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Elizabeth Olsen set for 'Romeo and Juliet' staging
Off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company, which is currently reviving Stephen Sondheim's underappreciated musical "Passion," announced Thursday that it will present "Romeo and Juliet" next season starring Elizabeth Olsen.

Spice Girls musical to get spiced up, might hit B'way
If the critically maligned Spice Girls musical "Viva Forever" were to eventually make it to Broadway, it would only be after, its producer Judy Craymer, who is best known for conceiving "Mamma Mia!," confirmed to WENN.

Franco plans for 'Mice' on the Great White Way
While promoting his new movie "Oz the Great and Powerful" on "The Colbert Report" on Tuesday night, James Franco let it slip out that he plans to come to Broadway in a revival of the stage version of John Steinbeck's Great Depression novel "Of Mice and Men." Franco, who would play the farmhand George, offered Stephen Colbert a small role.

Mixed box office results for musicals still in previews
Although it just started previews and deserves some slack, the new musical "Hands on a Hardbody" must seriously increase its weekly grosses if it is to survive past opening night. In its first week of previews, it grossed under $200,000 for seven performances. On the other hand, the new musical "Kinky Boots" sold out its first preview performance. And the new play "Lucky Guy" starring Tom Hanks took in $367,156 for its first two performances.

Parker looking to do Peet's first play in New York
As first reported by ShowBiz411.com, Sarah Jessica Parker is in talks to make her long-delayed return to the New York stage in "The Commons of Pensacola," a new play written by actress Amanda Peet. <NO1>Although the play would be produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, it's not yet clear whether it would be produced on Broadway or at the company's Off-Broadway space at City Center. Blythe Danner, who is slated to co-star, is currently appearing on Broadway in "Nice Work if You Can Get It" with Parker's husband Matthew Broderick.

Spotted ...
Regis Philbin, Nathan Lane, Anjelica Huston and Cynthia Nixon at opening night of "Cinderella" ... Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas at "Newsies"

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