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'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' gets two safety violations from NY Dept. of Labor

Two safety violations  have been issued by the New York State Department of Labor to Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark after several accidents last year during rehearsals resulted in various injuries, the New York Times reports.

Show producers must continue to follow strict safety regulations set in December and will face unannounced inspections.

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TV actress Peggy Rea dies

peggy-reaImage Credit: Everett CollectionPeggy Rea, the plumpish actress who routinely played sunny supporting characters with names like Lulu, Bertha, and Bessie on hit television shows, died of heart failure at her home in Toluca Lake, Calif., on Saturday, according to the New York Times. She was 89. Rea might be best known for playing Boss Hogg’s wife on The Dukes of Hazzard, but she also played pivotal characters on The Waltons and Grace Under Fire. READ FULL STORY

Kathy Griffin 'Wants a Tony,' heads to Broadway

Emmy-winning comedienne Kathy Griffin is taking her stand-up comedy show, Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, to Broadway in March. The reality-TV star will perform at the Belasco Theatre for eight performances only beginning March 11. “While I have been asked to understudy for Spider-Man and take over for Al when he has finished his run in The Merchant of Venice, instead I have decided to take my very own show to Broadway,” Griffin said, in an announcement. “Just me and the microphone. Every night will be fresh material due to the revolving door of pop culture, political and celebrity missteps. I won’t be able to hold back.”

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Christie Brinkley joins the cast of Broadway's 'Chicago'

The name on everybody’s lips is gonna be… Christie. Legendary supermodel Christie Brinkley will be joining Broadway’s massively successful revival of Chicago from April 4 to June 19, the AP reports. She’ll be starring as Roxie Hart, a woman who becomes famous after being arrested for killing her lover. The part has previously been played by other stars including Brooke Shields, Ashlee Simpson, and Melanie Griffith.

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' gets new high-flying finale

Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has a new finale of aerial acrobatics performed by Spider-Man/Peter Parker, a rep for the show confirms to EW. The new stunts have replaced the show’s old ending, in which a curtain dropped abruptly from the ceiling after a bit of dialogue between Peter Parker and Mary Jane. Earlier this month, producer Michael Cohl told EW that director Julie Taymor, writer Eric Berger, and composers Bono and the Edge were convening to reassess the musical in the weeks before its official opening night, now scheduled for March 15 after three lengthy postponements. (The show was originally scheduled to debut on Dec. 21 of last year.)

Despite accident-plagued preview performances and mixed early reviews, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark continues to sell strongly at the Broadway box office, grossing $1.25 million during the week ending Jan. 16.

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Melissa Etheridge to rock out in Broadway's 'American Idiot'

Melissa-EtheridgeImage Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesMelissa Etheridge has been tapped to appear for one week as St. Jimmy in Broadway’s American Idiot, the show’s producers announced today. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will finish his 50-show turn as St. Jimmy following Etheridge’s one-week engagement, which will take place from Feb. 1 to Feb. 6. “Billie Joe and I always believed that it would be incredible to have a woman take on the role of St. Jimmy. This character is seductive, thrilling, and dangerous. Melissa Etheridge is all that and so much more. She’s a rock icon and we couldn’t be more thrilled that she’s bringing her immense talent to American Idiot,” Michael Mayer said in a press release.

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Anderson Cooper joins Daniel Radcliffe in 'How to Succeed in Business'

Anderson Cooper is coming to Broadway! The CNN newsman will voice the narrator in the upcoming How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying production starring Daniel Radcliffe. Cooper’s involvement isn’t exactly unprecedented: In 1995, Walter Cronkite performed the same vocal duties for the How to Succeed in Business revival that starred Matthew Broderick. This incarnation of the musical, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, begins previews on Feb. 26, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

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Jude Law has a thing for 'Anna Christie'

Jude Law is returning to the stage for a West End production of Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie, according to Reuters. Law, who played Hamlet in London and New York in 2009, will portray Mat Burke, a sailor who falls for the title character, a former prostitute to be played by Ruth Wilson (The Prisoner).

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' pushes opening night again, to March 15

Producers for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark announced today that the musical has pushed its opening night for the third time, from Feb. 7 to March 15. The show, the most expensive in Broadway history, has been in previews since Nov. 18, and plagued with technical issues, injuries, and actor departures. Performances scheduled for Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 have also been canceled, and ticketholders will be offered refunds or exchanges. In the release, producer Michael Cohl said the show was “ten-times more complicated…than anything else, and the preview schedule allows for only very limited rehearsal time. We simply need more time to fully execute the creative team’s vision before freezing the show.” Cohl also insists “this will be the final postponement” (emphasis his).

Meanwhile, previews of the show have been performing at 100 percent capacity, and last week it was the top grossing show on Broadway.

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‘Spider-Man’ musical delayed again: report
‘Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark’ set to open on Broadway Dec. 21

Carey Mulligan returns to New York stage in adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's film 'Through a Glass Darkly'

Carey Mulligan is set to return to the New York stage this spring in an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1961 film Through a Glass Darkly, the AP reports. The show will premiere off-Broadway beginning May 13. Mulligan, 25, will portray a young woman who loses her mind because of a psychiatric illness and spirals out of control during a vacation to Sweden with her husband, father, and brother. “It’s an incredible descent into insanity,” Mulligan told the AP. “It’s horribly scary and I have no idea what I’m going to do.” Mulligan added: “Everyone wants to play someone with a problem.” Mulligan broke out in 2009′s An Education, for which she garnered an Oscar nomination. In 2010, she starred in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Never Let Me Go. Mulligan recently starred on the New York stage in the 2008 revival of The Seagull.

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