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Odds & Ends: Gary Griffin Leads Parade, a Tony Award Could be a Click Away & More

Odds & Ends: Gary Griffin Leads Parade, a Tony Award Could be a Click Away & More
Gary Griffin
Angela Lansbury may reprise her role in 'Blithe Spirit' again.

Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.

Gary Griffin Joins the Parade
Gary Griffin will helm the previously announced one-night-only concert performance of Parade at Avery Fisher Hall. Jason Robert Brown, who took home his first Tony fin 1999 for the show’s score, will serve as music director and conductor. Casting for the February 16, 2015 event will be announced at a later date. Griffin is also set to direct Brown’s latest Broadway-bound show, Honeymoon in Vegas.

Angela Lansbury May Blithely Cross the Pond
Dame Angela Lansbury might play the wacky Madame Arcati in the U.S. once more. According to The Daily Telegraph, the current West End production of Blithe Spirit, starring Lansbury and Jemima Rooper and directed by Michael Blakemore, is eyeing a move to this side of the Atlantic. Rooper says, “We’re hoping to bring it back with her in the U.S…[Lansbury]'s almost 90 and she’s delivering every day.” The Broadway legend won her fifth Tony Award for her performance in the 2009 Broadway revival, also directed by Blakemore.

Wanna Be a Producer? There’s an App For That
Nabbing that Tony might be as easy as clicking your mouse. Maxolev Productions, headed by Howard and Janet Kagan, have launched a site to raise funds for the latest project: the upcoming Broadway revival of On the Town. According to The New York Times, the two hope to raise between $1 million and $2 million of their $8.5 million capitalization from the site. Performances are set to begin September 20. Sure beats becoming an investor of some potato salad online.

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