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  • AmericanTheaterWeb NewsClips

  • Use the calendar above to find the clippings for a specific day, or use the list to the right to go to a specific group of clips. The site's updated 3-4 times a day generally. For you convenience, links below will take you to ATWTopNews (a quick listing of links to some of the day's top stories) and to ATWOriginals (original news and feautres from ATW).


1/16/09 AM Clips - National, Industry

Associated Press

'Soul of Shaolin' mixes sentiment and strength
It's sort of Bruce Lee -- with more noble aspirations.

Bridge Project births a splendid 'Cherry Orchard'
The old order passes with remarkable poignancy in Sam Mendes' splendid, stylish revival of "The Cherry Orchard," the first production of the director's laudable Bridge Project, a new attempt at trans-Atlantic theater cooperation.

Lauren Ambrose, Andrea Martin Join 'Exit the King'
Lauren Ambrose and Andrea Martin have joined the cast of the Broadway-bound production of Eugene Ionesco's ''Exit the King.''

New York City Opera to Pare Season in 2009-10
The New York City Opera is likely to present only five-to-seven productions when it returns to Lincoln Center for the 2009-10 season and might not offer any new stagings.

Wall Street Journal

Chekhov's Fingerprints
Dancing at Lughnasa in FL; Cherry Orchard at BAM


Mendes Gets Symbolic in Transatlantic `Cherry Orchard' at BAM: John Simon
The Bridge Project, an admirable venture between London and New York, gets going this week with Chekhov’s last play, “The Cherry Orchard,” directed by Sam Mendes at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Cole Porter's Gems, Rough and Polished, Launch `Songbook': Jeremy Gerard
“The Physician” epitomizes Cole Porter’s genius for unlikely rhymes and dirty thoughts. This rare gem, gamely sung Wednesday night by Tony winner Victoria Clark, was an early highlight of the opening concert of Lincoln Center’s 11th “American Songbook” series in New York.

Christian Science Monitor

Obama's call to arts
The president-elect's proposed Artists Corps is one plank in his push to revitalize the arts in education.


Paul Simon to reopen Beacon
Following a seven-month, $15 million renovation, Gotham's Beacon Theater will reopen with a pair of Paul Simon concerts on Feb. 13 and 14.

Ambrose, Martin join 'Exit the King'
Broadway revival stars Sarandon, Rush

'Spamalot' rides into L.A.
John O'Hurley to topline musical

'Phantom' the videogame?
Webber musical in talks for game edition

'Phantom' the videogame?
Webber musical in talks for game edition

Review: Soul of Shaolin
Like a swift kick to the head, "Soul of Shaolin" is a rushed, expertly trained assault that leaves you slightly confused afterward. Battered audiences will be able to discern enough continuity to get the kidnapped-child-becoming-a-warrior plot straight, but the Chinese government's first attack on Broadway is a little weak on storytelling and variety.

Review: The Cherry Orchard
...but Sam Mendes' robust staging of Stoppard's witty new adaptation boasts strong ensemble work, centered by the gravitas and emotional nuance of Simon Russell Beale's riveting Lopakhin.

Review: My Name Is Asher Lev in Philadelphia
...Posner has likely struck paydirt again with this three-actor play about a young man torn between his insular Hassidic community of Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn and the artistic gift that drives him to paint and ultimately leads him into the wide world.

Review: Rich and Famous in SF
Newly revised by the author for ACT's revival, this manic farcical picaresque nonetheless shows its age, not to mention the hit-and-miss heedlessness of a play originally written in three days. However, there's enough real invention on both the page and the current stage performance to reward a sometimes wearing journey.

Oliver!, Theatre Royal Drury Lane
... With showstoppers like that, months of anticipation following the TV-casting of its leads, and a $22 million advance, this "Oliver!" is not so much back for more as back for good. Yet for all its high points, much of the show is sadly uninvolving.

Back Stage

Soul of Shaolin reviewed by David Sheward
With the current economic downturn shuttering Broadway shows left and right, we can expect to see more attractions like Soul of Shaolin, a martial-arts spectacular more suited to a theme park in Shanghai than the Great White Way.

The Cherry Orchard reviewed by David Sheward
"People shouldn't go to plays. They should look in the mirror at their gray lives," says the confused, disheartened Madame Ranevskaya in Tom Stoppard's compassionate yet brutally realistic adaptation of The Cherry Orchard.

The Judgment of Paris reviewed by Lisa Jo Sagolla
The Judgment of Paris is the perfect antidote to all that stark minimalism too often equated with aesthetic sophistication on Manhattan's downtown arts scene.

