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Yeroismyhero
High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens to Star as Mimi in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl. Shoot. Me. Now. LOL
Robert Upland
You beat me to it biggrin.gif

I don't see it personally. Who knows, maybe we will be surprised.
CaityGlinda
My mouth actually just fell open. Please leave Disney well away from Jonathan Larson's beautiful work! Also, she seems too sweet and innocent to play Mimi, also not sure if her voice is up to it, although she's got a good voice it didn't seem particularly powerful in HSM and Mimi needs to have a pretty decent belt on her. Who knows, maybe she'll surprise us all. Still not happy about it though.
MurneyMenzel
QUOTE(Robert Upland @ Apr 9 2010, 01:00 PM) *
I don't see it personally. Who knows, maybe we will be surprised.



Oh, I see it. I just don't see it ending well. At all.
and1987
Former Glinda Alli Mauzey will take part in the Show Hope’s Spring Celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella In Concert." This one day only charity event will take place on May 14th at 7pm at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN. The show will also feature Bebe Winans, Jodi Benson, Heather Headley, Anthony Federov, Jake Speck, and Steven Curtis Chapman.

http://www.nashvillesymphony.org/main.taf?...ventID=0910-S19
and1987
Former Elphaba Stephanie J. Block has been cast as Grizabella in a production of Cats, which will take place at the Muny Theatre in St. Louis. The show will run from July 19-25. This isn't one of my favorite musicals, but I think she will do very well with this role. I hope she will bring the pain that this charcter goes through. The show will also feature Ken Page (Old Deuteronomy) and Lara Teeter (Munkustrap).

http://stlouis.broadwayworld.com/article/G...e_Muny_20010101
Fritz
Saw this morning - Meggie Cansler was also cast in footlose.
Elphiethegood
WISH I could see this!!! She's gonna do AMAZING but when isn't Steph AMAZING?
and1987
Daniel Radcliffe is going to make his musical theatre debut in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in Spring 2011. I'm interested to hear what his singing will be like.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Danie...g_2011_20100415
Chenzel
Stephanie in Cats? She will be amazing and do no wrong.
wickedly dudley
Great cast including Wicked alumni, Nicole Parker and Melissa Fahn in
How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
OnceUponaTime
Wow Tickets are 75 dollars a piece...seems a bit steep...
wickedly dudley
^That's what all the Reprise productions cost which usually have big-name musical theatre stars. Definitely worth the money and your favorite Eden was there in Flora, the Red Menace and the price was the same then.
WinkiePrince
Yay for Nicole doing another show, I just wish it were closer to New York. sad.gif
and1987
Great news! However, we've created a new thread for news like this.

http://www.witchesofoz.com/wicked_boards/i...showtopic=34442
OnceUponaTime
QUOTE(wickedly dudley @ Apr 16 2010, 10:16 PM) *
^That's what all the Reprise productions cost which usually have big-name musical theatre stars. Definitely worth the money and your favorite Eden was there in Flora, the Red Menace and the price was the same then.

Hahaha and I would have paid double that price! You are right...the price is fair just didn't realize that was the norm... smile.gif
Man in Chair
QUOTE(wickedly dudley @ Apr 17 2010, 06:16 AM) *
^That's what all the Reprise productions cost which usually have big-name musical theatre stars. Definitely worth the money and your favorite Eden was there in Flora, the Red Menace and the price was the same then.

Are there any big-name theatre stars in this production?smile.gif
wickedly dudley
QUOTE(Man in Chair @ Apr 17 2010, 04:59 PM) *
Are there any big-name theatre stars in this production?smile.gif


Maybe not to you since you live on the other side of the Pond, but to those of us who live in the colonies Ed Asner is legendary along with John O'Hurley and Vicki Lewis who are in this production. And then there are the two Wicked links, Nicole Parker and Melissa Fahn that many of the LA Wicked fans remember fondly as the Fainting Girl. Reprise Theatre is the Encore West always doing musicals for short runs usually two weeks which is longer than Encore in NYC. They manage to bring in well-known theatrical stars and in just the few that I've seen I have had the pleasure of seeing Eden Espinosa, Manoel Feliciano, Megan Lawrence, Valerie Perri (Evita), Brent Spiner (Data in Star Trek), Julia Migenes (opera singer), Steven Webber (Wings), Alexandra Silber (An intro in their recent Carousel to an American born actress who found success in the West End), Lee Wilkolf, M. Emmet Walsh, Faith Prince and Jason Alexander. They were enough to warrant the ticket price mentioned earlier and that's for the best seats of which for me there's really not a bad one in this theatre.
Yeroismyhero
I'll be going to Theatre at the Center in Munster, IN on Sunday to see I Do, I Do.

