July 23, 2019 at 1:02 pm #1202992059
Complete casting has been announced for the Cape Playhouse production of Noises Off, which will run from August 7-17. http://www.playbill.com/article/jeremy-webb-janine-lamanna-more-will-join-snls-heidi-gardner-in-noises-off-at-cape-playhouseJuly 24, 2019 at 10:28 am #1202993962
The Steppenwolf Theatre has announced casting for their first four productions of their 2019-2020 season. http://www.playbill.com/article/steppenwolf-unveils-casting-for-the-great-leap-the-brothers-size-and-moreJuly 24, 2019 at 10:51 am #1202994013
I got to see a local production of Annie in my area last night. Here are my thoughts on it:
Under the direction of Eric Woodall, he is able to treat the material with great respect while still bringing some of his own ideas to the table.
When the curtain goes up, we the audience see a basket left all alone on the streets of New York. Then, a cop comes by to find a baby and a note inside of it. When he takes the basket to the orphanage, we see a parade of orphans walking across the stage carrying buckets, which ends with a now 11-year-old Annie. Even during A Star to Be’s solo in the song ‘NYC’, Woodall along with choreographer James Gray (who does some very lively work) came up with a very clever idea. When we first meet A Star to Be, she has just arrived in New York, then we start seeing her fantasize about making it big in the city. Carly Grissom proves to be a real triple threat during that character’s brief appearance.
Each member of the principal cast does a great job of creating their own portrayals of their characters. 12-year-old Alexa Lasanta gives a very strong performance in the titular role of Annie, the spunky and optimistic orphan who’s looking for her parents. John Eric Parker is quite wonderful as billionaire businessman Oliver Warbucks, who opens his home to Annie during the holiday season. Karen Ziemba is so brilliantly memorable as the disillusioned orphanage matron, Miss Hannigan. Manna Nichols gives a very charismatic performance as Warbucks’ faithful secretary, Grace Farrell. Nicolas Dromard and Erica Mansfield both prove to be quite a match for each other as Rooster Hannigan & Lily St. Regis, who scheme to abduct Annie. Dirk Lumbard gives a very authentic performance as President Franklin D. Roosevelt (otherwise known as FDR), who is inspired to make a New Deal and restore America’s economy after meeting Annie.
Overall, I think audiences of all ages should be in for a real treat with this production of Annie. Kids looking to get exposed to live theater should not be disappointed with this. It’s filled with classic musical comedy and some heartfelt moments.July 24, 2019 at 5:23 pm #1202994614
Casting has been announced for the Wintergreen Resort production of The Sound Of Music. http://www.playbill.com/article/site-specific-sound-of-music-to-be-staged-in-hills-of-virginiaJuly 29, 2019 at 9:14 am #1203000918
This is some very interesting casting as Adam Pascal will be starring as Professor Harold Hill in 5-Star Theatricals’ upcoming production of The Music Man this October.
http://www.playbill.com/article/rent-tony-nominee-adam-pascal-to-star-in-the-music-manJuly 29, 2019 at 9:27 am #1203000931
Moulin Rouge! will be making its Australian premiere at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in 2021. http://www.playbill.com/article/moulin-rouge-musical-will-open-in-australia-in-2021July 29, 2019 at 9:45 am #1203000985
Dave Malloy will be portraying Herman Melville in the American Repertory Theater production of his musical Moby Dick. https://www.broadway.com/buzz/196507/dave-malloy-to-portray-author-herman-melville-in-his-moby-dick-musical-at-art/July 29, 2019 at 6:29 pm #1203001702
Six will have several more regional productions this fall in Cambridge, St. Paul, and Edmonton. http://www.playbill.com/article/six-continues-american-conquest-with-ordway-engagement-this-fallJuly 29, 2019 at 6:32 pm #1203001709
Boston’s ArtsEmerson has announced their 2019-2020 season lineup. http://www.playbill.com/article/artsemerson-hosts-a-world-premiere-denis-ohare-and-south-african-take-on-the-magic-flute-for-10th-anniversary-seasonJuly 30, 2019 at 10:53 am #1203002388
Laura Michelle Kelly & Clifton Davis are both set to lead Austen’s Pride: A New Musical of Pride and Prejudice at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle this October.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Laura-Michelle-Kelly-and-Clifton-Davis-to-Lead-AUSTENS-PRIDE-in-Seattle-20190730July 30, 2019 at 8:40 pm #1203003249
Six will have several more regional productions this fall in Cambridge, St. Paul, and Edmonton. http://www.playbill.com/article/six-continues-american-conquest-with-ordway-engagement-this-fall
Which includes a run in Saint Paul, Minnesota, replacing the previously scheduled Ever After.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/SIX-The-Musical-Announces-Twin-Cities-Run-EVER-AFTER-At-The-Ordway-Postponed-20190729July 31, 2019 at 10:22 am #1203003917
Austin Pendleton will star in a production of Glengarry Glen Ross at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, Ohio, which will run from September 12-October 6. http://www.playbill.com/article/austin-pendleton-will-star-in-beck-centers-glengarry-glen-rossJuly 31, 2019 at 6:08 pm #1203004747
Casting has been announced for Huntington Theatre Company’s premiere of Dan McCabe’s play The Purists, which will be directed by Billy Porter and will run from August 30-September 29. http://www.playbill.com/article/cast-set-for-huntington-theatre-companys-the-purists-directed-by-billy-porterJuly 31, 2019 at 6:10 pm #1203004749
Maura Tierney will lead the cast of Jen Silverman’s play Witch, which will begin previews at the Geffen Playhouse on August 20 and officially open on August 29. http://www.playbill.com/article/see-whos-joining-maura-tierney-in-witch-at-the-geffen-playhouseAugust 1, 2019 at 8:30 am #1203005495
Casting has been announced for Lexington Opera House’s production of Newsies, which will run from August 1-4. http://www.playbill.com/article/dan-deluca-tessa-grady-stephen-r-buntrock-carrie-compere-star-in-lexington-theatre-companys-newsies
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