Odds & Ends: Pretty Woman Musical Aims for 2017 Bow & More

first_img Kristin Chenoweth View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Pretty Woman Aims for 2017 BowWell color us happy, the Pretty Woman musical about Vivian, the hooker with a heart of gold, is still very much in the works and is looking to make its world premiere next year! “J.F. Lawton, who wrote the original screenplay, and I have been doing the libretto,” Garry Marshall, the movie’s director, told Vanity Fair. He also revealed that two-time Tony winner Jerry Mitchell is on board to direct, with the score being penned by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. Expect some extra moments for the Edward Lewis character. “We wanted to get into more of his background…and what his relationship with his father was like.” There’ll additionally be numbers for Kit De Luca (Vivian’s BFF) and Barney Thompson (the hotel manager). Marshall also says that a cut line from the original film script is back in: “The letter V used to stand for victim. Now it stands for Vivian.” He explained: “That’s a part of the new show, too. I don’t like women to be victims. It’s time we stopped that.”Hang With Kristin ChenowethWant to snap a selfie with Kristin Chenoweth, have tea with BD Wong or go backstage with the cast at Disaster!? Well, thanks to an auction for Rosie’s Theater Kids, you will have a chance to do just that! Created by Rosie O’Donnell and Lori Klinger, the New York City arts education organization enriches the lives of kids through the arts, reaching more than 20,000 public school students every year.Broadway Faves Set for Blissful ReadingWilliam Youmans (Bright Star), Matt Shingledecker (Wicked), Stephanie Leigh (Mary Poppins) and more will lead a staged reading of Blissful the Musical at the Davenport Theatre on May 6. Directed by Daniel Goldstein and penned by Peter Copani, the new tuner tells the story of when an entrepreneur’s kindness is mistaken for weakness, giving way to intrigue, lust, love, betrayal and extortion.Another Honor for Kelli O’HaraTony winner Kelli O’Hara is set to receive the Leadership Award for Arts & Healing at the Creative Alternatives of New York gala on May 16 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Hosted by Ann Hampton Callaway and Cady Huffman, the event raises funds for CANY, which uses drama therapy to empower children and adults who have endured trauma to rebuild their lives. And, just because it’s Friday, check out O’Hara’s performance from last year’s Tony broadcast, below. Star Files Julia Roberts in ‘Pretty Woman'(Photo: Touchstone Pictures)last_img read more

Rodgers plans to keep on passing

first_img “What he gives us is that threat in the box. When the ball comes in, he’s a striker in the area. There are other ways of doing it to keep the game alive. “When you have a 6ft 4 player like Christian he affects when the ball comes into the box and because of his physicality and his mobility it keeps the game alive that little bit longer.” The Reds, who face Arsenal on Monday night, have already shown more defensive steel this season by grinding out two single-goal successes over Stoke and Bournemouth. But Rodgers scotched the notion he wants to shift from his purist philosophy now Benteke is on his books. “There’s not a compromise,” he said. “I said at the beginning of the season we want the unpredictability to our game. My emphasis has always been about possession, but dangerous possession, and that is important to us. “Our conditions of our game won’t change but hopefully because of the different strikers it gives that unpredictability to our game.” However, Rodgers insists he has always strove to play a style of football that is pleasing on the eye and sees no reasons why Liverpool’s new number nine should change that. “I worry that we play good football,” he said. “I’ve always done that in my life – working with young players, working now at senior level as a manager with over 300-odd games – I’ve always worried about the football. “I’m not one that will go into every game and not worry about how we play and take a 1-0. You can do that at times but the nature of how I work on a daily basis, and how we work as a coaching staff, is based on the tactical idea of intelligent footballers, creative footballers with high energy, the ability to press the game and make it really difficult for opponents with and without the ball. “That notion hasn’t changed but as you evolve as a manager and a coach, you understand and recognise that at times there are different ways to win a game of football. When you have those types of players, that gives us a better way to win.” Rodgers also believes the new fulcrum of Liverpool’s attack can fit with his preferred ideology. “He can play football,” he added of Benteke. “His touch is good, his ability to bring players into the game – whether that’s with his feet or a little cushioned header – is a great skill. Press Association Last season the Reds, shorn of injured forward Daniel Sturridge for much of the campaign, often deployed winger Raheem Sterling or midfielder Steven Gerrard as an unorthodox figurehead up front. The £32.5million acquisition of Belgian striker Benteke this summer was intended to remedy that problem, but many questioned if it would force a rethink in their tactics too as they tried to play to the ex-Aston Villa man’s strengths. Brendan Rodgers has no plans to abandon his possession-based approach at Liverpool – even if Christian Benteke’s arrival has provided their attack with a different dimension.last_img read more