Issue #223: February 15, 2009
- Although things are very distressing with twelve Broadway shows closing since the beginning of the New Year…not so in London. The West End is enjoying a slate of 36 shows in contrast to New York’s 20 shows. There have been a few closings in London but nothing like the recent devastating closings on Broadway. There is much speculation on why London is out performing its US cousin….one being the wages and running costs in the UK are considerably lower. Unions take note.
- Legendary playwright Robert Anderson passed away recently at the ripe old age of 91. The Harvard educated scribe was known for such Broadway hits as Tea and Sypathy for which he also wrote the screenplay for, Silent Night, Lonely Night and I Never Sang for My Father. These plays are often revived on Broadway but also have quite an extended life in the amateur theatre world. Recently I attended a production of I Never Sang for My Father produced by the Owen Sound Little Theatre (Owen Sound is approximately 100 miles north of Toronto). Tom Albrecht, a familiar face at the Stratford Festival, played the lead in this timeless play. Although written by Anderson more than forty years ago, the universal family theme is indeed relevent today. The playwright is now gone, nevertheless, his body of work lives on.