Friday, April 17, 2009

The Drama Drop -

* A former Dallas hedge fund manager recently pleaded guilty to securities fraud in New York. Barrett Wissman, 46, agreed to pay $12 million in penalties over three years in connection with an alleged kickback scheme involving New York state's largest pension fund, New York AG Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. What on earth does this have to do with the arts? Wissman is chairman of IMG Artists. IMG is one of the world's largest management agencies, with a roster of artists that includes Dallas Symphony Orchestra music director Jaap van Zweden, violinist Itzhak Perlman and soprano Renee Fleming.

* Every Little Step, the new documentary film chronicling the creation Michael Bennett's musical A Chorus Line and the 2006 Broadway revival, is being released in New York and Los Angeles April 17. Every Little Step will continue to open across the country in the coming months. Check out the Every Little Step website for more information and a trailer for the picture.

* How many times do we have to hear it from Miss Effie White before we realize that really... seriously... the only place she's goin' is out on tour. The fantastically popular Dreamgirls is set for a revival and will play the Apollo in Harlem, then hit the road. Producer John Breglio and the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc. announced today that tickets for the smash hit musical will go on sale Friday, April 17 at 10am. The show will play a four-week, limited engagement, from Nov. 7 to Dec. 5, before beginning its journey. No casting has been announced for the revival tour, which will be directed and choreographed by Bobby Longbottom.

[Photos - Right: The cast of A Chorus Line. Left: The two Jennifers. That is Jennifer Holliday and Jennifer Hudson opened BET Awards show with rendition of "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls.]

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