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Issue #167: March 1, 2006


  • Christine Lahti heads the cast of Keith Bunin’s new play, The Busy World Is Hushed, when it opens on June 20 at Playwrights Horizons.
  • Julianna Margulies joins cast members Ali MacGraw and Larry Bryggman in Festen, which opens at the Music Box Theater on April 9.

Broadway On The Road

  • The Las Vegas production of Avenue Q has stumbled somewhat.  After a much-celebrated opening in September, the producers indicated it would run indefinitely.  But alas, ticket sales have not been what were anticipated.  So after only nine months, Avenue Q will pack up and hit the road.  But don’t worry, you can still get your Broadway fix in Vegas when the Tony Award-winning Monty Python’s Spamalot moves in.
  • Finally the revival of Sweet Charity hits the road in the fall with Molly Ringwald (Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles) playing Charity Hope Valentine.  This won’t be her first time on stage -- Molly was previously on Broadway in productions of Enchanted April and as Sally Bowles in Cabaret.

London's West End

  • The trio of boys who play the lead in Billy Elliott: the Musical walked or should I say danced away with the best actor in a musical award at the recent Olivier Awards.  With music by Elton John, the musical also picked up best choreography and sound design.  Plans are in the works to bring this hit musical to Broadway, Canada, Japan, Germany and Australia.

Broadway Around the World

  • Best known for his film direction, Canadian Atom Egoyan (Where the Truth Lies) will be directing his first stage play.  The offer came from the Barbican Centre in London and the Gate Theatre in Dublin to direct a little known Samuel Beckett play Eh Joe.  This will be part of a festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of the playwright’s birth.  And to add to the excitement, stage legend Michael Gambon has agreed to the lead role.

Curtain Call

  • Two popular television actors died a day apart from one another; both had connections to the stage.  Dennis Weaver (81 years old) known in the 1950s for his role as Marshall Matt Dillon’s sidekick on Gunsmoke and 20 years later in the series McCloud that ran for seven years, studied at the prestigious Actors Studio.  He appeared on Broadway opposite Shelley Winters in A Streetcar Named Desire and even did a tour with Shirley Booth in the award winning Come Back, Little Sheba.  Darren McGavin (83 years old) had a seasoned career that included 173 movies and television appearances.  His most recognizable roles were the holiday favourite, A Christmas Story, television series Riverboat, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and Mike Hammer.  In the early television days he appeared opposite Charlton Heston in Macbeth with his stage career including the role of Happy in the Broadway and road company of Death of a Salesman.

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