Issue #46: June 15, 2000
- The 54th annual Tony Awards had a very British presence this
year. Best Play was Copenhagen, which also received the
best Director award for Michael Blakemore. Brit Blakemore
also picked up best direction of a musical for Kiss Me
Kate. Tom Stoppards The Real Thing picked
up an award for best revival of a play as well as did the leading
actor and actress in the play, Stephen Dillane and Jennifer
Ehle. Tony awards also went to Contact for
best musical, Kiss Me, Kate for best revival of a musical,
Brian Stokes Mitchell for leading actor in a musical,
Kiss Me, Kate and to Heather Headley for leading
actress in a musical for Aida.
- On the heels of a disappointing showing at the Tonys,
producers have closed The Wild Party. After receiving
seven nominations, the musical failed to walk away with at least
- It looks like director Julie Taymors golden touch
(Lion King) may have vanished. Her most recent production,
The Green Bird closed a week before the June 4 Tony Awards.
- Before winning the Tony Award for Best Musical, Contact
announced its national tour which begins next May. It will
open at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco first then move
to The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles for a July opening. No
other dates have been mentioned yet.
- The stage version of The Full Monty is set to hit Broadway
very soon. Currently on the boards in San Diego at the Old Globe,
the musical, with book by Terrence McNally, has been
Americanized with the story based in Buffalo, NY.
- Barry Manilow is seeing his musical come to life in
North America after 18 months in London and a two-year tour
throughout Britain. Copacabana premieres in Pittsburgh
then opens at the Hummingbird Centre in Toronto on July 31 for
eight performances. Heading the cast is The Love Boat alum
Gavin MacLeod along with Franc DAmbrosio,
who possesses the record for the most performances as the Phantom
in The Phantom of the Opera.
- Former model Jerry Hall will be taking over the role
of Mrs. Robinson in the current production of The Graduate
at the Gielgud Theatre. Kathleen Turner, who reprised
the famous role in the current stage production will be bowing
out with Hall taking over on July 31. This is not Ms.
Halls first time on stage she was last seen
in 1990 during the two-month run of Bus Stop at the Lyric
- Andrew Lloyd Webber returns to the West End with his
latest musical The Beautiful Game, which is set to open
on September 26 at the Cambridge Theatre following previews
that begin September 5. The story line follows the lives of
a group of Irish teenagers who are all members of a local soccer
- Former ER star Julianna Margulies will be heading
for the Broadway stage next year in Ten Unknowns with
Jason Robarts. Ill keep you posted on a theatre
and opening date.
- There is an adaptation of Ben Hecht and Charles
MacArthurs Twentieth Century currently in the
works. Ken Ludwig (Moon Over Buffalo, Lend Me a Tenor)
is working with James MacArthur (Dano for those who remember
Hawaii Five-O) Charles son. If this production
is a success look for other MacArthur/Hecht revised productions
such as The Front Page, to hit the stage.