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Weekend Agenda: Thank God There’s Nothing In Here About Les Mis Edition

What’s up, guys? It’s Saturday, so get out and see some theater. And if you can’t, you should spend at least several hours pointlessly browsing the internet reading things about theater. Reading this, thankfully, will only require a couple of minutes, so you can move on to hot photos of Josh Young, intense message board debates over whether Ricky Martin will be nominated as Lead Actor or Supporting, and how the hell you pronounce Steve Kazee’s last name…

  • Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater will stage their musical The Nightingale at the La Jolla Playhouse this summer. We loved the early-stage workshop at Vassar College last year — even though we were strictly forbidden to tell you so — and thought it was brimming with potential. California road trip, anyone?
  • Hunter Foster’s Bonnie and Clyde musical has been renamed Clyde n’ Bonnie. We sincerely hope that this isn’t just a shot at differentiation, but a direct attempt to make fun of the tedious nonjoke in the Wildhorn version about the order of their names. Hard to pass up that opportunity, we know.
  • Zach Quinto and Jonathan Groff hung out with a baby this week. It’s not theirs, but your now-melted ovaries don’t care.
  • Count us among the twitterpated: We’re psyched about this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park offerings, but things only got better this week with the news that comedian, banjomaster and genius generalist Steve Martin would be composing music for As You Like It.
  • And fuck twitterpated. This news sent us into paroxysms of joy: Diane Paulus will stage her revival of Pippin at American Repertory Theater in Boston in December. Yes, we’re aware that it’s cool to feel haughty and superior about this old dog of a show, but we don’t care. Buy us some Bolt Bus tickets and cue the soaring, belted high Gs. We are there.
  • If you like your onstage sexiness subtle, oldschool and tinged with the flavor of shattered American dreams — we (sometimes) do — check out Bartlett Sher’s next project: A revival of Clifford Odets’s Golden Boy at Lincoln Center.
  • Raven-Symone, who either has no last name, or a weirdly hyphenated first name/last name hybrid, will replace Patina Miller in Sister Act, although it seems like everybody already knew that for like two months.
  • Newsies begins performances on Thursday OMG##(*$)@$&*()JKNVJKJWIOREKWEP(RP#(W*R3p9. In celebration, here’s a photo of Jeremy Jordan’s bare arms.

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  • Seth Christenfeld March 11, 2012, 12:59 am

    Raven-Symone (and I wish I didn’t know this) is a mononym, like Cher or Madonna. Her full name is Raven-Symone Christina Pearman. (That I had to look up.)

  • Chris Caggiano March 12, 2012, 10:09 pm

    You two are always welcome in Boston, whether it’s for Diane Paulus’s latest revisal, or just to hang out and check out the boys.

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