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21st December 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Ken Ludwig's farce Lend Me A Tenor, about the backstage panic involved in getting an opera superstar on stage in the 1930s, with Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub, Jan Maxwell, Mary Catherine Garrison, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jay Klaitz ...
14th December 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Matthew Lombardo's Looped, with Valerie Harper as ageing actress Tallulah Bankhead trying to dub a line of dialogue in her final movie, seen recently at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, directed by Rob Ruggiero, will transfer to the Lyceum...
7th December 2009
The Actors' Fund of America's annual Auction Of 1000 Stars is running until 10th December, for interested parties to place bids on the host of theatrical memorabilia and once in a lifetime experiences on offer. Among these are: tickets to Billy Elliot, the chance to conduct the orchestra...
30th November 2009
It has been confirmed that All About Me, featuring Michael Feinstein and Dame Edna Everage, written by Christopher Durang, directed by Jerry Zaks, will preview from February 19th at the Golden Theatre, with an official opening on March 18th. The producers are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry...
23rd November 2009
The world premiere of The Scottsboro Boys, a musical about the 1930s Scottsboro Case, in which a group of innocent African American teenagers in Alabama were unjustly accused of attacking two white women, book by David Thompson, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, directed ...
16th November 2009
Michael Feinstein and Dame Edna Everage, who had previously announced separate Broadway solo evenings with similar titles, will appear together in a show called All About Me, written by Christopher Durang, directed by Jerry Zaks, previewing from March 6th at a Shubert theatre yet...
9th November 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Goodman Theatre Chicago production of the musical Million Dollar Quartet, inspired by the 1956 recording session that brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley in the Sun Records studio in Memphis...
2nd November 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge, with Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson, directed by Gregory Mosher, will preview from December 28th at the Cort Theatre, with an official opening on January 24th. It tells the story of a Brooklyn...
26th October 2009
Cabaret performer Michael Feinstein and actor David Hyde Pierce will join forces in The Michael Feinstein & David Hyde Pierce Holiday Show, playing at Feinstein's at Loews Regency, from December 1st to 30th. Nutshell Productions will stage Jean-Paul Startre's No Exit, in a translation...
19th October 2009
The Bridge Project has announced that the company of American and British actors for its second season productions of William Shakespeare's As You Like It and The Tempest, directed by Sam Mendes, will comprise Stephen Dillane, Christian Camargo, Juliet Rylance, Ron Cephas Jones, ...
12th October 2009
It has finally been confirmed that Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom Of The Opera, book by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, with Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess in the leading roles, directed by Jack O'Brien, with...
5th October 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the current British sellout Chichester Festival Theatre/Royal Court Theatre production of Lucy Prebble's Enron, based on the scandal surrounding the fraudulent activities of the U.S. energy company, directed by Rupert Goold, will preview...
28th September 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the recent London West End production of the musical A Little Night Music, book by Hugh Wheeler, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, which began life at Menier Chocolate Factory, with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angela Lansbury, Alexander Hanson...
21st September 2009
Dame Edna Everage, now officially upgraded from megastar to gigastar, will return to Broadway in It's All About Me, 'a glorious celebration of everything Edna', directed by Jerry Zaks, opening in March at a Shubert theatre yet to be announced. It has now been confirmed that the...
14th September 2009
Many shows have made the journey from Off Broadway to Broadway, but now for the first time, it's happening in reverse. The Tony Award winning musical Avenue Q, which has just closed at the John Golden Theatre (having originated Off Broadway, at the Vineyard Theatre) will re-open ...
7th September 2009
Lemon Andersen will perform his one man show County Of Kings: The Beautiful Struggle, painting a portrait of his difficult and sometimes humorous experiences growing up during the birth of hip-hop, directed by Elise Thoron, previewing from September 29th at the Public Theater, opening...
31st August 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Irving Berlin's White Christmas the stage adaptation of the 1954 film, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, and book by David Ives and Paul Blake, from the screenplay by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, directed by Walter...
