Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21

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Below are BroadwayWorld.com's most popular articles from Friday, February 21, 2014. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from today on BroadwayWorld.com!

1) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 Get Ready for Her- Lea Michele to Play Fanny Brice in Ryan Murphy's FUNNY GIRL Revival?
by BWW News Desk - February 21, 2014

Now in a Teen Vogue interview between Michele and her Spring Awakening co-star Jonathan Groff, Michele reveals that plans might already be in the works. She told Teen Vogue: 'I want to do movies. I have some exciting things coming up! And I would also love to go back to Broadway. Ryan Murphy just bought the rights to Funny Girl, so we're hoping to do that at some point!' (more...)


2) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 BWW TV Exclusive: BREAKING DOWN THE RIFFS w/ Natalie Weiss-And IIII-EEE-III Will Always Riff!
by Breaking Down the Riffs - February 21, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com, the largest, most comprehensive theatre site on the net, recently announced the newest addition to its line-up of original, engaging, star-filled TV programs- YouTube sensation and Broadway vet Natalie Weiss with her hit series that's sure to entertain - BREAKING DOWN THE RIFFS. We are excited to exclusively bring you the latest episode, in which Natalie breaks down the riffs of Carrie Manolakos with Natalie Beck. Check out the full episode below! (more...)


3) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 Exclusive Photo Coverage: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY's Opening Night Cake!
by Walter McBride - February 21, 2014

The Bridges of Madison County, the new musical based on the best selling novel by Robert James Waller, opened last night, February 20, 2014, at 8:00 PM at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). Four-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara reunites with Bartlett Sher, the Tony- winning director of South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza, for a stunning new musical by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown. O'Hara is joined onstage by Steven Pasquale('Rescue Me', reasons to be pretty). BroadwayWorld was backstage with the cast last night and you can check out the opening night cake below! (more...)


4) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 STAGE TUBE: Meet the Company of ALADDIN- James Monroe Iglehart
by Stage Tube - February 21, 2014

Disney's Aladdin, a new musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, begins performances at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre on February 26th, 2014 for a March 20 opening. In anticipation of the big Broadway opening, we're getting acquainted with the company. In the video below, meet the Genie- James Monroe Iglehart! (more...)


5) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
by Walter McBride - February 21, 2014

The company of The Bridges of Madison County just celebrated their February 20 opening night on Broadway with the famed Gypsy Robe ritual. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the event and brings you exclusive photo coverage below! (more...)


6) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 Deleted Scenes From FROZEN Unveiled Featuring Idina Menzel & More
by Pat Cerasaro - February 21, 2014

Disney's super successful animated movie musical FROZEN is set to hit Blu-ray and DVD next month and two never before seen deleted scenes from the film are now available to view. (more...)


7) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 BWW TV Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY- The Music!
by BroadwayWorld TV - February 21, 2014

The world premiere production of the brand new musical comedy Bullets Over Broadway, written byWoody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film, will begin preview performances on Tuesday, March 11 and officially open Thursday, April 10, 2014 at The St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street). The new musical will be directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you exclusive interviews with Zach Braff and company on what to expect from the show's music! (more...)


8) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 First Look At Mattel's Elsa & Anna Dolls From Disney's FROZEN
by Pat Cerasaro - February 21, 2014

A first look at the hotly anticipated doll versions of beloved cinematic characters Elsa and Anna from Disney's hit animated movie musical FROZEN is now available to view. (more...)


9) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 Confirmed: Talks Underway to Bring Audra McDonald Back to Broadway in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by BWW News Desk - February 21, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com has learned that talks are indeed currently underway with five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald to bring her back to the stage as legendary songstress Billie Holliday in a revival of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. The show will reportedly play at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where current occupant Bronx Bombers will close on March 2, 2014. An official announcement has not yet been made, but sources tell us that a deal, dates and release is 'imminent.' (more...)


10) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 Sting's THE LAST SHIP Concert Airs Tonight on PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES
by BWW News Desk - February 21, 2014

Sting: The Last Ship will air on THIRTEEN's Great Performances, tonight, February 21 at 9 p.m., ET on PBS (check local listings) and features the 16-time Grammy Award-winning musician performing songs from his new album, The Last Ship, and forthcoming play of the same name in an intimate evening of music and storytelling live at The Public Theater in New York City. (more...)


11) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 FLASH FRIDAY: An Ode To Octogenarians, Onstage & Onscreen
by Pat Cerasaro - February 21, 2014

Today we are turning our attention to the increasingly ubiquitous presence of performers in their golden years reaching lofty new career heights and ingratiating themselves with new audiences all the while - most notably, Elaine Stritch, Christopher Plummer, Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Judi Dench, Angela Lansbury, Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones. (more...)


12) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 STAGE TUBE: On This Day 2/21- SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
by Stage Tube - February 21, 2014

Today in 2008, the first Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George opened at Studio 54, where it ran for 149 performances. Sunday in the Park with George is a 1983 musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical was inspired by the painting 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte' by Georges Seurat. The musical won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, two Tony Awards for design (and a nomination for Best Musical), numerous Drama Desk Awards, the 1991 Olivier Award for Best Musical and the 2007 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production. (more...)


13) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 IN THE HEIGHTS To Receive UK Premiere At Southwark, May 9-June 7
by Carrie Dunn - February 21, 2014

Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In The Heights will receive its London Premiere in a brand new production in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 9 May (press night Thursday 15 May at 8.00pm) it was announced today. (more...)


14) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 Official: Arthur Darvill to Join West End's ONCE on March 17
by BWW News Desk - February 21, 2014

On 17 March 2014, Arthur Darvill, who has previously played the role in the Broadway production, will join the West End cast of Once to play the leading role of Guy. The eight-time Tony award-winning musical last month released over 400,000 new tickets for sale, taking bookings at the Phoenix Theatre to 4 July 2015. Directed by John Tiffany, Once opened at the Phoenix Theatre in April last year where it has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. (more...)


15) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 BWW Reviews: Jason Robert Brown Goes Rapturously Romantic in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by Michael Dale - February 21, 2014

Jason Robert Brown, Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale all score beautifully in a soaring and thoughtful musical romance. (more...)


16) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 BWW TV: Elaine Stritch Encores TODAY Show F-Bomb on SHOOT ME Red Carpet!
by BroadwayWorld TV - February 21, 2014

The new documentary about stage and screen legend Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch: SHOOT ME is currently in limited release at New York City's IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinema. The film just had its New York City premiere earlier this week and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand to chat with Stritch and friends on the red carpet. In the video below, Stritch talks about the film and gives us an encore of the f-bomb that she famously surprised viewers with on the Today Show earlier this week. Check it out below! (more...)


17) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 Adam Hyndman, Chris Grace, Casey Rogers & More Lead 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL Off-Broadway; Performances Begin Tonight
by BWW News Desk - February 21, 2014

50 Shades! The Musical - The Original Parody at The Elektra Theatre (300 W. 43rd Street) will begin performances tonight, February 21st with opening night set for March 12th. Directed by Al Samuels and Rob Lindley, 50 Shades! the Musical - The Original Parody is produced by Royal Mile Entertainment, Andrew Asnes, Rob Kolson and 50 Shades Tour LLC. (more...)


18) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 Lea Salonga Sings 'Empire State Mind' In New BACK TO BEFORE Concert Preview
by Pat Cerasaro - February 21, 2014

Internationally celebrated vocalist and performer Lea Salonga is set to premiere a brand new concert experience to fans later this month and a first preview of what is to come is now available to view. (more...)


19) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 STAGE TUBE: Liz McCartney Sings 'Talk Amongst Yourselves' at TABOO Reunion Concert!
by Stage Tube - February 21, 2014

Exactly ten years after closing on Broadway, Boy George's TABOO returned to New York for a very special two-night-only engagement benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The concert starred Matthew Rowland (Boy George) and Samuel Buttery (Leigh Bowery), both of whom reprised their performances from the 2012 revival of TABOO at the Brixton Clubhouse in London. Jeremy Kushnier (Footloose, Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar) took on the role of 'Philip Sallon.' In the video below, original 'Big Sue' Liz McCartney sings 'Talk Amongst Yourselves.' (more...)


20) Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Feb. 21 Cast of YANK! to Reunite for CD Launch at York Theatre, 2/24
by BWW News Desk - February 21, 2014

The York Theatre Company will welcome cast members of the original Off-Broadway production of the critically acclaimed musical, Yank!, with book & lyrics by David Zellnik and music by Joe Zellnik, to celebrate the official release of the cast recording on Monday evening, February 24 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at The York Theatre Company's home at Saint Peter's (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). The celebration will be held on stage at The York Theatre, where Yank! received its world premiere and played a sold-out engagement in Spring 2010. (more...)


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