LaChanze joins Broadway musical 'If/Then'

Actress LaChanze attends the 2011 Misbehavin In Harlem Actress LaChanze attends the 2011 Misbehavin In Harlem Spring Benefit at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse in Manhattan. (May 12, 2011 ) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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WHO LaChanze

THE MUSICAL "If/Then"

THE DEAL Few details have been released about the upcoming Broadway musical "If/Then" since it was announced, other that it will star Idina Menzel as a woman moving to New York to restart her life. But it was confirmed last week that LaChanze, who won a Tony for her performance in "The Color Purple," will play Menzel's neighbor. No other casting has been announced.

WHO Michael Shannon

THE PLAY "The Killer"

THE DEAL Theatre for a New Audience, which will inaugurate its new theater in Brooklyn this fall with a staging of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" helmed by Julie Taymor, has unveiled the rest of its season, which will include a new production of Ionesco's "The Killer" featuring Michael Shannon. Also on the schedule: "King Lear" directed by Arin Arbus. The company went so far as to announce its 2014-15 season, which will include Christopher Marlowe's "Tamburlaine Parts I and II," Ibsen's "A Doll's House" and a new play by Peter Brook.

WHO Stephen Sondheim

THE DEAL "Six by Sondheim," a documentary about the legendary composer that focuses on how he created six of his greatest songs including "Send in the Clowns" and "Being Alive," will air on HBO in December. It will include performances by Audra McDonald, Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan and America Ferrera.

THE PLAY "Killer Joe"

THE DEAL Tracy Letts' dark drama "Killer Joe," which was an Off-Broadway hit in the 1990s, will come to Broadway for the first time next year in a new production directed by Pam MacKinnon, who staged the recent revival of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" which starred Letts as George. The film version of Letts' best-known play, "August: Osage County," hits movie theaters in a few months.

THE PLAY "Romeo and Juliet"

THE DEAL Joining the cast of the upcoming Off-Broadway production of "Romeo and Juliet" at Classic Stage (as opposed to the one heading for Broadway with Orlando Bloom) are William Hurt (Friar Laurence), T.R. Knight (Mercutio) and Daphne Rubin-Vega (the nurse). Meanwhile Finn Wittrock, who was slated to play Romeo, has withdrawn from the production because of a film offer. His replacement has yet to be named.

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