Issue #180: October 15, 2006
- Bebe Neuwirth returns
to the revival of Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre in December but not in the role of Velma Kelly that she originated ten years ago but
as Roxie Hart.
veteran Patricia Heaton will do a turn Off-Broadway in The Scene at Second Stage, which opens on January 11.
- Wicked just opened its limited run in Toronto at the Canon Theatre and has
been embraced with stellar reviews. A sell-out the last time in town, it is probably safe to say it
will do the same again.
- Les Miserables continues to smash all musical
theatre records…and there’s no end in sight. On October 8 the beloved musical became
the longest running musical in London theatre history. It was Cats that passed the
mantle to the Victor Hugo based classic. In addition to its over 21 years on the
West End Les Miz has spawned 56
professional companies, played in 38 countries and 223 cities and has been
seen by an estimated 54 million people. Given the fact that when it opened at the Barbican Theatre by the
Royal Shakespeare Company it received scathing reviews, I’d say it’s done
quite well. Next challenge….a
Chinese version to tap into the huge potential this last frontier for
musical theatre has to offer.
- Auzzie husband and wife team, Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton take on
the Sydney theatre scene with the 2007 Sydney Theatre Company’s season. Blanchett is tapped to direct David
Harrower’s drama Blackbird and friend Phillip Seymour
Hoffman makes his Australian directing debut of Upton’s world
premiere Riflemind. But if you’d like to get a taste of
these two stage dynamo’s directing know how you can catch the December
double bill of Blanchett’s staging of Harold
Pinter’s A Kind of Alaska and Upton’s direction of David Mamet’s Reunion.
- I had the pleasure of taking in Legends when
it was previewing in mid-September. The
Toronto engagement is I believe a pre-Broadway run with the “Dynasty Duo” of Joan
Collins and Linda Evans. An
entertaining evening with these two glamorous women of a certain age, I thought
the supporting cast was at times stronger than the dueling divas! Since this was the first engagement for the
production I’m sure that they will work the kinks out and will eventually
present a thoroughly entertaining night at the theatre.