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Which famous film franchise is coming to the stage? What will next year’s live NBC broadcast be? And who is Broadway’s next Hedwig? Find out all these answers and more in Stagelight’s Top Ten Theater Stories of the Week!

10. Hugh Jackman opens The River this Sunday
Jez Butterworth’s play The River opens on Broadway this Sunday starring Mr. Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman. Butterworth’s last play to see the Broadway stage was the critically acclaimed Jerusalem, that earned Mark Rylance one of his many Tony Awards. The River will play a limited run at Circle in the Square before Fun Home moves in April 4th.


9. Michael Cerveris to revive role in Broadway’s upcoming Fun Home
When Fun Home arrives at Circle in the Square this April, it will feature Tony winner Michael Cerveris reprising his role from last year’s production at the Public. Most of the Public’s closing cast will join Cerveris. There has been a significant amount of Tony buzz surrounding the show, and in a season heavy on plays and revivals, Fun Home might just run away with the top honor for Best New Musical.


8. Fiddler revival announced with Danny Burstein
The Fall 2015 revival of Fiddler on the Roof has found its Tevye – five time Tony nominee Danny Burstein! Burstein has been very busy of late, having starred on Broadway in Follies and the latest production of Cabaret. And with South Pacific’s Bartlett Sher directing, this Fiddler will be the must-see revival of next season!


7. Stars Candice Bergen and Alan Alda take over Love Letters
The rotating cast of Broadway’s Love Letters is welcoming Candice Bergen and Alan Alda this week (ending Carol Burnett and Brian Denehy’s run). Bergen and Alda join this A.R. Gurney play through December 5 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. But fear not if you can’t get tickets for Bergen and Alda – Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg, Anjelica Huston, and Martin Sheen are slated to step into the show in the coming months!


6. Project Runway takes on Wicked
This Thursday’s episode of Project Runway Allstars will feature a challenge inspired by the hit Broadway musical Wicked. The winning design will be featured at the Gershwin Theatre through the end of the year. And with the show’s host Alyssa Milano arriving in Glinda’s bubble, this might just be an episode not to miss.


5. Elisabeth Moss and Jason Biggs arrive on Broadway this February
The Heidi Chronicles – featuring Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss and Orange is the New Black’s Jason Biggs – is set to begin performances February 23 at the Music Box Theatre on 45th. This play revival will be directed by Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance). Moss is set to play “a woman willing to do what it takes to take on the world”. Well, we just can’t wait to see her do it.


4. Martin Short is back!
Star of stage and screen Martin Short is back on Broadway this January, as he takes over for Nathan Lane in the hit It’s Only a Play (which has just been extended, according to producers). The play has already set a new box office record at the Schoenfeld Theatre, and Short seems like just the star to keep those stellar sales going.


3. And the NEXT Hedwig is…
Producers are playing coy about the possibility that Hedwig creator John Cameron Mitchell will step into Hedwig’s heels when Michael C. Hall completes his Broadway run. This casting idea has been long rumored and would certainly be a hit among hardcore Hedwig fans. Mitchell originated the role Off-Broadway, and brought it to the big screen in the 2001 film version.


2. Hunger Games bound for the London stage
Producers announced this week that the hit Hunger Games franchise will make the leap to the London stage in 2016. While details have yet to emerge, it has been reported that the new theatrical venture will find its home in a brand new theater. Could Hunger Games be the stage hit we’ve all been waiting for? We’ll see if the odds are ever in their favor…


1. NBC’s next live broadcast is…
NBC is strongly considering Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom drama A Few Good Men as their next live broadcast, following this December’s live Peter Pan. Sorkin would adapt his play for the small screen, though no details on potential actors or directors have been floated yet. If Peter Pan and A Few Good Men are as successful as last year’s live Sound of Music, NBC may just find its way back to being number one again!

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