Issue #152: June 1, 2005
- Wendy Wasserstein's new play Third will make
its world premiere this fall at Lincoln Center Theater. Heading
the cast are Dianne Wiest (Law & Order, Hannah
and Her Sisters) and Tom Aldredge.
- Now that Brad Garrett is finished with his Everybody
Loves Raymond duties he will return to the stage in the
revival of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple as Murray
the cop. Oh, yes the "odd couple" is Nathan
Lane and Matthew Broderick. No date
and theatre information available just yet.
- Writer Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife) has been
hired by Disney to write the book for The Little Mermaid, which
they hope to have on Broadway in two years.
- Hank Azaria has temporarily vacated his role in the
much-nominated Spamalot to film Huff. During Azaria's hiatus
you will find Alan Tudyk performing his role in the Monty
- Broadway can look forward to a stunning production of Friedrich
Schiller's revival of Don Carlos. On the
heels of the 11-week run at the Gielgud Theatre in London,
which wrapped at the end of April, look for a fall opening
with Sir Derek Jacobi reprising his role.
- The Public Theater has signed a heavy hitter for their 2006
summer production of Brecht's Mother Courage and
Her Children. Meryl Streep will star in Tony
Kushner's adaptation of the piece.
- The Rogers & Hammerstein Organization has agreed to have Andrew
Lloyd Webber oversee the revival of The Sound of Music which
is penciled in for the spring of 2006. I suspect this
will not be your ordinary revival since Lord Lloyd Webber has
signed Trevor Nunn to direct and is looking at young
starlet Scarlett Johansson to play Maria.
- Joseph Fiennes returns to the London stage in mid-October
in the revival of John Osborne and Anthony Creighton's Epitaph
for George Dillon.
- Producer Cameron Mackintosh is currently in conversation with
Shanghai Grand Theater to take the current West End production of Guys
and Dolls and present it there in Mandarin for Chinese audiences. The
London production starring Ewan McGregor at the Piccadilly Theatre
is currently the box office leader this season.
- Star power can really make the box office ring!!! The Sydney Theatre
Company is heralding unprecedented growth in the 2004 season with the 11-week
run of Hedda Gabler starring
Aussie native Cate Blanchett reaching 105% capacity. A record
growth of 23% in subscription packages resulting in the sell-out of standing
room only tickets contributed to the season's success. Another hugely
successful production during the season, Victory, had Judy
Davis in the starring and director roles. Davis is
also from the land down under.