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Weekend Agenda: 1776 Edition

Happy freaking holiday weekend y’all.  We thought you might need some shit to talk about between fireworks shows/kegs of Sam Adams, so we’ve compiled a brief list of several theater-related things to stick in your back pocket, just in case…

  • News from the other side of the Atlantic: Not to be outdone by the BAMF Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 arena, The Phantom of the Opera is likewise planning its own birthday shindig. Set for the Royal Albert Hall in early October, the concert is set to star the mutually glorious Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo as Christine and the Phantom. Not to hint too strongly, but throw in Patrick Wilson as Raul and our flights are as good as booked, baby.
  • Speaking of things that got us researching flights to London.  Craptacular favorite Tom Riley just landed a new gig in London. This fall he’ll be starring alongside Tracey Ullman in Stephen Poliakoff’s My City from September through November.  Prepare yourself, London. We are about to make you our own by painting you a very distinct shade of Craptacular red.
  • What’s happening in 2011/2012 on Broadway? Lots of new shows, that’s what. Wildhorn’s Bonnie and Clyde, yet another revival of Follies, David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish, Godspell, a Nina Arianda-fronted (!!!) Venus in Fur, and On a Clear Day, starring The World’s Most Perfect Man, Harry Connick Jr.. We’re excited, but we’re going broke just thinking about it.  A note to all these shows: Call us when you announce your lotto policy…
  • Oh, Follies. It’s coming back to New York and the four big famous important principals from the Kennedy Center remain intact.  And yet.  We still don’t really give a shit?  Or we do in that like… you always have to give a shit about Bernadette Peters.  And Jan Maxwell and Danny Burstein.  But like… it’s Follies.  IT’S ABOUT MISERABLE OLD PEOPLE.  We automatically care 98% less.  Even if it’s Sondheim.
  • Last night at the opening of Measure for Measure, actor Carson Elrod went off book as he wound his way past Tony Winner Bill Irwin in the audience during a monologue AND IT WAS THE CUTEST THING EVER. Stopping to call Irwin out to the audience as the “greatest living clown,” Elrod then asked “How am I doing?” and got all flustered before shouting for his next “LINE!”  The audience ate it up, erupting into applause, and Elrod made us love him more than we even thought possible.

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