The week in theater news has a little something for the angel and devil in each of us:
- The upcoming reading of Side Man to benefit the Off-Broadway company Naked Angels just announced some heavenly casting. Recent Oscar-winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Mildred Pierce) and the delightfully talented and handsome Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Angels in America) will join original Broadway cast members Jeff Binder, Kevin Geer, Michael Mastro, Angelica Torn, and Tony Award winner Frank Wood on October 24 for what promises to be a must-see event.
Not to be outdone, Roundabout Theatre announced a starry benefit of their own. On December 5, they’ll be hosting a concert version of the lovely Masteroff, Bock and Harnick musical She Loves Me starring Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Kelli O’Hara (South Pacific), Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Michael McGrath (Born Yesterday), Rory O’Malley (The Book of Mormon) and Victor Garber (Alias and Sweeney Todd!). I don’t even know where to begin with that cast. Tickets go on sale October 24 so mark your calendar now.
- In more Harnick news, Fiddler on the Roof‘s matchmaker is keeping up with the times. At the request of Reverend Joshua Ellis (an Interspiritual minister and former theatrical press agent), the beloved lyricist recently rewrote some of the words to his classic “Sunrise, Sunset” so that it can be sung at same-sex weddings. Check out the official (and copyrighted) new versions at Rev. Ellis’ website.
- The holy trinity is complete; the acclaimed Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of Jesus Christ Superstar is officially making the move to Broadway. Beginning previews March 1, 2012 at the Neil Simon Theatre, the Des McAnuff directed version of the Lloyd Weber and Rice pop opera will join Godspell and The Book of Mormon for some serious holy rolling.
- Mike Bartlett’s award-winning Cock is coming to Off-Broadway in Spring of 2012. I’d love to leave it at that but, for those literal-minded types, Cock is a controversial, Olivier-winning play about a young man torn between his boyfriend and the “girl of his dreams.”
- How do you say “trailer trash” in French? Find out thanks to the strangest theater announcement I’ve seen in a while. The NYMF hit The Great American Trailer Park Musical is returning for a two-day-only engagement this Saturday and Sunday…but in French. This Quebecois version entitled Ma Femme, Ma Blonde et Ma Roulotte comes from The Centre for Education and Theater in Montréal and seems to have received great reviews there. I feel some Celine Dion coming on…