Most famous for his year-round tan, TV and movie star George Hamilton (pictured) will play Georges in the national tour of La Cage Aux Folles, which kicks off in the fall. The show’s second revival on Broadway will close on Sunday. Hamilton made his Broadway debut a few years ago in the revival of Chicago. Incidentally, that revival has just become the fifth-longest running production in Broadway history. Supermodel Christie Brinkley is now playing Roxie Hart.
Former Buffalo dancer Marguerite Derricks is the choreographer for the new Broadway musical Wonderland, which opened at the Marquis earlier this month. A noted film and TV choreographer, she won Emmy Awards for three consecutive years for The Goodwill Games, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Fame LA. Her theater credits include the original production of Sister Act at the Pasadena Playhouse and the musical A Class Act on Broadway back in 2001. Buffalo’s fabulous Michele Ragusa replaced one of the leads in that production.
And speaking of A Class Act, Randy Kramer will direct the Buffalo premiere of the show as part of Musicalfare’s 2011-12 season. The show features songs by Ed Kleban, the lyricist for the classic A Chorus Line. Kleban’s lyrics were also featured in The Madwoman of Central Park West, a musical comedy that premiered at Studio Arena and moved to Broadway in the late 1970s. Musicalfare’s season will also include Oliver!, directed by Chris Kelly; Avenue Q, directed by Doug Weyand; A Grand Night for Singing, directed by Michael Walline; and Hair with a director to be announced.
Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize winner Driving Miss Daisy will be part of the Jewish Repertory Theatre season, playing in spring 2012. The play made its Broadway debut this year starring Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones. JRT’s season will also include Deb Margolin’s Imagining Madoff in October and the two one acts, Brecht’s The Jewish Wife and Mamet’s The Duck Variations, in February.
Subversive Theatre will hold its annual May Day fundraiser on Sunday, May 1, 7-10pm, at Nietzsche’s on Allen Street. The evening will feature a performance of Karl Marx in Allentown adapted from Howard Zinn’s Marx in Soho, directed by Susan Forbes and starring Keith Elkins as Marx. There will also be live music by the Erie Lackawanna Railroad Band.
RSDP Productions returns to the Lancaster Opera House this season with the comedy Perfect Timing, which will run May 6-15. Directed by and starring Peter Palmisano, the show also stars Susan Toomey, Jon Summers, Ron Swick, Jennifer Toomey Starr, Andrew Starr, and Dolores Mendolia.
ALT Theater concludes its season with the tragedy Medea, presented in a multi-media production which sets the action in a mental hospital circa 1975. Directed by David Lundy, the show will star Morgan Chard in the title role, Patrick Caughill, Brittany Kucala, James Heffron, Norman Daniels, and Richard Hummert as Creon. Medea runs May 5-28.
Shawn Northrip, who wrote the hilarious Ramona and Juliet, has done it again! A Comedy of Queerers, his lesbian adaptation of A Comedy of Errors, will have its world premiere on May 19 at Rust Belt Books. Presented by Brazen-Faced Varlets, the show will run Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through June 4. Directed by Lara Haberberger, the production will star Kelly M. Beuth, Heather Fangsrud, Theresa DiMuro Wilber, and Amy Wrzos.
Lauren Fox and Jimmy Janowski will be reunited in BUA’s summer production of The Birds Attack!, a parody of the famed Hitchcock movie The Birds. Directed and designed by Todd Warfield, the production will also star Eric Rawski, Chris Standart, Michael Seitz, Joe Demerly, and Bebe Bulgari.
Mark your calendars. Monday, May 23, 6-9pm, at Asbury Hall in Babeville: Another Monday with Manny, a combined theater/labor tribute to the late Manny Fried.blog comments powered by Disqus
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