A new season is heating up on Broadway and I’ve got all your newsy bits right here!

Everyone’s heads exploded when we heard that Neil Patrick Harris would be returning to Broadway in a revival of Hedwig & The Angry Inch, and now it’s all official with a theatre and opening date!  The musical with text by John Cameron Mitchell, music/lyrics by Stephen Trask, and directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer will open Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Belasco Theatre, with previews beginning March 29, 2014.

If you don’t know about Hedwig, the show was called “the best rock musical ever” by Rolling Stone and “the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever,” by Time Magazine. And lest ye forget, this is the first appearance for NPH on Broadway since he starred in the 2004 Tony-winning revival of Assassins.  He’s gearing up to host the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept 22, as well, where he could snag his fourth Emmy as host and producer of the 2012 Tony Awards, joining his other two for hosting and another for his guest-starring role on Glee.

Rehearsals began in Manhattan this week for Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot starring Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley. The limited-engagement repertory season begins previews at the Cort Theatre October 26 with the official opening on Sunday, November 24.  This limited season will run for 14 weeks only.  For performance schedule and more information, visit TwoPlaysInRep.com.  Incidentally, last weekend Patrick Stewart married Brooklyn songwriter Sunny Ozell with none other than his Broadway and X-Men co-star Ian McKellen to officiate the ceremony!  Congrats to all!

History in the making!  Last Saturday, the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys surpassed Fiddler on the Roof as the 15th longest-running show in Broadway history, playing its 3,243rd performance on September 7 at The August Wilson Theatre!  The show’s been seen by over 18 million people worldwide, currently playing NYC, Las Vegas, London and on a national tour, with a production set to open soon in The Netherlands.  Now go back and sing this whole paragraph in your Frankie Valli falsetto voice!

Some casting news for ya:  three-time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker joined the cast of Cinderella last week, stepping in as Marie, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, for Tony winner Victoria Clark who is on temporary leave to appear in The Snow Geese, as I previously reported to you.  Luker plays the role through January 19.  Also four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh (Golda’s Balcony, Lend Me a Tenor), who recently filled in for Tony winner Andrea Martin while on vacay, will officially replace her as Berthe in the Tony winning revival of Pippin.  Martin is leaving to star in a new Canadian TV show, playing her last performance September 22.  And the upcoming musical adaptation of the 1976 Academy Award winning Best Picture Rocky has chosen its leading man to play the iconic role, and it’s Jersey Boys and Edwin Drood star Andy Karl!  They’ve also said that newcomer Margo Seibert will make her debut as Adrian.  They take over the Winter Garden from Mamma Mia for previews on February 11, 2014 with an official opening on March 13.

This Sunday, September 15,  The Fantasticks has a lot to celebrate.  They’ll be playing their 20,000th New York performance, the first time any production on OR off-Broadway has ever reached such a mark.  It can be safely said it is the world’s longest running musical.  If you’ve never had the chance to see the modern twist on Romeo & Juliet, or want to re-live great memories and songs, be sure to see them at The Jerry Orbach Theatre (fittingly named for its original and beloved star) at The Snapple Theatre in the heart of midtown.  www.SnappleTheatre.com

Alright, I’ve got you covered for another week, be sure to watch this space for all you need to know to show-off what a Bway insider you are!

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