THE SHOW "A Funny Thing ..."
THE DEAL James Corden, who stormed Broadway nearly two years ago in "One Man, Two Guvnors" and plays the Baker in the forthcoming film version of "Into the Woods," may soon be in another Sondheim musical. Plans are said to be in the works for Corden to return to Broadway next season as Pseudolus in a revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," which has not been revived since Nathan Lane played the role to great acclaim in 1996.
THE DEAL The green witch can still bring in a whole lot of green. "Wicked," now in its 10th year on Broadway, took in $3.2 million at the box office for the week ending Dec. 29, making it the first show in Broadway history to take in $3 million in a single week. It is worth noting that the show offered nine performances that week instead of the usual eight.
WHO Nikki M. James
THE DEAL James, who won a Tony Award for her supporting turn in "The Book of Mormon," will depart the hit musical this weekend. The actress, who has been with the play since its March 2011 Broadway premiere, stayed far longer than her original co-stars, Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad. Later this season, James will be back on Broadway as Eponine in the new revival of "Les Miserables."