THE SHOW “Chicago”

THE DEAL Mel B (aka Scary Spice) will play the merry murderess Roxie Hart in “Chicago” for eight weeks beginning Dec. 28. The former Spice Girl made her Broadway debut more than a decade ago as Mimi in “Rent.” At the moment, Roxie Hart is being played by Veronica Dunne (Disney Channel’s “K.C. Undercover”).

THE SHOW “The Color Purple”

THE DEAL The Tony-winning Broadway revival of “The Color Purple” will close Jan. 8 after a run of just more than a year. Cynthia Erivo, who plays Cecile, will remain with the show through the closing date. Jennifer Holliday recently joined the cast as Shug Avery, a role previously played by Jennifer Hudson and Heather Headley. Danielle Brooks will give her final performance Nov. 13.

THE SHOW “King Lear”

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THE DEAL Glenda Jackson, a two-time Oscar-winning actress who went on to become a member of the British Parliament, received rave reviews last week for a new London production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” in which she takes on the role of the title monarch. The Guardian called it “a ferocious, unflinching performance.” Perhaps it will play a short run at Brooklyn Academy of Music, which has hosted productions of “King Lear” starring Ian McKellen, Frank Langella and Derek Jacobi in recent years.

THE SHOW “Six Degrees of Separation”

THE DEAL Corey Hawkins, who has appeared in the film “Straight Outta Compton” and on television’s “The Walking Dead,” has scored the key role of Paul in the upcoming Broadway revival of John Guare’s “Six Degrees of Separation.” In the play, Paul, a smart but untrustworthy African-American youth, tricks a rich New York couple (to be played by Allison Janney and John Benjamin Hickey) into believing that he is the son of Sidney Poitier and a student at Harvard.