Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Two High Flying Broadway-Bound Shows Begin Tonight

Two High Flying Broadway-Bound Shows Begin Tonight

Tonight marks the first performances for two musicals with trajectories aimed directly at Broadway, despite the fact that they're getting their start in exact opposite ends of the country.

The first, High Fidelity, has already found a berth on the Great White Way at the Imperial Theatre and is currently set for a December 7 opening. High Fidelity begins its tryout performances this evening at Boston's Colonial Theatre. Based on the movie of the same name, this Walter Bobbie-helmed tuner features music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Amanda Green, book by David Lindsay-Abaire (this is his first musical) and choreography by Chris Gattelli. It will star Will Chase and Jenn Colella.

The other musical starting previews tonight is the Des McAnuff revival of The Wiz at the La Jolla Playhouse. While there may be no place like home, this "major re-imagining" of The Wiz has yet to find the appropriate house on Broadway -- something that has dogged this planned production for well over two years. Now that McAnuff is finally getting this production off the ground, will the end result be enough to spin it toward New York? We may have a better sense after the show officially opens in October.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for High Fidelity tickets.
Click here for The Wiz tickets.
Related Stories:
High Fidelity Tunes In To High Capacity Imperial (August 24, 2006)
Which Broadway Musical Will Depart Next? (August 21, 2006)
The Wiz Cast Set to Ease On Down the Road (July 25, 2006)

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