BUT IS IT ART?
Its English title is The Unexpected Man. Casting will probably be high profile but no details are available as of yet.
RENT After attending a press conference for Dr. Dolittle it was on to the industry launch for RENT. We were in the Penthouse Suite of the Hampshire Hotel, (hardly an establishment the characters from the show would recognise), overlooking all the major sites of London. Anthony Rapp was telling me how much he is looking forward to coming here in March. They played us pieces from the score and a video. I think that, with Chicago, Rent, Dolittle, Whistle Down The Wind we've got a great season ahead of us.
IN THE NICK
The Magistrate, a heavenly farce by Arthur Wing Pinero is the latest Chichester Festival Theatre transfer. It opens at the Savoy on December 9.
The cast includes Ian Richardson (House of Cards), Abigail McKern, Graham Crowden and Frank Middlemass, Nick Broadhurst directs. The Magistrate was completely sold out on tour.
HMMM HMMM HMMM HMMM STAYIN' ALIVE
The Bee Gees and Celine Dion have recorded a new number for Robert Stigwood's production of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER which opens at the London Palladium May 98. The track will be appearing on Celine's new album.
MARTIN MOVES OVER
Martin Guerre will depart from the Prince Edward Theatre Feb. 28, before, it is believed, embarking on a National tour.
After an unfortunate beginning, Cameron Mackintosh re-worked the piece, attended to the book, cleared up the narrative line and produced a real gem. I think it will have a long, long life. Especially in America. Perhaps a decent try-out would be a good idea.
Peter Hall's forthcoming production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof will star beautiful English rose, Jennifer Ehle, who shot to fame in the BBC's adaptation of "Pride And Prejudice" which also featured Colin Firth.
We look forward to welcoming Kevin Spacey to the Almeida next spring in The Ice Man Cometh.
More next week.
--By Ashley Herman