Around The Town

Upfront January 22, 2007

The Tony Award committee announced their rulings regarding the upcoming Tony Awards. No real surprises in that the revivals of A Chorus Line and Les Miserables will be ineligible in a number of categories (sets, costumes, lighting, direction) in which the two musicals merely presented “re-creations” of the original productions.

Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey apparently still riding the “ego trip” that propelled his recent film flop, “Beyond the Sea,” (based on the life of Bobby Darin) may have over priced himself as the star of the upcoming Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten. He reportedly will receive just shy the $60,000 a week he wanted…truly amazing for a serious play of considerable length that will run for less than 90 performances, making it nearly impossible for Moon to break even; Kevin will have to best Julia Roberts at the box office if this show is going to turn a profit. Good luck Kevin; may the Gods be with you!

The Tony Award committee announced their rulings regarding the upcoming Tony Awards. No real surprises in that the revivals of A Chorus Line and Les Miserables will be ineligible in a number of categories (sets, costumes, lighting, direction) in which the two musicals merely presented “re-creations” of the original productions.

Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey apparently still riding the “ego trip” that propelled his recent film flop, “Beyond the Sea,” (based on the life of Bobby Darin) may have over priced himself as the star of the upcoming Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten. He reportedly will receive just shy the $60,000 a week he wanted…truly amazing for a serious play of considerable length that will run for less than 90 performances, making it nearly impossible for Moon to break even; Kevin will have to best Julia Roberts at the box office if this show is going to turn a profit. Good luck Kevin; may the Gods be with you!

August Wilson, one our finest playwrights, recently past away at the young age of 60, well for just $15 you can see a superlative production of Two Trains Running at the Signature Theater. The company is putting on several of Mr. Wilson’s 10 play series on the black experience in America. The playwright has created a play for each decade of the past century.

Some cool happenings around the town:

Laila Robins, Peter Strauss, Sarah Grace Wilson, Molly Ward, Playwright Tricia Walsh-Smith, Debargo Sanyal, Patricia Conolly, Director Carolyn Cantor, Casting: Jack Doulin

On Monday the historic Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut presented an engaging reading of the compelling new play, The Last Journey, by Tricia Walsh-Smith. The Edge Theater’s Carolyn Cantor directed the wonderful cast led by the marvelous Laila Robins starring as Annie. A stimulating talk back with the playwright followed the performance.

This past Friday Kristin Chenoweth, the bundle of dynamite now wowing audiences at Studio 54 in the Roundabout Theater revival of The Apple Tree, took a night off to make her Metropolitan Opera concert debut delivering a reportedly sparkling performance.

Tickets go on sale Saturday January 27 to see theater legend Angela Lansbury return to Broadway after a 25 year absence. She will star with Broadway’s beloved Marian Seldes in Tony Award winner Terrence McNally’s new play Deuce directed by Michael Blakemore. The limited run begins April 16 at the Music Box Theater.

Bryan McElroy currently appearing in the Robert De Niro film “The Good Shepherd” will join the cast of the long running off Broadway hit musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at the Westside Theater. The little show has played over 4,000 performances in an 11 years, making it one of the longest running musicals ever.