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Issue #19: March 15, 1999


  • Carol Burnett is heading back to Broadway in September in Stephen Sondheim’s revue of Putting It Together. Producer Cameron Mackintosh premiered this recent version last year in LA at the Mark Taper Forum.

Broadway On The Road

  • The Hasty Pudding Theater in Cambridge, Mass. will play host to David Mamet’s newest play Boston Marriage. Due to premiere in May, the play will star Mamet’s wife Rebecca Pidgeon, Mary McCann and television’s Sports Night star Felicity Huffman.
  • With the Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera scheduled to close at the end of September, it is confirmed that the touring production of Fosse will take up residence at The Pantages Theatre on January 5, 2000.

London's West End

  • Life imitates art–Vanessa and Corin Redgrave are not only siblings but will play brother and sister in the Royal National Theatre production of The Cherry Orchard. Previously produced by the National Theatre (in 1978 and 1985), this production by David Lan promises to be as much of a hit as his Uncle Vanya from last season. Although the theatre and dates have not been confirmed, director Trevor Nunn has it on his slate for next year.
  • Simon Callow will direct a British and Canadian cast for the revival of The Pajama Game which will open on the West End following a six-week run at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre.

Broadway Around the World

  • The phenomenal success of Notre Dame De Paris must have the brass at Disney scratching their heads. This Canadian and French production recently sold out a six-month run at a 3,800-seat theatre in Paris. Currently on a limited Canadian tour, the show has already sold out its Montreal engagement. Other tour cities include Ottawa, Quebec City and finally Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre for six performances in June. Sources say that on the first day of sales in Toronto over 3,000 tickets were sold of a potential 12,000. Following this limited Canadian tour it’s back to Paris for what will probably be another sold-out run. Disney will be opening their Hunchback Of Notre Dame in Berlin in June. I wonder how their sales are?

Bits & Pieces

  • The American Theater Wing will hold an honors luncheon celebrating “Men For All Seasons”: Ossie Davis, Kevin Kline, Jason Robards, Patrick Stewart and Sam Waterston for their contribution and distinguished achievement in the theatre. The gala benefit will be held at the Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Plaza on Monday, April 12 at 12 noon. Although all of these actors may be familiar to you from various movie and television roles, it is their continuing support, participation and love of the theatre that will be highlighted at this annual event.

Curtain Call

  • The past few weeks has seen the passing of two great theatre legends. On Friday March 5 Richard Kiley passed away at the age of 76. He is best known for originating the role of Don Quixote in the 1966 Broadway classic Man of La Mancha. He recreated the role again in 1972 and 1977 both on Broadway and the road for a total performance count of over 1,000. Playwright Garson Kanin, known for the Broadway and Hollywood classic Born Yesterday, passed away on March 13 at the age of 86. Kanin collaborated on and wrote the screenplays for Adam’s Rib and A Double Life with wife and actress Ruth Gordon. Gordon, who passed away in 1985, and Kanin received an academy award nomination for A Double Life in 1948. Other notable stage productions he directed were The Diary Of Anne Frank in 1955, Sunday In New York in 1961, Funny Girl in 1964 and Do Re Mi! , which he wrote and directed, in 1961.

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