Thursday, June 23, 2005

Planting My Flagler

I think I just saw the show that's going to win the 2006 Tony for Best New Musical -- "Palm Beach, the Screwball Musical."

I'm spending the night in San Diego and decided to go see this show at the La Jolla Playhouse.

It has good choreography, good music and a funny story about a rich, rich family wintering in Palm Beach in 1939. It has the feel of a Preston Sturges movie.

Great performances by Matt Cavenaugh, who made his Broadway debut last season in "Urban Cowboy" and Clarke Thorell, who was in the original cast of "Hairspray" on Broadway.

It's not outrageous to suggest a show starting at the La Jolla Playhouse will go on to win the Best Musical Tony -- they've done it recently with "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Big River."

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