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Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Stage Addiction: Kevin Kline Is A Second-Rate Hack

- Oh. My. Freakin. GOD. You know that enormous Tom Stoppard play I told you about last week, The Coast of Utopia? This is the unbelievable, civilization-rocking cast: Ethan Hawke (Henry IV), Brian F. O'Byrne (Doubt), Billy Crudup (The Pillowman), Richard Easton (The Invention of Love), Jennifer Ehle (Macbeth), Martha Plimpton (Shining City), David Harbour (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and Josh Hamilton (Hurlyburly). Tickets will be impossible to get, so plan your mode of attack now.

- Six Feet Under fans: Alan Ball will premiere his first play in a dozen years, All That I Will Ever Be, at New York Theatre Workshop in January. Early reports say that it is NOT about morticians.

- Who is the target audience for the Broadway-bound Grey Gardens? The producers think they gay men might be interested in its mix of melodrama and camp. (Yep. Lil' bit.) Which explains last Sunday, as Gardens star Christine Ebersole, in full Little Edie drag, rode on a show-inspired float down the middle of New York's Gay Pride parade. I get dizzy just thinking about how fabulous it was.

- Kevin Kline may play King Lear for the Public this fall. Or...he may not. Michael Reidel has the play-by-play on New York's most irritating second-rate movie star (oh, did I say that out loud?) and his hush-hush private reading last week...so hush-hush, in fact, that even my Aunt Phyllis in Skokie knows about it. (You can probably guess that I didn't care for his last outing, a self-aware Falstaff in Henry IV.)

- Sweeney Todd, still smarting after losing the Tony to the vastly inferior Pajama Game, has had a bit of good news: the show has extended through Thanksgiving, and will be keeping stars Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone all the way through. The best pies in London!

- The New York Times has a great multimedia piece on Spring Awakening, a slideshow on the musical by composer Duncan Sheik. Enjoy the power of the internet, kids.

- What was supposed to be the summer's big romantic play, Everything's Turning Into Beautiful, recently had some less-than-lovely backstage drama. The leads, Bobby Cannavale (The Station Agent) and Annabella Sciorra (The Sopranos), left in a huff over "creative differences," leaving the desperate producers struggling for replacements. In the end, they came up with an even more interesting pair: Daphne Rubin-Vega (Bernarda Alba, Rent) and Malik Yoba (TV's New York Undercover). Odd couples often are the best...unless you're Lane and Broderick.

- Even as Jersey Boys' director Des McAnuff was picking up a Best Musical trophy two weeks ago, wheels were in motion for major changes in his career. First, he resigned as artistic director of California's La Jolla Playhouse (where he first built hits like The Who's Tommy and Jersey Boys, as well as his Broadway musical for next spring, the adaptation of Zhivago). Then in a matter of days, he unveiled his new position: as one of the directors of Canada's prestigious Stratford Festival. What will this musical guru do at North America's preeminent home for Shakespeare? Hmmmm....

- The Lord of the Rings musical is going to London. New York, thankfully, is spared.


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