December 12, 1999 |
Producer Cameron Mackintosh is planted smack in front of a set model for "The Witches of Eastwick," his new musical set to open in London next summer. On either side of him stand members of the show's creative team, and he has plenty of questions for them: How much will all those fancy lights cost? Where will the dancers dance in that diner scene? What's the emotional beat of that big production number, and how will they get the audience to settle down afterward?
August 9, 1990 |
America will miss "Miss Saigon." The Broadway production of the $10-million musical was canceled Wednesday by its British producer Cameron Mackintosh, angry that Actors' Equity vetoed his casting English star Jonathan Pryce in a lead role. The union denied permission Tuesday for Pryce to re-create his London role in "Saigon." Equity had been prodded by Asian-American activists who objected to the casting of a white actor in a Eurasian role.
February 12, 1992 |
Here's an idea that just might bring in some cash: rework "Moby Dick" into a musical, make it something people can dance to, and perform it in a swimming pool. You see, St. Godrick's, an English boarding school for girls, is desperately short of funds. So headmistress Dorothy Hymen, in an attempt to generate income, has assigned her young charges to devise their own version of Herman Melville's classic story about Captain Ahab and his search for the great white whale.
August 24, 1990 |
'Saigon' Summit Talk: A summit meeting between Actors' Equity officials and "Miss Saigon" producer Cameron Mackintosh will be held in New York in early September, in an attempt to resolve the controversy over the casting of the proposed Broadway production of "Miss Saigon," Equity announced Thursday. The Equity statement predicted that "a dialogue . . . rather than further press releases, will prove to be salutary."
August 3, 1989 |
Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, whose works include "Sweeney Todd," "Sunday in the Park With George" and "Into the Woods," will go to England in January to become Oxford University's first visiting professor of drama and musical theater. The post is funded by a $2.9-million endowment from impresario Cameron Mackintosh, who staged the first musical productions of "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera." Sondheim will serve the academic year at St.
August 23, 1990 |
What does "Miss Saigon" producer Cameron Mackintosh really want? While Actors' Equity postponed until today its response to Mackintosh's most recent request for more guarantees of artistic freedom before bringing the London hit to New York, speculation grew Wednesday that one of the key issues behind his statement was the casting of the title role.