Originally scheduled to air on MTV this past Saturday, the taping of Broadway musical Legally Blonde will now have its television premiere on October 13 at 1pm. Set your VCRs!
With the rash of terrible jukebox musicals appearing all over Broadway the last few years, the mere mention of a popular band and Broadway in the same breath is enough to inspire fear in the hearts of many theater fans. However, when Duran Duran (“Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Ordinary World”) comes to Broadway this November, fortunately it will not be in the form of a musical. The British rockers are merely using Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre as a concert venue to promote their new album, Red Carpet Massacre.
It’s quite unusual for a band to play Broadway rather than one of the many concert halls in New York City, but lead singer Simon LeBon says “Staging a run on Broadway is something that we’ve often talked about over the years,” and it seems that they’ve finally found an opportunity to do it. Duran Duran will play a series of gigs at the Barrymore from November 1 through 12. Tickets go onsale through Telecharge beginning October 1.
The casting for Broadway-bound musical Cry-Baby has been announced. The title role, played by Johnny Depp in the 1990 film on which the show is based, will be played by newcomer James Snyder. Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie, TV’s Frasier), Carly Jibson (Hairspray), Chester Gregory (Tarzan), and Christopher Hanke (In My Life) also star. The musical will open at La Jolla Playhouse in November for a run, and then hopefully come to Broadway soon after, but no date has yet been set.
Lone Star Love, the new musical that puts Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor in a Wild West setting, has canceled its Broadway engagement. The show, which stars film actor Randy Quaid, is currently playing at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle (through September 30) and was supposed to open on Broadway on December 3.
Don’t forget to drop in to Shubert Alley today to visit the Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction, benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The event begins at 10AM, when the various Broadway shows and Broadway-related organizations set up their tables full of goods (old Playbills, props, CDs, theater merchandise, and you-name-it). The auction, which includes walk-on roles in Broadway shows, starts mid-afternoon. And throughout the day, television and Broadway celebrities will be signing autographs. The festivities end at 7PM.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the landmark musical Hair, the Public Theater is presenting three free concert performances of the show at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. As with the Shakespeare in the Park shows, tickets for Hair are being passed out at 1pm in the afternoon (but be sure to get in line early!). The first performance was today, and the remaining shows are on the 23rd and 24th at 7pm. The talented cast is headed by Jonathan Groff, who is currently starring on Broadway in Spring Awakening.
Actress Annette Bening has withdrawn from the Broadway-bound play The Female of the Species. The Joanna Murray-Smith play is set to open at the Geffen Playhouse in February 2008 before hitting Broadway later in the Spring. No word yet on who will replace Bening.
The new musical version of the 1956 film A Catered Affair, which is set to open on Broadway in March 2008, is starting previews in its pre-Broadway engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego tonight. The musical has a book by Harvey Fierstein (who also stars), a score by John Bucchino, and direction from Tony-winner John Doyle.
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards show, which honors the best of Broadway each year, will be held on June 15, 2008 at Radio City Music Hall. As usual, the ceremony will be broadcast on CBS. With the Broadway season just now beginning, there isn’t much buzz yet on which shows are most likely to be Tony contenders, but come Spring, the Broadway community will surely be engaging in heated debates over who will take home the statues.
Today is the live taping of Legally Blonde, and MTV is rolling out the pink carpet for the event. Cast members from the MTV show “The Hills” will host, and there will be a pre-show event featuring other TV and tween celebs. Last week MTV gave out free tickets to fans of the bouncy Broadway musical, all of whom are 15-25 years of age and will be wearing pink (no, seriously!). This certainly ain’t your grandma’s Broadway!