Arts in Brief


NEW YORK — There’s loud talking, snoring and, of course, phones ringing. But theater etiquette might have taken a turn for the bizarre on Broadway last week with a dead cellphone.

A patron at the Tony Award-nominated play “Hand to God” climbed onstage just before the show began to try to recharge his phone in what looked like an outlet. Ushers at the Booth Theatre quickly converged, and the young man was pulled off the stage.

A public announcement was made warning patrons to avoid any similar acts, and ushers were stationed near the offender in case anything else untoward occurred. He apparently got the message.

The attempt to recharge was, in the end, pointless: The onstage outlet was just a prop, created by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt, whose set is a realistic depiction of a basement of a church in Texas.

NEW YORK — “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall is stepping into David Bowie’s old shoes in an off-Broadway musical.

The New York Theatre Workshop said that Hall will star in the musical “Lazarus” this winter by Bowie and “Once” playwright Enda Walsh.

The show is inspired by Walter Tevis’ 1963 novel, “The Man Who Fell to Earth.” The new musical will have new and old Bowie songs. It will be directed by Ivo van Hove.

Hall will play Thomas Newton, which Bowie portrayed in a 1976 film version.

Hall recently portrayed the title character in the Broadway production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

“Lazarus” begins previews on Nov. 18.

NEW YORK — The acclaimed Deaf West Theatre production of “Spring Awakening” is coming to Broadway.

The revival is choreographed by Spencer Liff and will feature a cast of 27 that blends hearing and deaf performers.

Previews begin Sept. 8 and a closing date was set for Jan. 9. It is performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language.

The show is a rock musical based on Frank Wedekind’s classic drama about a dozen young people discovering their sexual identities. The music is by Duncan Sheik, and the lyrics are by Steven Sater.

The original Broadway production of “Spring Awakening” won eight Tony Awards, including best musical.

NEW YORK — The indoor high-tech traveling theme park “The Marvel Experience” has stumbled and will cut short its summer tour.

Producers of the show that includes 360-degree projections, holograms and a 4-D motion ride said Sunday its big debut in Philadelphia will be its one and only stop.

The Chicago, New York and St. Louis legs have been cancelled.

Refunds will be available.

Associated Press