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Issue #209: March 1, 2008

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  • Shrek the Musical hits the stage on December 14 with Sutton Foster playing Princess Fiona. Seattle will get a first look at this new musical before it heads to New York.

  • Christine Baranski returns to Broadway in May when the comedy Boeing-Boeing opens at the Longacre Theater. Also joining her and  returning to Broadway will be Sarah Jessica Parker.

  • Mike Nichols also returns to Broadway with the revival of The Country Girl, which is scheduled to open on April 27 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater.

Broadway On The Road

  • Toronto’s Mirvish Productions unveiled its 2008-09 season recently and has sent the subscription base buzzing. On the slate will be The Sound of Music, which is being tied into a television reality series How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? which was the basis of the revival in London a few seasons ago. Other productions include a rework of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Beautiful Game which will now go by The Boys in the Photograph; the touring productions of A Chorus Line, Spring Awakening, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and a return visit by Monty Python’s Spamalot.

Broadway Around the World

  • Tony award winning musical the Jersey Boys is confirmed for its debut down under in March of 2009 where it will play at Melbourne’s Princess Theater.

Curtain Call

  • Although he will forever be connected with the first ever mega movie Jaws, actor Roy Scheider began his career on the stage. His debut was in 1961 in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Romeo and Juliet. He was embraced by off-Broadway producing legend Joseph Papp, which resulted in a decade of work in repertory theatre. In 1968 Scheider wrapped up his work with Papp in the production of Stephen D a performance that garnered him an Obie award. Although he continued working on stage through the years he moved into movies in 1964 with his debut in a low-budget horror film The Curse of the Living Corpse. We got a first glimpse of him in a major film in the thriller Klute in 1971 followed by his role has Gene Hackman’s partner in The French Connection. In 1979 his portrayal of Joel Gideon in All That Jazz, a thinly masked autobiographical portrayal of Broadway great Bob Fosse, may have been his greatest performance. His last stage performance was in 1980 opposite Blythe Danner and Raul Julia in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. Roy Scheider died on Sunday, February 10 at the age of 75.

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