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Issue #95: September 15, 2002


  • It looks as though the Westport Country Playhouse production of Our Town was such a big hit that there is rumor of 2003 opening. Under the artistic direction of Joanne Woodward, the role of the stage manger was played by her hubby Paul Newman. It would be great to have that team back on Broadway. The New York stage hasn’t seen them together since the two of them starred in the1964 comedy Baby Want a Kiss.
  • Producer Robert Fox is looking at Tammy Blanchard to play the young Gypsy Rose Lee to Bernadette Peters’ Mama Rose in the upcoming Broadway revival of Gypsy. Blanchard has been seen on the small screen as the young Judy Garland in the television movie Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadow.
  • With the success of the Sondheim love-in at the Kennedy Center this past summer, the best of the six shows will be showcased at a gala at Avery Fisher Hall tentatively set for October 21.
  • The Manhattan Theater Company has landed the rights for the London hit Humble Boy for it’s new season. The National Theater’s production starred Diana Rigg and Simon Russell Beale, however no word on the Broadway casting which is scheduled to premiere on May 1.

Broadway On The Road

  • I’m happy to see the return of one of the most exciting musicals of the ‘90s – Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk is back! What is even more exciting is that the Broadway star of the show Savion Glover is leading the company. Already on the road, the tour is booked through to June 2003, visiting more than 30 North American cities. In March, however, they will make a small detour and head to Akasaka Act Theater in Tokyo for a month long run.

London's West End

  • October will see the West End debut of Gillian Anderson in the world premier of Michael Weller’s What Night Is For. Directed by John Caird, the former X-Files alum joins a growing list of Americans taking to the U.K. stage.

Broadway Around the World

  • Australian theatregoers experienced one of the busiest seasons beginning in August in recent memory. Five full-scale musicals and various arena extravaganzas are either currently on stage or hitting the road soon down-under. Either on the boards or soon to open are musicals Oliver, Mamma Mia!, Cabaret, The Witches of Eastwick and Man of LaMancha. Homegrown musical Shout! based on Auzzie rocker Johnny O’Keefe will tour in a 1,900-seat tent beginning in October. After a serious drought of theatre our friends in the land of Oz can get back into theatre mode.

Bits & Pieces

  • We are still in the throes of putting together the On The Boards and In The Wings new look. As mentioned there will be a forum to which readers of the column can post reviews of shows they’ve recently seen either in their hometown or in the theatre centres of the world. There will also be the Green Room where everyone is invited to engage in lively theatre conversation. Next column I will have for you an official launch date, so stay tuned.

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