Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29

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Below are BroadwayWorld.com's most popular articles from Friday, August 29, 2014. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from today on BroadwayWorld.com!

1) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 Photo Coverage: IT'S ONLY A PLAY Stars Greet Fans at Schoenfeld Theatre Stage Door!
by Jennifer Broski - August 29, 2014

The star-studded Broadway production of the backstage comedy It's Only A Play, by 4-time Tony® Award winner Terrence McNally, began preview performances last night at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) with an opening night set for Thursday, October 9, 2014. As previously announced, Academy Award® winner F. Murray Abraham, Tony® Award winner Matthew Broderick, Emmy® and Tony® Award winner Stockard Channing, international film sensation Rupert Grint, Tony® Award winner Nathan Lane, Emmy® Award winner Megan Mullally, and newcomer Micah Stock star in It's Only a Play. 3-time Tony® Award winner Jack O'Brien directs. The cast greeted fans outside of the stage door and BroadwayWorld was there for all of the excitement. Check out photos below! (more...)


2) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 VIDEO: Ariana Grande Rocks TODAY SHOW Plaza
by TV News Desk - August 29, 2014

Broadway fans have known about her talent for years, but now the entire world is aware of just how special Ariana Grande is, and today she drew enormous crowds to Rockefeller Plaza as part of the TODAY SHOW's Summer Concert Series. In the videos below, the pint-sized Grande chats with Matt Lauer, performs her hit 'Problems,' has a special message for her fans, sings 'Bang...Bang,' and has a dance party with Al Roker after trying to steal his job (prepare yourself for that one). (more...)


3) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 Annie & Sandy In New Production Photo From ANNIE Remake
by Pat Cerasaro - August 29, 2014

A new production photo featuring the stars from the forthcoming big screen edition of beloved family-friendly musical ANNIE is now available to view in anticipation of the film's December release. (more...)


4) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Set For CHEEK TO CHEEK HSN Special, 9/13
by Pat Cerasaro - August 29, 2014

Iconic crooner Tony Bennett teams up with chart-topping pop superstar Lady Gaga for a new duets album titled CHEEK TO CHEEK containing multiple American Songbook standards and a new behind the scenes special spotlighting the collaborative effort is set for HSN next month according to a new announcement. (more...)


5) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 Jason Mraz & Sara Bareilles Duet On Carole King's 'Beautiful' At Pantages
by Pat Cerasaro - August 29, 2014

Paying tribute to their musical theatre training, internationally celebrated pop stars Jason Mraz and Sara Bareilles teamed up for a heart-lifting duet of a current Broadway showstopper byway of Carole King's 'Beautiful'. (more...)


6) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 Photo Flash: Tony Danza Tweets First Look at HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Marquee!
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2014

HONEYMOON IN VEGAS will play Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street) with previews beginning Tuesday, November 18, 2014 for a Thursday, January 15, 2015 opening night. Tony Danza just took to Twitter with photos of 'the newest marquees on Broadway'. Check out the artwork for Honeymoon in Vegas below! (more...)


7) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 AUDIO: Listen to Preview from MISS SAIGON Cast Recording
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2014

CLICK HERE to listen to the Overture and 'The Heat Is On' via Soundcloud. The preview will be available until 11:59pm on Sunday August 31, before release on 22 September 2014. (more...)


8) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 VIDEO: Ed Sheeran to Play ANNIE in Live ABC Production?
by TV News Desk - August 29, 2014

On JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE last night, Kimmel announced that in order to compete with NBC's PETER PAN, who would be played by a woman, ABC would be producing a live production of ANNIE, starring, music superstar Ed Sheeran in the title role. (more...)


9) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 Photo Flash: THE LION KING Celebrates 7000 Performances; Meet the New Cast
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2014

Disney's landmark musical event, THE LION KING, will play its 7,000th Broadway performance at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 3rd. Only three shows in Broadway history have reached this milestone. (more...)


10) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 Melissa Rivers Opens Up: 'My Mother Would be Touched by the Tributes and Prayers'
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2014

Joan Rivers' daughter, Melissa Rivers, has spoken out today after news broke that her mother been rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital yesterday after she stopped breathing during a minor throat operation. The 81 year-old comedienne was having surgery on her vocal chords. (more...)


11) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 Jason Gotay Directs Narrows Community Theatre's Youth Production of SHREK, Begin. This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2014

Narrows Community Theater brings the talent of Bay Ridge youth to the stage as it presents its fourth annual summer youth show, Shrek The Musical. Directed by Broadway star Jason Gotay, this stage adaptation is based on the 2001 DreamWorks film Shrek and William Steig's 1990 book Shrek. (more...)


12) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 New Featurette Showcasing The Final Lottery For NEWSIES
by Pat Cerasaro - August 29, 2014

Disney's popular screen-to-stage adaptation of NEWSIES ended its run on Broadway this weekend after more than 2 years on the Great White Way and a new video featurette focusing on the final lottery is now available to view. (more...)


13) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 Kyle Kleiboeker & Mayme Marshall Release New Cover
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2014

Pop duo Kyle & Mayme have released a new cover of Ed Sheeran's 'Give Me Love' now available on YouTube and iTunes. (more...)


14) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 STAGE TUBE: Country Star Dolly Parton Does the Ice Bucket Challenge
by Stage Tube - August 29, 2014

Country singer Dolly Parton just accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Even though the star says in the video the feat is 'not on her bucket list', she passes with flying colors, with the help of two of her nieces. Watch below! (more...)


15) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 Seth MacFarlane Joins John Williams and the LA Phil for MAESTRO OF THE MOVIES This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2014

Legendary film composer John Williams returns to the Hollywood Bowl to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an exciting weekend of music from the silver screen this weekend, August 29 and 30, at 8 pm. (more...)


16) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 STAGE TUBE: PIPPIN's Broadway Cast Gets Drenched for ALS!
by Stage Tube - August 29, 2014

The Broadway cast of PIPPIN accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Broadway's ONCE - check out their acrobatic submission below! PIPPIN has nominated the company of IT'S ONLY A PLAY, PIPPIN team member Gypsy Snider, and the cast of a show in Montreal. (more...)


17) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 All Change For WICKED's Elphabas; Nikki Davis-Jones Out Of Tour And West End
by Carrie Dunn - August 29, 2014

A press statement from Wicked UK has revealed that Nikki Davis-Jones will no longer be starring as Elphaba in either the tour or the London productions of the show. (more...)


18) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 STAGE TUBE: BC/EFA's Tom Viola & Company Get Soaked for ALS!
by Stage Tube - August 29, 2014

The ALS Ice Bucket frenzy is winding down, but Broadway is still getting soaked for the cause! Below, check out the video from Tom Viola and the staff of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. (more...)


19) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 Simon Paisley Day Returns As Full Cast Announced For URINETOWN!
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2014

Simon Paisley Day (Musketeers, Doctor Who, Titanic, Sherlock, Spartacus, Being Human) will be reprising his critically-acclaimed role as the tyrannical Caldwell B. Cladwell, the machiavellian Head of UGC (Urine Good Company) in the West End transfer of Jamie Lloyd's ground breaking, splash hit production of URINETOWN The Musical. (more...)


20) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 29 Photo Flash: HEDWIG's Lena Hall Surprises Broadway Artists Alliance Summer Intensive Students
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2014

Lena Hall, 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), recently surprised students of Broadway Artists Alliance'a Summer Intensive. Hall spoke of the start of her career, auditioning for her award winning role, and making time for her rock band, The Deafening. Hall also participated in a Q&A with students, answering questions and offering advice for young performers. Get a look at her appearance below! (more...)


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