Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bits and Pieces for 07.25.2010

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As I slip further and further into the social networking abyss, I find myself more and more on Twitter, even if I don't always "tweet" myself.  You can see what I've said to the right of this blog, and you can even follow me.  I've learned from fellow bloggers and several Broadway folks who to respond to and who not to - generally, if you say you are someone from the theatre scene, you'd better be "verified" or have enough info on yourself that it is more than likely you are who you say you are.  And it is fun to hear from people I respect - Kristin Chenoweth's seal of approval on my Promises, Promises review still thrills me, and I've tweeted with Hair's Josh Lamon and Glory Days' Adam Halpin.  In fact it was one of Josh Lamon's tweets that got me interested in joining another social network, Formspring.  It appeals to me because it allows users (and visitors) to ask members questions.  Naturally, I don't have to answer every question, but if it is reasonable and interesting, I'll answer!  Mostly, I decided to join because it will be one more way for us to interact about Broadway and this blog. 

So, if you have questions for me, go to  I can be found under "jkstheatrescene" or by my name, "Jeff Kyler."  I, as always, look forward to hearing from you!


Yes, folks, the "vermin of the theatre world," according to John Simon, anyway, have come together to create a great new iPhone application.  That's right, theatre bloggers (vermin) and those who follow us (verminites?) wrote into one of my favorite blogs, PRODUCERS PERSPECTIVE, and suggested theatre-related apps for the iPhone.  Producer/Blogger Ken Davenport and his staff selected the best choice and created one, wich is now available for download.  Read all about it by clicking here!

Now, I have to get an iPhone!


As summer rapidly flies by (and with this disgusting heat, it can't go fast enough), more and more Broadway guys and dolls are figuring out and announcing their next moves.

Broadway's Favorite Pinup:
Nick Adams is Priscilla - bound
  • Cutie pie Curtis Holbrook of Xanadu and West Side Story fame is starring in Footloose  as Ren at MUNY.  This is not his first time withnthe show - he was in it at one point on Broadway.
  • Broadway great gal Dee Hoty of Footloose, Will Rogers Follies and Bye Bye Birdie fame will also be in that production of Footloose, recreating her Tony-nominated turn.
  • Current Cagelle and always Broadway pinup boy, Nick Adams trades in his St. Tropez drag for some Down Under wonder as he has been cast as the third lead in Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, which will be bussing onto Broadway pretty soon!

Sheryl Kaller (center) in rehearsal
for Broadway's Next Fall

  • The brilliant (and Tony nominated) Broadway directorial debut of Next Fall's Sheryl Kaller will have her at the helm of the Broadway-bound play, The Great Game.
  • Fellow director (and Tony nominee) Diane Paulus is readying a revival of The Capeman which will be presented in Central Park in Aygust.
  • This very weekend, Andrea McArdle came full circle in the show that made her famous, Annie.  No, she's not playing the curly haired heartbreaker, this time around she's Miss Hannigan!   

She's not Annie anymore!
Andrea McArdle as Miss Hannigan

  • August 16: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark actually begins rehearsals!  One week they lose their PR firm, the next they are getting ready to start the show.  Good for them.  Reeve Carney is still the only confirmed cast member - he's Peter Parker/Spidey.  Jennifer Damiano and Patrick Page are rumored to be Mary Jane and the Green Goblin, respectively, but the announcement has not been formally made.  I guess we'll hear before the 16th!
  • September 26: The Broadway Cares Flea Market.  One of my favorite events of the entire season.  Rain or Shine!

Hearn, LuPone and Cerveris do
"A Little Priest" at Sondheim: The Birthday Concert

  • November 24: Sondheim: The Birthday Concert will be aired on PBS.  The DVD of the event will also be released some time in November.
  • March 10/April 7: Anything Goes, the full-scale revival from the Roundabout Theatre Company, begins previews/opens at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.  Only star Sutton Foster has been announced so far, but officials at Roundabout say this will not be a scaled-back revival.  They say the cast will be enormous and the production appropriately lavish.  I can't wait to see this!  The LuPone-McGillin revival in 1987 at Lincoln Center remains one of my favorite productions of all time.


Happy Birthday last week to:

07/18: Craig Bierko (The Music Man, Thou Shalt Not, Guys and Dolls)
07/19: Campbell Scott (Ah! Wilderness!, Long Day'ss Journey Into Night)
07/20: Michael Park (Smokey Joe's Cafe)
07/21: Lillias White (Fela!, The Life)
07/22: Alan Menken (Leap of Faith, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast)
07/23: Philip Seymour Hoffman (Long Day's Journey Into Night, True West)
07/24: Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, Promises, Promises)

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