Heidi Kettenring, Chicago's original Nessarose is starring.

The show opened last night and plays through the middle of May I believe.
and1987
Sutton Foster might play Reno Sweeny in the Roundabout Theatre revival of Anything Goes. I'd love to see her in that role!

http://www.broadway.com/buzz/will-sutton-f...-anything-goes/
Chenzel
QUOTE(and1987 @ Apr 28 2010, 10:50 PM) *
Sutton Foster might play Reno Sweeny in the Roundabout Theatre revival of Anything Goes. I'd love to see her in that role!

http://www.broadway.com/buzz/will-sutton-f...-anything-goes/

Sutton would be perfect for this! Anything Goes is a really fun show.
and1987
Aaron Tveit will play Roger in the Hollywood Bowl concert of Rent.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Brady...d_Bowl_20100430
and1987
Sorry for double posting, but Kristin Chenoweth was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Krist...ld_114_20100513
wickedly dudley
Photos from Reprise's forthcoming How To Succeed in Business with Wicked alums Nicole Parker and Melissa Fahn.
Broadway World.

Sets look great; can't wait to see this on May 21st!
blockhead24
Speaking of "How to Succeed"..great article on Marcia http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/...0,6748030.story
wickedly dudley
^Thanks for that article! If I couldn't see Ragtime I'll settle for this. smile.gif

Won't double post but I'll add the L.A. Times review which was mixed. wink.gif
ennaxor
I saw "How to Succeed" last night, Nicole and Melissa were both great! But the highlight of the show for me was Simon Helberg, cause I'm a huge fan of The Big Bang Theory, so it was fun to see him on stage. smile.gif
wickedly dudley
^And I had a ticket to go but something unforeseen made me miss it sad.gif . My friend said it was great too, the best Reprise production this season. And he also loves Big Bang Theory and really enjoyed Simon too.
and1987
Here are the Drama Desk Award winners:

QUOTE
Outstanding Play:

Alan Ayckbourn, My Wonderful Day

Annie Baker, Circle Mirror Transformation

Lucinda Coxon, Happy Now?

*John Logan, Red

Geoffrey Nauffts, Next Fall

Bruce Norris, Clybourne Park



Outstanding Musical:

American Idiot

Everyday Rapture

*Memphis

The Addams Family

The Scottsboro Boys

Yank!



Outstanding Revival of a Play:

*A View from the Bridge

Brighton Beach Memoirs

*Fences

Hamlet

So Help Me God!

The Boys in the Band



Outstanding Revival of a Musical:

A Little Night Music

Finian's Rainbow

*La Cage Aux Folles

Promises, Promises

Ragtime



Outstanding Actor in a Play:

Bill Heck, The Orphans' Home Cycle

Jude Law, Hamlet

Alfred Molina, Red

Eddie Redmayne, Red

*Liev Schreiber, A View from the Bridge

John Douglas Thompson, The Emperor Jones

Christopher Walken, A Behanding in Spokane



Outstanding Actress in a Play:

Ayesha Antoine, My Wonderful Day

Melissa Errico, Candida

Anne Hathaway, Twelfth Night

Kristen Johnston, So Help Me God!

Laura Linney, Time Stands Still

*Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family



Outstanding Actor in a Musical:

Brandon Victor Dixon, The Scottsboro Boys

*Douglas Hodge, La Cage Aux Folles

Cheyenne Jackson, Finian's Rainbow

Chad Kimball, Memphis

Nathan Lane, The Addams Family

Bobby Steggert, Yank!



