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Podcast Vol. 222 – November 13, 2008

WE'RE BACK WITH MORE of the theatre stuff you love.  Did you miss us?  Well hopefully this week we can whet your appetite for all things Broadway and off, so let's get the show rolling. This week we feature an all female production of Twelfth Night and an all male buddy show about old college friends.  We sit down with the Artistic director of Boomerang Theatre to talk about their tenth anniversary season.  We also have a new one man show that focuses on learning about life from the most unusual of places. Marty and Ken are back this week - on the positive side and from a producer's perspective - along with all the news and notes that you love.  So what are you waiting for... Hop on board the Broadway Bullet for all destinations on and off Broadway!

BEST OF COMPANY

The Queen’s Company

THE QUEEN’S COMPANY IS a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of innovative productions of classical plays featuring an all-female ethnically diverse company of actors. Founded in 2000, The Queen’s Company has presented ten critically acclaimed productions directed by founding Artistic Director Rebecca Patterson.  We sit down with Artistic director, Rebecca Patterson, to talk about the new production of Twelfth Night as well as gender in society and the performing arts.

For more information and tickets please visit:  www.queenscompany.org 

THE CALLBOARD

BROADWAY, TV, AND FILM writer Larry Gelbart, whose stage projects include Sly Fox, City of Angels, Mastergate and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, will be presented with the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Literary Awards Festival gala dinner (LitFest) Dec. 3.  PEN USA is the West Coast center for the renowned writers’ organization International PEN. In addition to the Nov. 10 announcement of the Gelbart honor, the group announced winners of its prestigious 2008 Literary Awards competition.  The prizes, announced by PEN USA executive director Adam Somers, honor outstanding work by writers in ten separate genres. They will be presented at the 18th annual gala Dec. 3 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

THE 2009 ARENA STAGE Student Playwrights Project invites all students between 5th and 12th grades in the District of Columbia and its neighboring counties to enter into competition an original ten-minute play. Entries must be delivered to Arena Stage by Friday, December 5, 2008.  The winning students will receive playwriting master classes and participate in further script development with professional playwrights, directors and dramaturgs. The winning entries will then be performed by professional actors. All winning playwrights receive $500.  For details and guidelines for submission please visit arenastage.com.

TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL theatre composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, currently represented Off-Broadway with the new musical Road Show, will take part in an upcoming evening at Avery Fisher Hall.  Entitled Stephen Sondheim: A Life in the Theater, the Jan. 18, 2009, event will feature Sondheim and former New York Times theatre critic Frank Rich. Show time is 8 PM.  Sondheim and Rich, according to a press statement, “will engage in a live, unscripted conversation, reminiscing about Stephen Sondheim’s career, legendary collaborations, inspirations, and rich theatrical and cinematic resumé.”  Stephen Sondheim, who penned the lyrics for Gypsy and West Side Story, is the award-winning composer-lyricist of A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Anyone Can Whistle, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sunday in the Park with George, Assassins, Company and Passion, among others. His newest musical, Road Show, is currently in previews at the Public Theater.

ON THE BOARDS

The Most Damaging Wound

THE PRODUCTION COMPANY PRESENTS a new play by Blair Singer about four friends from college who have found each other again outside of academia.  THe show follows the boys as they come back together and charts the rifts that have grown between them and threaten to tear them apart totally.  We sit down and talk with Blair Singer to talk about his college experiences as well as the new show.

For more information and tickets please visit:  www.productioncompany.com 

ON THE POSITIVE SIDE

MARTY GOT A CHANCE to swing by Billy Elliot at the Imperial and he drops in to tell us what he thought about the show after seeing it twice on the West End.

LISTENING ROOM

IN HONOR OF MARTY’S visit to Billy Elliot we have one of the songs formt he show in our listening room this week, “Expressing Yourself”.

PRODUCER’S PERSPECTIVE

THIS WEEK KEN COMES by to tell us what exactly you should do if the people who paid to see your show just don’t like it.

Be sure to check out more from Ken at his website www.theproducersperspective.com 

BEST OF COMPANY

Boomerang Theatre Company

AS THE RECENT RECEPIENT OF the IT Awards’ Caffe Cino Award Boomerang Theatre Company is one of the best places inthe city to see the classics done with a new spin and to see a new and innovative show for the first time, all in rotating rep!  For their tenth anniversary season Boomerang is presenting Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams, Native Speech by Eric Overmyer, and a brand new play, Parking Lot Lonely Heart by Colin McKenna.  There will also be special appereances from former Boomerang Theatre alumn throughout the season.  We sit down with Tim Erikson, the theatre’s Artistic director, to talk about the landmark season and the IT Award.

For more information please visit: www.boomerangtheatre.org

ON THE BOARDS

Capture Now

WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY Josh Jonas, CAPTURE NOW is a unique coming-of-age story about two brothers: teenage Elijah and his little brother Ace who learn from each other what it means to be cool, who they would die for, and how rock ‘n roll can uplift even the youngest of spirits. During this bittersweet and often funny tale, Elijah is both delighted and dazzled by his little brother’s uncanny ability to teach him a thing or two about life … from successful first date tips to negotiating his way through the cool crowd.  We sit down with Josh and talk about the show and his unexpected influences.

