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I HOPE THIS ISN”T TRUE!

From the NYPost.com:

Christiane Noll will soon wave goodbye with the rest of the

The wheels are coming off the dream at “Ragtime.”

The producers of the $8.5 million revival were huddled in meetings yesterday analyzing their ticket sales. They emerged with faces as grim as Jacob Marley’s.

Officially, the producers say, “there are no plans to close at this time.”  Unofficially, it’s likely to close Jan. 3 at a total loss, several production sources say.

Despite some good reviews, the show “just hasn’t caught on,” one source says. (more…)

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from Playbill.com:

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz as Roxie Hart
Ashlee Simpson-Wentz as Roxie Hart

Pop star Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, who made her London stage debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago, will reprise her performance for New York audiences when she joins the Broadway cast of the Tony-winning Kander and Ebb musical later this month. (more…)

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From Playbill.com:

The original Broadway cast of the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair will make its London debut when the iconic musical premieres at the West End’s Gielgud Theatre on April 1, 2010.

As previously reported, Diane Paulus will re-create her Tony-nominated direction of the musical that will officially open at the Gielgud April 14, 2010. The Broadway production will welcome a new cast, who will begin performances March 9, 2010, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The new cast will be announced at a later date.

Hair is a movement, and the movement is growing. With our current Broadway company spreading the ‘love’ in London, I am thrilled that another ‘Tribe’ will be born anew next Spring, and that they will take the show to a new level here in New York,” Paulus said in a statement. “With every step along the journey of making this Hair, the show has changed and grown, and it is my absolute intention to continue that process with a new cast. I am looking forward to the unleashing of a new ‘Tribe’ and to this next, most exciting, moment in the life of Hair.”

The London production is being produced by the Public Theater with Cameron Mackintosh and Broadway Across America. Tickets will begin sale Nov. 20.

Much of the original Broadway cast have been with Hair since its 2007 debut in a special 40th anniversary concert staging at the Delacorte Theater. In 2008 the Public mounted Hair as part of Shakespeare in the Park, where the run was extended three times. The production transferred to Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre March 31, 2009.

The opening night cast of Hair includes Tony nominees Gavin Creel as Claude and Will Swenson as Berger, as well as Sasha Allen as Dionne, Caissie Levy as Sheila, Allison Case as Crissy, Kacie Sheik as Jeanie, Bryce Ryness as Woof, Darius Nichols as Hud, Megan Lawrence as Mother and Andrew Kober as Margaret Mead/Dad.

Tribe members include Steel Burkhardt, Brianna Carlson, Lauren Elder, Allison Guinn, Chasten Harmon, Anthony Hollock, Jay Johnson, Josh Lamon, Ryan Link, John Moauro, Ato Blankson-Wood, Brandon Pearson, Paris Remillard, Maya Sharpe, Theo Stockman, Tommar Wilson, Jackie Burns, Kaitlin Kiyan, Nicole Lewis, Megan Reinking, Saycon Sengbloh and Michael James Scott.

The Hair creative team includes set designer Scott Pask, costume designer Michael McDonald, lighting designer Kevin Adams, sound designer Acme Sound Partners and choreographer Karole Armitage.

Featuring book and lyrics by the late Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot, the 2009 revival of Hair earned the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The critically acclaimed production also earned Tony nominations for Best Direction (Diane Paulus), Best Choreography (Karole Armitage), Best Actor (Gavin Creele), Best Featured Actor (Will Swenson), Best Sound Design (Acme Sound Partners), Best Lighting Design (Kevin Adams) and Best Costume Design (Michael McDonald).

Hair is presented on Broadway by The Public Theater, Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Gary Goddard Entertainment, Kathleen K. Johnson, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Fran Kirmser Productions/Jed Bernstein, Marc Frankel, Broadway Across America, Barbara Manocherian/WenCarLar Productions, JK Productions/Terry Schnuck, Andy Sandberg, JAM Theatricals, The Weinstein Company/Norton Herrick, Jujamcyn Theaters, Joey Parnes and by special arrangement with Elizabeth Ireland McCann.

The cast of Broadway's Hair

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From Playbill.com:

“HAIR” goes to LONDON in April

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from Playbill.com:

Today’s Hair fans will get the chance to experience listening to that musical the same way their parents did when Ghostlight Records releases the cast recording of the acclaimed 2009 Broadway revival on vinyl Nov. 24.

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From Playbill.com:

Previews at the Broadway Theatre will begin on Sunday, March 28th, 2010, with an opening night slated for Sunday, April 25th, 2010.Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth and “Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes will star in a new revival of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David-Neil Simon musical Promises, Promises, which will arrive in spring 2010.

Tony and Emmy Award winner Rob Ashford will also make his Broadway directorial debut and choreograph. More casting and creative team members will be announced in the near future.

Chenoweth will portray Fran Kubelik and Hayes will by ladder-climbing executive Chuck Baxter in an upcoming Broadway revival. Broadway Across America, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Candy Spelling and The Weinstein Company will produce.

Promises, Promises is a musical adaptation of Billy Wilder’s popular film, “The Apartment”

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One of my all-time favorite shows on Broadway is back again!! Go out and buy your tickets!!!

Here’s a preview:

http://www.broadway.com/videos/show/ragtime/in-rehearsal-ragtime/

This much-loved musical explores themes ranging from immigration to racism and social unrest in the early 20th century. The recent (and acclaimed) Kennedy Center revival arrives on Broadway.

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