PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, July 30-Aug. 5: Ghost to Broadway?, Theresa Rebeck's Latest, Bye Bye Baby

News   PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, July 30-Aug. 5: Ghost to Broadway?, Theresa Rebeck's Latest, Bye Bye Baby Producers of Ghost The Musical, currently playing at London's Piccadilly Theatre, hope to bring the new tuner to Broadway in April 2012, according to the New York Post. The show is based on the gently supernatural love story from 1990, which was a Hollywood hit during that strange period of human history when Demi Moore was a major movie star.

In London, Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy portray Sam and Molly, respectively, with Sharon D. Clarke as Oda Mae Brown and Andrew Langtree as Carl. The production was negatively reviewed by Ben Brantley of the New York Times, but producers don't seem to be that worried about that. And the director, Matthew Warchus (Boeing-Boeing, God of Carnage, The Norman Conquests), has had a pretty good run in New York in recent years.

Caissie Levy and Richard Fleeshman
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Ghost The Musical has new music and lyrics by Dave Stewart, who was half of The Eurythmics and Glen Ballard. Bruce Joel Rubin adapted his original screenplay for the stage.

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Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's new play. It's called Poor Behavior — a title which could pretty much be applied to almost any play Rebeck has written over the past 20 years.

The cast will feature two actors who have made a career out of playing characters who behave badly, Reg Rogers and Christopher Evan Welch. If you want a coward, a braggart, a dastard or all three rolled up into one, they're your men. Rounding out the cast are Johanna Day and Sharon Lawrence, who usually veer more toward the morally-hinged, character-wise.

Johanna Day.
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In Poor Behavior, press note state, a "drunken late-night argument about morality, history and ethics careens out of control, leaving two marriages and four lives in its wake. Over the course of two demented days in a lovely country house, this dark adult comedy asks the question: Is it adultery if they already think you’ve done it?" Two couples trapped in one place and getting on each other's nerves? Hey, it worked for Yasmina Reza. Doug Hughes will direct. There was previous speculation that the play might land on Broadway. It might still at that. But this production will begin previews Sept. 7 at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles with an official opening Sept. 18.

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A cast has been assembled for the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Ten Cents a Dance, the new Rodgers and Hart musical crafted by director John Doyle.

The cast features Donna McKechnie — still a trooper 36 years after A Chorus Line Malcolm Gets, Lauren Molina, Jane Pfitsch, Jessica Tyler Wright and Diana DiMarzio.

Donna McKechnie

Doyle is taking a new look at the actor-musician piece, which debuted in an earlier version at the U.K.'s Watermill Theatre in 2002. The story concerns a crooner-songwriter named Johnny, who wistfully recalls his lifelong love affair of chorus girl Miss Jones, as embodied by five women, each portraying a different stage of her life.

Ten Cents a Dance will run Aug. 11-28 on the Williamstown main stage. The production is a co-presentation with the McCarter Theatre Center where it will also run Sept. 9-Oct. 9.

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Sometimes I wish I had a new play I could get to David Hyde Pierce's agent. I think he might do it!

The ever-receptive Pierce has taken on his latest assignment. It's Close Up Space, Molly Smith Metzler's new work about an obsessive book editor with a host of problems. Obsessive book editor. It just says David Hyde Pierce, doesn't it?

Also in the Off-Broadway cast are Michael Chernus, as Pierce's character's assistant. Leigh Silverman directs. It will begin previews at Manhattan Theatre Club in December.

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The producers of Baby It's You!, the jukebox musical about the Shirelles and its promoter Florence Greenberg, announced n Aug. 3 that the show will play its final performance Sept. 4.

Wait. That was still running?

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