Julie Taymor to direct 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' more
Taymor: 'Spidey' to Shakespeare
Despite being fired from "Spider-Man" and then suing its producers, Julie Taymor still has friends in the nonprofit community. It was announced that Taymor will direct a new production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the fall to inaugurate Theatre for a New Audience's new Brooklyn space.
McKellen, Stewart reunite for 'Waiting For Godot'
Here's some very exciting news: Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will return to Broadway this fall to perform Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" and Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land" in repertory. They previously did "Godot" together in London.
'Bare' to close Off-B'way but eyes future shows
Although the dreadful Off-Broadway revival of "Bare" will shutter Feb. 3, this revised version of the 2004 musical may soon eclipse the far- superior original. Not only is an Off-Broadway cast album in the works, new productions of the new version are being planned in Los Angeles and abroad.
'Jekyll & Hyde' switches theater; film in the works
A whole lot of "Jekyll & Hyde" news this week. The Broadway-bound national tour of the musical will play the Marquis Theatre instead of the Richard Rodgers Theatre, which should allow the revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" to extend its run. The New York Times also reported that a movie of the musical is in the works.
Catherine Zeta-Jones at "Annie" ... Tom Hanks at "The Heiress."