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Behind the Curtain: 'Twilight' musical, 'Houdini' and more

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'Twilight' musical to receive reading
"Twilight: The Musical," a parody of the teen vampire series, will receive an industry reading on Jan. 16 at New World Stages. Its creator, Ashley Griffin, confirmed to me that the musical has not been authorized in any way by the owners of the "Twilight" brand.

Jackman to return to Broadway in 'Houdini'
Hugh Jackman, who just finished his record-breaking one-man show, already has his sights on a Broadway comeback. He will headline the new musical "Houdini," with songs by Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked") and a book by Aaron Sorkin, during the 2013-14 season.

'Relatively Speaking,' 'Lysistrata' to close
It's game over for "Lysistrata Jones," the peppy original musical that combined college basketball with the gender politics of the ancient Greek comedy "Lysistrata." It will close on Sunday after 30 regular performances. Also on the chopping block is "Relatively Speaking," the poorly reviewed trio of one-acts by Woody Allen, Elaine May and Ethan Coen, which will close at the end of the month.

'Succeed' producers raise prices for Criss
Is Darren Criss really more popular than Daniel Radcliffe? Premium tickets to catch the "Glee" co-star's limited three-week run in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" now cost $100 more than they did when Radcliffe was in the lead (going from $302 to $402). Luckily for Criss' young fans, $30 rush tickets are available.

Spotted ...
Tommy Tune, Doris Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker at "Once" ... Chris Colfer and Bruce Springsteen at "The Book of Mormon" ... Dianna Agron at "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."


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