Today’s Theatre Talk

Hugh Jackman


VARIETY: “Hugh Jackman Talks ‘Bad Education,’ Quarantine and ‘The Music Man’ Revival” by Variety’s Marc Malkin – ““I speak with [producer] Scott Rudin every other day and we’re due to start rehearsals on June 29 and that hasn’t changed,” Hugh Jackman … says … “Our first preview is September 15. But of course, we’ll have to see what happens. But at present, that’s still the plan.””


The Apple Family Plays


ZOOM PLAY: “Richard Nelson to Premiere New Apple Family Play Online” by TheaterMania’s David Gordon – “The Public Theater will present Richard Nelson’s newest Apple Family play, titled What Do We Need to Talk About? Conversations on Zoom, on Wednesday, April 29, at 7:30pm ET.”

BREAKING WEST END NEWS: “Mark Rylance to return as Rooster Byron in Jerusalem revival” by The Guardian’s Chris Wiegand – “Now, it has been announced that Rylance will return to the role of Johnny “Rooster” Byron 12 years on, as Jez Butterworth’s play Jerusalem is to be revived in the West End next year. The production will also reunite the play’s original director, Ian Rickson, with the producer Sonia Friedman, whose company announced the news on Thursday, which is St George’s Day – the date on which the play is set.”

“& Juliet extended again and sing-a-long performance rescheduled”
 by London Theatre Direct’s Jade Ali – “& Juliet tickets are now booking until 24 July 2021 … ”

“U.K.’s National Theatre Director Rufus Norris Says ‘Catastrophe’ is Facing Stage Sector” by Variety’s Tim Dams – “… Norris said the National Theatre is hoping to open its doors again in July, but is also planning for other scenarios that might see it reopen instead in September, January 2021 — or possibly later. “Every organization like ours is running numerous scenarios…The one thing that you just can’t afford to do at the moment is rest on optimism,” said Norris.”

PARIS: “A Lot Has Changed in 50 Years, Off Paris Stages and On” by The New York Times’ Laura Cappelle – “Yet with theaters currently shut around the world, time has opened up to look back. As luck would have it, the National Audiovisual Institute, which archives all French television and radio programs, began a new streaming platform, Madelen, shortly after a stay-at-home order was issued here in March.”