GK Films, the new production company from producer Graham King (The Departed, The Town), has nabbed the feature film rights to the Tony award winning mega-hit musical Jersey Boys, according to Deadline New York. About the seemingly overnight success of the Four Seasons (i.e. Frankie Vallie, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi) in the 1960s, the film will include the group’s hit songs, like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Oh What a Night.” The screenplay will be written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, who wrote the book of the show. Vallie and Gaudio will exec. produce.
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The producers behind Broadway’s West Side Story announced via press release that the musical would stage its final performance Jan. 2, 2011. Before then, however, the West Side Story revival will boast the distinction of being the longest-running incarnation of the show, playing 732 performances as of Dec. 20, 2010. By the time it closes, West Side Story would have played 748 shows.
Tony winners Matthew Broderick and Sutton Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie) will star in an October reading of a potential Broadway production of the George and Ira Gershwin songbook musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, Variety reports. Kathleen Marshall will direct the reading, produced by Scott Landis. As the trade notes, an actor’s participation in the development stage does not guarantee that he or she will remain with the project. Were Nice Work If You Can Get It to arrive on Broadway with Broderick attached, it would be his first musical since The Producers. Foster most recently received a Tony nomination, her fourth, for playing Fiona in Shrek the Musical.
Whoopi Goldberg has left the London production of the musical Sister Act after her mother had a stroke, according to the AP. Goldberg, who plays the role of Mother Superior in the show and is also one of its producers, was due to depart at the end of this month.
Actresses Amanda Peet and Laurie Metcalf have signed on for the 2010-11 season at Off Broadway’s MCC Theater, according to Variety. Peet will play two roles in Neil LaBute’s The Break of Noon — the wife of a man (David Duchovny) who sees God in the midst of a tragedy, and the wife’s cousin. Metcalf and director Joe Mantello (Wicked) will work on a new Sharr White thriller, The Other Place, about an Alzheimer’s researcher who gets caught up in a mystery.
Broadway stars Isabel Keating (The Boy From Oz), Michael Mulheren (Kiss Me Kate), and Gideon Glick (Spring Awakening) will round out the large cast of the highly anticipated Spider-Man, Turn off the Dark, according to Variety. They join lead actor Reeve Carney who will play Spidey. Previews are scheduled for November 14, with a December 21 opening at Manhattan’s Foxwoods Theater. The stage version of Spider-Man springs from the minds of Julie Taymor, Bono, and the Edge.
After a rocky development road and several delays, Spider-Man will indeed swoop onto Broadway at the end of this year, as producers have confirmed to EW that the much-anticipated show has set its opening night for Tuesday, Dec. 21. Previews of Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark—the period of public performances before the official opening—will being on Sunday, Nov. 14, at Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre (previously known as the Hilton Theatre). Additionally, producers have finalized the core cast of the show: Tony nominee Jennifer Damiano (Next to Normal) will play Mary Jane Watson, while Patrick Page has officially been confirmed as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin. (Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming were previously attached to the roles.) The pair join the previously cast Reeve Carney, who’ll play Spider-Man. Rehearsals for the show’s complicated flying and choreography began July 19, while the full company comes together August 16 for rehearsals.
The Associated Press reports the current Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, will move to Broadway following its eight-week run in Central Park. The production will open Oct. 19 at New York’s Broadhurst Theatre and run through Jan. 9. Pacino is currently playing Shylock in the Shakespeare comedy.
Gruff-voiced character actor James Gammon, perhaps best known as Cleveland Indians manager Lou Brown in the 1989 big-screen comedy Major League, died Friday in Costa Mesa, Calif., after a battle with cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 70 years old. The Illinois native boasted a lengthy Hollywood resume, with film credits including Urban Cowboy, The Milagro Beanfield War, Ironweed, Silverado, Major League II, and Cold Mountain. He played the father of Don Johnson’s character on Nash Bridges from 1996 to 2001, and guest-starred on TV shows such as Gunsmoke, The Waltons, Charlie’s Angels, Homefront, and Grey’s Anatomy. Gammon also made his mark on the stage, starring in a host of Sam Shepard plays and co-founding the MET Theater in Los Angeles; he earned a Tony nomination for his role in a 1996 Broadway production of Shepard’s Buried Child.
Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert, who spent the past few months on the road touring with a stage version of the TV hit, will undergo surgery July 22 for a “broken back,” the actress told People. During the procedure, doctors will “replace a disc with a plastic implant and fuse a vertebra in her lower spine.” Gilbert will fully recover six months after the surgery. It’s not clear how Gilbert suffered the injury, but she told People she had felt pain during the tour, which finished in early July. “I would balk and fight it and say, ‘I’ve got to do the show,’” she said. “I thought doing a musical at 46 playing a woman in her late 20s, early 30s was amazing enough. But doing with a broken back buys me a little more street cred.”
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