THE DEAL A musical based on the life of Cher and incorporating her hit songs will be workshopped in New York in January, according to a casting notice posted on Playbill.com. It will be directed by Jason Moore (“Avenue Q”), written by Rick Elice (“Jersey Boys”) and produced by Jeffrey Seller (“Hamilton”). Cher will apparently be played by three characters who represent her at different points in her career. Other characters will include Sonny Bono, David Geffen, Robert Altman, Bob Mackie and even Freud.
THE SHOW “Newsies”
THE DEAL A live recording of the recent Broadway musical “Newsies,” shot while the national tour was playing in Los Angeles, will be screened in movie theaters in February. Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay and Andrew-Keenan Bolger, who led the original Broadway cast, returned to their roles for the filming.
THE SHOW “The Play That Goes Wrong”
THE DEAL Fans of the madcap backstage farce “Noises Off” (which was revived on Broadway just last year) ought to enjoy “The Play That Goes Wrong,” another English comedy about a group of actors working under chaotic conditions. It will arrive on Broadway this spring, following a three-year hit run in London. Among the show’s producers is J.J. Abrams.
THE SHOW “Amelie”
THE DEAL The new musical adaptation of the 2001 French romance film of the same name is set to open at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre in April. It will star Phillipa Soo, who played Eliza in “Hamilton” and Natasha in “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” when it premiered Off-Broadway in 2012. She will be joined by Adam Chanler-Berat (“Peter and the Starcatcher”).
THE SHOW “Sweeney Todd”
THE DEAL Broadway regulars Norm Lewis (“Porgy and Bess”) and Carolee Carmello (“Parade”) will partner up as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett in the upcoming Off-Broadway revival of “Sweeney Todd” beginning April 11. They will replace the stars of the original English production, Jeremy Secomb and Siobhán McCarthy, who are set to repeat their performances for a short time. The revival (which is set around a working pie-shop environment) begins previews at the Barrow Street Theatre in the West Village in February.