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'The Last Ship,' with songs by Sting, and more theater buzz

Sting at The Public Theater in New York

Sting at The Public Theater in New York on Sept. 26, 2013. Credit: AP / Dan Hallman

THE SHOW "The Last Ship"

THE DEAL The forthcoming Broadway musical "The Last Ship," with songs by Sting, will have a cast that includes Michael Esper ("American Idiot"), Aaron Lazar ("The Light in the Piazza") and Fred Applegate ("The Producers"). As expected, it will play the Neil Simon Theatre, where the LBJ drama "All the Way" is now in previews. Opening night is slated for Oct. 26. A concert version of the musical will air on PBS on Feb. 21.

WHO Placido Domingo

THE DEAL Domingo, whose big break occurred decades ago with the New York City Opera, will take part in "70 Years of the People's Opera," a concert on Feb. 21 at City Center to benefit musicians of the opera company, which went bankrupt a few months ago following years of artistic and financial turmoil. It is still hoped in the industry that the company can somehow rise from the ashes or that a new one will take its place as the city's other major opera company after the Met.

THE SHOW "Les Misérables"

THE DEAL Charlotte Maltby, the college-age daughter of lyricist-director Richard Maltby Jr. ("Closer Than Ever"), who was to play Cosette in the Broadway revival of "Les Miz," has been replaced by Samantha Hill. Hill, who recently played the role of Cosette in the Toronto production of the show, made her Broadway debut in "The Phantom of the Opera." No one commented on the reason behind the casting change, but on Twitter, Maltby wrote, "Unfortunate things happen," and on her Facebook page, she suggested that the change had to do with her age.

WHO Idina Menzel

THE DEAL Idina Menzel, who provided the voice for Elsa in the hit Disney film "Frozen" and is about to return to Broadway in "If/Then," will perform the movie's hit song, "Let It Go," at the Oscars on March 2. Last week, Menzel and other "Frozen" cast members reunited to perform songs from the film at a Los Angeles concert.


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