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Sutton Foster gets ready for a ‘Millie’ encore, and more theater news

Sutton Foster will star in a one-night performance

Sutton Foster will star in a one-night performance of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" to benefit The Actors Fund. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy

THE SHOW “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

THE DEAL Sutton Foster, who became an overnight sensation in 2002 for her Tony-winning performance as Millie, will return to Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan’s musical comedy for a one-night-only reunion concert on Feb. 12 at the Minskoff Theatre. It will serve as a benefit for The Actors Fund. Foster will be joined by other original cast members including Gavin Creel, Harriet Harris and Marc Kudisch.

THE SHOW “Dave”

THE DEAL A stage musical adaptation of the 1993 film comedy “Dave” that starred Kevin Kline as an ordinary guy hired by the government to impersonate the president will receive its world premiere this summer in Washington, D.C., at Arena Stage, where “Dear Evan Hansen” debuted. It will have direction by Tina Landau (“SpongeBob SquarePants”), music by Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), lyrics by Nell Benjamin (“Legally Blonde”) and a book by the late Thomas Meehan (“Annie”) and Benjamin. “Whoever said politics can’t be very funny? It’s time in D.C. to make that happen big time,” Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith said in a statement.

THE SHOW “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)”

THE DEAL The three-man Reduced Shakespeare Company, which is best known for the anarchic comedy “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” will return to Off-Broadway’s kid-friendly New Victory Theatre in March with “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged),” which promises to be a wild mashup of all of Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies and histories. The company has also presented “abridged” shows skewering American history, the Bible, Western civilization, film, sports and Christmas.

THE SHOW “Good for Otto”

THE DEAL Rhea Perlman has replaced Rosie O’Donnell in the New Group’s upcoming Off-Broadway production of David Rabe’s drama set at a mental health center in rural Connecticut. According to a news release, O’Donnell has left the production because of illness. The cast will also include F. Murray Abraham, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Maulik Pancholy and Mark Linn-Baker.

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