Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9

Below are's most popular articles from Monday, December 9, 2013. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from today on!

1) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 NBC Confirms Plan for 2014 Live Musical with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron
by TV News Desk - December 09, 2013

According to The New York Times, Robert Greenblatt, NBC's chairman of the entertainment division, has confirmed that the network will stage another live musical in 2014, with 'MUSIC' executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. (more...)

2) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 Sutton Foster, Patina Miller & Karen Olivo Honor Shirley MacLaine at KENNEDY CENTER HONORS
by TV News Desk - December 09, 2013

Tony Award-winning actress, singer and dancer Sutton Foster performed a medley of hit Broadway songs made famous by MacLaine, including 'Something Better Than This,' 'Steam Heat' and 'She's No Longer A Gypsy,' followed by Tony Award-winning musical theater actress Patina Miller singing MacLaine's signature song, 'If My Friends Could See Me Now.' (more...)

3) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 Full Cast Announced for CABARET; Meet the Kit Kat Klub Boys & Girls Joining Alan Cumming, Michelle Williams and More!
by BWW News Desk - December 09, 2013

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) just announced the full cast of Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall's production of Cabaret. The Tony winning musical by Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb will star Alan Cumming in his Tony Award-winning role as Emcee, three time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams making her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles. The cast will also feature two time Tony nominee Linda Emond as Fraulein Schneider, four time Tony nominee Danny Burstein as Herr Schultz, Bill Heck as Cliff, Aaron Krohn as Ernst and Gayle Rankin as Fraulein Kost. (more...)

4) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 Trumbull High School's RENT Will Take the Stage at Goodspeed
by BWW News Desk - December 09, 2013

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Trumbull High School had their spring musical, the school edition of RENT, halted by school administrators. But the show must go on! In response to Trumbull High Thespian Society president Larissa Mark's social media efforts to keep RENT alive, Connecticut's famed Goodspeed Musicals has now offered to let the students put on their production at Goodspeed Opera House. (more...)

5) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 First Production Photos Of AMERICAN PSYCHO: THE MUSICAL
by Pat Cerasaro - December 09, 2013

A preliminary sneak peek at the premiere production of Tony Award-winning SPRING AWAKENING composer Duncan Sheik's new take on Bret Easton Ellis's notable late-20th century novel AMERICAN PSYCHO is now available to view. (more...)

6) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 Leighton Meester To Play Curley's Wife In OF MICE AND MEN On Broadway
by Pat Cerasaro - December 09, 2013

Producer David Binder announces Leighton Meester ('Gossip Girl', Country Strong) will join Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in Of Mice and Men, a new production directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro. (more...)

7) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 Breaking News: They've Got Magic to Do! Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to Produce PIPPIN Film Adaptation
by Movies News Desk - December 09, 2013

According to Deadline, the duo, coming off of the successful live staging of THE SOUND OF MUSIC on NBC, have signed on to produce the upcoming film adaptation of the hit musical, which scored the 'Best Revival' prize, among others, at this year's Tony Awards. Zadan and Meron also produced the 2002 film adaptation of CHICAGO alongside Harvey Weinstein, as well as HAIRSPRAY in 2007. (more...)

8) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 BWW CD Reviews: THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Music from the NBC Television Event) is Charming
by David Clarke - December 09, 2013

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you know that Carrie Underwood recently starred in NBC's production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's beloved musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Whether you loved it or hated it, NBC's live broadcast has been widely discussed for its casting, presenting a production that was more faithful to the original 1959 vehicle created for Mary Martin than the 1965 film starring Julie Andrews, and for the sheer fact that it has been a rather long time since a Broadway musical was turned into a television special and beamed into living rooms across the United States. Additionally, two days prior to the initial airing, Sony Masterworks released a charming studio album that features music from the production. (more...)

9) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 Amanda Seyfried Sings EXO's K-Pop Hit 'Growl' For Fans
by Pat Cerasaro - December 09, 2013

Popular film star and notable LES MISERABLES movie musical lead Amanda Seyfried shows off her vocal skills yet again in a new clip of the actress appearing on a foreign chat show and deigning to lend her voice to a curious fan song submission request. (more...)

10) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 Photo Flash: Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus and HIT LIST Cast Reunite at 54 Below!
by BWW News Desk - December 09, 2013

Just last night, Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, Carrie Manolakos starred in HIT LIST at 54 Below. The second season of NBC's Smash featured a fictional new Broadway musical called HIT LIST, written by characters played by Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, The Last 5 Years) and Andy Mientus (Carrie, Spring Awakening), and starring Krysta Rodriguez (First Date,The Addams Family). The fictional musical opened at Manhattan Theatre Workshop and then transferred to Broadway, opening at the Barrymore Theatre and winning seven Tony Awards. HIT LIST, a modern fable about identity and the price of fame, tells the tragic love story of a wannabe pop singer who transforms herself to become a star and the hidden songwriter she uses to get there - but at what cost? Check out photos from the special concert event below! (more...)

11) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 Fran Drescher to Make Broadway Debut as 'Madame' in CINDERELLA in February; Harriet Harris to Depart on 2/3
by BWW News Desk - December 09, 2013

The producers of Cinderella announced today that television and film star Fran Drescher will make her Broadway debut as Cinderella's stepmother Madame, beginning performances on February 4th for a 10-week run through April 13 at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway). Ms. Drescher takes over the role created by Harriet Harris, who concludes her acclaimed year-long run in the musical to return to her home in California. (more...)

12) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 First Look At Lea Michele's LOUDER Album Cover! Plus, 'Cannonball' First Listen & Track List
by Pat Cerasaro - December 09, 2013

The first look at the cover shot for LOUDER and first listen to its lead single, 'Canonball', originating from Broadway headliner and GLEE standout Lea Michele's first solo album are now available. (more...)

13) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 Breaking News: Annie Potts to Join Cast PIPPIN as 'Berthe'; Tovah Feldshuh to Depart on 1/19
by BWW News Desk - December 09, 2013

The producers of the Tony Award winning PIPPIN just announced that Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Annie Potts ("Designing Women," God of Carnage) will assume the role of "Berthe" in the production beginning Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh will play her final performance in the role on Sunday, January 19th. PIPPIN is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). (more...)

14) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 BWW EXCLUSIVE: CABARET's Kit Kat Klub Ensemble Answers Our Burning Questions!
by Pat Cerasaro - December 09, 2013

Today, BroadwayWorld is thrilled to present the first in an ongoing series highlighting the talented cast of the forthcoming Broadway revival of John Kander & Fred Ebb's seminal musical masterpiece CABARET with a spotlight on the accomplished corps that make up the weird and wonderfully entertaining inhabitants of the show's classic Kit Kat Klub - including just-announced cast-members Gayle Rankin, Bill Heck, Benjamin Eakeley, Caleb Damschroder, Kristin Olness, Leeds Hill, Jane Pfitsch, Dylan Paul, Kelly Paredes, Kaleigh Cronin, Andrea Goss and Aaron Krohn, all answering our questions! (more...)

15) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 Photo Flash: Angelina Jolie Visits THE LION KING in Australia
by BWW News Desk - December 09, 2013

Yesterday, Angelina Jolie and her family took in a performance of The Lion King in Sydney, Australia. All six of her children attended the matinee. Angelina 'loved' the show and signed the autograph wall. Below, Check out a photo of Jolie backstage with the cast! (more...)

16) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 BWW Interviews: Katya Stepanov
by Barnett Serchuk - December 09, 2013

Katya Stepanov, a Brooklyn-based actress, dancer, choreographer, and musician, was born in Minsk, Belarus, raised in New Jersey and recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama. She is a founding member of IN THE BASEMENT THEATER Co, an Andrew Carnegie Scholar, a performer and a developing poet. Her work has been published in The Oakland Review and several other literary magazines. Her curiosity pulls her towards as much travel as possible, as she derives her inspiration for choreography in experiencing and observing the traditional dances of different cultures, gesture, and studying the emotional/psychophysical qualities of communication and movement. (more...)

17) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 Bette Midler to Play Mae West in HBO Films Biopic; Harvey Fierstein to Pen Script!
by Movies News Desk - December 09, 2013

Bette Midler will be portraying another Hollywood icon after her turn as Sue Mengers in I'LL EAT YOU LAST on Broadway and in LA. According to Deadline, Midler will star in HBO Films' upcoming Mae West biopic, directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist) from a script by Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). (more...)

18) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 Sting's THE LAST SHIP Concert to Air 2/21 on PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES
by BWW News Desk - December 09, 2013

Sting: The Last Ship will air on THIRTEEN's Great Performances, Friday, 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...)

19) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 Tickets Go on Sale Today for Idina Menzel-Led IF/THEN on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - December 09, 2013

Tickets will go on sale for the Broadway production of If/Then starring Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel today, December 9th. The production will begin previews on Broadway Wednesday, March 5, 2014 and will officially open on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. To purchase tickets please visit or or call 877-250-2929. (more...)

20) Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 9 MEGA STAGE TUBE: Watch an Extended Sneak Peek of SIX BY SONDHEIM; Airs Tonight on HBO
by Stage Tube - December 09, 2013

Directed by Tony Award-winner and frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, SIX BY SONDHEIM is a highly personal profile of a great American artist as revealed through the creation and performance of six of his iconic songs. Told primarily in Sondheim's own words, this feature documentary weaves together dozens of interviews with the composer, rarely seen archival material spanning more than half a century (including newly discoveRed Footage of Ethel Merman performing 'Gypsy') and re-stagings of three songs produced especially for the film. Executive produced by James Lapine and Frank Rich, the exclusive HBO presentation debuts tonight, DEC. 9 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Check out an extended sneak peek with the videos below! (more...)

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