Weekly roundup

Since it's the beginning of a very busy week in College Land, I thought a roundup of recent headlines, both fantastic and odd, would be apropos.

~ Today marked legend Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday. (Andrew Lloyd Weber also turned 62. [Insert awful joke here.]) Not only was a huge gala concert was held in his honor last Monday, but BroadwayWorld graced their title bar with this lovely graphic.

If that wasn't enough of a birthday gift, news broke this evening that the Henry Miller Theater will be renamed in his honor. To be honest, I had to rely on Google for information about Henry Miller, and I think that the composer and/or lyricist of classics such as "West Side Story," "Gypsy," "Company," "Sunday in the Park with George," and a personal favorite, "Into The Woods," is more than deserving of a theater in his name.

~ The American Idiot marquee has gone up in its entirety at the St. James!

(via lane1008 on Twitter)

After walking by the theater on Friday and noting the still-blank doors, seeing the completed facade is quite thrilling. Previews open on Wednesday, but we're going to try and avoid all spoilers until Saturday, after which we will be able to give a firsthand account!

~ According to BroadwayWorld, the search is on for a new Mary Jane Watson in the apparently-still-alive "Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark." Evan Rachel Wood, who was originally attached to the project, seems to have made a wise decision when she dropped out due to "scheduling conflicts," which I suspect may be due to the lack of any schedule at all.

~ Broadway's friend across the Atlantic Sea (see what I did there?) on the West End celebrated a fine year of theater last night at the 2010 Olivier Awards. "Spring Awakening" took home four awards, including Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (Aneurin Barnard as Melchior), and Best Supporting Performance in a Musical (Iwan Rheon as Moritz, mirroring his American counterpart, John Gallagher Jr., who took home a Tony for the same role). Other notable category winners awarded included Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" for Best Revival; Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop" for Best Play; Rachel Weisz as Best Actress in "A Streetcar Named Desire;" and Mark Rylance as Best Actor in "Jerusalem."

~ Speaking of London-town, the original revival cast of Broadway's "Hair" has arrived in the UK for their six-month stay at the Gielgud Theatre! As the replacement cast in New York finds their feet, it will be exciting to track both productions over their respective runs. Star Gavin Creel graced his Twitter followers with a lovely video yesterday morning, documenting the cast's excitement prior to boarding the plane to England.

~ And finally, it has been (unofficially?) announced, via Facebook, that Jennifer Damiano will be a guest star at Matt Doyle's Joe's Pub engagement on April 21! We'll admit that we're a TAD bit excited for this news, and will probably spend excessive amounts of time hypothesizing potential songs for the pair to sing. (Ryan Scott Oliver's "Hemming and Hawing," anyone?)

This past Friday's trip to the city, to see Jessica Phillips as Diana in "Next to Normal," was an epic success which also included seeing Michael Berry as Dan. Look for a review soon!


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