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NBC To Resurrect ‘Murder, She Wrote’ with Octavia Spencer

Now, I love Octavia Spencer and she’s an excellent actress, but this just screams “hot mess”.

What ever happened to new ideas?

And Angela Lansbury is only 88 and doing 8 shows a week on Broadway as recently as the last year or so, so I’m not sure she is ready to give this role up.  She may have been planning some specials or movies or something over the next few years….

From Variety:

Turns out, you can’t kill “Murder, She Wrote.”

NBC is reviving the onetime Universal TV series that aired for years on CBS, placing Octavia Spencer in the starring role once held by Angela Lansbury and giving the project a put pilot committment.

David Janollari and Alexandra Cunningham (“Desperate Housewives”) will exec produce the drama, which will aim for a light, contemporary feel, according to NBC. Spencer will play the hospital administrator and amateur sleuth who self-publishes her first mystery novel, then becomes an active participant in true crime investigations.

via NBC To Resurrect ‘Murder, She Wrote’ with Octavia Spencer | Variety.

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Sondheim Working on a Revised Version of ‘Company’

My first reaction was:  “Oh god, not yet another production of “Company”.  Then I read more….

This is intriguing….and with great people attached.

And I always thought Bobby was Gay anyway…

From the New York Times today…

 

The acclaimed composer Stephen Sondheim and the Tony Award-winning director John Tiffany (“Once”) are collaborating on a major revision of Mr. Sondheim’s celebrated 1970 musical “Company,” a project that Roundabout Theater Company is eyeing for a possible production, according to Mr. Sondheim and others involved.

The biggest change in this new “Company” would be the central character of Bobby. Whereas he has always been a straight man struggling with commitment issues and multiple girlfriends, he has been reconceived by Mr. Tiffany as a gay man with commitment issues and multiple boyfriends. And some characters have had gender reversals; the character of Joanne, who sings “The Ladies Who Lunch” and was originally played by Elaine Stritch on Broadway, is being played by the Tony winner Alan Cumming (“Cabaret”) in Mr. Tiffany’s reading of the work at Roundabout this week.

For years Mr. Sondheim and the musical’s book writer, George Furth, who died in 2008, batted back suggestions that Bobby was furtively intended to be a closeted gay man. But when Mr. Tiffany proposed actually making Bobby gay, Mr. Sondheim said in a telephone interview on Tuesday, the idea intrigued him.

“It’s still a musical about commitment, but marriage is seen as something very different in 2013 than it was in 1970,” Mr. Sondheim said. “We don’t deal with gay marriage as such, but this version lets us explore the issues of commitment in a fresh way.”

MORE:   Sondheim Working on a Revised Version of ‘Company’ – NYTimes.com.

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Back to Before | My Southern Gothic Life

A Mini-Post on my other blog:

 

This one is a “one off” post….

I’ll never forget seeing Marin Mazzie sing “Back to Before” in “Ragtime” on Broadway back in 1998 at the, then, Ford Center.

Steve and I had been together about a year.  I had only been officially “out” for a very few years.  I was getting ready to turn 40…

And I saw my life flash before my eyes when she sang this song…

I saw Danville, I saw W&L and I saw who I was becoming and who I had been at other points in my life….

It was a “Broadway Moment” that one always hopes for where art comes home to you and you relate your life to the character’s and start to think…

via Back to Before | My Southern Gothic Life.

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This Week’s Friday Night Videos: New Broadway Does Old Broadway

I kind of enjoy playing on YouTube on a Friday evening….

This evenings theme is:  Old Show Tunes by New Stars:  A New Generation Does Broadway:

First up, Kyle Dean Massey, who was in “Next to Normal” a couple of seasons ago doing an old Anthony Newly/ Sammy Davis Jr song:

Cheyenne Jackson and Kate Baldwin, from a wonderful production of “Finian’s Rainbow” that we saw on Broadway a couple of years ago:

Idina Menzel does two Barbra classics from “Funny Girl”:

I’m not sure people realize how heavily “Glee” pulls talent from Broadway….

Here is Matthew Morrison, “Pre-Glee”, in the wonderful revival of “South Pacific”:

One of my favorite new Broadway Stars, Kelli O’Hara:

And let’s close with “Glee’s” Chris Colfer living every theatre queen’s dream and doing “Rose’s Turn” from “Gypsy”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What Do the Simple Folk Do?

At the risk of sounding elitist-which bothers me not at all- I was thinking of this song from Camelot tonight….

Whenever I think about the national addiction to Reality TV- which I think about rarely- either national addictions or TV….

I think of this song from Camelot…

I guess there has always been a place for Kartrashians, Jersey Shores and Real Housewives of Whatever-the-hell….

Just not for me…..

I gave up on popular culture when it became evident the terms were mutually exclusive….

Of course, at least we haven’t yet sunk to feeding people to the lions in the Coliseum…

Oh, wait….NASCAR….

And the Republican House of Representatives….

Whatever….

At least it is apparently an age old problem….

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Broadway Birthdays-Tommy Tune and Bernadette Peters

The stars must really align for Broadway stardom for people born on this day…

Two all time Broadway greats born today 11 years apart:

Tommy Tune is 74 today:

 

And Bernadette Peters gets her first Social Security check next month.  She’s 65 today:

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Friday Night Video’s

It’s been a rough week….

Friends lost…the past creeping up on us….

Makes me a little reflective…

Some of my friends will get the associations in a special way…

For the rest of you,  it’s still relevant….

We are all in this together….

It’s an eclectic mix….just like me.

Here are some of the video’s that reflect that and my mood on a Friday evening….

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