Patsy Cline musical coming to Broadway
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"
THE DEAL The Broadway revival of the country-themed revue "Pump Boys and Dinettes," which was slated to open at Circle in the Square in April, has been postponed due to "the crowded landscape on Broadway this spring," according to a statement from the producers. The revival was to star "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"
THE DEAL The show, a bio musical about the late country singer, is aiming to hit Broadway this summer. This year marks the 50th anniversary of 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."
WHAT "Bad Jews"
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.