THE SHOW “Something Rotten”

THE DEAL Adam Pascal, the original Roger in “Rent,” is set to play another rocker — or at least a rock version of a famous English playwright. He will take over for Will Chase as William Shakespeare in the musical comedy “Something Rotten!” beginning Nov. 7 through the show’s final performance Jan. 1. Christian Borle, who originated the part, won a Tony Award for his performance. Pascal recently appeared on Broadway in the short-lived musical “Disaster!”


THE DEAL In June, the children’s toy company Hasbro announced that it was working on a musical adaptation of “Monopoly.” Now word comes that Hasbro is also developing a stage version of the board game “Clue” that will be based on the 1985 film with Tim Curry and Madeline Kahn. It will premiere in May at the Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania and then tour the country.

THE SHOW “The Trump Card”

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THE DEAL Monologist Mike Daisey, who has made his monologue about Donald Trump (“The Trump Card”) available free online, will perform it at Town Hall Nov. 1; it will be streamed on immediately after. Daisey will perform another new piece, “The Story of the Gun,” for three nights, Nov. 3-5, at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in the West Village.

THE SHOW “American Idiot:

THE DEAL HBO will produce a film version of the Green Day rock opera “American Idiot,” which played Broadway in 2010, reports music site NME. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is set to play St. Jimmy, a hallucinatory figure who brings the young protagonist into a world of drugs and mayhem. Armstrong also played the part on Broadway.

THE SHOW “Elements of Oz”

THE DEAL The Builders Association, an experimental and technologically savvy theater company, will explore the classic movie musical “The Wizard of Oz” using so-called “augmented reality.” In “Elements of Oz,” which will play the 3LD Art & Technology Center in lower Manhattan in December, audience members will be encouraged to use a special app on their cellphones to interact with the production. Visit for more information.