Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal (pictured above) who co-starred in the 1970 classic movie Love Story, will be the stars of the upcoming national tour of A.R. Gurney’s very popular play Love Letters. Gurney’s play was back on Broadway this season featuring a rotating cast of stars. The tour will kick off in Los Angeles this summer and will make several stops including Boston, Detroit, and Baltimore. The full list of cities has not yet been finalized. Both McGraw and O’Neal have birthdays coming up in April. She will be 76, he will turn 74. This will be O’Neal’s stage debut. McGraw made her stage debut on Broadway in 2006 in the short-lived play Festen. Love Story was made into a musical in 2010 in London. It premiered in Philadelphia in 2012 but didn’t go much further. Broadway’s current season includes several musicals which are based on films: An American in Paris, Dr. Zhivago, Finding Neverland, and Honeymoon in Vegas.
Norm Sham, Debbie Pappas, Loraine O’Donnell, Paul Maisano, Tom Owen, Steve Jakiel, Dan Urtz, Kevin Kennedy, David Bondrow, Ian Tweedie, Shayna Raichilson-Zadok, Amy Jakiel, and Leanne Troutman will star in the musical She Loves Me, the Kavinoky’s final offering of its 35th anniversary season. Directed by Joe Demerly, with musical direction by Michael Hake, the show is scheduled to open on May 1st. With a beautiful score by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock (of Fiddler on the Roof fame), the musical is based on a play by Miklos Laszlo which was also the basis for the 1949 James Stewart film The Shop Around the Corner and the 1998 Tom Hanks film You’ve Got Mail. She Loves Me first opened on Broadway in 1963 starring Jack Cassidy and Barbara Cook. The Roundabout Theatre Company just announced that they will present a new Broadway production of the show in Spring 2016 to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary season. Roundabout presented the first Broadway revival of the show back in 1993.
Jonas Barranca and Kathleen Deneke will play Romeo and Juliet in Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s summer production of Romeo and Juliet (June 18th—July 12th). Directed by Tom Loughlin, the show will also star Eileen Dugan as the Nurse, Peter Palmisano and Lisa Ludwig as Lord and Lady Capulet, Dave Marciniak and Kim Cote as Lord and Lady Montague, joining the previously announced Saul Elkin as Friar Lawrence. The company is celebrating its 40th anniversary season and this year’s annual Fabulous Feast will host The Capulet Ball (witness where Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time!). The event takes place Saturday March 28th from 6:30 to 10:30pm at the Connecticut Street Armory. For tickets go to www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org.
Adam Yellen as Maria and Jordan Fisher as Viola will join Tim Newell as Olivia in the all-male cast production of Twelfth Night (July 23rd—August 16th), directed by Steve Vaughan. The show will also star Chris Hatch, David Lundy, Greg Gjurich, Steve Wisker, Norm Sham, and PJ Tighe.
Up next, Niagara University Theatre will present Cyrana, Doug Zschiegner’s adaptation of Rostand’s classic Cyrano de Bergerac. The play opens March 26th at the Leary Theatre on the NU campus. Zschiegner will also direct.
Alleyway Theatre’s Buffalo Quickies, now in its 24th year, will present six short works including The Proper Execution of William Shakespeare by Camilla Maxwell, winner of the 2014 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition in the one act category. The festival will also present two finalists of the competition, The Importance of Finding Ernie by Jennifer Tromble, and Lunch with Mae by Mark C. Lloyd. Directed by Joyce Stilson, the ensemble features Stephanie Bax, Tyler Brown, Jacquie Cherry, Bethany Sparacio and Michael Starzynski. The show opens on March 26th.
BUA’s Take 10 (aka the Gay Quickies), now in its third year, features a collection of eleven plays, each ten minutes or less in length, reflecting diverse aspects of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender life. The ensemble features Nick Lama, Marc Sacco, Tim Finnegan, Jessica Rasp, Alisse Sikes, Caitlin Coleman, and Kevin Craig. Craig, Finnegan, Sacco, Rasp, and Victoria Perez direct. The line-up includes plays by Donna Hoke and Matthew Crehan Higgins, plus nine plays chosen from over two hundred entries from all over the country. BUA Takes 10 opens on March 27th at Main Street Cabaret in the Alleyway Theatre complex.
At last! The fabulous Julianne Moore (pictured below) won the Academy Award for her performance in Still Alice. She appeared at Studio Arena in The Dresser, a production that also featured Jack Hunter, who now lives and works in Los Angeles. We miss you, Jack!
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