THE SHOW “M. Butterfly”
THE DEAL Julie Taymor has directed two Off-Broadway hits since the debacle of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” but has yet to give Broadway another shot — until now. According to an Equity audition notice, she will direct a revival of “M. Butterfly,” David Henry Hwang’s 1988 race relations drama inspired by Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” in which a French diplomat is entranced by a mysterious Chinese opera singer.
THE SHOW “Paramour”
THE DEAL Cirque du Soleil has canceled four performances of “Paramour” (Aug. 22, 24, 25 and 31) to allow time to make creative changes to the spectacle, which was largely panned when it opened on Broadway this summer. The company said, “True to our roots as street performers, our shows evolve over time to reflect feedback from our consumers and our creative team.”
THE SHOW “Dead Poets Society”
THE DEAL Jason Sudeikis has signed on to play poetry teacher John Keating (played by Robin Williams in the 1989 film) in the stage adaptation of the movie. The world premiere is set for Off-Broadway at Classic Stage in October. The casting of the prep school students (who dramatically stand on their desks in tribute to Keating) will be announced later.
THE SHOW “The Price”
THE DEAL Tony Shalhoub and John Turturro will play estranged brothers in the upcoming Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “The Price,” which will be produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company and begin performances in February at the American Airlines Theatre. They will be joined by Jessica Hecht, who is currently playing Golde in “Fiddler on the Roof.”
THE SHOW “Kinky Boots”
THE DEAL In an interview several months ago, comedian and TV performer Wayne Brady said that YouTube personality Todrick Hall “would kill it” if he got to take over the role of Lola in “Kinky Boots.” Last week, the show’s producers confirmed that Hall will take over the role Nov. 1. He has appeared on Broadway in “Memphis” and “The Color Purple.”