Outstanding Actress in a Musical:

Kate Baldwin, Finian's Rainbow

*Montego Glover, Memphis

Jayne Houdyshell, Coraline

Christiane Noll, Ragtime

Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture

*Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music



Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play:

Chris Chalk, Fences

Sean Dugan, Next Fall

*Santino Fontana, Brighton Beach Memoirs

Adam James, The Pride

Hamish Linklater, Twelfth Night

Nick Westrate, The Boys in the Band



Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play:

Victoria Clark, When the Rain Stops Falling

*Viola Davis, Fences

Xanthe Elbrick, Candida

Mary Beth Hurt, When the Rain Stops Falling

Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge

Andrea Riseborough, The Pride



Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical:

Kevin Chamberlin, The Addams Family

Robin De Jesus, La Cage Aux Folles

Jeffry Denman, Yank!

*Christopher Fitzgerald, Finian's Rainbow

Jeremy Morse, Bloodsong of Love

Bobby Steggert, Ragtime



Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical:

Carolee Carmello, The Addams Family

Carrie Cimma, Lizzie Borden

*Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises

Angela Lansbury, A Little Night Music

Kenita Miller, Langston in Harlem

Terri White, Finian's Rainbow



Outstanding Director of a Play:

Jonathan Bank, So Help Me God!

Jack Cummings III, The Boys in the Band

Sam Gold, Circle Mirror Transformation

Michael Grandage, Hamlet

*Michael Grandage, Red

Ethan Hawke, A Lie of the Mind



Outstanding Director of a Musical:

Warren Carlyle, Finian's Rainbow

Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime

Igor Goldin, Yank!

Terry Johnson, La Cage Aux Folles

*Michael Mayer, American Idiot

Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys



Outstanding Choreography:

Warren Carlyle, Finian's Rainbow

Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime

Lynne Page, La Cage Aux Folles

Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys

*Twyla Tharp, Come Fly Away

y Sergio Trujillo, Memphis



Outstanding Music:

*David Bryan, Memphis

Michael Friedman, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Joe Iconis, Bloodsong of Love

John Kander & Fred Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys

Andrew Lippa, The Addams Family

Joseph Zellnik, Yank!



Outstanding Lyrics:

Rick Crom, Newsical The Musical

Kevin Del Aguila, Click, Clack, Moo

*John Kander & Fred Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys

Dillie Keane and Adèle Anderson, Fascinating Aïda Absolutely Miraculous!

Andrew Lippa, The Addams Family

David Zellnik, Yank!



Outstanding Book of a Musical:

Joe DiPietro, Memphis

Joe Iconis, Bloodsong of Love

Dick Scanlan & Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture

David Thompson, The Scottsboro Boys

*Alex Timbers, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

David Zellnik, Yank!



Outstanding Orchestrations:

Larry Hochman, The Scottsboro Boys

Tom Kitt, American Idiot

Tom Kitt, Everyday Rapture

John Oddo, All About Me

*Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis



Outstanding Musical Revue:

Fascinating Aïda Absolutely Miraculous!

Million Dollar Quartet

Newsical The Musical

Simon Green: Traveling Light

*Sondheim on Sondheim



Outstanding Music in a Play:

Adam Cochran, A Play on War

Adam Cork, Red

Gaines, A Lie of the Mind

Philip Glass, The Bacchae

Hem, Twelfth Night

*Branford Marsalis, Fences



Outstanding Set Design:

Sandra Goldmark, The Boys in the Band

*Phelim McDermott, Julian Crouch & Basil Twist, The Addams Family

Derek McLane, Ragtime

Christopher Oram, Red

Jay Rohloff, Underground

Karen Tennent, Hansel and Gretel



Outstanding Costume Design:

Antonia Ford-Roberts & Bob Flanagan, The Emperor Jones

Clint Ramos, So Help Me God!

