March 6, 2007 / 3:47 AM / 13 years ago

Carroll does cabaret

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Tuesday night, Diahann Carroll makes a triumphant return to Feinstein’s at the Regency, where she had a sold-out cabaret run last year. And even without chriping a note this time around, she’s already been held over for an additional week, through March 24.

I caught DC in performance last month at the Colony Club in Palm Beach, Fla., and she’s singing magnificently, looking great and is as dynamic a performer as ever. Diahann also proves again why she received that best actress Oscar nomination for 1974’s “Claudine”: She’s a superb actress, delivering the lyrics of her songs with the kind of intense honesty that Barbara Stanwyck, Patricia Neal and Rosemary Clooney always gave to words, with or without music attached. (Hollywood should be using Ms. Carroll more.)

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Tuesday also marks the start of the preview process on the stage adaptation of Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking” at the Booth, directed by David Hare and presented as a one-woman show, which takes on event status because the one woman in this case is Vanessa Redgrave. (The actual opening night for “Year” is March 29).

Also Tuesday, the new musical “The Pirate Queen” begins previews at the Hilton Theater, directed by Frank Galati. It’s another biggie from the creators responsible for “Les Miserables,” Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg. It’s opening is set for April 5.

Other previews starting this week include the first major New York revival of Robert Anderson’s 1953 play “Tea and Sympathy,” starting Tuesday night off-Broadway at the Clurman, presented by the Keen Company, and the Roundabout’s revival of Craig Lucas’ 1990 dark comedy “Prelude to a Kiss” on Thursday at the American Airlines Theater, with Daniel Sullivan directing a cast headed by John Mahoney.

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Heading the list of shows that actually open in the next seven days are “Spaulding Gray: Stories Left to Tell,” a series of monologues and stories by the late solo performer that have been assembled by his widow, Kathleen Russo, and Lucy Sexton, delivered in this production by Kathleen Chalfant and Frank Wood, starting Tuesday at the Minetta Lane; also Tuesday, “Blindness,” based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago, at the 59E59 Theaters.

Launching Sunday is Eric Bogosian’s “Talk Radio,” first seen in 1987, this time starring Liev Schreiber and directed by Robert Falls; the show is having its much-anticipated opening at the Longacre.

Beginning Wednesday for a limited four-day run at Avery Fisher Hall is a concert staging of the venerable “My Fair Lady,” with the New York Philharmonic playing Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s matchless score, while Kelsey Grammer takes on the vest (or, rather, takes off the shoes) of Professor ‘enry ‘iggins, and Kelli O’Hara, who became a bonafide Broadway star in the recent Harry Connick revival of “The Pajama Game,” plays Eliza Doolittle.

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Final curtains fall Sunday on three Broadway shows: Brian Friel’s “Translations” at the Biltmore; “The Apple Tree,” with Kristin Chenoweth, at Studio 54; David Hare’s “The Vertical Hour,” with Julienne Moore and Bill Nighy, at the Music Box, the latter directed by Sam Mendes.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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