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Big stars in 'Love Letters,' 'Pippin' returns

Andrea Martin as Berthe and Matthew James Thomas

Andrea Martin as Berthe and Matthew James Thomas as Pippin in "Pippin" at Music Box Theatre in Manhattan. (March 2013) Credit: Joan Marcus

THE SHOW "Love Letters"

THE DEAL A.R. Gurney's frequently performed play in which a male and female read aloud from various letters depicting the course of their lives, will be revived on Broadway during the fall at the Nederlander Theatre. As was the case with the original production, well-known actors will play short runs in the two roles (after all, no memorization is required). Those already set to appear include Mia Farrow, Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Brian Dennehy, Diana Rigg, Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen.

THE SHOW "The Band Wagon"

THE DEAL Back in 2008, a stage version of the 1953 movie musical "The Band Wagon," with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane ("Xanadu"), received a regional production in San Diego in anticipation of a Broadway run that ultimately never panned out. City Center announced last week that it will present Beane's version of "The Band Wagon" for 12 performances in November as an Encores! special event. It will star Brian Stokes Mitchell and be directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall.

THE SHOW "The Money Shot"

THE DEAL Heather Graham will play a desperate film actor in "The Money Shot," a new play by Neil LaBute that will be produced Off-Broadway in September by MCC Theater. The organization already has produced many of LaBute's shows.

THE SHOW "Pippin"

THE DEAL Andrea Martin, who earned a Tony for her sublime supporting turn as Berthe in the Broadway revival of "Pippin," will return to the show for 24 performances in September. Another Tony winner, Priscilla Lopez, is currently playing the role.

THE SHOW The Grinch

THE DEAL "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical," which played Broadway twice, then the Theater at Madison Square Garden, will return to MSG in December in time for the holiday season.

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