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A NEW YEAR’S HONOUR for The Book of Everything

The poster for the Melbourne Theatre Company season.

The poster for the Melbourne Theatre Company season.

We just heard that our production of my stage adaptation, The Book of Everything , made the New York Post’s summary of Top 10 Shows for 2012.

Actually it wasn’t in the top 10, but received an honourable mention in 11th place. That’ll do. There are rather a lot of shows staged in New York, I’ve heard.

‘More ideas per minute than most Broadway shows can conjure up in an hour,’ gushed reviewer Elizabeth Vincentelli.

It was very nice to be recognised this way, after a year in which the production had won a Sydney Theatre Award, been staged in the New Victory Theater, 42nd St, and the author of the novel, Guus Kuijer, had been honoured with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award – the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for children’s literature.

The play will be presented by Melbourne Theatre Company and Canberra Repertory Society during 2013. See it if you can. You can book your Melbourne tickets HERE and your Canberra tickets HERE.

And finally, if you know anyone who may be interested in mounting their own production of the play, rights for amateur, school and professional productions are available. It could be simply staged and requires a minimum cast of 8 (3 male, 5 female) with the possibility of adding other performers for chorus work.

Contact me through the comments box below and I’d be delighted to send a script your way.

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THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING opens in New York – phew!

Alison Bell, Matthew Whittet, Peter Carroll, Claire Jones in The Book of Everything. Photo Heidrun Lohr.

Well, we’re on. The Book of Everything has opened in the New Victory Theater.

Super response from the audiences and a rave review in yesterday’s New York Post.

‘It’s not quite right to say that “The Book of Everything” is one of the best children’s shows in town.
It’s one of the best shows, period.’
wrote Frank Scheck. He can come again. Continue reading

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NEW YORK – bound for 42nd Street

Hmm...the stage-adapting playwright's name could be a bit bigger on the billboard. That other show at the theatre I just passed looks interesting too. Photo - Mevrouw T.



It all happens this weekend when The Book of Everything opens in the New Victory Theater, 42nd St, New York, New York. Mevrouw T and I arrived in the Big Apple today to attend the premiere.

The New Victory is just around the corner from Times Square, on 42nd Street. It was hopping when we walked past to see how the preparations were going. Continue reading

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CONGRATULATIONS, GUUS KUIJER – Astrid Lindgren award

Guus Kuijer and the Dutch edition of The Book of Everything.

‘Guus is on TV!’ yelled Mevrouw T. She watches the Dutch language news on the multicultural SBS channel each morning at 8.04 a.m. Indeed, there was Guus Kuijer, shyly rising to his feet to acknowledge the announcement of the winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for children’s literature.

I couldn’t be more delighted if I’d won it myself. Continue reading

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AIRBNB.COM – budget beds in New York, and everywhere else

A three bedroom Brooklyn apartment for this price sounds a very good deal!

I may have mentioned, several times, that my play ‘The Book of Everything’ is going to New York in April.

It’s all very exciting, but the playwright, having already done his job, is now considered surplus to requirements and thus has to pay for himself and partner to travel to and stay in the Big Apple. We’re hoping for a couple of complimentary tickets to see the show.

Meanwhile Mevrouw T and I have been looking for acceptable accommodation at a freelance-writer-affordable price. I think we’ve found it. Continue reading

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