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Behind the Curtain: Date set for 'Sound of Music' with Carrie Underwood, more

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‘Sound of Music’
Even with the demise of “Smash,” it would appear that NBC still has a fond spot for Broadway. It was confirmed Monday that the previously announced live broadcast of a new production of “The Sound of Music” starring Carrie Underwood will be broadcast on Dec. 5. No word yet on the other cast members or how exactly this is going to work. Will it be filmed at a Broadway theater in front of an audience? Will there be any preview performances before it is broadcast?

‘Philadelphia Story’ to be replaced by ‘Winslow Boy’
The Roundabout’s long-planned revival of “The Philadelphia Story,” which was expected to play the American Airlines Theatre in the fall, has been postponed and replaced by the Terrence Rattigan drama, “The Winslow Boy,” which will star Roger Rees and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (who was terrible in the 2002 Broadway revival of “Man of La Mancha”). The Roundabout recently staged Rattigan’s “Man and Boy” with Frank Langella and Adam Driver.

All-gal ‘Caesar’ heading for Brooklyn
The Donmar Warehouse’s all-female staging of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” recently a hit in London directed by Phyllida Lloyd (“Mamma Mia!”), will play St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO beginning in October.

Rando to direct ‘Rosencrantz’
John Rando, who has recently received notice for his direction of “A Christmas Story” and Encores! “It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane …It’s Superman,” will helm Tom Stoppard’s Shakespeare-meets-Beckett classic “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” for the Acting Company. Appropriately enough, “Rosencrantz” will be performed in repertory with “Hamlet.”

‘Pippin’ national tour on the way starting in Sept.
Just in case there was any doubt that “Pippin” would win the Tony for Best Musical Revival, its producers revealed Wednesday that it will launch a national tour starting in September 2014. These announcements are usually timed to appeal to the many Tony voters who run theaters outside of New York.

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