The Jersey Boys Go Platinum

Jersey Boys Broadway MusicalDecades after their chart-topping pop successes, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons are making records again. The cast recording of Jersey Boys, the Broadway musical retelling of Valli and the Seasons’ rise to fame, has just been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. These days it is rare for a Broadway cast album to sell a million copies so soon after its release, so this is quite an achievement for Jersey Boys. The Grammy-winning recording, which features the talents of John Lloyd Young, J. Robert Spencer, Daniel Reichard, and Christian Hoff, has a slew of tunes made famous by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, including such hits as “Oh, What a Night,” “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”.

Lock Up Your Livestock! Monty Python is Back For One Night Only

Monty PythonCan it be? Can the creators of the Ministry of Silly Walks, the search for the Holy Grail, the flying cows over the battlements and other classic bits really be turning 40 this year? Indeed, they are: Monty Python celebrates the big 4-0 with a one-night-only reunion event at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater this Thursday, October 15, at 7:00 PM. Five of the original founders (John Cleese; Terry Gilliam; Eric Idle; Terry Jones; Michael Palin) will celebrate with a shortened screening of the documentary “Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut)”; followed by a Q&A session and reminiscences from the troupe. The film includes appearances by Lorne Michaels (“Saturday Night Live”); Eddie Izzard; and Jimmy Fallon, among others.
Oh, yes, word on the street is that there will also be a presentation of some type of award—but with the Pythons, who knows what that means.
Organized by the Independent Film Channel and The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the event is scarce on tickets, but you can try calling the theater at (212) 765-7600.
And, in a spirit befitting the group, rumor has it that the sixth Python, Graham Chapman, who died in 1989, will also (somehow) be incorporated into the evening’s festivities.
Don’t ask.
A six-hour version of “Almost the Truth” will air on IFC on October 18.

March, Then Relax: Columbus Day Parade and A Ritzy Spa Week Come to New York

New York Spa WeekIs it really Columbus Day already? Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were frolicking by the shore and eating ice cream cones with nary a thought for fall?
Well, here it is, and if you’re still having trouble adjusting to autumn, New York’s Columbus Day Parade should help you realize it’s really here. The parade, which has been around since 1929, wends its way up Fifth Avenue today (11:30 AM-3:00 PM), starting at 44th Street and heading north to 79th Street. (Hey, weren’t we just watching the Labor Day Parade?) Politicians, marching bands, and even the occasional celebrity participate in this homage to the building of this country and Italian-American relations.
If the thought of all that marching just wears you out, it’s also the beginning of Spa Week in New York (Oct. 12-18). A multitude of ritzy treatments are going for $50 a pop at some of the city’s most exclusive salons–Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza; the Lia Schorr Day Spa; and The Salon & Spa at Saks Fifth Avenue, to name a few. (These treatments can normally climb into the hundreds of dollars.) Posh-sounding treatments (Geisha facial, anyone?) are included, although some of them, truthfully, sound like they should be done at your doctor’s office rather than at a spa (Botox? Colonics?)
To each her own.
Spa Week extends across the state as well (as well as other states); you can check out the website spaweek.com, for more information.

It’s Opening Night For Oleanna

With recent revivals of Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, and Speed-the-Plow, Broadway has been a great friend to playwright David Mamet lately. Tonight marks the opening night for the latest Mamet revival, Oleanna, starring Bill Pullman (The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? on Broadway) and Julia Stiles (Shakespeare in the Park’s Twelfth Night, Off-Broadway’s Fran’s Bed) as a college professor and student, respectively. The Doug Hughes-directed production of the play about sexual politics was seen previously in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum, and now hits Broadway’s John Golden Theatre for an open run. David Mamet will next be represented on Broadway with a new drama, the race-related play Race starring James Spader, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington, and Richard Thomas.

