Issue #28: August 18, 1999
- A deal is imminent with the Shuberts to house Sir Peter
Halls revival of Amadeus following its seven-week
engagement at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles. The Oct.
10 opening in LA means well see the play open sometime
in December in New York. One theatre that keeps popping up for
the opening is the Royale Theater where the long-running Tony
winner Art is currently playing. Yes, David Suchet
(Poirot of Mystery and A&E fame) and Michael
Sheen from the original London cast will be Broadway bound.
- Acting legend Uta Hagen, whose career has spanned over
60 years, will be making her debut at the 2000 Stratford Festival
in Stratford, Ontario. Ms. Hagen will star in Donald
Margulies Collected Stories, which will have
a four-week run at the Tom Patterson Theatre next August. Recipient
of a Tony award in June for lifetime achievement, Ms. Hagens
Broadway debut was in The Seagull in 1938. It was
her role as Martha in the 1962 Broadway production of Edward
Albees Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf
that she is most famous for.
- The American premiere of producer Cameron Mackintoshs
Martin Guerre begins previews on September 17 with the
opening at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis 12 days later.
Everything is on track with rehearsals beginning on August 9
with Hugh Panaro in the title role, Erin Dilly, Stephen
Buntrock and Jose Llana in the other principal roles.
- They are jumping to their feet nightly, at Royal National
Theatre/Cottesloe, to applaud the compelling performance by
American Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis in Martin Shermons
Rose. In this solo performance Dukakis plays
an 80-year-old Ukrainian-American Jew who is sitting shiva for
a 9-year-old girl. By the sounds of things a Broadway run must
be in the offing.
- Another tried and true favourite of the British theatre scene
is Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Earnest.
The latest production currently at Theatre Royal, Haymarket,
stars British comedian Patricia Routledge who may be
familiar to North American audiences as the hilarious Mrs. Bucket
on Keeping Up Appearances on most PBS stations.
- Even though its Broadway cousin is losing steam, producers
have introduced the 11th cast of the popular comedy Art currently
at the Wyndham Theatre. British comedian Frank Skinner in
his West End debut joins Nicholas Woodeson, whose television
credits include Great Expectations, Woman in White and
Cracker. The third new member is Art Malik who
is best known to television audiences as Hari Kumer in The
Jewel In The Crown.
- Well you knew it would be a reality sooner or later. Diana,
a one-woman musical, is currently being workshopped in Amsterdam
with tryouts set for April/May 2000 and a national tour booked
for the Netherlands begins in the fall of 2000. The musical
is written by Maurice Wijnen, Petra van der Eerden
and Amina Figarova. Belgian actress Vira Mann,
known for her work in Les Misérables and My
Fair Lady, will play Diana.
- Director Sam Mendes, who is best known for his stage
plays, including Cabaret and The Blue Room, will
make his film directorial debut at the Toronto International
Film Festival in September. American Beauty, starring
Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and Warren Beattys
main squeeze Annette Bening, is described as a "humorous
take on contemporary suburban America."