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Tyne Daly returning to Broadway this spring in new Terrence McNally play

It’s about Tyne (groaning may commence now) for a new Terrence McNally play on Broadway, and after her triumph in playing Maria Callas two seasons ago in a revival of McNally’s Tony-winning bioplay Master Class, Ms. Tyne Daly will return to the Great White Way in the author’s newest play, Mothers and Sons.

The play, which recently premiered at Bucks County Playhouse to much acclaim in June, is an extension of McNally’s 1990 AIDS-themed TV mini-drama Andre’s Mother, in which a gay man’s funeral brings together a grieving lover and the deceased’s disapproving mother, and Ms. Daly will play the mother character checking up on her son’s former partner — now a father of a 6-year-old — two decades later. Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd) and Bobby Steggert (Ragtime) co-starred with Daly in the Bucks County production; no word yet on whether they will reprise their roles, but given the latter’s commitment to the large-scale musical of Big Fish beginning next month, it seems likely they will need to recast at least one principal role.
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Vocal impressionist sings 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' as 19 different divas -- VIDEO

Turn around, Bright Eyes, and sit down — because you’ll never be able to top Christina Bianco’s recent rendition of “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”

First of all, you’re probably not a Drama Desk Award-nominated musical theater performer. Secondly, chances are you haven’t spent years honing spot-on impersonations of everyone from Adele to Edith Piaf to Shakira. And thirdly, even if you have, you may still find it tricky to switch from one diva to another at a moment’s notice. Bianco, though, has the transitions down to a science.

Though Bianco’s strongest impressions are of beloved Broadway performers — her Liza Minnelli and Kristin Chenoweth voices should be in a museum, or something — she’s also great at channeling poppier voices like Britney Spears and even Zooey Deschanel. Here, just watch:
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Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel put 'Wicked'-ly adorable new twist on 'I'm Not That Girl' -- VIDEO

Broadway power couple Idina Menzel (Wicked) and Taye Diggs (Rent) were so grateful for one woman’s support of A Broader Way, their performing-arts charity for under-served communities, that they decided to thank her in the best way they know how: with a song!

For the thank-you tune, Menzel, who also plays Rachel Berry (Lea Michele)’s mom on Glee, chose “I’m Not That Girl,” one of her standout numbers from Wicked, but this time, it had the added bonus of her dreamy husband beatboxing in the background. The cell phone video was recorded at the airport, with the couple crouched in a corner, singing/beatboxing as quietly as possible — but we’re guessing their fellow Delta loungers wouldn’t have minded an impromptu performance from the talented twosome. Check it out below:
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'A Raisin in the Sun': Diahann Carroll, Sophie Okonedo, Anika Noni Rose to join Denzel Washington

It looks like Cicely Tyson’s recent Tony triumph in The Trip to Bountiful might be sparking more Broadway returns for veteran actresses off the boards for 30-plus years. Diahann Carroll, a Tony winner herself who hasn’t appeared in a Broadway show since a stint in Agnes of God in 1983, will return to the New York stage playing the award-winning role of Lena Younger, opposite the already-announced Denzel Washington (who won a Best Actor Tony for the revival of August Wilson’s Fences in 2010) playing Walter, in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, concerning a lower-middle-class African-American family in the 1950s trying to determine what to do with inherited money that might provide them a better living.

Joining Washington and Carroll will be Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) as Walter’s wife Ruth, Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change) as Walter’s younger sister Beneatha, and Lucky Guy‘s Stephen Tyrone Williams as Nigerian student Joseph. Kenny Leon, who also helmed the Washington-Viola Davis production of Fences, will direct the revival of the legendary play, recently selected by EW as one of the 10 best plays of all time.

A Raisin in the Sun is scheduled to begin previews at the Barrymore Theatre on March 8, 2014, and is slated to open April 3.

Denzel Washington heading back to Broadway

Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway — but he won’t be singing.

Standing with his wife, Pauletta Pearson, on the red carpet Monday at the premiere his new movie, 2 Guns, the Oscar- and Tony-winning actor said he’s set to appear in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.

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Nathan Lane to return to 'The Nance' after injury -- UPDATE

A spokeswoman for The Nance says star Nathan Lane will return to the Broadway play Thursday after injuring his leg during Wednesday’s performance.

Lane was unable to finish Wednesday night after the Tony Award-winner’s leg was injured by the play’s revolving set. Two and a half hours before he was due to go on Thursday, the spokeswoman said he would be back.

In Douglas Carter Beane’s play, Lane plays a “nance” — a show business term for a stereotypically camp homosexual man — who is struggling both with his own identity and frustration at society’s hypocrisy toward homosexuality.

Lane, a Tony winner for The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, was nominated as best actor this year for The Nance.

Dule Hill to join Broadway's 'After Midnight'

Dule Hill will be tapping into his dancing roots when he joins Broadway’s After Midnight, a musical celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem.

Producers said Wednesday the actor and trained tap dancer best known for starring in USA’s hit detective series Psych, will play the host of the show, presenting the sound and glamor of the Harlem Renaissance.

Performances start Oct. 18 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, with an official opening night set for Nov. 3.

Hill was last on Broadway as Spoon, a lawyer-turned-budding novelist, in Lydia R. Diamond’s thoughtful family drama Stick Fly in 2011. Hill joins the already announced Grammy and American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino in the lively show that will feature 17 musicians and 25 vocalists and dancers.
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Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart behind the scenes of new Broadway duo plays -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Don’t fret X-Men fans. You will not need to wait until next summer to see Professor X and Magneto together again in X-Men: Days of Future Past. This fall, stage and screen titans Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are teaming up on Broadway to deliver two classic plays in repertory, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, playing a total of four roles among them which should give the acclaimed thesps a lot to impress with. (Fellow Brit Mark Rylance will be doing the same this upcoming season with his Richard III/Twelfth Night gender-smashing one-two punch). Joining them will be Tony winners Billy Crudup (The Coast of Utopia) and Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!), and judging from this exclusive video, it appears to be nothing but happy pros at work here.

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Fantasia returns to Broadway in Duke Ellington show

Grammy Award-winner Fantasia Barrino will star in the Broadway-bound After Midnight, a musical revue celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem.

Producers said Thursday that Barrino, last seen on Broadway in The Color Purple, will be their first guest star in the show. Performances start Oct. 18, with an official opening night set for Nov. 3. Barrino ends her run Feb. 9.

Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle with musical direction by Wynton Marsalis, the show appeared off-Broadway last year at New York City Center under the name Cotton Club Parade. Songs include “Stormy Weather” and “I’ve Got the World on a String.”
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Shia LaBeouf grievance resolved with producers of Broadway's 'Orphans'

Shia LaBeouf battled creepy neighbors (Disturbia), Prohibition baddies (Lawless) and a messload of Transformers on film, but the Great White Way seemed to defeat him before he even stepped onstage.

His early exit from the Broadway revival of the three-hander drama Orphans (which our Thom Geier gave an A- this spring) over “creative differences,” stemming from the tension between him and co-star Alec Baldwin, which was well-documented after the fact and made lots of headlines but couldn’t save the show from closing mere weeks after opening with mixed reviews. (Interestingly, it was the role neither Baldwin nor LaBeouf played that got the most attention, played by Tony nominee Tom Sturridge, who was also making his Broadway debut.)

But after a grievance filed by LaBeouf to Actors’ Equity Association, producers Fred Zollo and Robert Cole released a statement today saying the matter has been resolved. Read the statement below:
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