WHO Jessie Mueller
THE DEAL Mueller, who has been regularly securing Broadway gigs since she was hand-picked to appear opposite Harry Connick Jr. in the ill-fated revival of "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," just received her biggest role yet. She will play Carole King in "Beautiful," the upcoming musical based on King's life. Originally not expected to play Broadway until spring, it will begin previews in November at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, its producers announced.
THE DEAL Although "The Nance," Douglas Carter Beane's comedy about a gay burlesque performer starring Nathan Lane, officially ended its Broadway run last week, three performances were added this week to allow it to be filmed for PBS' "Live From Lincoln Center" series. It is expected to air sometime next year.
WHAT The Queen musical
THE DEAL "We Will Rock You," which has been running in London for more than a decade, will tour the U.S. this season. Dates already are set for runs in Florida, the Midwest and Los Angeles, according to queenonline.com. As of now, no New York shows have been announced, but Showbiz411 reports the producers are eyeing a Broadway run next summer.
WHO Tommy Tune