Stage Addiction: I'll Take the A Train...and the R, B and S
THE BROADWAY STRIP: The poster boys above are just five of the 200 sexy Broadway chorus boys and girls who will take it off for Broadway Bares 16: New York Strip, the popular burlesque evening benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Taking place on Sunday, June 18th at the Roseland Ballroom, this year’s event has two performances (9:30 and midnight) and enough sexy young things to put the Roxy to shame.
BORED OF THE RINGS: The Lord of the Rings musical in Toronto has finally opened, and the reviews are in. Ouch. Ouch. OUCH. Ouch that hurts. Ouch, I said. OUCH! Damnit, make it stop! See video of the trainwreck here. And if you're into watching videos of crappy musicals, here's a bonus: the opening night of Ring Of Fire.
THE NEXT BIG THING: Hairspray is the only long-lived Broadway hit of the last few seasons, so you won't be surprised to see a number of shows following in its movie-based, size-13 heels. The Wedding Singer opens at the Al Hirschfeld next month, but now two major cult movie adaptations have been booked for spring 2007. Olivia Newton-John disco classic Xanadu will open Off-Broadway with a libretto by Douglas Carter Beane (To Wong Foo..., The Little Dog Laughed) and directed by Christopher Ashley (Jeffrey, The Rocky Horror Show). And John Waters will get his second screen-to-stage transfer with Cry-Baby, directed by Mark Brokaw (The Constant Wife) with a book co-written by The Producers' Thomas Meehan. Cry-Baby starts its out of town tryout in Seattle next February.
THE NEXT BIG HOUSEFRAU: Speaking of Hairspray, the Las Vegas production will be saying goodbye to Tony winner Harvey Fierstein in April...and he's being replaced by not one but TWO men donning the pink housedress. Alternating performances will be John Goodman (Roseanne) and Paul Vogt (Mad TV). We always knew Harvey was more than one man could handle.
GOTTA HAVE A GIMMICK: Disney's Tarzan: The Musical began previews last weekend, and judging from the early response, it looks to be my kind of show...a nearly-naked leading man jumping around for two hours in a loincloth. Mmmm. I'm sorry, I got distracted, what did you say?
DRUNK ON 'DROWSY': All of us industry wonks are buzzing about the early look we got at The Drowsy Chaperone, which many think be the major Tony Award competition for preemptive favorite Jersey Boys come next June. Check out the video and photos, and tell me it's not absolutely adorable. The bigger question, though: in the world of stage bloodbaths like Sweeney Todd and The Lieutenant of Inishmore, are people interested in adorable?
THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING: Five great playwrights (Kushner, Durang, Wellman, Guare, and Vogel) discuss the 100th birthday of Samuel Beckett. At last check, Godot had not yet arrived.
PHILLY IN PINK: From May 12-June 11, Philadelphia gets a major out-of-town tryout for the world premiere of Terrence McNally's Some Men, his latest big gay thing. It's got a rockin' cast: Stephen Bogardus (Falsettos), Duane Boutte (Brother to Brother), Suzzanne Douglas (How Stella Got Her Groove Back), Malcolm Gets (Amour), John Glover (Love! Valour! Compassion!), and Barbara Walsh (Hairspray).
THE JULIANNE COUNTDOWN: You only have 248 more days before Julianne Moore is on Broadway. Plan accordingly.
Tags: Broadway, theatre, theater, musicals, Samuel Beckett, AIDS, Lord of the Rings, John Waters, Xanadu, Julianne Moore, Terrence McNally