Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Drama Drop -

The New York Times is reporting that the cast of the Broadway revival of Ragtime has been announced:
You can’t tell the story of intertwining American families without an enormous cast: the Broadway revival announced its ensemble on Thursday, consisting of some 40 performers who will be sharing stairwells and dressing rooms at the Neil Simon Theater come this fall. The cast features Quentin Earl Darrington as Coalhouse Walker, Jr. and Stephanie Umoh as Sarah, both making their Broadway debuts, as well as Ron Bohmer (Phantom of the Opera) as Father, Christiane Noll (Urinetown) as Mother and Robert Petkoff (Spamalot) as Tateh. Playing some of the musical’s historical figures are Jonathan Hammond (as Harry Houdini), Donna Migliaccio (Emma Goldman), Eric Jordan Young (Booker T. Washington) and, late of “Rock of Ages,” Savannah Wise (Evelyn Nesbit). The musical, which ran at the Kennedy Center in Washington in the spring, is directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and is adapted from the E. L. Doctorow novel with a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. It is to begin previews on Oct. 23 and open on Nov. 15.
[Photo - Cast members of “Ragtime” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. By Joan Marcus]



You can't say that opera singers don't work hard for the money and, as previously reported here, singers are literally putting themselves in harms way on the stage.

Well, for a little more on the subject, including details about the onstage activities of a certain Miss Danielle de Niese, you needn't go any further than this fun little read by blogger Charlotte Higgins.

BTW - Miss Danielle, you still owe me that email straightening out your quote.

[Photo - Munich's Wozzeck]



Broadwayworld.com is reporting that star of stage and screen Kristin Chenoweth is going to be a guest judge on American Idol this season.

Chenoweth, whose new album At Home with Friends drops on September 29th from the Sony Classics label, brings true vocal knowledge to the judges’ panel. And, it's about time.

An original cast member of the Broadway smash Wicked, she performed a solo sold out concert at the MET in 2007 and won a Tony award for her performance in the musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

After its first week of sales, Chenoweth's new autobiography, "A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love and Faith in Stages," debuted in the 12th spot on the famed New York Times' Bestseller List.

[Photo - Kristin Chenoweth]

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