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Podcast: Vol. 103 – Feb. 22nd, 2007

  This week on Broadway Bullet we interview  Christine Pedi who will be staring in "Talk Radio" with Liev Schriber. We profile the shows "The Diet Monologues" and "Adrift in Macao" including music from both shows. Plus, in On the Positive side we profile some great events that benefit BC/EFA and we preview upcoming spring musicals! Also, find out what the top stories in the theatre world are and fun events going on around town.

Vol. 103 – February 22nd, 2007

Running Time – 74 Minutes

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Christine Pedi

www.christinepedi.com 

This week we interview Christine Pedi who will be appearing in “Talk Radio” with Liev Schreiber. Christine is perhaps best known for her work with “Forbidden Broadway.” She has also worked frequently in New York Cabaret where she has won a MAC award, a Show Business Weekly Female Cabaret Singer of the Year Award, and many more nominations. She recently directed and appeared in “The Vagina Monologues” at the Forum Theatre. She also can be heard everyday on Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Broadways Best.”

Not only do we have a great interview with Christine, but we also are playing two songs from “Forbidden Broadway”: “Liza One Note,” “Ethel Merman and Sunset Boulevard.”

“Talk Radio” is now in previews and will open on March 11th. For more information please visit their website: www.talkradioonbroadway.com

For more information on “Forbidden Broadway” visit their website: www.forbiddenbroadway.com

 

The Callboard

The New York Musical Theatre Festival is now taking submissions! For more info visit their website .

February 27th- From 6pm-8pm at the Broadway Comedy Club there will be a seminar on the futrue of New York cabaret entitled “Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of Cabaret.” For more info click here .

March 5th- Christine Baranski, Stockard Channing, and Edie Falco will star in a benefit reading of “The Sisters Rosenweig” at Lincoln Center. A limited number of tickets are available through telecharge .

March 6th- Lincoln Center Spring Gala featuring Patti LuPone. For more info click here .

March 14th- BAM holds a Gala for the first performace of “Edward Scissorhands” with special guests Paul Giamatti, Sam Mendes, and Kate Winslet. For more info on the Gala click here  and for more info on “Edward Scissorhands” click here .

And, last but not least, a special congratulations to  Broadway Bullet “Grey Gardens” ticket winners: Mystic Susan from Rockaway Beach, NY and Kirsten Mattey from Stamford, CT!

 

On the Boards

The Diet Monologues

This week we interview Monica Bauer and Eleonore S. Thomas touches from the new musical “The Diet Monologues.” As a bonus, along with the interview we have an in-studio performance of two songs from the show: “Salad Song” and “Going to Hell.”

“The Diet Monologues” is a new musical-comedy revue written by Monica Bauer about the trials and tribulations of dieting. Along with Eleonore S. Thomas, the play also stars Kimberly Stern, Stephen Roath, Amma Osei, and Renee Bergeron. The play is directed by Heather Guthrie.

“The Diet Monologues” is playing at Where Eagles Dare Theatre through March 7th. For tickets visit www.smarttix.com or call 212-868-4444.

 

On the Positive Side

This week in “On the Positive Side” Marty has more on the Encores! production of “Follies.”  Plus, he also discusses two Broadway Cares events: Nothing Like a Dame and the Easter Bonnet Competition. Also, we preview upcoming spring musicals.

 

The 12th Annual Nothing Like a Dame benefit will be held March 19th at 8pm at the Marquis Theatre. The benefit features performances by a many of today’s most well known Broadway stars and all proceeds benefit The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and The Actors’ Fund of America. This years benefit will feature Stephanie Block, Liz Callaway, Victoria Clark, Kate Clinton, Joyce DiDonato, Jill Eikenberry, Melissa Errico, Sutton Foster, Jenn Gambatese, Ana Gasteryer, Milena Govich, Jennifer Holliday, Judy Kuhn, Beth Leavel, Julianna Margulies, Maureen McGovern, Varla Jean Merman, Julia Murney, Bebe Neuwirth, Lynn Redgrave, Lea Salonga, Jennifer Smith, Julie White, dancers from the Westchester Dance Academy, the women of “In the Heights,” and the women of “Company.”

