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Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Stage Addiction: The Sundance Kid Wasn't Butch

- Is Robert Redford coming to Broadway? He will if producer Manny Azenberg (Sunday in the Park with George) gets his way, getting the aging blond hottie to lead a major revival of All My Sons, Arthur Miller's only remaining major drama not to have been revived in the last decade. The production will be the 2000 London revival, directed by Howard Davies. No word on other casting, or if a river will run through it.

- Speaking of imminent transfers, it looks as if Lynn Redgrave will also make it to New York, after the positive reviews in L.A. for her latest family memoir, Nightingale. It would be nice if she would try to write about something besides her family; her Tony Award-nominated Shakespeare For My Father dealt with her father, Michael Redgrave, and The Mandrake Root was loosely based on her mother, actress Rachel Kempson. The new piece centers on her maternal grandmother, Beatrice Kempson.

- The Tony Awards will return to Radio City Music Hall next June. This puts to bed the rumor (that I started) that due to financial problems, they would have to move the awards ceremony to the Elks Lodge in Schenectady. Dang.

- On Friday, ModFabbers, you can achieve both of your lifelong dreams: Broadway star AND reality show whore. NBC's upcoming shlockfest You're The One That I Want will hold open auditions at the Palace Theatre for its upcoming revival of Grease. Please prepare an outrageously tacky outfit, a shaky Celine Dion ballad, and the ability to break into camera-ready tears when they reject you.

- Leaving Broadway: Tony winner LaChanze, who will end her time in The Color Purple on November 5th. Surprising that she didn't extend her contract; most Tony winners stay a year, with the financial incentives that come with that award.

- While producers from New York and London dither about its transfer chances, the La Jolla Playhouse revival of The Wiz in California has extended its run through Thanksgiving. Will it move? Our spies say that if it was going to happen, we'd have has an announcement by now.

- When legendary actor Richard Easton collapsed onstage during an early preview performance of The Coast of Utopia last week, theatre lovers were understandably upset. The good news is that he is now in stable condition, and plans to return to the show after he recovers. Better still, it seems like exhaustion (not a heart attack, as was reported in some places) was the cause. Doing three three-hour plays simultaneously is bound to wear a body out.

- Billy Elliot. On Broadway. Fall 2008. Mark your calendars appropriately.



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