series, we survey the most intriguing and significant theater productions currently found off-Broadway and across the USA.

[ ATW ]  St. Scarlet: Growing Wiser in MN


MARY Zimmerman has returned with her version of "The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci," first seen in Chicago in 1993 and then here at the Serious Fun Festival in 1994.

[ NJ ]  This is no way to treat a masterpiece BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
Perhaps the most perfect comedy ever written, "The Importance of Being Earnest" isn't easy to louse up, but Aquila Theatre Company's production sure tries hard.

[ SFC ]  Caron sings, charms at theater gala by Octavio Roca
The night they invented champagne they thought of Leslie Caron. And the night 42nd Street Moon decided to pay tribute to the creator of "Gigi," they absolutely knew who had to be the guest of honor.
Thanks to American Theater Web for the link!

Roger Sturtevant, Voice-Over Casting Director and Theatre Enthusiasit, has passed away.

[ IBDB ]  Roger Sturtevant

posted at 7/2/2003 10:02:25 AM by Tim Dunleavy | Item Link

Tuesday, July 01, 2003

[ CT ]  Theater review: 'Bounce' at Goodman Theatre by Michael Phillips
The problem with world-class talents is more our problem than theirs. We expect the world of them, every time. Stephen Sondheim is a world-class talent. He has the right to do a modest, unpretentious show whenever he likes.
Ummm... the link is fixed. Sorry for that!

posted at 7/1/2003 08:00:41 PM by James Marino | Item Link


[ B ]  Broadway Grosses: Summer Scorcher
The temperature rose in New York City last week, and so did Broadway ticket sales. Eight shows played to almost 100% capacity. (Packed houses for Chicago (100.44%), Gypsy (99.63%) and Movin' Out (99.93%) didn't even make the top five!)

[ P ]  Broadway Theatres Dim Lights in Honor of Katherine Hepburn, July 1

P ]  His New Philosophy: Songwriter Lippa Bangs His Own Drum on AndrewLippa.Com

BS ]  Ryan Joined in 'Wedlock' With Noble

Meg Ryan is attached to star in Escape Artists' "Wedlock," which will mark the feature directorial debut of British helmer Adrian Noble, the distinguished outgoing head of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

[ P ]  Marin Mazzie Is New Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Beginning July 1

P ]  Actors' Equity and AGMA Join Forces on "Crossover" Productions

P ]  Rob Bartlett Offered Role of Mushnik in Broadway Little Shop of Horrors

P ]  Hepburn Play, Tea at Five, May Get Television Treatment

P ]  Von Tussle Hustle: July Sees Hairspray Cast Changes

P ]  Donna McKechnie Presents Her Musical Theatre Life July 14 in NJ

P ]  Liz McCartney May Star in Broadway Taboo

P ]  Sondheim Favorite to Head Cast of Guthrie's Pride and Prejudice

P ]  Nathan Lane's "Charlie Lawrence" Pulled from CBS Schedule

P ]  Buddy Hackett, Comic and Actor, Dead at 78

B ]  Comedian Buddy Hackett Dead at 78

[ TM ]  Buddy Hackett, Stage and Screen Comedian, Dies at 78

[ TM ]  Actors' Equity and AGMA Reach Jurisdictional Agreement


[ B ]  Preview '03-'04 2: I, Huckleberry, Me by Ken Mandelbaum

[ TM ]  Déjà Vu All Over Again by: Mark Shenton

One show that's currently playing in London is unlike anything you've ever seen -- and then there are the others.

[ BS ]  Tackling French
French Stewart is back home on the stage, playing the title role in Larry Shue's The Nerd, The Colony Theatre's current production.

[ BS ]  Keep Your Science Tight
Plays with complex concepts and scientific jargon sometimes require substitution.


[ VV ]  Summer Clearance
You're on Vacation, and for Some Reason the Theater Isn't by Michael Feingold

The Daughter-in-Law; Savannah Bay; Intrigue With Faye; St. Crispin's Day

[ B ]  The Importance of Being Earnest Review by Adam Feldman

posted at 7/1/2003 06:09:34 PM by Tim Dunleavy | Item Link


[ NYT ]  Buddy Hackett, Irrepressible Clown, Is Dead at 78 by RICHARD SEVERO
Buddy Hackett was a streetwise comedian with a face like a plate of mashed potatoes whose career spanned more than half a century in nightclubs, movies, the stage and television.