Back Stage - Blog Stage

Andrew Salomon: Acting Teacher Is Ready for His Close-Up
Roger Hendricks Simon, who has taught actors such as John Lithgow, Tovah Feldshuh, and John Travolta for three decades, is starring in the independent film The Sublet, which officially premieres tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 16), at Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village.

Les Spindle: Don't Let it Be Forgot...
"Don't let it be forgot," warbles King Arthur in the classic musical Camelot, "that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot."


1/16/09 AM Clips - Online Theater Sources


Review - Soul of Shaolin - Martial Arts Spectacle Tells Charming Tale


* Inana, a Look at Iraqi Treasures in a Time of War, Premieres in CO Jan. 16
* DIVA TALK: Chatting with Chicago's Melora Hardin, the Final Gypsy and News of Chenoweth, Kaye
* "Madtv" Star Parker Flies Into Broadway's Wicked Jan. 16
* Oscar and the Pink Lady, with Tony Winner Harris, Begins NYC Engagement Jan. 16
* Billy Elliot's Hall Guests on "Theater Talk" Jan. 16
* Xanadu Tour, with Stanley and Von Essen, Launches in Chicago Jan. 16
* Williams' Famed Memory Play, Illuminated by Projections, Opens in KC; Cromer Directs Menagerie
* Inspired by Real Life (and Death), Funeralogues Plays NYC Jan. 16-March 15
* Magic of Disney, Hair, a Larson Tribute and Sondheim Featured on Playbill Radio Jan. 19-27
* PHOTO CALL: Annual Drama League Gala in Rehearsal
* MARQUEE VALUE: The Story of My Life at the Booth Theatre
* "Frost/Nixon," "Mamma Mia!," McDonagh, Daldry and More Among BATFA Nominees
* God of Carnage Tix to Go On Sale to General Public Jan. 24; Now Offering AmEx Pre-Sale
* Lucky Guy, a Nashville Musical Fable, Gets NYC Readings; Clark and Beach Star
* Nathan Lane and Anika Noni Rose Join Vineyard Tribute to Marian Seldes
* Ambrose and Martin Will Join Rush and Sarandon in Broadway's Exit the King
* Solis Drama Lydia Will Play Yale Repertory Theatre
* Delaney, Glenn, Mucci and More Will Join Ferrell in You're Welcome America Cast
* PHOTO CALL: Cynthia Nixon and Distracted Company Meet the Press
* PHOTO CALL: The Corn Is Green, with Kate Burton, at the Huntington Theatre Company


Peter Filichia's Diary: The 2009 Broadway University Mid-Term Exam
We all know that the best Broadway musicals have songs that are show-stoppers. But sometimes songs have song-stoppers built into them.

[I think I missed Wednesday's entry: Not Getting with the Program]

Review: Soul of Shaolin
This Chinese martial arts spectacular boasts truly impressive Kung Fu fighting, but suffers from a lack of dramatic conflict.

* Kristin Chenoweth Postpones Westport Gala to March 28 Due to Music in the Air
* Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Nathan Gunn To Be Part of L.A. Opera Season
* Lauren Ambrose and Andrea Martin Join Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon in Exit the King
* Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, LaBelle to Play Reopened Beacon Theatre
* Christine Baranski to Guest Star on CBS' Big Bang Theory
* Barbara Walsh to Star in Studio Theatre's Green Gala


* 'Very Excited' South Pacific Star Kelli O'Hara Expecting Her First Child
* Lauren Ambrose and Andrea Martin Join Exit the King

FRESH FACE: Rogelio Douglas Jr. earns his sea legs in The Little Mermaid
PHOTOS: A marvelous performance and CD signing for the Wonderettes
PHOTOS: Masked Man: Howard McGillin's Phantom Transformation

Talkin' Broadway

Review: Soul of Shaolin
An army of impossibly muscled, singularly focused human fighting machines? Absolutely. An old man who radiates austere authority one moment and pinpoint pugilistic accuracy the next? Sure. A young boy, 10 years old at most, who performs ...


Review: Theatre Is Dead and So Are You
Review: Melvillapalooza


Review: Soul of Shaolin
I can't think of a better way to celebrate the Lunar New Year (the year of the Ox) than with this extraordinary and agile company of 30 Chinese Nationals

Review: Twelfth Night
With its live band this sure isn't your parents' Twelfth Night . . .


* Applications Now Available for 2009 Princess Grace Foundation Grants
* Submissions Being Accepted For Festival Of New Musicals

BroadwayWorld Blogs

Michael Dale: The Judgment of Paris: They Certainly Can Can-Can