Issue #162: December 1, 2005,
Special year-end edition, back in 2006!
- Choreographer extraordinaire Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray)
has signed on to work his magic on another film-to-stage project,
an adaptation of the Steven Spielberg film Catch
Me If You Can.
- Eileen Atkins will replace Cherry Jones and Ron
Eldard will take over from Bryan O’Byrne in Doubt at
the Walter Kerr Theatre on January 10.
- Playwright David Henry Hwang has secured book-writing
duties for Disney’s upcoming new musical Tarzan,
which is scheduled to open in March.
- Cathy Rigby is currently making her final New York
appearance as Peter Pan at The Theatre at Madison Square
The 50-something Olympian has been playing the little boy who
wouldn’t grow up for more than 15 years. Rigby will
turn in the wires permanently when the national tour wraps
up in April.
- Oliver Platt (West Wing, Huff) makes his Broadway
debut in Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Conor
McPherson’s (The Weir) Shining City. Directed
by Robert Falls (Long Day’s
Journey Into Night), previews begin at the Biltmore Theatre
on April 13.
- Toronto’s late 90s Fringe Festival hit The Drowsy
Chaperone is garnering rave reviews in Los Angeles where
it opened on November 18 at the Ahmanson Theatre. Variety
called it a “delectable show
… emitting enough intoxicating charm for just about
anyone to get drunk on.” The little show that was
originally staged seven years ago looks to be heading to Broadway,
possibly next season.
- In Houston you can catch Marisa Tomei as Bill in the
Alley Theatre production of Born Yesterday. Directed
by Gregory Boyd, performances begin on February 24.
- The hilarious Dame Edna takes her acerbic barbs to
Las Vegas for a limited run at the Luxor Theater beginning
- Showbiz veteran Robert Altman takes on directing duties
at the Old Vic in February where Arthur Miller’s Resurrection
Blues will premiere.
- The search is on for the next Eva Peron to star at
the Adelphi Theatre in May when composer Lord Andrew Lloyd
Webber launches his revival of one of his best works, Evita.
- The Auzzies’ are launching a new musical based on the
British white-soul singer, Dusty Springfield. Premiering
in Melbourne at the Victoria Arts Centre on January 12, Dusty will
then embark on a national tour after its original two-month