Think Fast: Cheyenne Jackson, Red Orchid Theatre, Barbara Gaines, and Superior Donuts

logo Good news for Old Town’s A Red Orchid Theatre: tickets for their current production Mistakes Were Made (our review here), by Craig Wright, have been selling like hot cakes – so much so that they’ve added an extra Wednesday night performance for all of October.  Be sure to check it out before it closes on October 31st.  Mistakes Were Made stars Michael Shannon, and is directed by Dexter Bullard.   (h/t Chris Jones)


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Check out the interview with Chicago Shakes artistic director (and founder) Barbara Gaines regarding her direction of the company’s current production, Richard III. Well worth the read.

 


superiordonuts The Daily Beast has posted a rave review of Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts, which played last year to positive reviews at Steppenwolf. An excerpt:

Letts and his cast can breathe deeply today. While a far less ambitious play than August, with its three-story set and sprawling cast, Superior Donuts is no less successful for what it aims to be: a tender, funny, and often tragic valentine to Letts’ Chicago in a time of intense cultural change. Fans of August won’t find that play’s heavy, gut-wrenching revelations here, but Donuts was always intended to be a smaller, lighter effort, as delightful and sweet as a doughnut itself. The play, which Letts began writing even before August, earned positive reviews when it first opened in Chicago with the same cast in July 2008, and after a year of Letts’ tweaks and rewrites, it may be even better….

Read the entire review here.


Per Perez Hilton:

cheyenn Tina Fey’s brilliant comedy, 30 Rock, may be getting the one thing it’s severely lacking – a hot piece of eye candy!

Rumors are circulating that Broadway hottie, openly gay and successful actor Cheyenne Jackson, will allegedly be joining the cast in a semi or possibly a completely permanent capacity.

For those of you who don’t live and die by the goings on of the Great White Way, Cheyenne has been in productions like Xanadu and All Shook Up!

More here.

Hugh Jackman to play Harry Houdini on Broadway??

 

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This is at least the news from “the Queen of all Media“, Perez Hilton:

As we first told you about last year, singing and dancing actor Hugh Jackman has signed up to appear on Broadway playing Harry Houdini in a new musical.

And he’s taking his role very seriously!  He’s even studying how to perform Houdini’s magic acts. He’ll need to be good, considering he’ll have to perform the same tricks on stage eight times a week.

Scott Sanders, a Tony Award-winning producer, is already on board as is Tony-nominated architect/set designer David Rockwell.

Houdini is set to open in the Spring of 2010.

Find the entire story here.

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Okay, I know that this photo has nothing to do with Jackman’s theatre role, but do you blame me???  

50,000 Unique Visitors!

 

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It’s hard for me to believe, but as of yesterday morning (February 9th) around 10am, I have now reached 50,000 unique visitors!!!  I’ve been delightfully surprised at how popular this little blog of mine has become. Now I know it’s no PerezHilton (I only wish) or DrudgeReport (thank god), but I’m extremely proud of this cyber-endeavor.  And I only see bigger numbers ahead – case in point, it took me 13 months to reach my first 25,000 unique visitors, but the next 25k took only 4 months (now averaging between 300-400 views per day).  Pretty cool, huh? 

I have plans for the future, including hiring a few theatre critics as well as blog-exclusive video.  Stay tuned!

Thanks ever so much to all of my theatre-crazy (and, just, simply crazy) readers.  I truly appreciate your interest and return visits.

Cheers, 

Scotty Zacher