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This Week On Stage: Rebecca Hall and Frank Langella take on the classics

The winter chill may still be in the air but the theater season hasn’t cooled down too much; an extension has been granted for the Patrick Stewart/Ian McKellen Pinter-Beckett duo on the Great White Way, the Mark Rylance Shakespeare plays recently entered the top 10 weekly Broadway grossers (an astonishing feat for classic plays), Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh will take on Off Broadway’s Public Theater with a new play by frequent collaborator Scott Z. Burns to star Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie), and lots more big stars are soon to be touching down.

Daniel Radcliffe will return to NYC to take on the lead role in Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan (for which he got rave reviews in London last year). The dream-team cast of The Realistic Joneses (Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei) are definitely setting up camp this season, though curiously still have no theater (hmmm…). And some little birdies are chirping that megastar Hugh Jackman is eyeballing a Jez Butterworth play called The River as a return to Broadway in 2015 now that Houdini has vanished from the lineup. And this week marks an unusually busy week of openings for January, including the Broadway debut of rising British star Rebecca Hall, Frank Langella’s go to the Bard’s ultimate patriarch, and the auspicious breakthrough by one of our great new musical leading ladies (click on the links below to read the full reviews): READ FULL STORY

Daniel Radcliffe will return to Broadway in 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'

If you didn’t get a chance to see Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in 2008’s Equus or the 2011 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, you’ve got another opportunity to catch the Boy Who Acted on the Great White Way.

Radcliffe will star in the title role in a Broadway mounting of Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, reprising his role from last year’s West End revival at the Noel Coward Theater. The entire cast from the Michael Grandage-directed revival will transfer to Broadway, where it will follow Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen’s double-header Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land at the Cort Theater.

The Cripple of Inishmaan tells the story of a young handicapped boy from a small community off the coast of Ireland who dreams of Hollywood when a film crew arrives to make a documentary about a neighboring island. The cast includes Ingrid Craigie, Padraic Delaney, Sarah Greene, Gillian Hanna, Gary Lilburn, Conor MacNeill, Pat Shortt and June Watson.

The new production will run from April 12 through July 20, with opening night scheduled for April 20 (just in time to make the cut-off for Tony Award nomination eligibility on April 24). In an interesting bit of ticketing news, the production will make 10,000 tickets available for $27 during the limited run.

Broadway's 'The Realistic Joneses' sets dates with Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei, and Tracy Letts

Star wattage will be in full supply in Will Eno’s new play The Realistic Joneses, which producers announced will begin preview performances in mid-March in anticipation of an April 6 opening night on Broadway.

Toni Collette (Hostages), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Tracy Letts (Homeland), and Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny) will all star in the comedy about Bob and Jennifer Jones (Letts and Collette) and their new neighbors, John and Pony Jones (Hall and Tomei), two suburban couples who share much more than a surname when their relationships begin to intertwine.

Each of the four actors has a theatrical pedigree: Emmy winner Collette was a 2000 Tony nominee for LaChiusa’s The Wild Party; Hall appeared in the musicals Cabaret and Chicago and a handful of well-received off-Broadway dramas; Oscar winner Tomei starred on Broadway in Top GirlsSalome, and Wait Until Dark; and Letts is a Tony-winning actor (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and playwright (August: Osage County).

The Realistic Joneses will be directed by Sam Gold and will play a Shubert theater to be announced. The show first bowed at Yale Rep in 2012. The play was announced for Broadway in fall 2013.

Tupac Shakur musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' set for Broadway

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After the January closure of Annie, Broadway’s Palace Theatre has found its next tenant.

Holler If Ya Hear Me, a new musical featuring the music of rapper Tupac Shakur, will open on Broadway at the Palace on June 19. Preview performances for the brand-new show begin May 26. Casting for the show has not yet been announced.

Written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Tony nominee Kenny Leon (who will also direct Denzel Washington in this season’s forthcoming A Raisin in the Sun revival), Holler If Ya Hear Me is an original, non-biographical story about two friends in the inner-city in the Midwest.

For what it’s worth, the musical takes its title from an autobiographical song by the late rapper off his second solo album, released in 1993. In the music video, a girl witnesses her father’s death, finds money to buy a gun, and subsequently rallies her young friends to ostensibly avenge his death. The show does not purport to tell the story of Tupac Shakur, but will use his poetic music and lyrics to offer “a window into the realities of the streets still relevant today.”

The packed design team includes choreographer Wayne Cilento, set designer David Gallo, costumer Reggie Ray, and lighting designer Mike Baldassari. Shakur’s mother, Afeni, will serve as one of the show’s producers.

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' coming to Broadway

The U.K. play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the bestselling book, will transfer to Broadway this fall. This follows a successful West End run for the show, which received seven Olivier Awards this year, including Best New Play.

The production is directed by Marianne Elliott, and Simon Stephens adapted Mark Haddon’s book. For those that haven’t read the book, the story follows fifteen-year-old Christopher, a brilliant but socially inept boy who is accused of killing a neighbor’s dog.  But Christopher’s attempts to find out who really committed the crime end up changing his life forever.

Casting information for the Broadway version hasn’t been announced, but the show will open this fall at the Barrymore Theatre.

First look at Zach Braff (and company) in Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway' musical -- EXCLUSIVE

Woody Allen’s beloved 1994 crime-comedy caper Bullets Over Broadway is making the big leap to the real Broadway stage in a world premiere musical, helmed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman (The Producers).