Bobby Frederick Tilley II, Lizzie Borden

*Matthew Wright, La Cage Aux Folles

David Zinn, In the Next Room or the vibrator play



Outstanding Lighting Design:

Neil Austin, Hamlet

*Neil Austin, Red

Christian M. DeAngelis, Lizzie Borden

Maruti Evans, John Ball's In the Heat of the Night

Natasha Katz, The Addams Family

Dane Laffrey, The Boys in the Band



Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical:

*Acme Sound Partners, Ragtime

Jonathan Deans, La Cage Aux Folles

Ashley Hanson, Kurt Eric Fischer & Brian Ronan, Everyday Rapture

Peter Hylenski, The Scottsboro Boys

Scott Lehrer, Finian's Rainbow

Brian Ronan, Promises, Promises



Outstanding Sound Design in a Play:

Dan Bianchi & Wes Shippee, Frankenstein

Dale Bigall, Underground

Adam Cork, Enron

Lindsay Jones and Jamie McElhinney, Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers

*Fitz Patton, When the Rain Stops Falling

Elizabeth Rhodes, John Ball's In the Heat of the Night



Outstanding Solo Performance:

Theodore Bikel, Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears

*Jim Brochu, Zero Hour

Colman Domingo, A Boy and his Soul

Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking

Judith Ivey, The Lady With All the Answers

Anna Deavere Smith, Let Me Down Easy



Unique Theatrical Experience:

Charles L. Mee's Fêtes de la Nuit

Hansel and Gretel

John Tartaglia's Imaginocean

*Love, Loss, and What I Wore

Stuffed and Unstrung

The Provenance of Beauty


http://www.playbill.com/news/article/13975...ama-Desk-Awards
blockhead24
I was there...it was a great night. So happy for La Cage, Douglas Hodge, Jan Maxwell and Santino Fontana (his speech was adorable!)
and1987
Nick Jonas is going to make his West End debut as as Marius in Les Miserables for a three-week stint beginning June 21. That should be uhhhhhh, interesting.

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/13991...n-Les-Misrables
Robert Upland
He's been on Broadway a few times I think. I know he played Chip in B&TB and I'm pretty sure he was in Les Mis.
blockhead24
He was also in "Annie Get Your Gun" in addition to B&TB and Les Miz
Robert Upland
The complete cast for Neil Patrick Harris' production of RENT at the Hollywood Bowl has been announced.

Skylar Astin, Mark
Wayne Brady, Collins
Vanessa Hudgens, Mimi
Telly Leung, Angel
Collins Pennie, Benny
Nicole Scherzinger, Maureen
Tracie Thoms, Joanne
Aaron Tveit, Roger
Gwen Stewart

Yay for Telly Leung, Tracie Thoms, Aaron Tveit and Gwen Stewart. As for the rest......we'll see biggrin.gif
wickedlafan
QUOTE(Robert Upland @ Jun 4 2010, 05:39 PM) *
The complete cast for Neil Patrick Harris' production of RENT at the Hollywood Bowl has been announced.

Skylar Astin, Mark
Wayne Brady, Collins
Vanessa Hudgens, Mimi
Telly Leung, Angel
Collins Pennie, Benny
Nicole Scherzinger, Maureen
Tracie Thoms, Joanne
Aaron Tveit, Roger
Gwen Stewart

Yay for Telly Leung, Tracie Thoms, Aaron Tveit and Gwen Stewart. As for the rest......we'll see biggrin.gif


That has to be the most random group of people ever to be put onstage. Nice casting NPH.
Robert Upland
Apparently there is a musical version of The Goonies in the works. Ummm...hmmmm..yeah.

and1987
Oh brother!

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/14011...in-Times-Square
wickednessa1
I wasn't sure where to post this. Sorry if it is in the wrong spot. Aaron= <3

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo...d_Bowl_20100730
Robert Upland
RENT in rehearsals at the Hollywood Bowl biggrin.gif

http://www.broadwayworld.com/videoplay.php?colid=155675
wickedlafan
I saw Rent at the Hollywood Bowl last night. Neil Patrick Harris should never direct another show, and Vanessa Hudgens should stay far away from musical theatre as possible. She was just AWFUL. Quite possibly the worst performance I have ever seen in live theatre. The Benny was also terrible.

Despite the bad direction there were a few standout performances; Aaron Tveit was actually pretty good. Much better than I had expected him to be. Telly Leung and Tracie Thoms were amazing as well, and I hate to admit it but I actually liked Wayne Brady. But the best performance of the night came from Nicole Scherzinger. Both her acting and vocals were top notch and Take Me Or Leave Me was the best song of the night. She stole the whole show.

There were a few songs that were cut in half like Life Support, and Contact was just Angels part, and they cut We're Okay and Seasons of Love B.

