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Issue #96: October 1, 2002


  • The Roundabout Theater’s upcoming revival of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie now has Rachel Weisz in the lead role. Originally Natasha Richardson was slated for the role but bowed out to pursue her film career. Philip Seymour Hoffman is still on deck to play Jean when the production opens in 2003.

  • The artistic director with London’s Royal Exchange is in talks with the Broadway producers of the upcoming revival of The Miracle Worker. Rumors fly that Hilary Swank is being talked to about playing the title role of teacher Anne Sullivan.

  • It looks like the majority of Broadway shows will be moving curtain time up for Tuesday’s beginning in January. The program “Tuesdays at 7” is an effort to push ticket sales for Tuesdays which is traditionally the hardest night of the week to sell. A survey conducted by a number of prominent producers indicated this is what the public wants. Families can attend a show and be home by 10:00PM on a school night. I’ll keep you posted on the success or failure of the initiative.

  • It looks like Paul Newman will be returning to Broadway sooner than we thought. The revival of Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town will begin previews on November 22 at the Booth Theater and run through until January 26. Promises to be a sell out for old blue eyes!

Broadway On The Road

  • Film star Robert Redford appears to have passed his love of stage down to his daughter Amy. The pretty 31 year old is currently strutting the boards in Toronto at Canadian Stage’s Berkeley Street Theatre in Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things. A grad from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Amy will continue in the limited run which closes on November 2.

  • The Royal Shakespeare Co. hits the states with Salman Rushdie’s adaptation of his novel Midnight’s Children debuting at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor on March 12 then heads to Harlem’s Apollo Theater for two weeks beginning March 20.

Bits & Pieces

  • Well if this is the first time you’ve been back to the site in a while you’ll notice the splashy new look. Our web guy, Bob Daniel (www.rgdaniel.com), has been putting in long hours to kick the site up a notch or two and have it a bit more interactive. Visit OTB Talk where you can post questions, comments and just pass on relevant theatre information that other enthusiasts would be interested in. I will be checking in on the link and posting my own comments as well as giving you up to the minute dish on the theatre scene, so be sure to drop by, often, and let us know what you think.

Curtain Call

  • Another legendary actress has passed away – Kim Hunter, whose acting career spanned more than 60 years, died of a heart attack at the age of 79 on September 11. Ms Hunter won an Oscar and two Emmy nominations. She stormed to Broadway origininating the role of Stella in the 1947 debut of A Streetcar Named Desire. It was at the Pasadena Playhouse, in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace, that she was spotted and signed to a contract by a talent scout employed by producer David O Sleznick — that paved the way for her most famous role. It for the role of Stella she won her Oscar in the classic Elia Kazan film. Film buffs may also remember her as Dr. Zira in the original Planet of the Apes, which starred Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell. Her career spanned stage, film and television and as with many of her generation of actors, she and her talent will be sadly missed.

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