Stage and screen star Jeremy Jordan (pictured above) will guest star in the pilot for the new CBS show Supergirl, which will debut in the fall. Jordan currently stars opposite Anna Kendrick in the movie adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years. He has appeared on Broadway in West Side Story (2009 revival), Rock of Ages, Bonnie and Clyde, and Newsies for which he received a 2012 Tony nomination. Jordan originated the part of Jack Kelly when Newsies had its world premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey in October 2011, and repeated the role on Broadway. Based on the Disney movie, the musical won Tony awards for its score (Jack Feldman and Alan Menken) and choreography. The book was written by Harvey Fierstein, who also wrote the book for Kinky Boots, which is coming to Shea’s April 21st-26th. Both Menken and Fierstein are working on another movie to musical adaptation: Mrs. Doubtfire.
Newsies will be the first offering of Shea’s 2015-16 Broadway series, which starts on September 29th. The family friendly series will also include Matilda and Annie. Pippin, Beautiful (The Carol King Musical), and another movie to musical adaptation (which has never been on Broadway actually), Dirty Dancing, round out the season.
Alleyway Theatre will kick off its 2015-16 season with Granny Bird, a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Neal Radice, based on the play by Robin Rice Lichtig. The show has two large roles for child actors, a boy and a girl age 10-12. To schedule an audition or to get further information, write to email@example.com. The company’s season will also feature the winner of the 2014 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition, the comedy Speak No Evil by Sonya Sobieski, and the 25th annual Buffalo Quickies. A Christmas Carol returns for its 33rd year.
Geva Theatre, the regional theater company in Rochester, will present Tom Dudzick’s Miracle on South Division Street (January 12th-February 7th) as part of its 2015-16 season. The season will also feature the play The May Queen by Molly Smith Metzler, which was commissioned by Chautauqua Theatre Company and was part of its 2014 Summer season. By the way, Dudzick is working on a new musical that may be workshopped in Buffalo next fall.
Theatre of Youth will conclude its current season with The House at Pooh Corner, directed by Michael Walline starring Kevin Craig as Winnie the Pooh. Opening on May 8th, the show will also star Ricky Marchese (Tigger), Lawrence Smith (Rabbit) Dan Greer (Eeyore) Jacob Albarella, Nancy Sam, Renee Landrigan, Zachary Snyder, and Ashley Evans.
Doug Weyand will direct the Second Generation Theatre production of Christopher Durang’s Tony award winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, scheduled for next January at the Lancaster Opera House. The production will star Lou Colaiacovo, Kristen Tripp Kelly, Lisa Ludwig, Ricky Marchese, Tammy Hayes, and Kelsey Mogensen. Ludwig will direct the company’s June 2016 offering, the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Save the date! The Irish Classical Theatre Company’s annual fundraiser, The Wake, will be held on Friday May 1st from 7 to 11 p.m. at a new location this year: the Connecticut Street Armory. Tickets are $55 general admission/$50 for ICTC Subscribers. For more information, call the ICTC box office at 853-ICTC (4282). Ticket includes unlimited beer, wine, and continuous entertainment. There’s also a chance to win dinner with Vincent O’Neill and Fortunato Pezzimenti at Mother’s Restaurant followed by a play at the theater.
On Monday, March 30th at Desiderio’s on Broadway in Lancaster, there will be a celebration of John Buscaglia’s illustrious theater career. John died on March 6th. The event is open to the public, arrival time is 7 p.m. with festivities beginning around 7:30 p.m. If you are planning to attend or to speak at the event, please respond to Rogersouth@aol.com. Please also share any photos, posters, programs or memorabilia you may have. Pictured below is John (far left) in the 1992 BUA production of Jean Anouilh’s The Orchestra. The ladies in the orchestra were portrayed by men in the production, which played in the back room at Nietzche’s on Allen. Also pictured: David Butler, Rob Webber, Chris Standart, and Scott Lyle. John also starred in the BUA productions of Jeffrey (which “toured” to Rochester), Harvey Fierstein’s Safe Sex, and Bent in which he wonderfully portrayed Uncle Freddie.
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