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Broadway Friday

Michael Kidd, the legendary and award-winning choreographer of Broadway shows such as Guys and Dolls and Finian's Rainbow and movie classics such as The Band Wagon and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers died on Sunday at age 92.

Kidd won five Tony Awards over his career and a 1997 Honorary Oscar "in recognition of his services to the art of dance in the art of the screen." Kidd earned his Tonys for: Finian’s Rainbow in 1947, Guys and Dolls in 1951, Can-Can in 1954, “Li’l Abner in 1957, and Destry Rides Again in 1960.

- The soundtrack from Young Frankenstein has been released. The disc includes Alone, a solo number sung by Megan Mullally which has been cut from the show.

- Broadway's grosses have rebounded post-strike. Last week the Great White Way reported more than $21M in ticket sales. That's $2M over the same period last year and does not include the gross for Young Frankenstein (estimated at $1.55M for the week) because that show's producers didn't report their sales.

- The National Museum of Patriotism, "a nonprofit research center for exploring the development of patriotism through educational displays and exhibits", has awarded one of its 2007 Patriotism Awards to Sardi's Restaurant. OK, then.

- Not everyone is raving about Harold Pinter's The Homecoming. James Brady in Forbes: " Do we really need yet another dysfunctional family? Don't we have O'Neill for that?" Yes, but who would go to see a play about a happy, well-balanced family - should such a creature exist?

- Tickets are now on sale for In The Heights, a musical about life in Manhattan's Dominican nabe, Washington Heights. Performances begin at the Richard Rogers Theatre on Feb. 14. During its Off Broadway run earlier this year, the show earned the 2007 Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Musical and was nominated for the 2007 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics.


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