THE THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY:
Broadway's greatest ladies go international! Anytime there's news of my favorite gals doing new shows, it is cause for celebration. But this week has been a real treasure: BOTH Angela Lansbury AND Betty Buckley opened in new shows! Granted, neither are here in the states, but why shouldn't the rest of the world bear witness to their greatness? Check out Ms. Buckley putting her full crazy on in London's Dear World! And how about the elegance of Ms. Lansbury wowing people and koalas alike Down Under in Driving Miss Daisy? Any they know how to surround themselves with the best of the best - Buckley co-stars with British stage and music star Paul Nichols, and Lansbury with Best Man co-star and stage and screen legend James Earl Jones.
A classic is headed to Broadway! I'm not necessarily a huge fan of old shows, but I do love me some My Fair Lady! And this week, record producing legend Clive Davis announced that he will be making his Broadway debut in 2014. No, it won't be Arista: The Musical. He wants to bring the classic musical story of Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle to Manhattan. If he gets an amazing cast, it should be amazing. Paging Laura Benanti... Fingers crossed!
Nemo ushers Jessica Chastain out with a flurry-ish! A super storm (another media-as-terrorist buzzword) is never good news, but if there is a silver lining, it didn't shut Broadway down completely. And the starry revival of The Heiress got to play its final performance last night, closing at a PROFIT! Nice job!
Good CAN Come From Bad: I am looking forward to my return visit to The Mystery of Edwin Drood, of course, but now I have two new reasons to look forward to it - Erin Davie (who I loved in Grey Gardens) and Andrew Samonsky (who I loved in Queen of the Mist) are joining the cast on Tuesday as Rosa Bud and Neville Landless. Murderer's row just stayed interesting.
THINGS THAT MAKE ME SAD:
BEFORE YOU GO:
- Don't forget to vote in this week's "HOT or NOT" poll featuring the Men of Hands on a Hardbody! CLICK the show logo at the top of the right column!
- And check out my interviews with Drood's ERIC SCIOTTO and Cinderella's CODY WILLIAMS! Click their pics in both columns!