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Weekend Agenda: Sleepy, Snowy Saturday Edition

You guys, it’s SNOWING! Happy weekend, and happy gossip…

  • On Thursday night, we attended Ghost Light Sessions, a preview of… wait for it… Ghost: the Musical. Of note: Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics fame) was there looking like Ringo Starr and wearing a seriously bedazzled guitar strap, and the man playing Sam is both handsome and British. We dig. Also, we snagged some goodies to give away, so keep your eyes peeled for the contest on Monday.
  • Spider-Man‘s answer to Julie Taymor’s epic creative rights lawsuit? An equally epic counter-suit from the show’s producers that paints Taymor, of course, as a big controlling bitch who blatantly refused to make the show as “family-friendly” as they had kindly requested. Not that her version of the show was any good, but we’re feeling Julie on this one and hope she kicks their asses. Or at least gets nominated for a Tony Award, which would make for some totally awesome/awkward red carpet moments.
  • Per Michael Reidel, Love Never Dies will take a stab at Broadway sometime soon, despite lukewarm critical reception overseas. Given Andrew Lloyd Webber’s determination to make his Phantom sequel happen, we’re not surprised. Baffling, on the other hand, is Michael Riedel’s utter lack of vitriol surrounding this over-the-top clunker. We’re frankly disappointed and expected better from him.
  • Rachel Berry’s gay dads have been cast, after what was apparently a competitive and exhaustive search. Because everyone wants to work with Lea Michele, you guys! Anyway. Casting Brian Stokes Mitchell and Jeff Goldblum is probably the most interesting thing Glee has done all season, so we’ll tune in.
  • His Royal Cuteness Andrew Rannells is slated to star in a yet-to-be-greenlighted Ryan Murphy comedy. And thank god, because Andrew hasn’t been in a hit in ages…
  • News that made us sad this week? Chinglish will be ending its run at the Longacre Theatre on January 29th. News that kind of made us raise an eyebrow? Magic/Bird will take over the theater. Lombardi, another show about professional sports, closed after less than 300 performances in a much smaller house. We’re curious to see how this material fares.
  • Peter and the Starcatcher will open on Broadway this season, and will hopefully take the exceptionally darling Adam Chanler-Berat with it. Sadly, the illogically hot Christian Borle has already stated that he will not be taking the Staten Island Ferry into the city every night after shooting Smash to reprise his role.
  • Tony Kushner and Stephen Sondheim engaged in another round of wankery high-handed discussion this week. Highlights: Half an hour on opera — a topic so relevant to both of their careers — and more critic-bashing, because surely none of us have had enough of that topic.
  • And last, but not least, something cool — The Mountaintop, the Katori Hall play about Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth starring Samuel L Jackson and Angela Basset survived mixed reviews and managed to recoup its investment. An original drama recouping on Broadway is definitely worth a toast, so, cheers, you guys. Well done!

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