RIP: Broadway legend Carol Channing, star of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and the iconic original Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly!", is dead at 97; she was one of a kind, and the true definition of a "legend"
Real Estate: Heidi Schreck's sensational hit play "What the Constitution Means to Me" will play 12 weeks at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre this spring; a critic's pick!, read my review and get tickets; also, the planned renovation of the Palace Theatre appears to have hit a snag
Casting: check out the replacement cast for critic's pick! "The Ferryman" (read my review), led by Brian D'Arcy James; Ruthie Ann Miles and Kathleen Chalfant will headline Waterwell's site-specific play "The Courtroom" (FREE tickets are still available here); Carmen Cusack will star in "Call Me Madam" at City Center Encores; and the cast of the upcoming "West Side Story" film is rounding out, with Ariana DeBose as Anita, David Alvarez as Bernardo, Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino, and 17 year old newcomer Rachel Zegler as Maria, joining the previously announced Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rita Moreno as Valentina (the newly revised role of Doc)
Milestones: Brittney Johnson made history last week as the first Glinda of color in an English language production of "Wicked"; and Broadway's "Beautiful" marked its 5 year anniversary with a special appearance by Carole King
Watch: this sneak peak of the Broadway-aimed Judy Garland bio-musical "Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz", and Jeremy Jordan singing a pop version of "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" as part of the "R&H Goes Pop!" initiative