National Theatre Live
Can’t make it to London — and not many of us can — there’s the National Theatre Live which broadcasts “live” well-film productions
aired in locations around the world. It might be better than a front row seat at the Cottesloe Theatre as cameras film from all angles on stage with close-ups. You could see the sweat on Benedict Cumberbatch’s brow and the pores on Johnny Lee Miller’s face during “Frankenstein.” Performances also include interviews and backstage tours of the costume or make-up rooms. Coming up: “Medea,” starting Sept. 4, “A Streetcar Named Desire” starting Sept. 16, David Hare’s “Skylight” in October. Find a theater near you, I hope. Visit the National’s website.
‘The Audience’ coming to Broadway
Speaking of the National Theatre Live, I caught its broadcast of Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth in the title role of “The Audience”
at the Monmouth University venue in West Long Branch, NJ. Surprised to see it coming to Broadway as it’s about the various prime ministers Queen Elizabeth has dealt with during her more than 60+ year reign. I’d think most American audiences would be hard pressed to name half of the 12 PMs with whom she has audiences during the play. And some knowledge of 20th century British history would be helpful. But, heck, Mirren on stage in America is always a good thing. It’s not my money producing it. Scheduled from Feb. 17 through June 28.
Emma Stone may join ‘Cabaret’
Emma Stone is in talks to join “Cabaret,” replacing Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles in the Roundabout Theatre production, reports The New York Times. She is scheduled to leave the musical Nov. 9. Alan Cumming as the M.C, Linda Emond as Fraulein Schneider and the phenomenal Danny Burstein as Herr Schultz, remain for the run ending Jan. 4.
Cafe Carlyle prepares for the fall
Jeff Goldblum, Rita Wilson and Molly Ringwald will be making their singing debuts — yes, that’s right — at the Cafe Carlyle this fall. Regulars, including New Jersey’s John Pizzarelli and wife Jessica Molaskey and Buster Poindexter are on the bill as well. Woody Allen is featured Mondays Sept. 15 through Dec. 15 with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band.