An Evening with Patti LuPone is something that should never be missed. Combine that with the possibility of Mandy Patinkin on the stage, and suddenly everyone might wonder if the stage is big enough for these two very big diva egos. :) Take comfort in the fact that the songs and the music fill the space so much that the almost Doyle-ian scenery (lightbulbs on a stand?) is just something that changes colour every so often.

The evening was a great selection of songs from both Sondheim, and Rodgers and Hammerstein plus Kern, and Lloyd Webber. The playlist is below:

playlist )

With only a bass and piano accompaniment, and a very receptive audience, this evening was something that didn't depend beautiful orchestras or high-tech acoustics. An Evening with lets both performers sing selections from roles that they might never play: Nellie Forbush from South Pacific, or Billy Bigelow from Carousel. Although very surprised that there were no songs from Sunday in the Park with George or Sweeney Todd, I could also understand possible reasons (one pianist is not quite enough to coax the beautiful sounds that I associate with both shows).

The encore songs were unmicced, and the audio reflects that. Great to hear it in a small intimate space (yes, I can call the Royal Alex that since there are three levels, and even at 17 rows back, it was not cavernous).
"My wife takes pills and I drink. That's the bargain we've struck." -- One of the early lines we hear from Tracy Letts' August: Osage County.

It's on a short run here in the City, but well worth the time (3h20m) to see the production.

Oh Mirvish...

why do you do this to me?

>>You can now get the best seats in the house for only $25 (regularly priced at up to $89) if you attend any of the first week of performances - Thurs, Nov 5 @ 7:00PM; Fri, Nov 6 @ 7:00PM; Sat, Nov 7 @ 1:00PM & 7:00 PM; or Sun, Nov 8 @ 1:00 PM. To take advantage of this special offer, just call TicketKing at either 416.872.1212 or 1.800.461.3333 or go online right here and quote the secret codeword ESTELLE <<

This just seals the deal on my future purchases will be so late into the run that it'll be ridiculous. No reason that I can see for me to pony up on funds now to see Fiddler since there might be some ridiculous sale just before it opens.

Same goes for Patti LuPone/Mandy Patinkin concerts in February. And Stuff Happens. And all that other stuff. No reasons for me to plunk out more money ahead of time. :/
Riabko to Return to Spring Awakening Tour April 14

By Adam Hetrick
April 7, 2009

Kyle Riabko will return to the national tour of the Tony-winning Duncan Sheik-Steven Sater musical Spring Awakening on April 14.

Riabko, who succeeded Jonathan Groff as Melchior in the Broadway production of Spring Awakening, originated that role for the national tour of the production, which launched in San Francisco last September.

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More to follow once I get home and have a better computer to work with :)
Wicked Tour Welcomes New Elphaba, Donna Vivino, Nov. 5

By Andrew Gans
November 5, 2008

The North American tour of the hit musical Wicked welcomes a new Elphaba Nov. 5.

Donna Vivino, who has been seen on Broadway in Les Misérables and Hairspray, steps into the role of the misunderstood, green-faced witch when the tour arrives at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.

Vivino joins a cast that currently includes Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda, Myra Lucretia Taylor as Madame Morrible and Lenny Wolpe as The Wizard.

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Bonds, Johnson, McLean, Lewis and Land Join Cast of Legally Blonde National Tour

By Adam Hetrick
August 6, 2008

Casting is now complete for the national tour of Legally Blonde: The Musical, which officially launches in Providence, RI, Sept. 21.

As previously reported, Becky Gulsvig — who understudied Tony-nominated actress Laura Bell Bundy as the musical's pink-clad heroine, Elle Woods, on Broadway — will head the cast of the national tour as the valley girl with Harvard ambitions.

Gulsvig will be joined by D.B. Bonds as Emmett, Natalie Joy Johnson as Paulette, Jeff McLean as Warner, Megan Lewis as Vivienne, Coleen Sexton as Brooke, Ken Land as Professor Callahan, Cortney Wolfson as Serena, Rhiannon Hansen as Margot, Crystal Joy as Pilar and Gretchen Burghart as Enid.

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Venues Announced for Idina Menzel Concert Tour

By Andrew Gans
June 19, 2008

Cities and venues have been announced for Idina Menzel's upcoming concert tour, which will celebrate the release of her latest solo recording, "I Stand."

In addition to her own songs, Menzel will also include a few tunes from her musical theatre outings during her tour, which launches June 20 in San Diego, CA. In fact, the Tony-winning actress recently told, "It's not such a hard stretch because the shows I've been in are contemporary. I take them out of their context and unplug them a little bit and strip them down and put them more into the context of my show. They seem to work really well, and they're not changed so much that die-hard theatre fans would be disappointed, I don't think. I feel like I'm getting a good response. So that's really nice for me, to kind of join all my worlds together, and it doesn't feel like it's so erratic. It feels cohesive, and it feels like all one artist."

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Cities and Venues Announced for National Tour of Spring Awakening

By Adam Hetrick
June 12, 2008

The national tour of Spring Awakening will spread "the word of your body" at several cities across the country.

