Simmons asked to play Goblin in 'Spider-Man'

Rock musician Gene Simmons revealed last week via Twitter that he has been offered the role of the Green Goblin in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" that was originated by Patrick Page and is currently being played by Robert Cuccioli. Although Simmons did not say whether he would accept the chance to join the production, he made a point of thanking the show's producer Michael Cohl.

'Big Fish' musical set

to close next month

The Broadway musical "Big Fish," which opened earlier in the fall to largely dismissive reviews, will throw in the towel on Dec. 29, its producers announced Sunday. In a statement, producer Dan Jinks affirmed his belief that the show will live on in future productions. It is assumed that another show will now open at the Neil Simon Theatre before the end of the season.

'Shakespeare in Love'

to premiere in London

A stage version of the Oscar-winning film "Shakespeare in Love," produced by Disney Theatricals and Sonia Friedman, will premiere in London this coming summer. Based on Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard's screenplay, it will be written by Lee Hall ("Billy Elliot") and directed by Declan Donnellan, who is best known for his work with the experimental company Cheek by Jowl.

Alanis Morissette turning 'Jagged' into a musical

Following in the footsteps of her fellow artists, Alanis Morissette is currently working on a musical adaptation of her hugely popular Grammy-winning album "Jagged Little Pill," which contains the hit songs "Ironic," "One Hand in My Pocket" and "You Oughta Know." "I look forward to taking the heart of 'Jagged Little Pill' and expanding its story, fleshing it out into ever deeper layers," Morissette said in a statement.

'Fun Home' merits

a third extension

Still no word on whether the Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron musical "Fun Home" will transfer to Broadway. However, the Public Theater extended its Off-Broadway run on Tuesday through Dec. 15 -- its third extension to date. Other than perhaps the double bill of "Twelfth Night" and "Richard III," it's hard to think of any other show this fall that received as much acclaim.

Spotted ...David Hyde Pierce, Geoffrey Rush and Sigourney Weaver at opening night of "Twelfth Night" and "Richard III" ... Holly Hunter and Peter Dinklage at "The Jacksonian."