So, I think some of Broadway has lost it's FUGGING MIND. Well, only bits and pieces of it. They can, apparently, make a musical about ANYTHING nowadays. Which isn't bad, considering Broadway has always been writing musicals based on books. With current Broadway, they LOVE to make musicals out of movies. Which is OK, depending on the movie. Hairspray? Great. The Producers? Fantastic. Legally Blonde? It actually worked.
The upcoming shows will be based on movies and popular characters. The first will be "Catch Me If You Can". You know, the popular Spielberg movie with Leonardo DiCapprio, Tom Hanks, and Amy Adams. Shockingly, The Spider-Man musical actually has a release date. I'm pretty sure most of us thought that they would give up. Another big show coming up is based on the Addams Family. That lovable, and slightly scary family.
Catch Me If You Can will have it's out of tryout starting July 23 to August 16 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. Music and lyrics are by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the guys who did the music for Hairspray. Terrence McNally is writing the book. He is responsible for Ragtime and The Kiss of the Spider Woman. Norbert Leo Butz (Wicked and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) will be playing Carl, Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal) will be playing Frank, Tom Wopat (Dukes of Hazzard) will be Frank Sr., and Kerry Butler will be playing Brenda. Considering they have some serious Broadway heavy weights, they will probably be successful, but time will tell.
The next musical I'd like to discuss is The Addams Family. First off: the book writers. Marshall Brickman (co-writer of Annie Hall) and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) are the writers. Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party) will be doing the score. Direction and design are by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch. Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) is the choreographer. The cast is: Nathan Lane-Gomez, Bebe Neuwirth- Morticia, Terrence Mann, Carolee Carmello, Kevin Chamberlin, Jackie Hoffman, Zachary James, Adam Riegler, Wesley Taylor, and Krysta Rodriguez. That is A LOT of Broadway stars/comedians/ Tony winners/nominees. The out of town is November 13 to January 10 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts in Chicago. The Broadway opening is April 8. Here's the plot, according to the producers: "Storm clouds are gathering over the Addams Family manse. Daughter Wednesday, now 18, is experiencing a sensation that surprises and disgusts her — caring about another person. Young Pugsley, jealous of his sister's attention, begs her to keep torturing him, severely, while mother Morticia, conflicted over her daughter's lurch into womanhood, fears being upstaged and discarded...like yesterday's road kill. All the while, father Gomez — master of the revels, mischievous and oblivious as ever — would prefer everything and everyone remain as it is. But when outsiders come to dinner, the events of one night will change forever this famously macabre family — a family so very different from your own...or maybe not."
I want to go see the tryout in Chicago because I live four hours away and I love Nathan Lane.
Finally, Spider-Man. It is called: Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark. As we all know, Bono and the Edge will be doing music. Julie Taymor is the director. The crew is very impressive, but I'm too tired to list them. The opening date is Feb. 18, with previews starting Jan. 16. There is apparently no out of towns. And to top it all off, no casting has been confirmed. OH. MY. GOD. The Addams Family doesn't open on Broadway till April and it has all its major characters. Also, it is rumored that Julie Taymor wants to cast unknowns. Considering that they are going against shows with huge Broadway stars, it seems like a bad idea. This show can either go really good or really bad.
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