[ IBDB ]  Buddy Hackett's Broadway Credits

[ TM ]  What Jack Lawrence Would Like to Add by Peter Filichia

In a chat with the co-author of I Had a Ball, Filichia gets an earful about the abhorrent behavior of star Buddy Hackett.

MacDonald: 'We're going after theatergoers'

Adam Sandler did it to promote his 1999 bigscreen laffer "Big Daddy." Now, to advertise her upcoming tuner "Taboo," Rosie O'Donnell is also opening the floodgates of questionable taste in using the image of a man relieving himself.

[ B ]  Rob Bartlett is Little Shop's New Mr. Mushnik

[ B ]  July to Bring New Amber and Inez to Hairspray

Boards boom to $14.8 mil, includes eight sellouts

Two dozen shows brought in a record-setting cume of $14,758,690 last week -- an especially impressive feat considering that recent past seasons have seen 29 to 30 productions on the boards during the late-June session.

[ P ]  Broadway Grosses: June 23-29

DN ]  Nathan Lane sitcom just can't rate by RICHARD HUFF

Nathan Lane should stick to Broadway. Without advance warning, CBS programmers Sunday pulled Lane's latest sitcom - "Charlie Lawrence" - from the schedule after only two telecasts.

Katharine Hepburn.
Plus news of Polly Bergen on "The Sopranos."

[ P ]  Deaf West Theatre and Roundabout Navigate a New Big River to Broadway, July 1

P ]  Today in Theatre History: JULY 1

P ]  Amour's Errico Offers Concerts in New York and California

P ]  Dinner at Eight - the Musical - Is Served in a London Reading July 1

P ]  Fran Drescher and Eric Roberts Become The Exonerated, July 1-13

posted at 7/1/2003 07:57:32 AM by
Tim Dunleavy | Item Link


[ DMN ]  A flair for the dramatic by LAWSON TAITTE
With a second best actor Tony, Brian Dennehy takes his place atop American classical theater
Thanks to American Theater Web for the link!

[ P ]  THE LEADING MEN: Gavin’s Havin’ a Ball
This month’s "Leading Men" — Gavin Creel (Bounce), Tyrone Giordano (Big River), Brian Lane Green (Waiting for the Glaciers to Melt) and John Bucchino ("Grateful") — each feel "like the sky on the Fourth of July" and are having a blast.

CST ]  Brooks sees 'Young Frankenstein' as a monster hit on Broadway BY MARY HOULIHAN


[ B ]  Chicago Critics Take In Sondheim's Bounce

[ CST ]  Brothers' tale serves as metaphor for loss of pioneer spirit BY HEDY WEISS

London Stage Enlists Old Rulers to Make Sport of the Current Crop by BEN BRANTLEY

In Britain, where plays are considered vital to the national dialogue, a mood of distrust of those who govern is reflected on the stage.

[ ND ]  Jot This Down: It's One Clever 'Notebook' by Linda Winer
Da Vinci's original words are basis for a derivative night

[ YN ]  Performance Explores Mind of Da Vinci by JUSTIN GLANVILLE, Associated Press Writer
Call it Cirque du Soleil for eggheads.

[ BH ]  Revived `Threepenny' proves its worth on modern stage by Robert Nesti
For an 80-year-old musical, "The Threepenny Opera" has amazing staying power.

[ TM ]  The Threepenny Opera Reviewed By: Michael Portantiere

[ NJ ]  'Night in Rockies' needs more Wilde BY PETER FILICHIA
The extra "e" on the "Wilde" in "A Wilde Night in the Rockies," the new play at the Theater Project in Cranford, could come in handy to refer to the quality of the show.

posted at 7/1/2003 07:51:01 AM by Tim Dunleavy | Item Link

Monday, June 30, 2003


[ B ]  Preview '03-'04 #1 by Ken Mandelbaum

[ P ]  PHOTO CALL: Bounce: Richard Kind and Howard McGillin


P ]  Pauline Flanagan, Irish Character Actress, Is Dead

IBDB ]  Pauline Flanagan's Broadway Credits

[ B ]  Liz McCartney to Play Big Sue in B'way's Taboo

[ P ]  David Newman, Screenwriter Who Contributed to Stage Musicals, Dead at 66

P ]  Fielder Cook, Who Brought Theatre to Television, Dead at 80

P ]  Marian Seldes and Yeardley Smith Put "Women Center Stage" at NYC Fest Through July 13

P ]  Ted Pappas Is Now Artistic and Executive Director of Pittsburgh Public; 2003-04 Season Is "Ambitious"

B ]  Equity and AGMA Come to Agreement

Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), two of the principal AFL-CIO unions representing live performers, have stopped feuding. The organizations have come to an agreement which provides shared jurisdiction over a newly created category of performances called "crossover productions" which, like Movin' Out and La Bohème, contain some elements of AEA jurisdiction and some elements of AGMA jurisdiction.

