“Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking,” the newest incarnation of the long-running, much beloved musical revue poking fun at new and classic Broadway musicals, shuttered on Sunday night after running a few months at Off-Broadway’s 47th Street Theatre. However, a production source told me that the show closed only because of a lease issue and that plans are already under way for it to return in another few months, refurbished with new songs and sketches.
‘Testament of Mary’ to close this weekend
Just a few hours after the Tony nominations announcement, the producers of “The Testament of Mary” revealed that the one-woman show, in which the always intense Fiona Shaw offers a cynical take on the life of Jesus, would close this weekend. Had the piece opened earlier in the season, it might not have been crowded out by numerous other shows opening at the same time.
Depp to go ‘Into the Woods,’ but in what role?
It looks like Johnny Depp is likely to co-star in the forthcoming film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods.” But who will Depp play? After Variety first reported that he would play the Baker, which is biggest male part, the Hollywood Reporter said he was expected to play the Wolf, who stalks and then eats Little Red Riding Hood.
Danner, Parker to do Peet’s ‘Commons’
Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker will headline “The Commons of Pensacola,” a new play by actress Amanda Peet that will play Manhattan Theatre Club’s Off-Broadway space at City Center. They will play the wife and daughter of a Wall Street scam artist now dealing with the aftermath of their family’s financial fall and humiliation. This is Peet’s debut play.
Boggess, Jordan doing ‘Ever After’ workshop
The musical of the Cinderella-themed film “Ever After,” which has been in development for years, is currently receiving a workshop production directed by Kathleen Marshall (“Nice Work if You Can Get It”) with a very impressive cast that includes Sierra Boggess (“The Little Mermaid”), Jeremy Jordan (“Newsies”), Terrence Mann (“Pippin”), Tony Sheldon (“Priscilla”), Jan Maxwell (“Lend Me a Tenor”) and Jose Llana (“Here Lies Love”), as first reported by Playbill.com.
Kline to return to ‘Pirates of Penzance’ in the park
Kevin Kline, who rose to fame 30 years ago as the Pirate King in the historic Shakespeare in the Park revival of “The Pirates of Penzance,” will reprise the role when the musical returns to the Delacorte Theater on June 10 for the Public Theater’s annual gala. No word yet on whether Linda Ronstadt, who played the ingénue Mabel, will also take part in the event in some capacity.
Katy Perry at “Kinky Boots” and then raving about Billy Porter on Twitter … Ron Howard, Don Cheadle and Patti LuPone at “Lucky Guy” … Ricky Martin, Jane Krakowski, Tommy Tune, Debra Messing and Victor Garber at opening night of “Pippin” … Fred Armisen at opening night of “Here Lies Love” at the Public Theater …