Issue #13: December 17, 1998
- Last seasons Tony award winner for her performance in
Cabaret, Natasha Richardson, will be returning
to the Broadway stage in Patrick Marbers Closer.
The March opening at the Music Box will also star Rupert
Graves in his Broadway debut.
- It seems unlikely the musical Easter Parade will open
on the great white way before the millenium. The driving force
behind the production, song and dance man Tommy Tune,
has agreed to replace David Cassidy in EFX in
- Spring of 1999 may see a Miles Davis version of the
1958 Gershwin classic Porgy and Bess. In November The
Dallas Black Dance Theater Co. staged a performance at the Off-Broadway
Hudson Theater for a benefit.
- A cheeky little comedy originally from New Zealand opened
in Toronto earlier this month at the New Yorker Theatre. Ladies
Night might ring a familiar bellthe plot is that of
the sleeper film hit The Full Monty, only the stage version
has been presented somewhere in the world for the last 10 years!
Scheduled to run until the end of January, dont be surprised
if it is extended since they have been packing the ladies in
almost every night.
- The highlight of the 1999 season at the Donmar Warehouse
will be the revival of Tom Stoppards The Real
Thing directed by David Leveaux. The season may also
see the revival of this past summers hit Divas at the
Donmar with a potential pairing of Dames Judi Dench and
- Seventies superstar disco group Abba will be immortalized
in a new musical Mamma Mia! Music and lyrics are by two
original band members, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus,
and it will open April 6 at the Prince Edward.
- As previously reported, the latest Aussie working mans
musical Steel City will be heading out on a 36-week national
tour starting with Radio City Music Hall Jan. 26 to 30. But
before the live and in person presentation you can catch a 90-minute
special scheduled to air on BRAVO in the United States on Jan.
7, 10 and ll. This retrospective will include behind-the-scenes
footage as well as performance frames shot downunder earlier