Issue #66: May 1, 2001
- Mel Brooks The Producers has lived up
to all the pre-opening hype its a hit and the word
is there are no tickets to be had until well into 2002! The
casting of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick is
a testament to Brooks genius and theatre savvy.
Theres no doubt in my mind that The Producers will
sweep the Tonys this year. I wonder how long it will be
before a national tour is in place?
- Former Atlantic Records president Jerry Greenberg has
signed Sir Peter Hall to direct a fall revival of the
Tennessee Williams classic A Streetcar Named Desire.
Greenberg is no stranger to producing; he produced the
off-Broadway comedy The Bermuda Avenue Triangle, which
was an audience pleaser. His production company Dream Street
Theatrical Group is in negotiations to sign Sex and the Citys
Kim Cattrall as Blanche DuBois and Leaving Las
Vegas Elizabeth Shue. Look for this production
to hit the boards in the fall.
- Alan Bennetts Olivier-nominated The Lady in
the Van will make its way to Broadway in late 2002. That
will also mean the return of Dame Maggie Smith, last
seen on Broadway in the 1990 Tony award-winning hit Lettice
- Broadway legend Chita Rivera has been tapped to star
in Kander & Ebbs new musical The
Visit scheduled to open Chicagos Goodman Theater season.
Angela Lansbury was originally signed to play the lead
but had to bow out due to her husbands health problems.
Now that the producer has put the project back on track it may
make it to Broadway as early as spring 2002. Rehearsals begin
in Chicago in August with director Frank Galati and another
legendary hoofer Ann Reinking as choreographer.
- Hot Australian director Baz Luhrmann is expected to
make his Broadway musical debut early next year with his restaging
of Puccinis classic La Boheme. A hit in
1993 when his 1950s rendition of the opera sold-out at
the Sydney Opera House. Luhrmann hasnt started
work on the Broadway production just yet since he is readying
himself for the Cannes Film Festival where his film Moulin
Rouge starring another Auzzie, Nicole Kidman, opens
on May 9.
- When the hit musical Mamma Mia! opens October 18 on
Broadway there will be two Canadian stars heading up the cast.
Louise Pitre opened in Toronto and continues to receive
rave reviews as the road production winds its way to New
York and David Keeley, who will join her from the current
Toronto production when the curtain rises at the Winter Garden