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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

 

Stage Addiction: No News is Good No News

Between The Village Voice firing all of its arts editors and the terrifying realization that Ashlee Simpson will be onstage in Chicago (albeit in London...God, have pity on England), there really isn't much in the theatre world this week to crow about:

- Those reviews of Fences in Los Angeles are really incredible. "As fine a staging of Fences as I've seen...There isn't a weak link in this cast, and they mesh like a true ensemble." Oh please, Santa Claus, please let it come to New York....it's all I want for Christmas.

- High Fidelity is moving fast on setting up shop on Broadway; they've got a new website (cute URL, by the way) and some newly available free downloads. The first song, a ballad called "Ready To Settle," embodies its theme more than the composers realize. Let's hope the whole show isn't that weak.

- Joining Julianne Moore in The Vertical Hour this fall will be another exciting Broadway debut: Bill Nighy, the exquisite veteran British actor who makes every movie he's in (Pirates of the Caribbean, Shawn of the Dead, Love Actually, Underworld, The Constant Gardener) significantly better. This just turned into a must-see, people.

- John C. Reilly will not be performing at P.S. 122 next month after all. Apparently, he took a look at a map, realized how far downtown it was, and said No Fucking Way, Not Without A Limo.

- Will Make Me A Song, that William Finn revue getting all kinds of buzz in Connecticut, wander down to New York? Let's hope so...ModFab was a big fan of Elegies, Finn's last song cycle, and this 'greatest not-hits' mix sounds wonderful.

- Who doesn't like free stuff...especially free expensive stuff? Beginning today at noon, American Express will be giving away thousands of free Broadway theatre tickets as part of a weeklong promotion. Cardholders can register online for the chance to win a pair from among 3,000 free ones that will be given away for evening performances on September 15th. The participating shows include Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, The Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, Heartbreak House, Rent, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Wedding Singer, Hairspray, Avenue Q, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot and The History Boys. Click here to register.

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