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James Franco in 'Of Mice and Men,' plus more theater buzz

James Franco arrives at the U.S. premiere of

James Franco arrives at the U.S. premiere of "Spring Breakers" at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. (March 10, 2013) Credit: AP

WHO James Franco

THE DEAL While promoting his new movie, "Oz the Great and Powerful" on "The Colbert Report" last week, James Franco announced that he plans to come to Broadway in a revival of the stage version of John Steinbeck's Great Depression novel "Of Mice and Men." Franco, who would play the farmhand George, offered Colbert a small role.


WHAT Roundabout's new season

THE DEAL The Roundabout Theatre Company announced last week that its next season will include revivals of Donald Margulies' 2000 Pulitzer-winning drama, "Dinner With Friends," and Tom Stoppard's 1984 Tony-winning title, "The Real Thing." As previously announced, Joshua Harmon's dark comedy "Bad Jews" will graduate from Roundabout's underground Black Box space to the larger Off-Broadway theater above it.


WHO Sarah Jessica Parker

THE DEAL The "Sex and the City" star is in talks to make her long-delayed return to the New York stage in "The Commons of Pensacola," a new play written by actress Amanda Peet, according to Although the play would be produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, it's not yet clear whether it would be produced on Broadway or at the company's Off-Broadway space at City Center. Blythe Danner, who is slated to co-star, is currently appearing on Broadway in "Nice Work if You Can Get It" with Parker's husband Matthew Broderick.


WHAT The Spice Girls musical

THE DEAL If the critically maligned Spice Girls musical, "Viva Forever!," were to eventually make it to Broadway, it would only be after a massive rewrite, its producer Judy Craymer, who is best known for conceiving "Mamma Mia!," confirmed to the entertaiment news site WENN.


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