Theater News

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).
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.
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