We talk to, and hear from Chad Doreck, who was a finalist on NBC’s Grease: You’re The One That I Want! and currently playing Matthew in Altar Boyz.
WICKED WANNA BE CONTEST. Orange and Wicked have launched a campaign for all budding theatre wanna bes, in the UK. Orange, to celebrate their official sponsorship of the West End production of Wicked, are offering a walk on role in the West End production. All you have to do is visit Orange.co.uk/wicked and pick your favorite wicked excerpt, and make a video of yourself singing along with it. More information visit the Orange official website and enter to win.
TWO’S COMPANY – AN ALL STAR EVENT CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF STEPHEN SCHWARTS AND ALAN MENKEN. A length title of show will be performed and the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Ca on November 5. The show is as it says a celebration of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, and boast stars such as Alice Ripley, Rita McKenzie, Sarah Rue, and Kevin Spirtas. The one night only concert, hosted by Cindy Williams will benefit the Los Angeles City College Theatre Alumni & Associates and the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy.
THREE DISCs, THREE DIVAS. Record label PS Classics will team up with Barnes & Noble’s popular “Live at Lincoln” series for three consecutive days of in-store performances and signings beginning Nov. 6, in celebration of the three PS Classics solo albums being released that day. The discs are Victoria Clark’s “Fifteen Seconds of Grace,” Andréa Burns’ “A Deeper Shade of Red” and Lauren Kennedy’s “Here and Now.” The events will take place at Barnes & Noble’s Lincoln Square location at 1972 Broadway (at 66th Street) in Manhattan.
On the Boards
A shy mall security guard woos an even shyer waitress in this tragicomic tale of misfit love, set in Little Egypt, Illinois, in the early 1980’s. Pushed together and then pulled apart by their brash, oversexed relatives, and their own crippling insecurities, Little Egypt follows the full ride of life: funny, sad, and when you least expect it, magic.
We talk to, and hear from, stars Jenny O’Hara and Gregg Henry from the show! We play two songs from the show, “Nobody’s Immune” and “Fishing for the Moon”
Visit their official website: www.greggleehenry.com for more information!
On the Boards
The clap of the hand. The stomp of the foot. For over a century, step dancers have used their bodies as musical instruments to create a new physical language. STEP brings this explosive art form to the stage in an exciting new musical, where dance, music, and Afro-urban rhythms and rhymes relay the cultural and personal stories of a new generation… and their link to the past.
We talk to, and hear from, choreographer/producer Maxime Lyle, producer Eric Louie and writer Harrison Rivers from the show!
For more information, visit www.soulsteps.com
On the Positive Side
“Marquee Values” Part 2
On the Boards
Mud Donahue & Son
“My little Jackie, my oldest, has run off to tour in Vaudeville!” So sings Mud Donahue, when her 19-year old tap-dancing whiz of a son sneaks away from home in 1910 for a smalltime New England vaudeville tour, consorting with floozies, flossies and showpeople. What plain-speaking, God-fearing Irish mother wouldn’t be upset?
Visit www.muddonahueandson.com f or more information
Top of the Trades
MAGICAL THINKING MOVES TO LONDON. No dates have been set, but the transfer of The Year of Magical Thinking to the West End, has been confirmed. Nicholas Hytner, Artistic Director of the National Theatre, has said that Vanessa Redgrave has agreed to move the Tony Nominted one woman performance to London.
GYPSY! TO RETURN TO NYC AND BROADWAY. City Center’s Encores! production of the Styne-Sondheim classic about an overzealous stage mother, Gypsy!, is in the works for a Broadway run. It was reported by the New York Post that the Broadway transfer is in talks. The show is said to cost $9 million to put up, and is frightening to some backers because of the not so rave reviews given by the New York Times, and the fact that a revival of the musical was on the Great White Way in 2003. A descion should be made, producers said, by the end of the week.
THE RUNNER STUMBLES AT THE BECKETT THEATRE. The Actors Company Theatre presents The Runner Stumbles, by Milan Stitt, directed by Scott Alan Evans; beginning previews October 28, officially opening November 4 with performances through November 24 at the Beckett Theatre. “Repressed passions flare. Could the anguish he suffers over his illicit passion for Sister Rita, a young nun, have caused Father Rivard to commit the ultimate sin of murder? The truth, when revealed, is nowhere near as simple. Set in rural Michigan at the turn of the last century, The Runner Stumbles is based on a true story,” explain press notes. Show times are Monday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30PM; Saturday at 2PM & 8PM and Sunday at 3PM. Added performances Wednesday, October 31 at 7:30PM and Tuesday, November 20 at 7:30PM. There is no performance November 23.
Tony Award winner, George Grizzard, 79, died October 2, in Manhattan. Making his Broadway debut in 1955, in The Desperate Hours, went on to portray Nick, the kooky teacher, in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, and went on to work with Albee on two more productions, A Delicate Balance (for which he won the Tony Award) and Seascape (his final colaboration with Albee and with Broadway). Broadway’s lights will be dimmed for yet another passing star. You will be missed Mr. Grizzard.
NYMF is in it’s final week this week, bringing to a close their fourth season of ne musical theatre, and landmark shows. There will be a closing night party on October 7, 2007, to commemorate the past three weeks. For more information on the festival as well as the party check out NYMF’s official website. www.nymf.org