- This week the soundtrack for Hairspray
enters the Billboard 200
at #20. Over on Hot Dance Club Play, Idina Menzel's remix of Defying Gravity climbs to #7
. The cast album for Wicked
has been #1 for 73 weeks on Billboard's Top Cast Albums chart.
- A Broadway adaptation
of the the classic Sidney Poitier film, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
, is expected in the fall of 2008. Direction to be by Kenny Leon
- Lone Star Love
, a musical comedy starring Randy Quaid
, opens at the Belasco on December 3rd, previews begin November 11. It will be Quaid's Broadway debut.
- Last week's Broadway grosses are topped by Wicked
for the 19th consecutive week, at $1.4M, followed by Jersey Boys
and the three Disney shows: Lion King
, Mary Poppins, Beauty & The Beast
- Cheyenne Jackson reports
that he will appear in Xanadu
until the end of September, when James Carpinello will return from his foot injury.
- Margaret Cho will headline
the off-Broadway burlesque show The Sensuous Woman
at the Zipper Theatre. The show opens September 26th.
- Jo Anne Worley
on the rigors of joining the cast of hit show in mid-run: "It's like jumping on a freight train that's going full speed a couple hundred miles an hour." Worley recently replaced Georgia Engel in The Drowsy Chaperone
- Andrew Lloyd Webber has inked a deal
for an American reality show that will follow the casting search for Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat
. Webber has had success in the UK with a similar reality series for Joseph
and with a show called How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria
, which followed the casting search for a production of The Sound Of Music
- A new Harvey Fierstein-John Buccino musical, A Catered Affair
, begins previews
on March 28th, 2008. Starring Fierstein, Tom Wopat, and Faith Prince, Affair
will be directed by John Doyle, who won the 2006 Tony for directing Sweeney Todd
. The show begins a pre-Broadway run in San Diego in September.
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