The truth is we should work with what we have in today’s all-too-scarce theater landscape. It’s a problem too many big-name stars can’t solve. The Washington Post threw a new group of A-list actors into a perform-a-thon at DAR Constitution Hall in 2008 that proved to be a smashing success. The event featured 20 performers with varying talents and interests.
At the time, the Post suggested the production be reprised, but scheduling issues killed that idea. Time well spent. Now we present an entire book of interview transcripts culled from that performance: My summer reading.
Throughout the summer, these excerpts from our summer book club favorite “A Month of Sundays,” as read by David Booth (2-star), plus some other thoughts and song lyrics from the fun conversation, will run.
Video: “I Don’t Mean to Break Up,” with Katie Aselton (5-star) and Kathryn Erbe (4-star).
Watch the “Company” video, with a Tom Conti-inspired take on the song.
In the adaptation, Denyce Graves, who plays Mrs. Robinson in the original cast, plays Lorraine Howard while Andrew Leeds assumes the role of David. Video: “People Like Us,” with Michael Ironside.
Watch the video, performed with Erica Schmidt, in full Perry Como mode.
Watch video: “Dress Rehearsal,” with Sebastian Arcelus (4-star) and Jennifer Damiano (2-star).
In this video, Patricia Clarkson stars as David Bouvier, while Matthew Broderick plays Jerry, and Jenifer Lewis portrays Marnie. Video: “Being Alive,” with Richard Dreyfuss and Marc Kudisch.
Richard Dreyfuss and Marc Kudisch on which sex is more ballsy: Brian Wilson or Bob Dylan. Video: “In the Future,” with Michael Cerveris and Michael Max.
Michael Cerveris tells us all about his new Broadway show. Watch video: “A Song for Two,” with Jennifer Damiano.
Ladies and gentlemen: The late Mandy Patinkin. Video: “Testament to My Love,” with Darren Criss.
Have a favorite date night excerpt or page-turner? Tell us in the comments section.