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Weekend Agenda: Step on Their Freckles Edition

Ah, the week in American theater… Actually, because we’re so close to the Tonys, let’s call it theatre with an -RE…

  • At some point, the creators of the new Annie revival were like, “You know what would be ideal for Miss Hannigan? If we cast someone who can sing, act, and remember her lines.” Enter Katie Finneran. Thank God.
  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is getting a London production in 2013, according to… um… our interview with David Yazbek. You read it here first. Literally.
  • Breaking Tony News: The shows nominated for Best Musical are all performing at the ceremony this year! Oh, wait… except… what’s the name of that show again? With the tent and the preacher? Ah yes, Leap of Faith, which was mysteriously absent in the performance announcements. If anyone’s looking for an inexpensive way to present the eleven o’clock number, we have a black sheet and an extra string of Christmas lights…
  • Actor Michael McKean was hit by a car this week while he was walking on the damn sidewalk. You can choose from either the Jan Maxwell joke, or the “break a leg” joke — which McKean already made himself. What? Neither of those, you say?
  • If you’re still watching Smash next season — are you still watching it this season? — you’re going to have far fewer men to ogle, apparently. Dev, Ellis, Michael, and Frank have all been canned. That’s Raza Jaffrey, Jamie Cepero, Will Chase and Brian d’Arcy James, for the uninitiated. We’re… not sure how this is going to work. Unless they let us replace those guys with Aaron Tveit, Jeremy Jordan, Steven Pasquale and Jason Danieley. That works.
  • Off-Broadway’s best attempt at being Las Vegas — Million Dollar Quartetis closing. We’re truly sad to see handsome hunks of burning love Eddie Clendening and Robert Britton Lyons go.
  • Because Benjamin Walker is at his hottest when he’s covered in blood, the folks behind Baberaham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter have wisely released a red band (read: unrated) trailer. It’s gore porn. We’ve watched it a million times already.
  • Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo got engaged live on the American Idol finale this week. Because they met on the Broadway — where they were a very terrible Berger and Sheila together in 2010 — this counts as theater news, we suppose. Also noteworthy? Young plugged the name of the jeweler who designed the 1-carat ring, mid-proposal. I gotta tell you, if my proposal has to be turned into a commercial, I better be getting a ring the approximate size of the sun. For the uninitiated, that’s a bit larger than 1-carat.
  • Prince of Broadway, the Hal Prince review slated to open in the fall, has now moved its opening date back to fall, 2013. Our first thought? What of the fabulous Sierra Boggess, who has managed to get herself cast in nearly every postponed show this season? Our vote — FYI, we don’t get one — is that she should head back to the literally flaming Rebecca, which at least has an actual opening date and an actual booked theater.
  • Our favorite casting news of the week? The wonderful Lindsay Mendez will star in the musical Dogfight off-Broadway alongside Annaleigh Ashford, Josh Segarra, F. Michael Haynie, and lots of other youthful, big-singing, crushable folks.
  • In a subtlely-mentioned-on-page-3 kind of way, Jim Parsons officially came out this week. We’re very happy for you, Jimmy, and please do bring your adorable other half with you to the Tonys.

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