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Well, my "little vacation" ended up lasting two and a half years... funny how life steers your life in directions you weren't planning on. I'll start off with occasional posts, but I fully plan to resume this blog to full speed by the new year.

I hope you'll come back for frequent visits, to see new reviews, to share opinions, to take a survey (or two), and to celebrate the shows and show people that have made the TheatreScene!

Jeff

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bits and Pieces for 07.18.10

Don't forget to vote in the new poll!  It looks like it is working now, but if not... please keep checking back!

 
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED THIS WEEK!

 (Click on the links below to get to these most recent blogs!)

 
MORE SPIDER-MAN TROUBLE

 
Will this be the last I get use this awesome logo?

 
I don't know which incoming show has the most trouble to overcome, Love Never Dies, the London bomb that still plans on crossing the Atlantic, but maybe without its director and choreographer?  Or is it Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark the show that can't seem to get off the ground, losing stars and opening dates?  It's starting to look like the latter is going to win this unfortunate race, what with losing its PR firm, Boneau/Bryan-Brown in a very public way.  I guess two-plus years for spinning positive webs for negative news isn't worth the money they aren't seeing back on their investment of time and resources.  Of course, it is still to early to tell how the new firm, O and M, will do.  So far they are keeping quiet. 

 
JERSEY BOYS TROUBLE

 
The Boys in question...

 
Lawsuits and counter-lawsuits are flying over whether or not J. Robert Spencer, Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and Michael Longoria, original stars of Jersey Boys,are committing copyright infringement aming other things.  Their concert tour, The Boys in Concert,  is accused by the Broadway producers and Frankie Valli, of duping ticket buyers into thinking they are seeing a road company of the Broadway musical.  The actors counter-sue claiming that they have to  "defend their right to continue to thrill audiences with concerts that are, and always have been, purely an evening of music from multiple iconic groups of the 1960s, and of reminiscences of their Broadway experiences."  It'll be interesting to see who wins this battle.

 

TRYING TO AVOID TROUBLE: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

 
Catch Me If You Can in last year's Seattle try-out

 
Catch Me If You Can, the Broadway bound musical is trying to avoid trouble - book trouble - by bringing in next to normal's Brian Yorkey to work on multi-Tony winner Terrence McNally's book for the show.  Maybe they are going to try and make it edgier? 

 
AND ONE LAST THING...

 
Here is a production shot from Barrington Stage's summer treat, the musical Pool Boy, starring Broadway regulars Jay Armstrong Johnson, John Hickok and Sara Gettlefinger.  The photo is copyrighted and owned by the Barrington Stage Company.

 

 
Thought you'd see more bathing suits?
 
 
BROADWAY BY THE NUMBERS
40: The number of performances left of the revival of South Pacific
32: The number of performances left of the revival of Lend Me a Tenor
1: The number of Jonas Brothers that have yet to make their Broadway debut.
 
Happy Birthday last week to:
07/11: Kim Crosby (Into the Woods)
07/12: Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu, Finian's Rainbow)
07/13: Patrick Stewart (A Christmas Carol)
07/14: Polly Bergen (Cabaret, Follies)
07/15: Laura Benanti (The Wedding Singer, Gypsy)
07/16: Ruben Blades (The Capeman)
07/17: Lucie Arnaz (They're Playing Out Song, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)

 

 
THE ANSWERS TO THIS WEEK'S PUZZLE

 
A.  Green Day
B.  Dulcinea
C.  Thirteen
D. Starlight Express
E.  Xanadu
F.  Hollywood
G.  A Few Good Men
H.  Summer Nights
I.  Shrek
J.  Jersey
K.  Funny Girl
L.  Big River
M.  Baranski
N.  Pool
O.  Groff

 
ANSWER: Norma Desmond on Sunsent Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Stacee Jaxx on the Sunset Strip.

 
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Jeff

1 comment:

  1. Phantom Needs NO Sequel!
    Webber's new musical - LOVE NEVER DIES - destroys the characters and bastardizes the original story! Theatre critics around the world dislike the show, rating it less than 3 stars, while audience members are calling it "Paint Never Dries". Webber has asked his old friend HAL PRINCE (director of the original Phantom of the Opera) for help, by Hal refused. Rightly so!
    LOVE SHOULD DIE!
    www.LoveShouldDie.com

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