[ P ]  Inside the New Nine Cast Album on "Radio Playbill," June 30-July 6

P ]  Kerry Butler Offered Role of Audrey in Broadway Little Shop of Horrors

P ]  Play It Again, SAM. Harris Solo Show Extends in CA Through July 27

P ]  Orbach, the Younger, Steps Into Irish Rep's Peg O' My Heart July 1

P ]  Jason Robert Brown, Julia Murney, Andrew Lippa Heard in New Voices Concert, July 21

P ]  London's National Youth Theatre Announces New Season

P ]  Jailhouse Rock Stage Musical Heading to West End and Broadway

P ]  Wayne Cilento to Direct Why Do Fools Fall in Love Staged Reading

P ]  Jane Krakowski Now Lead in Sweet Charity Workshop

P ]  It Ain't Over: Gazzara Is Yogi Again, at Syracuse Stage in August

P ]  Obie Winner de Haas Returns to Joe's Pub July 3

P ]  Chicago-Born Pacific Overtures Opens in London June 30

P ]  Film Forum Salutes Arthur Freed and the Movie Musical, July 4-24

P ]  Amy Sedaris and Co. Return to NYC with Page-to-Stage Wigfield, July 17-19

P ]  Kristin Chenoweth Sings on PBS' "Capitol Fourth" July 4

P ]  Broadway Stars Among PBS' "Patriotic Broadway" Salute July 3

B ]  Krakowski Replaces Tomei in Charity Workshop


[ NJ ]  An mother with more strength and less dispair BY PETER FILICHIA
Jessica Tandy once portrayed Amanda Wingfield in "The Glass Menagerie" -- and failed. Julie Harris later attempted the role, too, and fared even less well.
But Wendy Barrie-Wilson, with far less fame and reputation, is giving an astonishing performance as Tennessee Williams' famous faded Southern belle. She's well worth seeing in the production at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison.

[ NJ ]  Brilliant show of da Vinci's brilliance BY MICHAEL SOMMERS

[ ATW ]  Stilted Book Mars the Joys of Musical 'Hometown'

[ ATW ]  Rollicking St. Crispin's Day Empty Look Behind Henry V

posted at 6/30/2003 06:25:37 PM by Tim Dunleavy | Item Link

[ R ]  Clear Channel Launches Ad-Sponsored Music Magazine
    The magazine, "Music Guide Live!," will make its debut over the weekend at a few concerts and eventually be distributed in more than 30 markets during the summer at Clear Channel radio station events and amphitheaters. The publication is the size of the popular Playbill magazine distributed at Broadway shows, said Jay Freedman, vice president of tactical marketing at Clear Channel Collective Merchandising, a division of the radio operation.
Hmmm... Clear Channel, a major presenter, has their own Playbill-type magazine, but *not* for theater... How long until we see if Clear Channel "tests" it out in the theater?

[Update: Many have written to point out that "Show People" is published by Clear Channel. Yes, we know, but it is a quarterly magazine and could not *replace* Playbill as a program to a theatrical show in its current format. Think outside the box with me!!!]

[ NYT ]  It's Cindy's Column, Kids, Cindy's Column
MediaBistro.com summed it up the best:
    The paper printed the same column two days in a row, and no one noticed until Adams called the paper.

posted at 6/30/2003 10:27:55 AM by James Marino | Item Link


[ B ]  Kerry Butler to Star in Little Shop; Foster Likely


BROADWAY'S incoming musical revival "Sweet Charity" hit a sour note. Marisa Tomei is suddenly out of it. This very morning, as we speak, the crew surrounding the production will newly see Jane Krakowski, Tony winner for "Nine," show up to continue the ongoing workshop.
Plus quotes from Rue McClanahan on why she left "Six Dance Lessons."

