Los Angeles Kids Spotlight: August 2006
By Les Spindle
Two promising family offerings on tap are Tina Howe's adaptation of the Norwegian folk tale, East of the Sun and West of the Moon (South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, August 12-20), and International City Theatre's production of writer-director Diana Doyle's Pollution Solution! (various Long Beach parks, through August 17). This musical romp, presented for free, is said to entertain children while educating them on the importance of ecology.
D.C. Metro Kids Spotlight: August '06
The Musical Theatre Center -- comprised of children between 3rd and 12th grade -- present a rare revival of Broadway's Meet Me in St. Louis. Set on the eve of the 1904 World's Fair, the musical was originally a 1944 movie starring Judy Garland, and it was adapted for the stage almost 50 years later. Also, Dinosaur Desperados take over Glen Echo Park in Puppet Co. Playhouse's upcoming production.
Chicago Kids Spotlight: August '06
International troupe Pia Fraus takes part in the Goodman's Latino Theatre Festival with Bichos do Brasil (August 18-20), a unique theatrical piece that creates an enchanted forest out of 50 singing and dancing puppets. The company is famous for bringing Brazilian myths around the world.
Boston Kids Spotlight: August '06
The North Shore Music Theatre in nearby Beverly takes a second stab at Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (August 22-September 10); the first foray had been open only one night last summer when the theatre suffered a terrible fire. Deborah Lew, last seen in Broadway's Threepenny Opera, assumes the title role.
Brian Murray Set for Readings of The History of Cardenio and Happy Days
Brian Murray (© Michael Portantiere) Popular stage actor Brian Murray is set for two play readings in the coming weeks. On Monday, August 7, he will appear in a
Garrett, Gruber, Lewis, York, et al. Set for Reprise's My One and Only
Rachel York (© Joseph Marzullo/Retna) Rachel York, Michael Gruber, Vicki Lewis, Clinton Derricks-Carroll, Larry Cedar, and Betty Garrett will star in the Repris
Julianna Margulies Joins Bart, Krause in SCI FI Channel's The Lost Room
Julianna Margulies (© Joseph Marzullo/Retna) Julianna Margulies has joined the cast of The Lost Room, a six-hour miniseries scheduled to air in December
Austin Pendleton to Star Off-Broadway in The Sunset Limited
Austin Pendleton and Freeman Coffeyin The Sunset Limited (© Michael Brosilow) Austin Pendleton will star Off-Broadway in Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset