David (‘Cheers’) Lee directs slimmed-down ‘Camelot’ at Two River Theater

The Company performing “The Jousts” in "Camelot" at Two River Theater Company.
The company performing “The Jousts” in “Camelot” at Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, NJ, through Dec. 14.

Two River Theater Company opens Lerner and Loewe’s musical “Camelot” tonight, but it’s not going to be what you expect. Instead of a large cast in sumptuous costumes with a pit orchestra, you’ll get 8 musicians and 8 actors in Arthurian street clothes. Oh, and some nudity.

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Mike Nichols, 83, won 9 Tony Awards, Oscar for ‘The Graduate’

A immigrant from Berlin, Mike Nichols spoke virtually no English when he arrived in the U.S. He said he felt like an outside looking in for most of his life, which helped him greatly as a director./Photo courtesy PBS
An immigrant from Berlin, Mike Nichols spoke virtually no English when he arrived in the U.S. He said he felt like an outsider looking in for most of his life, which helped him greatly as a director./Photo courtesy PBS

Lots of tributes and remembrances for Mike Nichols following his death yesterday (Nov. 19, 2014) from a heart attack. The best one I’ve seen so far is, duh, on the New York Times website.

Read it here.

Playbill.com’s new list of off-Broadway shows

Poster image of "Pocatello" at Playwrights Horizon in Manhattan.
Against the harsh backdrop of Samuel D. Hunter’s Idaho, this heartbreaking comedy at Playwrights Horizon is a cry for connection in an increasingly lonely American landscape.

If you’ve always dreamed of being born in a trunk in Pocatello, Idaho, with Judy Garland as you’re best friend singing by your side, check out Playbill.com’s new list of off-Broadway shows. It’s one way to avoid the tourist in the heart of  Times Square during the upcoming holidays.

Click here for the link. Playbill does this much better than I ever could.

Kristin Chenoweth is Queen of TV, stage, screen and new album

Besides releasing a new album and making many TV appearances this week, "Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home" will be featured  Nov. 28 on PBS.
Besides releasing a new album and making many TV appearances this week, “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home” will air Nov. 28 on PBS.

It’s shaping up to be a Kristin Chenoweth week on TV and we have no problem with that. The Emmy and Tony Award-winner has released  her new album “Coming Home” and promoting it on the “TODAY Show” Wednesday, plus twice on Thursday on  “Live! with Kelly and Michael” and  “Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda” (all with performances). Yeah!

And it continues after that. Click here to see more TV and radio dates.

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‘Side Show’ Act 1 finale to air live on Times Square billboard Monday

Image of Erin Davie (left) and Emily Padgett play characters based on the real-life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton in the Broadway musical "Side Show."
Erin Davie (left) and Emily Padgett play characters based on the real-life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton in the Broadway musical “Side Show.”

Places other than NYC theaters to see great theater have expanded a bit more with the live airing of the Act 1 finale of “Side Show” scheduled for Monday night on a digital billboard in Times Square.

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‘Duck Dynasty’ sets sights on Broadway

Image of New York Times Theater Reporter Patrick Healy (from left), Cindi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein at  TimesTalks Presents "Kinky Boot."'
New York Times Theater Reporter Patrick Healy (left), Cindi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein at TimesTalks Presents “Kinky Boot.”‘

NYTimes reporter Patrick Healy is my new favorite theater writer. It’s not just because of his A1 story today on “Duck Dynasty” planning to mount a Broadway musical, or the insightful Hugh Jackman profile Sunday or yesterday’s fascinating business story about “It’s Only a Play” offering producers of “The Audience” $400,000 not to evict them.

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Paying struggling playwrights for all of their work

image of interior of Playwrights Horizons theater
Playwrights Horizon, 416 W 42nd St, NYC, is an off-Broadway theater producing works by contemporary American writers.composers and lyricists.

If you win an Oscar, movie stars can ask for more money the next time they land a role. Right? If you are a playwright and you win a Pulitzer Prize, how does your world — and bank account — change? Maybe not so much.

According to an article in today’s NYTimes, on average, American playwrights earn $25,000 to $39,000 annually from their endeavors and 62 percent of them earn less than $40,000. Ouch!

Sure, if their shows move to Broadway, becomes hits, tour the country and get made into movies, millions of dollars may be made. But how often does that happen. Continue reading Paying struggling playwrights for all of their work

‘It Shoulda Been You’ musical Broadway bound

“It Shoulda Been You,” which premiered at the George Street Playhouse in NJ, is scheduled to start performances on Broadway March 17 with Tony Award winners Tyne Daly (“Gypsy”) and Harriet Harris (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”) as polar opposite mothers at a wedding from hell.

 David Hyde Pierce directed the musical at GSP in New Brunswick  in 2011 and continues at the helm. As an actor, Pierce earned a Tony for “Curtains” and four Emmy Awards for “Frasier.” Opening night is scheduled for April 14. Continue reading ‘It Shoulda Been You’ musical Broadway bound

Pre-Broadway ‘Skylight’ with Nighy, Mulligan in movies tonight

The London production of "Skylight," starring  Bill Nighy and Cary Mulligan, will be broadcast by the National Theatre Live during October around the country and open on Broadway in the Spring with its original London cast.
The London production of “Skylight,” starring Bill Nighy and Cary Mulligan, will be broadcast by the National Theatre Live Oct. 30 around the country and open on Broadway in the Spring with its original London cast.

Can’t get to Broadway to see the National Theatre production of “Skylight” with Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan. Try your local movie complex or university instead.

The National Theatre Live’s mission is “to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world” and I, for one. am grateful. Nothing beats seeing theater live, but not everyone lives close to theaters producing new and/or classic work on a regular basis.

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Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Oscars in 2015 is a no brainer

Stephen Sondheim's "Company" in a concert-setting with the New York Philharmonic. The opening number includes the entire all-star cast: Craig Bierko, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Katie Finneran, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks, Adam Lazar, Patti LuPone, Jill Paice, Martha Plimpton, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jim Walton, and Chryssie Whitehead.
Stephen Sondheim’s “Company”  with the New York Philharmonic. The opening number includes the entire all-star cast: Craig Bierko, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Katie Finneran, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks, Adam Lazar, Patti LuPone, Jill Paice, Martha Plimpton, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jim Walton, and Chryssie Whitehead. (Hot link to video below).

Neil Patrick Harris has crossed off “host the Oscars” on his bucket list with today’s announcement he will do the honors in 2015.

This gives us a perfect opportunity to post video of NPH  in “Company” because we never want to miss a chance to feature him and Stephen Sondheim.

NPH’s versatility is scary awesome and he should have no problem handling the honors. Is there anybody who doesn’t admire this guy?

Click here to watch PBS’ “Great Performances” video of the opening number.

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