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Tuesday, August 22, 2006


Stage Addiction: Who Needs Real Actors...Usher's In The House!

- As of tonight, Usher is live in the flesh for the next six weeks at the Ambassador. Someone pinch me. Please. No, really, pinch me hard. I need to put such craven starfucking casting out of my mind. (Sigh, Grr, and Ugh.) I'll try to focus on more positive news...like Audra McDonald might make her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2008 in Peter Sellars' Doctor Atomic. Now that's something! I feel better already.

- By the by, theatre and film fans should grab tickets to the Met this season. On tap is a new Il Trittico directed by Jack O'Brien (Hairspray), and a new Barber of Seville from Bartlett Sher (The Light in the Piazza). Hollywood comes to the Met stage via Anthony Minghella (The English Patient), who is staging Madama Butterfly, and Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers) directing the world premiere of Tan Dun's The First Emperor. Legendary choreographer Mark Morris is also helming Orfeo ed Eurydice, with costumes by Isaac Mizrahi. How gay is that?!?!

- Kevin Kline's King Lear, which was supposed to open in October, has been moved to Spring 2007. Please be patient, it takes him a while to get all blustery and windblown.

- Winter on Broadway started to fall into place this week: Spring Awakening finally sets up shop on November 17th at the O'Neill, while Company will land October 30th at the Barrymore. The earlier-than-expected closure of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (on September 3rd) makes it possible for High Fidelity to set a New York schedule. That is, if Les Miserables doesn't give up its hold on the Broadhurst in an attempt to return to its original home, the Imperial. Everything old is new again...

- There's also movement happening for 2007: Liev Schreiber will at long last turn into Eric Bogosian when he headlines Talk Radio at the Barrymore in February. A few weeks later, the Broadway adaptation of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, starring Vanessa Redgrave, will begin previews March 6th at the Booth...after Nathan Lane's Butley shuffles off to Buffalo.

- The History Boys closes October 1, but have no fear...the movie arrives in late November for its Oscar run. The trailer is online, and it looks every bit as engaging as the play.

- Looks like Jane Krakowski will not be leading that Off-Broadway Xanadu after all; she's just been cast in NBC's new comedy 30 Rock. Bummer for theatre lovers, but yay! -- we get to see Jane weekly again on TV.

- John C. Reilly (The Hours, True West) will do it downtown at P.S. 122 this fall, headlining Tale of 2 Cities: An American Joyride on Multiple Tracks for three weeks only, October 12-29.

- While waiting around for South Pacific to start Victoria Clark has been announced for Follies, Stephen Sondheim's classic, at Encores! from February 8-11. (What about those rumors that Lincoln Center has withdrawn their South Pacific offer to Clark and instead offered it to her younger Piazza co-star, Kelli O'Hara? For shame, but maybe true.)

- Johnny Depp is set for the film version of Sweeney Todd...exhale, everyone, he'll be fine in the role, have a little faith. Plus, I have a more puzzling development for your brain power -- IMDB now lists both Jim Broadbent and Christopher Walken for the role of Wilbur Turnblad in the movie musical Hairspray. What gives?

- The best play of 2006, Stuff Happens, has already closed...but the cast will do one last staged reading (and it's free!) on September 6th. The best show currently running, of course, is [Title of Show], which just extended again until October 1st. Which gives you another chance to experience sheer, unadulterated joy.

It's just too beautiful, isn't it? Here we are, sitting amongst the bluehairs at a Saturday matinee, watching a nihilistic drag queen with a penchant for death sing cabaret versions of Gnarls Barkley, Radiohead, Scissor Sisters and Alphaville. The seniors surrounding me had no idea what I was laughing at, but Kiki (Justin Bond) never settles for easy jokes. As Kiki rails against the Iraq War (her scathing critique of Bush has to be seen to be believed), she doesn't mind getting introspective, whether about her children, her eternal friendship with pianist Herb (Kenny Mellman), or about her childhood abuse. ("If you weren't molested as a child, you must have been an ugly kid.") Sure, like any lounge act it has pacing problems, and the set is determinedly static and tacky. But the show here is Kiki, and watching her, you realize that Broadway divas have been in remarkably short supply of late. She is everything you want in an alternative, revolutionary, queer, subversive theatre piece...and more.



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