EVEN THE MERCHANDISING HAS GONE GREEN
Kudos, environmentally, to both Wicked and Rock of Ages who now both print their window cards on roll up poster paper (as a collector, I hate this trend with a passion) but if it saves a tree or two...
BEFORE SHE WAS AILING...
And glad you are better, Kristin! I'm coming to see you very soon!
Broadway keeps losing great ones. This past week, beloved critic and friend of the theatre, Michel Kuchwara passed away. And he went just the way I'd like to go... smiling with my iPod on, listening to the overture of his favorite show, Gypsy. It is rare to hear the whole community rally for a critic, but he was revered for being fair, kind-hearted and open-minded. If he loved you he told you why. If he didn't his reasons were always clearly given, sans any sense of snarkiness or self-congratulations. It is testimony to the kind of man he was that Broadway dimmed its lights in his honor, a rare thing for anyone who is not a performer. Kuchwara was 63.
And Friday, we lost Gary Coleman, whose Broadway connection was a strong, but odd one. He is a character in the long running, Tony winning musical Avenue Q, which makes loving fun of his reputation post Diff'rent Strokes. Odder still, the role, in the US at least, is played by a woman! The statement from the AQ team was appropriate and sincere. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been Friday night to play the role. Coleman was 42.
05/23: Randy Graff
05/24: Alfred Molina
05/25: Ian McKellen
05/26: Ron Holgate
05/27: the late Vincent Price
05/28: Justin Kirk
05/29: Rupert Everett
OH! And who didn't nearly pee themselves at the news that Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch might replace Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury in A Little Night Music. Just the idea thrills me, but if it happens, SIGN ME UP!!!
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