ENTERTAINMENT: Broadway veteran Bean joins 'Peepshow'


    Stepping into a role — and the spotlight — is nothing new for Broadway veteran Shoshana Bean, right, who’s replacing Mel B as the emcee of Planet Hollywood’s “Peepshow” June 22.
  After all, Bean took over the role of “Wicked’s” green-skinned witch Elphaba from Idina Menzel, who originated the role — and won a Tony for it.
  Initially cast as Menzel’s standby, Bean played Elphaba for a year on Broadway and reprised the role during a national tour.
  Before that showcase part, she originated the role of Shelley in another Tony-winning Broadway hit, “Hairspray”
  In addition to her stage success, Bean also has worked as a back-up singer for recording artists from Ray Charles to Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston to Britney Spears.
  As a solo singer, Bean released an album, “Superhero,” in December; NBC used the title track to promote part of its prime-time lineup.
  Bean confirmed her “Peepshow” role on her Internet page Tuesday, after People.com reported that Melanie Brown (alias ex-Spice Girl Mel B), would leave the Planet Hollywood production June 21, along with her “Peepshow” co-star, Kelly Monaco.
  Former “Girls Next Door” star Holly Madison will replace Monaco in “Peepshow.” Both Madison and Bean are scheduled to debut June 22.