Hoffman: Faxas and Boudreaux on the move

Ken Hoffman, who always seems to have the scoop on local media personalities, reports that Eileen Faxas will be leaving KHOU-11:

Channel 11 reporter Eileen Faxas is leaving TV news to concentrate on her singing career.

"You only live once, and you can't go through life without jumping off a few bridges," she said. "This is my destiny."

Quitting your day job is a pretty big gamble. She may be singing a different tune later.

Also, he reports that Bob Boudreaux is hitting Ireland this spring:

"I've acquired the rights to the musical Always ... Patsy Cline, and we're presenting it in Dublin, Ireland, for six weeks starting March 26," said Bourdreaux, who is producing the play. Boudreaux said he drew the Patsy Cline and Dublin connection a few years ago while on his honeymoon in Ireland.

"The Irish are very musical and lyrical people," he said. "They like good storytelling. Country music is very big there, and Patsy Cline is hugely popular. I remembered the play Always ... Patsy Cline from when it debuted at Stages in Houston and figured the Irish would love it."

Boudreaux and business partner Charles Simmons bought the rights to the play by Ted Swindley from the estate of Cline, the country legend who died in a 1963 plane crash.

Boudreaux is producing every nut and bolt of the play, from hiring the director (Scott Fults) to casting to securing work permits to buying commercials on an Irish country music station. He's even putting together a travel package with Absolute Adventure Travel for Houstonians who want to attend.

Although they currently have the rights only for the Irish production, Boudreaux said, "Our ultimate goal, if we're successful in Dublin, is to move the play to London's West End."

Even if they don't make London, the post-production nights at Dublin pubs should be interesting.

Posted by Kevin Whited @ 02/24/05 11:43 PM | Print |

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