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‘Wolverine: The Musical’ spoof
In light of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” it’s not hard to imagine an “X-Men” musical playing Broadway someday. In the meantime, “Wolverine: The Musical,” a five-minute parody video inspired by the upcoming Hugh Jackman film as well as Jackman’s spectacular musical theater abilities, has materialized on YouTube. It’s done entirely with puppets, a la “Avenue Q,” and incorporates music from “Phantom,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Oklahoma!,” “Chicago” and “Guys and Dolls.” Oh, and best of all, Wolverine slices off Spider-Man’s head.

‘Let It Be’ sued by earlier Beatles tribute show
“Let It Be,” a Beatles tribute show in previews at the St. James Theatre on Broadway, is being sued by the producers of “Rain,” another show made up of Beatles impersonators that played Broadway three seasons ago. The lawsuit alleges that the content and format of both shows is virtually the same. In an interview with The New York Times, an attorney representing “Let It Be” asked, “How do you monopolize the ability to impersonate the Beatles?”

Pantoliano, Brown appear in reading of Yankees drama
“The Sopranos” actor Joe Pantoliano played Yogi Berra in a reading last week of “Bronx Bombers,” a new play about the Yankees that will be produced Off-Broadway next season by Primary Stages and is already being eyed for a Broadway transfer. We also hear that W. Earl Brown (“Deadwood”) played Babe Ruth.

Barenaked Ladies kicked from ‘House’
A year ago, we reported that a musical version of “National Lampoon’s Animal House” was in the works and that the rock band Barenaked Ladies had signed on to write the score. As recently revealed by The Canadian Press, the band has been fired and replaced by David Yazbek, who wrote the scores of “The Full Monty” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

Shia LaBeouf, ‘Orphans’ reach an understanding
Even though the Broadway production of “Orphans” closed weeks ago, the backstage drama concerning the termination of Shia LaBeouf has only now come to a finish. As reported by The New York Times, a settlement has finally been reached between LeBeouf, who filed a grievance with Actors’ Equity over his termination from the production, and the show’s producers.

Brit actress Duff to make B’way debut as Lady Macbeth
Anne-Marie Duff, an English TV and stage actress, will make her Broadway debut as Lady Macbeth opposite Ethan Hawke in Lincoln Center Theater’s upcoming production of “Macbeth,” which will begin performances in October.

‘If/Then’ with Menzel confirmed for Broadway
It was confirmed Wednesday that “If/Then,” a new musical helmed by the “Next to Normal” team, starring Idina Menzel, will open next spring at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre after its out-of-town premiere in Washington. An original piece, “If/Then” is about a woman on the verge of turning 40 who moves to New York City to restart her life.

Spotted …
Ricky Martin and Ralph Macchio at “Forever Tango” … Brian d’Arcy James at “Here Lies Love” … Taylor Lautner at “Blue Man Group.”

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