Theatre News Chum

I haven’t done a roundup of theatre news in a while, so here are a few items that caught my interest whilst persuing the trades over lunch:

  • From the “Things That Make You Go ‘Huh?’” Department: The LA Times is reporting that work is underway on “Lovelace: The Rock Opera”. Yes, it is about that Linda Lovelace, the star of Deep Throat. It is a musical on the live of Linda Boreman, who is better known by her Nom De Pron. The burgoning rock opera is a collaboration of Charlotte Caffey of the Go-Go’s and Anna Waronker of the band that dog. Currently, there are 43 songs and 30 locations in a 90-minute piece that touches on pron as well as spousal abuse, although nothing explicit is on stage.
  • From the “How’s that again?” Department: Broadway.Com is reporting about an interesting television glitch that occured on October 11. It appears that during a morning speech on the economy by Pres. Bush, the NBC affiliate in NYC mistakenly cut away to a commercial for “Tale of Two Cities”. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” the voiceover on the brief clip of the commercial stated, as images of leading man James Barbour raising a flask and a guillotine falling were shown. Then suddenly, it was back to Bush. Perhaps it was a Freudian slip of the editor.
  • From the “So What Did You On Your Summer Vacation?” Department: Many of us are enjoying the return of Paige Davis to Trading Spaces, which is currently in its new season with Paige on TLC. Thus my surprise when I saw this article on Broadway.Com about how Paige Davis is currently on Broadway in “Boeing Boeing”. I guess it must be a Trading Spaces hiatus (which seems to film exclusively in LA now, so I’m surprised she’s not doing LA theatre). The article doesn’t state how long she will be in the role.
  • From the “So Where Do We Send The Thank You Card?” Department: That donor with extremely deep pockets, Mr. Anonymous, has been at it again. Playbill is reporting that he (or she) has given a $3,000,000 gift to the Pasadena Playhouse, putting them over the top on their capital campaign. It will be interesting to see how they modernize the theatres already there, and whether they followup on their old plan to take over the old J.H.Bigger facility across the street for a third stage.