Behind the Curtain: Katie Holmes and more
Could Katie play Broadway again?
Now that Katie Holmes is divorcing Tom Cruise and resettling in New York, might she give Broadway another shot? Her performance in a revival of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" four years ago was less than impressive, but perhaps she'd be better this time around. I suggest she consider the role of attorney Joanne Galloway in Aaron Sorkin's courtroom drama "A Few Good Men," which was played by Demi Moore in the play's film version. Producer Ken Davenport has been trying to spearhead a revival of it for years.
Mike Nichols mulls retiring from stage
Director Mike Nichols, who earned a Tony Award for his superb direction of the recent Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman," might be through with stage work. In an interview with NPR, when asked what other shows he wanted to direct, Nichols replied, "I can't think of anything else. But I don't need to. I'm perfectly happy at home."
McDonald returns to 'Porgy' after vocal rest
After a lengthy absence due to vocal inflammation, five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald returned to the Broadway production of "Porgy and Bess" on Tuesday night. In order to protect her voice for the rest of the show's run, McDonald is expected to do only seven shows a week.
Page set to exit 'Spider-Man' in August
Patrick Page, who hammed it up as the Green Goblin in "Spider-Man" ever since the show began previews a year and a half ago, will exit the show on Aug. 5. No matter how you feel about "Spider-Man," Page is unquestionably the best part of the show
Eviction date set for Off-Broadway's 'Rent'
The strange trend of shipping long-running Broadway shows to Off-Broadway's New World Stages for a new lease on life may be coming to an end. "Rent," which reopened there last summer just three years after its long Broadway run, will close for good on Sept. 9. While the new staging was vibrant, it was a bit soon for a reboot.
Laurents' memoir 'Rest' to be published
Playwright-director Arthur Laurents, who died last year at age 93, was able to complete one last memoir before his passing. "The Rest of the Story," which covers his last years, during which he directed lauded Broadway revivals of "Gypsy" and "West Side Story" and dealt with the death of his longtime partner, will be released by Applause Books in the fall
Live 'Sound of Music' in planning for NBC
When people occasionally ask what my first Broadway show was, I like to refer to the live television broadcast of "Peter Pan" from the 1950s, which I loved to watch on video as a kid. With that in mind, I was delighted to hear that NBC is planning to produce a stage production of "The Sound of Music" that will be broadcast live. It will be produced by "Smash" producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. In a statement, Meron stressed that this is not simply a remake of the show's extremely famous movie version.
Orlando Bloom, Judd Apatow, Josh Radnor and Victor Garber at "Peter and the Starcatcher" ... Jack Black, Aaron Sorkin, Billy Crystal, Woody Harrelson, Nathan Lane and Kathleen Turner at "One Man, Two Guvnors"