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.
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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 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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Yet another bump in the road for Broadway’s troubled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark: New York City public advocate Bill de Blasio sent a letter to New York’s Department of Consumer Affairs, claiming that the show may be violating consumer protection laws. According to the Jan. 5 letter, Spider-Man could be fined for not clearly distinguishing when its preview performances end and its official shows begin. Blasio argued that consumers should be aware of the state of the show they are seeing, since prices for tickets could reach well into the hundreds. “At those prices, consumers deserve to know what they are purchasing, and there is a real difference between seeing an unfinished show in previews versus one that has officially opened. That many shows do not advertise that they are previews, either in promotions or at the point of ticket sales, is unacceptable.”
Rick Miramontez, a spokesperson for the production, issued the following statement to EW: “It seems that everyone in the world, with the exception of a few critics, is well aware of the fact that the show is still in previews. The preview period is an essential part of making any show, and it’s an exciting time to be in the audience. It is also very clear and well documented that our opening night is Feb. 7.”
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