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Broadway Friday

- Spider-Man: The Musical, the most expensive spectacular in Broadway history, is in trouble. The NYT reports that opening day has been put on hold and that stars Alan Cumming and Evan Rachel Wood have been released from their contracts. Producers insist the show will open as planned on February 25th once "cash flow problems have been resolved."

- Equity is looking into the case of the casting director who tweeted nasty comments during the auditions for The Gay Bride Of Frankenstein. Tony winner Marc Shaiman says he's appalled. A second audition has been scheduled to make up for it.

- My pal Jim Brochu (right) brings his one-man show about Zero Mostel, Zero Hour, to Off-Broadway for a limited run at the St. Clement's Theatre from November 14th - January 31st. The show will be directed by three-time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie and was cowritten by longtime JMG reader Steve Schalchlin, Brochu's husband.

- Martin McDonaugh's newest play, A Behanding In Spokane, is slated to open on Broadway in March. Chris Rock is in talks to headline.

- Sammy, the Broadway-bound musical about the life of Sammy Davis Jr., will see its world premier at San Diego's Old Globe on September 19th. Tony nominee Obba Babatunde headlines.

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