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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

 

Stage Addiction: Betty Buckley and a Bucket of Blood

- Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, who have shared screen time in Boyz in the Hood, Akeelah and the Bee and What's Love Got To Do With it, will reunite onstage in Los Angeles for a revival of August Wilson's Fences. Running from August 25th-October 1st at the Pasadena Playhouse, the play -- should reviews run positive -- could find its way to New York in time for Tonys in the spring. Both have performed Wilson's work on Broadway before; Fishburne won a Tony for Two Trains Running, while Bassett performed in Joe Turner's Come and Gone. But the two actors have never performed onstage together before now. (Angela, I'll be blunt...ModFab would die to see you on Broadway. Please. Come.)

- We've already insisted that you attend Kiki and Herb: Alive on Broadway. But if you're still not convinced, here's some more info. Miss it at your own peril.

- Nathan Lane will headline another workshop next month of the Terrence McNally-Scott Wittman-Marc Shaiman musical Catch Me If You Can. Lane will play Hanratty, the federal agent created by Tom Hanks in Spielberg's film. The Hairspray boys -- director Jack O'Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell -- will again lead this private workshop. Lane also starred in the workshop held in the fall of 2005; that version co-starred Matthew Morrison (The Light in the Piazza), Tom Wopat (42nd Street), Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens), and Celia Keenan-Bolger (Spelling Bee).

- Want to take a trip back to 1988, to the biggest, most tragi-fabulous flop of all time...Carrie: The Musical? Thanks to You Tube and an industrious blogger, you can now see its ultimate baditude for yourself in terrible grainy clips. It's too divine for words.

- Let the desecration begin: The Times They Are A-Changin', a bastardization of the music of Bob Dylan, begins at the Brooks Atkinson on October 26th. When will the Baby Boomers quit destroying their musical idols? It's as they never saw Ring of Fire, Lennon, or Good Vibrations. (Well, maybe they didn't.) But...come on, people! Look at how crappy it looks!

- Well, it looks like Disney's decision to move The Lion King down the street so that Mary Poppins can open this October wasn't such a bad idea, after all. Note to tourists: there are a few other shows on Broadway, if you're interested.

- In the 70's, it was Hal Prince. In the 80's, Cameron Mackintosh. So who might be the leading Broadway entrepreneur of the new millennium? May we suggest...John Waters. Yes, that John Waters.

- Finally, a big Happy Birthday to the cutest triple-threat in New York City. He turns ___ this year, and we're happy to say he doesn't look a day over ___.

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