Thursday, February 28, 2013
A Bronx Tale: ShowBiz 411 says Robert De Niro is contemplating directing a musical version of A Bronx Tale, the one-man play by Chazz Palminteri which became a movie De Niro starred in and directed. Palminteri is writing the book. David Bryan of Bon Jovi who won a Tony for Memphis, is doing the songs and Sergio Trujillo is staging the dances. Trujillo's working on the currently touring Flashdance, which is expected on Broadway this summer.
Sondheim-Ives Project: Michael Musto reports Stephen Sondheim--his Passion opens this week in an Off-Bway revival at CSC--is working with David Ives on a musical based on one of Ives' short plays.
Gloria/Emilio Estefan Musical: The Grammy-winning recording artist and her husband producer Emilio are developing a musical based on their lives.
Susan Stroman is committed to Big Fish and then Bullets Over Broadway.
Aladdin goes into the New Amsterdam in 2014 Also in the works are Houdini with Hugh Jackman; Diner with songs by Sheryl Crow; and The Prince of Broadway, which has been delayed a few times.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
|Ivy and Karen do some dirty Fosse dancin'|
The episode begins with rehearsals for Veronica (Jennifer Hudson)'s big one-night concert which evidently only takes a couple of hours. The talent behind Bombshell are apparently the only people on all of Broadway available to put this slapdash thing together. Of course both Ivy and Karen are in the chorus and Derek perversely has them fondle each other in a blatant rip-off of the Air-Erotica number from All That Jazz. The Fosse references are flying fast and furious later on as Veronica is forced to perform the ultimate uptune I Got Love as though it were Steam Heat with a bunch of hip thrusts and flared wrists. Veronica's momager (Sheryl Lee Ralph in a weird bit of casting--the Broadway Deena from Dreamgirls playing the mother of the movie Effie) demands that Derek keep her little girl's pure image in tact and drops a further foreshadowing hint that Tom would make a great director. Ivy said the same thing last week. Will this mean Tom will threaten Derek's position as the stager of Bombshell? Plus the mom has arranged for Bravo to tape the concert and NBC's sister network and its logo are shown and mentioned a million times.
Monday, February 25, 2013
|Is this the Tonys or the Oscars? |
Kristin Chenoweth and Seth MacFarlane
Saturday, February 23, 2013
I still don't get why this well-made, but conventional thriller is the expected winner. Is it the backlash against the Affleck snub? Is Lincoln too talky? Probably a combination. This is an action-oriented, feel-good picture that gets your heart racing. It certainly did mine in the closing sequence which departed from the truth significantly, I hear. I understand the disguised diplomats just sailed through the airport in Iran without a hitch, but that would have made for a boring ending.
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
There has been some movement among Oscar pundits that Emmanuelle Riva might be a surprise winner if Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence split the vote, but Lawrence will probably edge it out since she gets to cry and is American. Chastain had only that one tear at the end.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Also coming to Broadway for a limited run are The Little Rascals who will play 15 performances at the Richard Rodgers April 15-May 5 in a reunion concert called Once Upon a Dream. This will be the first time the group has played together since 1970. So here's the final, final 2012-13 rundown:
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
|Ain't nothing sexier than a dramaturg, baby!|
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
With so many seasons behind it, TAR has to come up with some new twists to make the races different. Last season, they did the $2 million jackpot if you won both the first and the last legs. This time, Phil gave the winners of the first leg not one, but two express presses, the second one to be given to a team of the winners' choice. The winning team has until the fourth leg to give away the extra pass. (I guess they aren't allowed to use it themselves or not give it away at all and let it just go to waste, that wasn't made clear.)
Sunday, February 17, 2013
|A scene from Kings Point, nominated for |
Best Documentary Short Film
But then after Kings Point is finished, Redemption comes on. Now I think, Well, this is still OK, so now they'll screen all of program B (which is only two shorts) and I can still see the rest of Program A in the city. I'll just have to watch Kings Point twice. Then Redemption finishes and the lights come up. It's over. I go into the lobby and ask the manager "Did you start to show the wrong one?" Yes, they apologized. On Monday, they'll screen the missing ones from A and B. But I won't be in Rhinecliff then, I'm going back to NYC tomorrow morning. If I want to see all five, I have to sit through A and B at IFC and watch Kings Point and Redemption twice. Should I have asked for my money back? Should I have said "You don't understand, I need to see all the nominated shorts and this way I'll have to spend twice as much to see them, plus the admission is more expensive in Manhattan."
