Daily Rehearsal: 'Kinky Boots' definitely set for Chicago

February 22, 2012

1. On Vocalo's Morning AMp today was playwright behind fml: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life, which opens at Steppenwolf next week. Sarah Gubbins was joined by Joanie Schultz to talked about "the queer themes and female-centric narrative and the largely female crew working on the show."

2. Kinky Boots is definitely set for a pre-Broadway try-out in Chicago, reports the AP, marked for the 2012-13 season. In case it sounds familiar, you may be thinking of the 2005 film of the same name with a bit of a cult following. The stage production involves Cyndi Lauper, who looks the same as she's always looked, and Harvey Fierstein. Of the potential production, Fierstein told TimeOut last week...not much: "It’ll be out soon enough. You talk about stuff that’s a year down the line, people say, ‘Eh, I already saw that.’ ”

3. A bit of a tiff about community theater, as per the usual, broke out on Twitter today between Isaac Butler, Howard Sherman and Rafael Gallegos over Sherman's post on said topic from yesterday. Read it and decide for yourself if it's just in-fighting or worth some debate.

4. More information on Pirates of Penzance in Boston the weekend of June 21: "Treat yourself to an eighty-minute exotic excursion featuring bathing beauties, philosophizing pirates, and grown men in remarkably short shorts! Warning: If you want boring, stay away; this experience will cause immense joy and the compulsion to spontaneously sing along. Come ashore with the 'Very Model of A Modern Major General,' the Pirate King, and a banjo-picking Mabel. The show features beach balls, sunshine (the artificial kind), and tons of fun music."

5. We haven't heard about burlesque in awhile, but The Kiss Kiss Cabaret is entering its second year at Greenhouse Theater Center on Friday nights. Creator and director Chris Biddle says it's akin to Minsky's burlesque in New York in the 1920s. It's funny and there is nudity, which means that it is only fun for half the family/

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