|This week chat with Kevin Cahoon about his new album and play the single "Fashionista" and, for all of you "Wedding Singer" fans, we play "George's Prayer." We also profile the new play "The Last Word" and interview the shows writer and director, we discuss "Follies" at Encores! and the new musical "Tock Tick." We review the book "Creating Life on Stage" and profile the new LaMama show "La Vie Noir" and more!|
Vol. 102 – February 15th, 2007
Running Time – 76 Minutes
On the Boards
The Last Word
This week we profile the new play “The Last Word” by Oren Safdie. “The Last Word” is the story of a Holocaust survivor, who after a successful career in advertising, has decided he wants to fulfill his dream of becoming a playwright. In the process he engages the help of an NYU student, and together they come to terms with the past and present. The play stars Daniel J. Travanti (“Hill Street Blues”) and Adam Green and is directed by Alex Lippard.
Included in our profile are new interviews with Oren Safdie and Alex Lippard.
Oren Safdie wrote the off-Broadway play “Private Jokes, Public Places.” He also wrote the film “You Can Thank Me Later,” which starred Ellen Burstyn. His other plays include “Jesus & Jews,” “Fiddler Sub-Terrain,” “Hyper-Allergenic,” “Broken Places,” “Laughing Dogs,” and “La Compagnie.”
Alex Lippard received his MFA in directing from Columbia and his most recent credits include “The Gold Standard” at the Irish Arts Center, “Cupid & Psyche” at Altered Stages, and “Sake with the Haiku Geisha” at Perry Street Theater.
“The Last Word” is playing through March 11th at the Theatre at St. Clements. Tickets are available through Ticket Central by calling 212-279-4200 or www.ticketcentral.com
This week we also have an interview with Kevin Cahoon where he discusses his new CD, “The Wedding Singer”, and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”.
Broadway fans know Kevin most recently from his role as George in “The Wedding Singer”. Other musical credits include “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, “The Lion King” (original cast), and “The Wild Party” (Andrew Lippa composer). Also, in 2004 he co-stared with Matthew Broderick in the Roundabout’s production of “The Foreigner” which earned him a Lucille Lortel Award nomination.
Kevin, however, also has a career outside of Broadway with his band Ghetto Cowboy. Their shows have drawn huge crowds at CBGB, Irving Plaza, and Ars Nova. The band’s sound is “explosive rock infused with glitter.” Think The Strokes meet Rufus Wainwright with a little Madonna thrown in. Their debut album Doll is currently available from Amazon or can be downloaded on iTunes.
We play the songs “George’s Prayer” from “The Wedding Singer” and, in honor on Fashion Week, we play “Fashionista” from Doll.
On the Positive Side
Follies at Encores!
Marty discusses the Encores! production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies.”
The Encores! production stars Victoria Clark as Sally, Donna Murphy as Phyllis, Michael McGarth as Buddy, Victor Garber as Ben, and Christine Baranski as Carlotta singing the anthem “I’m Still Here.”
“Follies” made its Broadway debut in 1971 and was neither a critical nor commercial success. The last major New York production was the Roundabout’s 2001 production staring Blythe Danner, Judith Ivey, and Treat Williams. “Follies” features the well known Sondheim songs “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here,” and “Losing My Mind.”
Encores! is dedicated to presenting the works of America’s most celebrated composers. Each season three shows are staged in “concert versions” to showcase the scores of both well and little known musicals. The cast and crew rehearse for eight days, have one dress rehearsal, and then, book in hand, five performances are given. The other shows for the 2007 Season are “Face the Music” (cast TBA) and “Stairway to Paradise” staring Kristin Chenoweth and Roger Bart.
For more information on Encores! visit www.nycitycenter.org/encores
Community and Charity Events Around Town
February 25th- ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. Featuring Mary Poppins’ Ashley Brown and Tarzan’s Josh Strickland. For more info please visit the BC/EFA website .
February 26th- Crazy Rythm: A Night in Manhattan to benefit the Bay Street Theatre. Featuring Mary Cleere Haran, it will be an elegant evening celebrating the glamourous song and dance of Manhattan in the 20s and 30s. For more info visit their website .
February 26th- My First Time benefit concert for Quality Services for the Autistic Community. For more info click here .
February 26th- Broadway Backwards 2 to benefit New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. For more info visit their website .
February 28th- Singles Night On Broadway. For more info click here .
On the Boards
Tock Tick the Musical
We also profile the new musical “Tock Tick” and interview composer Tim Nevits and director Jackson Gay and play the new songs “Airplane” and “Sun, Moon, Stars.”
“Tock Tick” is about a young girl, Chelsea, coming to terms with her mother’s impending death from cancer. In this musical the metaphorical dragon of death becomes literal, and Chelsea in embarks on a fantastical quest to slay the dragon and save her mother. According to the press release, “Along with its sophisticated and innovative musical voice, Tock Tick uses movement, inventive costumes and puppetry to both move and delight.”
Tim Nevits received his MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU and was the 2001-2002 Jonathan Larson Musical Theatre Writing Fellow with the Dramatist Guild.
“Tock Tick” is presented by the Prospect Theater Company and runs February 3rd- March 4th at the West End Theatre. It is recommended for children ages 10 and up.
To learn more visit www.prospecttheater.org
To buy tickets visit www.ovationtix.com
Creating Life on Stage
Max Montel of the Drama Book Shop reviews the new book “Creating Life on Stage: A Director’s Approach to Working with Actors” by Marshall W. Mason.
“Creating Life on Stage” is Mason’s guide to how a director chooses a play and then takes it from being a script to being a successful production. Mason was the founding artistic director of the Circle Repertory Company. He has directed twelve Broadway productions, has five Tony nominations, won six Obies, and received a 1999 Mr. Abbott Special Millennium Award for being “one of the most innovative and influential directors on the twentieth century.”
“Creating Life on Stage” is available from The Drama Book Shop at 250 W. 40th or at www.dramabookshop.com For Telephone orders, call 212-944-0595
On the Boards
La Vie Noir
We also profile the new LaMaMa production “La Vie Noir” and interview writer Jim Neu, actor Mary Shultz, and director Keith McDermott.
According to LaMaMa’s website: “In LA VIE NOIR, our national habit of turning everything into entertainment may have lethal consequences. The play’s characters find themselves in an increasingly perilous situation that seems more like a movie than real life. Their survival may depend on the answer to the question, “Are we in it or at it?”
While a storm rages outside, a group of typical Americans gather at the Blue Heron, a pseudo-tropical lounge atop the tallest building in a small Midwest city. As their suspicions grow that they are being manipulated by outside forces, the plot becomes life-threatening – a lightning strike traps them 40 floors up and a tornado is heading their way.”
Jim Neu has worked in Downtown theatre since the late 1970s and has worked with LaMaMa since 1991. “La Vie Noir” will be his ninth play for LaMaMa. To find out more about Jim please visit his website .
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