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Podcast Vol. 213 – July 24, 2008

WE'RE BACK AND PACKED with all the stuff you crave... This episode we have two more festival shows and one that's not, as well as all those news and notes you love about the Great White Way.  Ken Davenport is here as well this week.  So let's get this show on the road, how about it? We talk this week to the Musical Director and Author of Love, Incorporated and hear a song from the show.  Also the director and Playwright from What to do When You Hate All Your Friends drop in to chat.  And we have the lyricist/book writer/director, the musical director, and an actor from The Johnny in to talk too. It's a filled show so what are you waiting for, hop aboard the Broadway Bullet for all destinations on and off Broadway.

On the Boards

Love, Inc

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

The Callboard

CONGRATULATIONS to all the nominees of the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. The nominees for Outstanding Production of a music include Conjur Woman, Honor, The People vs. Mona, The Rockae, Triumph of Love and Yank! a New Musical. (We had intwerviews with Mona, Triumph and Yank!) Nominees for Best Play are Burn, Crave Hold: The James Wilde Project, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Cherry Docs, Fight Girl Battle World, No End of Blame and The Night of Nosferatu. (We interviewed Chalk Circle).  Also congrats to these nominees who we have intervieed for their shows…Michael DiGioia nominated for Best Lead Actor for Elizabeth Rex, and Best Actress Nominees, Abby Baum for Triumph of Love and Stephanie Barton-Farcas for Elizabeth Rex. The awards will be handed out on September 22nd. For a full list ofnominees, visit www.nyitawards.com
A NEW MUSICAL ENTITLED Robin and the 7 Hoods is aiming for a Broadway opening in spring 2010, according to its producers.  Producers Barry Brown, Bruce Charet, Dennis Mastro, Dennis Farina and Billy Campbell announced July 23 that the new musical will feature a book by Peter Ackerman and a score by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen. Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw will direct and choreograph the production.  A re-thinking of the 1964 Warner Brothers film of the same name, Robin and the 7 Hoods will, press notes state, “shine a Broadway light on that sexy era in pop culture that ushered in the 1960’s and whose hold remains firm on the American psyche – where James Bond reigned supreme, martinis flowed freely, and Sinatra and Martin ruled the night.”  Theatregoers can expect to hear such Cahn-Van Heusen songs as “My Kind of Town,” “Come Fly with Me” and “Call Me Irresponsible,” among others.  In a statement producer Charet said, “The intersection of the sexual revolution and the Camelot years will come to life every night on our stage. That moment in time, which personifies ‘cool’ is at the heart of our show and, thankfully, we have the wonderful songs by Cahn and Van Heusen which so eloquently express all that make that period unique.”  The production will feature musical supervision by John McDaniel, costume design by Tony winner Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Tony winner Natasha Katz and hair and wig design by Josh Marquette.

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?”

THE “106.7 LITE FM Presents Broadway in Bryant Park 2008” series continues with the casts of The Lion King, Vanities, Hairspray, Forbidden Broadway, Godspell performing on Thursday July 24th, 12:30 pm at Bryant Park Lawn, 6th Avenue between 40th & 42nd St, NYC. Presented by Bank of America, this FREE lunchtime series takes place over six consecutive THURSDAYS: July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14. The FREE annual event will be hosted by WLTW’s on-air personalities and feature live performances from the hottest on and off-Broadway shows! Log onto www.1067litefm.com for the performance listings, schedule updates, and the chance to win FREE Broadway tickets!

Performers include: The Lion King- Dashaun Young, Sophia N. Stephens,  Vanities – Lauren Kennedy, Hairspray- Ashley Parker Angel, Marissa Perry, Tevin Campbell, Forbidden Broadway, Godspell

On The Boards

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 

Producer’s Perspective

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 

Broadway Abridged

Spring Awakening

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

On The Boards

The Johnny

EVER WONDER WHAT HAPPENS to the bully from those 8o’s movies you loved when you were a kid.  I mean what happens to him after he gets his butt kicked by some dweeb in glasses…  Well, in The Johnny, a new musical at the Fringe Festival, that question is answered.  We sit down with the show’s writer/director, David L. Williams, Musical Director Jad Bernando, and Actor Derek Krantz, to find out where you get an idea like The Johnny and how do you make it work.
 
For more information and tickets please visit:  www.thejohnnymusical.com

Top of the Trades

 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.

ANGELS THE MUSICAL, WHICH was recently announced for the current 2008-2009 Broadway season, has cancelled its engagement in Shreveport, LA, it was announced today by the show’s producers.  Due to technical requirements, the production will not be able to open its planned LA engagement on August 29 at The Strand Theatre.  Plans for Broadway are unaffected by this production delay.  “We are very disappointed to not be able to debut Angels in Shreveport as planned,” said producer Marcus Cheong.  “Angels is a very complex production with specific needs and, of course, can only be performed when absolutely ready.”  He added, “Everyone at The Strand and the wonderful people of Shreveport have been very warm and supportive, and we hope to eventually play that legendary theater.”  Angels tells the extraordinary story of the ancient war between the Angels and Lucifer’s fallen minions.  This timeless tale of good versus evil, hope versus despair—angels vs. demons—is told through the eyes of Sera, the Angel of Light. Though she is gifted with the power to control light, she aspires to a more heroic role. Her ambition is manipulated by Lucifer, which results in tragic consequences to the Angels and the humans they protect.  Sera must find the courage and power to defeat her nemesis.

 

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