This ends speculation that the upcoming Broadway transfer of the Public Theater's production of Hair would play that venue, but the question of where Hair will ultimately land remains. Will it ensconce itself at the three-quarter thrust Circle in the Square? The grand-yet-intimate Lyceum once [title of show] closes? The Neil Simon when Hairspray expires? Or perhaps producers are waiting for the inevitable demise of A Tale of Two Cities at the Hirshfeld.
Oh, and I guess Oliver Platt is going to play Nathan Detroit in the Guys and Dolls revival. Whatever, I still don't care. I'll admit that I'm pretty bad at predicting the success of revivals. I was wrong about A Chorus Line and Les Miserables, both of which appear to have made a decent profit upon their (to my reckoning) premature returns. I guess, for me, the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls is iconic and indelible, although I will accede that there are doubtless many people extant who didn't see that production. (To wit: all of my Boston Conservatory students, past and present.)
I will, however, definitely see the new production, if only to witness how director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo manage to inject life into the proceedings. McAnuff has demonstrated an acute skill for creating dynamic productions, whether he's starting with good material (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) or no material (The Who's Tommy, Jersey Boys).
But on the whole, I'm a lot more excited about the prospect of Christine Ebersole and Rupert Everett in Blithe Spirit. (If only it were a revival of the under-appreciated musical version, High Spirits. Ah, well.)