'Hamilton' will transfer to Broadway in July
At a news conference at the Public Theater on Tuesday, songwriter-actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, producer Jeffrey Seller and Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis confirmed that "Hamilton," which opened last week at the Public to mostly glowing reviews, will transfer to Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre. However, it will not begin performances on Broadway until July 13, which means it cannot be considered for this year's Tony Awards. "Hamilton" will continue its sold-out run at the Public through May 3. On Wednesday, the Public announced that Jonathan Groff will take over the role of King George from Brian d'Arcy James on March 3, as James is about to join the new Broadway musical "Something Rotten."
Nathan Lane to return to 'It's Only a Play'
Nathan Lane, who left the hit Broadway comedy "It's Only a Play" in order to appear in Eugene O'Neill's epic drama "The Iceman Cometh" at BAM, will return to "It's Only a Play" on March 31. Martin Short took over for Lane and will continue with the show through March 29.
Nickelodeon working on 'SpongeBob' musical
Nickelodeon is developing a "SpongeBob SquarePants" musical, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. It will contain new songs from a variety of rock artists including Aerosmith and John Legend. Tina Landau ("Big Love") is set to direct.
Keith Carradine will paint a 'Wagon' at City Center
Keith Carradine, best known for the film "Nashville," will headline the upcoming Encores! concert revival of the rarely-seen Lerner & Loewe musical "Paint Your Wagon," which will play City Center starting March 18. Also in the cast are Alexandra Socha ("Fun Home") and "American Idol" finalist Justin Guarini.
Asian theater group cancels 'Show Boat' after protests
The National Asian Arts Project, which has presented classic musicals like "Oklahoma!" and "Hello, Dolly!" with all-Asian casts in recent years, has canceled its upcoming production of "South Boat" following a round of protests. It was to be directed by Tommy Tune. "After carefully absorbing arguments of both support and opposition, we have chosen to cancel the production, concluding that the goal that propelled us -- to lift up the Asian-American theater artist -- could not be sufficiently achieved," the organization explained in a statement.
Paper Mill announces its full new season
Last week, I made educated guesses over which shows would be produced next season at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse based on clues that the theater released. This week, Paper Mill announced that next season it will present the world premieres of the new musicals "A Bronx Tale" (to be co-directed by Robert De Niro) and "Bandstand" and revivals of "West Side Story," "A Christmas Story" and "Pump Boys and Dinettes."
Weinstein to do 'Around the World' musical after 'Neverland'
Harvey Weinstein, who is behind the new Broadway musical "Finding Neverland," is also at work on a musical based on the 1956 film "Around the World in 80 Days." Last weekend, he premiered songs from it at a pre-Oscars dinner.
Lewis, Cantone, Mitchell set for 'Broadway Backwards'
The annual "Broadway Backwards" concert, a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in which performers take well-known musical theater songs and put them into a same-sex context, will be held on March 9 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The lineup will include Norm Lewis, Mario Cantone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Florence Henderson and Jackie Hoffman.
Arianna Huffington at "Disgraced" ... ?Robert De Niro and Stockard Channing at "Hamilton"? ... George Takei at "Honeymoon in Vegas."