On the Boards
The Boy in the Bathroom
David lives in his bathroom. He never comes out. His mother feeds him thin, flat food she can slide under the door. He has everything he needs. David has obsessive-compulsive disorder and he’s not going anywhere… until he meets Julie… and discovers that there might be something – or someone – on the other side of the door that will make it worth opening…
We talk to, and hear from, actors Michael Fahler, Mary Stout and Ana Nogueira. Also, Andrew Disckson accompanies as “Never” and “Say It To My Face” is performed live at the studio!
On the Boards
The Last Starfighter
From Jonathan Betuel’s screenplay for the beloved 1980s sci-fi film comes the cosmically entertaining romantic musical fantasy The Last Starfighter. It’s Spring 1983 in a Sierra Nevada trailer park. High school senior Alex Rogan’s hardworking, unrewarded life takes an unexpected turn when he breaks a video game record and is spirited away by the game’s inventor, the alien huckster Centauri, to fight for the Star League in a faraway galaxy. Centauri leaves behind Beta, a body double droid of Alex, to cover Alex’s absence with his mother, brother and beloved girlfriend Maggie while Alex is off fighting the evil Zur and the Ko-dan Armada. Beta’s comic mishaps on Earth with Maggie and the neighbors in the trailer park, and shape-shifting alien assassins in pursuit of Alex on his home turf, alternate with Alex’s heroic starfighter achievements. Alex must reach inside himself to discover his true potential – the universe and his life depend on it!
Visit them at: www.myspace.com/TheLastStarfighterANewMusical
We talk to, and hear from, director Elizabeth Lucas, actor Joseph Kolinski and composer/lyricist Skip Kennon. We also “Out of This World” and “Reach Out.”
On Sept. 26- Happy Days The Musical makes it’s Paper Mill debut. The limited engagement, which runs through Oct. 28, will officially open Sept. 30. Tickets, priced $25-$92, are available by calling (973) 376-4343 or by visiting www.papermill.org
On Sept. 26-27- Porgy and Bess film returns to the screen. The 8 PM special screenings — open to the public — at Clearview Cinemas’ Ziegfeld Theatre in Manhattan will be followed by a discussion on the film and its director, presented by film professor and author Foster Hirsch. Tickets are on sale now at the Ziegfeld Theatre box office at 141 West 54th Street in New York City and online at www.clearviewcinemas.com.
Oct. 2 Gerard Alessandrini’s Forbidden Broadway will mark its 25th Anniversary with a brand-new edition Forbidden Broadway: Rude Awakening, at the 47th Street Theatre (304 West 47 Street). Visit www.forbiddenbroadway.com for more information.
Yale Repertory Theatre presents a staged reading of John Austin Connolly’s new play about Siamese twins, THE BOYS FROM SIAM , winner of the Yale Drama Series’ first David C. Horn Prize — a major new award for emerging playwrights in the US, UK, Canada and Republic of Ireland — on Monday, October 1 at 7:30pm at The New Theater (1156 Chapel Street) in New Haven, Connecticut.
Admission is FREE on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations, made by calling 1-800-YSD-CUES (1-800-973-2847) are strongly recommended. Seating is limited.
On the Boards
Jane Austen’s celebrated novel comes to life in this delightful musical comedy. In the town of Highbury, Emma Woodhouse sets about matchmaking her protégé to the town’s vicar, but the scheme backfires. Mistaken notions of who loves whom turn Emma’s world upside-down until she discovers what she had long denied; Cupid’s bow is pointed at herself, and love can be found from an unexpected source.
We talk to, and hear from, composer/lyricist/librettist Joel Adlen, performer Kara Boyer and assistant music director Chris Kong. We hear two songs from the show, “A Lady Stands Before You” (performed live!) and “If I Loved You Less”
For more information visit: www.emmathemusical.com
On the Boards
The Yellow Wood
The Yellow Wood is a musical kaleidoscope where a not-so-normal 17-year old boy takes a fantastic, unpredictable journey as he struggles to accept all the parts of himself: his ADD, his Korean heritage and his complex relationships with friends and family. The Yellow Wood explores the angst, joy and highly imaginative state of one teen’s amazing brain. The Yellow Wood marks the New York directorial debut of Tony Award winner, BD Wong. We talk to, and hear from composer/co-lyricist Danny Larsen and bookwriter/co-lyricist Michelle Elliot. We play two songs from the show, “Normal” and “Yellow”.
Top of the Trades
Famed vocalist Chaka Khan, R&B singer Bebe Winans and “American Idol” finalist LaKisha Jones are all scheduled to join the New York company of The Color Purple at the Broadway Theatre Jan. 9, 2008. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200, visit the Broadway Theatre Box Office at 1681 Broadway or visit the website at www.colorpurple.com.
Political Idol: A New Musical Revue will begin performances at Off-Broadway’s Triad Theatre Oct. 30. After sold-out runs in Washington, DC, and Chicago, the spoof of the upcoming Primary Elections will officially open at the Triad on Election Day, Nov. 6. The Triad Theater is located at 158 West 72nd Street. There is a two-drink minimum and a $25 cover charge; call (212) 352-3101 for reservations.
Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words returns to the Zipper Factory October 15! Tickets are scaled at $ 25-$ 45 and are now available by calling Ovation Tix at 212-352-3101, or online at www.thezipperfactory.com.
Producer Jeff Gardner announces a reading of his upcoming Broadway production, Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, November 1 & 2 at a studio in the Theatre District. Visit www.GrumpyOldMenTheMusical.com for detailed biographies of the creative and production teams, and track the progress of the creation of the show.
Unfortunately these shows are closing this week:
Sept 30- A New Television Arrives, Finally closes at Theatre 54 (244 West 54 St.) in NYC. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-838-3006 or visiting www.brownpapertickets.com/event/17628. For more info on the show, visit www.ANewTelevisionArrivesFinally.com.