Issue #71: August 1, 2001
Summer Edition - next issue September 1
- Ticket availability for The Producers is virtually
non existent until the spring of 2002 when the shows producers
are reporting the first open orchestra seats. The show is on
sale through to Christmas 2002.
- The Nederlander organization will be producing a small musical
Reefer Madness based on the 1936 film that turned into
a cult classic with the college set in the 60s. Christian
Campbell will star when it opens on September 15 at the
Variety Arts Theatre.
- TVs Magnum P.I., Tom Selleck, is currently
packing them in at the Longacre Theatre in a revival of Herb
Gardners romantic comedy A Thousand Clowns.
- The Kennedy Center will be the place to be next spring and
summer if you are a Stephen Sondheim fan. Directors Christopher
Ashley, Mark Brokaw, Sean Mathias and Eric
Schaeffer will undertake the mammoth task of staging six
musicals for the Sondheim Celebration at this New York venue.
The productions scheduled are Sweeney Todd (May 10 June
30), Merrily We Roll Along (July 12 Aug. 24), A
Little Night Music (Aug. 2 25), Company (May
17 June 29), Passion (July 19 Aug. 23)
and Sunday in the Park With George (May 31 June
- The Sondheim love-in listed above has director
Sean Mathias talking to Auzzie hunk Hugh Jackman.
No stranger to musical theatre, the star of the film X-Men
is eyeing the role of Bobby in Company. Jackman
has also been approached by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization
to play Billy Bigelow in the gala Carnegie Hall concert of Carousel.
Hell have to balance his movie roles and theatre stints
to please all the people all the time.
- Marla Schaffel didnt have to stand in the unemployment
line long after the closing of Jane Eyre. Goodspeed Musicals
has her taking over the female lead in its new Gershwin
musical, They All Laughed (a reworking of Gershwins
1926 musical Oh Kay!). The run at the Goodspeed Opera
House in East Haddam, Conn. is booked through to September 22.
- Carol Burnett and her eldest daughter Carrie Hamilton
will star in the opening production at Chicagos Goodman
Theater 2002-03 season. Hal Prince will direct the new
play, One More Time based on Burnetts 1986
- It looks like the new and improved Witches of Eastwick
with its new cast are just what the production needed. The
reviews are far more favourable than when it first opened. Now
playing at the Prince of Wales Theatre, tickets are on sale
through to December 22.
- In a previous column I mentioned a new musical based on the
movie White Christmas scheduled to open in the fall -
well all plans have gone away for the moment. The producers
have cancelled but there are hopes it will be mounted sometime
down the road, possibly on Broadway.
- Update on Dragonslayer, the musical I have been working
on with the creative team of Molly Yeomans and Jack Lenz. End
of August we are scheduled to make a short presentation of the
music in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre. If their creative
team is interested, it could mean the Old Globe embracing the
project and nurturing it in their very successful environment.
I will bring you latest progress on our return from the West