Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Playhouse has seen two of its world premiere productions transfer to Broadway within the past four years: Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons, starring Tyne Daly, and Misery, a play by William Goldman, based on the Stephen King novel. Will the Playhouse’s current production of the new musical Cake Off be the next to move from bucolic Bucks County to the Great White Way? Probably not.

Leave it to Stephen King to have a bromance with a dead man. The master of horror can’t seem to resist an opportunity to praise James M. Cain, author of such classic crime novels as Mildred Pierce, Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. In an open letter to his fans last year, King quoted Cain to defend the changes CBS had made to his novel Under the Dome when adapting it for television. Apparently, a reporter had bemoaned the changes made to some of Cain’s books when they were adapted into (now iconic) films noir. Pointing to the shelf behind him, Cain replied, “The movies didn’t change them a bit…. Every word is the same as when I wrote them.”