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Issue #217: September 15, 2008


  • David Henry Hwang is confirmed to write the book for the new musical based on the famed martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee: Journey to the West is penciled in for the 2010-11 season.

  • White Christmas lands on Broadway November 14 at the Marquis Theater with Walter Bobbie directing the holiday musical.

  • Mary-Louise Parker, known for her starring role on the television series Weeds will take up stage duties on January 25 in the Roundabout Theater’s revival of Hedda Gabler.

Broadway On The Road

  • Little House on the Prairie has taken the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis by storm breaking box office records when it first went on sale. The new musical based on the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder has been extended to October 19. As it makes its way to Broadway in the lead is Melissa Gilbert. You may remember Gilbert played the young author in the television series which ran from 1974 – 83. Debuting in her first musical, Melissa is playing Laura’s mother.

London's West End

  • Having great success in Sydney with his directing debut of the Riflemind at the Sydney Theatre Company, Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, Charlie Wilson’s War) has transplanted the production to London’s Trafalgar Studio 1 Theatre. In OZ this play by author/playwright Andrew Upton, husband to Cate Blanchett, was critically acclaimed.

Curtain Call

  • Canada recently lost a theatre treasure…actor and director Richard Monette died on September 9 of a pulmonary embolus. A larger than life force, Monette was at the helm of the famed Stratford Theatre for 14 years bringing it from the brink of bankruptcy to a thriving theatre destination for both the Shakespearian classics and contemporary musicals and plays. The highlights of his tenure are numerous including his establishing of a formal program of new play development as well as the creation of a $50million endowment. Richard also had the ability to attract first class talent to take to the stage from season to season including such legends as William Hutt, Brian Bedford and Martha Henry. Such a champion of Canadian talent will be missed.

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