The story behind John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces is nearly as fascinating as the book itself—though decidedly not the uproarious comedy one finds in Toole’s book. As a young man, Toole tried in vain to publish this Southern Gothic saga of an arrogant and morbidly obese character named Ignatius J. Reilly. But efforts to get the book published failed, and Toole committed suicide in 1969 at age 31.
With the help of novelist Walker Percy, Toole’s mother was able to get the book published in 1980. It became an enormous success, though the circumstances leading up to the publication have always lent a wistful note to Toole’s comic orchestration.
Despite the novel’s popularity, efforts to turn it into a film have failed. And there have been only modest successes at dramatizing the novel for the stage.
That may be changing, according to an article today at playbill.com. Jeffrey Hatcher (Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Ten Chimneys) has adapted the novel as a play, and producers Bob Guza and John Hardy of Shelton Street Theatrical, LLC (along with director David Esbjornson) are aiming for a Broadway run.
In the meantime, there will be a series of readings and developmental productions. Nothing is certain, of course. But the producers seem determined.
“We’re aiming to finally launch Ignatius, although we prefer to say ‘unleash Ignatius!’” they wrote in a statement.
I read Dunces at least 25 years ago, and whenever I think of it, I recall Ignatius’ harrumphing disdain for the cinematic oeuvre of Doris Day. It’s high time I read Toole’s novel again, I think. I heartily recommend it to anyone else out there who loves being pulled by a book into an outrageously comic alternative universe.
This just in, from Variety. After eight years starring on USA Network’s Psych (as Shawn Spencer, a smart-ass freelance detective who pretends to be psychic though he is really only blessed with a photographic memory), the likable James Roday is stepping into a new sitcom pilot for CBS.
In Good Session Roday will play a middle-school guidance counselor who attends couples counseling with his wife, who disagrees with him about when to start a family. Casting for the role of the wife has not yet been announced.
The project comes from executive producer Matt Miller and writer John Hamburg. Hamburg will also direct the pilot.
Meanwhile, the Psych finale will air on March 26.
According to an AP story this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States will not hear an appeal of a lower-court decision that overturned a ban on students wearing bracelets with the message “I (Heart) Boobies.” The bracelets were part of a breast-cancer awareness campaign.
The Pennsylvania school district in question had prohibited students from wearing the bracelets on the ground that the message was lewd. A federal appeals court struck down the ban. By refusing to hear the case, the Supremes allowed the lower-court ruling to stand. So it’s safe for students to openly (heart) boobies once again. Yay!
It’s rumored that school district officials feel the justice system was stacked against them. (Buh-dum!)
On the set for 1998′s The Object of My Affection we today have Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, looking all fresh-faced and concentrated. With them: director Nicholas Hytner.
Jen and Paul reunited on the big screen for 2012′s Wanderlust, directed by Judd Apatow. They also had a small-screen connection on Friends.
Purdy peeps, nest paw?
I think they got it spot-on for me. Phoenix: You fiery inferno of awesome. You’re associated with hope, immortality, and regeneration. You’re essentially immortal, so you’re an old soul, and a pro at deflecting drama without causing more conflict. You prefer observation to action, and you’re an excellent judge of character. You’re quiet by nature, but when it comes to a fight, you’re a fierce adversary.
The hit 1960s musical Fiddler on the Roof is returning to Broadway for its fifth revival, it was announced this week. The new version will open in the fall of 2015, under the direction of Bartlett Sher. The talk is that Danny Burstein will star as Tevye the Milkman, the role created by Zero Mostel. Burstein seems to me a bit boyish to play the role of a guy with three marriageable daughters—but, then again, I tend to forget how old I am.
An Internet search today confirmed that Burstein was born in 1964 (the same year the original Fiddler debuted), so he’ll be 51 when the revival is set to open. Mostel was only 49 when the original Fiddler premiered.
Fiddler seems to be fated to get revived on Broadway every decade. It’s popped up in 1976, 1981, 1990, and 2004. So it really isn’t so strange to have it reappear again now. People love the story of tradition-bound Tevye, who confronts (and reluctantly comes to accept) progressive impulses.
