THE SHOW: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
THE DEAL: Annaleigh Ashford, who won a Tony last year for “You Can’t Take It With You” and then headlined the Broadway revival of “Sylvia,” will play Columbia in Fox’s upcoming television remake of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Also new to the cast is singer Christina Milian as Magenta.
THE SHOW: “Heisenberg”
THE DEAL: Simon Stephen’s play, which premiered Off-Broadway last season with Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt, will receive a Broadway run in the fall courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club, which also produced the Off-Broadway production. Parker and Arndt will return. The 80-minute drama depicts the unexpected relationship between a middle-age American woman and an older English butcher.
THE SHOW: “School of Rock”
THE DEAL: Does your child have what it takes to “Stick It to the Man”? “School of Rock” will hold open auditions at the Winter Garden Theatre on Feb. 26 for kids ages 9 to 12 who can sing and possibly play an instrument. They can also submit a video audition in advance via the show’s website (schoolofrockthemusical.com).
WHAT: Shakespeare in the Park
THE DEAL: This year’s lineup will include an all-female production of “The Taming of the Shrew” and a new staging of the rarely seen “Troilus and Cressida.” Phyllida Lloyd, who has directed all-female versions of “Julius Caesar” and “Henry IV” in Brooklyn, will present “Shrew” with Janet McTeer (“Mary Stuart”) and Cush Jumbo (“The Good Wife”).
THE SHOW: “Cleopatra”
THE DEAL: Actor-playwright-drag artist Charles Busch, whose numerous plays include pastiches of classic Hollywood genres and tributes to famous actresses, will now follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Taylor and play the Queen of the Nile in his own “Cleopatra,” which will have a limited run at Theater for the New City in the East Village beginning March 25. His most recent play, “The Divine Sister,” premiered at Theater for the New City and then transferred Off-Broadway.