For more information and tickets please visit:  www.capturenowtheplay.com 

TOP OF THE TRADES

SEVERAL BROADWAY MUSICALS AND stars will be featured during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will be broadcast live on NBC-TV Nov. 27 beginning at 9 AM ET.  According to a Macy’s spokesperson, the annual parade will boast performances from the casts of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (performing a medley of “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” and “White Christmas”), In the Heights (performing the title song), South Pacific (singing “There Is Nothing Like a Dame”) and The Little Mermaid (performing “Under the Sea”).  Also of interest to theatre fans: The cast of the forthcoming revival of Hair will belt out “Aquarius” atop the New York Tin Toy float; Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth will sing “The Christmas Waltz” on The Care Bears Winter Fun-derland float; and Tony winner Idina Menzel will offer “I Stand” on the M&M’s on Broadway float.  The parade will conclude with members of Camp Broadway — joined by Kermit the Frog — performing “I Believe in Santa Claus.” A group of 300 kids, ages 10-17, will sing the tune, which was penned by Wesley Whatley and Bill Schermerhorn, Macy’s creative director.  The 82nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is set for Thursday, Nov. 27 from 9 AM-noon. The parade is broadcast nationally on NBC-TV.

TONY AWARD WINNER LEA Salonga, who is currently starring in the title role of the international tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, will perform in concert in the U.S. and Canada in 2009.  According to Billboard.com, the acclaimed singing actress is scheduled to offer concerts in Nevada, Washington, California, Indiana, New York, Hawaii and more in 2009.
Salonga’s current tour dates follow:
May 1, 2009 at the UNLV Performing Arts Center in Las Vegas, NV
May 3 at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia
May 4 at the Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom in Snoqualmie, WA
May 9 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Ontario
May 24 at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, NV
May 30 at the Asian American Symphony in Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 25 at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, IN
Sept. 26 at the The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN
Oct. 9 at the UB Center for the Arts in Buffalo, NY
Oct. 16-17 at the Cache Creek Indian Casino in Brooks, CA
Nov. 13 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Concert Hall in Honolulu, HI
Nov. 14 at the Castle Theater in Kahului, HI

A HOST OF STAGE AND screen stars will take part in a one-night-only gala to benefit the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.  Entitled “One Night Only … With a Little Help From Our Friends,” the Dec. 2 benefit will be held at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  The evening, which will be hosted by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, will also include a presentation of You Can’t Take It With You. In addition to Hanks and Wilson, the performance will also boast the talents of Annette Bening, Martin Short and Charles Durning. Nora Ephron directs; show time is 7:30 PM.  Tickets, priced $300 (tax deductible), include the performance and a post-performance reception. Call (310) 201-5033 for more information.

THE STORY OF MY LIFE, the intimate two-actor musical about the contours of a lifelong friendship, told in the context of a eulogy, seems a sure thing for Broadway in early 2009.  A theatre has not yet been announced, but a casting notice is seeking an understudy for the roles of quirky bookstore owner Alvin Kelby and best-selling writer Thomas Weaver, who is creatively blocked as he attempts a tribute to his friend. As in the recent Goodspeed Musicals developmental run of the show in Connecticut, Alvin will be played by Malcolm Gets and Thomas will be played by Will Chase.  Tony Award winner Richard Maltby Jr. (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Fosse, Ring of Fire) will direct. The casting notice indicates tentative Broadway dates of Feb. 3 (first preview) and Feb. 19 (opening). An official announcement has not been made by producer Chase Mishkin.  The Story of My Life premiered at Toronto’s Canadian Stage Company in fall 2006, and has been revised and refined recently. This will mark the Broadway debut of Canadian writers Neil Bartram (music and lyrics) and Brian Hill (book), who are now New Yorkers.

THERE WILL BE A shift in power for the 2009 Tony Awards, which will be held at Radio City Music Hall June 7, 2009.  According to a representative for the Tony Awards, “Tony Award Productions have not renewed Liz McCann and Joey Parnes’ contract. Alan Wasser Associates will act as the general manager of the 2009 Tony Awards. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss/White Cherry Entertainment will continue on as the producers of the 2009 Tony telecast.”  Veteran producer Elizabeth (Liz) I. McCann had been general manager of the annual Tony Awards telecast since 2001.  Alan Wasser Associates — led by Alan Wasser and Allan Williams —have been general managers for such Broadway productions as Seussical, Sweet Smell of Success, Oklahoma!, Hollywood Arms, All Shook Up, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Festen, Lestat, A Chorus Line, Grey Gardens, Les Misérables and Cirque Dreams.

CURTAIN CALL

THIS WEEK AT THE Al Hirschfeld Theatre, Tale of Two Cities took it’s final bow.  Tale of two Cities isn’t the only show to be bowing out this year, many of Broadway’s hottest tickets through the years are bowing out after the Christmas season, giving there notices over the last couple of weeks.  They include: Spring Awakening, Hairspray, and Spamalot.

 

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