Not only does Josh Hartnett want to be Tom Cruise, he is Tom Cruise. Well he will be playing Tom Cruise’s role in the West End stage version of Rain Man starting next month according to What’s on Stage.
Hollywood pin-up Josh Hartnett is best known for films such as Pearl Harbour, Black Hawk Down and The Virgin Suicides. Commenting on Rain Man, which marks his professional stage debut, Hartnett said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“It has always been my intent to work on the London stage. While IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had many opportunities, it was only when I read the complex and charismatic character of Charlie Babbitt that I knew the time was right. I feel very fortunate to make my London bow Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ CanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait to live and work in London, a city I adore!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Josh Hartnett a Hollywood pin-up? I don’t know how Rain Man will translate on the stage, but with Josh Hartnett as the lead I don’t think very well. I think he would be better suited playing the role of Raymond aka Rain Man.
Saying something positive, at least it is not a musical version of Rain Man.
Joan Collins and Linda Evans said that their hatred portrayed in Dynasty was just for TV when they started working on Legends, but now that the show is over seems like the hatred was for real. Collins said that when the were fighting on stage that Evans went overboard and actually injured her according to Page Six. Collins' people told the paper, "Joan ended the tour with a sprained knee, a scar on her hand and almost choked to death. Evans kicked Joan's hand so hard that she now has a permanent scar and cannot wear a ring on her right hand. And she spent five weeks in therapy when Evans took it too far and allegedly pushed her off the stage." Meanwhile Evans people had this to say, "Joan Collins is the biggest [bleeping] sack of [bleep]. She's the single most unprofessional actress working in Hollywood Linda Evans hurting somebody? I find it unbelievable." The producer of the show sided with Evans and said that Collins side of the story is "absolutely untrue Evans pushed Collins off stage. During one scene, Collins had to shove Evans onto a couch and Evans' "foot came up and touched Joan's hand . . Joan then refused to do [it] . . . She was afraid of it. So we had her push Linda with the end of a mop," he said. But Sprecher said he was unaware of Collins' injury or need for therapy." And Joan being Joan responded by saying this, "I'm surprised they are saying this. It was an unpleasant experience which is now over and the people you refer to are thankfully out of my life." I guess we won't see these two working together anytime soon.
Rosie O'Donnell was speaking at the Matrix Awards yesterday when she grabbed her crotch and told Donald Trump to "Eat Me!" according to Page Six. She is just so classy. I just wish the two of them would get over the feud because it is beyond sad at this point. I mean since they started fighting we found out who is the father of Dannielynn. What will make these two grow up already because now they both are going below the belt…literally.
Dutch theatregoers were shocked on Sunday night when a would-be John Travolta and his Olivia Newton-John lookalike counterpart were injured as their car plunged into the orchestra pit during a performance of the musical Grease. Jim Bakkum was concussed and Bettina Holwerda may have broken her arm, the director of the Almere City Theatre Peter Swinkels told Dutch television. "Jim was driving. … She (Bettina) was able to jump off before it went over the edge, and Jim went down with the car," Swinkels told RTL Nieuws. The car landed in an empty part of the pit, and no musicians were injured. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment in Almere, 15 kilometres east of Amsterdam. The car, dubbed "Greased Lighting" during a song in the play, was made up of the chassis of a classic red-and-white convertible and the engine of a golf cart. The incident took place during a scene where the characters made famous by Travolta and Newton-John in the movie version – Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson – go to a drive-in movie in the car.
"Mamma Mia!" — an adaptation of the popular ABBA stage musical — is coming to the big screen with a little help from Tom Hanks. The story follows a bride-to-be — raised on a Greek island by a formerly rebellious mom who never disclosed the identity of her father — who locates three men who might be her father and invites them to her wedding. The musical features 22 ABBA songs, including "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All." Since opening in London in 1999, the show has grossed more than $1 billion with productions running around the globe. Theater veteran Phyllida Lloyd is in negotiations to make her feature directing debut on the film, which Hanks’ Playtone production company will develop for Universal Pictures. ABBA members and songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus will serve as executive producers, along with Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson.
Film and TV star Dean Cain may soon be headlining a tour of Aaron Sorkin’s military drama A Few Good Men. According to the AWA Touring Services website, the show would be presented as a "pre-Broadway tour" starring Cain, presented by Bill Kenwright and directed by David Esbjornson. No details have been confirmed. Esbjornson directed a successful West End production of the play last year; it starred Rob Lowe and John Barrowman. The tour would, according to AWA notes, offer "an epic production featuring a huge cast of over 20 actors…This is a riveting drama posing important and disturbing questions about the nature of power and the responsibility of those within that power…Dean Cain is scheduled to undertake the pivotal role of hotshot lawyer Daniel Kaffee." The original Broadway production of A Few Good Men opened at the Music Box Theatre on November 15th, 1989 to run for 497 performances. The play was directed by Don Scardino, and Sorkin ("Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," "The West Wing") received the 1989 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding American Playwright. Sorkin’s latest play is The Farnsworth Invention, which will receive a workshop production at La Jolla Playhouse from Feb. 20-March 25.
