Theater News

Edie Falco Withdraws from Roundabout's Threepenny Opera
Edie Falco(Photo © Joseph Marzullo) Edie Falco, the stage and screen actress best known for her role on TV's The Sopranos, will not appear in the Roundabo
Color Fades
Notes on The Color Purple, Rope, and the Young Artist Vocal Competition at the Oak Room.
Bill Irwin to Play Frosch in Metropolitan Opera's Die Fledermaus
Bill Irwin(Photo © Joseph Marzullo) Tony Award-winner Bill Irwin will make his Metropolitan Opera debut in the speaking role of the comic jailer Frosch in Johann
Vineyard to Present [title of show] in February
Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowenin a publicity shot for [title of show](Photo © Michael Berresse) The Vineyard Theater will present [...
I Had A Ball (and a Friedman)
The Woman in White stars Maria Friedman and Michael Ball chat with Filichia at a Drama League event.
Full Cast Set for Dr. Dolittle Tour, Starring Tommy Tune
Dee Hoty (Photo © Joseph Marzullo) Dee Hoty will join Tommy Tune in the new national tour of Dr. Dolittle, which will begin on January 17 at the Hobby C
Strickland, Gambatese, Hensley Head Tarzan Cast
Josh Strickland and Jenn Gambatese (Photo © Lyn Hughes) Josh Strickland, Jenn Gambatese, and Shuler Hensley head the cast of Tarzan, the new Broadway mu
D.C. Metro Kids Spotlight: December '05
The Kennedy Center is a kid-friendly place this holiday season, with two shows opening that cater to the younger set. Alice, the Kennedy Center-commissioned world premiere of an adaptation of Whoopi Goldberg's first children's book, inaugurates the Center's newly-built Family Theater. Recommended for ages five and up, Alice features a smart urban girl who travels with a semi-invisible rabbit to the big city to become rich, but ultimately realizes the importance of friendship (December 9-January 2). Meanwhile, The Kennedy Center-commissioned production of Alexander, Who's Not, Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Going to Move returns to the Terrace Theater (December 22-30). Also recommended for audiences five and up, this musical finds young Alexander, whom we first met in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, now facing his "biggest challenge ever," as his family plans to move far away from all that is familiar to him.
Chicago Kids Spotlight: December '05
The time of treacle and sugarplums is upon us, with no fewer than six versions of A Christmas Carol -- including the annual production at the Goodman -- and at least five variations on The Nutcracker (not all of them dance) occupying center stage. There's even a Nutcracker on Horseback offered by the Noble Horse Theatre, through Jan. 8, which incorporates show riding and equestrian tricks into the familiar tale, and lets kids pet the horses at the curtain call. Most of the holiday shows are suitable for families with children as young as four or five.

Even shows that aren't specifically holiday-themed have been selected with festivities and/or families in mind, such as Oliver! at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Dec. 7-Feb. 12, with multiple Jefferson Award winner Greg Vinkler as Fagin; or The Sound of Music at Light Opera Works, Dec. 26-Jan. 1.

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).