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Tuesday, May 08, 2007


Stage Addiction: A Revival? More Like A Do-Over...

Reason To Lose Your Frickin' Mind #1: Tori Amos is writing a musical. Ohmigod. I just had a little earthquake...in my pants. (Hah!)

The Lucille Lortel Awards last night couldn't have made better choices, in my opinion. David Hare's Stuff Happens, which made our ModFabulous list last year, was the big winner, picking up four awards include Outstanding Play (and nods for director Daniel Sullivan, best actor Peter Francis James and best actress Gloria Reuben). Spring Awakening tied with the acclaimed In The Heights for Best Musical. Check out the entire list here. It's much more impressive than...

...the New York Drama Critics Circle, which bored everyone to tears by making the most obvious choices imaginable. Best play was The Coast of Utopia, and Best Musical was Spring Awakening. A special citation -- let's just call it what it is, a plug for Best Revival -- went to Journey's End. It's almost like we don't even need the Tonys at all...just go ahead and anoint the frontrunners. Sigh....

Is it actually a revival...or merely a show that's been on hiatus? After the carbon-copy returns of A Chorus Line and Les Miz earlier this season, the Roundabout is getting in on the act -- its hit production of Cabaret, which closed in 2004 after a six-year run, will be back next season with its original concept, original director (Sam Mendes) and original star (Alan Cumming, who won a Tony as the Emcee) in tow. Expect this new trend, built upon a thirst for easy dollars and a total lack of imagination, to continue; if Phantom of the Opera ever decides to close, it'll reopen three weeks later and bill itself as a revival. Sheesh.

Movies continue to become musicals at a truly alarming rate. But now instead of classics being adapted, it's films that are barely out on DVD: Shrek is seeking a stageworthy pair to play the ogre and his donkey, while Catch Me If You Can seems to have settled on Nathan Lane (The Producers) and Tom Wopat (Glengarry Glen Ross) as their supporting leads. (Lane will take Tom Hanks' part and Wopat will impersonate Christopher Walken... but no one has yet been named to follow in DiCaprio's shoes.) And if you prefer your musical to have that indie flavor, Saved, based on the 2004 Mandy Moore/Macauley Culkin comedy, will open in 2008 at Playwrights Horizons...with Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (Spelling Bee) as its lead.

Reason To Lose Your Frickin' Mind #2: After almost 11 years, Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal are returning to the cast of Rent. If you're not a Renthead, you can't possibly understand why this is the most earth-shattering news in the history of history. And to make it even better: the greatest singer who never won American Idol, Tamyra Gray (Bombay Dreams), will play Mimi. Excuse me, I wet myself, I have to go clean up...

Ever wonder what the seventh circle of hell is like? I'm not certain, but I'm guessing it's a lot like watching Joey Lawrence in Chicago.

Frederick Weller will replace Jason Patric in the upcoming premiere of Neil Labute's In A Dark, Dark House, which opens June 7th. The excuse being flung about in the press for Patric's departure is the old saw "creative differences," implying that Patric just didn't click with director Jo Bonney. Our spies, however, tell us that in this case, "creative differences" is actually code for "godawful terrible actor." Ouch.

Broadway Abridged strikes again. Its hilarious victim this time? Legally Blonde.

With its national tour already extending in L.A. and San Francisco and SRO status still a nightly occurance in New York, the box-office behemoth Jersey Boys is announcing a sit-down company for Las Vegas in 2008. Where, I predict, it will run forever. Never has a show been so perfectly matched to its environment.

Next season's Sunday in the Park with George revival will feature its acclaimed London stars, Olivier Award winners Daniel Evans (George) and Jenna Russell (Dot). That is, if we don't have revivals of The Lion King, Hairspray and Avenue Q to contend with.

Reason To Lose Your Frickin' Mind #3: The soon-to-workshop Spider-Man stage musical will probably be the most expensive in history once it opens: $30 million. That's more than, like, a Hilary Duff movie makes.

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