Although the St. James Theatre on 44th Street is vacant, its marquee is advertising “Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” which was adapted by, directed by and stars Riggan Thomson, who actually looks a lot like Michael Keaton. Well, it actually is Keaton, and the sign is just being used as part of the filming of “Birdman,” in which Keaton plays a film actor trying to revive his career by spearheading a stage play.
Encores! to stage ‘Most Happy Fella,’ ‘Little Me’
City Center announced the lineup for next season’s Encores! concerts on Tuesday, which will include the madcap 1962 musical comedy, “Little Me,” in which “Smash” actor Christian Borle will take on the multitude of roles originally played by Sid Caesar; Frank Loesser’s 1956 gem, “The Most Happy Fella” with Tony winner Shuler Hensley in the lead; and “Irma La Douce,” the rarely-seen 1960 musical about a French prostitute.
LaChiusa to tackle the First Daughters in new musical
Michael John LaChiusa, whose wide swath of underappreciated musicals includes “First Lady Suite,” which explores various First Ladies and their gal pals, is preparing a sort of sequel, “First Daughter Suite,” as reported by Playbill.com. LaChiusa also confirmed to Playbilll.com that the piece will probably not include any of the Obamas as characters, though the thought of Audra McDonald playing Michelle remained tempting.
Shaw to bring Coleridge ‘Rime’ to the stage
Fiona Shaw, whose run in the recent Broadway production of “The Testament of Mary” was cut short by an early closing notice, is already set to return to the stage in December in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” a 45-minute work based on the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem that will be staged at BAM.
CBS agrees to air Tonys through at least 2018
CBS announced Wednesday that it has reached a new agreement with the Broadway League and American Theatre Wing to continue airing the Tony Awards through at least 2018. The announcement is significant in light of the ceremony’s ratings, which continue to sink in viewership year by year. This year’s awards will be broadcast by CBS on June 9.
Darren Criss and Chris Colfer at “Annie” … Tyler Perry and Angela Bassett at “The Trip to Bountiful” … Josh Radnor at “Pippin.”