Katharine Hepburn, 1907-2003:

[ NYT ]  Katharine Hepburn Dies at 96 by CARYN JAMES
The actress was a role model for generations of women and a beloved heroine to filmgoers for more than 60 years.

[ YN ]  Friends, Admirers Remember Hepburn
In New York, the lights will dim on Broadway at 8 p.m. Tuesday in honor of Hepburn, said Patricia Armetta-Haubner, a spokeswoman for the League of American Theaters and Producers.

[ CT ]  Film star's first love was the stage by Malcolm Johnson, The Hartford Courant

Commanding Presence Carried Actress Through Decades Of Fame by MALCOLM JOHNSON

Lincoln Center, the Hartford Stage Company, the Long Wharf Theatre, the Williamstown Theatre Festival have all essayed revivals of either "The Philadelphia Story" or "Holiday." Blythe Danner and Blair Brown - two heiresses apparent to the elegant Hepburn style - have both tried to fill her roles, but without any true success.

[ DN ]  New York poorer for her passing by JANE H. FURSE and BILL HUTCHINSON
New Yorkers mourned yesterday for Katharine Hepburn - the screen legend who epitomized the sophisticated urban woman and claimed the city as her own.

[ CST ]  The American queen BY ROGER EBERT

[ YN ]  Career Highlights of Katharine Hepburn

[ YN ]  List of Hepburn's Oscar Nominations, Wins

[ YN ]  Hepburn Quotes From 1991 Book, 'Me'

[ YN ]  Some Books About Katharine Hepburn

[ YN ]  Photo Slideshow: Katharine Hepburn (20 Photos)

[ B ]  Beloved Actress Katharine Hepburn Dead at 96

[ TM ]  Katharine Hepburn, Stage and Screen Legend, Dies at 96

[ P ]  Katharine Hepburn, Legend of Stage and Screen, Dead at 96

Other News:

LAT ]  'Flower Drum' replaced in O.C. by Don Shirley
The official international tour of "Flower Drum Song" was recently called off, primarily because the specter of SARS resulted in the cancellation of engagements in Singapore, Manila and Hong Kong, as well as anticipated stops in China, said producer Benjamin Mordecai. Without the Asian performances, the entire tour - which would have stopped at eight cities in the United States - "wasn't economically viable," Mordecai said.

[ NYT ]  Fielder Cook, 80, Director of Films and TV Dramas, Dies

[ IBDB ]  Fielder Cook's Broadway Credits

[ V ]  B.O. up across boards

Broadway grosses

[ V ]  Biz slides; 'Wicked' 887g
Road grosses

[ NYT ]  John Henry Redwood III, 60, Actor and Writer, Dies by WOLFGANG SAXON
John Henry Redwood III was a playwright, actor, librettist and lyricist whose work reflected different racial and ethnic experiences in America.

[ P ]  Written in the Stars: Grammy Winner Toni Braxton Is the New Aida

P ]  Today in Theatre History: JUNE 30

P ]  Sondheim and Prince Bounce Back After 20 Years with Goodman Theatre Premiere, June 30

P ]  Kellie Overbey Shane Stars in Premiere of Heifner Play, Earth to Bucky, July 8-27

P ]  McCarter Theatre Season Now Complete

P ]  Today in Theatre History: JUNE 29

P ]  Annual "Best Plays" Tome-Including Elaine Stritch at Liberty-Now Available in Stores

P ]  Mint Theatre's Daughter-in-Law to Stay on Until July 27

P ]  Robert Foxworth Stars in Julius Caesar at The Old Globe, June 29-Aug. 10

P ]  Last Sunday in June Scribe Tolins Directs Reading of A Narrow Place, June 30

P ]  Aquila's Earnest Opens June 29, Complete With Drag, Fishnet Hose and Dark Glasses


TM ]  Peter Filichia's Diary
A recent listen to the Bye Bye Birdie film soundtrack prompts Filichia to muse on prophetic musicals.

[ ND ]  Playing the Name Game by Linda Winer
What a pleasure this is, this return to the tradition of naming theaters for merit instead of money.

[ ND ]  Leo The Lionized by Ariella Budick
Renaissance man Leonardo de Vinci - dead 400 years but now back with an art show, a play and a book - is having another renaissance

[ TS ]  Brothers stake money on Cyrano by RICHARD OUZOUNIAN
Story on a recording of a new musical version of CYRANO, this one starring Brent Carver.

