THE DEAL The Public Theater has announced its summer Shakespeare in the Park season: The slapstick-style "The Comedy of Errors," which will star Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater and be directed by Daniel Sullivan ("The Merchant of Venice"), followed by a new musical version of the rarely performed romance "Love's Labour's Lost" that will be helmed by the "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" duo of songwriter Michael Friedman and director-playwright Alex Timbers. This marks the first new musical (as opposed to a revival like "Hair" or "Into the Woods") to be produced at Shakespeare in the Park in a long time.
WHAT "Pump Boys and Dinettes"
American Idol" contestant Bo Bice and be directed by John Doyle, whose Off-Broadway revival of the Sondheim musical "Passion" is in previews at Classic Stage.
WHAT "Always...Patsy Cline"
Cline's death in a plane crash. Bowersox, an "American Idol" runner-up from season nine, is slated to play the title role. The show includes 27 of Cline's songs, including "Crazy" and "I Fall to Pieces."
THE DEAL Joshua Harmon's comedic drama "Bad Jews," which scored strong reviews when it premiered at Roundabout's tiny black-box space in the fall, will graduate upstairs to the company's larger and more prestigious Off-Broadway theater this fall. "Bad Jews" explores the brawl that ensues among three cousins who treat their religious faith differently and are currently fighting over a necklace their grandfather saved during the Holocaust.