Tickets range from $50 to $5000. To purchase tickets and to learn more please click here .
To learn more about the Actors Fund and the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative visit their respective sites.

The 21st Annual Easter Bonnet Competition will be held April 23rd and 24th at the Shubert Theatre. According to BC/EFA website the Easter Bonnet Competition, “features a parade of bonnets hand-crafted by the casts and crews of dozens of participating productions. This annual spring event is the culmination of an intensive six-week fundraising effort by the companies of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions. Curtain speeches, sales of autographed posters and programs, auctions and cabaret performances are just some of the activities that enable these companies to bring in generous contributions from audiences.”

Tickets go on sale March 1st. For more information visit www.broadwaycares.org.

 

Also, we profile the upcoming spring musicals “110 in the Shade”, “LoveMusik”, “Curtains”, “The Pirate Queen”, and “Legally Blonde”!

“110 in the Shades” is being presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company. The musical tells the story of a small drought ridden town in Texas, where Lizzie Curry is facing becoming an old maid, but then a rainmaker names Starbuck shows up and changes her life. The show stars Audra McDonald, John Cullum, and Steve Kazee. It is written by N. Richard Nash and features music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. This production is directed by Lonny Price.

“110 in the Shade” plays April 13th through July 15th at Studio 54. For more info and for tickets visit www.110intheshadeonbroadway.com .

LoveMusik Website 

“LoveMusik” is being presented by Manhattan Theatre Club and stars Michael Cerveris and Donna Murphy. This new musical tells the story of the love affair between composer Kurt Weill and actress Lotte Lenya. It features music by Kurt Weill, book by Alfred Uhry, and will be directed by Harold Prince.

“LoveMusik” will play at the Biltmore Theatre starting April 12th and will open May 3rd. Tickets are currently on sale to American Express cardholders and to MTC subscribers. General ticket sales will begin March 2nd. To purchase tickets visit telecharge .

 

Curtains Website 

“Curtains” is the new (and final) Kander and Ebb musical, which stars David Hyde Pierce, Debra Monk, and Karen Ziemba. It is directed by Scott. Ellis “Curtains” is the behind the scenes story about a new musical where the leading lady dies on opening night.

“Curtains” begins previews on February 27th at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and opens March 22nd. To purchase tickets visit www.telecharge.com.

Pirate Queen Website 

“The Pirate Queen” is based on the novel by Morgan Llywelyn about Grace O’Malley a pirate in 16th century Ireland. This musical is from the same team that created “Les Miserable” and “Miss Saigon,” Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg.

“The Pirate Queen” will begin previews at the Hilton Theatre on March 6th and open April 7th.  For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com. 

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“Legally Blonde” is based on the Reese Witherspoon movie of the same name about LA girl Elle Woods who goes to Harvard Law. Laura Bell Bundy stars as Elle and Jerry Mitchell directs and choreographs.

“Legally Blonde” is currently playing in San Francisco and will begin previews in New York at the Palace Theatre on April 3rd and will open April 29th. Tickets are currently on sale to Visa cardholders and will go on sale to the general public February 26th. To purchase tickets visit ticketmaster .

On the Boards

Adrift in Macao

www.primarystages.com/adriftinmacao.htm 

From the new musical “Adrift in Macao” we interview composer Peter Melnick.

“Adrift in Macao” is a musical film noir parody about “five quirky characters stranded in a Casablanca-like locale in the Far East.” “Adrift in Macao” has a book and lyrics by Christopher Durang (“Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All,” “The Marriage of Bette and Boo,” “Laughing Wild”) and is directed by Sheryl Kaller. It stars Alan Campbell, Rachel De Benedet, Orville Mendoza, Michele Ragusa, Jonathan Rayson, Will Swenson, and Elisa Van Duyne.

Peter Melnick has scored many films including “LA Story” and the upcoming “Farce of the Penguins.” He is currently working on a new musical, “The Last Smoker in America,” about a dysfunctional family in smoke free America. He lives with his wife and three children in California where he is active in Israel advocacy. For more information please visit his website www.petermelnick.com 

“Adrift in Macao” is playing at Primary Stages through March 4th. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketcentral.com  

 

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