A second opinion on Constantine Maroulis, the American Idol castoff who has now KILLED OUR FAVORITE BROADWAY MUSICAL! (We’re only kidding, dude, we don’t blame you. Show just ain’t selling tickets. Whatcha gonna do? Simon Cowell, that’s whose fault it is!)
We’re kind of sad to see The Wedding Singer close (we’ve mentioned it before, y’know). While not exactly a great piece of theatrical art, it was fun and mindless entertainment with numerous 80’s references. Does this mean “Teen Wolf: The Musical” is now DOA? Gosh, we hope not. (We kid. At least, we’re hoping we kid.)
Details of the closing (it ends December 31) are below, along with the holiday schedule.
You can also read this this bizarre article in the Village Voice titled, This Is Constantine Maroulis. He Wishes You Knew That. –
In which an American Idol runner-up tops it all by blow-drying his chest. Well all righty then.
The Wedding Singer
TO CLOSE AT
BROADWAY’S AL HIRSCHFELD THEATRE
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31
Soho Rep has been around for way longer than most theater companies of its size, and former Artistic Director Daniel Aukin has moved on, leaving the job to Sarah Benson, who is, like Aukin, a Brit. Interesting. Bill O’Reilly, if he ever went to off-off Broadway theater, would probably be annoyed.
Englishwoman in New York: Sarah Benson takes center stage at Soho Rep (Village Voice)
And bring me a beer, wouldja? Sheeesh.
That show at HERE about Streetcar is having some talkbacks. If they were completely in the spirit of Stanley Kowalski (and also, you know, completely insane) they would call them “yellbacks” and encourage the audience to shout and pour beer on their heads. “Rain from heaven” indeed. Not that we want to give anyone any ideas.
Details on STANLEY at HERE
Here Arts Center presents
They were having trouble casting Mel Brooks’ latest money machine (or so they hope – The Producers isn’t doing the kind of business that it once was), and they ended up casting Bryan D’Arcy James (who’s a good actor, but *yawn*. Obviously Greg Kinnear, Jimmy Fallon and Brooks’ mailman all said no). As for the rest of the casting, Kristen Chenoweth, you’re ok, but I’ve seen Madeline Kahn, and you, madame, are no Madeline Kahn. Shuler Hensley as The Monster is great casting, although it won’t sell a lot of tickets.
What will sell tickets is Mr. Brooks’ name. Thing is, Mel Brooks writes music by, well, humming. That’s right folks, he just does a “dum dum de dum dum de dum dum” and then someone else makes that into notes that the orchestra can play. We love Mel (at least the early stuff, although ‘Spaceballs’ had its moments), but come on. Do we really expect him to be able to pen a second Broadway score when he can’t even read a note of music? Of course, Andrew Lloyd Webber is a musician, and it didn’t help him a lick when it came to those songs (OH NO HE DIDN’T!). Basically, there’s no accounting for taste in this business.
With both of these, we’d much rather see the movie. The ones with Gene Wilder in them. And Madeline Kahn.
It’s not “Streetcar”, but it’s Streetcar-esque. A man believes he is Stanley Kowalski from Tennessee Williams’ classic play. Sounds like wish fulfillment to us. Photos and full press release after the jump.
Photo by Robbie Renfrow
Not to knock anyone’s success – we’re thrilled when an off-off show moves to a larger theater – but it seems that our obsession with celebrities spans all mediums, even off-off Broadway theater. Case in point: Oblivious To Everyone, a show about none other than Paris Hilton. (We were going to say “celebutard” or some other trendy insult but it seems… unfair.) Not that we’re cynical (yesweare) but is this all it takes to move a show? Do it about the same moron that every celebrity weekly puts on their cover?
OK, to be fair, we haven’t seen it. Maybe it’s good. We just hope this doesn’t lead to every enterprising nitwitty young FringeFest wannabe putting out a show about Nicole Richie or Lindsay Lohan.
Again, though, we don’t begrudge anyone their success. Oblivious To Everyone – may it run ten years.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2006
A FAVORITE AT THIS YEAR’S FRINGE, PARIS HILTON WANNABE MOVES TO NYC’S
ONE WOMAN SCHIZOPHRENIC COMEDY OBLIVIOUS TO EVERYONE RETURNS FOR LIMITED
Vaclav Havel is cool. President of Czechoslovakia, and a playwright. And not some boring “blah blah blah, communism is better than capitalism” playwright. Sure, his work is sometimes political, but it’s also well written and interesting. It’s also rarely produced in New York, so the upcoming Havel Festival is a good chance to see a ton of his work.
Here’s a release for TEMPTATION, one of our favorite Havel plays. Go see it, you may not get another chance anytime soon.
The Havel Festival and Gemini CollisionWorks present
by Václav Havel
designed and directed by Ian W. Hill
at The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
one block from the Lorimer stop of the L train / Metropolitan-Grand stop of the G train
Well, it’s obvious, but if they didn’t do it we would mock them mercilessly, so that means we have to give them credit for doing it.
What, pray tell, are we talking about? Why, Evil Dead The Musical is having an extra performance on Halloween – Tuesday, October 31 at 11:00 PM. Good grown-up scary-type fun. With a disembodied hand that moves. Rock on.
A KILLER MUSICAL COMES ALIVE ONSTAGE!
(note: the above photo is from the Mimi Le Duck blog. No idea what it has to do with the leshow. Our guess – not a damn lething. But the blog is not entirely without its charms.)
Mimi LeDuck has encountered a LeDelay. (Le Scandal!) This is due to “unexpected delays in technical rehearsal”, which could mean anything. We blame everyone EXCEPT Eartha Kitt, cuz, well, she was Catwoman. Couldn’t be her fault. (Unless she ate the duck! [rim shot] You know, because cats… eat… ducks… Is this thing on?)
Full press release, LeDuck Lovers:
Mimi le Duck Postpones First Preview