Darren Criss will be the next Hedwig
"Glee" star Darren Criss, who briefly appeared in the Broadway revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" three years ago, will take over as the transgender rock artist Hedwig in the Broadway musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" starting April 29. This week, Michael C. Hall returned to the role in order to give John Cameron Mitchell a week to recuperate after he injured his knee during a performance. "I've got a grin plastered on my face that Darren is joining the brotherhood of Hedwigs," Mitchell said in a statement.
Timbers on tap to direct 'Frozen' on Broadway
Director Alex Timbers (whose work ranges from experimental fare like "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" to "Rocky") is apparently in line to direct the inevitable Broadway musical adaptation of the Disney flick "Frozen," as per London's Daily Mail. Songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez will write additional songs for the stage version.
'Hamilton' scores raves -- from everyone but me
Although my review of Lin-Manuel Miranda's new Off-Broadway musical "Hamilton" (published in the paper on Wednesday) mixed enthusiasm with criticisms of the show, virtually every other critic gave the show, which retells the life story of founding father Alexander Hamilton with a hip-hop score, an over-the-top rave. It will no doubt transfer from the Public Theater to Broadway, but it is currently unclear whether it will transfer before the end of April, which would make it eligible for this year's Tony Awards.
'Secret Garden' to grow at Avery Fisher Hall
Manhattan Concert Productions, which produced a concert production of Jason Robert Brown's "Parade" led by Jeremy Jordan and Laura Benanti at Avery Fisher Hall on Monday night, has announced that it will present the 1991 musical "The Secret Garden" next year at the same location.
Paper Mill releases its annual clues
In what has become an annual tradition, New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse has given out five images that are clues as to which shows will be produced during its 2015-16 season. The images can be viewed on BroadwayWorld.com and other theater news sites. Although the clues are tricky, it appears that four of the five shows at Paper Mill will be "West Side Story" and "A Christmas Story" and the new musicals "Bandstand" and "A Bronx Tale." The new season will be officially announced later this month.
Bart Sher to helm
'Otello' at the MetBartlett Sher, whose Broadway revival of "The King & I" is about to begin previews at Lincoln Center, has secured another gig at the nearby Metropolitan Opera. He will helm a new production of Verdi's "Otello," which will open the Met's new season on Sept. 21. The Met will also offer new stagings of Berg's "Lulu," Bizet's "Les Pêcheurs de Perles," Puccini's "Manon Lescaut," Donizetti's "Roberto Devereaux" and Strauss's "Elektra."
Ethan Hawke, Salman Rushdie and Lewis Black at "Hamilton" ? Harvey Weinstein at "Parade" ? Stephen Sondheim at "Honeymoon in Vegas" ? Liam Neeson at "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" ? John Kerry, Amy Pascal and Anna Wintour at "The Elephant Man."