The man bleeds Ragu, but producers for “A View From the Bridge” have decided against placing Tony Danza in the lead role currently played by Anthony LaPaglia, according to a source. Apparently the Nederlanders were nervous about touring a drama, and producers were uncomfortable casting someone who’d not auditioned for the part. The play will now close on July 19, at the end of LaPaglia’s contract. Initial plan was to tour “Bridge” nationally, and Danza had been “actively considered” to take over on Broadway, then head the road version. Producers for “Bridge” could not be reached for comment.
* * *Patrick Marber is “Closer” than you think. The English playwright’s new play, “Closer,” is headed for Broadway in the fall, but he’s coming to a computer terminal near you today. If you’re feeling particularly cyber, you can talk with him at 3 p.m. EDT today about his new work. Just hop online and visit http://www.closer.co.uk. for a live chat. “Closer” is a play that “examines a quartet caught up in love, sex and betrayal,” according to a statement from the show’s American praisery, N.Y.-based Boneau/Bryan-Brown. It’s currently playing in London at the Lyric theater.
* * *“Forever Tango” producers Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch and Marc Routh, along with Jujamcyn Theaters and the musical’s creator, Luis Bravo, were served with a $1 million copyright infringement suit filed by A. Pagani Music on Tuesday. The civil suit contends that “Tango” uses three songs that are under license with Pagani — “Finale,” “Libertango” and “Adios Nonino” — and that Pagani Music has not been paid for their use. Plaintiff’s attorney, Wallace Collins of Stein & Stein, said that the suit may still be settled out of court. Frankel et al. have 20 days to respond to the suit, which has been filed in New York federal court in Manhattan’s southern district. Viertel said he’s not had a chance to review the papers yet, and that a com-ment would eventually come from his attorneys.
* * *Disney’s Broadway smash “Beauty and the Beast” is still in discussions about who will replace Deborah Gibson in the role of Belle. Kim Huber, who played the role on the road, will take over Gibson’s duties for the summer. No word yet on who’ll replace her this fall.