As previously reported, the Tony Award-winning musical will rock San Diego's Balboa Theatre Aug. 15-31 prior to its official tour launch at San Francisco's Curran Theatre Sept. 4-Oct. 12.

Additional engagements for the tour now include extended runs in Los Angeles and Boston, as well as stops in Philadelphia and St. Louis.

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National Tour of August: Osage County Launches in Summer 2009

By Kenneth Jones
June 11, 2008

The dysfunctional family of Tracy Letts' August: Osage County will tour the nation beginning in San Francisco in summer 2009.

The producers of the Broadway run of the lauded Steppenwolf Theatre production announced June 11 that the tour will launch at the Curran Theatre Aug. 11-Sept. 6, 2009.

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The first snippet of the final performance of the tour cast in Toronto. Please forgive the sniffly people beside me, and the baby that was brought to the performance, and a later cellphone ringing. :(

Dana DeLisa (the Eliza alternate) was performing today.

01 Overture
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I'll track the rest of the audio sometime after the birds stop singing in the morning.
Celia Ends Run at New World Stages May 25; It's Miami-Bound

By Andrew Gans
May 25, 2008

Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz plays its final performance at New World Stages May 25.

Celia began previews Aug. 28, 2007, and officially opened Sept. 26. When it closes, the production will have played a total of 25 previews and 269 regular performances.

In a recent statement Celia producer Henry Cardenas said, "It's never easy to end a show, especially one this special. My hat's off to the cast, the crew and the audiences, who night after night helped bring Celia back to life in such a magical way.

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Wicked to Launch Second National Tour in March 2009

By Andrew Gans
22 May 2008

A second national tour of the international hit musical Wicked will kick off March 7, 2009, at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers, FL.

The Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical will play through March 29 at the Florida venue before arriving in Birmingham, Jacksonville, Norfolk, Indianapolis and Memphis.

In a statement Wicked producer Marc Platt said, "Theatregoers across North America have embraced Wicked, creating an overwhelming demand for tickets and a wildly successful 1st North American Tour. The upcoming launch of this 2nd touring company will allow us to bring Wicked to markets which we have not yet been able to visit, as well as return to cities which have been asking for a second (or third) engagements."

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An Awakening star is born
May 14, 2008
Richard Ouzounian
Theatre Critic

"To tell you the truth," says Kyle Riabko,with his most engaging grin, "the thing that scares me the most is the fact that my ass is going to be showing and my grandparents will see it."

The 20-year-old rocker from Saskatchewan, who was virtually unknown a week ago, is talking about the fact that he starts playing the lead role on Broadway next week in the Tony Award-winning, hotter-than-hot musical about youthful sexuality called Spring Awakening.

In an exclusive interview with the Star just before he left for New York, Riabko talked about his crazy career on the Canadian music scene that started when he was 10 and brought him Broadway stardom on his very first trip to New York.

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Xanadu Will Kick Off Tour in California; Chicago to Follow

By Andrew Gans
May 16, 2008

The new Broadway musical Xanadu — which was recently nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical — will launch its national tour this fall at the La Jolla Playhouse.

The acclaimed musical, based on the infamous film of the same name, will begin its limited engagement at the California venue Nov. 11 and play through Dec. 21. Xanadu will then head to a Chicago theatre to be announced for a six-month run beginning in January 2009.

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The lady's great, the play's fair
May 12, 2008
Richard Ouzounian
Theatre Critic

My Fair Lady

2.5* (out of 4)

By Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Until May 31 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 416-872-1111

The lady's really loverly, but nothing else around her is of quite the same spectacular calibre.

That's the verdict on the production of My Fair Lady that opened at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on Friday as part of Dancap Productions' season.

The classic Lerner-Loewe musical, based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, is still one of the near-perfect works of the form.

Phonetics professor Henry Higgins bets a friend that – purely through proper speech and manners – he can turn "a crushed cabbage leaf" of a flower seller into "a consort fit for a king."

It's a definite treat to see it again and an equal delight that the classy main hall of the Toronto Centre for the Arts is back in business once more, being used for the purpose for which it was created.

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The Cameron Mackintosh/National Theatre production of My Fair Lady has arrived in Toronto and it's something that has something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue I guess.

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42 Get Me to the Church on Time
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So, I'll begin the slow task of loading both acts onto SS and hopefully it'll all happen before nightfall comes. :)
So, it's taken me roughly two... maybe three hours to get through the first act of My Fair Lady. O+O;

There are more cuts in terms of splitting scenes and songs than I'm usually accustomed to. [35 for the first act]

I'll muddle through Act 2 sometime over this weekend, what with a multitude of dinners and lunches on the schedule. Mother's Day is one giant excuse to ensure that all meals are at restaurants... O+O;

Anyhow, the information for this performance will be posted once I've got both acts in place complete with titles and such.

