Justin Timberlake In “Hedwig”, Patti LuPone Recreates Cell Phone Theft, Glenn Close Back In “Sunset Boulevard” : Theater

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J.K. Rowling swore Deathly Hallows was the final Harry Potter book, but that doesn’t mean the Boy Who Lived can’t pop up in other mediums: A new  play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is being written by Rowling and playwright Jack Thorne.

Even more exciting, electronica queen Imogen Heap is writing original music for the show, hitting London’s West End in summer 2016.


Close Call?

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Could Glenn Close be returning to Sunset Boulevard?

The Daily Mail is reporting that Close, who snagged a Tony originating the role of faded movie star Norma Desmond in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, could be stepping back into her turban at the English National Opera.

It would be a limited run, starting in 2016 or possibly 2017, with writers Don Black and Christopher Hampton giving the book a little polish.


“Hedwig” Hopefuls

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In an interview with Queerty, John Cameron Mitchell revealed who he’d like to see in Hedwig after Taye Diggs leaves the role.

JCM suggested Justin Timberlake play East Germany’s angriest trans rocker, and while it feels like a long shot, J-Tim is always game to play against type. (Can you picture a One-Inch Dick in a Box?)

Timberlake was also considered for the Broadway transfer of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson back in 2010.

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Mitchell’s other person of interest, though, is right on point: Lady Gaga. The singer-actress will soon be seen in American Horror Story: Hotel, and has already dazzled with a medley from The Sound of Music at this year’s Oscars.

The writer-director says both pop stars, “have acted well, sang and danced in good things, but this would be putting that all together in something that has a lot of weight to it dramatically.”


Play Misty For Me

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Misty Copeland, who is breaking barriers as the first African-American principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, is heading to Broadway!

The 32-year-old ballerina will step into the role of Ivy Smith in On the Town, from August 25 to September 6. The role was originated by Megan Fairchild, a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, who is leaving the show in August.


“Spring” Thing

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The Broadway revival of Spring Awakening is officially on: Producers have announced Deaf West Theatre’s acclaimed Los Angeles production will start previews at the Brook Atkinson Theatre on September 8, performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language.

Opening night is September 27, but it’s a limited run—with a closing date of January 9—so tickets are sure to go fast.


Sorry Wrong Number

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Broadway empress Patti LuPone made headlines last week when she grabbed the phone of a woman who was texting nonstop during Shows for Days.

La LuPone has called out rude audience members before, but this time she didn’t even break character: In the Douglas Carter Beane-scripted play, she plays an over-the-top artistic director who always interacts with an audience member.

In Wednesday’s show, though, she honed in on a lady she noticed typing away obliviously.

“It was the fastest sleight of hand ever,” LuPone told the Daily News. “I shook her hand with one hand and took her phone with the other. Took it. I didn’t grab. I thought, ‘Holy s**t, that was easy.’”

She says she has no idea what the house manager said when he returned the phone,“But I said, ‘Please make her feel bad.’”

Audience behavior now is atrocious, the Tony winner insists, “and it’s only getting worse… We try to transport the audience to another place. These kinds of disruptions break the spell.”

We have to wonder what LuPone would have done at Hand to God, where a theatergoer crawled on stage just before the curtain went up to plug his cellphone into an outlet on the set.

Patti reenacted her phone theft for the Shows for Days audience the next night.