Issue #61: February 15, 2001
- TVs Sex in the City star Sarah Jessica Parker
is considering David Lindsay-Abaires new play
Wonder of the World as a summer hiatus project at The
Manhattan Theater Club.
- Rosie ODonnells (shes currently in
Seussical) charming bandleader, John McDaniel, is
also moonlighting on Broadway these days. As musical director
for Annie Get Your Gun, McDaniel has had his hands
full readying the string of leading ladies for the hit revival,
most recently Reba McEntire. This isnt his first
gig as MD on Broadway. He and Rosie first crossed paths
in the mid 90s when she did her star turn in Grease prior
to her television talk show success.
- At long, long last a legitimate touring production of Disneys
The Lion King will hit the road starting at the
Denver Center in the spring of 2002. This long awaited tour
will be booked around North America with runs of six to eight
weeks. The sit-down production in Toronto is probably going
to move to Chicago some time in 2002 with the newest production
currently in L.A. most likely heading north to either San Francisco
or Seattle at a later date. That would make three productions
of the mega-hit filling houses and moving around the
likes of which havent been seen since the heyday of The
Phantom of the Opera in the early to mid 90s.
- Toronto audiences just cant get enough of the hit off-Broadway
show The Vagina Monologues. After a sold-out run in December
the local producers struck a deal to present a sit-down open-ended
Canadian production which is currently running at the New Yorker
Theatre. Using the formula of rotating stars in the third chair,
they have confirmed the real Erin Brockovich from February
26 to March 3.
- The brother/sister team of Corin and Vanessa Redgrave
starring in Trevor Nunns The Cherry Orchard
is currently on hold. The 61-year-old brother is currently
recovering from surgery in his battle with prostate cancer.
The operation was a success and all going well; hell return
to the Royal National Theatre production soon.
- The 50th Anniversary of the Stratford Festival in Stratford,
Ontario will be celebrated in 2002 with the publication of a
coffee table book, the traditional galas and a 13-week television
series to air on CBC-TV. The program will feature interviews
with former actors including Christopher Plummer, William
Hutt, Hume Cronyn, Alan Bates, Zoe Caldwell, Len Cariou, Eric
McCormack, Paul Gross and former artistic directors Robin
Phillips, John Neville and the current one, Richard Monette.
The series will honor the pioneering spirit of the festival
and present highlights from the past 50 years.