I can't imagine how a film version of "The Last Five Years" could possibly work. Jason Robert Brown's exquisite two-character song cycle is comprised mostly of interior solos with little overt action. Nevertheless, it's been announced that Anna Kendrick, who's proved her singing chops in "Pitch Perfect" and the cult film musical "Camp," will star in a film adaptation directed by Richard LaGravenese.
'Spider-Man' co-author to pen tell-all book
Although a proposed film documentary about the making of "Spider-Man" may be stalled by legal issues, co-book writer Glen Berger has been tapped to write a tell-all book about the making of the big-budget, disaster-prone musical. "Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History" will be published by Simon & Schuster and released next year. Sounds like a juicy read.
Nathan Lane to headline new play 'The Nance'
Lincoln Center Theater confirmed on Wednesday, that "The Nance," a new play by Douglas Carter Beane about the stereotype of the flamboyant gay man so often utilized in 1930s burlesque comedy, will be produced this spring on Broadway with Nathan Lane in the lead role. This piece has been long in development and is likely to be one of the more interesting productions of the spring.
TKTS to start offering full-price tickets
In a strange bit of irony, the TKTS Booth in Times Square, which has sold half-price tickets to Broadway shows since the 1970s, has also started offering full-price tickets in what is being described as a test run.
Country musical 'Pump Boys' to receive revival
"Pump Boys and Dinettes," a small-scale country musical that was a surprise success in the early 1980s, will return to Broadway this spring in a new production directed by John Doyle, who is still best known as the guy who staged the actor-musician revivals of "Sweeney Todd" and "Company." The show will apparently feature a working bar and onstage seating.
Mozart rock opera to be readied, Americanized
"Mozart, L'opéra Rock," an arena-sized, pop-rock retelling of Mozart's life and career that has drawn huge audiences in France, is being eyed for a Broadway production, as first reported by Variety. Music director Paul Gemignani and playwright David Grimm are currently working on adapting the show for Broadway standards.
Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers and Michael Feinstein at the first preview of "The Performers" ... Matthew Morrison at "Newsies" ... Josh Groban at "Otello" at the Metropolitan Opera ... Richard Kind at "Closer than Ever" ... Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson at Sherie Rene Scott's "Piece of Meat" at 54 Below