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Theater buzz: Cirque du Soleil heading to Broadway

THE SHOW "Cirque du Soleil"

THE DEAL For the first time, Cirque du Soleil will come to Broadway next year. "Paramour," a new show set in Golden Age Hollywood combining elements of the Broadway musical with Cirque du Soleil's spectacle and acrobatics, will play the Lyric Theatre (where "On the Town" is about to close) starting in April.

THE SHOW "Matilda"

THE DEAL A film version of the Broadway musical "Matilda" is in the works, director Matthew Warchus and songwriter Tim Minchin recently told the Sydney Morning Herald. Filming is slated to begin in a year. In other "Matilda" news, Natalie Venetia Belcon ("Avenue Q"), Allison Case ("Hair") and Amy Spanger ("Rock of Ages") will join the Broadway cast Sept. 8.

THE SHOW "Dear Evan Hansen"

THE DEAL "Dear Evan Hansen," a new musical about the storm and stress of high school in the age of social media, will play Off-Broadway's Second Stage in the spring. It recently opened to enthusiastic reviews at Signature Theatre in Washington, D.C. Ben Platt ("Pitch Perfect") leads the Signature cast. The score is by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Tony nominees for "A Christmas Story: The Musical").

THE SHOW "Spring Awakening"

THE DEAL Camryn Manheim ("The Practice") and Patrick Page ("Spider-Man") will play adult characters in the Broadway revival of "Spring Awakening," joining the previously announced Marlee Matlin and actors who appeared in the show's Los Angeles engagement, including Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus. The 28-member cast is comprised of both hearing and non-hearing actors.


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