Issue #78: December 1, 2001
Holiday Edition - next issue January 1
- Now that Third Rock From The Sun is off the air, John
Lithgow can focus all his attention on his starring role
in the new musical Sweet Smell of Success which begins
previews on February 26 at the Martin Beck Theatre.
- Liam Neeson returns to the Broadway stage with Laura
Linney when Arthur Millers The Crucible
opens for a limited 120-performance engagement at the Virginia
Theatre on February 16.
- A revival of Terrence McNallys 1987 play Frankie
and Johnny in the Claire de Lune is in the works for a spring
opening at the Belasco Theatre. Trying to tap dance around the
busy schedules of Edie Falco (The Sopranos) and
Stanley Tucci is a challenge for the producers. If they
can secure these two box office draws the opening would be in
time to be eligible for the Tony nomination deadline of early
- With the success of The Producers Broadway producers
are looking to successful movies on which to hang their hats.
Currently in workshop/discussion phase are productions of Hairspray
and An American in Paris along with three others they
are tightlipped about.
- Chazz Palminteris (The Usual Suspects) play
The Bronx Tale has been commissioned by producer Clear
Channel Entertainment to be made into a musical. Jimmy Webb
will be working on the score while Palminteri works
the book for music.
- Look for a production of The Producers to open in
Toronto in 2003.
- It looks like The Full Monty is going to be resurrected
for the road and handled by a new group of road producers. The
plans are to hit the road in April or May for 80 weeks. The
show will visit major markets for one to four weeks tops. This
may help the original producers recoup some of their losses
from the September 11 fallout and also bring the Broadway show
to deserving audiences around North America.
- Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) heads back
to the stage in the spring starring in repertory as Iago in
Othello and the title role in Edward II. Dates
and theatre still to be confirmed.
- This month the New Ambassador Theatre will host the transfer
of David Mamets Boston Marriage starring
Zoe Wanamaker. Wanamaker was outspoken recently criticizing
treatment of the actors on the set of Harry Potter and the
Philosophers Stone. I doubt you will see her reprising
her role in any of the Harry Potter sequels.
- The holiday season is here so it is time to support your local
theatre company either by giving tickets as gifts or treating
yourself to a night at the theatre. Remember, a city or town
that doesnt have an active cultural community is a city
or town with no soul. Have you had a little theatre today? Enjoy
and have a happy and safe holiday season.