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Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Stage Addiction: I Wish My Hair Would Do That

Our intrepid and sexy theatre reporter in Australia, Par3182, sent us his thoughts on the new stage musical adaptation of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which recently premiered in Sydney and has hopes for New York and London gigs. "Saw the stage version of 'priscilla' in sydney a couple of weeks ago and loved it (which was a huge surprise as I hated the film). The stage version is much funnier and they keep the elaborately costumed numbers a-coming. Even the use of pre-existing songs didn't annoy me as it makes perfect sense in a drag queen world." The Sydney Morning Herald seems to agree that it's fabulous. We're so jealous we could spit nails; we love the movie, and think it's perfect material for a big, fluffy stage version. Ah, well, another reason to book that long-delayed trip down under...

Surprise: The Times They Are A' Changin is closing this week. I'm sure Twyla Tharp would cry if she could, but demons have no tear ducts. Taking it's place will be the Kevin Spacey revival of O'Neill's Moon for the Misbegotten, which garnered rave reviews in London. I hope the producers keep a healthy stock of scenery on hand for Spacey to chew. From what I hear, in London he went through it by the metric ton.

Suzan-Lori Parks' year-long nationwide project, 365 Plays/365 Days, begins this week. You'll be hearing more about this project, since your humble editor is producing a week's worth here in New York in February. But I really hope it works. You'll be able to follow the entire experience over a year's time for free each week, produced by a different company each time. And not just in New York, either -- productions are happening all over America, in almost every major city and university. Check it out...amazingly cool project.

Will High Fidelity close before it even begins previews this week? That's the possibility producers are discussing, if ticket sales don't improve. The rumor is that the $10 million dollar production has sold less than $750,000 as of yesterday. If it were a shoe store, it'd go out of business. (Our theory: straight men are the audience for Fidelity. Gay men and women go to Broadway. Disconnect? Yeah.)

Arguably, London's most acclaimed musical of the decade, Jerry Springer: The Opera, has never made it across the pond to Broadway, despite many years of trying. Now it will avoid New York entirely, making its U.S. debut at Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory next May. A curious choice, given that the theatre's reputation is suspect (they are currently running something called Barenaked Lads in the Great Outdoors, a Naked Boys Singing ripoff). But at least it's made it.

The first big musical of NEXT fall will be Young Frankenstein, which is coming off a great private workshop a few weeks back. Not a bad cast, if Mel Brooks and his Producers director, Susan Stroman, can keep it together: Kristin Chenoweth, Brian D'Arcy James, Marc Kudisch,Sutton Foster, Roger Bart, Tony winner Shuler Hensley as the monster, and Cloris Leachman (reprising her film role) as Frau Blucher.

January 7th. A day that will live in infamy. That day will begin the theatrically-themed reality competition You're The One That I Want. And to make it even worse, the host of the new show will be Billy Bush. Kill me, please, before it starts.

The Evening Standard Awards. Go Michael Sheen!



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