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Issue #236: February 1, 2010


  • Actress Scarlett Johansson is winning over the critics in her Broadway debut in the revival of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge.  Sounds like this may be the hottest ticket so far this year.

Broadway On The Road

  • Rumors abound that the Tony award-winning musical Billy Elliot will make its way to Toronto in 2011.  Although the Mirvish organization hasn’t yet announced its 2010-2011 season it stands to reason this blockbuster will be part of it.
  • If you’re a fan of Kathleen Marshall you can catch her latest directorial work Calvin Berger when it opens at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse on February 10 running through to March 14.  
  • Toronto’s DanCap Productions will be presenting the Lincoln Center revival of South Pacific at the Four Season Centre for the Performing Arts opening August 15.  This massive production has 34 actors and singers and will star Toronto based actor Jason Howard as Emile de Becque with former Wicked cast member Carmen Cusack as Nellie Forbush.

Curtain Call

  • Sixties television brought us numerous western ‘dramas’ with one of the most popular being Bonanza.  When it hit the small screen in 1959 the eldest son of Ben Cartwright’s three boys was Adam played by Pernell Roberts.  The show stayed on air until 1973 however in 1965 Roberts left describing the scripts as “junk television.” Although this role is what Roberts is most noted for he honed his skills during the 50s on the stage most notably in Shakespearean roles.  As a member of the Arena Stage Company in Washington he played roles in The Taming of the Shrew, The Playboy of the Western World, The Glass Menagerie, The Importance of Being Earnest and Twelfth Night.  On Broadway he played opposite Nina Foch reprising his role as Petrucio in The Taming of the Shrew in 1957.  Also that year he appeared on B roadway in The Duchess of Malfi.  When he headed to LA he appeared in a supporting role in a few feature films before being cast in Bonanza.  Pernell Roberts outlived his three co-stars of the western, dying on January 24 at the age of 81.

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