THIS WEEK @ JK's TheatreScene

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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, January 22, 2012

TheatreScene: 01.16 - 01.22.12

BE SURE TO TAKE THE JANUARY POLL TO YOUR LEFT!


BROADWAY VIDEO OF THE WEEK:


Looks like they are giving away the ghost over at Ghost: The Musical!  On January 24th, the show will broadcast the first of its "Ghost Light Sessions" via Facebook.  Here is a teaser of what you can expect.  What I see is some serious talent, a pretty song, and most of all some pretty nice chemistry between leads Caissie Levy and Richard Fleeshman.  I can't think of a more important quality for the story of Ghost!






NOW IN PREVIEWS ON BROADWAY:



  • Wit, Samuel Friedman Theatre.  Previews: January 5, 2012; Opening Night: January 25, 2012


CLOSING ON BROADWAY TODAY:



  • The Mountaintop at the Jacobs Theatre.  24 previews, 114 performances.
  • Follies at the Marquis Theatre.  38 previews, 152 performances.


CLOSING ON BROADWAY NEXT WEEK:



  • On a Clear Day You Can See Forever at the St. James Theatre.  29 previews, 57 performances.
  • Relatively Speaking at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.  35 previews, 117 performances.
  • Chinglish at the Longacre Theatre.  19 previews, 119 performances.


BROADWAY'S WINNERS AND LOSERS THIS WEEK:




WINNER: Fans of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!  Three great Finches in one excellent production, right?  For now, it's "Goodbye, Darren!", "Hello, Nick!"  I have to admit I was dubious about Nick Jonas, but this video posted by Broadway.com makes me want to see the show again!  And BONUS: Micael Urie making his Broadway debut!  Very cool!  Break a leg, guys!


WINNER:  The film version of The Normal Heart!  It will be directed by Ryan Murphy, and star Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Alec Baldwin and from the Broadway revival, Jim Parsons.  More details HERE.




WINNER: Fans of Spring Awakening!  Fans of that show should DEVOUR this book, A Purple Summer: Notes on the Lyrics of Spring Awakening, which will explicate the lyrics of the Tony-winning show by Steven Sater, and it will include a look at the entire creative process from readings to Broadway.  And even more of a bonus: photos from the 2nd National Tour of the show!



WINNER: Andrew Rannells!  He signed with Fox for a potential pilot developed by Ryan Murphy, who will also direct.  It involves a gay couple and a woman who will be their surrogate.

WINNER: Fans of Anything Goes!  The boat will continue to sail at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre through September 9 now.  Who will be on that boat after April is anyone's guess at this point.



LOSERS: The Producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark:  Just pay Julie Taymor what you owe her and then stop and be thankful that you have a hit show and no one dead to show for it.  To say that the current show owes nothing to Taymor is laughable.  It wouldn't exist without her.

Jeff
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