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Podcast: Vol. 206 – April 9, 2008

Welcome to Broadway Bullet, and boy do we have a lot of stuff for you today.  So let's get the ball rolling, shall we? We have Barbra Russell and Ron Sharpe (in their first interview for the production) from the new musical, opening after CURTAINS takes it's final bow, A TALE OF TWO CITIES, as well as music from the show and the singing producorial couple.  Also from (Re:)Directions Theatre Company, playwright Steven Ives and Director Tom Berger drop in to talk about their new production BORDERTOWN.  Abby Baum and Tripp Pettigrew come by to talk about the musical TRIUMPH OF LOVE and we get to hear a couple of songs from the Original Cast Recording. Also this week Marty is back with us and we have as always those Top of the Trades and Callboard that you love so much. So what are you waiting for?  Hop on board the Broadway Bullet for all destinations on and Off Broadway!

Download MP3 of Vol. 206 HERE 

ON THE BOARDS

A Tale of Two Cities

SET AGAINST THE BACK drop of the French Revolution, A TALE OF TWO CITIES tell an electrifying love story.  It has been made into countless movies and plays and is one of the most recognizable book titles in English Literature, and now comes to Broadway as an epic musical adventure.  We sit down with the show’s executive producers, Barbra Russell and Ron Sharpe (a husband and wife team) to talk about the new musicals journey from try outs in Florida to it’s amazing opening on Broadway.  We also get a peak at two songs from the show (“Out of Sight, Out of Mind” and “Until Tomorrow”) and from the couple themelves (“Wanting You”)

For More Information and to puchase the concept CD Please Visit:  www.talemusical.com 

THE CALLBOARD

BROADWAY BARES HAS ANNOUNCED it’s theme for the 2008 performance.  Wonderland, a take on Alice in Wonderland, now has a promo video online featured Mary Birdsong (the shows Alice) as well as chiseled bodied stars of Broadway playing the Mad Hatter, March Hare, and the Caterpillar.  Broadway Bares is a benefit performance that will play two performance at the Roseland Ballroom on June 22, 2008.

For More Information And Tickets Please Visit: www.Broadwaycares.org 

BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL AND Marin Mazzie will be performing a free concert at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts on April 10, 2008.  The performance is part of a night celebrating Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, with the composer/lyricist duo discussing their body of work.  The performance is on a first come first seat basis and is free of charge.

PASSING STRANGE IS BEING recorded by Ghostlight Records as a live cast album.  On April 14, 2008 at the Belasco theatre a unique recording for a cast album will happen in front of a live theatre audience.  Composer/Lyricist Stew is excited about the process saying, “Heidi Rodewald and I have always tried to bring the spontaneity of live performance into our studio recordings. But now, through the magic of theatre, the studio is coming to the Belasco.”

For More Information and Tickets Please Visit: www.passingstrangeonbroadway.com

ON THE BOARDS

Bordertown

FATE IS A FICKLE thing, we all know this, but first time playwright Stve Ives has taken ht concept and crfed a play about it.  (Re:)Directions Theatre Company is now producing BORDERTOWN, a play about nine very different characters trapped in a remote run down cafe on the Calexico border as a tornado thunders through.  We have Steve Ives and director Tom Berger in the studio to talk about the new produciton opening April 24th for a limited three week engagement.

For More Information And Tickets Please Visit: www.redirectionstheatre.com

ON THE BOARDS

Triumph of Love

A MUSICAL ADAPTATION OF the classic Marivaux novel TRIUMPH OF LOVE is the story of a woman dressing as a man to get the man she wants.  It’s love, disguises, and misadventure.  We have two of the shows actors, Abby Baum and Tripp Pettigrew in the studio to give us a hint of what is in store for TRIUMPH OF LOVE.  We also get to hear two songs from the Original Cast Recording, “Bond That Can’t be Broken” performed by Christopher Sieber and “Teach Me Not to Love You” performed by Susan Egan.  TRIUMPH OF LOVE will run from April 25, 2008 to May 11, 2008.

For More Information and Tickets Please Visit: www.apacny.org 

Purchase the Original Broadway Cast Recording of TRIUMPH OF LOVE at iTunes

ON THE POSITIVE SIDE

Marty Cooper is back and he’s been seeing alot since he’s been gone.  This week Maty tells all about the new musicals that have opened on the Great White Way and what he thinks about them all.

TOP OF THE TRADES

 DANIEL RADCLIFFE AND RICHARD Griffiths will be maiking their way to the Broadhurst Theatre on Sept 5, 2008 to begin previews for EQUUS.  Coming from their triumphant run on the West End the pair are bringing the award winning production to American audiences.  The show will run for a  strictly limited run of 22 weeks only, opening night being September 25, 2008.

For More Information And Tickets Please Visit: www.equustheplay.com

CASTING IS COMPLETE FOR the new Kander and Ebb Musical, based on the play by Fredriech Durrenmant, THE VISIT.  The musical will be playing at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA.  The cast includes Tony Award winner and Broadway legend, Chita Rivera as the female lead, Claire Zachinassian, and Tony Award winner George Hearn. THE VISIT is presented as part of Signatures Kander and Ebb Festival, which will include THE HAPPY TIME and KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN.

For More Information and Tickets Please Visit:  www.sig-online.org 

ARMISTEAD MAUPIN’S BELOVED “TALES of the City” is being musicalized for the Broadway stage by a bevy of talented people.  On board for the music and lyrics, Jason Sellards and John Garden of the Scissor Sisters and for the book, Jeff Whitty, the bookwriter for AVENUE Q.  The musical is nearly finished sources say and there is hopes for a 2009 opening.  There are no castings as of yet, but we will keep you posted about any changes.

CURTAIN CALL

THE LAST OF THE great burlesque performers, Sherry Britton, passed away on April 3, 2008 in her apartment in Manhattan.  After being of the top in her trade before Mayor Laguardia banned the business Britton went on the perform cross country in many musicals and plays and was seen on Broadway in DRINK TO ME ONLY.

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