Sunday, February 15, 2009

From Screen to Stage: Broadway Billys United and More

Some great news for our favorite ballet boys leads off the latest round-up of From Screen to Stage news:

- The three young actors who alternate in the title role of Billy ElliotDavid Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish — will be considered jointly for the Best Actor Tony Award.

- Elsewhere in Tony Administration Committee decisions, the four main cast members of White Christmas will compete in the lead categories, and the show itself is apparently eligible for the Best Musical prize (due to its previous history in regional theaters, it could have been bumped to revival).

- Ogre, meet harpies: The cast of Shrek the Musical will let their "Freak Flag" fly on this Tuesday's episode of The View.

- Go ahead, make my play: Dirty Harry will sing (?!) in Magnum Force: The Musical.

- La Cage aux Folles, Rain Man and Sunset Boulevard are among the nominees for the 33rd annual Laurence Olivier Awards, to be presented March 8 in London.

- The John Barrowman-hosted, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat-casting reality show Any Dream Will Do will be re-broadcast stateside on BBC America beginning March 29.

- The Academy Award nominated song "Listen" will be added in to the upcoming Dreamgirls national tour.

- Minsky's, recently reviewed by our own Reverend, is headed to Broadway!

- If you missed Arias with a Twist, the "downtown fusion of song and exotic puppetry from Joey Arias and Basil Twist", it will be coming to a screen near you sometime in the future.

- Playbill's Diva Talk chats up Xanadu's newest muse, Elizabeth Stanley.

- If it's good enough for Tommy: The Who's Quadrophenia to land on the West End.

- And finally, two blondes, two unlikely stage productions: a Marilyn Monroe "dance musical" and an Anna Nicole Smith ... opera?

UPDATE: Here's the video clip of the Shrek performance on The View.

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