Arrested Development and Larry Sanders star Jeffrey Tambor has his sights set on his next starring role — he’ll take over Kelsey Grammer’s part as Georges in Broadway’s La Cage Aux Folles, which won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical this year. Recently, it was announced that Harvey Fierstein would play Albin, which is currently portrayed by Douglas Hodge, who won a Tony for the role. Grammer and Hodge are set to depart the production after the Feb. 13, 2011 performance. Tambor and Fierstein will debut in their roles on Feb. 15, 2011.
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Tony-winning director Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man Turn off the Dark, a new Broadway musical with songs by U2′s Bono and the Edge, today announced plans to delay its opening by more than two weeks. The reported $60 million production, which was to have begun previews Nov. 14 in advance of a Dec. 21 opening, will now begin preview performances on Nov. 28 and open officially on Jan. 11, 2011. In a statement, lead producer Michael Cohl said, “Shows like ours, that embrace the challenge of opening on Broadway without an out-of-town tryout, often need to adjust their schedules along the way.” It’s the latest postponement for what has become the costliest show ever mounted on Broadway. Earlier this week, safety inspectors for the New York State Department of Labor reportedly had a first inspection of some of the aerial tricks contained in the show; at least one actor with the show broke his wrists last month when a slingshot-like stunt went awry during rehearsals.
The upcoming Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical has at least one more hurdle to clear before heading into previews November 14: a New York State Department of Labor safety inspection. According to the New York Times, “Under state law, shows like Spider-Man are not legally allowed to hold public performances until state inspectors review and approve special effects such as flying.” The $60 million production is under an additional investigation after one of its actors broke both his wrists after a slingshot-like stunt went awry during rehearsals.
Kiefer Sutherland will star alongside Jason Patric, Brian Cox, Chris Noth, and Jim Gaffigan in a revival of Jason Miller’s Tony-winning 1972 play, That Championship Season. According to a release, Gregory Mosher (A View From the Bridge) will direct the story of four high school buddies who reunite with their basketball coach 20 years after they won a state title. Rehearsals start after the new year, and a strictly-limited engagement will begin in March.
According to People, 11-year-old Broadway singer Shannon Taverez passed away after a battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Tavarez, who played young Nala in The Lion King until her April diagnosis, had won fans like Rihanna and Alicia Keys who both fought unsuccessfully to get her a needed bone transplant.
Roger Rees, who won a Tony Award for his role in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, will take over Nathan Lane’s role as Gomez Addams in Broadway’s The Addams Family, beginning March 22, 2011. Rees will star alongside his good pal and longtime professional colleague Bebe Neuwirth, who originated the role of Morticia Addams when the show began its pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago in November 2009. Rees and Neuwirth co-starred for several years on the NBC sitcom Cheers—Neuwirth as Dr. Lilith Sternin Crane and he as Robin Colcord—and recently worked together on the Kurt Weill revue Here Lies Jenny. Lane’s final performance will be March 6, 2011.
George Clooney will direct and star in The Ides of March, an adaptation of the 2008 Broadway play Farragut North by Beau Willimon, reports Variety. Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood have been cast in the drama, which focuses on a political press spokesman (Gosling) who works for a Democratic presidential candidate (Clooney) and tangles with a rival campaign manage (Giamatti), a reporter (Tomei) and an alluring intern (Wood). Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov wrote the screenplay with help from Willimon.
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