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Issue #231: September 1, 2009


  • A play by Donald Margulies, Time Stands Still, opens on January 28 with Laura Linney and Alicia Silverstone leading the cast.

  • If you’re interested in taking in some male eye candy this fall then try to get a ticket to A Steady Rain which stars Daniel Craig (James Bond) and Hugh Jackman (Boy from Oz).  The play about a pair of Chicago policemen begins previews on September 10 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater and runs for a limited 12-week engagement.

  • Returning for the holiday season will be Irving Berlin’s White Christmas live on stage.  The limited run begins November 13 through to January 3 at the Marquis Theater.

  • Dance diva Twyla Tharp is at it again.  After her Tony award-winning musical Movin’ Out based on the music of Billy Joel, she is now taking on “the chairman of the board” Frank Sinatra.  Her latest “dance-ical” is called Come Fly With Me based on the music of Sinatra.  Following its opening in Atlanta look for it to land in New York in the near future.

  • Rumors are flying around Broadway about the upcoming premiere of the new musical Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark (music by U2’s Bono and The Edge, direction by Julie Taymor)Production of the sets have come to a halt with cash-flow problems being whispered about.  However a spokesperson indicated that the show is still scheduled to preview at the Hilton Theater on February 25.

Broadway On The Road

  • The Abba mega-hit, Mamma Mia!, which began its North American life in Toronto and ran for a staggering five years, returns to Toronto for a limited run beginning April 27 at the Canon Theatre.

  • The Tony blockbuster Billy Elliot:  The Musical launches its national tour in March at Chicago’s Oriental Theater.

  • The North American tour of the new musical 101 Dalmatians: The Musical kicks off in Minneapolis in October.  Director Jerry Zaks tries his hand at this family production that boasts the music of former Styx member Dennis DeYoung.

  • Legendary Canadian actor Christopher Plummer returns to The Stratford Shakespeare Festival next season where he will play Prospero in The Tempest.The production will be directed by the festival’s artistic director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys)

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