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Saturday, September 13, 2008


Stage Addiction: We Love Bitchy Nuns, Yes We Do

That new Doubt trailer? As smoking hot as any play-turned-movie could be. I may dissolve into a puddle when it opens, drowning in all the bitchy brilliance.

The god of all things Los Angelean, Popbytes, has made it to a very early preview of the Broadway-bound musical 9 to 5...and says it rocks. More specifically, he's already predicting Tonys for composer Dolly Parton and others. (Don't be too shocked. No self-respecting gay man would bet against Dolly.) I think we'll need to see how Billy Elliot fares next month before there's any early prognosticating here...but I will say that I'm wholly unimpressed with Shrek's ad campaign, and I'm less certain that it's a three-way race anymore. Yick.

The worst-kept secret in New York theatre is finally out...the Central Park revival of Hair will move to Broadway next spring. No theatre has been announced yet, but if the buzz is true, it will find its home at the Nederlander Theatre, which was vacated by Rent just last weekend after a 12-year run. It makes me a little sad to see the rebel musical of my generation replaced by the rebel musical of the Baby Boomers. It's Broadway moving backward...

If it is true, as Shakespeare said, that "past is prologue"...then what is an epilogue? The Laramie Project, Moises Kaufman's insightful documentary play about the murder of Matthew Shepard, is getting a revisiting and a coda, as the original authors travel back to Laramie, Wyoming to interview residents there on the 10th anniversary of the event. It'll be intriguing, at the very least, to see what they come up with; the new interviews will form an added section to future published versions.. Let's hope the residents have learned the legacy of their history, and have taken steps to keep it from ever happening again.

Fela!, the musicalization of the life of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, is undoubtedly the first Off-Broadway hit of the season. It's got tremendous word of mouth, decent reviews, and a two-week extension. Will it move to Broadway or (a better idea) settle in for a longer commercial Off-Broadway run? With producers and buzz swirling, you can be sure of one thing: this story is to be continued.
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