Steppenwolf announces that the Broadway engagement of Tracy Letts’ “Osage” follow-up, “Superior Donuts,” is opening at a TBD Shubert house on October 1, juiced by the producers behind “Osage,” Jeffrey Richards, Jean Doumanian, Chicago’s Steve Traxler and Jerry Frankel, and helmed by ensemble member Tina Landau, who did likewise for its world premiere at the Stepp home on Halsted last summer. Casting has not been announced, but Michael McKean, Lenny on the hit seventies sitcom “Laverne and Shirley,” turned in a noteworthy performance in the Chicago production and might have just enough celebrity appeal to reprise.
Tucked away in a fall season announcement for American Theater Company, the mid-size company decimated by the departure of virtually its entire ensemble in March, is this bit of news: ATC’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” a co-production with About Face, is the company’s highest grosser this season, and is on track to be ATC’s biggest hit ever. You can almost hear the “touché” out of the camp of artistic director PJ Paparelli. Of course, the whole season has that feel, from the “get” of the Chicago premiere of “Urinetown” creators Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’ “Yeast Nation (the triumph of life)”—already bumped from this season—to the very fact that the season is taking place at all.