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Ken Watanabe postpones return to ‘King and I’ for cancer treatment

Kelli O'Hara and Hoon Lee in Lincoln Center

Kelli O'Hara and Hoon Lee in Lincoln Center Theater's "The King and I." Credit: Paul Kolnik

THE SHOW “The King and I”

THE DEAL Ken Watanabe, who originated the role of the King in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of “The King and I,” has postponed his return to the show to undergo treatment for stomach cancer, reports He will now return for a brief run, starting March 17. The role of the King is currently being played by Hoon Lee.


THE DEAL A film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s feline revue, “Cats,” is in the works, and Tom Hooper (“Les Miz”) may direct it, according to London newspaper The Sun. The idea of making “Cats” into a movie was parodied in John Guare’s acclaimed dark comedy “Six Degrees of Separation.” A revival of the musical is already set to hit Broadway this summer.

THE SHOW “The Light in the Piazza”

THE DEAL Victoria Clark, Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison, who all rose to prominence a decade ago in Adam Guettel’s musical romance “The Light in the Piazza,” will reunite on April 4 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater for a one-night performance to benefit Lincoln Center Theater. Guettel has not premiered a new score since then.

THE SHOW “Quartet”

THE DEAL Remember the 2010 Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” which depicted the historic recording session of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins? CMT will produce a television miniseries based on the musical, reports

THE SHOW “Wicked”

THE DEAL “Wicked,” which keeps earning big bucks and attracting big crowds to the Gershwin Theatre, is now one of the top 10 longest-running shows in Broadway history, reports On Sunday, Feb. 14, “Wicked” seized the slot formerly occupied by “Rent” at 5,123 performances.

WHAT Williamstown Theatre Festival

THE DEAL The Williamstown Theatre Festival in the Berkshires has unveiled its upcoming summer season. Highlights include Marisa Tomei in Tennessee Williams’ Italian romance “The Rose Tattoo,” Wendy Wasserstein’s political play “An American Daughter” and Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek in the American premiere of the new marital drama “And No More We Shall Part.”


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