Stage and screen star T.R. Knight (pictured above) joined the cast of the Broadway production of Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play last week, the same day that Nathan Lane returned to the show after having left in January to headline the Brooklyn Academy Music run of The Iceman Cometh. It’s Only a Play will now run through June 7th. Original stars Matthew Broderick, F. Murray Abraham, and Stockard Channing have remained in the cast. Best known for his TV role in Grey’s Anatomy (and the controversy surrounding his departure from the show), Knight was last on Broadway in 2010 starring opposite Patrick Stewart in the revival of David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre. He was also in the 2001 revival of Noises Off that starred Patti LuPone. Noises Off, by the way, is heading back to Broadway in 2016 starring Andrea Martin. Knight turned 42 on March 26th.
Nix Jeanne Michels & Phyllis Murphy’s The Queen of Bingo at O’Connell & Company. Due to a last minute contract dispute (actors were not supposed to perform in drag in The Queen of Bingo), the company will now present Betsy Carmichael’s Late Nite Bingo, an original comedy conceived and written by Mary Kate O’Connell and Joey Bucheker. The show opens this week starring Bucheker as Betsy Carmichael. He will be joined on stage by Jerry Mosey, Adam Matthew Wall and Corey Bieber. The show will run through April 26th.
Maria Droz has joined the cast of the New Phoenix Theatre production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (May 1st-23rd). Directed by Kelli Bocock-Natale, the show will also star Megan Callahan, Caitlin Coleman, Bobby Cooke, Kurt Erb, Billy Horn, Jamie Lama, Nick Lama, Eric Rawski, and Eliza Vann. The company will open its next season with Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, directed by Bocock-Natale, starring Rawski, Wendy Hall, Kristin Bentley, Steve Copps, Jamie Lama, PJ Tighe, and Jamie O’Neill in his very first speaking role in Buffalo.
Subversive Theatre has postponed the opening of its next show, The Un-American, from May 1st (May Day) to May 7th. Adapted by Anna Kay France from the book by Manny Fried and directed by Greg Natale, the production will star Richard Lambert, Lisa Vitrano, Guy Wagner, Tim Joyce, Bonnie Jean Taylor, Victor Morales, Lawrence Rowswell, Jack Agugliaro, J. Tim Raymond, and John Kennedy. The show will now run through May 31st.
Don Gervasi, of Eclectic Improv Company fame, has stepped into The Jewish Repertory Theatre production of The Odd Couple to play Murray the Cop, joining the other poker buddies played by Ray Boucher, Mike Randall, and Doug Weyand. The classic Neil Simon comedy opens on April 23rd directed by Saul Elkin, starring Tim Newell as Felix Ungar, and Tom Loughlin as Oscar Madison. Lisa Ludwig and Michele Marie Roberts play the famous British Pigeon sisters. The company will open its next season (its thirteenth) with My Name is Asher Lev, a stage adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel, then the off-Broadway hit Bad Jews, and finally Compulsion or The House Behind, a take on the Anne Frank diary story with both live actors and puppets.
Barry Humphries, aka Dame Edna (pictured above) is back on tour this year and will be in Toronto this week. Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye, The Farewell Tour plays the Princess of Wales Theatre, April 9th-19th. But no need to worry, as she says in the show, there may be future farewell tours...
Rick Lattimer, Matthew Crehan Higgins, Kerrykate Abel and Sabrina Kahwaty (pictured below) star in the upcoming BUA production of Chad Beguelin’s Harbor which opens April 17th at the Alleyway Theatre, directed by Todd Fuller. Lattimer and Higgins play husband and husband who get an unexpected visit from the latter’s sister and her teenage daughter. Beguelin wrote the book and some of the lyrics for Disney’s current Broadway show, Aladdin.
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