James Franco Out, Kelli O’Hara In and Big Broadway Discounts!
Pink Ladies, grab your satin jackets and your best bowling balls (we’re gonna score tonight, after all); August is over and it’s time to head back to school again. So let’s kick off September with a lesson in Broadway current events and a little recent history:
- James Franco announced this week that he will no longer make his Broadway debut in that Oscar-wattage revival of Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth opposite Nicole Kidman. Thankfully, Nickers is still on board, though no opening date or new co-star has been named.
- Mutliple Tony-nominee Kelli O’Hara has been tapped to co-star with Matthew Broderick in the new musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It. The Gershwin “jukebox” (or perhaps in that era “song book”) show will make its Broadway debut in April under the direction of Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes).
- That all-star Proposition 8 play reading by Dustin Lance Black just got a whole lot prettier. Matthew Bomer (White Collar) joins the cast and, according to Michael Musto, is rumored to be playing Cheyenne Jackson’s partner. Swoon.
- Looking for great deals on Broadway? Huge shows like Wicked, Billy Elliot and many more are offering two-for-one tickets for performances September 18-30 during “Broadway Week”. Seats are on sale now for AARP members and available to the general public September 5.
And in case you missed them, here are some of our most popular stories of August:
- Chicago’s Brian O’Brien struck a pose.
- Rebecca Luker hit a high note.
- Judy Gold grabbed the sit-com spotlight.
- Liza Minnelli lost her mind.
- Cate Blanchett ran away with her Uncle.
- And Tom embarrassed himself by revealing his most-played showtunes.
Speaking of embarrassment (of the most delicious sort), skip heading out to buy notebooks and pencil cases and watch Michelle Pfeiffer and her Grease 2 gang head back to school instead…