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08 September 2011 @ 12:51 pm
‘[title of show]‘ Team Will Return to Vineyard With Newest Show


The creators of the critically acclaimed but short-lived Broadway musical“[title of show]” will mount their new project “Now. Here. This.” — once more, a blend of autobiographical stories and songs — at the Vineyard Theater in March and April 2012, the Off Broadway theater company announced on Thursday.

As with “[title of show],” the new musical will be performed by Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, and Jeff Bowen and will be directed and choreographed by Michael Berresse. “Now. Here. This.” had a developmental lab production earlier this year at the Vineyard, where “[title of show]” also had its start during a very popular seven-month run in 2006 before re-opening two years later on Broadway.

During that three-month run, “[title of show]” continued to enjoy a rabid following among some musical theater fans who were in the thrall of its self-referential story about four friends who team up to create a musical about their attempts to make the musical. That show struggled to find a larger audience during the tourist-heavy summer theater season of 2008, grossing barely enough money to cover expenses; it was nominated for a Tony Award in 2009, however, for Mr. Bell’s book for the musical.

A Vineyard press release described “Now. Here. This.” as a “theatri-concert” that celebrates living in the present. “The piece explores what goes down in the space between the past and the future, and how the universe conspires to bring people together,” according to the release. A performance schedule and the design team will be announced later.

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Nick Jonas Will Star in ‘How To Succeed’ on Broadway


Years before he was a teen pop heartthrob, Nick Jonas made his Broadway debut as the youngsters Little Jake in “Annie Get Your Gun,” Chip in “Beauty and the Beast,” and Gavroche in “Les Miserables” — three roles he credited for developing his voice for his band, the Jonas Brothers. The acting bug stayed with him, though, and he took the supporting role of the love-smitten revolutionary Marius in the London production of “Les Miserables” last year.

Now Mr. Jonas, who turns 19 next week, is stepping up to a leading role for his return to Broadway: Beginning Jan. 24, 2012, he will play the rascally executive J. Pierrepont Finch in the Broadway revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” succeeding the television actor Darren Criss (“Glee”) in the role. (Mr. Criss is performing as Finch for just three weeks in January after the musical’s current star, Daniel Radcliffe, departs the production.) Mr. Jonas and the revival’s director, Rob Ashford, announced the news at an event at Sardi’s on Wednesday afternoon. A spokesman for the production said that Mr. Jonas’s contract runs through July 1.


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Current Music: "Elevator" by Hot Hot Heat
06 September 2011 @ 11:37 am
‘Memphis’ to Turn the Radio Dial With Adam Pascal as New Lead D.J.


Adam Pascal, who became a Broadway star in 1996 playing the moody guitar-strumming Roger in the hit musical “Rent,” will take over the role of another rocker, the radio D.J. Huey Calhoun, in the Broadway production of “Memphis,” the producers of the show announced Tuesday.

Mr. Pascal, who also portrayed Roger in the 2005 film version of “Rent” and again on national tour, was nominated for a Tony Award for best actor in a musical for the role; he also played leading parts in the Broadway musical “Aida” and the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of “Cabaret.”

Mr. Pascal will succeed the original Huey, Chad Kimball, who had disclosed that he would depart “Memphis” this fall after a two-year run on Broadway to heal from nerve damage and other physical stress from performing. Mr. Kimball will play his final show on Sunday, Oct. 23, and Mr. Pascal will begin two nights later.

“Memphis,” which won the 2010 Tony for best musical as well as three other Tonys, centers on the romance and professional ambitions of Huey, a white D.J. in segregated Memphis in the 1950s, and Felicia, a black singer. Montego Glover, who plays Felicia, is signed on to the show for another six months at least, a spokeswoman for the production said.

Mr. Kimball and Ms. Glover were the rare pair of actors who stuck with their roles through multiple stages of creative development — in the case of “Memphis,” six years from the show’s world premiere in Massachusetts in 2003 to its opening on Broadway in October 2009.


I haven't seen Memphis and don't have strong feelings about it, but Adam Pascal back on Broadway is always news worth reporting?  Or so says my inner 18-year-old Renthead, I guess.
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Current Music: "Lullaby for a Stormy Night" by Vienna Teng
26 August 2011 @ 10:37 pm
UPDATED: Hurricane Irene Prompts Cancellation of All Broadway Shows Aug. 27-28; Off-Broadway Also Impacted

Irene was a Broadway hit in the 1920s and the 1970s. She's hitting Broadway again, in the form of Hurricane Irene, shutting down the Great White Way Aug. 27-28, The Broadway League announced Aug. 26. Hurricane Irene is expected to lash New York City with high winds and perhaps as much a 5-10 inches of rain Saturday and Sunday.
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24 August 2011 @ 01:58 pm


The Playboy Club (NBC, 10pm EST, premieres September 19th). Features: Laura Benanti & Naturi Naughton

Hart of Dixie (The CW, 9pm EST, premieres September 26th).  Features: Scott Porter


Last Man Standing (ABC, 8pm EST, premieres October 11th). Features: Hector Elizondo, Nancy Travis & Molly Ephraim

Man Up (ABC, 8:30pm EST, premieres October 18). Features: Dan Fogler


Suburgatory (ABC, 8:30pm EST, premieres September 28th).  Features: Alan Tudyk

I Hate My Teenage Daughter (FOX, 9:30pm EST, premieres November 23rd).  Features: Katie Finneran & Eric Sheffer Stevens

Up All Night (NBC, 8pm EST, premieres September 14th).  Features: Christina Applegate

Free Agents (NBC, 8:30pm EST, premieres September 14th).  Features Hank Azaria, Kathyn Hahn & Anthony Head

American Horror Story (FX, premieres October 5th).  Features: Jessica Lange & Denis O'Hare


Person of Interest (CBS, 9pm EST, premieres September 22nd). Features: Michael Emerson


A Gifted Man (CBS, 8pm EST, premieres September 23rd).  Features: Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, Liam Aiken, Margo Martindale & Afton Williamson

Grimm (NBC, 9pm EST, premieres October 21st). Features: Kate Burton & Russell Hornsby

Saturday is kind of a bust for television.


