Hugh Jackman to Star in New Play

While you were singing along with Carole King’s catalog over at “Beautiful,” here’s what was happening this week In the Wings.

Hugh Jackman plans Broadway return. The Aussie actor will star in a new play by Jez Butterworth called “The River,” about a man caught in the midst of two women, sometime in the 2014-2015 season. “I'm really excited,” Jackman said on Instagram, responding to reports from The New York Post. “A great team for The River... Can't wait to tread the boards again!!!” [More info]

Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei lead “The Realistic Joneses” this spring. The new Will Eno comedy, which tells the story of two suburban couples who are forced to face the imperfect realities of their everyday lives, is set to open on Broadway April 6. The play will be directed by Sam Gold (“Fun Home”). No theater has been announced at this time, but we can’t wait to keep up with the “Joneses.” [More info]

Disney adapting “Frozen” for the stage.
The hit animated film, which won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Picture and received two Oscar-nominations this week, will have life outside its 2-D format. Disney Theatrical Productions told Entertainment Weekly that a stage version is being developed. “We’re not demanding speed,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said. “We’re demanding excellence.” No word on whether this stage version will play a Disney theme park or Broadway theater, but if the box office records the film is making are any indication, “Frozen” is going to be a hot ticket. [More info]

Did you miss Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in “Romeo and Juliet?” Well you’re in luck. The recent Broadway revival, which closed last December, will be screened nationwide starting Feb. 13 by BroadwayHD. Don Roy King directed the filmed version, captured at a Nov. 27 performance. So get ready to see Bloom’s famous purple underwear on the big screen. For a complete listing of screenings, visit

Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia show their acting chops on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” The two New York Yankees did a dramatic reading of a scene of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “August: Osage County” -- wigs and all. Their appearance was in honor of “Bronx Bombers,” the new Yankees-themed play that began performances at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre last week. Take a look:

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