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Behind the Curtain: 'Iceman Cometh' to play BAM with Lane, Dennehy

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The acclaimed Chicago production of Eugene O’Neill’s five-hour, 18-character drama “The Iceman Cometh” starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, which many thought would transfer to Broadway last year, will play a six-week run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2015. The show is widely expected to transfer to Broadway immediately after the BAM run.

LeKae withdraws from 'Motown' after diagnosis
Valisia LeKae, who received a Tony nomination for her performance as Diana Ross in “Motown,” has withdrawn from the Broadway musical after having been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. “As a 34-year-old, African-American woman, I feel that it is important that I share my story in order to educate and encourage others about this disease and the fight against it,” LeKae wrote on her Facebook page.

Neuwirth to return to ‘Chicago’ in new role
Bebe Neuwirth, who originated the role of Velma Kelly in the Broadway revival of “Chicago” and also played Roxie Hart at one point, will now take on the supporting role of Matron “Mama” Morton Jan. 14 through March 9. In a statement, producer Barry Weissler noted that Neuwirth will be the first woman to play all three roles on Broadway.

Songs from 'Fame' sequel available for download
It turns out there's a sequel to "Fame." Conceived and developed by David De Silva, who produced both the film and stage musical version of "Fame," it is titled "Fame Forever: Talent Springs Eternal" and observes the original characters at their 20-year high school reunion. A demo cast album is available for download at FameNetwork.com.

Estelle Parsons to return to Broadway in ‘Velocity’ of Autumn’
“The Velocity of Autumn,” a new play by Eric Coble with Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, will open in the spring at the Booth Theatre. Parsons plays a 79-year-old artist arguing with her family about where she will live going forward.

'Great Comet' extends into January
"The Great Comet of 1812," which moved its lavish tent from the Meatpacking District, where it played over the summer, to Times Square for a fall encore, has extended its run through Jan. 19, which will apparently be its last performance. Even so, there is still speculation that its producers will eventually move the show to a Broadway venue.

Spotted…
Johnny Depp at “Fun Home” … Lesley Gore at “Beautiful” … Philip Seymour Hoffman and Sam Rockwell at “No Man's Land” …The cast of "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder" at the "Downtown Abbey" tea truck… Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman at “Kinky Boots”

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