HAPPY LITTLE BLUEBIRDS
Few things could be considered gayer than getting married to your same-sex spouse on the New York stage as “Over the Rainbow” plays.
Well, dreams really do come true at the new off-Broadway revue The Wonderful Wizard of Song. The show—featuring the music of Harold Arlen, who wrote such beloved standards at “Stormy Weather,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” and the soundtrack to that little film full of munchkins, flying monkeys and Judy Garland—is inviting couples to tie the knot on stage at St. Luke’s Theatre, during the performances of January 31, February 14, and March 13.
A champagne toast, a group wedding photo, nondenominational wedding officiant and two official witnesses make the whole thing merry and legal.
Oh, Mary! Mary Poppins is flying out of the New Amsterdam Theater on March 3 after six supercalifragilisticexpialidocious years. This practically perfect musical will make way for a musical version of the 1992 Disney animated Aladdin, most likely in spring 2014.
If that doesn’t quench your thirst for Disney on Broadway, word is the stage version of the ’96 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame is also being eyed for the Great White Way.
Alan Menken, the composer for both films, will pen additional songs for the stage versions, easily making him the most prolific songwriter on Broadway today. [New York Times, Broadway.com]
After a 30-year absence, Bette Midler returns to Broadway in the one-woman show I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers. Written by John Logan, who wrote the recent Bond film Skyfall, the play is a convo with Mengers, who was Hollywood’s first and most successful female agent during the 1970s. She was the type of chain-smoking, potty-mouthed powergal that gay’s go gaga over. Sounds like a match made in Midler-fan heaven.
IN THE WINGS
· If you’ve ever yearned to see camp impresario Charles Busch play a battle-axe matriarch from a long-forgotten 1920s Broadway play, check out The Peccadillo Theater Company‘s upcoming production of The Silver Chord. Busch will play a nasty momma who works overtime to destroy her sons’ romances. Sidney Howard, who wrote the screenplay for Gone With the Wind, also wrote the play. Guess what, gents? He’s cute!
· To answer our question from last week: Yes, Pippin is coming back to Broadway!
· The Tectonic Theater Project kicks off 2013 in February with repertory productions of its groundbreaking The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. To keep these critical pieces of gay theater alive, and help new works get produced, the group has kicked off a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo. Consider making a donation.