Harry Haun's Off-Broadway Column -- January 1998

News   Harry Haun's Off-Broadway Column -- January 1998
 
DANNY AND DOROTHY AT THE DAWNING OF CREATION: Who would have thought that Danny Zuko and Dorothy Gale would have made a plausible pair -- much less the parents of mankind? The Paper Mill Playhouse, that's who. Adrian Zmed and Stephanie Mills were cast as Adam and Eve when the Playhouse presented the U.S. premiere of John Caird and Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden. (Zmed is the only actor to play Danny in the original company and the current revival of Grease; Mills has been back to Broadway twice in the Dorothy role she originated in The Wiz.) Quite a few theatrical producers trekked out to Milburn, N.J., to check the show out for Off-Broadway. (It would be far too expensive for Broadway.) . . . The Loeb and Leopold case has spawned yet another drama -- John Logan's Never the Sinner -- and Stanley Brechner found a slot for it on his American Jewish Theatre schedule. Michael Solomon and Jason Patrick Bowcutt played the accused killers, and their brilliant attorney, Clarence Darrow‹a role that has engaged Spencer Tracy, Orson Welles, Paul Muni, Henry Fonda, et al.‹was played by Robert Hogan. . . . One month and 52 years after Eli Wallach made his New York stage debut, the 82-year-old actor opened in the title role of a Jewish widower in Jeff Baron's comedy at the Union Square Theatre, Visiting Mr. Green.

IT'S JUNE
IN JANUARY: Spring will be a little early this year for the Drama Dept., which opted to put its ac-claimed revival of Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman's 1929 June Moon into the Variety Arts for an open-ended run in mid-January, a good three months ahead of schedule. Geoffrey Nauffts, an Anthony Perkins look-alike reprising his charming performance of a hayseed songwriter, leads the revival's original-cast returnees. (Becky Ann Baker is debarking Titanic just to be back on board.) Also: Robert Joy, Peter Jacobson, Obie-winning Albert Macklin, Robert Ari and Jessica Stone. . . . Signs of The Times: Raves from The New York Times's Peter Marks sent two Off-Broadway opuses into extra innings‹Duet at the Ohio Theatre and Tell-Tale, recently at the Cherry Lane.

DANNY AND DOROTHY AT THE DAWNING OF CREATION: Who would have thought that Danny Zuko and Dorothy Gale would have made a plausible pair -- much less the parents of mankind? The Paper Mill Playhouse, that's who. Adrian Zmed and Stephanie Mills were cast as Adam and Eve when the Playhouse presented the U.S. premiere of John Caird and Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden. (Zmed is the only actor to play Danny in the original company and the current revival of Grease; Mills has been back to Broadway twice in the Dorothy role she originated in The Wiz.) Quite a few theatrical producers trekked out to Milburn, N.J., to check the show out for Off-Broadway. (It would be far too expensive for Broadway.) . . . The Loeb and Leopold case has spawned yet another drama -- John Logan's Never the Sinner -- and Stanley Brechner found a slot for it on his American Jewish Theatre schedule. Michael Solomon and Jason Patrick Bowcutt played the accused killers, and their brilliant attorney, Clarence Darrow‹a role that has engaged Spencer Tracy, Orson Welles, Paul Muni, Henry Fonda, et al.‹was played by Robert Hogan. . . . One month and 52 years after Eli Wallach made his New York stage debut, the 82-year-old actor opened in the title role of a Jewish widower in Jeff Baron's comedy at the Union Square Theatre, Visiting Mr. Green.

IT'S JUNE
IN JANUARY: Spring will be a little early this year for the Drama Dept., which opted to put its ac-claimed revival of Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman's 1929 June Moon into the Variety Arts for an open-ended run in mid-January, a good three months ahead of schedule. Geoffrey Nauffts, an Anthony Perkins look-alike reprising his charming performance of a hayseed songwriter, leads the revival's original-cast returnees. (Becky Ann Baker is debarking Titanic just to be back on board.) Also: Robert Joy, Peter Jacobson, Obie-winning Albert Macklin, Robert Ari and Jessica Stone. . . . Signs of The Times: Raves from The New York Times's Peter Marks sent two Off-Broadway opuses into extra innings‹Duet at the Ohio Theatre and Tell-Tale, recently at the Cherry Lane. -- By Harry Haun

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