Once Upon a Time (ABC, 8pm EST, premieres October 23rd).  Features: Jennifer Morrison

Pan Am (ABC, 10pm EST, premieres September 25th). Features: Christina Ricci & Kelli Garner

Homeland (Showtime, premieres October 2nd).  Features: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis & Mandy Patinkin


So bwaydaily, what tv shows are you excited about this fall?

The Broadway revival of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, starring Bernadette Peters and Jan Maxwell, will record an original cast album to be released on the PS Classics label. The recording, produced by PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker, will take place on October 3 and 4, with the two-disc record scheduled for a late November release. The Eric Schaeffer-helmed show is currently in previews at the Marquis Theatre, where it will officially open on September 12.


By the Book: Broadway Revival of Follies Performed Without Intermission Aug. 23

Theatregoers at the Aug. 23 Broadway performance of Follies were witness to an event that hasn't happened on a New York stage since 1972. The iconic Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical about former Follies girls and their stage door Johnnys was performed without an intermission.

As reflected in James Goldman's original script, Follies is written to be performed without a break in the action. When the musical premiered on Broadway in 1971 under the direction of Tony Award winner Hal Prince, it was presented without an intermission.

All major revivals since, from London to New York, have placed the intermission after Ben and Sally's duet "Too Many Mornings." Some stagings have slightly altered the placement.

The current Broadway revival, which plays at the Marquis Theatre following a late-spring engagement at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, was first presented (in both DC and early Marquis previews) with a 15-minute intermission following "Too Many Mornings."

Representatives for the production could not confirm to Playbill.com whether the intermission-free presentation (now at at running time of 2 hours and 15 minutes) will be kept. 

24 August 2011 @ 12:08 pm
Broadway Flea Market 2011 Heads Into Times Square

The annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction is coming up on September 25, and the event is getting a change of venue for its 25th anniversary. The popular Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit has historically been held in Shubert Alley, but this year, due to construction on an underground parking garage, it will set up shop on 44th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, stretching across Broadway into the Times Square pedestrian plaza between 43rd and 44th Streets. Fans can enter the market from 10AM to 7PM.

Each year at the Flea Market, merchant tables sell a variety of theater memorabilia including costume pieces, scripts, posters and photographs. A Grand Auction also takes place in which guests bid on prizes that often include walk-on roles in hit Broadway shows. Other highlights include a silent auction as well as a celebrity table in which Broadway stars greet autograph-hungry fans.

As a warm-up to the main event, three pre-Flea Market auction packages are now open for bidding online at the Broadway Cares website. One package offers a VIP experience at the Flea Market & Grand Auction, including an exclusive "line-hopper pass" and opportunity to meet participating stars with a personal celebrity liaison and escort for the day. Another package features two tickets to the opening night performance—and party!—of Follies, starring Bernadette Peters. The third includes two tickets to the final Broadway performance of Catch Me If You Can and passes to the cast party afterward.

A list of additional auction items and stars who will appear at the celebrity autograph table will be announced in September.

09 August 2011 @ 08:13 am
Gone is the two-tone scarf, the crewneck sweater, the eyeglasses: the signature costume for Mark Cohen, a lead character in the musical “Rent.” During the show’s 12 years on Broadway that character’s look was so familiar it inspired many Halloween costumes in New York. Now, in the new Off Broadway revival of “Rent,” Mark’s stylings are a cap atop his curly mop of hair (it’s still cold in the East Village) and a plaid shirt (referencing colors in his first overcoat).

Mark’s makeover is about as radical as this “Rent” gets at reinvention, as the show’s producers and director — who were also behind the Broadway production — are gambling that New York theatergoers want another “Rent” only three years after its Broadway run ended. Most theater artists usually let a good decade pass before reviving popular titles in New York, and when they do, they usually build the revival around a fresh concept, a star or some other artistic justification.

Instead, this production’s backers forthrightly acknowledged that their main motives for reviving “Rent” so soon were profit and their own sentimentality.

“Theater is a business and we do it to make money, and I’m a producer and I have to make a living, and we have a director who needs to make a living, and we have actors who act to make a living,” said Jeffrey Seller, a lead producer of the original 1996 production, which moved swiftly from New York Theater Workshop to Broadway, and the revival, which opens on Thursday.

“There’s integrity in that,” Mr. Seller continued. “We’re providing something of use to society, not just employment but a piece of art that I’ve heard over and over people say they wish they could see again in New York or take their kids to see.”
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I had a spot of trouble embedding pictures, so they're full-size behind the cut. And how happy are we that Rent is back? It's bizarre as all get-out seeing everyone in different costumes, but I think it's still clear who's who.  And Adam is adorable, non?

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Current Music: "Hands Away" by Interpol
03 August 2011 @ 05:30 pm


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I am so effin' glad that it's not Lea Michele but I don't know who this women is. I don't get HBO so that may be the reason
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