Young Frankenstein is coming to ASU Gammage!
It is so hard to believe that the new seasons have begun both on Broadway and at ASU Gammage. ASU Gammage is turning green with the start of the season with YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. This Mel Brooks production following on the heels of the PRODUCERS is taken from the film of the same name and just as riotous and the “putting on the Ritz” number is unforgettable.
The Broadway season is resplendent with stars, Al Pacino in the Bard’s MERCHANT OF VENICE. I plan on being first in line for this evening. For those of you, who may not have seen Al on stage in KING RICHARD III or AMERICAN BUFFALO or other works, make sure you don’t miss it.
ASU Gammage has had past discussions with Mr. Pacino as he was in search of a stage to do a reading of SALOME’. At a late night haunt for Broadway insiders, I ran into Tony winner of DOUBT, Cherry Jones (also the POTUS for you fans of the hit TV show “24”) as she prepares to open in MISS WARRENS PROFESSION this month on Broadway. Ever gracious, Cherry remarked on how she loved reprising the role of Mother Superior in DOUBT on the GAMMAGE stage for a wonderful and intelligent audience a few seasons back.
This week Bill T. Jones two time Tony winner for SPRING AWAKENING and FELA managed to have four creative meetings, lunch with Gammage VIPs all the while Bill was fielding calls on Patti La Belle’s opening night on Broadway debuting in FELA …the next night! Bill and his Creative Director and partner Bjorn Amelan are also preparing for the move to London for the British premier of FELA. And IF that wasnt a full enough day, Bill T. Jones was named a Kennedy Center Honoree alongside Broadway royalty Jerry Herman, Sir Paul McCartney, Merle Haggard and the queen of oh so many worlds Oprah.
We found ourselves fielding press and congratulatory calls for Mr. Jones from across the country and around the world. WHEW! We will Cheer Bill on as he receives his honors on CBS December 28th.
See you on Broadway and in ASU GAMMAGE!