24th August 2009
Atlantic Theater Company has announced further productions in its 2009/2010 season at The Linda Gross Theater, both American premieres. The Abbey Theatre Dublin's production of Sam Shepard's Ages Of The Moon, with Stephen Rea and Sean McGinley as two friends, re-united by mutual ...
17th August 2009
Martin McDonagh's A Behanding In Spokane, a black comedy involving a man searching for his missing hand, two con artists, and an overly curious hotel clerk, directed by John Crowley, will receive its world premiere at a Broadway theatre yet to be announced on March 4th next year. ...
10th August 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the current Oliver Award winning London production of the musical La Cage Aux Folles, book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, with its original star Douglas Hodge, directed by Terry Johnson, with choreography by Lynne...
3rd August 2009
The National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced the shows in its 21st Festival of New Musicals, featuring staged readings of 8 new works, to be held on October 19th and 20th. All the shows submitted for inclusion must be sponsored by NAMT member theatres or producers. They...
27th July 2009
It has been confirmed that The Addams Family, a new musical with an original story featuring the macabre characters created by illustrator Charles Addams, book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, with Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth, Terrence Mann, Carolee...
20th July 2009
An expanded version of the recent City Center Encores! production of the musical Finian's Rainbow, book by E Y Harburg and Fred Saidy, music by Burton Lane, lyrics by Harburg, with Kate Baldwin, Jim Norton, Christopher Fitzgerald and Chuck Cooper, directed and choreographed by Warren...
13th July 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman will star in the premiere of Keith Huff's A Steady Rain, about two cops whose lifelong friendship is severely tested when a seemingly routine domestic disturbance call results in the death of a young boy, directed...
6th July 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the recent Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington production of the musical Ragtime, book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, based on E L Doctorow's epic novel set at the turn of the 20th century...
29th June 2009
It has now been confirmed that the revised version of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Tracy Letts's Superior Donuts, a comedy about life in a run down uptown Chicago donut shop, which originally featured Michael McKean, directed by Tina Landau, will preview from September...
21st June 2009
It has now been confirmed that the productions of Neil Simon's coming of age comedies inspired by his childhood, which share the same middle class Brooklyn home set, Brighton Beach Memoirs opening on October 25th and Broadway Bound, opening on December 10th, with Laurie Metcalf, ...
15th June 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Fela!, the back catalogue biomusical about the African composer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, directed and choreographed by Bill T Jones, book by Jones and Jim Lewis, who also provided additional lyrics, with Sahr Ngaujah and Lillias...
8th June 2009
The big winners in this year's Tony Awards were the British imports, with Billy Elliot taking 10 awards, including Best Musical, David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish - Best Actor Musical, Stephen Daldry - Best Director Musical and Peter Darling - Best Choreography; God ...
1st June 2009
The 39th annual Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival, presenting free performances on the plazas of the Lincoln Center and the Bandshell in Damrosch Park, will run from August 5th to 23rd. Performances will include the debut of the Asphalt Orchestra; The Dave Brubeck Quartet with...
25th May 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, a revised version of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Tracy Letts's Superior Donuts, a comedy about life in a run down uptown Chicago donut shop, which originally featured Michael McKean, directed by Tina Landau, will be remounted...
18th May 2009
It has been confirmed that Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth, Terrence Mann, Carolee Carmello, Kevin Chamberlin, Jackie Hoffman, Zachary James, Adam Riegler, Wesley Taylor and Krysta Rodriguez will star in The Addams Family, a new musical with an original story featuring the macabre characters...
11th May 2009
The nominations for this year's New York Tony Awards have been announced. Heading the field are Billy Elliot with 15 nominations (tying with The Producers for the all time record) including Best Musical, Book and Original Score, David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish - Best...
4th May 2009
Roundabout Theatre Company has been announced as the producer at the reconstructed Henry Miller's Theatre on West 43rd Street. The 1,055 seater theatre is located behind the preserved and restored neo-Georgian facade of the original 1918 theatre, the interior of which was demolished...
27th April 2009
The 12th season in the Musicals Tonight! series, which presents concert stagings of neglected musicals, will comprise: Paint Your Wagon, book and lyrics by Alan J Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe, set in a mining camp in Gold Rush-era California, charting how the community changes...