Most people love it anyway. I will always remember my Grandma Wood telling people at a family gathering that she had no desire at all to see the scandalous Fiddler on a Hot Tin Roof.
NOTE: Fiddler is NOT the most-revived musical on Broadway. According to the website of musical-theatre expert Chris Caggiano, Porgy and Bess, Show Boat and The Threepenny Opera have had more comebacks than the Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick-scored show. And Caggiano is not even counting Broadway stagings of W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan operettas. Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado has had some 32 separate Broadway productions (according to a “little list” on the Internet Broadway DataBase), though none since the 1980s. And that’s not counting spin-off versions such as The Hot Mikado and The Swing Mikado.
So Anatevka has a way to go before it catches up with The Town of Titipu.
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INSIDE EDITION’s I-Squad conducted an investigation, exposing fraudulent street beggars. Check out this bogus beggar — she appears to be a handicapped homeless woman. But she’s really just a heartless crook.
While the above example is pretty awful, sometimes scam operators are wearing a suit and tie, or tout their so-called “celebrity endorsements.”
I think we can all agree there’s a special place in hell for those who rip off the weak and the elderly.
A quick Google search for “Premier Bathrooms” or “Premier Care in Bathing” with the word “complaint” dredges up all sorts of seedy results.
It should be noted that “Premier Bathrooms” changed their name to “Premier Care in Bathing” after a flurry of complaints had been lodged online. Coincidence?
One headline reads…
Premiere Bathrooms (AKA “Premier Care in Bathing” aka “iwantatub.com”) Swindles Parkinson’s Afflicted Elderly For $15,000 Bathtub, which recounts a true horror story of how “Premier Care in Bathing” callously took advantage of a disabled senior.
ComplaintsBoard.com reports, of Premier Bathrooms (AKA “Premier Care in Bathing”)…
“I’m in a wheelchair and needed a wider tub because I’ve gained weight. The salesman, Byren Breffle, knew this was the only reason I was buying the tub and deliberately lied to me to make a sale.”
Really, Karen Grassle from “Little House on the Prairie?” How could you?
And another…“Premier Bathrooms (AKA “Premier Care in Bathing”) — Fraud Operation” details several “Premier Care in Bathing” horror stories.
Then there are the infomercials you see in the middle of the night trying to sell you exercise equipment.
The people you see using the equipment and / or in the “success story” scenarios are actors and fitness models! They were never once in your position (on the sofa eating a full bag of Cheetos at 3AM).
Some of those exercise products are just plain wrong for other reasons…
I imagine Jack LaLanne rolling in his grave about now.
Don’t charge that shaker thing Ellen is using or you’ll be in for a Suze Smackdown!
perps peeps running First Premier Platinum card are no better than the “bogus beggars.” Not only do they have a 36% APR, but their fees rack up to whopping $400 a year. And get this: If your credit limit is raised by $100, the card charges you $25.
OUCH! I don’t even think the Kardashians’ smarmy card was that bad.
The card is being marketed to….you guessed it….people with bad credit.
Lindsay Lohan leaked some info on the Tonight Show. Lohan was there to promote her new Oprah produced
reality show “docu-series,” but she buried the lead!
The big whoop-de-do announcement was that “Mean Girls II” is happening.
Mean Girls will celebrate its 10th anniversary next month, and Tina Fey is all about it — and so is Jimmy.
Add me to the list, as well.
I hope this gets her career back on track. She really was perfection in Mean Girls, and while I’ve been rough on her almost every single day before now — I’m so rooting for her — all the way.
In a new profile at http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com , the reluctant cinematic heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch revealed that as a young bloke at Harrow (one of Britain’s most prominent all-male boarding schools), he was perhaps more celebrated for putting on a frock than for donning a jock. Cumberbatch played Titania, the Queen of the Fairies, in a Harrow production of William Shakespeare‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The future star of Sherlock and 12 Years a Slave also took on the role of Rosalind, the heroine of the Shake-ster’s As You Like It. A Harrow alum who saw the show pronounced him the greatest Rosalind since Vanessa Redgrave.