May 16, 2006 |
Stephanie J. Block, who played Liza Minnelli on Broadway in "The Boy From Oz" and starred in L.A. as Elphaba, the green witch, in a touring production of "Wicked," has landed one of next season's plum roles on Broadway: the title character in "The Pirate Queen," a lavish new musical by the team that created "Les Miserables" and "Miss Saigon." Block will play Grace O'Malley, the legendary Irish lass who was the scourge of Elizabethan England and beyond. Linda Balgord will portray Elizabeth I.
July 30, 2009 |
The working girls of Broadway's "9 to 5: The Musical" got their pink slip notices Wednesday when the show's producers announced that the Tony-nominated production will close on Sept. 6 after playing for 148 performances. But the musical, which features songs by Dolly Parton, will get a second life when the national tour kicks off in -- where else? -- Nashville in September 2010. "9 to 5" had its world premiere in September 2008 at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. before transferring to Broadway's Marriott Marquis Theatre in April.
January 26, 2005 |
"Wicked" will wing its way into Los Angeles in June as part of the Broadway/L.A. season. The touring version of the Broadway hit about the formative years of the Wizard of Oz witches will play the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, June 17 through July 17. Stephanie J. Block is expected to play Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch, while Kendra Kassebaum is slated for the role of Glinda.
September 11, 2008 |
After two postponements due to "technical demands," the curtain finally rose Tuesday night on previews for "9 to 5: The Musical," where audience members received an unexpected treat -- a mini-concert by Dolly Parton. Parton, of course, penned the music and lyrics for the original 1980 hit film as well as the new musical, now in its pre-Broadway run at the Ahmanson Theatre. The country singer made a surprise appearance, talking up the show beforehand and warning the audience that the performance might stop a few times, as is typical during previews for complicated productions.
February 14, 2013 |
Banana Joe, the lovable affenpinscher who won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday, has chosen Broadway for a victory lap. The pooch was scheduled to make a cameo appearance Wednesday evening in the Broadway revival of the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" at Studio 54. He was to fill in the role normally played by Macaco, the dog held by actress Stephanie J. Block in the show. Banana Joe's theater career was scheduled to last for only one performance. "Drood," which is very loosely based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, is produced by the Roundabout Theatre Co. The ending is determined by an audience vote as to who is guilty.
October 17, 2008 |
When the curtain goes down Sunday on the pre-Broadway run of "9 to 5: The Musical" at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown L.A., audiences won't have to say goodbye to Megan Hilty. Twelve days later, she'll return to "Wicked" at the Pantages in Hollywood. Hilty, who plays Doralee, the bubbly secretary in "9 to 5," had an earlier run in the local "Wicked" production, starring as Glinda opposite Eden Espinosa as Elphaba. Now the two are reteaming from Oct. 31 through Jan. 11, when "Wicked" ends its L.A. run. And after that?