[ LAT ]  Adopting a superior pose by Kristin Hohenadel
The comedy "US and Them" probes the special but fraying relationship between Britons and Americans.

[ DN ]  Frenzy for the fair by ELLEN TUMPOSKY
A play probes Hitchcock's fascination with icy blonds

[ DN ]  What a glorious feeling by Jack Matthews
Film Forum celebrates Arthur Freed, the producer who made MGM's musicals sing and dance

[ NYT ]  Hey, Watch Who You're Calling Wicked by DANIEL HANDLER
Daniel Handler - a k a Lemony Snicket - muses on "Wicked," the subversive new musical takeoff on "The Wizard of Oz."

[ NYT ]  The Crucial First Clue to `Henry V' by RON ROSENBAUM
The "Salic law" sequence at the start of Shakespeare's "Henry V" is complicated, arcane, esoteric and a challenge to actors and directors.

'The Last Sunday in June'

"O.K., so I like gay men. I always have, ever since I was a teenager. I was one of those sensitive adolescent girls interested in horseback riding and homosexuals."

[ P ]  From Judy to Gypsy
Gypsy's Tammy Blanchard has carved out a red-hot career playing high-octane theatrical legends

[ P ]  ON THE RECORD: Dolly, Oliver and Tevye Remastered

Thanks to
American Theater Web for the following features!

[ HChron ]  Will Sondheim 'Bounce' back? by EVERETT EVANS
Long-awaited musical set to bow in Chicago
Includes an interview with John Weidman.

[ MN ]  'Urinetown' dares to make audience think by Karen D'Souza

[ SD ]  Passion sets fire to the stars in Guettel's 'Light in the Piazza' by Anne Marie Welsh

[ SD ]  A bold vision by Jennifer de Poyen

Building the theater of the future requires serious effort to develop new work - and new playwrights - now

[ OCR ]  With a play on the side by PAUL HODGINS
Its popularity may have declined, but there's still an appetite for the entertainment dinner theater offers.

"The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci" - Reviews:

If Leonardo Had Had Access to PowerPoint by BRUCE WEBER

Mary Zimmerman's smug play resembles an audiovisual presentation that brings selected observations of the Renaissance artist to life.

[ TM ]  The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci Reviewed By: David Finkle

[ B ]  The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci Review by Adam Feldman

[ TB ]  The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci Review by Matthew Murray

The Year In Review - Regional:

[ INQ ]  Bright lights on stage by Douglas J. Keating
It's not every day that the Philadelphia Orchestra becomes part of a play. When something so rare is brought off with the flair and imagination that marked Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, the November collaboration between the orchestra and the Wilma Theater in Verizon Hall, then it deserves a place among the season's high points.
Let's make that the high point, and take it as the start for a retrospective of the just-ended 2002-03 Philadelphia theater season.

[ INQ ]  Actors and others who were standouts
The year's best performers, including well-deserved nods for Raùl Esparza and Christine Andreas.

[ WP ]  Bloody Good by Peter Marks
From 'Medea' to 'Edna,' 10 Riveting Moments In a Theater Season

[ BG ]  Season of new plays lacked sizzle by Ed Siegel
Call it the year of living dangerously. The 2002-2003 season was one in which Boston-area theaters began to search in earnest for new plays, particularly by local writers.

Other Reviews:

[ BE ]  'Threepenny Opera' in search of Macheath by Jeffrey Borak

[ ATU ]  Talent en masse for 'Threepenny' by MICHAEL ECK

Thanks to American Theater Web for the two links above.

[ CU ]  The Threepenny Opera Review

Broadway Bird Returns to the Swan Role by ANNA KISSELGOFF

Like Odette-Odile in "Swan Lake," Ashley Tuttle, one of American Ballet Theater's principal dancers, has been spending a great deal of time in a dual role.
Since October she has, with Ballet Theater's agreement, been a lead in "Movin' Out," the Twyla Tharp-Billy Joel show on Broadway. But on Thursday night she was back at the Metropolitan Opera House with Angel Corella in Kevin McKenzie's production of "Swan Lake."

Siblings at Odds, A Stranger Uninvited by BRUCE WEBER

Julia Jordan's story of bickering siblings who are intruded upon by a stranger is a polished, professional production, rife with complicated symbols.

