I love my friends.
They know I don't normally traffic in gossip, but they keep sending rumors my way anyway.
Angela Lansbury will defy her own self-imposed stage retirement by taking on the role of Madame Arcati in the upcoming Broadway revival of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit.
While no further casting has been announced beyond Christine Ebersole and Rupert Everett (in his Broadway debut), Variety's original September 29 story on the revival stated:
No further casting has been announced, although Angela Lansbury and Rupert Everett are said to be on the wish list.Given that director Michael Blakemore managed to snag Everett since that initial report, spirits (and hopes) are running high that it's only a matter of time before Lansbury says yes.
UPDATED (10/14/08, 9:30 a.m.): According to Playbill (hit tap to SarahB), Angela Lansbury will return to the Broadway boards in Blithe Spirit. It is true!
Cheyenne Jackson's first post-Xanadu ride across a Broadway stage will be as Sky Masterson in the upcoming Broadway revival of Guys And Dolls, which has already cast Oliver Platt as Nathan Detroit.
Sure, the message boards on Broadway World are fanning the flames, no doubt fueled in part by Michael Musto's August dreamcasting of Mr. Jackson as Sky, as well as a little dish from Perez Hilton, who says:
Other cast members have not yet been announced, but we're hearing hottie Cheyenne Jackson will be part of the revival.
But to date, there's really nothing to substantiate the rumor, nor is there anything to negate it.
Teen heartthrob Zac Efron will replace Daniel Radcliffe in the current Broadway revival of Equus.
Efron tells People:
No. I think it's a great role but I was not approached.... (But) I think it's important to always diversify, change it up and play different characters.... I think doing musicals all the time would get stale.TALLY:
One rumor is true, another is squelched and the third remains just that for the time being.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).