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Behind the Curtain: Whitney Houston's 'Sparkle' and more

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Whitney film 'Sparkle' headed for Broadway
Is it too soon for a Whitney Houston-inspired Broadway musical? There are already plans to stage "Sparkle" - Houston's last film, which comes out in August - on Broadway, producer Howard Rosenman confirmed to "People will be blown away by Whitney," said Rosenman, who's already see the film. "She sings gospel, and she's phenomenal."

Rudin and Roth declare their happiness
Last week, we reported the rumor that producer Scott Rudin was considering moving "The Book of Mormon" to a new theater after Jujamcyn Theaters exec Jordan Roth took over as lead producer of the play "Clybourne Park" - a position that Rudin had just quit out of spite for playwright Bruce Norris. In response, Rudin and Roth sent out a joint statement assuring that they are "longtime partners and good friends" and that "'The Book of Mormon' is "a very happy tenant with a very happy theatre owner." All things considered, the show's box-office receipts would make anyone very happy.

'Godspell' to offer 'Tweet Seat Performance'
Want to tell all your friends that you think Jesus is hot while he's still singing and dancing? The Broadway revival of "Godspell," which has been doing lackluster business since opening in the fall, is holding a "Tweet Seat Performance" for audience members who can't wait for intermission to whip out their cell phones. Here's what I would tweet: "Help! I'm trapped at a terrible revival."

'Far From Heaven' musical set for Off-Broadway
Playwrights Horizons will present the New York premiere of the upcoming musical version of the Julianne Moore film "Far From Heaven," which will feature a score by the "Grey Gardens" team of Scott Frankel and Michael Korie.

Daisey publishing 'Steve Jobs' text on his website
Can't snag a ticket to Mike Daisey's acclaimed new monologue "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," which is currently receiving an encore run at the Public Theater? Daisy has promised to publish the script on his website at But as anyone who's seen the show can confirm, Daisey's zealous, sweaty intensity can't be replicated by just text alone.

Che to become 'Everyman' in Martin's 'Evita' revival
In the original production of "Evita," the role of the narrator, played by Mandy Patinkin, was called "Che" in reference to the historical figure Che Guevara. For the upcoming Broadway revival, the role, to be played by Ricky Martin, has been changed to simply "Everyman."

Spotted ...
Susan Sarandon at "Wit" ... Jesse L. Martin at "Memphis" ... Kristin Chenoweth at "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" ... Gloria Estefan and Adam Lambert at "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" ... Steven Spielberg, Vanessa Williams and James Spader at "Porgy and Bess."

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