Four-time Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell, who plays Phyllis Stone in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies, was injured following the matinee performance Oct. 29 and is temporarily out of the production at the Marquis Theatre.
According to a statement from the show’s spokesperson, “Jan Maxwell was hit by traffic while crossing 45th Street following the Saturday, October 29 matinee. She hopes to make a speedy recovery and get back to performing on stage at the Marquis Theatre, which could be as soon as Tuesday evening, November 1.”
During her absence, the role of Phyllis is being played by Colleen Fitzpatrick.
The previously reported new stage musical of King Kong, the sci-fi adventure melodrama about the giant ape who is exploited by showmen and falls in love with a blonde beauty, will get its world premiere in Melbourne, Australia, in 2013. The goal of a 2013 Broadway bow was previously reported, and that’s still the hope.
The Australian production company Global Creatures (of the arena spectacular Walking With Dinosaurs and the upcoming How to Train Your Dragon) is creating the large-cast show, drawing from the classic Depression-era movie (and the public-domain novel, according to Variety) in which a giant ape is plucked from a tropical island and brought to New York City — to appear in a vaudeville house. Expect a massive robotic Kong to rule the stage. The show is aimed at theatres rather than arenas, the creators said.
It will reportedly play the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, on dates yet to be announced.
As previously reported, King Kong – Live on Stage will feature a score by Marius de Vries (Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet”) and a book by Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss). De Vries will also arrange the period songs.
THIS MUSIC IS FROM THE 60′S PRODUCTION…..
A MOVIE THAT MOST LOVE BUT I WAS NEVER A HUGE FAN. STRAIGHT MEN STILL AROUND BEING DULL STRAIGHT MEN. DID NOT CARE. BUT A MUSICAL MAY WORK.
Barry Levinson is bringing Diner, his 1982 movie about a group of Baltimore best friends finding their way in the adult world of 1959, to Broadway as a musical next fall, with tunes and lyrics by Sheryl Crow. Diner, which will initially play a limited out of town engagement next summer, will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes).
“Diner was a pivotal moment in my career, and since then I have continued to live with the characters, realizing there is much more to their story,” said Levinson, in a statement. “I’m excited to be embarking on this stage version, which affords me the opportunity as a storyteller to expand on my original vision and let the characters express their innermost feeling and thoughts through song.”
“I was already a huge fan of Diner when Barry first approached me about writing a score for a theatrical re-telling of his film. I knew exactly who these men and women were and I feverishly began writing,” said Crow. “Writing the score for Diner has been the most challenging and fulfilling experience of my career. I have always been a devotee and student of musical theater, and I am very excited to be making this journey with Barry and Kathleen.”
LOOKS GOOD, AND AN AMAAZING TIME IN HER LIFE.
The Judy Garland drama with music End of the Rainbow, starring Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett, will begin Broadway previews March 19, 2012, towards an April 3 opening at a Shubert theatre to be announced.
Prior to its Broadway arrival, End of the Rainbow will play the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN, Jan. 28-March 11, 2012. Terry Johnson, who staged the Tony-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles, directs the play by Peter Quilter, which played an acclaimed London engagement and is currently on a U.K. tour.
Bennett, who earned an Olivier Award nomination for her portrayal of Garland in the final year of her life, will repeat her performance for American audiences. Casting is currently underway for all other roles in the play, including Mickey Deans, Garland’s last husband.
“A few rare times in one’s work it becomes a privilege to serve a lifetime’s performance from an actor,” Johnson said in a statement. “I’m proud to say that working with the remarkable Tracie Bennett on End of the Rainbow is one of those times. I am delighted that American audiences will finally have a chance to witness this remarkable portrayal of one of their most enduring icons.”
According to the producers, “End of the Rainbow is set in December 1968 and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback… again. In a London hotel room preparing for a series of concerts, with both her new young fiancé and her adoring accompanist, Garland struggles to get ‘beyond the rainbow’ with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity, and razor-sharp wit. This savagely funny drama offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture. End of the Rainbow features some of Garland’s most memorable songs, performed with the show-stopping gusto for which she will always be remembered.”