Main | Friday, September 26, 2008

Broadway Friday

- Creepy, kooky, ooky. Workshops for The Addams Family: The Musical begin in January. Music by openly gay (and gay married) composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (left), book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth have done a rehearsal as Gomez and Morticia. The show is an "original musical" and will not draw upon the TV or movie versions of the characters.

- Suddenly, the wheels are in motion. Citing the present "tough economic climate", the producers of Xanadu are closing the show two weeks earlier than previously announced. The final performance is now this Sunday.

- OMG, you guys! Legally Blonde closes on October 19th after 30 previews and 595 performances. A national tour launched last week and is booked through September 2009.

- Six inches forward, five inches back. Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Halloween Extravaganza will play at the Highline Ballroom on October 27th. Jonathan Whitton stars. Tickets $15.

- Magic wand. Rave review for Daniel Radcliffe's Equus from the Times' Ben Brantley.

- The Gay Agenda's Great Big Broadway Show plays this Saturday at 11pm at the 45th Street Theatre. "THE GAY AGENDA has a single goal: Complete and utter world domination through SHOWTUNES." Tickets $20.

- Rev up your chainsaw: the musical version of American Psycho is headed for Broadway. Will there be a "splatter zone" like with Evil Dead: The Musical?

- It was the worst of times. A Tale Of Two Cities is getting poor reviews from all corners.

- The Young Frankenstein national tour will begin in fall 2009. No cities or dates announced.

- Sans Madge. Previews for David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow begin Oct.2, starring Jeremy Piven, Raúl Esparza, and Elisabeth Ross. At the Barrymore.

- Budget White Way. The Broadway Hotel & Hostel is offering $38 beds from Oct. 1 - Dec. 31. Downside: four "dormitory" bunk beds to a room, but you could get lucky with your roommates. Book by midnight Wednesday for the deal. It actually looks OK in the pics.

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