Producer Marc E. Platt, along with Richard Greenberg (who had written the 1992 Boston adaptation) and director Joe Mantello planned a revival for fall 2007, which was postponed. The Roundabout Theatre Company and Platt presented a limited engagement, with previews beginning on November 14, 2008, officially opening on December 18, 2008, and closing on March 1, 2009. The original book by John O'Hara had undergone substantial "adaptation" by Greenberg, eliminating characters and reassigning songs. This new production also included a song for Joey that was cut prior to the 1940 Broadway premiere, "I'm Talking to My Pal", and also interpolated two Rodgers & Hart songs, which were sung by Joey and Linda: "Are You My Love?" (from the 1936 film Dancing Pirate) and "I Still Believe in You" (from the 1930 musical Simple Simon). Mantello directed, with choreography by Graciela Daniele. The production starred Stockard Channing as Vera, Martha Plimpton as Gladys, Matthew Risch as Joey, Jenny Fellner as Linda, and Robert Clohessy as Mike. The set designer was Scott Pask, with costumes by William Ivey Long and lighting by Paul Gallo. Advance publicity for the show included a full page spread in the November issue of Vogue, featuring Christian Hoff in costume as Joey. Hoff began previews as Joey, but when he was forced to leave the production on November 22, 2008, due to an injury, his understudy, Matthew Risch, took over the part. Risch had previously appeared on Broadway in featured roles in Chicago and Legally Blonde.
Richard Greenberg ... has given John O'Hara's original book ... a new sheen without changing the general outline of the story: punkish song-and-dance man scores big, gets his comeuppance but soldiers on. Greenberg's rewrite is crisp and to the point. There is a hard-boiled briskness to his work, a film-noir sensibility in its punchy dialogue that ricochets lickety-split across the stage. Channing gets across this number ["Bewitched"], one of the most famous in the Rodgers and Hart canon, in what can be described as her best Rex Harrison My Fair Lady manner. It's half-sung, half-spoken but acted to the fullest, a consummate bit of musical-theater performing.... Plimpton is quite a revelation in the role.
Acclaimed L.A. duo Surf Curse debuts their self-directed video for "Freaks" today-watch it here. The track-originally independently released on their 2013 LP Buds and a rapturous fan favorite at sold out shows worldwide since- has had a second wind in recent months thanks to TikTok. It's climbing the charts at Alternative radio and on digital platforms and has been streamed more than 200 million times to date worldwide."We never had any intention to make a music video for "Freaks," but when the opportunity occurred we knew what it needed to be," says the band. "We had to make a video set in Charles Burns' Black Hole world, which originally inspired the song. We were lucky to cast our friends and put them in this mutant makeup. We were lucky to capture great moments on film and had an opportunity to make an ode to a graphic novel that heavily inspired us."The band will play two very special, intimate shows this fall: September 16 at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever in Los Angeles, which sold out in minutes, and September 30 at Warsaw in Brooklyn. Visit surfcurse.com for full details.
Surf Curse is the duo of Nick Rattigan (drums, vocals) and Jacob Rubeck (guitar, vocals). First meeting in middle school in their hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, Rattigan and Rubeck called their collaboration a number of names (Buffalo 66, named for the Vincent Gallo film, was a highlight) before forming Surf Curse after a move to Reno so Rattigan could attend college there. In between Rattigan's classes and Rubeck's shifts as a dishwasher at a senior center, the two made ten-hour drives to LA for gigs at iconic DIY venues like The Smell downtown. Eventually relocating to LA, they've since released three acclaimed albums-2013's Buds, 2017's Nothing Yet (both recorded in a single week at The Smell) and 2019's Heaven Surrounds You, produced by Jarvis Taveniere of Woods. They've gone on to tour worldwide, with a rabid and dedicated international fanbase. Now signed to Atlantic Records, new music from the band is forthcoming.Photo Credit: Julien Sage 2b1af7f3a8