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Podcast: Vol. 123 – Aug. 9, 2007

  Legally Blonde stars, Kate Shindle and Richard H. Blake stop by and we hear "Legally Blonde Remix" and "Serious" from the Original Cast Recording released just recently. Also, we hear from 2006  Helen Hayes Award winner for Best Actress, Stephanie J. Block! Known for her portrayal as Liza Minelli in The Boy from Oz, she most recently starred as Grace O' Malley in Pirate Queen, which closed Jun. 17. Exclusive Premier of Broadway Abridged Live version of A Chorus Line. Plus more!      

On the Boards

Legally Blonde

In Legally Blonde, Sorority star Elle Woods doesn’t take “no” for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.  Legally Blonde:  The Musical has been created by a dean’s list of top-of-their-class Broadway talent, including Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray); composer and lyricist Laurence O’Keefe (Batboy) and Nell Benjamin (Sarah, Plain and Tall); book writer Heather Hach (Freaky Friday); and scenic designer David Rockwell (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).

We talk to, and hear from, actors Kate Shindle and Richard H. Blake.  From the Original Cast recording, we hear the songs “Legally Blonde Remix” and “Serious”.

For tickets to see Legally Blonde, click here .

To order the cast recording visit visit Amazon or Sh-K-Boom or .

The Callboard

On Aug. 8th , Nellie McKay , who played Polly Peachum in the Roundabout’s 2006 revival of The Threepenny Opera, goes it solo at Joe’s Pub. McKay will play the intimate club, located within the Public Theater, at 11:30 PM.  Visit www.joespub.com for tickets and reservations.

On Aug 12th, Daniel Reichard, who stars as Bob Gaudio in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys , will appear in his own concert entitled “Summer Mix Tape” at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street) at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM.

Starting Aug. 14th, two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole will take part in an upcoming workshop, hosted by The Fortune Society , to help formerly incarcerated individuals make the transition back into society.

On Aug. 27th, Kathy Deitch, who is part of the ensemble of Broadway’s Wicked , will perform a benefit concert at the Zipper Factory.  The evening, entitled All Heart, will feature tunes by the rock group Heart. Proceeds will benefit the Bob Fennell Scholarship at Brooklyn College and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Show time is 8 PM.  Tickets, priced $25 (advance) and $35 (at the door), are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting www.thezipperfactory.com.

Tickets for ‘Grinch!’ Musical Go On Sale September 6! Visit www.GrinchMusical.com 

Up Close

Stephanie J Block

This week we talk to the talented and wonderful Stephanie J. Block!  Stephanie most recently starred as Grace O’ Malley in Pirate Queen, a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, which closed Jun. 17.  Broadway audiences know Stephanie for her portrayal as Liza Minnelli opposite Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz.  Stephanie also recently starred in the First National Touring Company of Wicked as Elphaba, for which she won the 2006 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress.  We also play “She Loves to Hear the Music” from The Boy from Oz and “Woman” from Pirate Queen.

Buy the Cast Album for “Boy From Oz” at Amazon or

Buy the Cast Album for “Pirate Queen” from Amazon or 

On the Positive Side

Marty talks about the upcoming Broadway season and the overpriced Young Frankenstein tickets.

Give Marty feedback or column ideas by emailing him at broadwaymarty@aol.com

Broadway Abridged Live

A Chorus Line

We give you a sample of Broadway Abridged with a live in-studio performance of their version of A Chorus Line.

Written by Gil Varod

Performed by Josh Burstein, Rachel Pincus, Asley Adler and Gil Varod

Get more (written) shows for your ten-minute breaks at www.broadwayabridged.com

Top of the Trades

Chazz Palminteri will return to Broadway this fall in a limited engagement of A Bronx Tale , the one-man show he performed in Los Angeles and Off-Broadway in the late eighties that inspired the 1993 film of the same name.

Tony Award winner Patti LuPone, who recently finished an acclaimed run as Rose in the City Center Encores! production of Gypsy, will be one of the performers at the upcoming Shakespeare Theatre Company Opening Gala for the Harman Center for the Arts.

Bebe Neuwirth to be Honored at CTFD Jubilee, October 29! Rolex presents “Dance Rocks: An Electrifying Evening Of Entertainment”- Career Transition For Dancers, 22nd Anniversary Jubilee – on Monday, October 29 at 7:00 pm at New York City Center, 131 West 55 Street (between 7 and 6 Avenues).  Visit www.careertransition.org for more information on Career Transition for Dancers.

The family-friendly musical Max and Ruby will play a limited engagement at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village this winter.  Presented by TheatreworksUSA, previews will begin at the Off-Broadway venue Dec. 7 with an official opening scheduled for Dec. 9. The production will play through Jan. 13, 2008.  Max and Ruby features music and lyrics by Carol Hall and a book by Glen Berger. Randy White will direct.  Tickets will be available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information visit www.twusa.org .

Curtain Call

Unfortunately, these shows are closing on Broadway soon:

On Aug. 19:  Deuce and Frost/Nixon are closing

On Aug. 25: The Year of Magical Thinking , starring Vanessa Redgraves, will be closing

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