20th April 2009
Roundabout Theatre Company will stage the New York premiere of Theresa Rebeck's The Understudy, which takes place backstage during the Broadway run of a long lost Kafka play, where 'the understudy is more than he's supposed to be, the star wants to be more than he is, and the stage...
14th April 2009
The Vineyard Theatre and Playwrights Horizons have announced the joint production of a new musical, The Burnt Part Boys, book by Mariana Elder, music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen, directed by Erica Schmidt, which will receive a 'lab production' at the Vineyard from 26th...
6th April 2009
Roundabout Theatre Company will stage the 1960 musical Bye Bye Birdie, book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams, about an Elvis like rock star being inducted into the Army, and his agent-songwriter's plan to exploit the situation, with John Stamos, Gina...
30th March 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Race, a new play written and directed by David Mamet, will preview on Broadway from October 26th at a Shubert theatre yet to be announced, with an official opening on December 10th. The producers are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and ...
23rd March 2009
This year's Lincoln Center Festival, running from July 7th to 26th, will feature companies from France, Poland, Hungary, Russia and Italy, with productions that include: Le Theatre du Soleil's Les Ephemeres, directed by Ariane Mnouchkine; Katona Jozsef Theatre's production of Anton...
16th March 2009
Signature Theatre Company and Hartford Stage are to co-produce The Orphans' Home Cycle, a series of 9 plays by Horton Foote, some new, some previously produced, in 3 parts, directed by Michael Wilson, which will play at the Signature's Peter Norton Space from 29th October to 11th...
9th March 2009
Memphis, a rock musical based on a concept by George W George, book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, music and lyrics by David Bryan, directed by Christopher Ashley, with choreography by Sergio Trujillo, will open at a Broadway theatre yet to be announced in the fall. It tells the fictionalized...
2nd March 2009
Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark, the new musical about the Marvel comic book hero, book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger, music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, directed by Julie Taymor, with choreography by Daniel Ezralow, has confirmed its Broadway debut, previewing from January 16th...
23rd February 2009
The new musical Next To Normal, music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, a contemporary story of how an almost average suburban family comes to grips with a long buried secret, directed by Michael Greif, with musical staging by Sergio Trujillo, seen last year at Second...
16th February 2009
The Public Theater's free Shakespeare in the Park festival at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park this summer will include Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's greatest comedy, about twins shipwrecked in an enchanted dukedom, with Anne Hathaway, directed by Daniel Sullivan, playing from...
9th February 2009
The acclaimed fall 2008 Old Vic London production of Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy The Norman Conquests, directed by Matthew Warchus, will transfer to Broadway, with the original cast of Amelia Bullmore, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miles, Paul Ritter and Amanda Root, previewing...
2nd February 2009
Roundabout Theatre Company has announced two further productions in its 2009/2010 season: the 1960 musical Bye Bye Birdie, book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams, about an Elvis like rock star being inducted into the Army, and his agent-songwriter'...
26th January 2009
Roundabout Theatre will stage Patrick Marber's After Miss Julie, which relocates August Strinberg's play - a sexual liaison between a footman and his master's daughter - to a country house in Britain on the night of the Labour party's groundbreaking General Election victory in 1945...
19th January 2009
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Belvoir St Theatre Sydney, Australia, production of Eugene Ionesco's Exit The King, with original star Geoffrey Rush joined by Susan Sarandon, Lauren Ambrose and Andrea Martin, directed by Neil Armfield, will transfer to Broadway, previewing...
12th January 2009
The Toxic Avenger, a musical adaptation of Lloyd Kaufman's 1985 movie, book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, music by David Bryan, directed by John Rando, seen recently at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse, will preview from March 18th at New World Stages, opening on April 6th. A scientist...
5th January 2009
Lincoln Center Theater has now been confirmed that its production of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come And Gone, the story of a man newly released from prison who arrives at a Pittsburgh boarding house filled with disperate characters who aid him in his search for inner freedom, ...