PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Aug. 16-22: TV Stars Flock to CSC and Motown's Leaving Broadway - For Now

Like once-hot restaurants that suddenly shut their doors "for renovations," Motown, the Broadway show featuring music from the legendary Motown catalogue, has announced that it is not exactly closing, but taking a break from Broadway business for a while.

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It will play its final performance at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Jan. 18, 2015, producers announced, adding that Motown will reopen on Broadway in July 2016 at a Nederlander theatre to be announced.

Producer Kevin McCollum said in a statement, "We are only saying farewell to Broadway for now. We are leaving on a strong note, because we have a plan in place to come back even stronger. We've seen that Motown The Musical demonstrably appeals to a wide range of audiences. The passionate response to our show and the Motown catalogue puts us in a great position to arrange a successful return, while at the same time Motown The Musical branches out nationally and internationally."

A U.K. production is planned for summer 2015, and the first national tour of Motown continues.

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If you were one of the characters on a bloodthirsty Medieval-times-set series, you might be in need a restful month in the country.

And that's what Peter Dinklage, star of "Game of Thrones," will get! Classic Stage Company will present Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country, with Dinklage and Taylor Schilling as Rakitin and Natalya, respectively, beginning Jan. 9, 2015.

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Dinklage, who has a long list of theatre credits, was last seen on the New York stage playing the title role in Richard III at the Public Theater. Schilling currently stars in the series "Orange is the New Black."

The production will be an addition to CSC's already announced 2014-15 season, which includes Rodgers and Hammerstein's Allegro, directed by John Doyle; Shakespeare's Hamlet starring Peter Sarsgaard, directed by Austin Pendleton; and Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, starring Chris Noth, directed by Andrei Belgrader.

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It Shoulda Been You, the musical comedy that premiered at the George Street Playhouse in 2011, is targeting a March 2015 Broadway arrival, according to an Equity casting notice.

Conceived by Barbara Anselmi, It Shoulda Been You has book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, with music by Anselmi and additional lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, Carla Rose Fisher, Michael Cooper, Ernie Lijoi and Will Randall. (That's a lot of additional lyricists.)

But none of those names are the reason it's heading to Broadway. That would be Tony and Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce, who will direct the Broadway run of the musical, which he also staged during its 2011 premiere at the George Street Playhouse. The actor-director previously told the Hollywood Reporter that he was hopeful the show would arrive on Broadway during the 2014-15 season.

The musical is described thusly: "In a world where nothing is what it seems, religions collide, Machiavellian plots are revealed, promises broken, secrets exposed, and hope springs from the most unlikely of places. Is it the latest conflict in the Middle East? No, it's just the Steinberg wedding."

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick

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The Nathan Lane-Matthew Broderick Broadway production of Terrence McNally's comedy It's Only a Play has taken in nearly $8 million in sales prior to its Aug. 28 start date, showing that the duo still have considerable box-office clout.

The production will play a limited 18-week engagement at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre with an opening night set for Oct. 9.

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The New Group revival of David Rabe's Sticks and Bones has an awfully nice cast. Starring are Richard Chamberlain, Holly Hunter and Bill Pullman, any one of whom could anchor a show on their own. It will begin Off-Broadway performances Oct. 21.

Sticks and Bones is Rabe's 1971 account of a blind Vietnam vet who comes home to his family, with tumultuous emotional results. The original began Off-Broadway at the Public Theater and moved to Broadway. It won a Tony Award for Best Play, but it hasn't been seen on a New York stage in a major production since.

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The Shubert Organization might be bringing something to Broadway that the theatre hasn't seen in nearly 30 years: a new Broadway theatre.

The New York Post reported that Broadway’s biggest landlord "plan to build a state-of-the-art, 1,500-seat Broadway theater between West 45th and 46th streets — sandwiched between Frankie & Johnnie’s steakhouse and the Shuberts' Imperial Theatre." If the development happens, it would be the first new Broadway theatre since the Marriot Marquis hotel was erected, with the Marquis Theatre in it.

West 45th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue is already the most theatrical street on Broadway, boasting six theatres. The new theatre would be its seventh.