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Tuesday, February 05, 2008


Stage Addiction: The Tossers Are Moving Uptown

- Is Title Of Show finally moving to Broadway? Well, as you can tell from the video below, the cast certainly thinks so. And they may very well not be wrong...there are rumors everywhere (I'm talking THREE different, unrelated people telling me this) that TOS will be the next resident at Circle in the Square, where The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee recently closed. I hope they make it...it's one of my favorite musicals of the decade, and I'd love to see it about 20 more times.

- Lots of positioning, and repositioning, this week on the Great White Way:
  • The Seafarer announced it will close on March 30...a month earlier than previously published, but insiders knew it would have to close early to give Laurence Fishburne's Thurgood time to make the Tony eligibility cutoff date. (The two shows will cut it close, with less than two weeks between performances. On Broadway, that's really quick.)
  • The Homecoming, which has shows surprising strength at the box office this winter, will try to make it to April 13th; my guess is, though, that they'll try to eke it out to May...to see if they can score a few Tony nods.
  • The Kathleen Turner-directed, Sarah Paulson-starring revival of Crimes of the Heart has moved its opening back a week, to February 14th. And judging by the early reports from Third Row, Mezzanine....that may be a very good thing. (Extra rehearsal, tout suite.)
  • That out-of-town production of The Wiz...ain't coming. Ever.
- Any musical theatre fan will be jumping with joy over three projects that announced in-development news this week. First up is a Broadway-bound revival of Lerner and Loewe's Brigadoon, which is now in the works for next season. The whimsical fantasy will have a completely rewritten book by John Guare (House of Blue Leaves) and many dancing jigs choreographed by Rob Ashford (Curtains, Thoroughly Modern Millie). Also ripe for revival is the Gershwin classic They All Laughed, which plans to reunite star Harry Connick, Jr. and his Pajama Game director Kathleen Marshall (Grease). Most exciting to the queen who loves obscurity, though, is the long-planned, never-staged Charles Strouse musical The Night They Raided Minsky's, which has brought on the team from Drowsy Chaperone -- director Casey Nicholaw and librettist Bob Martin (aka "The Man In Chair").

- Not sure if you want to see the new rock-and-blues musical Passing Strange? They've got songs to download for free at their website. Check it out, and decide if it's up your alley.

- Here's the official new artwork for the Broadway-bound Cry-Baby. Whadaya think? Seems a little, um...All Shook Up to me.

- The Country Girl already had the starriest cast of the spring: Morgan Freeman, Frances McDormand, and Peter Gallagher. Now it's also stocked the pantry full of Broadway vets, including Chip Zien (Into The Woods) and Remy Auberjonois (Frost/Nixon). Are you salivating yet?

- And finally, to Harold Prince...feel better soon. We still need your brilliance lighting up our stages.

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Blogger DBK said...

The Tossers would be a brilliant title for a play.

The Wankers might be even better.

2/5/08, 1:50 PM  
Blogger Vance said...

OMG? title of show is (maybe) finally moving to Broadway so I can finally see it? And the news happens the week I'm away of course? OMG! so excited!

2/7/08, 2:44 AM  

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