There were some new orchestrations in all the songs, some of it worked, some of it didn't.
wickednessa1
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Ryan_...oadway_20100806

^ I personally don't think that would be a good idea.


RENT CONCERT:
http://losangeles.broadwayworld.com/videop...hp?colid=156556
charlove
^From those RENT videos, I think Vanessa Hudgens should never be cast in a stage musical ever again. Her Out Tonight was painful. On the other hand, I thought Aaron Tveit made an awesome Rodger.

And I agree, I don't think a Broadway Glee would be a good idea.
wickednessa1
I agree, Vanessa should never do another musical again. The whole Glee to Broadway is going too far. Don't get me wrong, I love Glee but it is fine just being a show.
Teal-Shade-of-Eden
QUOTE(wickednessa1 @ Aug 7 2010, 08:05 PM) *


The last thing Broadway needs is yet another jukebox musical.
Fiyero3305
Most of Vanessa's performance was pretty mediocre but her "Without You" was beautiful and her LMC was pretty good. Plus she looked incredible as Mimi. I think she's pretty solidly in the middle in terms of a turn as Mimi. She's definitely not at the top, but there have been weaker actresses and singers to take on the role.

ETA:
Also, see if you can find videos of her from the final performance, in which she was about 20x better than opening night.
wickedly dudley
I saw Robin and the Seven Hoods at the Old Globe in San Diego today. applause.gif Wow this show was fantastic! it was better than I ever expected. They're hoping to take this show to Broadway and hopefully it will transfer. It is so much better than the previous three musicals from last year that I saw there: Whisper House, Sammy and the dreadful The First Wives Club. Loved the staging which was austere but perfect for this show and the cast was excellent especially the ensemble who for me were the stars of the show with their incredible dancing. If this reaches Broadway Casey Nicholaw is a shoo-in for a Tony choreography nomination. The tap dance number Walkin' Happy was absolutely astounding and brought down the house as did Come Fly with Me.

The cast were all excellent: Eric Schneider from Jersey Boys as Robbo Ortona has a wonderful singing voice but my only complaint would be that he's a little too nice looking to play a hood. His female counterpart was Kelly Sullivan as the TV journalist trying to expose the bad guy played to perfection by Rick Holmes. I had never heard of Kelly but looking at her credits I see that she was in a recent Papermill Playhouse production of On the Town. This lady has a fantastic voice and I predict stardom for her if and when this play reaches Broadway. Of the four principals she was my favorite! Will Chase was perfect as Little John Dante and his female counterpart was Amy Spangler. I know people love her from Rock of Ages but for me she was my least favorite of the four leads. Others that stood out were Adam Heller as Lieutenant Nottingham and Jeffrey Schecter as Willie Scarlatti.

Then there is the ensemble of 14--7 Hoods and 7 Molls. They are the heart of the show and their dance sequences are amazing and so complex. Especially liked the 7 very talented molls of which 4 were definitely older, perhaps 30+. Hopefully they get to stay with the show and not be replaced by younger dancers.

If you live in the Southern California area please take a trip to San Diego to see this as it's worth the time and money for a show that is pure entertainment with an incredible score by the legendary Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. There wasn't a bad song in the bunch.

After the show we talked with Aleks Pevec, a Wicked LA ensemble member who is in this show and says that a lot of changes have been made from the initial show to now (ends on Aug. 29th) and more would probably come. No word yet as to whether it transfers to Broadway but he said that he was moving to NYC on Sept. 7th so hopefully that means it just might happen or perhaps a return to Wicked on Broadway. That man is so talented I'm hoping that either way he gets to strutt his stuff on the Great White Way.
and1987
Justin Guarini, who came in second place to Kelly Clarkson on season 1 of American Idol, has been cast as Carlos in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. dry.gif huh.gif I was never a huge fan of his, but good for him for making his Broadway debut in a musical with a A-list Broadway cast.

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/14222...asting-Complete
blockhead24
People are being so judgmental about this casting choice. I wish they'd give him a shot before being so negative. He certainly looks like he could be the son of Patti LuPone and Brian Stokes Mitchell.
wickedly dudley
Stephanie J Block will be starring opposite Jason Alexander in the Reprise Theatre production of They're Playing Our Song at the UCLA Freud Playhouse September 28 to October 10.
Reprise Theatre
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