Monday, March 10, 2008

For Colored Girls and Whatnot

For Colored Girls Revival, Starring Grammy Winner India.Arie, to Arrive on Broadway in Summer 2008

By Andrew Gans & Kenneth Jones

A revival of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf � a 1977 Tony Award nominee for Best Play � will arrive at a Broadway theatre to be announced this summer.

According to a casting notice, previews of the Obie-winning drama will begin on or about July 15 with an opening on or about Aug. 2. Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter India.Arie will head the company; no other roles have been cast.

Shirley Jo Finney will direct the production, which will feature choreography by Tony winner Hinton Battle. Whoopi Goldberg and DreamTeam Entertainment Group (Victor Walker, Harold Wheeler and Ned Goldstein) are the executive producers of the upcoming Broadway run.

The 1974 Obie-winning and Tony Award-nommed for
colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf played The Public Theater and jumped to Broadway 1976-78, with playwright Shange playing one of seven women who "reveal themselves, their lives, loves, hardships, and ultimately their discovery of strength and love."

The production was nominated for a 1977 Best Play Tony Award, and actress Trazana Beverley won a Tony in the category of Best Actress in a Featured Role (Play). The original Broadway company also featured Laurie Carlos, Rise Collins, Aku Kadogo, Janet League, Paula Moss and Ntozake Shange.

India.Arie has won two Grammys: for "Best Urban/Alternative Performance" for "Little Things" and "Best R&B Album" for "Voyage to India." She has been nominated for 14 other Grammys.

She's a Vegetable

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

And This Is Why We Will NEVER EVER NEVER Get Anywhere as a People

I'm in Love with a Skrippa

'American Idol' Doesn't Mention David Hernandez's Stripper Past, but Simon Mutters Off-Camera

David Hernandez's stripper past didn't come back to haunt him on Tuesday night's "American Idol."

Hernandez's three-year stint as a male stripper wasn't even mentioned during the live telecast, which featured the 24-year-old from Glendale, Ariz., performing a rendition of Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now." However, acerbic judge Simon Cowell did mutter something about stripping, off camera, immediately after the song ended.

Randy Jackson called Hernandez's singing "pitchy" but said he had a "big ol' voice." Paula Abdul raved that Hernandez had some of the "best vocals." And Simon Cowell said it wasn't as good as last week, but Hernandez had secured himself a place in the finals.

On Thursday, 16 semifinalists will be narrowed down to the final 12 contestants.

Other than Cowell, no one alluded to Monday's news that Hernandez worked for three years in Phoenix at Dick's Cabaret. There, he would appear fully nude and perform lap dances for the club's "mostly male" clientele, club manager Gordy Bryan told The Associated Press on Monday.

It apparently wasn't Hernandez's "most embarrassing moment" either. (Contestants had to 'fess up about theirs during the show.) In a taped segment before his performance, Hernandez said his red-faced moment happened when he discovered he had "a pea-sized booger" in his nose following a photo shoot.

Fox and the producers have declined to comment about Hernandez.

In 2003, semifinalist Frenchie Davis was dismissed from "Idol" because of her appearance on an adult Web site, but Antonella Barba remained in the competition last year after racy photos of her surfaced on the Internet.

Third-place finisher Nikki McKibbin from the first "Idol" season briefly worked as stripper before the show, according to Joe Cannizzaro, president of McKibbin's record label, Chenoa Music. Like Hernandez, McKibbin wasn't dismissed from the show when her history as a stripper was publicly revealed -- nor was it disclosed on the show.

Dick's Cabaret manager Bryan told the AP he was aware that Hernandez was a vocalist, but that Hernandez never sang at the club. Bryan said he now believes Hernandez stopped working at the strip club on Sept. 30, 2007, because of his participation in "Idol."

On a video posted on, Hernandez said he broke the lease on his apartment and lived out of his car before auditioning for "Idol." And, when asked in a Q&A posted on the site which talent would he would most like to have if he couldn't sing, Hernandez responded: "Dancing! I'm horrible at that."

The BEST News Ever!

Mario Lopez Joins 'A Chorus Line' on April 15

John Breglio for Vienna Waits Productions announced today that "Extra TV' host and "Dancing with the Stars" finalist Mario Lopez will make his Broadway debut joining the cast of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical A Chorus Line beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 W 45th St). Mr. Lopez will play Zach, the demanding director who is casting the chorus roles for a new Broadway musical, through Sunday, September 7, 2008.

"Mario is an enormously talented actor and dancer and we are thrilled to have him make his Broadway debut in A Chorus Line," said producer John Breglio. "His talents and charm will transfer beautifully to the Broadway stage."

""Every actor dreams about appearing on a Broadway stage. I have as well, and have been searching for the right time and opportunity," said Mario Lopez. "A Chorus Line is a legendary musical and I am so honored to have been chosen to join the amazing cast and be a part of the Broadway family."

Actor, producer and host, Mario Lopez, at the age of 16, became internationally known as high school jock A. C. Slater on the hit NBC comedy series "Saved by the Bell." He currently can be seen as the host of "Extra TV" and MTV's "Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew," and recently starred in the highest rated program ABC Family history "Holiday in Handcuffs." He also starred in the made for TV movie "Husband for Hire," which was the most watched program ever on the Oxygen Network. Mario appeared on ABC's hit reality series "Dancing with the Stars." He produced and starred in the feature film Outta Time. Other film credits include King Rikki, Colors, Depraved, and Eastside. Mr. Lopez's other television work includes roles on "Pacific Blue," "Nip/Tuck," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "George Lopez," "Mind of Mencia," "Name Your Adventure," "Popular," "The Golden Girls," "Kids Incorporated," and the TV Film "Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story."

For Tickets for A Chorus Line visit (212-239-6200) or the Schoenfeld Theatre box office. Performances are Tuesday at 7:00pm, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00pm, with matinee performances on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00pm and Sunday at 3:00pm. Tickets range from $66.50 to $111.50. Premium seating is available. Please note: Mario Lopez will be on hiatus from A Chorus Line from Sunday, May 11, 2008 through Tuesday, June 3, 2008.

Thursday, February 21, 2008