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Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Stage Addiction: It Was Never Like This On Baywatch

- Question: What could be more divinely tragi-fabulous than Tony Danza in The Producers? Answer: David Hasselhoff in The Producers. In drag. In Las Vegas. I think I just wet myself with glee. I'm already booking my flight. I'll give a free handjob to the first reader who sends me pictures of Hasselhoff in heels.

- Breaking news, only slightly less important than Hasselhoff: all three Dreamgirls -- Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, and Beyonce Knowles -- will perform at the Academy Awards on February 25th. Like you weren't already going to watch.

- A true shocker: The Vertical Hour, starring Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy, will close three weeks early on its limited run. How can a bona fide movie star like Moore not fill a Broadway house? Yes, the reviews weren't great on her performance, and the play was difficult...but that didn't stop Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, or Harry Connick. Consider us officially stunned.

- John Waters' next movie-to-musical adventure, Cry-Baby, will begin its journey to Broadway next October at California's La Jolla Playhouse. This is the same theatre that propelled Thoroughly Modern Millie and Jersey Boys to glory; expect it to be a serious 2008 Tony contender. (Waters also has musical versions of Serial Mom and Polyester in the pipeline....a little cottage industry, perhaps?)

- Intermission #1: The Hoohaa Monologues

- I'm happy to report that the Encores concert of Follies, starring Donna Murphy, Victoria Clark, Victor Garber and Jo Anne Worley (yes, Jo Anne motherfucking Worley!) was every bit as stunning and great as people say it was. Truly a stunning production of a musical long overdue for its moment in the spotlight. Although the performances ended last night, with reviews like these, perhaps some enterprising producer will transfer it...say, next fall, when Murphy will be done with LoveMusik? Hey, it worked for Chicago ten years ago, which after its Encores staging enjoyed Tonys, Oscars, and eternal fame...turned out well, didn't it?

- Inexplicably, people also seem to like Legally Blonde: The Musical...the reviews are positive for the out-of-town tryout in San Francisco. So who knows. Maybe they fixed those terrible book problems and those cheesy faux-pop songs. Or maybe no one in San Francisco has taste. I'm willing to entertain both theories.

- Intermission #2: Masturbating at Spring Awakening

- With their Broadway previews only two weeks away, the new Kander and Ebb musical Curtains has launched its website. Is it just me, or are they trying to emulate last year's Tony contender? Methinks me sees a trend...or at least a plagairism suit. (And they both starred Edward Hibbert!)

- Some acting powerhouses are in store for the Broadway production of Radio Golf when it begins previews at the Cort Theatre on April 20. Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline or Change, The Wild Party) and Harry Lennix (Titus, Get on the Bus) will lead the cast of August Wilson's final play, directed by Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun). The story of a powerful African-American politician who must confront the past, the drama is now automatically a serious Tony contender...and will probably be locked in a tight race for Best New Play with Coram Boy, The Year of Magical Thinking and Frost/Nixon come May.

- With T.R. Knight (Grey's Anatomy) and Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) co-hosting the Obie Awards this year, it's officially the gayest awards in town. Yeah! Take that, Isaiah Washington! The gay Obies! The Gobies!

- The Playgoer is fast becoming the most interesting blog discussing the politics of Broadway. Just this week, they've featured an interesting story on gay audiences abandoning theater for television and Lincoln Center's possible second home in Abu Dhabi. Excellent and essential reading, both.

- Intermission #3: Dick Wolf Hates Actors

- A new cast recording for Grey Gardens is due in March, barely five months after the last one was released. Why the bait and switch? Well, it's not completely new, see...new songs written for Broadway will just be added to the old songs. Boy, I bet those of you who bought the old one sure feel stupid now! Ha Ha! (Oh wait...that includes me.)

- Scenery chewer Marc Kudisch (The Apple Tree, Assassins) may have finally found the perfect role for his deep voice and snarly attitude: that of Darryl Van Horne, the sinister svengali of The Witches of Eastwick. The U.S. premiere of this musical (which played London a few seasons back, to mixed reviews) will take place at the Signature Theatre in Washington, D.C. next June. If this reboot works, expect a New York birth soon afterwards: the money man behind the production is none other than Cameron Mackintosh (Les Miz). I will be in the D.C. area in June, so maybe I'll talk Queering The Apparatus into going to see it with me.

- Keep an eye on the revival of Total Eclipse, Christopher Hampton's homoerotic meditation on Rimbaud and Verlaine, at London's buzzworthy Menier Chocolate Factory. The play, like the movie (starring Leonardo DiCaprio) is better than most gave it credit for the first time around. It's got the potential to be a big breakthrough hit, on both sides of the Atlantic.

- Somebody shoot me. Please. Before Little House on the Prairie: The Musical gets produced. Please.

  • Dying City, Christopher Shinn's new play starring Tony nominee (and brother of Liev) Pablo Schreiber, at Lincoln Center (February 15)
  • Sealed For Freshness, and yes, it's a comedy about Tupperware (February 15)
  • Prelude To A Kiss, the revival of Craig Lucas' romantic fantasy with John Mahoney, Annie Parisse and Alan Tudyk, at Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre (February 16)
  • Stories Left to Tell, with Kathleen Chalfant and Hazelle Goodman leading a cast through works by the late Spalding Gray (February 20)
  • King Hedley II, August Wilson's masterful play (February 20)
  • The Fever, Wallace Shawn's one-person play, starring Wallace Shawn (through March 9)



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