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Jeffrey Tambor to star in Broadway's 'La Cage Aux Folles'

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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Sam Mendes and Kevin Spacey announce dates for 'Richard III'

Kevin Spacey will star as Richard III in Sam Mendes’ production of the Shakespeare classic. The show will open on June 29 at the Old Vic, where Spacey is the artistic director, and then play at BAM in New York in early 2012. “I am absolutely delighted to be working with Kevin again for the first time since American Beauty,” Mendes said in a statement announcing the play. “Richard III is a play I love, and a role I think Kevin is born to play.”

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' sells $1 million in tickets

Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark sold more than $1 million worth of advance tickets, producers announced yesterday. The long-delayed show, directed by Julie Taymor with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, finally previewed on November 28, but the performance stalled several times due to technical glitches and wound up running more than three hours. The show begins its official run in January, with more preview performances this month. [Playbill]

More on Turn Off the Dark: Spider-Man producer Michael Cohl on last night’s messy preview: “It went much better than I expected.”

Dane Cook will make Broadway debut in 'Fat Pig'

dane-cookImage Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesComedian Dane Cook will make his Broadway debut next spring in Neil LaBute’s comedic play Fat Pig, according to a release from producers of the project. The Coast of Utopia‘s Josh Hamilton will star alongside Cook.

The play — which premiered Off Broadway in 2004 and has been produced in Boston, Los Angeles, and London — is the Broadway directorial debut for LaBute. Fat Pig is a comedy that tells the story of Tom (Hamilton), an eligible bachelor who falls for a lovely, but plus-sized, girl named Helen. Tom’s friend Carter (Cook) forces him to question his values and the importance of good looks. “I’m extremely eager to get into rehearsal with Dane and Josh,” LaBute said. “The ability to cater to your actors is a luxury that comes with being both writer and director. I’m planning on writing new material for this production to enhance the already considerable gifts that these men bring to the characters. I’m very much looking forward to this opportunity to see Fat Pig through fresh eyes.”

Broadway's 'Spider-Man' musical delays opening until Jan. 11, 2011

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.

Spider-Man musical faces safety inspection

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 and Jason Patric coming to Broadway

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.

Young Broadway star Shannon Tavarez dies

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 to replace Nathan Lane in Broadway's 'The Addams Family' beginning March 2011

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 to direct and star in 'The Ides of March'

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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