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Issue #9: October 17, 1998


  • Composer Frank Wildhorn may prove to be a triple threat on Broadway in ’99. Currently represented by The Scarlett Pimpernel and Jekyll & Hyde, it is his production of The Civil War, which opens at the St. James on April 22, that will afford him a musical monopoly.
  • Speaking of The Scarlett Pimpernel, which has had trouble finding an audience since it opened on November 9, 1997, it looks like the cast shake up is about to settle down. Douglas Sills, who received the best notices when the musical opened, will continue in the lead role. Broadway veteran Rex Smith (Grease, Grand Hotel and Anything Goes) will replace Terrence Mann. Rachel York (City of Angels and Les Miserables) will replace Christine Andreas as the hero’s love interest.

Broadway On The Road

  • Mega-producer Cameron Mackintosh must have been relieved when the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco was finally renovated. The historic theatre is the only venue in the area that can house the $12 million touring production of Miss Saigon. The award-winning musical will play through November 29th.

London's West End

  • It’s not quite the West End, but Sir Ian McKellen is heading north of London to Leeds for his next stage appearance. The West Yorkshire Playhouse will host the stage legend in three classic theatre pieces beginning Oct. 29 through to Feb. 27. If you are fortunate enough to be in the vicinity you can catch the master in the role of Dr. Dorn in Chekhov’s The Seagull, then as Garry Essendine in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter. His final appearance will be as Prospero in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. If you can’t make it to Leeds then you can see McKellen on the big screen in two new films–Apt Pupil and Gods and Monsters–due out within weeks of each other later this fall.
  • The intimate 174 seat Hampstead Theatre in North London will play host to David Holliwell’s 1960s farce Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs. Trainspotting star Ewan McGregor will lead the cast when previews begin November 12 for the limited run which closes December 23.

Broadway Around the World

  • The discovery of the Edward III play, which has existed for over 400 years, has finally been authenticated as a work by William Shakespeare. It is now reported that the first staging of the Bard’s play will be by a small Halifax theatre company–Shakespeare by the Sea. No date has been confirmed but the one-man play will star Patrick Christopher, head of the acting program at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Bits & Pieces

  • He’s eye candy for any woman who has a pulse and can be seen each week as Bobby Donald on producer David E. Kelly’s The Practice. Dylan McDermott made his Broadway debut in Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues, which played on Broadway in the ‘80s.

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