Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Drama Drop -

* With the goal of “... making a season that would remind people of all the wonderful things New York City Opera stands for,” George R. Steel, the general manager and artistic director, who took over those positions in January, has unveiled it's five show season for 2009-2010. The company will present what the NY Times calls a tasting menu — just five productions — symbolic of its traditions: modern works (Hugo Weisgall’s “Esther”), new productions (“Don Giovanni” in a staging by Christopher Alden), the underperformed (Chabrier’s “Étoile”), war horses (“Madama Butterfly”) and Baroque works (Handel’s “Partenope”).

* Peter Marks of the Washington Post discusses what we are all noticing: the Broadway Stage is increasingly being filled by stars of the screen. Not only has our favorite "Tony Soprano", James Gandolfini, returned to the stage in God of Carnage with Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden and Jeff Daniels, but on any given night, we can also see Jane Fonda in "33 Variations." Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen in "Impressionism." Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon in "Exit the King." And, Rupert Everett and Angela Lansbury in "Blithe Spirit." More and more, actors who've made their names on the small and large screens turn up - maybe to prove their success is not a function of crafty camera work (wink wink). Or because producers know their fame translates into lots of $$. Or the movie roles are drying up in this terrible economy. Or they live in New York, and -well- they just want to act.

* And here is some news that is purely jaw dropping: CBS announced Wednesday the cancellation of the longest-running scripted program in broadcasting history, the soap opera “Guiding Light.” The show has been on radio and television for 72 years, beginning on NBC radio in 1937 and moving to CBS television in 1952. The show’s run will end with an episode Sept. 18. The show has provided breakthroughs for many well-known actors, including Kevin Bacon, James Earl Jones, Calista Flockhart, Allison Janney and Cicely Tyson. “Guiding Light” claims the distinction of being the first network soap to introduce regular African-American characters, in 1966.

[Photo: James Gandolfini, post-"Sopranos," has returned to the limelight with his role on Broadway in the comedy "God of Carnage." (By Joan Marcus Via Bloomberg News)]

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