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Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Stage Addiction: I Want Jennifer Hudson's Outfit

- Could Dreamgirls be any more fabulous? Check out USA Today's massive, jaw-dropping spread, including a photo slide show, a profile of the costumes, and interviews with the stars. Score one for the marketing team...

- After last week's confusion, we now know why Jim Broadbent and Christopher Walken were both announced for the same role in the movie of Hairspray. Broadbent was cast first, but he has now left the production in order to play Judge Turpin in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd, starring Johnny Depp. Walken is just sloppy seconds.

- The Broadway casting of Grey Gardens leaves out one tiny detail: the producers fired and replaced Sara Gettlefinger, who played Young Little Edie in the original version Off-Broadway. That's a big decision, and a shame...Sara is really talented (fans of Nine remember), and she was good in the role.

- Random Rumor #1: Is London's acclaimed Sunday in the Park with George really moving to Broadway next spring? Bank on it.

- Newly minted Emmy winner Blythe Danner will join Carla Gugino (After The Fall) in Tennessee Williams' gay-themed Suddenly Last Summer beginning October 20th. As the matriarch Mrs. Venable, Danner will be finally be able to use that fake Southern accent she loves so dearly.

- In other news, the New York Fringe Festival happened. Some shows won. Most sucked. Now for the weather...

- Usher's current run in Chicago was only the beginning of the starfucking nightmare. Coming next, God help us: Ashlee Simpson as Roxie Hart. We all know what happened last time she tried to sing live on stage. It makes us almost glad that American Idol loser Constantine Maroulis is joining the cast of The Wedding Singer. Almost.

- Random Rumor #2: Are Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan -- the Tony-winning Brits who romanced so deliciously in Private Lives in 2001 and in Les Liaisons Dangereuses in the 80's -- reuniting for old times in Harold Pinter's Old Times at the Roundabout? Sure would make a starry affair...and might even make me see Pinter again.

- A personal plug: if you check out this article on the OFF STAGE festival, you'll see my name listed among the directors. The piece in particular that I'll be directing is Lanford Wilson's The Madness of Lady Bright, which will help celebrate the storied history of the Caffe Cino, the famous Greenwich Village birthplace of gay theatre in the 1960's. Please stop by and say hi.

High Fidelity, starring Will Chase : Imperial Theatre
previews November 20, opens December 7
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, starring Cynthia Nixon : The New Group
previews September 20, opens October 9
Spring Awakening : Eugene O'Neill Theatre
previews November 17, opens December 10
Talk Radio, starring Liev Schreiber : Longacre Theatre
previews February 9
Our Leading Lady, by Charles Busch : MTC Stage II
previews February 22, opens March 15
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels : Imperial Theatre : September 3
The Lieutenant of Inishmore : Lyceum Theatre : September 3



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