THEATER: “Miss Pettigrew” On Broadway, A Judy Garland Talent Search, And More

Today we step into the time machine and take a stroll through the days of musical-theater past.

If you’re a showtune-singing Friend of Dorothy, you’ve got a reason to belt out: The Butler Project has launched a National Judy Garland Talent Search this week.

A build-up to the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz in 2014, the competition is open to singers between the ages of 18 to 45. (The press announcement doesn’t say anything about having to be a lady.)  The winner gets $10,000 cash and widespread national recognition, plus the chance to sing at Minnesota’s Aitkin Opera House, where a 3-year-old Frances Gumm made her vaudeville debut. The winner also appears in the 2014 Judy Garland Festival, held annually in Garland’s birthplace of Grand Rapids, MN.

You know, if the dreams that we dared to dream really did come true, this whole thing would be broadcast in prime time instead of The Voice. [Butler Project]

The SoHo Playhouse is serving up another portion of the Fringe Festival hit 5 Lesbians Eating Quiche from October 13 to November 14.  “New York’s theatrical elite hoped this show would never see the light of day,” says artistic director Darren Lee Cole about the show, written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood, “but after the amazing response it received at the Fringe, they had no luck trying to stick their finger in the dyke.”

Hopefully the play—set in 1956 at the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein—is funnier than Cole’s joke.

Great news for fans of the sparkling 2008 film Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (and the 1938 novel of the same name): the musical version, about a dowdy governess  turned social secretary, is on its way to Broadway. Focus Features is at the helm, assembling a dream team that includes a book by  Robert Harling (Steel Magnolias) and songs by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison (The Drowsy Chaperone).

Maybe Amy Adams could reprise her role as Delysia Lafosse, the flamboyant  actress whom Miss Pettigrew befriends. [Showbiz 411]