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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.

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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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‘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

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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Glenn Beck passionately reviews Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man': ‘This is better than Wicked!’
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ beats ‘Wicked’ at Broadway box office
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‘Spider-Man’ musical delayed again: report
‘Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark’ set to open on Broadway Dec. 21

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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