Katie Finneran in 'Annie'
Now that it's been finally announced that two-time Tony winner Katie Finneran will play Miss Hannigan in the Broadway revival of "Annie" (a really great choice, by the way), theater message board users have moved on to gossiping about who will play Daddy Warbucks and his secretary Grace.
Ziegfeld misspelled in trailer for Luhrmann's 'Gatsby'
Musical theater junkies are up at arms over a big typo in the newly unveiled trailer of Baz Luhrmann's upcoming film version of "The Great Gatsby." An exterior shot in the trailer of a 1920s Times Square misspells the "Ziegfeld Follies" as "Zeigfeld Follies." No word yet on whether the error will be fixed in time for the film's Christmas premiere.
Chenoweth slated to play Bakker in new musical
Kristin Chenoweth, who played a church choir member on the recently canceled television comedy "GCB," is now looking to play a Christian televangelist in the new musical "Rise," which is based on the life of Tammy Faye Bakker, who died in 2007. According to Playbill.com, "Wicked" producer Marc Platt is attached to the project, which received an industry reading last year.
Beatles origin story to be told on Broadway
Seeing as the Beatles tribute concert "Rain" has already played Broadway, why not a Beatles origin story? "Backbeat," a London musical about the band's beginnings in 1960, will have a regional tryout in Los Angeles followed by a Broadway run. David Leveaux, a once very popular British director (at least until he ruined "Fiddler on the Roof" back in 2004), will stage it. It's based on the 1994 film of the same name starring Stephen Dorff as Stuart Sutcliffe and Ian Hart as John Lennon.
'Leap of Faith' to perform at Tonys
"Leap of Faith," which closed right after opening to bad reviews yet managed to gain a Tony nomination for Best Musical, will still perform at the Tony Awards. As first reported by The New York Times, the show's producers have raised about $150,000 to be able to present a production number from the musical.
'Million Dollar Quartet' to close next month
The jukebox musical "Million Dollar Quartet," which transferred to Off-Broadway's New World Stages after a yearlong run on Broadway, will close for good on June 24 after a combined 901 performances in New York.
Ben Stiller at "Jesus Christ Superstar" ... Jeff Goldblum at "4000 Miles" ... Aaron Sorkin at "Other Desert Cities."