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Grammy Awards exec producer John Cossette dies at 54

John Cossette, who produced many Grammy Awards and BET Awards telecasts over the last two decades, has passed away, his family announced today. He was 54. “We ask that you please respect our privacy during this incredibly emotional time,” Cossette’s wife Rita and daughters Maria and Rose said in their statement. “We appreciate everyone’s love and support.” Cossette also oversaw the re-opening of Radio City Music Hall, and is one of the producers of the current Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet.

Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Lanford Wilson has died at 73

Lanford Wilson, an American playwright who won the Pulitzer Prize for his play Talley’s Folly and whose work often broke ground in the depiction of homosexuality, died today of complications from pneumonia, according to the New York Times. He was 73. Born in Lebanon, Mo., Wilson co-founded the off-Broadway theater company the Circle Repertory Company, which debuted several of Wilson’s plays, including The Hot l Baltimore (1973), Fifth of July (1978), and Talley’s Folly (1980), a one-act play set in real time about a man and a woman deciding whether to get married.

Broadway actress Helen Stenborg dies

Helen Stenborg, an Obie Award-winning stage and film actress and long-time spouse of the late Tony Award-winning actor Barnard Hughes, died on Tuesday. She was 86. Stenborg was awarded the Obie for distinguished performance in 1986, when she appeared in Lanford Wilson’s Talley and Son. In 1999, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the pyromaniac Sarita Myrtle in Noel Coward’s Waiting in the Wings, a production that starred her husband, Lauren Bacall, and Rosemary Harris. Her last Broadway performance was in 2002 as Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible with Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.

Stenborg also appeared on film in On the Hook with Frank Langella and Elliot Gould, Three Days of the Condor, Starting Over with Jill Clayburgh and Burt Reynolds, Enchanted and Doubt. She worked extensively in television, including a long stint as an evil housekeeper on the soap opera, Another World.

She is survived by two children and a grandson.

Neil LaBute's 'Fat Pig' postponed a year

Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig, which was planned to open at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre this spring, has been postponed until next season, due to lack of financing. In a statement, producers Aldo Scrofani and Heather Provost said: “It’s our dream to keep this terrific cast and stunning creative team intact as we work to reschedule Fat Pig for next season. The current financial situation did not leave adequate time to maintain the integrity of the show and its marketing campaign. This play deserves to be seen on Broadway and we remain very much committed to that goal.”

LaBute was onboard to direct Dane Cook, Josh Hamilton, Julia Stiles and Heather Jane Rolff.

Report: 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' may get new creative team, director Julie Taymor could exit

The producers of the $65 million Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark are negotiating to bring in new members of the creative team that may lead to the exit of the embattled show’s acclaimed director, Julie Taymor, according to the New York Times. The show’s backers are reportedly discussing many aspects of the production, from how radically to overhaul the script and score, what individuals should be hired to assist in that overhaul, and when to open the show. The musical’s official premiere, already delayed five times, seems likely to be postponed once again from its current date: March 15. Ken Sunshine, who has worked for several months as a consultant on the show, tells EW he is “just not commenting on speculation.”

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' hit with federal fines

The makers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark were fined $12,600 today for workplace safety violations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, reports the Associated Press. The show, which has dealt with multiple cast injuries, is charged with putting its performers in danger of “the hazards of falls or being struck during flying routines.” Last month, the New York State Department of Labor issued two safety violations to the $65 million production.

Read more:
Julie Taymor breaks silence on ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’
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‘South Park’ creators: ‘Spider-Man’ musical ‘sucks’ — EXCLUSIVE
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ seeking focus group feedback — EXCLUSIVE
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’: Which review is the harshest?

Stephen Sondheim to be honored with special Olivier Award

Stephen Sondheim will be honored with a Special Award at the 2011 Olivier Awards on March 11 in London. The 80-year-old composer and lyricist first made a name for himself writing the lyrics for West Side Story. Since then, he’s produced numerous award-winning productions, including Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The recipient of several Tony Awards, Sondheim also earned a Pulitzer Prize for Sunday in the Park With George in 1985 and an Academy Award for the song, “Sooner or Later,” from the film, Dick Tracy.

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'Rent' returns off-Broadway

Less than three years after it finished its 12-year run of 5,124 performances, Rent is set to return to the New York theater scene. Producers Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, and Allan S. Gordon have announced a new off-Broadway production that will open August 11 at New World Stages. Michael Grief, who directed the show’s original off-Broadway and Broadway productions, is back, and casting begins this March. Previews are scheduled to begin July 14.

'Billy Elliot' musical sued by audience members claiming injury

Two women from Kansas City, Mo., are suing the producers of the Broadway musical Billy Elliot, for $4 million, claiming they were injured at a Nov. 23, 2009 performance when a prop struck them while they were seated in the front row. According to the AP, their lawsuit accuses the producers of “negligence and carelessness” for “hazardous and dangerous” props and choreography, failing to properly train the show’s performers, and neglecting to warn the audience of potential risks.

Producers for the show declined to comment.

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' box office rises above the critics

Grosses for Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark went up 3 percent last week despite pans from news outlets like The New York Times and Variety, according to data posted on Broadway World. The show, which is still in previews until March 15, grossed $1.3 million during the week ending Feb. 13, putting it just behind box office champ Wicked at $1.4 million. This was the first week of sales after Spider-Man was hit with scathing reviews in several major publications on Feb. 7. Yesterday, the New York State Department of Labor issued two safety violations for the troubled musical, which has seen four of its performers injured since rehearsals began late last year.

Read more:
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ producer blasts critics — EXCLUSIVE

‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ actress says ‘major changes’ are under way — EXCLUSIVE
Glenn Beck passionately reviews Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man’: ‘This is better than Wicked!’
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’: The first (unofficial) reviews are in

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