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Friday, January 05, 2007

 

Bad News. And Good News!

It's official...The Little Dog Laughed will close its Broadway run on February 18th. Actually, it might even be sooner, if their ticket sales don't pick up...for the last month, they've been running well under 50% capacity, which is sad a thing as New York has seen all season. But if you want to see the best Broadway comedy in years, you should get a move on. Julie White really has to be seen to be believed; it's going to be one of those legendary performances people talk about for years.

My sadness at the news was mitigated, however, by word on King Lear at The Public, which starts next month. In addition to the previously announced Kevin Kline, the cast will feature Tony winners Michael Cerveris (Sweeney Todd) as Kent and Larry Bryggman (Proof) as Gloucester. Other favorites in the cast include Logan Marshall-Green (Pig Farm) as Edmund, Brian Avers (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as Edgar, and in a most delightfully surprising bit of casting, Washington D.C. theatre legend Philip Goodwin as the Fool. The design team is equally potent: scenic design by Heidi Ettinger, costume design by Jess Goldstein, and -- hold on to your hats, people, this is the big news -- a complete instrumental score by Stephen Sondheim and his Into The Woods arranger, Michael Starobin. That's right -- Sondheim's first original score for a play in almost 40 years.

I'm not wild about Kevin Kline, but this just became MUST-SEE theatre. And since Cerveris is going into LoveMusik at MTC in April, my guess is that this is a strictly limited run and will not extend past March 18th. So if you have a friend who works at the Public, call them NOW, because tickets will be very hard to come by.

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