In Dublin, Bruce Springsteen makes light of London pulling the plug on him. (via Backstreets Magazine on Facebook)
Last night, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen played “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Twist and Shout” in Hyde Park, before having their mics and instruments killed by the joyless police to comply with a 10:30pm curfew.
The Headlong Theater Company in London has announced that the world premiere of the musical adaptation of “American Psycho,” based on the 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis, will be part of its 2012-13 season. Hywel John (“Pieces”) will portray Patrick Bateman, a Wall Street executive who moonlights as a serial killer in the story. Rupert Goold (“Enron”) will direct the production, which has music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik (“Spring Awakening”) and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”). An opening date has not been set.
(PS This is for the UK run of his play.)
Producer Sonia Friedman is hoping to bring the Tony Award-nominated Broadway hit The Book of Mormon to London next year, according to the Times of London.
Neil Patrick Harris has signed on to co-produce a London version of the interactive theater piece Accomplice. Harris will join with writer/director Tom Salamon and Chocolate Factory productions to present the European premiere of the show beginning September 4 on the city streets. Press performances will be held September 16-19.
Described as part game, part theater and part tour, Accomplice takes audiences on a three-hour, mile-long walking discovery of theater and mystery. Armed with basic information and aided by clues and cast members at various locations en route, each group of 10 participants is sent on a mission on the streets of SE1 to piece together a meticulously crafted plot. Performances take place on Saturdays and Sundays every half hour from 1:00 to 4:30PM.
The studio ignored London mayor Boris Johnson’s plea to site the Wizarding World of Harry Potter over here rather than Florida. Johnson has called for the public to write to Warner Bros, petitioning for a second theme park to be built in London. Mayor Johnson says it would be “utterly mad” to leave it to Americans “to make money from a great British invention”. “I appeal to the children of this country and to their Potter-fiend parents to write to Warner Bros and Universal, and perhaps, even, to the great JK herself”
It does kind of seem logical for a Harry Potter park to be in London.