The fabulous Joan Collins (pictured above), who turned 74 this week, just finished a 30 week tour of the comedy Legends! in which she co-starred with Linda Evans. The production was supposed to end up on Broadway but apparently those plans have been canceled. Collins released a statement claiming that Evans took the stage fights too far, leaving her bruised and beaten on several occasions. She ended the tour with a sprained knee and a scar on her hand. Collins’ only appearance on Broadway was in the 1992 revival of Private Lives.
Broadway veteran George Marcy will perform selections from his one man show, Anatomy of a Song and Dance Man, and share some of his career stories on Wednesday May 30th at 7:30 p.m. at O’Connell & Company. Marcy played Bernardo opposite Chita Rivera in the original production of West Side Story.
Bonegrinders by Melody Von Smith and homeland by Eric Appleton are the two new plays selected for Road Less Traveled Productions 2007-08 season. The company will also launch its American Theater Masters Series in April with Eric Bogosian’s Humpty Dumpty, to be directed by Scott Behrend, starring Brendan Powers, Lisa Vitrano, Brian Riggs and Phil Knoerzer.
Theater Helden will present Durrenmatt’s The Physicists at the Central Terminal June 8th-17th. The production will be directed by Drew McCabe, starring James Wild, Tim Eimiller, Andrew King, Becky Globus and Matt Gellin.
Trajicom’s production of Hurlyburly has been extended again. Final performances are May 25 & 26 at 8:00 p.m. at TornSpace at the Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle (612 Fillmore Avenue).
Michele Marie Roberts will be Young Judy and Colleen Marcello will be Older Judy in MusicalFare’s production of Beyond the Rainbow: The Judy Garland Story, scheduled for next April. Co-directed and choreographed by Doug Weyand and John Fredo, the production will also star Kathy Weese, Todd Benzin and Marc Sacco.
In the mean time, MusicalFare will bring back its production of Sisters of Swing from July 25th-August 11th, starring Kelly Meg Brennan, Debbie Pappas and Kathy Weese as the Andrews Sisters.
Congratulations to Lynn Kurdziel-Formato who was presented with the Excellence in Scholarhip Award at Elon College. After choreographing The Full Monty in Arkansas in June, Kurdziel-Formato will be back in Buffalo to choreograph Aida at Artpark.
Gregory Fletcher will be the new director of Niagara University Theatre, taking over from Brendan Powers who leaves in June to pursue further acting opportunities. Also this summer, Doug Zschiegner will join the NU theater faculty.
NU alumnus and artist-in-residence Armand Schultz (pictured below) is back on Broadway starring in the brilliant production of Frost/Nixon which is now playing its limited engagement (through August 19th) at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre. The play, which was a huge hit in London, stars Frank Langella as Richard Nixon and Michael Sheen as David Frost. It was just nominated for a Tony Award.
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