For now, the following will have to suffice:

CAST: Christopher Cazenove (Professor Henry Higgins), Lisa O'Hare (Eliza Doolittle), Tim Jerome (Alfred P. Doolittle), Walter Charles (Colonel Hugh Pickering), Marni Nixon (Mrs. Higgins), Barbara Marineau (Mrs. Pearce), Justin Bohon (Freddy Eynsford-Hill)

26 I Could Have Danced All Night
mp3 | 5.61MB (at 192 kbps)

A sample.
Harvard Variations: Gulsvig Will Lead Legally Blonde National Tour

By Adam Hetrick
May 1, 2008

When Legally Blonde's national tour hits the road this September, Broadway cast member Becky Gulsvig will be the musical's Chihuahua-toting star.

Producers have announced that Legally Blonde ensemble member Gulsvig – who understudies Tony nominee Laura Bell Bundy in the leading role of Elle Woods – has been cast as the musical's blonde heroine, who has Harvard ambitions. Complete tour casting will be announced at a later date.

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So the tour's coming to the city, and I've decided that I'll sacrifices a sheep or two and go see the show.

Seating Chart Sitting further up and further back (G340/341) on opening night.

I suppose I should actually listen to the cast recording now... ;)

The cast as it is currently posted:

Christopher Cazenove Professor Henry Higgins
Lisa O'Hare* Eliza Doolittle
Tim Jerome Alfred P. Doolittle
Walter Charles Colonel Hugh Pickering
Barbara Marineau Mrs. Pearce
Marni Nixon Mrs. Higgins
Justin Bohon Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Dana DeLisa Eliza Doolittle at certain performances/Ensemble

I only recognize Marni Nixon :)
Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango...

Although I haven't seen this production, I'm more used to hearing the word fandango in Sondheim's The Miller's Son, or else, being used as a Spelling Bee word at the 25th Annual Puntam County Spelling Bee contest. :)

Toronto Hit We Will Rock You Will Close May 11; Canadian Tour Planned

By Kenneth Jones
12 Mar 2008

The Dora Award-winning musical We Will Rock You, in which 32 songs of Queen energize a futuristic story of a world where music is banned, will close at Toronto's Canon Theatre May 11. It will have played more than a year there.

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Cheery news...

Wicked returning to Toronto

January 07, 2008
Richard Ouzounian

The most successful musical in the world is coming back to Toronto.

Producer David Stone told the Star that his smash hit Wicked will return to the Canon Theatre in June 2010, presented by Mirvish Productions.

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So, the movie Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter opens tonight. :)

And I'm wrapping up this mini-flurry of Sweeney Todd posts with the First National Tour videorecording audio-tracks... with Angela Lansbury and George Hearn. T'was filmed in LA during the first national tour of 1980/81.

A customer! Sit! )
So I was watching the MTV Legally Blonde performance this weekend and pretty much ignoring LBB on stage whenever there were other performers around. :)

Annaleigh Ashford originated the role of Margot in Legally Blonde and understudied the role of Elle Woods. She's currently at the Gershwin Theatre being very Good as Glinda in Wicked.

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I think I've managed to keep my Sweeney's separate by remembering Michael Cerveris (and David Garry) as bald!Sweeney, David Hess as haired!Sweeney, and Alexander Gemignani as balding!Sweeney.

This afternoon's performance was different from my memories of the opening night (11.06) with small changes in staging and choreography that tightened the production some more. :) With the exception of Mr. Cougher (behind me), it was so easy to be drawn into this revival of Sweeney Todd. :) If it's even possibly, I've fallen even more in thrall with Ms Kaye's Lovett... :)


A snippet of Kiss Me (1-19) 2007.11.25


In a moment of absolute happiness (theatre-induced I promise), I've opted for a second performance of the Sweeney Todd National Tour at the Princess of Wales Theatre. This time, with J on Sunday (11/25).

If all things go according to scheduling, Alexander Gemignani will be stepping into the role of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. :)

I'm so excited... more Sweeney, more Mrs Lovett. :)
Priority Ticket Offer for performances
November 6 - December 9,2007
PLUS! Save 25% on performances Nov 6 - 11

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Where I'll be on 11/06 )
I was rather late in framing the balance of the signed playbills... especially since I've had these ones assembled since the Spring. O+O; Ooops. I don't have Cliffton and Deedee Magno Hall's auto's, but I'll have to live without ;)

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I still have to book tickets to this. And Sweeney Todd. Oh, but to get through August first...

Nancy Opel Will Be Drowsy in National Tour

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Eee! Dates for the Toronto performances - Nov. 6 - Dec. 9, 2007 at the Princess of Wales...
More Sweeney stuff:

Best part? Two from from the Company company will be there as well -- Keith Buterbaugh (as Judge Turpin), and Katrina Yaukey (Pirelli) - who I saw play April earlier this year :)

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Although, who knows if I'm still in T.O by then... and who'll be in the cast. O+O;

Avenue Q Announces Cast for San Diego Run and National Tour; 30 Cities Lined Up

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Ms Hilty and Ms Bean use Sharpies, but Mr Benjamin uses a silver thin pen. Hence, I haven't taken a picture of his auto...

saving the f-list )
Without talking about whatever other stuff is going on... which is not for public post consumption, spec post number something or somethin'...

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