Saturday Roundup: This Week on BroadwayWorld
MAGIC/BIRD opened on Broadway this week with a starry showing that included the show's real-life inspirations, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, among many others. Read reviews, see curtain call photos, the after party, interviews and more!
In this week's casting news, Donna Murphy has joined the Shakespeare in the Park production of INTO THE WOODS, starring as the Witch. Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons will announce the Tony Award nominations, AMERICAN IDOL's Syesha Mercado will lead Paper Mill Playhouse's ONCE ON THIS ISLAND; Rachel York, Aaron Lazar and more have joined the cast of the Encores! production of GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, and casting is complete for THE SOUND OF MUSIC benefit at Carnegie Hall, led by Laura Osnes and Tony Goldwyn.
EVITA will get a new cast recording with Ricky Martin, Elena Roger, Michael Cerveris and more hitting the studio in April in anticipation of a June 19, 2012 release. The short-lived LYSISTRATA JONES, which played 30 regular shows ending in January, will also get a cast recording; it's slated for a May 15 release.
On Wednesday, Tony Award-winner Joel Grey celebrated his 80th birthday with a surprise from Bernadette Peters and the cast of ANYTHING GOES. View photos here! Also be sure to check out new content from several of the season's most exciting shows. Get a first look at highlights from PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, Stephen King and John Mellencamp's GHOST BROTHERS, Team Starkid's HOLY MUSICAL B@MAN, LEAP OF FAITH and more!
- Seth's Broadway Chatterbox sat down with Melissa Errico.
- THE FRIDAY SIX talked with JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR's Bruce Dow.
- ON THIS DAY took a look back at GUYS AND DOLLS, THE WILD PARTY, BELLS ARE RINGING, MISS SAIGON, NINE, BRIGADOON, ASPECTS OF LOVE and the current Broadway revival of ANYTHING GOES.
- WICKED once again topped the grosses this week, followed by THE LION KING and SPIDER-MAN - all three of which topped the $2 million mark. THE BOOK OF MORMON, MARY POPPINS, EVITA and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA all surpassed $1 million in grosses as well; MORMON set a new house record at the O'Neill (for the 31st time!) with $1,590,235 and DEATH OF A SALESMAN set a third record in its home, the Barrymore Theatre, with $859,448.