Thursday, March 1, 2012

Stephen Sondheim and Chita Rivera to Return to New York Stages has reported that Stephen Sondheim has a new musical in the works. The eight-time Tony-winner told the London Evening Standard that he has written “20 or 30 minutes” of a new musical in collaboration with playwright David Ives (Venus in Fur). Also in the news is the fat that one of Mr. Sondheim's more beloved musicals, Into the Woods, is getting a film transfer to be directed by Rob Marshall.

In other news, The Roundabout Theatre Company has announced its new season, and this year includes none other than theatrical legend Chita Rivera. Ms. Rivera will star in a revival of Rupert Holmes' The Mystery of Edwun Drood, which won the Best Musical Tony in 1986. The revival, a whodunnit based on Charles Dickens' last (and incomplete) novel, will be directed by Scott Ellis.

Also in the Roundabout season this year will be a revival of William Inge's Picnic, which will be directed by Sam Gold, who is currently represented on Broadway by Theresa Rebeck's play Seminar. It has been rumored that Picnic will star Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo.

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