THE SHOW "A Night with Janis Joplin"
THE DEAL Janis Joplin is down but not out. The producers of "A Night with Janis Joplin" announced last week that the concert-style musical, in which Mary Bridget Davies portrays Joplin, will close at the Lyceum Theatre next month and reopen in March at a non-Broadway venue. Will Eno's "The Realistic Joneses" will take its place at the Lyceum.
THE DEAL David Byrne's disco-themed musical about the Philippines' first lady Imelda Marcos, which received an extended run at the Public Theater over the summer, will return to the Public in March as an open-ended commercial engagement. Plans to transfer "Here Lies Love" to Broadway or another location fell apart due to the production's physical demands, requiring a tall, dance club-like space to accommodate rolling platforms that audience members walk around.
THE DEAL The never-ending saga of "Rebecca," the Broadway musical that has twice been postponed due to financial shortfall and scandal, keeps going. Its producers confirmed last week that their rights to the show have been extended through the end of the year and that they hope to have it on Broadway before then. As in the past, they blamed their troubles on former West Islip stockbroker Mark Hotton, now in jail on fraud charges.
THE SHOW "The Threepenny Opera"
THE DEAL Laura Osnes, who is about to leave the Broadway cast of "Cinderella," will next appear in the upcoming Off-Broadway revival of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's landmark musical satire "The Threepenny Opera" at the Atlantic Theater Company. Staged by Martha Clarke, it will begin previews in March. The cast also includes F. Murray Abraham and Mary Beth Peil.
WHO Glenn Close
THE DEAL The actress told The Washington Post last week that she will appear on Broadway next fall in a play, although she failed to name which one. Close described the play as "very complex" and "very challenging" and said that it takes place in "a world I know very well."