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Behind the Curtain: Robert De Niro wants to direct 'Bronx Tale' musical

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Who knew that Robert De Niro wanted to direct a musical? According to Showbiz411, he plans to adapt "A Bronx Tale," Chazz Palminteri's one-man show that De Niro directed as a movie, into a Broadway musical. Also attached to the project are producer Tommy Mottola and composer David Bryan.

LaBeouf drops out of Baldwin's 'Orphans'
The producers of the new Broadway play "Orphans," which begins previews next month and stars Alec Baldwin as an infamous Chicago criminal, suddenly announced Wednesday afternoon that Shia LaBeouf has left the show "due to creative differences." Later that night LaBeouf posted on Twitter what appeared to be emails he received from Baldwin and director Dan Sullivan regarding his departure. "Alec is who he is. You are who are you are. You two are incompatible. I should have known it. This one will haunt me. You tried to warn me," Sullivan apparently wrote to LaBeouf. His replacement will be Ben Foster.

'Smash' ratings continue to sink
Just in case you wondered whether the depressed ratings that greeted the season two premiere of "Smash" were just a fluke, here's more proof that Middle America simply has no interest in the behind-the-scenes turmoil of a Broadway musical. Episode two received even worse ratings, sinking to 3.29 million viewers.

Davis eyeing Hathaway, Firth for 'My Fair Lady'
Grammy-winning producer Clive Davis, who recently announced his hope of producing a Broadway revival of the all-time classic "My Fair Lady," already has a cast and a director in mind. Per USA Today, Davis wants Anne Hathaway and Colin Firth to play Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins and Bartlett Sher ("South Pacific") to direct.

Spotted ...
Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari checking out their "Bosom Buddies" co-star Holland Taylor in "Ann" ... Bill Pullman, who co-starred in the film of "Newsies," checking out the Broadway musical ... David Mamet and Kathleen Turner at opening night of "Really Really."

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