[ LAT ]  The bright, feathery side of life by Daryl H. Miller
'Showtune' at Pasadena Playhouse showcases Broadway numbers written by the irrepressibly optimistic Jerry Herman.

Two new plays at the Royal National Theatre.
"His Girl Friday" and "Elmina's Kitchen."

[ TB ]  The Importance of Being Earnest Review by Matthew Murray

Minus its book, 'Nine' loses points by Daryl H. Miller

Even though the revival cast album vividly captures the show, it doesn't make for satisfying at-home listening. Also reviewed: Broadway today, "Amour" and more.
Includes audio clips.

[ BG ]  After 'Enter Laughing,' you'll exit smiling by Richard Dyer
I sure did! A very funny show, with outstanding supporting performances by Ron Orbach, Alix Korey and Rebecca Creskoff.
Combined with THE THREEPENNY OPERA at Williamstown (see above), which had thrilling star turns by Buckley, Errico, Ziemba and Graff, it made Saturday an exciting day of theater for me.
Now, if only Sunday had been better... if only there hadn't been a two-hour traffic jam on the New York State Thruway on the ride home...

posted at 6/30/2003 08:18:21 AM by Tim Dunleavy | Item Link

Sunday, June 29, 2003

Full court press...

[ SS ]  Sondheim returns: The composer brings story of the Mizner brothers to the stage by Chris Jones
"Oy, Oy, Oy," kvetches Stephen Sondheim, the iconic composer whose name launched a thousand books and journals, and whose personal approval is more valuable and sought after in theatrical circles than the highest-priced therapist in Manhattan.

[ USA ]  Getting the 'Bounce' back by Elysa Gardner
About 50 years ago, a fledgling composer/lyricist named Stephen Sondheim pitched a fledgling director/producer named Harold Prince an idea for a show based on the lives of Addison and Wilson Mizner, two real-life brothers whose creative and entrepreneurial adventures made them early 20th-century icons.

[ MH ]  Sondheim Musical to Debut in New York by Michael Kuchwara
CHICAGO - "One day lose, the next day win. Giving up's the only sin," goes a lyric in "Bounce," the highly anticipated new Stephen Sondheim musical, his first in nearly a decade.

posted at 6/29/2003 11:10:39 PM by James Marino | Item Link

Katharine Hepburn has died at the age of 96.

[ B ]  Katharine Hepburn's Broadway Credits

posted at 6/29/2003 06:42:18 PM by Tim Dunleavy | Item Link

BroadwayStars is powered by Blogger Pro!

[Past News]

Broadway Season

June 28 - Old Acquaintance (AA)

July 10 - Xanadu (Hayes) [Robert Ahrens, Dan Vickery, Tara Smith/B. Swibel and Sarah Murchison/Dale Smith]

Aug 19 - Grease (Atkinson)

Oct 4 - Mauritius (Biltmore) [MTC]

Oct 11 - The Ritz (54)

Oct 18 - Pygmalion (AA)

Oct 25 - A Bronx Tale (Kerr)

Nov 1 - Cyrano de Bergerac (Rodgers)

Nov 4 - Rock 'N' Roll (Jacobs)

Nov 8 - Young Frankenstein (Hilton)

Nov 9 - Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (St. James)

Nov 10: Local One Strike Begins

Nov 28: Local One Strike Ends

Dec 2 - Cymbeline (Beaumont)

Dec 3 - The Farnsworth Invention (Music Box) [Dodger Properties with Steven Spielberg, Dan Cap Productions, Fred Zollo, Latitude Link and the Pelican Group]

Dec 4 - August: Osage County (Imperial) [Jeffrey Richards, Jean Doumanian, Steve Traxler, Jerry Frankel, Steppenwolf]

Dec 6 - The Seafarer (Booth)

Dec 9 - Is He Dead? (Lyceum)

Dec 16 - The Homecoming (Cort) [Richards, Frankel]

Jan 10 - The Little Mermaid (Lunt)

Jan 15 - The 39 Steps (AA)

Jan 17 - November (Barrymore)

Jan 24 - Come Back, Little Sheba (Biltmore)

Feb 21 - Sunday In The Park With George (54)

Feb 28 - Passing Strange (Belasco)

Mar 6 - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Broadhurst) [Stephen C. Byrd]

Mar 9 - In The Heights (Rodgers)

Mar 27 - Gypsy (St. James)

Mar 29 - Macbeth (Lyceum)