At the end of his very own annus horribilis, Sir Paul McCartney is about to revisit happier times. The former Beatle is planning to make a stage show inspired by his working-class childhood in Liverpool. "It is based on Paul’s classical work The Liverpool -Oratorio," explained Kate Robbins, Sir Paul’s cousin, who is working on the adaptation. "Paul will approve every note as musical director." For the 64-year-old it has been the year when divorce proceedings began between him and his second wife, Heather Mills, and when, in a legal submission, the model-turned-campaigner accused him of drunken and abusive behaviour towards her. "The project has been delayed by divorce worries," admitted Miss Robbins. Sir Paul composed The Liverpool Oratorio, his first classical work, with Carl Davis in 1991 to commemorate the city’s 150th anniversary. The story loosely follows the path of the musician’s life, with the main character, Shanty, who was born in 1942 in Liverpool, marrying his sweetheart, Mary Dee, after the death of his father. McCartney was deeply affected by the death of his mother, Mary, in October 1956, when he was 14. Shanty and Mary Dee are forced to deal with the rigours of balancing a happy marriage and their careers, in the same way as Sir Paul and his first wife Linda – reportedly, the couple spent a total of less than a week apart during their 29-year union, despite their demanding commitments. During a quarrel, Mary Dee reveals that she is pregnant and, after surviving a near-fatal accident, gives birth to their son. Linda was four months pregnant with McCartney’s first child, Mary, when they married at Marylebone Register Office in 1969. This was not the first time McCartney’s childhood had been the inspiration for his music: his 1967 song Penny Lane was named after a road in Liverpool in which both he and John Lennon were said to have played as children. McCartney’s upbringing was far from affluent. At his wedding to Heather Mills in 2002, he referred to its poverty. "Back then, I’d have had a wedding just to get the rice," he said. "My trousers were so thin, if I sat down on a penny I could find out which way up it was – heads or tails." Although theatres in the West End of London are expected to compete to stage the new musical, Sir Paul may decide to open it in his home town during Liverpool’s year as the European Capital of Culture in 2008.
The BBC has announced its follow-up to How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? – the TV search for a lead for Joseph And His Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat. The new show follows Connie Fisher’s success in The Sound Of Music, after she was plucked from obscurity to play the role of Maria. Graham Norton will host the BBC One search for a new Joseph for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage production. Lord Lloyd-Webber, a panel of experts and viewers will also look for a girl to play the narrator figure and a Pharoah/Elvis in the TV show. The TV search is entitled Any Dream Will Do, after one of the famous musical numbers in the production. BBC One Controller Peter Fincham said: "Any Dream Will Do is the perfect follow-up to the success of How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? "Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a classic musical known to generations of schoolchildren and I cannot wait for the reunion of 2006’s most unlikely but successful partnership – Graham Norton and Andrew Lloyd Webber. "I think this show will have huge appeal for the BBC One audience." Lord Lloyd-Webber said: "The success of How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? this summer was a real boost for musical theatre in Britain and I was particularly thrilled with the reaction from schoolchildren up and down the country. I cannot wait to get them involved in Any Dream Will Do and to get back into the studio with Graham. "Joseph started in schools and I am looking for a great school choir – to play in the West End, we need a smashing girl, a great boy and of course a Pharoah/Elvis." Auditions for contestants will take place across the UK early next year before the show is broadcast in the summer.
A musical version of the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan is heading to the West End. The musical, which will feature the hits of Blondie (and a new song by Deborah Harry), is scheduled to open in autumn 2007, following an out-of-town tryout to be determined. The story centers on Roberta Glass, a bored New Jersey housewife who seeks adventure through her obsession with personal ads and the mysterious Susan, a street-smart East Village drifter. When Roberta suffers a bad case of amnesia, she and Susan unexpectedly swap lives and are plunged into a world of jewel heists, magic shows and rock ‘n’ roll. The collision of Roberta and Susan’s identities takes them on a wild journey of mystery, self-awareness, and true love—with both women discovering that you never know where your life is going, until something magical happens. The film, written by Leora Barish and directed by Susan Seidelman, marked the big screen debut of Madonna, who played the role of Susan. Rosanna Arquette co-starred as Roberta. The stage version was conceived and written by American writer, director and actor Peter Michael Marino.