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Busy Broadway boards with Spacey, Lansbury

This is another one of those busy, promising, tempting Broadway weeks: Last night, while Diane Keaton was being toasted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, a few streets south, the London transfer of the Old Vic's (i.e. Kevin Spacey's) production of Eugene O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten" made its debut at the Brooks Atkinson with Spacey and Eve Best in the leading roles. Prevues begin Wednesday at the Music Box Theatre on Terrence McNally's new play "Deuce," which brings Angela Lansbury back to the local boards. "Deuce" also stars Marian Seldes and is directed by Michael Blakemore. (It opens May 6.) Everyone has their hopes high on this one; the town loves Lansbury and Seldes and always has had high regard — and for good reason — for McNally and Blakemore. Meanwhile, another new McNally offering, "Some Men," which was to have finished its limited premiere run next weekend at the Second Stage, has been held over to April 22 because of demand. … And there's more: Thursday at the Lyceum, two more towering talents (Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy) officially return to the Broadway scene with the latest revival of the powerhouse Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's "Inherit the Wind." The same night, prevues begin at the Biltmore on the latest Hal Prince endeavor, the new musical "LoveMusik," headlining Michael Cerveris ("Sweeney Todd") as Kurt Weill and Donna Murphy ("Wonderful Town") as Lotte Lenya, with book by Alfred Uhry ("Driving Miss Daisy") and music and lyrics by the late Weill. That show officially debuts May 3. … On Friday, prevues begin at Studio 54 on the Roundabout's revival of "110 in the Shade," the musical version of N. Richard Nash's "The Rainmaker," which was first done on Broadway in 1963 starring Robert Horton and Inga Swenson, now with Steve Kazee and Audra McDonald in the leads, joined by John Cullum. (Opening night is set for May 9). … On April 16, a show Londoners raved about last year during two engagements at its National Theatre begins its New York prevue process when the ambitious "Coram Boy" takes the stage at the Imperial, directed by Melly Still, employing a cast of 40. … Off-Broadway isn't exactly sluggish, either, as its most prominent new attraction is David Harrower's "Blackbird," which will have its U.S. premiere tonight at the City Center. Presented by the Manhattan Theatre Club and directed by Joe Mantello, the cast is headed by Jeff Daniels and Alison Pill. Also tonight at the 59E59 theater complex, Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford open an encore engagement of "Getting Their Act Together Again!" … Further uptown, Jackie Mason begins a two-week run at Feinstein's at the Regency tonight to be followed by Eileen Fulton (April 22-23). … Next Monday, Whoopi Goldberg will appear as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' local "Monday Nights With Oscar" screenings at the Lighthouse, the Academy's New York headquarters. Whoopi take part in a Q&A with the Academy's Patrick Harrison following a screening of 1985's "The Color Purple." Goldberg is no stranger to Oscar, having been nominated as best actress for her performance in "Purple," then five years later winning an Academy Award for her supporting performance in 1990's "Ghost."