Thrush to replace Falco in 'Threepenny'
Cyndi Lauper will make her Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theater Company’s new musical production of “The Threepenny Opera.”Lauper, who will play Jenny, will be replacing Edie Falco, who was originally announced in the role. Casting comes after Lauper generated considerable buzz when she auditioned for the role of Mrs. Lovett in Broadway’s “Sweeney Todd.” Role ultimately went to Patti LuPone. Thus Lauper and “Threepenny” may be competing against LuPone and “Todd” at the 60th annual Tony Awards. Directed by Scott Elliott, “Threepenny” begins previews March 24 at Studio 54, officially opening April 20. Limited engagement will run through June 11. “Threepenny” is the fourth tuner at Studio 54 since Roundabout purchased the venue that will serve as its new home for musical theater productions and special theatrical events. Based on Elizabeth Hauptmann’s German translation of John Gay’s 18th-century “The Beggar’s Opera,” “Threepenny” premiered on Broadway in 1933 and saw its most recent Broadway revival in 1989. Roundabout has commissioned Wallace Shawn to translate and adapt the original German book and lyrics for the production. Alan Cumming, Jim Dale, Ana Gasteyer and Nellie McKay will also star in “Threepenny.” Additional cast members will be announced shortly. Isaac Mizrahi will serve as production’s costume designer. In other Broadway casting news, Ben Gazzara, Zoe Wanamaker and Lauren Ambrose will star in Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of Clifford Odets’ “Awake and Sing!” in the spring. Helmed by Bartlett Sher, play about a Jewish family struggling through the Depression in the Bronx will begin previews March 23 at the Belasco Theater and open April 17. Cast includes Ned Eisenberg, Jonathan Hadary, Peter Kybart, Pablo Schreiber and Richard Topol.