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Tuesday, October 02, 2007


Stage Addiction: FYI, "Hungry Like The Wolf" Is Not A Very Good Show Tune

- Let me begin this week by answering all of your Duran Duran questions. Yes, Duran Duran is going to play Broadway for two weeks. No, the Barrymore is not a very good theatre for music. Yes, I will probably go see them. No, I don't like that new "Nite Runner" song either. Yes, cute boys who offer to sleep with me will get free tickets. No, I can't completely guarantee that, but...

- We spent last Sunday afternoon out in Brooklyn, in the glorious presence of Sir Ian McKellen who whooped and hollered his way through King Lear. Trevor Nunn's production was okay, Frances Barber was gorgeous as Goneril, and Sir Ian was nothing short of astonishing. (And not just for his widely-discussed nude scene...although I will say there were gasps when McKellen revealed Little Sir to the audience. His, um, ahhh....talent is one of enormous proportions. Gargantuan. I was shocked, and believe this: it takes a lot to shock me.) B.A.M. is now in talks to bring McKellen's X-Men pal, Patrick Stewart, to play MacBeth in February. I wonder if he'll get naked, too...

- And speaking of February: could the upcoming production of Dead Man's Cell Phone get any more exciting? Hell yes! Joining Mary-Louise Parker (Proof), Kathleen Chalfant (Wit), director Anne Bogart (Hotel Casseopeia) and playwright Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House) will be Bill Camp, who has already wowed New York in two performances this year (the villainous babykiller of Coram Boy and the title character in The Misanthrope at NYTW). I realize it doesn't happen until February, but grab tix right now, before they're all gone.

- Is Spider-Man: The Musical really only a year away? Since Across The Universe tanked at the box office, my spidey sense is telling that director Julie Taymor's is in trouble. A big Broadway extravaganza, with music by Bono and The Edge, might be exactly what she needs.

- And now, a note to the producers of The Drowsy Chaperone. Listen guys, I know it's tough. Your grosses are going down; the audience isn't what it was two years ago. You're struggling, and you're looking for quick-fix solutions. But casting Bob Saget as the Man in Chair is NOT the answer. Surely there's some other D-list comedian available...was Jay Mohr busy? I suggest you take a page out of The Color Purple's handbook; not only did they rejuvenate their box office last spring with Fantasia, but in January they're adding Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans and American Idol runner-up LaKisha Jones to the cast. Now THAT's the way to stunt cast a musical!

- Here are the first photos from A Catered Affair, which people are starting to think might be the sleeper hit of the spring and a dark horse Tony contender. Comparisons are being made to A Light in the Piazza, which came out of nowhere to become the elegant choice among many other (crasser) musicals that year. With the probable Tony competition to be The Little Mermaid, Cry-Baby, Young Frankenstein and In The Heights, I think Harvey and Company are sitting very pretty. (Meanwhile, Mel Brooks and the Disney folk are sticking their heads in the sand, pretending that their very troubled shows aren't troubled in the least. La la la la la, I can't hear you, la la la la la...)

- (Re)set your TiVo: the MTV taping of Legally Blonde will now be shown on October 13th. Why the move? Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe they've realized the show is crap on a stick. Maybe the new date is closer to Halloween. Or maybe they haven't figured out how to make a traditional book musical work on a channel that theoretically plays music videos.

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Blogger Paul said...

A Catered Affair sounds lovely.

I'm still sad that The Little Mermaid is a crusty old bag of poo

It can't be worse than Desperately Seeking Susan though. Can it?

Now, these free duran duran tickets you sleep, er i mean speak of :P

10/2/07, 12:46 AM  
Anonymous toonsntunes said...

MTV plays music videos?

Are you high?

10/2/07, 9:35 AM  

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