|Paul Giamatti as John Adams in HBO's mini-series |
on the second president and father of the sixth
George Washington--Barry Bostwick (that CBS miniseries); David Morse (John Adams on HBO)
John Adams--George Grizzard (The Adams Chronicles); William Daniels (1776); Paul Giamatti (John Adams on HBO); Brent Spiner (1776 revival from Roundabout)
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
|Sebastian Stan in Picnic|
Credit: Joan Marcus
In Picnic, the forces of repressions work to stifle the happiness of all the characters. The "old-maid" schoolteacher Rosemary Sydney (played by Elizabeth Marvel here, Eileen Heckart in the original Broadway production and Rosalind Russell in the movie) derisively comments on the bare torso of Hal Carter, the macho drifter who sets off sexual fireworks in a small Kansas town.It's later revealed Rosemary led a committee to have a naked male statue "castrated" by a janitor with a chisel. She represents the hypocrisy of sexual repression.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
|The origin of Dr. Mid-Nite |
so Alana from King of the Nerds will never forget it.
There is so much reality I must watch these days, I had to DVR everything. Thursdays will be especially bad when Comic Book Men returns next week. Then Kevin Smith will be on opposite the Nerds and Project Runway. I guess I'll have to DVR the late-night rerun of one of them. Plus, Amazing Race starts next Sunday as well.
There will be a casting call for the role of "Cat" in the upcoming production of "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Send your cat's headshot and owner contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org This reminded me that the last live real cat to star on Broadway was the feline who played opposite Maggie Smith in Lettice and Lovage. I'll never forget her acceptance speech when she won the Tony Award. "My friends said I should thank the cat," Dame Maggie archly said. "And I do thank the cat, but it had better behave itself, because it's getting entirely out of hand."
I had reviews for Moose Murders Women of Will and Clive at the Backstage website this week. Moose Murders is one of the biggest flops in Broadway history and this tiny company called Beautiful Soup Theatre Collective decided to revive it. The playwright had "shamelessly revised" his script, but it was still awful. Opening night was also the first night they invited critics and everyone was there including John Simon who brought his Playbill from the original production. Charles Busch, Julie Halston, Jackie Hoffman were also in the audience which was not a smart move. It led me to think how much better the production would be with these funny people in it. At least they would know how to camp it up and make this script so bad it would be a riot, as it was it was just bad. They actually had the celebrities--me included--pose with a guy dressed as a moose. Hanging around in the lobby was more fun than watching the show.
|At the opening of Moose Murders.|
Yes, it has come to this.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Which leads us to the ironic use of women in the NRA's twisted cry to stop the assault weapons ban. In testimony before the Senate committee and taken up by their stooge Lindsay Graham, the NRA made the argument mothers alone need Bushmasters and high-capacity magazines with 30 or 40 rounds to defend themselves and their sweet little babies against possible intruders. They actually used the words choice and accused gun control advocates of limiting women's option when it comes to self-defense. So women should have choices about their deadly assault weapons but not their pregnancy? And another thing, if we have to register our cars and have leases to our homes, what's the big deal about registering guns?
Monday, February 4, 2013
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
I opted for Nerds live because Runway looked a bit tired in its first episode this 11th season. The producers had to come up with some kind of season-long twist and they decided to make each challenge a team one. Blah. The first week was not really a team effort. Everyone had to make a dress inspired by NYC--how original--and then listen to everyone else on their team offer critiques. I was glad when Patricia, the designer from New Mexico, got high praise from the judges for her innovative print dress after her fellow competitors called it too artsy-craftsy. Suck it, team bitches! This week, the idea was to make uniforms for the waitstaff and "ball boys" at this Ping Pong club owned by Susan Sarandon. So that's what she been doing with herself these days. Boring! You know you're in trouble when the designers are better dressed than the models.
posted 2012-13 was an exceptionally busy but dull season. Now the situation is spicing up, not only is Christopher Durang's wild comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike moving from Off-Broadway to Broadway, Alan Cumming's acclaimed one-person interpretation of Macbeth will be playing a limited engagement at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre with previews starting April 7, opening April 21. In this bizarre rendering of Shakespeare's tragedy which has played the Lincoln Center Festival and the National Theatre of Scotland, Cumming is the sole patient in a mental institute acting out all the roles in the story of the Thane of Cawdor's bloodthirsty rise.Macbeth is popular these days with Sleep No More Off-Bway and a segment devoted to the play on PBS's Shakespeare Uncovered hosted by Ethan Hawke.
This spices up the solo category for the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards with Bette Midler, Holland Taylor, Fiona Shaw, and now Cumming in the running (the Tonys don't have a separate solo actor category so it will be interesting to see who among the one-person people will get nominations for Best Actor or Actress).