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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

 

Stage Addiction: Raúl Esparza Converts, Becomes Preacher Man

- Since Company leading man Raúl Esparza lost the Tony last June to Curtains' David Hyde Pierce -- a bitter pill that some say enraged the star for weeks -- many have wondered what his next big musical project will be. (Sure, he's about to open in a revival of Pinter's The Homecoming at the Cort Theatre, but industry insiders aren't expecting it to be around for long. Pinter in January? Please kill me immediately.) Rumors are floating around that after Homecoming, Esparza will star in Leap Of Faith, the movie-to-musical adaptation of Steve Martin's preacher comedy, to be directed on Broadway in 2009 by Oscar nominee Taylor Hackford (Ray). It's a showy role (once offered to Hugh Jackman), the kind that draws Tony attention. Maybe he'll get the trophy this time.

- Start planning your next vacation trip to beautiful Minneapolis: the Guthrie Theatre, one of the best regional houses in the U.S., has snagged the world premiere of the latest by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner (Angels in America, Munich). It's got a pretty cheeky title, too: The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Be honest with me, who DOESN'T want to see that play? Expect the hotels to be booked when it opens in early 2009. (And if you can't wait that long, PBS will air Freida Lee Mock's remarkable documentary about Kushner, Wrestling With Angels, on December 12.)

- Tim Burton will introduce clips from Sweeney Todd during an evening with the Film Society of Lincoln Center on November 14th. Only members allowed, I'm afraid, but if anyone wants to take me as their date, I'm available and I give excellent handjobs. Test screening reports make it sound like Sondheim's music has taken a back seat to the scare quotient, and that it "plays more as a period horror flick" than a Broadway extravaganza. If anyone sees it early, please let us know your thoughts.

- And speaking of your thoughts: will one of you Boston-area readers hurry up and go see Donnie Darko? I'm dying to know how it is...

- Although we won't see the finish line until next summer, the Tony race officially begins tonight. Two of the plays that will figure heavily in the Best Play category, The Seafarer and August: Osage County, have their first preview tonight on opposite ends of 45th Street. Who are you putting your money on?

- Good News: the Xanadu cast finally headed into the studio yesterday to record the original cast album, which will be released in January. Bad News: Happy Days: The Musical, playing out in New Jersey, is also being preserved on disc for posterity. Sorry, when I typed that sentence I blew chunks all over my keyboard. Let me get something to clean this up...

- ...okay, I'm back. And I feel a little better, now that I know that Les Miserables will close on January 6th, freeing up the Broadhurst Theatre for a less antiquated tenant. But if you love it, don't worry -- they'll probably revive it again in a few weeks.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Paul said...

no way? Broadway is hosting a theatrical production of a film (Leap of Faith)?! How cutting edge. How innovative. How totally unique. etc etc.

My chunks joined your chunks for Happy Days The Musical. Barfle. That is the most truly terrifying halloween thing ever. But xanadu on cd? Gay me up now dude!

Next time i'm in nyc i'll take you up on that hand job :P

10/30/07, 4:54 AM  
Blogger Yaseen Ali said...

I thought Raúl Esparza was becoming a semi-regular on "Pushing Daisies", but clearly my instincts were wrong.

A lot of exciting projects lined up for 2009.

*plans NYC/Minneapolis trip*

10/30/07, 12:22 PM  

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