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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

Friday, July 2, 2010

POLL RESULTS: In the Good Ol' Summertime!

THANKS TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE WRITTEN: THE JULY POLL SHOULD BE FIXED SHORTLY. BLOGGER.COM IS AWARE OF THE ISSUE. PLEASE CHECK BACK AND VOTE!

As we steam ahead toward the 4th of July, let's look back that results of last month's poll which asked:

What are your summer theatre plans?

  • 46% of you said: I intend to catch up on all the shows in New York.

Soon to be in A Little Night Music...

Me, too! Well, I'm going to re-visit a few, anyway. This summer I plan to see Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch in my other favorite revival from last season... A Little Night Music. I also will, as you no doubt have guessed, see Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley in next to normal. And I hope to catch Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes again in Promises, Promises. Ahh, who knows? Maybe a return to The Addams Family...

Soon to be in next to normal...

  • 20% of you said: I am in a summer production.
PLEASE write and tell us all about your adventures in summer theatre! I think it would make a great blog or two!
  • 20% of you said: I will be attending lots of local theatre.
Again, PLEASE write in with your experiences and give a shout out to your local theatres...I'll blog about it if it is theatre no matter how large or small.


The Chess Trio: Morton, Paice and Kushnier

This isn't exactly local theatre for me, but I am going down to Virginia this summer to see Signature Theatre's production of Chess with Euan Morton, Jill Paice and Jeremy Kushnier. A trio like that can't be too bad, and definitely worth the trip.

  • 7% of you said: I will be attending a summer theatre festival.
Maybe the third time will be the charm: PLEASE write and tell me about it. I'll pst pretty much anything you send in!

  • and 7% of you said: I need a break! No shows til September.
I'd rather poke my eyes out with a stick than go THAT long without a show!

But if you can't get to the theatre, or for trips to the beach, or just relaxing around the house, here is a great list of theatre books, from fellow blogger Jan.

And I can recommend these:

Author Seth Rudetsky with both books
AND [title of show]'s Hunter Bell
  • Seth Rudetsky's The Q Guide to Broadway. Lots of facts, trivia and his signature wit and wisdom.
  • Seth Rudetsky's novel, Broadway Nights. As he would say, "Ha- Larious!"
  • Christopher Bram's novel, Lives of the Circus Animals. Funny and contemporary.

A theatre novel by the author of the
book on which Gods and Monsters was based.

Plus, of course, you can check out the DVDs, CDs and books I recommend down and to the right of this (though I can't picture anyone lugging the Playbill Yearbook to the beach!).



Comments? Leave one here or email me at jkstheatrescene@yahoo.com.
Jeff

1 comment:

  1. Hey, JK, funny you should mention Chess. Signature Theatre is one of my local theaters- I live just a few minutes away. Last month I saw Sycamore Tree and [Title of Show] there, and Chess is definitely on my list (though I wonder what version of the show they'll be doing). I also have Seth Rudetsky's Broadway Nights on my Ipod. The hard copy was out of print, but I love the audio version because in addition to Seth's funny self, he got all these great theatre people to play different characters- Kristin Chenoweth, Richard Kind, Andrea Burns (who's a fabulous voice actor along with everything else- she's hysterical in this), to name just a few. Seth did his Deconstructing Broadway show in DC last month, and it was so much fun. I'm very lucky in that DC has a great theatre scene. But I'll be back in NYC in 2 weeks for Peters & Stritch and the last N2N performance with the current cast. Last weekend my mom and I saw The Winter's Tale (Shakespeare in the Park), and I caught up with This Wide Night before it closed. Alison Pill is so very talented.

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