Issue #173: June 15, 2006
- Broadway’s favourite funny man, Nathan Lane,
returns to the stage in Butley which is scheduled to open at the
Booth Theater on October 25.
- That long drink of water, Sigourney Weaver, returns
to the stage for the world premiere of A.R. Gurney’s Crazy Mary in
May at Playwrights Horizons.
- The new musical High Fidelity starring Will
Chase will do its out of town try-out in Boston in September before it
heads to Broadway for a fall opening.
- Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular opens on
June 24 and hopes to go where many other Broadway musicals have
failed to go….to boffo box office. Vegas has seen Hairspray, Avenue Q and We Shall Rock You all leave town before putting in 12 months. The
production moves into the Venetian where a $40 million Phantom Theater has
just been completed. To ensure the 95 minute spectacle will deliver
audiences the producers brought the creator Andrew Lloyd Webber and
original director Hal Prince in to stage the Vegas version.
- Sir Ian McKellen has been busy on the big screen
lately with film roles in the recent X Men incarnation and the
blockbuster The Da Vinci Code. Look for him to return to the stage
in March when he leads the ensemble casts of King Lear and Chekhov’s The Seagull for the Royal Shakespeare Company, under the
direction of Trevor Nunn.
- Hugh Jackman returns to his native Australia and to
the stage when he reprises his role in a new and improved version of Boy
From Oz. The musical based on the life of Peter Allen will
premiere in August at the Sydney Entertainment Center and tour for two
months to arenas around the country.
- The Tony Awards on June 11 proved to be a jam-packed
three hours. The annual celebration of the best of Broadway saw that
“little musical that could” The Drowsy Chaperone pick up five of
the statues but it was the tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four
Seasons The Jersey Boys that picked up the coveted Best
Musical as well as Best Actor and Best Featured Actor. There was plenty
of star power both on stage and in the audience with the queen of TV Oprah
Winfrey introducing her production, The Color Purple’s segment.
Also seen and heard from Julia Roberts, Anna Paquin, Julie Andrews,
Cynthia Nixon, just to name a few.