THE PLAY "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
WHO Jessica Lange
THE DEAL Lange, who last appeared on Broadway in a lambasted revival of "The Glass Menagerie" in 2005, recently told the Los Angeles Times that she will come back in a new production of Eugene O'Neill's masterwork "Long Day's Journey into Night." In 2003, the play received a lauded staging with Vanessa Redgrave, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Brian Dennehy.
THE PLAY "Pippin"
WHO Andrea Martin
THE DEAL Tony winner Martin, who only recently returned to the smash revival of "Pippin" following a short vacation (during which Tovah Feldshuh took over the role of Berthe), will permanently depart the show on Sept. 22. Martin has landed a role on the TV sitcom "Working the Engels." A replacement has not yet been announced.
THE PLAY "The Drowsy Chaperone"
WHO Geoffrey Rush
THE DEAL Months ago, we reported the rumor that Geoffrey Rush, who starred in an Australian production of "The Drowsy Chaperone" back in 2010, would star in a film version of the musical. According to a new report from Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News, production on the film is expected to begin next year. Rush would play Man in Chair, who narrates the plot of his favorite musical to the audience while playing its original cast album. No other casting has been revealed.
THE PLAY "The Trip to Bountiful"
WHO Cuba Gooding Jr.
THE DEAL With very little advance notice, Gooding recently left the Broadway production of Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" to work on a film project. Leon Addison Brown takes over the role of Ludie Watts in the revival, currently set to run at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre through Oct. 9. The cast still includes Cicely Tyson, who won a Tony for her lead performance, as well as Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat.