The national tour of "Shrek the Musical" has set its kickoff date, launching at Chicago's Palace Theater in July.
West End and Broadway plans are firming up for "Enron," the Brit hit that recently ended its world preem run at the Chichester Festival Theater.
Broadway continued its late-summer slippage in Week 14 (Aug. 23-30).
In London, Rob Ashford is a hot director with two Donmar Warehouse hits to his name.
The 2009-10 season at the Crossroads Theater Company in New Brunswick, N.J., includes three world preems, one of which is written and performed by Daniel Beaty ("Emergence-See!").
Spike Lee has signed on as one of the presenters of "County of Kings," the solo show penned and performed by Lemon Andersen and beginning perfs at Off Broadway's Public Theater later this month.
Green Day tuner "American Idiot" has extended its run by three weeks before it even begins perfs at Berkeley Rep.
1980s popster Belinda Carlisle will join the London cast of "Hairspray" this fall, playing the scheming Velma von Tussle in the West End production.
Leslie Kritzer, Barbara Walsh and Felicia Finley are among the Broadway vets signed on to showcase the developing tuners at the 2009 New York Musical Theater Fest.
Michael McKean will host the annual Broadway promotional event "Broadway on Broadway," an outdoor performance of segs from current and upcoming Rialto productions.
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