WHO Elaine Stritch
THE DEAL Stritch, who packed up and left New York City last year, will appear at the 92nd Street Y on Feb. 17. She will discuss her life and career with Chiemi Karasawa, who directed the new documentary "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me." In recent interviews, Stritch has hinted at a possible Broadway comeback in a revival of Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women."
THE SHOW "Back to the Future"
THE DEAL Well, this was inevitable. A stage musical of the beloved 1980s film "Back to the Future" is set to open in London next year. Robert Zemeckis, who directed the movie, will cowrite its book. It will sport songs from the film like "The Power of Love" and "Johnny B. Goode," plus some new ones. I can't wait to see how they will make the DeLorean disappear.
THE SHOW "Perfect Crime"
THE DEAL The Off-Broadway murder mystery "Perfect Crime," which has starred Catherine Russell since day one, just keeps chugging along. On Feb. 19, it will play its 11,000th performance. It is already the longest-running play in New York City history. Russell is quite a force of nature. She even tears the tickets as people enter the theater.
THE SHOW "Fuerza Bruta"
THE DEAL The aerial spectacle "Fuerza Bruta," which recently concluded its long Off-Broadway run, is already set to return to the same theater, albeit in a new version. Now called "Fuerza Bruta Wayra," it is being described as a "bigger and better" version of the show, with 20 extra minutes of spectacle, new scenes and live music. It will open April 22 at the Daryl Roth Theatre on Union Square.
THE SHOW "Joseph ... "
THE DEAL After years of stalled development, a film adaptation of the perennial Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is again in the works. The English film company Rocket Pictures, founded by Elton John, announced this week that it has obtained the rights to the musical and intends to turn it into an animated film. For the record, my first Broadway show was the 1990s revival of "Joseph" -- I still remember every word to every one of its songs. Go-go-go Joseph!