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Podcast: Vol. 306: February 26, 2009 – Rumspringa, Kevin Dozier, Louis St. Louis & More!

Hop on board, because everyone gets a window seat in this week's episode! This episode we talk with the creators of THE LOVE OF BROTHERS playing at Theater For The New City, part of the team from the new Off-Broadway play, RUMSPRINGA while Kevin Dozier stops by to share a few songs from his new CD, LOVE-WISE. And to top it all off, we have part 2 of our interview with Louis St. Louis as he discusses his history and dishes dirt on GREASE! We also have Ken Davenport from the Producer's Perspective along for the ride. So grab a snack, take off your shoes and ride with us!

On the Boards

rumspringa.jpgRumspringa

Playwwright/Director Peter Zinn and Actress Mickey Sumner stopped by to discuss their new production. Rumspringa is a rite of passage for many Amish teens describing a period where they temporarily break away from the church and it’s teachings to see what life is like “on the outside” of the Amish culture. Periodically “Rumspringa” gatherings occur in cornfields at night where Amish (and non-Amish) adolescents congregate. At these gatherings, many of the Amish teens wear “English” clothing, drink alcohol, and some participate in illicit drug use. The idea of such gatherings was the inspiration behind the new Off-Broadway play, “Rumspringa”. The play runs till March 28th at the Bleecker Street Theatre with possibility of extension.

Broadway Bullet listeners can get tickets at the Box Office, 2-for-1 if they say BROADWAY BULLET! Seating is not reserved.

For Rumspringa’s Official Site, click here

The Callboard

Spanger & Carpinello Join Maroulis for ROCK OF AGES, Full Casting Announced, Previews Start at Atkinson 3/17

The producers of ROCK OF AGES announced the complete, awesome cast for Broadway’s new, smash hit musical today. Constantine Maroulis, (“American Idol” Season 4, Broadway’s The Wedding Singer, RENT) reprising his critically acclaimed role as “Drew”, is now joined by Broadway’s best 1970’s & 1980’s period actors Amy Spanger (The Wedding Singer, Kiss Me Kate) as “Sherrie” and James Carpinello (Saturday Night Fever, VH1’s “So NoTORIous”) as “Stacee Jaxx”.

For the complete story, click Here

arthurlaurents.jpg“Arthur Laurents: Mainly on Directing: Gypsy, West Side Story, and Other Musicals” Author Event at Barnes & Noble – March 24th

From Arthur Laurents, playwright, screenwriter, director—a mesmerizing book about theater, the art, the artist, the insider, the outsider—and the making of two of the greatest musicals of the American stage, West Side Story and Gypsy. It is a book profoundly enriched by the author’s two loves, love for the theater and love for his partner of fifty-two years, Tom Hatcher, who shared and inspired every aspect of his life and his work.
A discussion of the book and career of Arthur Laurents will be held at the 66th street location of Barnes & Noble at 7:30pm on March 24th. Located at 1972 Broadway, New York, NY 10023. For more info, call: 212-595-6859

Listening Room

kevindozier.jpgKevin Dozier – Love-Wise

Kevin proudly returns to New York City after 10 years in San Francisco, where, in 2003, he was named “Male Cabaret Performer of the Year” in the San Francisco Cabaret Competition. He stopped by Broadway Bullet to talk about his debut CD, LOVE-WISE, and we hear two songs from the CD of standards.

Kevin has performed with many acclaimed entertainers such as Bobby McFerrin, Carmen McRae, Barry Manilow, Kim Kuzma, Terese Genecco, Barry Lloyd, and Ida McBeth. In San Francisco, he headlined shows at The Plush Room, and performed at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, Lush Lounge, and in various benefit concerts including 2 editions of Steve Murray’s Viva Variety. Kevin also worked professionally as a studio-singer for many years in Kansas City, MO. He has studied with Marianne Challis, Scott Barnes, Jackie Presti, Richard Nickol, Kirby Shaw, Gene Puerling, Phil Mattson, Steve Zegree, and Bill Grace.

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Pick up the CD at CD Baby or iTunes

Visit www.KevinDozier.com

kendavenport.jpgProducer’s Perspective

Ken Davenport talks about the top 10 grossing movies of the year, and how that might make producers think about the fare they present.

