Wednesday, January 14, 2009

August To Launch Summer Tour In Denver

August To Launch Summer Tour In Denver

Somehow, this little piece of news from Sunday escaped me.

Guess I was still a little verklempt from Patti LuPone's showstopping performance of "Rose's Turn" to take notice (New York Post's Michael Riedel writes about extreme phototaking today).

But if you're looking forward to seeing a leg of the upcoming national tour of the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Play August: Osage County, it's worth noting that the Playbill story is already obsolete in announcing that the tour will launch in San Francisco this August.

It won't.

According to the A:OC Web site, the August 11 - September 6 San Francisco dates at the Curran Theatre will actually be preceded by the official tour launch in Denver at the lovely Ellie Caulkins Opera House on July 24. Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play is scheduled to run there through August 8.

Casting for the tour has yet to be announced.

Meanwhile, if you're one of my readers from Down Under, it's worth noting that the Melbourne Theatre Company will be staging its own version of August: Osage County beginning May 23, 2009 through June 27. As far as I know, this will mark the first time the show is not being produced in association with the original Steppenwolf mounting.

Former Sydney Theatre Company Artistic Director Robyn Nevin will star as Violet Weston. American audiences may recall that she directed Cate Blanchett in the excellent 2005 Brooklyn Academy of Music mounting of Hedda Gabler.

Nevin will be joined by Jane Menelaus, Robert Menzies, Deidre Rubenstein and Michael Robinson, among others. This production will be directed by Kellie Jones with Simon Phillips serving as creative director. Take a look at the theatre company's promotional design for the show above -- they've certainly captured the essence of the play in the above artwork.

Finally, no Chris, I have no plans to fly to Australia.

Yet.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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