-New attitude! Patti Labelle will join the cast of the Tony-winning Fela! on September 14th and will perform there until the show’s scheduled closing in January. She will replace Tony winner Lilias White in the role of Fela’s mother.
-A Broadway version of Glee will definitely happen, according to the show’s co-creator Ryan Murphy, who says he is already auditioning the cast. No opening date has been disclosed. Murphy is also slated to direct the movie version of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart.
–Hairspray Tony winner Marisa Winokur will co-cost the coming CBS talk show about motherhood with openly lesbian Rosanne star Sara Gilbert.
-Patti Lupone and Brian Stokes Mitchell will star in the musical version of Pedro Almodovar’s Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, which begins previews at the Belasco Theatre on October 2nd.
-Turn around bright eyes: Tony nominee Justin “Kiki” Bond will perform a series of dates at Joe’s Pub beginning on September 12th. If you haven’t seen Justin Bond, you are missing one of the truly unique theatrical experiences of our days.
–Spider-Man: Turn Of The Dark will finally begin previews on November 14th after almost a year of delays related to its record-breaking M production cost.
-Tony winner Beth Leavel (Drowsy Chaperone) and George Wendt (Cheers) have been cast in the musical version of Elf, set to open at the Hirshfeld on November 14th. Wendt will play Santa, the lead role of Buddy has not yet been cast.