Apr 3 - South Pacific (Beaumont)

Apr 17 - A Catered Affair (Kerr) [Jujamcyn Theaters, Jordan Roth, Harvey Entertainment / Ron Fierstein, Richie Jackson and Daryl Roth]

Apr 24 - Cry Baby (Marquis)

Apr 27 - The Country Girl (Jacobs)

Apr 30 - Thurgood (Booth)

May 1 - Les Liaisons Dangereuses (AA)

May 4 - Boeing-Boeing (Longacre)

May 7 - Top Girls (Biltmore)

TBA - Godspell

Broadway Season

Oct 16 - Billy Elliot (Imperial)

Nov 08 - Dividing the Estate (a Shubert theater)

Dec 14 - Shrek: The Musical (Broadway) [DreamWorks]

Talked About
Not Scheduled Yet

TBA - 50 Words

TBA - Addams Family (Elephant Eye)

TBA - American Buffalo

TBA - An American Vaudeville [Farrell, Perloff]

TBA - The Beard of Avon [NYTW]

TBA - Being There [Permut]

TBA - Benny & Joon [MGM]

TBA - Billy Elliot

TBA - Brave New World [Rachunow]

TBA - Breath of Life [Fox]

TBA - Busker Alley [Margot Astrachan, Robert Blume, Kristine Lewis, Jamie Fox, Joanna Kerry & Heather Duke]

TBA - Broomhilda

TBA - Bye Bye Birdie [Niko]

TBA - Camille Claudel [Wildhorn]

TBA - Camelot

TBA - Carmen [Robin DeLevita and The Firm]

TBA - Catch Me If You Can

TBA - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon [Bob and Harvey Weinstein]

TBA - Cry Baby [Grazer, Gordon, McAllister, Epstein]

TBA - Designing Women [Alexis]

TBA - Don Juan DeMarco [New Line]

TBA - Dreamgirls [Creative Battery]

TBA - Duet

TBA - Equus

TBA - Ever After [Adam Epstein]

TBA - Fallen Angels (Shubert) [Kenwright]

TBA - Farragut North [Richards]

TBA - Father of the Bride

TBA - The Female Of The Species (TBA)

TBA - Fool For Love (AA) [Roundabout]

TBA - Girl Group Time Travelers

TBA - Golden Boy

TBA - Harmony [Guiles, Karslake, Smith, Fishman]

TBA - Hitchcock Blonde

TBA - The Importance Of Being Earnest

TBA - Jerry Springer: The Opera! [Thoday, McKeown]

TBA - Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train (Circle)

TBA - Josephine [Waissman]

TBA - Leap of Faith

TBA - A Little Princess [Ettinger, Dodger]

TBA - Midnight Cowboy [MGM]

TBA - The Minstrel Show - Kander and Ebb and Stroman

TBA - Moonstruck [Pittelman, Azenberg]

TBA - Mourning Becomes Electra [Haber, Boyett]

TBA - Monsoon Wedding

TBA - The Night of the Hunter

TBA - The Opposite of Sex [Namco]

TBA - Orphans

TBA - Pal Joey [Platt]

TBA - Paper Doll

TBA - The Paris Letter

TBA - The Philadelphia Story

TBA - Peter Pan

TBA - Porgy and Bess [Frankel, Viertel, Baruch, Routh, Panter, Tulchin/Bartner]

TBA - The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

TBA - The Princess Bride

TBA - Princesses [Lane, Comley]

TBA - Poe the Musical

TBA - Rain Man [MGM]

TBA - Robin Hood

TBA - Secondhand Lions

TBA - South Pacific

TBA - Speed-the-Plow

TBA - Stalag 17

TBA - Starry Messenger

TBA - Syncopation

TBA - A Tale Of Two Cities

TBA - Torch Song Trilogy

TBA - Turn of the Century

TBA - West Side Story

TBA - The Wall [Weinstein, Mottola, Waters]

TBA - Will Rogers Follies [Cossette]

TBA - The Wiz [Dodger]

TBA - Zanna [Dalgleish]

This list is compiled from various sources. If you have corrections to the Broadway Season, please contact us.


Tim Dunleavy  |  James Marino  |  Matthew Murray  |  Ellis Nassour  |  Michael Portantiere
Blind Item  |  Contact Us  |  Legal  |  ?

© 1997 - 2010 2die4 Productions, Inc.

(none)  |