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HAVING DATING TROUBLES? THEN you need Love Incorporated. This new musical, playing at the Midtown International Theatre Festival asks the question what if love were for hire? Fate is not a part of the equation anymore when you bring in the guys and gals of Love Incorporated, the future is in their hands. We sit down with Author Marc Castle and Musical Director Phillip Kirchman to talk about the show and what it means to incorporate and make a business out of love. Also we hear a live in studio performance from the show’s composer of the song “Coasting”.
For more information and tickets please visit: www.loveincmusical.com
JERRY HERMAN’S BROADWAY – CONCERTS featuring the songs of the Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist — will be presented at the Kennedy Center in March 2009. Featuring the National Symphony Orchestra, the March 12-14, 2009, concerts will play the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. Donald Pippin will conduct the orchestra. Soloists will be announced at a later date. Concertgoers can expect to hear tunes from Herman’s Hello, Dolly!; La Cage aux Folles; Mame; Mack and Mabel; and Milk and Honey, among others. One of the theatre’s most celebrated composers, Jerry Herman has written the scores for such Broadway musicals as Milk and Honey; Hello, Dolly!; Mame; Dear World; Mack & Mabel; The Grand Tour and La Cage aux Folles. He also contributed songs to A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, and revues of his work include Jerry’s Girls and An Evening with Jerry Herman. The songwriter won Tony Awards for his scores for Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles. Tickets, priced $20-$85, will go on sale to Kennedy Center members Aug. 1 and to the general public Aug. 11. For more information visit www.kennedy-center.org.
BEN ELTON’S OLIVIER AWARD-winning comedy Popcorn, based on his acclaimed novel of the same name, will arrive on Broadway in fall 2008, according to a casting notice. Laurence Boswell will direct the production at a Broadway theatre to be announced. Producer is Mark Rozzano for Hoo R Us Productions. Casting directors are looking to fill the roles of Karl, Velvet, Farrah, Scout, Brooke, Kirsten and Bill. The role of Wayne Hudson has been cast. Elton’s novel “Popcorn” was published in 1996. The novel, according to press notes, is described as such: “Bruce shoots movies. Wayne and Scout shoot to kill. In a single night they find out the hard way what’s real and what’s not, who’s the hero and the villain. A nation watches in awe as Bruce and Wayne resolve the serious questions. Does art imitate life? And does Bruce use erection cream?”
Performers include: The Lion King- Dashaun Young, Sophia N. Stephens, Vanities – Lauren Kennedy, Hairspray- Ashley Parker Angel, Marissa Perry, Tevin Campbell, Forbidden Broadway, Godspell
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What to do When You Hate All Your Friends
MATT HATES HIS FRIENDS, Celia needs her friendships to stay afloat. The two meet, fall in love, and then the madness ensues in this comedy written by award-winning playwright, Lary Kunofsky. We sit down with Larry and director, Jacob Krueger, to talk about the problems that persist when you have two people of two differing ideas waging the love war with each other.
For more information and tickets please visit: www.hateallyourfriends.com
KEN DAVENPORT IS BACK with another installment to his now continuous column on Broadway Bullet. For all the inside news and tips of producing on and off The Great White Way Ken is the place to be and the person to know. So settle in for another week of enlightenment and good ole fashioned fun with Ken Davenport and The Producer’s Perspective. This episode, Ken discussus the similarities behind the hit shows that make up producer Kevin McCullom’s extraordinary “batting average”.
Read more of Ken’s business observations at www.theproducersperspective.com
THEY’RE BACK AGAIN, AND this time they’re taking on the teen angst of SPRING AWAKENING. That’s right boys and girl from Broadway Abridged have another one for ya, and it may be the funniest one yet. Join Jake Friedman, Rachel Pincus, Ron Varod, and Gil Varod as they gallop through Spring Awakening (abridged).
For more on the gang at Broadway Abridged please visit: www.broadwayabridged.com
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JULY 23rd, BAILEY HANKS will be making her Broadway debut in the role of Elle Woods in the hit musical Legally Blonde. On Monday, June 2, 2008, MTV premiered the reality show “Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods” to find a talented singer/actress/ dancer to take over for Broadway star and Tony Nominee Laura Bell Bundy. Thousands of talented young women came from across the country to make their dream a reality—as MTV and Legally Blonde The Musical teamed up to find Broadway’s new Elle Woods. After what might have been the toughest audition in Broadway history—comprising two months of workshops, training sessions, challenge after challenge and arduous eliminations—one remarkable rising star stood out from the crowd: Bailey Hanks, the 20-yr old Southern charmer with the complete package of extraordinary dancing, singing and acting skills. Not only was she cast in her dream role, she also recorded the hit single “So Much Better”, produced by Ghostlight, now available on iTunes.com and Amazon.com.
DANGEROUS GROUND PRODUCTIONS PROUDLY presents LAST TANGO IN PARIS, a world premiere all-new multi-media adaptation of the iconic 1973 Bernardo Bertolucci film, adapted, conceived and directed by Doris Mirescu. The show begins performances on Friday, August 22nd @ 8PM at the Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street), and will play through Saturday, September 6th. The show will play performances Tuesday-Saturday @ 8PM. Tickets for all shows are $15 General and $10 for students. Presented as a multi-media theater piece, Director Mirescu has taken this classic story and made it one of timeless relevance and post-modern significance. Described by the director as “drop by drop sorrow, loneliness and despair pass through the dark empty room where flesh bleeds, sex exudes beauty and sweat and ghosts of the past wander through images of distorted bodies.” Mirescu goes on to say, “Many will recall the Marlon Brando film version. This adaptation captures much of the core of that movie’s very abyss, in stunning portrayals by startling and courageous young actors, surrounded by live cameras, creating a sexual tragedy haunted by sounds of lost tangos and shadow of myths.” The cast includes: Kira Davies, Patrick Flynn, Angelica Pasquini and Benjamin Sinclair. Many of the cast also appeared in the recent production of Beware of A Holy Whore at the Visual Arts Theater.