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Issue #32: October 15, 1999


  • Although Ted Dykstra is best known as half of 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, his current project takes him to New York for a six-week workshop. If successful, Dorian, a new musical based on Oscar Wilde’s story The Picture of Dorian Gray, will open on the West Coast in the fall of 2000 with a Broadway opening to follow.
  • The Roundabout Theatre is currently previewing the revival of N. Richard Nash’s 1954 drama The Rainmaker at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Taking a break from feature films is Cheers alum Woody Harrelson in the starring role. The official opening will be Nov. 11—we’ll see then if he can make it rain or get washed up.

Broadway On The Road

  • Houston’s Theater Under the Stars will be offering the 20th anniversary production of Evita (July 11–23) and Buddy (August 8–20) as part of its summer season 2000 at Wortham’s Brown Theater.
  • The current Best of Broadway series at the Curran Theater in San Francisco has 60s “downtown” star Petula Clark in Sunset Boulevard through to Nov. 7, then Joely Fisher does her Cabaret thing from Nov. 17 to Dec. 26.
  • The West End’s latest hit Mumma Mia! is definitely headed to Toronto. Producers Ed and David Mirvish announced on Tuesday, October 12 that the ABBA musical would land at The Royal Alexandra Theatre in May 2000 as part of their upcoming subscription season.

London's West End

  • The Americans won big this year at the Vivian Ellis Prize which is London’s annual new musical festival. Gerard Kenny and Drey Sheppard’s Beach Radio won the top honours on Sept. 21 at London’s Palladium. The panel of five judges also awarded the duo awards for book writer and lyricist. No immediate plans in place to stage its debut—however look for the musical to be nurtured at one of the leading English regional theaters.

Broadway Around the World

  • A $5 million production of the new musical Happy Days, which has toured the UK circuit, will head to Oz to play at Sydney’s Superdome. No date has been set.

Bits & Pieces

  • Stage Kids, an organization that was established in 1986 to create, promote and produce quality educational theatre productions for young audiences can now be found on the World Wide Web. Their mandate is to develop an original musical annually, based on current and topical issues, incorporated into an educational and entertaining musical theatre production. Now schools and community theatres can purchase the Musical Theatre Performance Kits by visiting their website at www.stagekids.com.

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