‘Guys and Dolls’
Fox has secured the rights to do a film remake of “Guys and Dolls,” considered by many to be the greatest musical comedy of all time, as reported by Deadline.com, which also noted that Fox is hoping to star Channing Tatum (assumedly as Sky Masterson) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (assumedly as Nathan Detroit). Perhaps they'll be joined by Anne Hathaway as Sarah and Zooey Deschanel as Adelaide.
‘Work’ to close next month
The Gershwin musical, “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” which has starred Matthew Broderick since it opened a year ago and now features the terrific Jessie Mueller in the role originated by Kelli O’Hara, will close on June 15 after 478 performances. A national tour is now being planned.
‘Cabaret’ revival on the horizon, sans Hathaway
A few weeks ago, we acknowledged the rumor that Roundabout intends to bring back its hit revival of the musical “Cabaret” next season. On Wednesday, London’s Daily Mail claimed that not only would the revival happen, it would co-star Anne Hathaway as Sally Bowles and Alan Cumming, who originated the role of the Emcee in the revival back in 1998. However, while it does appear that the revival is happening and probably with Cumming, Hathaway’s publicist has informed media outlets that she is not involved.
Protesters show up on opening night of ‘Mary’
Catholic protesters representing the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, who had shown up to the first preview performance of “The Testament of Mary” at the Walter Kerr Theatre, returned for the show’s opening night on Monday. They remained outside the theater holding protest signs throughout the performance.
‘Once’ finds new leads from U.K.
Just a few weeks after the producers of “Once” announced that standbys Ben Hope and Laura Dreyfuss had officially taken over the show’s lead roles, it was revealed Monday morning that they would be replaced the very next day by English actors Arthur Darvill (“Doctor Who”) and Joanna Christie. Meanwhile, Hope and Dreyfuss are back as standbys. Although they were described as “temporary leads” on Monday, the producers made no such disclaimer last month when they took over the parts.
Julie Taymor, Chris Rock, Sienna Miller and Matt Stone at opening night of “The Testament of Mary” … Tina Fey, Winona Ryder and Dakota Fanning at opening night of “Orphans.”