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Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Stage Addiction: Why Not Pay A Little Extra, And Get Russell Crowe Instead?

- Streep. ABBA. Mamma Mia, The Movie. The Horror. The Horror.

- Kevin Spacey wants $60,000/week to do Moon for the Misbegotten this spring on Broadway. Which is a whoooooole lotta scratch. Is he worth it? Hmmmm. Such enormous salaries are not unheard of -- Julia Roberts got more, and Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick each got 100K to return to The Producers for a limited stay. On the other end: Broadway minimum is less than $2,000. We've been told that Tony nominees -- say, Sutton Foster in Thoroughly Modern Millie -- make about $12,000 a week. Is Spacey worth five Sutton Fosters, or worth 25 chorus boys? And if they meet his demands, will anyone be able to see it for less that $125 a ticket?

- Supposedly, Dolly Parton has selected a young actress to play her iconic role in the new stage version of 9 To 5. It's young up-and-comer Megan Hilty, who once played Glinda in Wicked. And where did this big announcement occur? In an elementary school classroom in Kentucky. Where all important news happens.

- Looks like we were right last week about the next tenant at the Cort Theatre: Radio Golf seems to be on its way after it finishes up in Chicago next month. This means that despite a third extension (to March 25), David Mamet's adaptation of The Voysey Inheritance will not find an uptown berth this season. Which, to quote an earlier work by Mamet, completely sucks.

- Sweeney Todd and Company director John Doyle's was supposed to bring his musicians-on-stage concept to Barnum next, but there's been a snag...another producer has the rights, and whoever they are, they're not sharing. So expect a major announcement in a month or so as the Tony Award winner decides what to do instead. (Personally, we think he'd do a fabulous redux of Cole Porter: Anything Goes, anybody?)

- Hello actors! Yes, we're talking to you! Do you have what it takes to be a singing green Ogre, or perhaps a jive-talking Donkey? Then Shrek: The Musical wants you! The audition is January 25th, and be prepared: they are asking for rock music and/or slam poetry performers. Yes. Slam poetry. Yeah. Well, get on it.

- Grease Idol Report: ratings for the TV show took a huge hit in its second episode, with viewership way down. But it wasn't all bad news in the halls of Rydell High: the production reported strong first-week sales for the Broadway run ($1.3 million) in its newly-announced home at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Next week: we're off to Grease Academy! Try to restrain your excitement.

- Casting bits: The London Lord of the Rings is compete, changing many of the performers from the disastrous Toronto run last year. The revamped production opens in June. Also complete is the ensemble for the New York Philharmonic concert of My Fair Lady in March. Among the four-nights-only cast: Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Kelli O'Hara (The Pajama Game), Charles Kimbrough (Murphy Brown), Brian Dennehy (Death of a Salesman) and (!!! The Legendary!!!) Marni Nixon.

- Nothing can stop the 5,000-pound behemoth known as The Coast of Utopia. Now extended through the spring, it has bumped the Lincoln Center revival of South Pacific back to February...of 2008.

- An interesting footnote to a three-year-old scandal: Avenue Q will finally launch a national tour. You may remember that many Tony voters were royally pissed when the musical, a massive upset winner over Wicked, opted for a Las Vegas production instead of a tour. But now, everyone can begin the healing process...the universe has righted itself again, and the real reason for the Tony Awards -- business on the road -- has again established itself as the power behind Broadway.

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