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Issue #219: October 15, 2008


  • The latest revival of the classic Frank Loesser musical Guys and Dolls will have Oliver Platt in the role of gambler Nathan Detroit.

Broadway On The Road

  • Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Sound of Music opened in Toronto at the Princess of Wales Theatre on October 15. This was the result of using the formula that was successful in the UK with a reality based television show How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? This North American premiere looks to have hit a home run with both critics and audiences.

London's West End

  • Helen Mirren stars in the National Theatre production of Phaedra, which is scheduled to open in June.
  • On March 19 you can catch Jonathan Pryce (Miss Saigon, Oliver!) at the Donmar Warehouse in Athol Fugard’s Dimentos.

Curtain Call

  • Edie Adams, appearing in a Muriel Cigars television commercial running for almost 20 years, died on October 15th at the age of 81. Adams made her Broadway debut playing Rosalind Russell’s sister in the 1953 production of Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town, directed by the legendary George Abbott. In 1956 she made her second Broadway outing was as Daisy Mae in the musical Li’l Abner for which she won a Tony. Even though she began her career on the stage, the call of film and television weren’t far behind. She appeared opposite Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment, with Doris Day and with Rock Hudson in Lover Come Back and again with Lemmon and Carol Linley in Under the Yum Yum Tree. She appeared with icons such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Sammy Davis Jr. and hosted her own variety show in 1963 called Here’s Edie. After her marriage to comedian Ernie Kovacs was tragically cut short in 1962 when he was killed in a car accident, Edie continued to perform both on television and on stage. I remember meeting her when she was in Toronto with a touring musical called Baby in the late 80’s, and thought she was a lovely, gracious woman a true professional….she had every media person hanging on her every word.

Bits & Pieces

  • Note from Webcrone: Janine gets to see show openings much more often than I do but I must say even a performance well into what looks like a long run for Jersey Boys, was worth a trip to Toronto for me. It's always exciting to hear a poor boys make good story and this one, based on the lives of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, made a great musical with substance. The uplifting story of triumph over adversity is taken from a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.  Everyone taking part in this well crafted show turned in good performances with strong young voices and exciting dance moves. Some exciting local talent had important roles. Both Director Des McAnuff and Choreographer Sergio Trujillo are from Toronto. Jeremy Kushnier who played Tommy DeVito and dance captain Kara Tremel, who also subbed for Sarah Darling, are also Canadian. The crowd with us that evening gave them a well-deserved standing ovation.

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