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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

 

Stage Addiction: Joey Fatone Is Hella Jealous, I Bet

- Lance Bass is coming to Broadway! In Hairspray! Lance Bass! Even gayer than before! Aren't you excited?!?! Well, aren't you?!?!?! What, you're not? You must be really homophobic. Because Lance is totally gay now! Haven't you heard??? Plus he saw Legally Blonde last month...and LOVED it! And he acted once in a movie! So get excited, damnit!

- Oh yeah, in all the excitement I almost forgot: the blond chick who lost the Grease reality show is also now in Hairspray. But I bet she wishes she were a newly gay ex-boy band member instead...then she'd really get the D-list press!

- Well well well. Former BatBoy leading man (and current star of the Jersey Boys tour) Deven May is getting all naked and wet with one of our favorite bloggers. Seems Deven needs to "cool off" before hitting his, umm, marks. We want the details, Kevin, so spill!

- Although Tom Stoppard's Rock 'N' Roll is opening on Broadway this fall, you don't necessarily have to wait to hear it. The Playgoer reports that, for a very limited time, you can hear the play in its entirety on BBC Radio. And if you have a set of action figures at home, you can act the whole thing out in your bedroom while you listen.

- Grey Gardens, like the recently closed Company, may also be getting the PBS video treatment. Pray to the gods of theatre, people, and maybe one day we'll be able to buy Ebersole's performance on DVD during a pledge drive.

- At the end of Reidel's column last week (more on that later), he let the cat out of the bag...but really, it's been the most open secret on Broadway for a month. In The Heights, the award-winning Off-Broadway musical, will go into the Richard Rodgers Theatre once Tarzan clears their incredibly ugly set out of the building. Expect an opening before Christmas.

- After spending the last two months living off the hyperbolic early "raves" of Perez Hilton, the musical Xanadu has -- prior to tonight's opening to real critics -- enlisted more bloggers in its cause. Andy Towle and David Poland both have nice things to say about the show, but my problem is that the producers avoided actual theatre blogs like Superfluities and The Playgoer in favor of those with no experience or training in the field. I realize that official reviews will appear soon, but still...not cool.

- Four reasons not to visit London (althought I love the people):
  1. The Drowsy Chaperone is closing on the West End after only two months (how could the Brits not love this show? Is it not as good as New York's? Are Brits not funny anymore?)
  2. The perpetrators of The Pirate Queen have a new musical, Marguerite, which will premiere in London in May 2008. Hopefully, it was hemorrage and die there.
  3. Alicia Silverstone may be joining Kevin Spacey in the revival of Mamet's Speed the Plow at the Old Vic. Because the British must be punished. Why, I don't know.
  4. Jersey Boys isn't opening in the West End until 2008. Of course, it's such a megahit here in the States that you probably can't see until then, anyway.
- Good news about the Sweeney Todd national tour: most of the original Broadway cast will be going out on the road. Sadly, the names Cerveris, LuPone, and Felciano aren't on the list.

- Think the writers' strike in Hollywood is the only danger to your entertainment? Looks like the Broadway stagehands may also walk out this fall, bringing Broadway to a standstill. I'm feeling very unsure about it all -- I'm totally pro-union, but I'm also someone who would like to avoid the $200 balcony seat, and I realize that union largesse (including hiring people who don't actually work) is a big part of the problem.

- Patti LuPone's Gypsy is off and running at City Center...and if it's any good, expect it to quickly move to Broadway (despite the fact that the most recent revival, with Bernadette Peters, closed only three years ago). Count on it. Rumor around town is they already have a theatre on hold, just in case they've caught lightning in a bottle.

- Geek alert: minor goddess Minnie Driver is playing Joe's Pub on August 24th. Get tickets quick, especially if you love The Riches as much as I do.

- Show Queen Alert: Jennifer Holliday is reprising her award-winning turn as Effie in Dreamgirls live, onstage, in the flesh...in Atlanta. And I am just gay enough to consider flying down for it. Which is pretty damn gay, when you think about it.

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