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Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Stage Addiction: There Were No Faux-Hawks In The 1960's

There it is: the funky new logo for the imminent Broadway revival of Hair, which has pounced upon the just-emptied Al Hirschfeld Theatre for a February start. (The previous tenant, A Tale Of Two Cities, announced its closing last week and shuttered merely days later. I'd have told you about it, but it happened so fast there wasn't any time!) We'll have to see if the revival's stars from last summer, Jonathan Groff and Will Swenson, will rejoin the show. Both men are currently busy -- Groff is soon to open in Craig Lucas' new play, A Prayer For My Enemy, at Playwrights Horizons, while Swenson is currently camping it up in the new Off-Broadway musical Rock of Ages.

Are you excited about the movie version of Nine? Not as excited as Daddycatcher, who has the first photo from the set. Is it me, or does it look like the cover of the latest Pussycat Dolls album? (Eeek.)

The movie adaptation of Doubt has an early pre-release review from Variety, and it's generally a rave...with one notable exception. Clutch the pearls, girls...they didn't like Streep. Streep! Heresy, heresy I say! It's like saying the Mona Lisa isn't pretty at all! (Side note for Nathaniel and Nick: has Miss Meryl ever gotten truly terrible reviews, for anything?)

Bravo to our blogbuddy Chris at Everything I Know I Learned From Musicals, whose first writing assignment for The Advocate is pretty spectacular. On his blog this week, he drops a mini-bombshell: that [Title of Show] may return to Broadway next spring. Hmmm. Personally, I think it's a bit of wishful thinking on Hunter Bell's part...but hey, if there's a more successful dreamer in New York than Hunter, I'd like to meet them.

Will Marcy Harriell ever get a part of her own? Or is she forever destined to be the follow-up star in aging musicals? As Mr. ModFab would say, whatever...she's working, that's all that matters. (Still, even on the day her casting was announced, she got upstaged by another, starrier replacement: Title of Show's Heidi Blickenstaff, who will be the next Ursula in The Little Mermaid.)

Betty Boop
is becoming a Broadway musical. In related news, Broadway announced it had completely run out of ideas, with this being the very last one. Coming soon: Wallpaper: The Musical, the dazzling Creamed Wheat On Ice, and Who's Afraid of Beige Carpeting?

Last week, I asked why anyone in their right mind would decide to spend enormous amounts of money, time and energy to remount Look Homeward, Angel on Broadway. This week, I'd like to ask the same question...about the two Neil Simon plays on tap for next season. I realize that Simon sells to a traditional theatregoing audience. But artistically...is there any defensible reason to do it? Give it your best shot in the comments.

Well, this article began with a logo from a show at the Public...how about we end with a photo from a different show at the Public? Here's your first ModFabulous look at Stephen Sondheim's Road Show. Anyone seen it yet? More photos are here.

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Blogger Vance said...

Heidi actually makes me curious enough about The Little Mermaid now. And I thought Harriel was great on Ed. Why doesn't anybody cast her on TV more often? She has such a great vibe on TV.

11/11/08, 12:11 AM  
Blogger Ludlow Lad said...

While I'm totally NOT excited by revivals of Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound - I'm hopeful that it may set a precedent for more (new) plays being done in repertory on Broadway as a way of increasing the producing new important straight plays while maximizing and sharing resources.

11/11/08, 7:34 AM  

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