Plans for the Broadway On the Town revival are now off.
Christopher d'Amboise, a principal dancer at NYC Ballet who has
also been working on the Broadway-bound High Society
was just recently added to the production as choreographer.
Days after joining the production d'Amboise withdrew. Now
August is the earliest rehearsals could start for the production.
The 1997 Central Park staging by George C. Wolfe was to have begun
Broadway previews April 7 at the St. James Theatre, with an official
opening planned for April 26.
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The Word on the Street...
Mixed. The word on the "street" is mixed for
Ragtime and The Capeman.
Ragtime is in previews and opens next
Sunday, Jan. 18th. The mixed reaction was to
be expected as far as I was concerned. Fans
at intermission are using words like "long",
"boring", "white-guilt musical" and a myriad
of other things. On the other hand the fans
are using terms like "brilliant", "breathtaking",
"stunning" and "gorgeous." It makes you wonder
if they're seeing the same show. I'm with the
Because of its long process in coming to New York
and the hype associated with the successful runs
in Toronto and Los Angeles I knew this show was
going to be scrutinized with a magnifying glass.
The suspense will be over in a week when the Monday
morning reviews come out. The hype said that
Ragtime had Tony Awards written all over it.
Who knew Disney would come to 42nd Street with such
Still, it won't be a two way battle between Ragtime
and The Lion King if Jerry Zaks has any say in
the matter. He's working on The Capeman; feverishly
fixing the Paul Simon musical. Already, there are many
changes in act one and presumbably, he'll work on
act two this week. Fans have mixed emotions about this
show. It seems the consensus is that Paul Simon doesn't
understand the intricasies of writing a musical and even
out of his own mouth on the Letterman show, it was
apparent that he was in over his head. Still, fans are
now finally speaking up and the music is said to be
fantastic. Can Zaks pull it off by the 29th? Stay tuned.
Another thing on Ragtime, guess who was on the aisle
at the Sunday matinee after partying in the V.I.P. suites?
Christina D'Angelo, that's who. You can read all about it on
Thursday in Christina's World, right here on Talkin' Broadway.
Aside from the show, I want to know how the Mimosas were?
Tidbits: Melinda Hesbacher was photographed with
Alice Ripley backstage at the closing of Side Show
by an InTheater photographer. It's in the latest issue in
the "On The Town" page. Melinda was one of the volunteers
who tried to save Side Show. Producers held a meeting
on Monday to come up with a new strategy and to raise a
million bucks to re-open the show. No word on that yet. Still,
High Society, which was to open at the Richard Rogers,
has been moved to another theater thereby leaving the Side
Show sets in place just in case the miracle occurs. A
cast member informed me that "it looks promising." I suppose,
and you have to wonder about this, that if it moves it would
have to be nominated in the Best Revival category at the
Tony Awards, but if the production stays put, then it goes into
Best Musical, right? ;)
The Phantom of the Opera celebrates its 10th Anniversary
production on Monday, Jan. 26th. Fans are flying in from all
over the world to attend. Select seats were sold to fans and
more may open up, so we'll keep you posted on that. The
performance is at 7 P.M., and many fans are arranging to meet
earlier for dinner over at Barrymores on 45th. See you there!
Other related Phantom news is that Frank D'Ambrosio will
head an evening of discussion at the New Conservatory Theater
Center in San Francisco on January 19th at 7 P.M. It's a benefit
and will cost you $25.00, $15.00 for students. Frank will talk
about his experience playing the Phantom. He'll talk about the
theater, including auditioning and then take questions from the
The obligatory West End play will arrive on February 12th
at the Royale Theater. The hit London play, Art will
star Alan Alda, Alfred Molina and Victor Garber. Written by
Yasmina Reza and directed by Matthew Warchus. It's a about
a white canvas. Hell, I coulda painted that...with a roller, too!
Lord of the Dance will play Radio City minus superstar
Michael Flatley as he had some recent heart problems. The
Irish folk dance show plays from March 13-15.
Encores! musicals in concerts at City Center will be doing
Strike Up The Band on Feb. 12-15, followed by Lil Abner
from March 26-29 and then conclude the season with St. Louis
Woman on April 30-May 3. Looks like the $55.00 tix are
sold out, but the $25-37.00 range are still available.
Roundabout is advertising the revival of the much anticipated
Cabaret. You can call for tix (212-719-1300) and not
pay a service charge if you do so before Feb. 12th. Previews
begin on the 13th. Did I mention the theater? It's going to
have its run at the "Kit Kat Klub" on 43rd Street.
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