WHAT Tony Awards
THE DEAL Sheldon Harnick, lyricist of “Fiddler on the Roof” and “She Loves Me” (both currently back on Broadway in acclaimed revivals), will receive a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. He received a Pulitzer Prize more than half a century ago for “Fiorello!” his first big hit with composer Jerry Bock.
THE SHOW “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”
THE DEAL Christopher Hampton’s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” based on the racy 1782 novel that inspired the 1999 teen drama “Cruel Intentions,” is set to return to Broadway this fall in a revival starring Liev Schreiber (in his first Broadway performance since “A View From the Bridge” in 2010) and Janet McTeer (“Mary Stuart”). The play was revived on Broadway in 2008 with Laura Linney.
THE SHOW “The Color Purple”
THE DEAL Heather Headley, who has not appeared in a Broadway musical since she won a Tony for “Aida” in 2000, will take over for Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery in the revival of “The Color Purple” beginning May 10. “These last six months have been nothing short of a dream come true,” Hudson said in a statement. “My heart is full as I say to Broadway, ‘Until we meet again.’ ” Still in the cast are Danielle Brooks (“Orange Is the New Black”) and Cynthia Erivo.
THE SHOW “Anastasia”
THE DEAL A stage version of the 1997 animated film musical “Anastasia” is set to come to Broadway next season after it premieres next month at Hartford Stage, reports Playbill.com. Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime,” “Once on This Island”), who wrote the songs for the film, will expand the score, with a book by playwright Terrence McNally. Darko Tresnjak (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”) will direct.
THE SHOW “She Loves Me”
THE DEAL The Roundabout’s revival of the 1963 musical romance “She Loves Me” may not have the same commercial potential as the company’s “Cabaret” revival, which ran for a year at Studio 54, but its limited run has been extended for four weeks through July 10. It is currently unclear whether the production (led by Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski) will produce a cast album.