Issue #85: April 1, 2002
- The first casualty of the spring season is the musical revue
One Mo Time which closed on March 24 after only
21 performances. It was a huge success off-Broadway 20 years
ago at the Village Gate, but the Broadway production received
mixed reviews and a pan by the ever-important New York Times.
Revivals arent always as successful as the originals.
- The Virginia Theater will be the site of the first major
revival of Rodgers & Hammersteins Flower
Drum Song. Forty-four years after its world premiere the
musical under the watchful eye and clever reworking of David
Henry Hwang will open on October 17. This following a successful
fall 2001 run at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
- The Viennese-grown musical Dance of the Vampires will
make its New York debut in November. Based on Roman Polanskis
cult film this production will star Michael Crawford
(The Phantom of the Opera) with John Rando directing.
- The production of Im Not Rappaport, recently
at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, will head to Broadway
in mid July with stars Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen
- Recent reports indicated that Dame Judi Dench was
looking to take some well-deserved time off. However there are
reports that she and another DameMaggie Smithwill
be co-starring in David Hares new play The Breath
of Life in the fall, then doing a Broadway stint the following
spring. Lets hope the two Dames make it to the stage since
they will inevitably make stage, and box office, history.
- Sam Mendes wraps up his stint as artistic director
at the Donmar Warehouse with a bang when Gwyneth Paltrow
teams with her Shakespeare in Love director John Madden
in the June production of Proof.
- Revered on world stages, actress Irene Worth died March
10 of a stroke, ironically, on her way to see Edward Albees
new Broadway play The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? During her
85 years, Ms. Worth graced the New York and London stages
and played Canadas Stratford Festival four times, including
the inaugural summer season in 1953 that also included Sir
Alec Guinness. Along with Guinness she worked with
Sir John Gielgud, Sir Tyrone Guthrie, Noel Coward,
Andre Serban and Sir Ian McKellen. She won three
Tonys and Obies and the Evening Standard Award and was an Honorary
Commander of the British Empire. Ms. Worth made her Broadway
theatre debut in 1943 and there began a stage career that spanned
more than 50 years. Her last appearance was in September at
Londons Almeida Theatre with Paul Scofield in
I Take Your Hand in Mine.