Behind the Curtain: 'Cotton Club' to come to Broadway, more
"Cotton Club Parade," a breezy 90-minute revue depicting the exciting jazz entertainment and classy nightclub atmosphere one would have found in the 1920s at Harlem's Cotton Club, will transfer to Broadway this fall after having played two short engagements at City Center as part of the Encores! series. No word yet on whether "Glee" actress Amber Riley, who headlined the show's second run, will be part of the Broadway cast.
Has Skipper finally been cut from 'Cat' revival?
I will finally get to check out the new Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" starring Scarlett Johansson, on Sunday. Ever since it started previews, Rob Ashford's production has been generating poisonous word-of-mouth for having some random actor play the ghost of Brick's former football buddy Skipper. However, I'm now hearing that the gimmick has finally been cut. Here's hoping he stays in the grave.
'Mary Poppins' closing, 'Aladdin' in the wings
It was confirmed this week that "Mary Poppins" will close in March. Despite initially receiving unenthusiastic reviews, the Disney musical has gone on to run for more than six years. This has led many to speculate that "Aladdin," which has had test runs recently in St. Louis and Seattle, will be the next Disney musical to materialize on Broadway.
Midler set to star in 'Mengers' play
Bette Midler, who hasn't appeared on Broadway since her 1979 concert "Bette! Divine Madness," will return this spring in "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers," John Logan's new one-woman play exploring how a poor refugee from Nazi Germany went on to become a Hollywood "superagent."
Shaw to get biblical in 'Testament of Mary'
Without any prior word whatsoever, it was suddenly announced Monday that "The Testament of Mary," a stage adaptation of Colm Tóibín's recently released story about the Virgin Mary right after the death of Jesus, will play Broadway in the spring. It will be produced by Scott Rudin ("The Book of Mormon") and will star the intense Fiona Shaw, who last played Broadway a decade ago in "Medea."
'Diner' musical pushed back, again, to the fall
The musical adaptation of the 1980s film "Diner," which was originally slated to open on Broadway in the fall and was then shifted to the spring, has been pushed back yet again to next season. It would appear that the producers have yet to raise all the money for the show.
Nathan Lane at "Picnic" ... Andrea McArdle at the June Brigg Awards at the Pierre New York ... Kristin Chenoweth, Adam Duritz, Brooke Shields and Edie Falco at "Once."