Congratulations to a few old friends from Stagedoor Manor, on their latest film, TV, and theatre projects.
The Stagedoor Manor theatre summer camp in the Catskills mountains of New York has always been a great training/breeding ground for top performers and creative people, and the early 2000+ era when I worked there seems to have been a very productive period.
Firstly, Congratz to Brett Davern for his upcoming movie, American Summer. It's from the team behind the American Pie films, and has been dubbed "the American Pie version of Risky Business".
American Summer was being shopped at Cannes for distribution deals. The movie also stars Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite), George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes), and Tom Arnold.
Check out the trailer below, best line is Brett's "Mom, Dad... I'm a pimp!"
Good news also for Sebastian Stan, whose television pilot, Kings, has been picked up by NBC, as a mid-season replacement for its fall line-up.
The series also stars Ian McShane as the King, and Aussie actor Christopher Egan as David. Sebastian Stan previously starred in the supernatural thriller The Covenant, and featured in a couple of episodes of the CW show Gossip Girl (starring Covenant co-star and friend Chase Crawford").
Meanwhile the in-demand Skylar Astin, who's been starring as Georg in the hit Broadway musical Spring Awakening (which I managed to catch last year), is preparing for the release of his new movie Hamlet 2.
The film had a successful premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and is due for wide release in the US in late August.
Hamlet 2 is a comedy is about failed actor-turned-drama teacher Dana Marschz (British comedian Steve Coogan), who decides to write a "politically incorrect musical sequel to William Shakespeare's Hamlet"...
Skylar Astin is also part of the workshop cast for the new musical The Nightingale, by Spring Awakening's Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater.
It's based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale of a Chinese emperor who pines for the heart-piercing melodies of the Nightingale. Skylar will play the young emperor, with Marc Kudisch playing the older emperor.
This trio are just three of many Stagedoor alumns from recent years...
Posted at 11:53 am