THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: April 4 - April 11
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 peek inside the closing night party for Encores! THE MOST HAPPY FELLA!, a look at the IF/THEN and ALADDIN casts in the recording studio, and a first look at A.R.T.'s THE TEMPEST!
There's strong buzz for Roslyn Kind's debut performance It's Been A While. The performance takes place this Sunday night, April 6th, at 7pm at 54 Below. She is also playing the famed venue on April 20th at 9:30 pm and she is near sell-out. BroadwayWorld was there for the preview performance. Click here for pictures from the evening!
Ted Chapin, head of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, wrote and hosted an evening celebrating the team's achievements. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were established hit makers when they teamed up to make a musical about cowboys and farmers. Chapin shares an insider's perspective on the pair, gleaned from his years with the Rodgers and Hammerstein families; joined by vocalists Brandon Victor Dixon, Mandy Gonzalez, Jonathan Groff, Rebecca Luker, and Phillipa Soo. BroadwayWorld was there for the first performance- check out photos from the night here!
The New York City Center Encores! production of Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella concluded its limited run last night, April 6. Starring Laura Benanti, Shuler Hensley, Cheyenne Jackson, Heidi Blickenstaff, Brian Cali, Bradley Dean, Zachary James, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Jessica Molaskey and Kevin Vortmann, The Most Happy Fella was directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, with music direction by Rob Berman. BroadwayWorld was there for the closing night party and you can check out photo coverage here!
The Velocity of Autumn, starring Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons (Bonnie and Clyde, "Roseanne") and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella (Angels in America, Lincoln, "24"), is directed by Molly Smith and will open Monday, April 21, 2014. 79-year-old Alexandra is in a showdown with her family over where she'll spend her remaining years. In Alexandra's corner are her wit, her volcanic passion and the fact that she's barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block. But her children have their own secret weapon: estranged son Chris who returns after 20 years, crawls through Alexandra's second floor window, and becomes the family's unlikely mediator. Check out a first look at Parsons and Spinella in action here!
The cast of Broadway's Aladdin was recently in the studio recording tracks for the cast recording of the show, to be released digitally on May 27. The physical album is set for release on June 17 and will also be available for purchase in-theatre. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the recording studio here!
The cast album for the new musical IF/THEN was recorded April 7 in anticipation of a June 3 release, and BroadwayWorld was in the recording studio with the cast! If/Then is an original new musical that follows Elizabeth as she rebuilds her life in New York, a city of infinite possibilities. By the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this contemporary musical is set where choice and chance collide. Check out photo coverage here!
The cast of The Tempest. Credit: K.M. Cannon
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University presents The Tempest, adapted and directed by Aaron Posnerand Teller from the play by William Shakespeare. Experience Prospero's wizardry as never before in this thrilling new production featuring magic by the illusionist Teller (of the legendary duo Penn and Teller). When shipwrecked aristocrats wash up on the shores of Prospero's strange island, they find themselves immersed in a world of trickery and amazement. But the revels come to an end when the master magician realizes he has neglected his life in service of his art, and must now relinquish his conjuring in order to reclaim his life and provide for the future of his only child. Click here for a first look at the production!
The new musical comedy BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film, opened April 10. BULLETS OVER BROADWAY tells the story of an aspiring young playwright (Braff) newly arrived on Broadway in 1920's New York who is forced to cast a mobster's (Pastore) talentless girlfriend (Yorke) in his latest drama in order to get it produced. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action here!
Red-Eye to Havre de Grace by Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental is created by Thaddeus Phillips, Jeremy Wilhelm, David Wilhelm, Geoff Sobelle, Sophie Bortolussi with Ean Sheehy and music by Wilhelm Bros. & Co. and features direction and stage design by Thaddeus Phillips. Opening night is set for Thursday, May 1 at 7pm. Red-Eye to Havre de Grace is scheduled to run through Sunday, June 1, 2014. The cast just met the press and you can check out photo coverage here!