THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: APRIL 26 - MAY 2
Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more.
Highlights this week include a look at this year's Tony nominees, the casts of VIOLET on Broadway and the UK's ROCK OF AGES tour, and a peek into CABARET's gypsy robe ceremony!
Pictured: Cast members of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY. Credit: @brittmasch
@brittmasch tweeted "#sip Nick Valenti and Bullets Babes = Big Pussy and his Pussycats @BulletsOverBway #thesopranos" during the intermission of last weekend's performance of Bullets Over Broadway. Do you ever wonder what your favorite Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tour and regional stars are doing during intermission? Thanks to Andrew Keenan-Bolger (@KeenanBlogger) and Max von Essen (@MaxizPad), dedicated performers and excited fans, now you can see for yourself. Check out this week's #SIPs here!
Violet, which tells the story of a young woman's quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s, opened on Broadway last week and BroadwayWorld brings you stunning portraits of the cast here! Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet (Foster) dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of faith. Convinced that a televangelist in Oklahoma can heal her, she hops a Greyhound bus and starts the journey of a lifetime. Along the way, Violet forms unlikely friendships with her fellow riders, who teach her about beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider. Click here to see more photos of the cast!
Pictured: Cast members of ROCK OF AGES. Credit: ROCK OF AGES UK Tour
Following a three-year run in London's West End, Rock of Ages The Musical is to hit the road, with a UK tour launching at the Palace Theatre Manchester in May. Ben Richards will star as rock god Stacee Jaxx with Noel Sullivan as Drew Boley. BroadwayWorld brings you a look at the cast in rehearsal here!
Spring is in the air and Lynda Carter is back at The Appel Room with her brand new show "The Time of My Life" featuring her all star band including Paul Leim and Blue Lou Marini. This year's show once again featured Lynda's high energy fun and unique stylings of songs from Amy Winehouse to Gotye to Patty Loveless mixed in with great standards, jazz, country and original tunes. Check out photos from her concert here!
The company of Cabaret just celebrated their opening with the Gypsy Robe ritual. The Gypsy Robe began in 1950, when Bill Bradley, in the chorus of GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, borrowed a dressing gown from Chorus member Florence Baum and sent it to a friend in CALL ME MADAM on opening night Oct 12, 1950 saying it was worn by all the Ziegfeld beauties and would "bless" the show. A cabbage rose from Ethel Merman's gown was added and the robe was passed along to next Broadway musical on opening night. The tradition evolved so that the robe is now presented to the "gypsy" who has performed the most Broadway musicals on a chorus contract. Along the way, the robe is decorated, painted, patched, stitched, and signed by everyone in the show, becoming a fanciful patchwork for an entire Broadway season. BroadwayWorld brings you a peek into the festivities here!
Lucy Liu and Jonathan Groff announced this year's highly anticipated Tony Award Nominations live from Paramount Hotel's Diamond Horseshoe. Click here for a full list of nominees. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the special event, including a surprise guest appearance from Hugh Jackman, here!
The New York Pops marked its 31st birthday with a grand gala evening, celebrating the work of composer, lyricist, and arranger Marc Shaiman and director, lyricist, and writer Scott Wittman, as well as the leadership and mentorship work of corporate honoree Paul J. Massey, Jr., CEO and Founding Partner of Massey Knakal Realty Services. Gala Co-Chairs include Neil Heilberg, Todd Korren, William C. Montana, and James A. Read. Serving as Honorary Co-Chairs for the event are stars Matthew Broderick, Debra Messing, and Sarah Jessica Parker. BroadwayWorld brings you a look inside the afterparty, featuring guests Patti LuPone, Nathan Lane, Andrea Martin and more here!
The Old Globe yesterday announced the cast of the World Premiere of Dog and Pony, a new musical with book by Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker. From the award-winning talents behind Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Altar Boyz, Dog and Pony is a romantic musical comedy that follows Mags and Andy, a successful screenwriting team, as their professional relationship evolves into something more. Click here to meet the company!
Paramount Hotel hosted the Meet the Nominees Press Reception for the 2014 Tony Award nominees today, April 30th . BroadwayWorld was there for the exciting day and you can go inside of the BroadwayWorld photo booth with this year's nominees! The 2014 Tony Awards will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on CBS, on Sunday, June 8th. Click here for photos of the nominees!