Here’s why you ought to be excited: Stroman has enlisted a truly dazzling cast of stage veterans to join Scrubs alum Zach Braff in his Broadway debut. Braff plays David Shayne, a naïve playwright who finds himself embroiled with the mob when a gangster’s talentless girlfriend (Masters of Sex’s Heléne Yorke) tramples into the cast of his Broadway show. Joining the onstage fun are Marin Mazzie as the alcoholic Helen Sinclair, Brooks Ashmanskas as gluttonous leading man Warner Purcell, Nick Cordero as interfering gangster Cheech, Vincent Pastore as deep-pocketed mafioso Nick Valenti, Lenny Wolpe as producer Julian Marx, and Betsy Wolfe as David’s neglected girlfriend Ellen.

EW’s got the first exclusive photo of the cast all spiffed up in full costume (designed by Tony-winner William Ivey Long, no less) plus your sneak peek at video from behind the scenes of the glitzy photo shoot, introduced by Braff. One thing is quickly apparent: Bullets Over Broadway will have no shortage of the old school glamour that made Allen’s much-loved movie such a visual treat.
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Carly Rae Jepsen to play Cinderella on Broadway

The “Call Me Maybe” queen is officially royalty.

Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen will make her Broadway debut beginning February 4 playing the title role in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, replacing original star Laura Osnes (who earned a much-deserved Tony nomination for the role).

The 28-year-old singer has signed on for a 12-week run, two weeks longer than fellow Broadway debut Fran Drescher, who joins the show (also on Feb. 4) as Cinderella’s stepmother Madame.

“Broadway has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and I look forward to working with this incredibly talented cast to tell this classic tale,” Jepsen said in a press statement. “These last few years have been a real fairy tale come to life for me, so I feel especially blessed to play this part and be reminded that you must never stop dreaming!”

Jepsen’s theater credits include high school productions of Annie, Grease and The Wiz in British Columbia. The star posted her own excited announcement of her casting on Instagram.

The new Broadway staging of Cinderella re-tells the iconic princess tale with the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein tunes and a new book by Douglas Carter Beane. The show opened on March 3, 2013 at the Broadway Theatre and earned nine Tony Award nominations, winning one for costume design.

Hear Idina Menzel's 'Here I Go' from the new Broadway musical 'If/Then' -- EXCLUSIVE

If you still haven’t gotten Idina Menzel’s soaring Frozen showstopper “Let It Go” out of your head (and rightly so), then we have bad news: we’ve got another Menzel track that you might not be able to stop humming.

One of spring’s most anticipated Broadway musicals is the newest entry from Next to Normal team Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, who have reunited with director Michael Greif for their original musical If/Then. The show will mark the Broadway return of Menzel, who hasn’t graced the main stem stage since her Tony-winning turn as Elphaba in Wicked.

If/Then stars Menzel as Elizabeth, a woman on the verge of turning 40 who moves to Manhattan in the hopes of starting over in every aspect of her life. Below, EW’s got an exclusive sneak peek at Menzel and her onstage romantic interest James Snyder singing “Here I Go” during the show’s sitzprobe (the first time the singers perform with the orchestra in rehearsal). Check it out: READ FULL STORY

Broadway Q&A: Fantasia Barrino on sexy jazz and learning to tap dance in 'After Midnight'

You definitely know Fantasia Barrino from her breakout days on American Idol, but the talented Grammy winner is now far beyond the reach of reality TV — instead, she’s tearing up the stage and delivering a truly show-stopping performance in her second endeavor on Broadway in the new musical After Midnight, celebrating the world of the Harlem jazz clubs of old.

Barrino is the first in a rotating guest star roster, meaning that she’ll only be dazzling audiences for a few months before k.d. lang joins the show (Feb. 11 – Mar. 9) followed by Babyface and Toni Braxton (Mar. 18 – 30). There’s no doubt that the revue is a fun ride for the audience, but we wanted to know whether Barrino was having as much fun onstage as it looks. And the answer, unsurprisingly, is yes.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What do you love about this show and what gets you excited when you think about what you’re a part of?
FANTASIA BARRINO: I love everything about this show, let me say that. Everything! The dancers, Dormeshia [Sumbry-Edwards] and Jared [Grimes]; the simple things like “Creole Love Call,” how beautiful that is. It has no words but just hearing [Carmen Ruby Floyd] sing it gave me so many different emotions. I was like that the entire play! READ FULL STORY

Seven must-see Broadway (and Off Broadway) shows you can ACTUALLY get tickets to this December

If you, like my family, have made plans to head to New York this December but have not planned far enough ahead to, say, buy tickets to a Broadway show, you’re in luck: there are plenty of others like you who are spontaneous theatergoers. Well, fly-by-night patrons in search of available, affordable, AND quality tickets need not worry about getting last pick, a la an unfortunate dodgeball game or holiday dinner behind greedier and more robust relatives.

EW’s stage team has highlighted seven shows (four Broadway, three Off Broadway) that you should — and more importantly can – still get tickets to upon your visit these next few weeks in December. They’re sensational shows, only made better by the fact that you don’t necessarily have to wait in the cold at TKTS or book months in advance to enjoy the experiences that people may still be fond of next year. (Also, stick around EW.com next week for our editor’s Top 10 stage picks of 2013!)

Big Fish (EW’s Grade: B+)
You only have a few more weeks to catch this extraordinarily inventive and heartstring-tugging love letter to the grand traditions of musical theater (with the production values of 2013 thrown in, of course) before it closes December 29. Two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz is utterly mesmerizing, as are the supporting cast (like the dynamite Kate Baldwin, whose name you’ll be hearing more and more) and an old-fashioned score by Andrew Lippa that will have you humming for days. READ FULL STORY

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