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Tuesday, May 02, 2006


Stage Addiction: Smacking Sutton Foster Around

- Now here's a movie-turned-musical we can get excited about! Make way for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which begins Sydney performances in October. With Priscilla's Oscar-winning costumer Lizzy Gardiner already on board, it's got a leg up on the competition. I bet Terrence Stamp is still available...

- So. The critics hated composer Matthew Sklar and lyricist Chad Beguelin's new musical of The Wedding Singer. What are they going to follow it up with? Something more substantial, more nuanced, more developed? Something with depth, with feeling, something that could change the world? Nope. They're making Elf: The Musical. Kill me.

- Her career is charmed, her new musical's a hit, she's getting married, she bought a huge Manhattan apartment, and she just got two adorable new shih tzus. Is it me, or do we all just want to smack Sutton Foster around, just a little bit?

- Two weeks until the Tonys, and the Drama League and Drama Desk Awards have done little to make sense of the crowded season's offerings. While the musical categories have narrowed to showdowns -- Drowsy Chaperone versus Jersey Boys for new, Sweeney Todd versus Pajama Game for revival -- the play categories are a jumbled mess. ModFab's Tony nomination picks will appear next week, in advance of the May 16 announcement...where the clouds will part, angels will sing, and all will become clear. We promise.

- From Culture Club to The Who...is that a step up, or down? Probably depends on your age and preference in musical homos (Boy George or Pete Townsend). One can compare their theatrical merits when Tony nominee Euan Morton (Taboo) takes on The Who's Tommy this summer at Bay Street Theatre in the Hamptons.

- Wanna know what next season's going to look like? Imagine a veritable fleet of retread musicals, including Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (from the Hairspray team), Mary Poppins, High Fidelity, Legally Blonde, Don Juan Demarco (with Antonio Banderas), Lone Star Love, The Flying Tigers, and The Times They Are A-Changin'. Revivals will be snazzy, including Company, A Chorus Line, Les Miserables, The Wiz and a revamped, Harry Connick-less version of The Pajama Game. Star power will be provided by Julianne Moore in The Vertical Hour and Matthew Broderick in The Starry Messenger.

- And in 2008? ModFab will go out on a wildly unsupported limb of prediction...and say that the Tony winners will be South Pacific and Billy Elliot.

- And for those of you who are heavy into cruising, Rosie O'Donnell's Alaskan cruise is racking up some impressive Broadway talent, including Audra McDonald, Gavin Creel, Kathy Griffin, Norm Lewis, Julia Murney, Jill Sobule, and Liz Callaway. (Bonus: look at this ridiculous picture of Gavin Creel! He's all yours, girls...he's straight as they come. As if you couldn't tell.)

- Philly readers, take note: Bright Lights, Big City is coming your way. Road trip is in the planning stages as we speak.


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