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Tuesday, April 04, 2006


Stage Addiction: Party Like It's 1996!

News from Broadway and beyond:

THE AWARDS SEASON BEGINS: Don't get too excited, though...it's just the Lucille Lortel Award nominations, honoring the best of Off-Broadway. ModFab approves generally of their choices, and is thrilled to see notices for faves The Lieutenant of Inishmore, See What I Wanna See, Christopher Denham (Red Light Winter), Michael Stuhlbarg (Measure for Pleasure), and Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed).

LA VIE BOHEME, AGAIN: Love it, hate it, or lease it, Rent is coming home again. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking musical, members of the original cast -- including Gilles Chiasson, Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rodney Hicks, Kristen Lee Kelly, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel, Aiko Nakasone, Timothy Britten Parker, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gwen Stewart, Byron Utley and Fredi Walker-Browne -- will appear in a benefit concert performance of the show on April 24th, right at the Nederlander Theatre. Although the regular tickets are steep ($1000 and up), the performance will follow tradition by making the first two rows of the orchestra available, by lottery, for only $20 a seat. If you're going to try for it, let us know...ModFab was an original Renthead in 1996, and ten years later, we can't imagine missing it.

HELL, NO: Despite being a producer of The Color Purple, Oprah Winfrey will not host the Tony Awards this year. We've heard that Steadman, however, is available.

STUFF HAPPENS, APPARENTLY: We applaud the intrepid publicity flack who convinced the New York Times to run a piece on the Public Theater's Bush-bashing new play, Stuff Happens. Not in the Arts, section, mind you. In the News section. Apparently, the old grey lady can't tell the difference anymore.

THE TIMES ARE A' CHANGIN': Sandra Bernhard is about to open her new Off-Broadway solo show, Everything Bad and Beautiful, in Union Square. And is she still kicking comedic ass and taking names? Not hardly. In this tragic bit of video publicity whoring, Bernhard warmly answers viewer mail on dull subjects like motherhood, her waning fame, and where you can buy her old CDs. Let's hope the show has a little more edge than that.

SLOT MACHINE OF THE OPERA: The Las Vegas production of The Phantom of the Opera, opening in June, has announced its (double) cast. Big stars, like Brent Barrett and Anthony Crivello. No, we haven't heard of them either.

FINISHING THE HAT CAST RECORDING: Ready to lose your mind, fellow show queens? The London revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George will be released on CD in the U.S. on May 30th...with a never-heard-before bonus track. "The One on the Left" was cut from the show before it opened in the mid-eighties; a snippet of the song remains in the show, but this will include the entire song. (For those of you who aren't Sondheim fanatics, this may seem like a small thing. But trust me, hundreds of gay men reading this column just spontaneously orgasmed.)

BROKEBACK, THE MUSICAL: The Los Angeles Times makes a prediction list of the frontrunners for the Tony Awards. Fun to read, but I wouldn't trust pundits from Los Angeles about New York theatre. Remember, they picked Crash as Best Film...by definition, they cannot be trusted.

SEND IN THE REPLACEMENTS: The Lieutenant of Inishmore, currently finishing up its Off-Broadway run before moving uptown, is losing its terrific leading lady. Kerry Condon is laying down her terrorist arms and heading to Italy, returning to play Octavia in the second season of HBO's Rome. Her replacement for Broadway? Alison Pill , best known to Broadway audiences for Neil Labute's The Distance From Here last season (and the failed NBC sitcom The Book of Daniel a few months ago).

WENDY MALICK ROCKS!: Are you kidding me? Wendy Malick is gonna do a play? This is better than having sex with...well, Wendy Malick!
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