Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Usher's in the house

Variety reports that the House of Usher, otherwise known as the NYC set of "Chicago," brought in an additional $250,000 in the R&B star's debut week as attorney Billy Flynn.

To stay fresh and generate audience and media interest, "Chicago" has specialized in so-called stunt casting, bringing in stars and celebrities from other fields. Usher, though, won generally good reviews from the critics for his singing and dancing, but also was slightly chastised for not generating the same kind of heat he does in his concerts.

Usher follows such in-like-Flynn stars as James Naughton, who originated the role in the revival, plus Huey Lewis, John O'Hurley, Alan Thicke, Gregory Harrison and George Hamilton.

Shameless plug follows: Naughton, by the way, headlines TBPAC's Broadway Ball on Saturday, Oct. 14. This is one of our biggest fundraisers, and sells out every year. You can eat on stage at Carol Morsani Hall, see an exclusive performance by Naughton and bid on fabulous auction prizes. For more information, go to 222.1037 or go to

- Michael K, TBPAC

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