THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: July 5-11
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 an Independence Day performance from ON THE TOWN, the first concert in the BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK series, the 11,000th performance of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and more!
BroadwayWorld was able to celebrate the 4th of July with the cast of the upcoming revival of ON THE TOWN, opening this October at Broadway's Lyric Theatre. Stars Clyde Alves, Tony Yazbeck, and Jay Armstrong Johnson performed the show's famous opening number "New York, New York" dressed as hot dogs at the annual Independence Day Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. Click here to see more exclusive coverage of this special holiday event!
Tony Award winner Lea Salonga visited Disney's ALADDIN this past week. After gaining fame for her heartbreaking performance in MISS SAIGON, Salonga went on to provide the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney's 1992 film. She also voice Mulan in both "Mulan" and "Mulan II." Click here to see more coverage of her recent visit to the New Amsterdam Theatre!
Broadway's longest-running show THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA made history this past Monday as the production celebrated its 11,000th performance! No other Broadway show to date has achieved this honor. This Andrew Lloyd Webber classic opened in the West End in 1986, subsequently opening in New York two years later. The production has been performing eight shows a week ever since. Click here to see more photos of the cast and crew's celebration!
This week, rehearsal shots of FINDING NEVERLAND, a new musical based on the film of the same name, were released. The show begins previews at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge on July 23rd under the direction of Tony winner Diane Paulus. The A.R.T. has contributed significantly to the past several Broadway theatre seasons, transferring shows such as "Pippin," "Porgy and Bess," and "All the Way." Click here to see more rehearsal photos!
Pictured: Cast members of WAYRA. Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski.
The hit off-Broadway spectacle FUERZA BRUTA is back at the Daryl Roth Theatre, this time with an extra twenty minutes of thrilling action and incredible performances, complete with live music for the first time in the production's history! This third installment of the De La Guardia trilogy is called WAYRA, and it opened this past Tuesday in New York! Check out more photos from opening night here!
The unveiling of Tony Award winner Alam Cumming's caricature took place earlier this week at the famed Sardis restaurant. As a revered Broadway performer, this honor seems long overdue for Cumming, who is currently playing the role of the Emcee in CABARET, the same role he played over a decade ago opposite the late Natasha Richardson. Click here to see more photos from the unveiling!
This Thursday was the first of the summer's annual BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK concerts. Six free concerts are performed each year, and 2014 marks the 14th consecutive year of this special event. Performers from currently-running Broadway shows gathered in the park to perform, such as the casts of IF/THEN and ROCKY. Click here to see more photos of the concert!
Pictured: The cast of PIPPIN. Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski.
Earlier this week, the company of PIPPIN, which won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, celebrated their 500th performance on Broadway! Currently starring Kyle Dean Massey as Pippin and Ciara Renee as the Leading Player, PIPPIN has been making magic at the Music Box Theatre since its opening last April. Click here to see more photos of the celebration!
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