Read more at Ken’s Blog, The Producer’s Perspective

On the Boards

The Love of Brothers

loveofbrothers.jpgTHEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC), a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service and is one of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations will present their new show, THE LOVE OF BROTHERS. Playwright/Actor Mario Golden and Director Andreas Robertz stop by to discuss the show, and different cultures attitude toward the arts.

Suzanne Trouve Feff at News Blaze had this to say

Dramatizing the healing process from child abuse is a daring task that Mexican-American playwright Mario Golden undertakes in his new tragedy, “The Love of Brothers.” Theater for the New City, Manhattan, will present the play’s world premiere run March 5 to 29, 2009 directed by Andreas Robertz. The work ventures into dangerous and uncharted waters, depicting two gay siblings who reproduce scenarios of their childhood traumas in order to heal each other psychically. This leads them to incestuous acts. The play is shocking, but it is also an object lesson in love and sacrifice that we would all do well to heed. READ FULL ARTICLE

For more info on Theater for the New City, visit www.theaterforthenewcity.net
For more info on playwright and actor Mario Golden, visit www.goldenuniverse.info

Up Close

Louis St. Louis Interview, part 2

louisstlouis.jpgLouis St. Louis is the brainchild an arranger behind this brand-new reworking of Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice’s classic musical, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. We discussed that last episode, but in this second part, he talks about his involvement with the original production of GREASE on Broadway and his involvement with the movie. We also hear a new song of his, “We’ve Got to Go Green.”

Louis bio is extensive, and we printed it in the show notes for Vol. 305

For more information on JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR GOSPEL, Visit the Alliance Theatre’s Website HERE

Top of the Trades

SPIDER-MAN, Turn Off the Dark‘ Swings to Broadway’s Hilton Theatre February 2010, Previews Begin January 16th

spidermn.jpgBroadwayWorld now reports it is now official, SPIDER-MAN, Turn Off the Dark, will open on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at Broadway’s Hilton Theatre, 213 West 42nd Street (preview performances will begin Saturday, January 16, 2010).

Directed by Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor with 22-time Grammy® Award-winning Bono and The Edge creating new music and lyrics, SPIDER-MAN will be written by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger.

For complete story, click here

Broadway Bound, Next to Normal Will Now Play the Booth Theatre

Next to Normal, the acclaimed new musical that had been announced to play the Longacre Theatre, will now make its home at the Booth Theatre. Previews will begin, as originally scheduled, on March 27 with an opening on April 15.

The Booth was the recent home of The Story of My Life, which ended its brief run Feb. 22.

Read the whole article here

Off-Broadway’s ALTAR BOYZ Celebrates Fourth Anniversary March 1st

altarboyz.jpgKen Davenport and Robyn Goodman, in association with Walt Grossman, Ruth Hendel, Sharon Karmazin, Matt Murphy and Mark Shacket, proudly announce that Altar Boyz, the acclaimed musical comedy at New World Stages, will celebrate its fourth anniversary on Sunday, March 1st. Altar Boyz opened to acclaim on March 1, 2005 and recently recouped its investment, making it the first Off-Broadway commercial book musical to recoup in years! Capitalized at $1Million, Altar Boyz received unanimous raves, going on to garner seven Drama Desk nominations and winning the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, Off-Broadway.

Head down to the New World Stages to have your soul redeemed and catch this great production. Performances are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm & 7pm. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, just west of Eighth Avenue

More info here

Curtain Call

Broadway’s Story of My Life Is Short-Lived; Closes February 22nd after had only played 18 previews and five regular performances.

The Story of My Life, the intimate two-actor musical about the contours of a lifelong friendship — and its sudden ending — played its last performance on Broadway February 22nd.

Most New York City critics were not won over by the small, some said mundane, musical. The Associated Press praised the piece. Roma Torre, a critic on the local NY1 channel, praised the show but questioned whether it belonged in a big theatre (the Booth is one of Broadway’s smallest houses). Regional audiences in Connecticut embraced the show in a developmental run by Goodspeed Musicals last fall.

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