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Update From The Broadway/Theater World - Jan 06

Fri Jan 06, 2006 2:31 pm

Latest briefs.


25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee--
Rejecting Las Vegas sit down offers, the show offers its first production outside of New York, one of the surprise sleeper hits of last season, where the audience has the chance to participate in the show.

Opens in Chicago in March 2006.
http://www.broadwayinchicago.com/sho...rent&display_showtag=spellingbee06

While the New York company brings back 'adult only' performances in January and February.


BAREFOOT IN THE PARK--
Revival of the Neil Simon play with Amanda Peet, Patrick Wilson, Tony Roberts, and Jill Clayburgh (what a hell of a cast assembly) takes to the stage at the end of January.


CHICAGO--
In the latest cast change, Robin Givens makes her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart mid January through the end of March. John O'Hurley ('Seinfeld,' 'Dancing with the Stars' joins the cast at the same time) playing lawyer Billy Flynn.


DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS--
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/96793.html

Sherie Renee Scott takes a break February through June to be replaced by Rachel York (Victor/Victoria, City of Angels, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Les Miserables, etc.)

Jonathon Pryce (Stigmata, Tomorrow Never Dies, Pirates of the Caribbean, Evita, etc. etc.) and star of the original 'Miss Saigon' takes over for John Lithgow in the show.


HAIRSPRAY IN LAS VEGAS--
Susan Anton takes the role of the evil Velma Von Tussel in the Las Vegas production of Hairspray opening at the Luxor February 6. The production features original Tony Award winning stars Harvey Fierstein and Dick LaTessa as Edna and Wilbur Turnblad. Both are contracted for the first twelve weeks of the latest Broadway show to come to Las Vegas. This will be a 90 minute intermissionless streamlined production.

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/97175.html


RING OF FIRE--
Tickets now on sale at the Ethel Barrymore Theater box office for the musical based on the life and featuring the songs of Johnny Cash. Previews in February with March opening.


SWEET CHARITY TOUR--
Molly Ringwald will headline the tour of Sweet Charity. The New York show starring Christina Applegate closed Dec. 31


THE PIRATE QUEEN--
The writers of the hit musicals Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, and the lesser known Martin Guerre offer their latest work, The Pirate Queen in Chicago in the fall of 2006 with an expected New York opening in 2007.

http://www.broadwayinchicago.com/sho...rent&display_showtag=piratequeen06



THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA--
Becomes the longest running Broadway show on January 10. More on that later.


WICKED--
In New York, Carol Kane fans can enjoy her in the musical 'Wicked' playing Madame Morrible coming from the national tour beginning January 10. Broadway "new-namer" Eden Espinosa plays the green witch starting the same day.

In Chicago, Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer hangs up her broom at the end of January. Replacing the two leads will be two respectable ladies who are not household names. Producers are taking the gamble that 'Wicked' holds up on its own tuf and will not need a star name to keep selling out its 3,000 seat home in Chicago on a nightly basis.
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RE: Update From The Broadway/Theater World - Jan 06

Fri Jan 06, 2006 2:42 pm

I'd love to see Wicked.
 
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RE: Update From The Broadway/Theater World - Jan 06

Fri Jan 06, 2006 2:49 pm

Quoting STLGph (Thread starter):
Rejecting Las Vegas sit down offers, the show offers its first production outside of New York, one of the surprise sleeper hits of last season, where the audience has the chance to participate in the show.

I thought the production that was opening in Melbourne, Australia this month was going to be the first non-New York production?

Quoting STLGph (Thread starter):
Phantom - Becomes the longest running Broadway show on January 10. More on that later.

Be interesting to see how they celebrate that one. Excellent cast of the show currently touring asia then Australia also.

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RE: Update From The Broadway/Theater World - Jan 06

Fri Jan 06, 2006 2:57 pm

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 2):
I thought the production that was opening in Melbourne, Australia this month was going to be the first non-New York production?

It'll definitely be the first as Chicago doesn't get underway until March.
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RE: Update From The Broadway/Theater World - Jan 06

Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:00 pm

'The Pirate Queen' could be interesting. The title reminds me of the late Jean Peters in the movie "Anne Of the Indies" which I am sure nobody here is old enough to remember.
I believe the final reworking of 'Martin Guerre' was very good, but its chances of West End success were marred because the earlier productions didn't fare as well as expected, and the public lost interest.
It would be nice to be in New York in January with all those shows to keep you off the cold streets  Wink
Ah well, have to see what is offering in June.
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RE: Update From The Broadway/Theater World - Jan 06

Sat Jan 07, 2006 5:57 am

Quoting TNboy (Reply 4):
'The Pirate Queen' could be interesting.

I think it will be interesting and a good box office sell.

The "Riverdance" phenomenon is still strong and of course audiences all over the place are just as familiar with "Les Mis" and "Miss Saigon" all the same.

It could be nothing more than a show where the plot is a guy taking out the garbage and the creative idea alone is gimmick enough to get people in the seats for at least a year.
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RE: Update From The Broadway/Theater World - Jan 06

Sat Jan 07, 2006 6:06 am

In the play world, "Doubt" is one that you all should see. It's amazingly good.

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RE: Update From The Broadway/Theater World - Jan 06

Sat Jan 07, 2006 6:09 am

Quoting Mir (Reply 6):
In the play world, "Doubt" is one that you all should see. It's amazingly good.

Agreed. Cherry Jones is brilliant. Problem is, she can't go on doing that forever, but I think unless I am mistaken, she is signed on to keep doing it through at least June.

While 'Doubt' is wonderful, I think the revival of 'Barefoot in the Park' is going to be stellar. That's a great cast line up.

Most of the new plays coming to New York before Tony Awards time and even afterwards are all British imports. I do not know too much about them as of yet.
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RE: Update From The Broadway/Theater World - Jan 06

Sat Jan 07, 2006 7:09 am

Oh no, not the old "guy taking out the garbage" theme again! But if they set it to music... and maybe did it with puppets and some audience participation....hmmmm. Maybe.

I see someone like perhaps Mickey Rooney, or maybe one of the Osmonds??

Yeah, book me in for June  Wink
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RE: Update From The Broadway/Theater World - Jan 06

Sat Jan 07, 2006 7:13 am

Quoting STLGph (Thread starter):
Molly Ringwald will headline the tour of Sweet Charity.



She is still hot..........

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