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Issue #165: February 1, 2006


  • Lincoln Center Theater has landed a major coup … the opportunity to present the first Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic South Pacific.   The R&H organization feels the time is right to bring the 1949 musical back to Broadway.  Taking on directing duties is Bartlett Sher (The Light in The Piazza) with the production scheduled for the 2007-08 season.
  • Writer Marshall Brickman (Jersey Boys) will be recognized by his peers when he receives the Writers Guild of America, East lifetime achievement award on Feb. 4.

Broadway On The Road

  • Legendary director Hal Prince will take on the musical Love Music, which is about the relationship between composer Kurt Weill and his wife Lotta LenyaPrince is looking to stage a tryout later this year.
  • The 1980s television Dynasty duo Joan Collins and Linda Evans begin rehearsals this summer for their upcoming revival of James Kirkwood’s Legends.  Hitting the road in September, the show has a stop planned for Toronto.  In the eighties Legends played 23 cities with Carol Channing and Mary Martin in the starring roles … legends themselves.

London's West End

  • The life and times of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher reaches the stage this month when Foursight Theatre Company presents Thatcher: The Musical with an all-female cast of 10.  The story looks back on the Iron Lady’s legacy and her rise from grocer’s daughter to the most powerful woman of her day.  The premiere is at the Warwick Arts Centre at the University of Warwick in Coventry. 

Curtain Call

  • Broadway lost a major playwright on January 30 when Wendy Wasserstein died at the young age of 55 of lymphoma.  Known for her works that examined American women in late 20th century, her series of popular plays included The Heidi Chronicles, The Sisters Rosensweig and Isn’t it Romantic?  Third, her most recent work, closed in December at Lincoln Centre.  A Tony and Pulitzer prize-winner, Wasserstein also will be remembered for her collections of essays, a children’s book and the screenplay for The Object of My Affection.

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