Danza set for N.J. 'Vegas' premiere
Two weeks ago, we reported that New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse will present the new musical "Honeymoon in Vegas" before its planned Broadway bow. This week, when Paper Mill formally unveiled its new season, the theater confirmed that Tony Danza, who was originally slated to play gambler Tommy Korman (portrayed by James Caan in the 1992 film), is still involved with the project.
Kazee on vocal rest, absent from 'Once'
Steve Kazee, who received a Tony last year for his deeply felt performance in the musical "Once," has now been absent from the show for over a month. According to the show's press agent, Kazee last performed at the Feb. 6 matinee and has since been "out on vocal rest." In "Once," Kazee plays a heartbroken singer-songwriter whose spark is revived by a spunky single mother.
Is 'Cabaret' returning to Roundabout?
A few years ago, the Roundabout Theatre Company contemplated bringing back its hit revival of the musical "Cabaret," which was the first musical to play Studio 54, but that never materialized. Last week on his live talk show Chatterbox, musical theater know-it-all Seth Rudetsky acknowledged renewed rumors that Roundabout will produce "Cabaret" again as soon as next season. The Roundabout press agent declined to comment.
'Kinky' star, writer feud over character
A friendly debate has arisen between Billy Porter, who plays the transvestite Lola in the new Broadway musical "Kinky Boots," and the show's book writer Harvey Fierstein over Lola's sexual orientation. As first reported by Michael Musto in The Village Voice, Fierstein said that Lola is heterosexual while Porter declared that the character is gay. Perhaps it's an open question that audience members can decide for themselves.
Chenoweth's U.K. tour is canceled
Kristin Chenoweth's U.K. tour was canceled at the last minute under very dubious circumstances. The tour promoter Spekulation Entertainment cited "unforeseen circumstances" in an official statement, and Chenoweth tweeted that there had been "no tickets, no work permits and nothing done."
Brooks still intent on 'Blazing' musical
Although his musical of "Young Frankenstein" failed to achieve the same success as "The Producers," Mel Brooks apparently still wants to do one for "Blazing Saddles." In an interview with TheWrap to promote a new disc set comprised of archival material, the 86-year-old director said that "Blazing Saddles" was "almost there" and that "it could be a bold and crazy musical."
Michael J. Fox at "Matilda" ... Steve Martin at "Once" ... Bill and Hillary Clinton and Meryl Streep at "Ann."