The Tonys are over and a new theatre season begins. New shows are in the offing, along with benefits, readings, and workshops.
Red Carpet Ramblings
On the red carpet at last Sunday's Tony Awards, playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (a nominee for Rabbit Hole) told me he's hard at work on the books for two musicals. High Fidelity, based on the 2000 film comedy, will have a pre-Broadway tryout in Boston, Sept. 26–Oct. 22. And he's expecting to finish the first act of Shrek, a stage version of the 2001 animated feature, by the end of the summer; the target opening is sometime during the 2007-08 season. Jonathan Pryce (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) revealed that his next project will be a TV version of David Hare's My Zinc Bed, part of a series of filmed plays for HBO. In the press room, Cynthia Nixon announced her plan to headline a revival of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie for the New Group. Equity principal auditions will be held June 20 and 21. See the casting notice in this week's issue for further details.
The Tonys may have been Broadway's biggest night last Sunday, but this Sunday will be Broadway's sexiest night. "Broadway Bares 16: New York Strip", in which over 200 chorus boys and girls take it off to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will be held June 18 at 9:30 p.m. and midnight at Roseland Ballroom, 239 W. 52nd St., NYC. Tickets can be ordered at www.broadwaycares.org.
The following night, Mon., June 19, at 7:30 p.m., the Actors' Fund of America will stage a one-night-only reading of Charles Busch's play Die Mommie Die! at the Hudson Theatre, 145 W. 44th St., NYC. It will star the playwright as fallen pop diva Angela Andrews, along with Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU), Jayne Houdyshell (a Tony nominee for Well), Jenn Harris, and Tom Mardirosian. For tickets, call (212) 221-7300, ext. 133, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Actors' Fund Seminar
Speaking of the Actors' Fund, the organization will sponsor a seminar on "Careers in Arts Administration and the Nonprofit World" on Wed., June 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Actors' Equity Council Room, 165 W. 46th St., 14th floor, NYC. No reservations are necessary. The fund also holds a weekly Actors' Work Program orientation every Monday, noon–3 p.m., at its offices at 729 Seventh Ave. Those interested in participating in the organization's job search, interviewing, and résumé writing workshops must attend an orientation session. For further information, call (212) 221-7300.