Patti LuPone chills at 54 Below, plus more theater buzz

Patti LuPone appears in a homecoming concert at

Patti LuPone appears in a homecoming concert at Tilles Center, C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, Brookville, Saturday night, Dec. 11, 2010. (Credit: Handout)

WHO Patti LuPone

THE DEAL LuPone, who was the first vocal artist to appear at 54 Below, will return there this summer with "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda," her show dedicated to the roles she wishes she performed (or will perform some day). On her wish list: the title character in "Peter Pan" and Nellie Forbush in "South Pacific."


THE PLAY "Disgraced"

THE DEAL Ayad Akhtar's 90-minute drama "Disgraced," which received a short Off-Broadway run earlier in the season as part of Lincoln Center's LCT3 program, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama last week. The award is creating speculation that Lincoln Center will bring back the play next season for an extended run, but a representative of the company says no plans have been completed.


WHO Joe Mantello

THE PLAY "The Normal Heart"

THE DEAL Director Joe Mantello, who returned to his acting roots two seasons ago to star as AIDS activist Ned Weeks in the Broadway revival of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart," has signed on to play a featured role in the upcoming film version of the play, as reported by Playbill.com. The cast of the film, which will be directed by Ryan Murphy ("Glee"), will also include Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Jim Parsons. Not to be outdone, playwright John Guare is set to appear in his new work, "Three Kinds of Exile" next month at the Atlantic Theater Company. He plays himself.


THE MUSICAL "Pippin"

THE DEAL With the Broadway revival of the 1970s hit "Pippin" about to open, it's now being reported that the Weinstein Company is looking to adapt the musical into a film. According to Deadline.com, director-writer James Ponsoldt has signed on to prepare the screenplay.


THE PLAY "Mamma Mia!"

THE DEAL The cheery ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!," which opened at Broadway's landmark Winter Garden Theatre just after 9/11 and has played to packed houses there for more than a decade, will move to the smaller Broadhurst Theatre (currently home to the Nora Ephron play "Lucky Guy" starring Tom Hanks) later this year. In a statement, the show's producer Judy Craymer expressed gratitude to the Shubert Organization for offering "this timely opportunity, which will allow us to present 'Mamma Mia!' to delight audiences on Broadway for many years to come." Other long-running musicals that have changed theaters over the years include "The Lion King" and "Chicago."