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Issue #103: February 1, 2003


  • Danny Glover returns to the Broadway stage after a 20 year absence when he joins the Roundabout's May revival of Master Harold.and the Boys the production in which he made his debut.
  • Members of the Leonard Bernstein estate met recently to discuss various proposals to remount West Side Story.  No decisions have been made as yet but you can be sure that the Jerome Robbin's choreography will remain, much to the chagrin of some choreographers tied to a couple of re-staging pitches.
  • Director Scott Ellis will be opening the new musical Look of Love at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on May 4 with leggy Ann Reinking on board for choreography duties.
  • Now the most expensive loser in Broadway history, Dance of the Vampires takes that position from Seussical after it closed on January 25.  The loss is upwards of $12.5 million.

London's West End

  • Actor, novelist and painter Sir Antony Sher is planning to debut his first play in September, which is currently titled I.D.  The play will be part of the debut season of the Almeida Theatre's new artistic director Michael Attenborough.

Broadway Around the World

  • A new musical based on the life of soccer legend Maradona is planning to premiere in Buenos Aires in April.  No news of a North American date just yet - potential producers probably waiting to see "what the score is."

Bits & Pieces

  • As a follow up in this space on my previous column, here's more news on the clients I'm working with.  An exciting project is a women's speaker series that is front and center on my desk these days.  "Speaking of Women" is premiering in Toronto on February 27.  Five women will be sharing their thoughts and promise to entertain throughout the day.  On the bill is Marlo Thomas, not only known for her television work, is very active in the regional theatre world.  She will be talking about her latest book "The Right Words at The Right Time."  Celebrity editor Tina Brown will be sharing thoughts on how to overcome leadership obstacles - a woman who has faced many.  Best selling author Gail Sheehy will talk about her yet to be published book about surviving the shocks of the new millennium.  Sue Johansen, a Canadian sex therapist with a long running program in Canada on the Women's network has now found her way to the Oxygen network in the U.S.  Rounding out the day will be financial analyst Patricia Lovett-Reid talking about women's need to take control of their financial destiny.  An inspiring day to look forward to and we predict it will become an annual event and land as well in other cities.  If you're interested in this entertaining day, visit www.realevents.ca for more info.
  • A reader of this column, Simon Furness, will be teaching a program based on the acting style pioneered by actor/teacher Sanford Meisner starting May 26 (through to June 27) at The Camden People's Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, London.  If this is of interest to you e-mail Simon at simonfurness@libero.it

Curtain Call

  • It was sad to hear about the loss of Nell Carter at the young age of 54.  Known to many TV fans as the housekeeper on the 1980s sitcom Gimme A Break!, it was her Tony Award winning performance in the musical Ain't Misbehavin that might be familiar to the theatre crowd.  Carter was in Long Beach, California rehearsing for Raisin a musical version of Raisin In The Sun.  Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Nell excelled as a performer, doing musicals, drama as well as comedy.  Carter suffered from diabetes and in 1992 had brain surgery to remove an aneurysm however the cause of death was not stated.

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