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LA Kids Spotlight: December '05
As it happens, almost all of this month's theatrical offerings qualify as family fare -- including the many and sundry versions of Dickens' immortal A Christmas Carol around the area, including South Coast Repertory's traditional adaptation; International City Theatre in Long Beach's imaginative circus version, and Celtic Arts Center's Irish-slanted version. If Dickens isn't your kid's thing, however, consider Los Angeles Clown Theatre's Emmitt Otter's Jugband Christmas (S. Marc Taper Foundation Amphitheatre, December 3, and Bob Baker's Holiday Spectacular (The Bob Baker Marionette Theatre, through January 15).
Philadelphia Kids Spotlight: December '05
No company in the city scored a bigger holiday hit last year than the Arden Theatre Company with their hugely successful production of A Year with Frog and Toad by Willie and Robert Reale -- so it's not a surprise to try to recreate that success with the world premiere of the Reales' The Dinosaur Musical (through January 22). Helmed by Frog and Toad director Whit MacLaughlin and starring Joshua Lamon (who grabbed a well-deserved Barrymore for his performance as the achingly slow Snail in Frog and Toad), the show concerns a prehistoric food shortage which causes the world's dinosaurs make a pact to no longer feast on each other for lunch. But the most carnivorous of the giants, the T-Rex, breaks the agreement, leaving it up to a group of peaceful dinosaurs to save the world.
Boston Kids Spotlight: December '05
Dueling Scrooges dominate local stages this month, scowling their way toward eleventh-hour enlightenment. The New Rep's production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (December 10-24), features local faves such as Leigh Barrett and Steve Barkhimer accompanying themselves (a la the new Sweeney Todd); the North Shore Music Theatre version, A Christmas Carol, A Musical Ghost Story (December 2-24), presents Broadway vet George Dvorsky in his 14th turn as the Ghost of Christmas Present; and in Trinity Rep's 29th annual A Christmas Carol, company stalwarts William Damkoehler and Timothy Crowe alternate as Scrooge in this double-cast production.
Peter Pan
Cathy Rigby soars again as the boy who won't grow up, but the Theater at Madison Square Garden is the wrong place for this show.
Robert Cuccioli, Ed Dixon Set for Musicals in Mufti's Mirette
Robert Cuccioli Robert Cuccioli and Ed Dixon will star in the York Theatre Company's Musicals in Mufti presentation of Mirette, December 16-18. Directed by ...
Kazee Joins Pullman and Ivey in Cast of Kennedy Center's The Subject Was Roses
Steve Kazee has joined Bill Pullman and Judith Ivey in the cast of an upcoming production of Frank D. Gilroy's The Subject Was Roses at the John F. Kennedy Center for the ...
Hair, Piazza, Scoundrels, Spamalot, and Spelling Bee Get Grammy Noms
The original Broadway cast albums of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Light in the Piazza, Monty Python's Spamalot, and T
David Schwimmer, Zeljko Ivanek to Star in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial on Broadway
David Schwimmer David Schwimmer and Zeljko Ivanek will play the leads in a Broadway revival of Herman Wouk's classic 1954 play The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial ...
Gypsy of the Year
This fall's fundraising drive, capped by yesterday's event at the Neil Simon Theatre, raised nearly $3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Keating, Robinette, Rupert Set for Paper Mill's Diary of Anne Frank
Isabel Keating (Photo © Joseph Marzullo) Isabel Keating, Nancy Robinette, and Michael Rupert will be featured in the Paper Mill Playhouse's upcoming production