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Podcast: Vol. 125- Aug. 22: NYMF Part 1

NYMF Coverage begins with Executive Director, Kris Stewart, stopping by for a chat, and we have interviews with the NYMF Musicals, "Cutman", "The Beastly Bombing", and "The Kids Left, The Dog Died, Now What?" And we hear demos from all three shows. Also, Marty Cooper discusses the various incarnations of Grease!

Up Close

Broadway Bullet Interviews  Kris  Stewart!

We talk to, and hear from Kris Stewart, the founder and executive director of The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), the world’s largest musical theatre event, and his work with state theatre and opera companies.  We also discuss his commercial productions, which have been seen through the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Europe.

Visit http://www.krisstewart.com/

On the Boards

The Beastly Bombing

Nitzberg and Neill’s Gilbert and Sullivan-like, romantic operetta about white supremacists and Al Qaeda terrorists plotting to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge has already been dubbed, “The first great work of comedy to emerge from the post-9/11 little planet of horrors.” It was voted, “Best Musical of the Year,” by the L.A. Weekly Awards.

We talk to, and hear from, NYC Supervising Producer, Patrick J. Shields, and cast member Jesse Merlin.

For more information, visit: www.thebeastlybombing.com

The Callboard

Starting Aug. 21, Tony Award winner Michele Pawk will join the cast in the role of Velma Von Tussle at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre, 250 West 52 Street.

On August 22nd, cabaret singer Nancy Stearns will perform as part of the Any Wednesday series at Lincoln Center.

For any questions, comments or further information, please contact Bart Greenberg at AnyWednesdayBN@aol.com, or 212-595-9340

Starting Aug. 30, the FringeNYC Encore Series begins.  Now in its second year, producer Britt Lafield will again allow theater-lovers to get a second chance at seeing some of the Festival’s favorite shows with the FringeNYC Encore Series.  FringeNYC Encore Series runs August 30 – September 16. Tickets will be $18, and go on sale Monday, August 27.

For more information visit www.fringenyc-encores.com.

On Monday, September 3, 2007, an exclusive screening of the upcoming film, Across the Universe, will take place at The Sony Building Screening Room followed by a rare conversation with the film’s director, Julie Taymor.  Proceeds from this event will go to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

To buy tickets, call 212 840-0770 ext. 268, or visit www.broadwaycares.org for additional information

The winners of the Legally Blonde cast albums signed by Kate Shindle and Richard Blake are:

1. Key Dewitt – Tulsa, Oklahoma

2. Melissa Magliula – Poughkeepsie, New York

3. Lisa Scully – Bloomington,  Indiana

4. David Foulds – Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

On the Boards

Cutman, the Musical

All his life, Ari Hoffman has dreamed of being the Welter-Weight Boxing Champion of the World.  After years of being sheltered and trained by his father in the basement of their synagogue, Ari finally turns pro, taking the boxing world by storm. However, when his promoter orchestrates a title fight on the eve of Yom Kippur, Ari chooses to fight, defying his faith and his family. With an exciting Hip-Hop/R&B-influenced score, Cutman chronicles the story of a young Jewish boxer’s struggle between his ambition and his religion.

We talk to, and hear from, Jared Coseglia (writer/director), Drew Brody (composer/lyricist) and Cory Grant (actor/writer) from the show.
For more information, visit: www.cutmanthemusical.com

On the Positive Side

Marty Cooper talks about Grease!, and the show’s past incarnations, including the movie.

On the Boards

The Kids Left, The Dog Died, Now What

As introduced on “NBC-TV’S The Today Show”, THE KIDS LEFT. THE DOG DIED. NOW WHAT? follows a group of baby-boomers valiantly struggling with the effect of gravity on their bodies, divorce on their hard-won bank accounts, grandchildren on their self-images and the dating scene on their egos.  Of the 78 million baby-boomers defiantly hanging on their youth, author Carole Lonner has chosen 20 around which to weave her musical.  Mid-life foreplay is the final frontier.  The show is playing at the TBG Theatre on 312 W. 36th Street (between 8th and 9th avenues).

We talk to, and hear from, Carole Lonner (author), Michael Shelle (actor), Rick Hip Flores (musical director) and Hillary Adams (director).

For more information, visit http://www.nymf.org/Show-696.html

Top of the Trades

Pascal and Rapp Extend Rent Engagement to 10/7!

Rent producers have announced that Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, who originated the roles of Roger Davis and Mark Cohen in the landmark Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award musical, will extend their return engagement in the show for four weeks through Sunday, October 7.R ent plays at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41 Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues).

For more information, visit www.siteforrent.com.

 

Kevin Kline, Jennifer Garner Set for Broadway Cyrano de Bergerac. 

The 10-week limited engagement, directed by David Leveaux (Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Jumpers, The Real Thing), will be performed with a text translated and adapted by Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange). Previews will begin October 12 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, and opening night is set for November 1, through December 23 only.

Plummer, Rose, Etc. Set for 2008 Stratford Festival. 

The season will feature The Music Man and Cabaret, and Christopher Plummer will return to the Festival stage to play Julius Caesar in Caesar and Cleopatra.  Mr. Plummer’s leading lady will be Broadway and film sensation Anika Noni Rose. Rose won the praise of New York theatre critics for her performance in the hit show Caroline or Change, for which she won a coveted Tony Award. She is also known worldwide for her portrayal of pop singer Lorrell Robinson in the movie Dreamgirls.

Visit www.stratfordfestival.ca for more information.

On Monday, September 10, 2007, the company of Broadway’s Chicago welcomes Golden Globe winner George Hamilton for a limited four-week return engagement as the criminal lawyer Billy Flynn.  Hamilton will appear through Sunday, October 7.

For more information, visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com

Curtain Call

Unfortunately, these shows will be closing soon on Broadway:

On Aug. 25, The Year of Magical Thinking, starring Vanessa Redgrave will be playing its final performance.

To catch the show before its final curtain call, visit http://www.magicalthinkingonbroadway.com/tickets.html

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