THE SHOW “John Lithgow: Stories by Heart”
THE DEAL The veteran actor will return to Broadway later this season in a one-man show, which will be produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company and play the American Airlines Theatre beginning Dec. 21. Under the direction of Daniel Sullivan, Lithgow will tell stories inspired by his own family as well as various characters created by authors Ring Lardner and P.G. Wodehouse. An earlier incarnation of the show was produced Off-Broadway by Lincoln Center Theater in 2008.
THE SHOW “Saint Joan”
THE DEAL Three-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad, who just appeared in “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” will return to Broadway in April as the title character of George Bernard Shaw’s rarely performed 1923 historic drama. The show will be produced by Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and Daniel Sullivan, who just staged “The Little Foxes” for MTC, will direct. “Saint Joan” is, of course, the story of Joan of Arc, but infused with Shaw’s complex characterizations and critical viewpoints.
THE SHOW “Hello, Dolly!”
THE DEAL Following recent news that Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber will take over for Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce in the hit musical come January, co-stars Gavin Creel (who won a Tony as Cornelius Hackl) and Kate Baldwin (Irene Molloy) have extended their runs in the show. Charlie Stemp, who won acclaim in London in “Half a Sixpence,” will inherit the role of Barnaby Tucker from Taylor Trensch, who is heading over to “Dear Evan Hansen.”
THE SHOW “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”
THE DEAL Robert Fairchild, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet who will be leaving the company next month, will choreograph and star in a new adaptation of Shelley’s horror classic to be produced Off-Broadway by Ensemble for the Romantic Century at the Pershing Square Signature Center in December. Fairchild will also join Kelli O’Hara and Patrick Wilson for “Brigadoon” at City Center in November. The dancer-actor made his Broadway debut two years ago in “An American in Paris.” “Frankenstein” will mark Fairchild’s debut as a choreographer.