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Broadway Friday

According to New York Post critic Michael Riedel, Sean Hayes isn't butch enough to play the lead in a proposed revival of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's Promises, Promises. Riedel: "That casting's a little odd. Hayes doesn't seem quite virile enough to play a role originated by Jerry Orbach, one of Broadway's greatest leading men."

- A limited-engagement revival of Bob Fosse's Dancin' opens at the Roundabout in April 2009. The show will tour nationally afterwards. Dancin' originally played 1774 performances beginning in 1978.

- Brian d'Arcy James has been announced as the lead of Shrek: The Musical, which will begin performances at the Broadway Theatre on November 8, with an official opening on December 14.

- Off-Off-Broadway: Ladies & Gents is playing in the toilets in Central Park. "The production plays out in two 20-minute halves, performed at the same time in adjacent rest rooms near the Bethesda Fountain. The audience is randomly divided into two groups and sees both parts of the story. Each audience member is directed to a spot in the toilet and told not to move."

- Tony winner Marvin Hamlisch will conduct and host Broadway's Greatest Showstoppers with the New York Philharmonic on May 20th. Appearing: Kristin Chenoweth and Raúl Esparza.

- Curtains will close on June 29th after 26 previews and 511 regular performances.

- Ivan Dixon, best known as Sgt. Kinchloe on Hogan's Heroes, has died at 76. Dixon was in the original cast of Broadway's Raisin In The Sun in 1959 and had a successful career post-Hogan's Heroes as a director of many television shows including Quincy, The Waltons, and The Rockford Files.


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