Here's who's making headlines on Broadway right now
Drama-rama! Shia LaBeouf has made an anything-but-quiet exit from the upcoming production of "Orphans," co-starring Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge. After producers last month said "creative differences" prompted the departure, LaBeouf tweeted out a series of private emails in which he, among other things, apologized to Baldwin for "my part in a disagreeable situation." Ben Foster has replaced LaBeouf.
Broadway newbie Tom Hanks makes his hugely anticipated debut this season in a play close to his heart: Nora Ephron's "Lucky Guy," the last play that the beloved writer-director penned before her death in 2012. Hanks worked with Ephron on "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail," and now plays Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mike McAlary in the play, which is now in previews and opens on April 3.
Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has been wowing audiences with her turn as Maggie the Cat in the Tennessee Williams classic "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," playing now. amNewYork theater critic Matt Windman gave the play a mediocre 2 stars, but said that Johansson - who nabbed a Tony for her part in the 2010 revival of "A View from the Bridge" - "is terrific, bringing a sultry, ferocious spirit to the famous role."
"Rent," "Wicked" and "Glee" fans rejoice! Idina Menzel is heading back to Broadway. The Tony winner is returning to the Great White Way next year to star in the new NYC-set musical "If/Then," producers announced Thursday. The show is slated to open on Broadway on March 27, 2014, after an engagement in D.C. "Can't wait to share this story with all of you," Menzel tweeted. "Coming back to NYC ! Yay!!"
Jane Lynch plays mean so well, and now she's bringing that 'tude to an iconic part: Miss Hannigan in "Annie." Lynch, an Emmy winner for her role as "Glee's" foul cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, will join "Annie" from May 16 to July 14 as the bawdy orphanage leader. The musical marks Lynch's B'way debut. Meanwhile, 9-year-old Oscar nom Quvenzhané Wallis is set to star as the title role in the upcoming film version.