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Reagle Players get in Tune with Tommy

The Reagle Players in Waltham has been known as a theater company that unites Broadway performers and local talent in high-quality productions. This weekend the company raises its profile with a show called "Tune-ing In," starring Mr. Tune himself.

How did nine-time Tony winner Tommy Tune come to be in Waltham for shows tonight, tomorrow afternoon and evening, and Sunday afternoon?

Reagle spokesman Frank Roberts explains that Eileen Grace, who has choreographed a number of shows at the Reagle, including the recent "Fiddler on the Roof," was the dance captain for Tune's productions of "My One and Only" and "The Will Rogers Follies." Last year, when he was doing his show "Tommy Tune: White Tie and Tails" in New York, Grace handed him an invitation from Robert Eagle, head of the players, to bring a show northward to usher in a new "celebrity series."

And yonder he comes. Roberts describes the show as an update of "White Tie and Tails," with the 64-year-old Tune performing along with the backup singer-dancers called the Manhattan Rhythm Kings and a 16-piece band. The show changes from night to night, but Roberts said there's usually an assortment of numbers by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter along with some novelty numbers.

For tickets call 781-891-5600 or log on to www.reagle

`Brel' in Boston? A group of longtime Theater District denizens, including Charles Playhouse founder Frank Sugrue and Playbill publishers Jerome Rosenfeld, Tim Montgomery, and Rita Fucillo, hope to bring the Gloucester Stage Company's hit production of "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" to Boston for an extended run, Montgomery confirmed yesterday.

The four are talking with Nick Paleologos, producing director of the Stuart Street Playhouse in the Radisson Hotel, about turning the former 57 Restaurant in the hotel into the Stuart Street Cabaret, said Montgomery.

Paleologos told the Globe he is interested in opening up a 199-seat theater in the Radisson on a trial basis -- either with the "Brel" producers or another partner.

Nelson on love If you think you've spotted actor Judd Nelson wandering around the Back Bay or Theater District this week, you probably have.

Nelson is co-starring with Tasha Lawence in "He She Them," a new play about "falling on love" that is written by Irwin Heller and directed by Steven Maler, founding artistic director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and resident director of the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.

The play has its world premiere Oct. 3 at the Wang's Shubert Theatre, a 1,600-seat house whose stage and seating are being downsized to better suit a two-character play by an unknown playwright.

Heller, a Boston attorney -- and Wang Center trustee -- is making his professional debut as a playwright at the Shubert.

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