Stars on Stages To Come. Sex, Crazy, Lightning. The Week in New York Theater

Many stars made themselves known this week – for shows we’ll be seeing after summer is over.  One Broadway revival alone featured a rotating cast of nine little-seen celebrities including Carol Burnett, Mia Farrow and Diana Rigg. We found out who the Peter Pan will be on NBC. And we were awash in preview pictures – of An American in Paris, Into The Woods, even The Real Thing with Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal:

(There seems to be interest in this show; look how many people Retweeted the photograph.)

But it wasn’t all just future promise. Several (good!) shows opened this week: Sex with Strangers, Between Riverside and Crazy, and the Lightning Thief.

The Week in New York Theater


Ofmicenandmen3O'Dowd, Franco-Photo by Richard Phibbs

Of Mice and Men closes today


Daily News editorial calls Times Square “red fur district” because of the 80+ costumed “hucksters”


John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown FREE tonight Central Park



sheldonharnickFiddler on the Roof’s lyricist Sheldon Harnick, 90, reminisces as the show turns 50.
“People told us we were brave to be doing a very specifically Jewish show. I used to tell them I spent three years in World War II in the army fighting Hitler. Maybe that was brave: this was just Broadway.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber is suing Michael Cohl for “unilateral decision to cancel” US tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Brian Stokes Mitchell to star in Band Wagon, stage adaptation of 1953 Fred Astaire movie musical about Broadway, at CityCenter in November.

“The point of a musical is for the song to push the narrative forward. Hip-hop does that better than average”~ Saul Williams



Jersey Boys

Ryan Molloy, the original Frankie Valli in the West End production of Jersey Boys, stars on Broadway tonight through October 19


An actress for eight years, Ali Ewoldt earns as much as $100,000 some years and less than $30,000 other years. Because of this uncertainty, she works as a babysitter





Allison Williams (Marnie in Girls on HBO) has been cast as Peter Pan in the NBC live musical set for December 4

James Corden and Meryl Streep

James Corden and Meryl Streep

Into the Woods film: Preview in Photographs

Sex With Strangers Second Stage

Sex with Strangers Reviews and Photographs



Love Letters, the two-hander by A.R. Gurney returns to Broadway with a starry rotating cast
Cast Schedule:
Saturday, September 13, 2014, through Friday, October 10, 2014
Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow
Saturday, October 11, 2014, through Friday, November 7, 2014
Carol Burnett and Brian Dennehy
Saturday, November 8, 2014 through Friday, December 5, 2014
Alan Alda and Candice Bergen
Saturday, December 6, 2014, through Friday, January 9, 2015
Stacy Keach and Diana Rigg
Saturday, January 10, 2015, through Sunday, February 1, 2015
Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen

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The Lightning Thief Review

It isn’t easy being 12 years old and a demigod with dyslexia. Percy Jackson may be the son of Poseidon, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting expelled from school after school.   Jackson began life as the hero of a series of bedtime stories that Rick Riordan created for his son, then became the protagonist on the pages of Riordan’s bestselling novels, and graduated (or was demoted?) to screen time in a couple of blockbuster movies starring Logan Lerman. Now he is on the stage of the Lucille Lortel Theater, in a free, hour-long musical for children, alongside his best best friend Grover,  a satyr (half man, half goat), and his rival/love interest Annabeth, the “half-blood” daughter of the goddess Athena.

Full Review of The Lightning Thief



Between Riverside and Crazy Reviews



If London in general has higher prices than NYC, why is its theater much less expensive? Some answers

Albert Innaurato, hit playwright in 1970s (Gemini),returns to NYC after “exile” with one-act “Doubtless” at 59E59

 Lifted from @LauraBenanti: “36 Tweets That Prove Laura Benanti Is A Comic Genius”



Smash Cast Hits Prime Time And Twitter Time

AndyMeintusmotherscookies“These are the cookies my mom is serving at her #Smash party in Pittsburgh. She’s a diva, “Andy Mientus Tweeted before the premiere of  the second season of Smash. He was not the only theater person to live Tweet this backstage Broadway TV series — it’s now something of a tradition —  but he also happens to be in the show now.  He plays Kyle, one-half of a musical theater team with a character named Jimmy, played by Jeremy Jordan.
Here is a scene of the two of them in the show. They’re presumably walking in Brooklyn, where their characters live.

That both of them, and several of the other cast members, were Tweeting during the show seemed more than a coincidence– more like an orchestrated campaign. But so what. They were fun to read. Here’s one from Jeremy Jordan

From Megan Hilty

Another new cast member:

Even guest star Jennifer Hudson got into the act:

JenniferHudsonpicsSmash Andy Mientus was the most prolific. Here’s a sample from the Twitter feed of Andy Mientus:

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Smash’s Bombshell, Marilyn Monroe Broadway Musical, Now An Album

Smash: Katherine McPhee playing  Broadway performer Karen Cartwright in the fake musical about Marilyn Monroe "Bombshell," which now has a real cast album.

Smash: Katherine McPhee playing Broadway performer Karen Cartwright in the fake musical about Marilyn Monroe “Bombshell,” which now has a real cast album.

A 22-song album of the music from “Bombshell” will be released on February 12, a week after the Tuesday, February 5th premiere of the second season of Smash. The first season of this Broadway backstage television series focused on the making of the fictional musical about Marilyn Monroe.

Remember when there was speculation about whether “Bombshell” would be produced on Broadway for real? The producers of the NBC TV series told reporters they would like to see that happen, and the talent is there: The real-life Broadway songwriting team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can) are the ones supplying the original songs supposedly put together by the TV songwriting team of Julia Houston and Tom Levitt (Debra Messing and Christian Borle.)

Whether the album is a start or a substitute is unclear. One clue: Look to see if the creative team calls the recording a cast album or a soundtrack.

Here are the tracks:

Bombshell1. Let Me Be Your Star (Extended Intro)

2. At Your Feet

3. Smash!

4. Never Give All The Heart

5. The 20th Century Mambo

6. The National Pastime

7. History is Made at Night

8. I Never Met a Wolf Who Didn’t Love To Howl

9. Mr & Mrs Smith

10. Don’t Say Yes Until I Finish Talking

11. On Lexington & 52nd St

12. Cut, Print…Moving On

13. Public Relations

14. Dig Deep

15. Second Hand White Baby Grand

16. They Just Keep Moving The Line

17. Let’s Be Bad

18. The Right Regrets

19. (Let’s Start) Tomorrow Tonight

20. Our Little Secret

21. Hang The Moon

22. Don’t Forget Me

Smash pilot (only the first two minutes are free)

Smash season 2 teaser: Jeremy Jordan and Andy Mientus join the cast, and guest stars will include Jesse L. Martin, Sean Hayes, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters and Jennifer Hudson.