THE SHOW “Present Laughter”
THE DEAL Kevin Kline, who has not done a show on Broadway since a 2007 revival of “Cyrano de Bergerac,” will return next spring in “Present Laughter,” Noël Coward’s 1939 comedy about an egomaniacal matinee idol in the midst of a midlife crisis. Moritz von Stuelpnagel (“Hand to God”) will direct. “In our fame and social media-obsessed age, it feels especially apropos to do a sex farce about being a celebrity,” von Stuelpnagel said in a statement. The play was revived on Broadway with Victor Garber in 2010.
THE SHOW “Allegiance”
THE DEAL The short-lived Broadway musical “Allegiance,” which starred George Takei and Lea Salonga, will be screened in movie theaters throughout the country Dec. 13 through Fathom Events. Although “Allegiance” received mixed reviews, it bravely tackled a dark and underexplored subject in U.S. history: the Japanese-American internment camps of World War II. Takei was himself interned as a young boy and spearheaded the musical’s development.
WHAT The New York Pops
THE DEAL The New York Pops will open its new season at Carnegie Hall on Oct. 14 with a concert celebrating the Broadway musicals of Lerner and Loewe (including “My Fair Lady,” “Camelot” and “Brigadoon”). The orchestra will be joined by opera star Nathan Gunn and Broadway vocalists Laura Osnes and Colin Donnell. The New York Pops season will also include concerts dedicated to the songs of Kander and Ebb (“Cabaret,” “Chicago”) and singer-songwriters such as Carole King and James Taylor.
THE SHOW “Frozen”
THE DEAL Disney Theatricals has confirmed that English director Michael Grandage and scenic/costume designer Christopher Oram will helm the highly anticipated Broadway staging of the animated film “Frozen,” replacing director Alex Timbers and designer Bob Crowley. The musical will play Broadway’s St. James Theatre in spring 2018 after a trial run in Denver in August 2017.