THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: August 23-29
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 Milly and Abigail Shapiro at 54 Below, the red carpet at the Emmy Awards, NEWSIES final curtain call, and more!
The legendary long-running Broadway smash THE LION KING will celebrate its 7000th performance this upcoming Wednesday, September 3rd. The production welcomes several new members to the cast just in time for this enormous milestone, a feat which only two other shows in Broadway history have achieved. The show is consistently the highest-grossing show week-to-week on Broadway. Click here to see more photos of the new cast!
Sisters Milly and Abigail Shapiro made their 54 Below debuts at the ages of 11 and 14, respectively. Milly, who starred as one of the original four Matildas in MATILDA: THE MUSICAL, and Abigail will release a live album of their recent concert on September 9th. They recorded the CD over the span of three performances this past May and June, and returned to 54 Below last night in celebration of the album's upcoming release. Click here to see more photos from last night's performance!
Terrence McNally's highy-anticipated IT'S ONLY A PLAY began preview performances last night at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The star-studded cast, including Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, and more, greeted fans at the stage door last night, and BroadwayWorld was there to capture the action! Click here to see more photos!
The 2013 Diane Paulus-helmed revival of PIPPIN is finally gearing up for its first national tour. Starring Sasha Allen ("Hair," "The Voice") and Kyle Selig as Pippin, the tour is set to begin in Denver next week. The cast also features John Rubenstein (Broadway's original Pippin) as Charles, Lucie Amaz as Berthe, Sabrina Harper as Fastrada, and Kristine Reese as Catherine. Click here to see more production photos!
SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky hosted and directed NOT SINCE HIGH SCHOOL, a benefit concert featuring the talents of many of today's Broadway favorites. Highlighting Sierra Boggess, Norm Lewis, Jerry Dixon, LaChanze, Jessie Mueller, and more, the concert featured show tunes that the actors hadn't performed since high school. Click here to see more photos from this exciting night!
Rex Smith, who debuted on Broadway as Danny Zuko in GREASE and then became a teen idol for fangirls everywhere to adore, is coming to 54 Below to tell his story. In his upcoming concert, CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN IDOL, Smith will not only sing a mixture of rock and Broadway songs, but he will also dish on other celebrities he's encountered in his career, such as Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, The Rolling Stones, and more. Click here to see more photos of Smith's concert in previews!
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were held this past Monday, and the theatre community was well-represented. Not only did the 2013 Tony Awards win multiple awards, but Broadway veterans Uzo Aduba, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Lange, Allison Janney, Jim Parsons, and more won awards for their silver screen performances over the past year. Click here to see more red carpet coverage!
Pictured: Ensemble Cast of NEWSIES. Photo Credit: Walter McBride.
The widely-adored production of NEWSIES took its final bow last Sunday, August 24th at the Nederlander Theatre. Originally intended to have a limited run of 101 performances, Newsies closed after playing 1005 performances. The closing cast was led by Corey Cott as Jack Kelly and Liana Hunt as Katherine Plumber. It also featured the talents of several original cast members, such as Ben Fankhauser, Andy Richardson, and more. Click here to see more coverage of the Newsies' final bow!