Dallas-produced ‘The Visit’ posts closing notice

loftisAfter Sunday night’s Tony Awards ceremony, which saw two new musicals garnering the lion’s share of awards, The Visitco-produced by Dallas’ Terry Loftis and starring stage legend Chita Rivera — saw that a boost in box office after the awards wasn’t in the card. Yesterday, the show posted its closing notice for June 14. I should close with 61 total performance, plus 32 previews.

While this will be the last original Kander & Ebb musical ever — and, realistically, Rivera’s last trodding of the boards — it’s not the end of the road for Loftis, who told me last month he already has two more shows in the words as a producer … revivals of Kander & Ebb shows. The dream continues.


—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Twisted, sister: Dee Snider tackles Broadway

If Pat Boone can try heavy metal, I suppose nothing can surprise us. And honestly, the idea that Dee Snider, the hawk-nosed, bleached-perm frontman for annoying ’80s rockers Twisted Sister, has always had an eye for the flamboyant — why shouldn’t he give a rock twist to that most diva-like of genres, the Broadway show tune? So, I was only mildly stunned when I saw he will be releasing an album in May, Dee Does Broadway, featuring covers from the likes of Kander & Ebb and Sondheim.

But two things did catch me off guard. First was that he was able to snag some of the premiere gay icons of the day to perform alongside him, including Patti LuPone, Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Neuwirth and Clay Aiken. The second is that, ummm, he’s pretty good! Untraditional, but good! You can take a listen here. What do you think?

—  Arnold Wayne Jones