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Issue #86: April 15, 2002


  • The Tony Awards will be given out on June 2 at Radio City Music Hall, which means the cutoff is May 1 for eligibility — nominations to be announced May 6.
  • Even though Dame Judi Dench has vowed to take some time off you can still hear her voice (on tape) on the great white way in the revival of Into The Woods. The Dame is the voice of the Giant.
  • British actor Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral) returns to Broadway’s Belasco Theater on April 24 to star in Peter Ackroyd’s one-man play, The Mystery of Charles Dickens.

Broadway On The Road

  • Composer Marvin Hamlisch is pretty busy these days — now with Sweet Smell of Success on the boards in New York. His latest work, with lyricist Craig Carnelia, is Imaginary Friends by Nora Ephron, scheduled to premiere this fall at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater. Under the direction of artistic director Jack O’Brien (The Full Monty), it is rumoured a Broadway opening is expected in late 2002.

London's West End

  • What a difference an ocean makes!!! Even though the reviews were good to mixed when it played on Broadway and subsequently fizzled on the road, The Full Monty seems to have found its audience — in London. The reviews were raves and now if they can keep the houses full it looks like what the critics call the “most acclaimed new musical of the season” will have a long and happy life.

Broadway Around the World

  • Lots of doings downunder these days. Revivals of popular musicals The Sound of Music, Annie and The Wizard of Oz are on deck this season produced by SEL/Gordon Frost Organization. They have also been signed on to stage the record breaking The Producers. Dainty Consolidated Entertainment will produce a one-year stint of Mamma Mia! at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. And The Lion King will make its premiere now that Disney has opened its own office in Sydney to oversee the mega-musical and its other property, Aida.

Bits & Pieces

  • Well spring has sprung in most parts of the world and that means the theatre festival season is also just around the corner. The festival circuit offers a wonderful cross-section of theatre pieces and is a great way to introduce the art of theatre to those who have not yet been converted. So check out your local festival and support the community since this allows growth within the industry.

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