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Austin Powers may be coming to a stage near you

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According to recent news reports, an Austin Powers musical may be in the works. The show would serve as a sort of prequel to the movie series, revealing just how Powers came to have his "mojo" in the first place. Judging by the star-studded list of those who are rumored to be working on the project (Mike Myers is writing, Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw is directing, and Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello are likely to contribute music) it could be a big hit on Broadway.

However, the actual cast is still very much up in the air. It has been reported that, while Myers will be heavily involved in the production, he will not be reprising his lead role. Who on earth could they get to replace him as Austin Powers? Many other movies that have been made into musicals obviously had star power that did not end up playing a part in the musical, but to me Mike Myers IS Austin Powers. I'm curious to see how they pull this one off.

Who do you think they should get for the stage version of Austin Powers? Tell us in the comments!

Fall 2011 Broadway show predictions

Broadway Sign

October's almost here, and that means that the new Broadway season is really starting to kick into gear. There are a lot of new shows hitting the Great White Way this fall, and some are sure to be great hits, while others...not so much. I asked several sites that deal with theatre to comment on what they're most looking forward to, what will be amazing, and what will do a giant belly-flop in the middle of Broadway. Shows are presented in alphabetical order for your convenience.


  • An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin: “[This show] takes the talents of two seasoned performers and presents them in an irresistible way. The duo has proven its talent and this show should be no exception.” — Melissa Hall, Stage Write Indy
  • Bonnie & Clyde: “…could be a break out hit, or a disaster like Wonderland – we will have to see. The critics infamously hate Frank Wildhorn (the composer), but the cast is fantastic and the director great! I'm looking forward to seeing what this one is all about.” — Spencer Williams, The Broadway Critic
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How to Succeed: Daniel Radcliffe vs. Nick Jonas

How to Succeed marquee


If you recall, I did a comparison of Daniel Radcliffe's two major roles, Finch vs. Harry Potter. Daniel's leaving How to Succeed in January, and it was recently announced that Nick Jonas will be taking over the lead role. So, I couldn't resist a follow-up comparison. Enjoy.

Daniel RadcliffeNick Jonas
Full nameDaniel Jacob RadcliffeNicholas Jerry Jonas
NicknameDanNick, Mr. President
HometownLondon, EnglandDallas, TX
Occupation(s)ActorMusician, actor, singer-songwriter, preteen swoon-inducer
Best known forPlaying Harry Potter in the moviesBeing one of the Jonas Brothers
NationalityBritishAmerican
Acting debutThe BBC One TV movie David Copperfield at age 10On Broadway at age 7
Fan baseHarry Potter fans, mostlyTeenage/preteen girls
Broadway experienceHow to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingA Christmas Carol, Annie Get Your Gun, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables
Advantages in a Daniel vs. Nick fightBritish accentHair

Did I miss any important categories? Who would you rather see star in a Broadway show? Let us know in the comments.

 

Shortest running shows ever to hit Broadway

If you recall, a few weeks ago I posted a list of the longest running Broadway shows and promised to follow up with a list of the shows with the shortest runs. It turns out, there have been a LOT of really terrible shows with incredibly short runs. Here are my top picks:

10. High Fidelity

You've seen the movie, right? Well, this is a musical based on the novel upon which the movie is based. It should have been good, but it makes the top ten shortest runs on my list, as it closed in December 2006 after only 14 regular performances and 18 previews.

9. Elling

Elling was a play based on a Norwegian film of the same name, starring Brendan Fraser and Denis O'Hare. The story is of two mismatched roommates, ala "The Odd Couple." Despite a situation that's ripe with comedy, the play closed after only nine regular performances.

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Radio City Music Hall--An NYC must-see!

Rockette

On a recent trip to New York with my mom, we ended up focusing a lot on Radio City Music Hall and the surrounding area, and I realized what an amazing place it really is. As a historical NYC landmark, you definitely need to see it at some point in your life. Don't know where to start or what to do? Check out a few suggestions here.

Radio City Stage Door Tour
These half-hour tours take place most days during the late morning/early afternoon. They take you through the gorgeous lobbies (and even a few bathroom antechambers), the room where they throw parties for celebrities that entertain at the hall, and if you're lucky you might even get to go underneath the stage to see how all of the hydraulics work (during our visit Cirque du Soleil - Zarkana was there, but we still got to watch a sweet video). Oh, and you also get to meet a real live Rockette at the end! Very cool.

Cirque du Soleil - Zarkana
Speaking of Zarkana, if you get the chance to go to NYC in the next few months you should definitely check it out. The show includes breath-taking and very complicated stunts, many of which made me very nervous but also very impressed. The story line can be hard to follow unless you pay close attention, but I just let the whole spectacle wash over me and took away feelings instead of thoughts. If you're a Cirque fan, this is a great option.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
If you haven't heard of this, you've clearly been living under a rock for the last 75 years. I went to this last December, and it was amazing. The Rockettes are every bit as awesome as you've heard, and the show utilizes the moving stage pieces to its advantage, including a turntable in the center of the stage, raised sections, and more. If you can't make it to NYC for the holidays, there is also a touring show that hits multiple cities every year, which will give you a small taste of the Spectacular.

Liz and giant dog

Other Attractions Nearby
You'll have to venture out between the tour and the show, so why not hit some nearby spots? On this particular trip, we visited Rockefeller Center, which is pretty any time of year; Central Park for some hot dogs and ice cream while relaxing on the grass; and FAO Schwartz, which has some of the craziest and largest toys you could ever imagine. Don't forget to just wander the city...you never know what little spot you'll find.

 

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