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'Smash' season two, 'Matilda' to hit Broadway and more

L to R: Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Anjelica

L to R: Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Anjelica Huston, and Debra Messing. (Getty) Photo Credit: L to R: Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Anjelica Huston, and Debra Messing. (Getty)

NBC says 'Smash' likely to get second season
Even though the ratings for "Smash" have dipped since its much-touted premiere, the show looks as if it will indeed be renewed for a second season on television. NBC president of programming Bob Greenblatt confirmed to Reuters that NBC is not disappointed with the ratings.

Roundabout confirms 'Drood' with Chita Rivera
Back in December, I broke the news that the Roundabout Theatre Company was planning to revive the murder mystery musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," but few people believed me. Roundabout finally announced on Thursday that it will indeed revive "Edwin Drood" with Chita Rivera playing Princess Puffer.

Sondheim teaming up with Ives for new show
Could a new Stephen Sondheim musical finally be on the way? Sondheim told the London Evening Standard that he is currently working on a new show with "Venus in Fur" playwright David Ives.

Lily Rabe abandons dad's play for Shakespeare
Sorry, dad, Shakespeare is calling. Lily Rabe, who was set to star in the Off-Broadway premiere of "An Early History of Fire," a new play by her father David Rabe, is leaving the cast due to scheduling difficulties with the Shakespeare in the Park production of "As You Like It," in which she will star as Rosalind.

Disney to premiere 'Jungle Book' in Chicago
It looks like Disney's next musical project will be "The Jungle Book." Chicago's Goodman Theatre will stage the musical's world premiere next season, which will include both songs from the film and new material.

Dahl's 'Matilda' to hit Broadway in early 2013
The Royal Shakespeare Company, the force behind the hit London musical "Matilda," based on Roald Dahl's famous children's book, announced this week that it expects to bring the musical to Broadway in early 2013.

Spotted...
Edward Norton at opening night of "Hurt Village" ... Bebe Neuwirth and John Turturro at opening night of "Galileo" ... Usher at "Traces."

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