It’s Opening Night For Oleanna At The John Golden Theatre

Oleanna Broadway PlayWith recent revivals of Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, and Speed-the-Plow, Broadway has been a great friend to playwright David Mamet lately. Tonight marks the opening night for the latest Mamet revival, Oleanna, starring Bill Pullman (The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? on Broadway) and Julia Stiles (Shakespeare in the Park’s Twelfth Night, Off-Broadway’s Fran’s Bed) as a college professor and student, respectively. The Doug Hughes-directed production of the play about sexual politics was seen previously in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum, and now hits Broadway’s John Golden Theatre for an open run. David Mamet will next be represented on Broadway with a new drama, the race-related play Race starring James Spader, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington, and Richard Thomas.

Robin Williams To Bring His One-Man Show To Town Hall

Earlier this year, Robin Williams planned to bring his one-man comedy show Weapons of Self-Destruction to Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre, but then suffered heart problems that caused him to postpone the engagement. Although Williams will not be bringing his show to Broadway, the now-healthy performer has now announced that he will do Weapons of Self-Destruction at Town Hall, a popular New York City venue in midtown. The dates for the show will be November 23-25, November 30, and December 1-3. Tickets for the event go onsale on October 12.

One Ring to Rule Us All: Lord of the Rings Takes Over New York

A Lord of the Rings screeningFrodophiles, Tolkien lovers, followers of Middle Earth and Ring questers, unite: It’s a “Lord of the Rings” weekend in New York.
Tonight and tomorrow (Oct. 9 and 10) is the big event: a screening of the movie on a 60-foot screen at Radio City Music Hall (7:30 pm) while the complete original score (written by Howard Shore) is performed by a live orchestra. Singers including the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the Collegiate Chorale will accompany Switzerland’s 21st Century Orchestra.
The screening of the 178-minute version of “The Fellowship of the Ring” will include (whew) an intermission, and Maestro Ludwig Wicki will conduct using a laptop computer that will run Auricle, a system that will indicate starting and stopping points as well as tempo. Radio City is located at 1260 Avenue of the Americas (between 50th and 51st Streets; call (212) 247-4777 for more information.
For the more aesthetically inclined, an exhibit entitled “The Beginnings of a Masterpiece: Original Manuscripts from The Fellowship of the Ring” will be on view at the Gerald M. Quinn Library at Lincoln Center (113 West 60th Street) through November 19. Forty items will be on display, including Middle Earth calendars; notes about Tolkien’s invented languages; plot notes, and original drawings. (A valid ID is needed to enter the Library.) The manuscripts are part of Marquette’s University’s extensive JRR Tolkien Collection; it’s the first time these works have been on view in New York. Admission is free; call (212) 636-6538 for more information.
Everyone together now: One ring to rule them all….

Avenue Q Returns To Off-Broadway

Avenue Q Broadway MusicalAfter a mere month-long hiatus, the popular musical Avenue Q re-opens in New York City today, this time at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages in Times Square. The amazing thing about this opening is that it marks the extremely rare event of a show beginning life Off-Broadway (at the Vineyard Theatre), transferring successfully to Broadway (at the John Golden Theatre), enjoying a healthy multi-year Broadway run, closing, and then almost instantaneously transferring back to Off-Broadway. Rare though this approach is, it seems logical since the “puppet musical”, which is still known and loved by audiences, will be cheaper to produce Off-Broadway and will not have to fill as many seats. This “new” Avenue Q is essentially the same production as the one seen on Broadway, but it features brand new cast members.

After Miss Julie

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The Royal Family Opens on Broadway

The Royal Family will hold court at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre tonight when it has its official Broadway opening. The 1927 comedy by playwriting greats George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber is about a family of flamboyant theater performers called the Cavendishes (based on the legendary real-life Barrymore clan). This Manhattan Theatre Club production of the play stars Rosemary Harris, Jan Maxwell, Larry Pine, Reg Rogers, Tony Roberts (Broadway’s Xanadu), John Glover (recently on Broadway in Roundabout’s Waiting For Godot revival), and Ana Gasteyer (Wicked, TV’s Saturday Night Live). Directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt), the production is scheduled to run at the Friedman Theatre through November 29th.