THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: July 7- 13
Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week, or you're just in the mood for a recap of everything theatre, BroadwayWorld's feature, '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 OF THE WEEK: Cumming takes on MACBETH, Broadway plays Bryant Park, ALADDIN opens at the Muny, and so much more!
For last week's biggest events: visit THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: June 30- July 6.
It's "A Whole New World" as The Muny presents the third show of its 94th season, Disney’s Aladdin, through July 13, directed by Gary Griffin, and choreographed by Alex Sanchez. Tony® Nominees Robin De Jesus and John Tartaglia star as Aladdin and the Genie, respectively. Joining them are Jason Graae as Omar, Curtis Holbrook as Iago, Francis Jue as Kassim, Eddie Korbich as Babkak, Samantha Massell as Jasmine, Ken Page as the Sultan, and Thom Sesma as Jafar. Click here for more photos from opening night.
On June 15 TheNational Theatre of Scotland production of Macbeth starring the Tony Award-winning Alan Cumming opened at the Tramway Theatre in Glasgow, and the show just transferred to the Lincoln Center Festival on July 3. BroadwayWorld brings you photos of Cumming in action here!
On July 3, the Broadway company of JERSEY BOYS welcomed back John Lloyd Young, who created the role of Frankie Valli in the original Broadway company and on the Grammy-winning, platinum cast album. For his performance, Mr. Young won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for Leading Actor in a Musical and a Theatre World Award. For more photos of Young in action, click here.
On July 11, Peter and the Starcatcher, the five-time Tony® Award-winning play written by Rick Elice and directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, celebrated its 100th performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. In honor of the occasion, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has officially proclaimed July 11, 2012 as “Peter and the Starcatcher Day” in New York City. Click here for more photos from the event.
Broadway legend and Tony Award winner Ben Vereen opened his hit show, “Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen,” on July 10, at 54 Below. The show runs through July 21. A high energy tribute to the music of Broadway, along with musical selections made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr., audiences can expect to hear classics such as "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries", "Mr. Bojangles" and even "Defying Gravity". For more photos from his final rehearsal, click here.
Tom Nelis, Roslyn Ruff, Richard Chamberlain, Brooke Shields, Harry Groener, Emily Yetter, David Wilson Barnes, Teller, Stephen Bogardus and Manoel Felciano. Photo credit: Geffen Playhouse/ Jordan Strauss
The Geffen Playhouse’s world premiere stage adaptation of The Exorcist features Brooke Shields and Richard Chamberlain in the iconic roles of Chris MacNeil and Father Merrin, respectively, as well as Broadway actor David WilsonBarnes as the troubled young priest Father Damien Karras, Tony Award nominee Harry Groener takes on the role of Chris’ charismatic director Burke Dennings and UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television graduate Emily Yetter plays the young Regan MacNeil. Check out more photos from opening night here!
On July 11, Anthony Fedorov and Natalie Wachen joined the cast of Rent in the roles of Roger and Mimi. The cast of Rent also includes Nicholas Christopher as Collins, Josh Grisetti as Mark, Emma Hunton as Maureen, Rashad Naylor as Benny, MJ Rodriguez as Angel and Shaleah Adkisson as Joanne, as well as Margot Bingham, Amber Iman, Marcus Paul James, Ben Thompson, Taylor Trensch, Morgan Weed, Xavier Cano, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Sean Michael Murray, and Genny Lis Padilla. Click here for more photos of the new cast members!
The best of Broadway will be presented FREE on six consecutive Thursdays this summer with “106.7 Lite FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park 2012“ – a lunchtime series which began yesterday, July 12 at 12:30 p.m. on the Bryant Park Stage. The event kicked off this week with performances from the casts of War Horse, Stomp, The Phantom of the Opera, SPIDER-MAN: Turn Off the Dark, and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Click here for more photos from the concert.
Yesterday, July 12th, Sardi’s unveiled a caricature for the Tony Award-winning star of Nice Work If You Can Get It, Michael McGrath. NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, featuring music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro, stars two-time Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara. The production is directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall. Click here for more photos from the big event.
Shawn ‘JAY Z’ Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson and The National Theatreof Great Britain present the return of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Broadway and National Theatre of Great Britain production of Fela!, which just opened last night, July 12, for a limited run of 32 performances only at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Click here for more photos from opening night.