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Behind the Curtain: LuPone to tackle dream roles in cabaret show, more

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Patti LuPone, who was the very first vocal artist to appear at 54 Below, will return there this summer with “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda,” her show dedicated to the roles she at least wishes she had — or someday will — perform such as the title character in “Peter Pan” and Nellie Forbush in “South Pacific.”

Daisey will return to the Public Theater
Monologist Mike Daisey, who was forced to admit last season that he had fabricated significant portions of his one-man show, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” is set to return to the Public Theater next season with “All the Faces of the Moon,” an epic project consisting of 29 separate performances involving stories from across the world.

LCT3 drama ‘Disgraced’ snags Pulitzer Prize
Ayad Akhtar’s 90-minute drama “Disgraced,” which received a short Off-Broadway run earlier in the season produced by Lincoln Center Theater as part of its LCT3 program promoting new plays by unknown authors at cheap ticket prices, managed to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama on Monday over other more established playwrights. Although it has been speculated that Lincoln Center Theater will bring back the play next season for an extended run, a representative for the company was unable to confirm anything as of press time.

Mantello to appear in ‘Normal Heart’ film
Director Joe Mantello, who returned to his acting roots two seasons ago to star as AIDS activist Ned Weeks in the Broadway revival of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart,” has signed on to play a featured role in the upcoming film version of the play, as reported by The cast of the film, which will be directed by Ryan Murphy (“Glee, “American Horror Story”), will also include Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Jim Parsons.

Weinstein eyeing ‘Pippin’ movie
With the Broadway revival of the 1970s hit “Pippin” just a week away from opening, it’s now being reported that the Weinstein Company is looking to adapt the musical into a film. According to, director-writer James Ponsoldt (“Smashed,” “Off the Black”) has signed on to prepare the screenplay.

Spotted …
Neil Patrick Harris at “Orphans” … Tom Cruise at “The Trip to Bountiful” … Christian Borle at “The Assembled Parties” … Dick Cavett and Dan Aykroyd at “Lucky Guy” … Mark Sanchez at “Once” … Julianna Margulies at opening night of “The Nance” … Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Mary Wilson, Gladys Knight, Bono, Sting, Clive Davis and Evander Holyfield at opening night of “Motown.”

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