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Theater Buzz: 'Hedwig' teases Seth Rogen

Neil Patrick Harris in the new production of

Neil Patrick Harris in the new production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch", the musical with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, directed by Michael Mayer. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

THE SHOW "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

THE DEAL A Twitter conversation reveals that Neil Patrick Harris thinks Seth Rogen should take over for him as the transgender German rock artist Hedwig. "You should take over the role for the holidays. I'd pay good, nay, great money to see that," Harris wrote. Rogen's response: "I would need to train on those big gold shoes for a few weeks, but I'm in." As it happens, Andrew Rannells ("The Book of Mormon") is already set to take over for Harris at the end of the summer.


THE SHOW "Show Boat"

THE DEAL Vanessa Williams, who was recently on Broadway in "The Trip to Bountiful" and "After Midnight," will headline a concert staging of the groundbreaking 1927 musical "Show Boat" with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall from Nov. 5 to 8. She will be joined by Julian Ovenden ("Death Takes a Holiday") and Lauren Worsham ("A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder").


THE SHOW "The Phantom of the Opera"

THE DEAL Already the longest-running Broadway show of all time, "The Phantom of the Opera" has played its 11,000th. In a facetious letter supposedly written by the Phantom himself, the character warned that "a disaster beyond your imagination" would occur if a celebration of the milestone did not immediately take place. Which it did, last Tuesday.


WHAT Flea Market fights AIDS

THE DEAL The annual Broadway Flea Market, where souvenirs and other theater-related items are sold at booths around Shubert Alley and 44th Street, with all proceeds going to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 21. In a statement, its executive director, Tom Viola, noted that this year the event has the "perfect footprint," since the "scaffolding is down from the end of West 44th Street at Eighth Avenue, the repaving of Shubert Alley is finished and the stunning transformation of the pedestrian plaza along Broadway at 44th is now complete."

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