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Issue #181: November 1, 2006


  • Currently in previews is the Mackintosh/Disney mega-musical Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
  • As I mentioned in a previous column four-time Tony-winner Angela Lansbury is returning to the stage in a new play by Terrence McNally.  Deuce is scheduled to premiere on May 6 at the Music Box theatre.  Starring along side Ms. Lansbury will be another theatre legend Marian Seldes.  When the former star of Murder She Wrote takes the stage it will have been after more than a twenty-year absence from Broadway.
  • Christopher Plummer returns to Broadway in the revival of Inherit the Wind in March for a limited 12-week run at the Lyceum Theater.  Opposite him will be stage and film veteran Brian Dennehy.


  • Kristin Chenoweth also returns to the stage when she stars in the Roundabout’s revival of The Apple Tree at Studio 54 on December 14.

Broadway On The Road

  • Geoffrey Rush will be returning to the stage when he stars in next year’s production of Exit the King with the Sydney Company B in his homeland of Australia.

Bits & Pieces

  • Mega producer Cameron Mackintosh had quite a month in October…on the 7th the London production of Les Miserables became the longest-running West End musical in history and on the 9th The Phantom of the Opera hit its twentieth anniversary in London.  On October 14 the previews began on Broadway for Mary Poppins, and to round out this meg-hit month Les Miserables returned to Broadway on October 24 all freshened up.

Curtain Call

  • Born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Arthur Hill may be best known for the 70’s television series Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law and Marcus Welby, M.D. along with many other familiar television shows including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Defenders, Ben Casey, The Untouchables, The F.B.I. and Mission Impossible.  As a young man Hill toured Canada in a campus theatrical group then moved to London where he appeared in several West End productions.  Returning to North America he landed on Broadway in 1955 in Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker.  He continued to work on Broadway throughout the 50's as well as breaking into television in such productions as Hallmark Hall of Fame and Studio One making his screen debut in 1961 in The Young Doctors.  However it was in the early 60's when he was working on a film that Edward Albee’s script of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf landed in his hands.  He joined the production and his performance won him a Tony and New York Drama Critics Award for the 1962-63 season.  In 1967 he played opposite Ingrid Bergman in Eugene O’Neill’s More Stately Mansions. Arthur Hill died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 84 on October 22…another master of the stage mourned.

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