Behind the Curtain: 'Spidey' cancels show due to tech problems, more
Remember two-and-a-half years ago when “Spider-Man” was still in a state of unending turmoil? Things have been relatively quiet since it officially opened. But in a rather strange turn of events, Tuesday night’s performance was canceled at the very last minute due to, according to a press representative, “technical difficulties that were discovered during pre-set.” The show was up and flying again the following day.
Luhrmann to direct ‘Ballroom’ in Australia
The stage adaptation of the 1992 Baz Luhrmann dance flick “Strictly Ballroom,” which has long been in gestation, will finally premiere this March in Australia. Luhrmann himself will helm the production. According to The New York Times, the goal is to eventually bring it to Broadway.
Shaw steps in as new ‘Eugene Onegin’ director
Deborah Warner, who was to direct the Metropolitan Opera’s opening-night production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” has bowed out due to “an unexpected surgical procedure” and will be replaced by Fiona Shaw, her longtime artistic partner. Warner and Shaw recently collaborated on the one-woman monologue “The Testament of Mary,” which quickly flopped on Broadway.
Grace, Huttlestone complete ‘Woods’ cast
The casting of the upcoming film version of “Into the Woods” has been completed with the addition of two British child actors. Sophia Grace, 10, known for appearing in Internet music videos, will play Little Red Riding Hood, while Daniel Huttlestone, who was the unafraid Gavroche in the “Les Miz” film, will be Jack.
‘Once’ to offer free tix at four performances
The Tony-winning musical “Once,” as part of an event being called “Once Week,” will distribute 20 free tickets through a lottery for four performances from Aug. 20 to 23. There doesn’t seem to be a particular reason for all this, but who’s arguing?
‘My Name is Asher Lev’ to shutter in Sept.
“My Name is Asher Lev,” the Off-Broadway adaptation of Chaim Potok’s well-known novel about an aspiring Jewish painter and his orthodox parents, will close on Sept. 1. Despite generally less-than-enthusiastic reviews, the three-person drama managed to run 341 performances, quite an accomplishment for a commercial Off-Broadway production.
Atkins, Gambon to do ‘All That Fall’ at 59E59
Trevor Nunn’s (“Les Miz”) London staging of “All That Fall,” an esoteric Beckett drama that was designed for radio but has since been done onstage, will play 59E59 in November. The cast will include Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon.
Megan Mullally at “Kinky Boots” … Orlando Bloom on a motorcycle outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre promoting “Romeo and Juliet.”