THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: March 15-21
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 first look at the Broadway company of MOTHERS AND SONS, a peek into rehearsals of THE WAY WEST with Amy Morton, coverage of opening night of BLITHE SPIRIT starring Angela Lansbury, and more!
Mothers and Sons, the new play by four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally and starring Tyne Daly, is currently in previews with an official opening night set for Monday, March 24. Mothers and Sons tells the story of a mother who pays a surprise visit to the New York apartment of her late son's ex-partner - now married to another man and with a young son. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast here!
The Philly POPS presented "Marvin Hamlisch - A Musical Tribute" conducted by Larry Blank, Hamlisch's conductor, and three of his favorite singers: Donna McKechnie, Jodi Benson and Doug LaBrecque. Hamlisch won virtually every major award that exists for his work as a composer: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards. For Broadway, he wrote the music for his Pulitzer Prize-winning, groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line as well as They're Playing Our Song, The Goodbye Girl and Sweet Smell of Success. Check out photos of the event here!
The company of Rocky celebrated their February 13 opening night on Broadway with the famed Gypsy Robe ritual. The gypsy robe is traditionally worn by the member of the cast with the most ensemble credits - a 'gypsy' of sorts - and is handed from one show to another as new productions open on Broadway. Each show to receive the robe decorates a section of it with signatures and a memento from their production. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the event and brings you exclusive photo coverage here: page one, page two!
Playwright Mona Mansour. Credit: Joel Moorman
Chicago audiences depart for the country's western edge to experience the reality of the modern-day American dream in the world premiere of Mona Mansour's funny and insightful new play, The Way West, at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Ensemble member Amy Morton is at the helm following her Tony Award-nominated portrayal of Martha in Steppenwolf's production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on Broadway. The cast of six features Ira Amyx, ensemble member Martha Lavey, Caroline Neff, Deirdre O'Connell, Zoe Perry and Gabe Ruiz. Check out photos of the cast in rehearsal here!
The cast of Road Show. Credit: Liz Lauren
Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents Road Show, the second production in an unprecedented pairing with Gypsy, now playing in the Courtyard Theater, that will illuminate the work of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Road Show takes audiences on an unexpected musical adventure as two brothers strive for fame and fortune through "get-rich-quick" schemes. With Sondheim's characteristic depth and musicality of language, Road Show and Gypsy explore the ambitious pursuit of the American Dream during the defining period in our nation's history between the two world wars. Check out the cast in action here!
Noël Coward's sharp comedy of social mores, Blithe Spirit, opened at the Gielgud Theatre on Tuesday evening. The show stars Jemima Rooper, Sandra Dickinson, Simon Jones, Patsy Ferran, Janie Dee, Charles Edwards and Angela Lansbury, and is directed by Michael Blakemore. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from opening night here!
Director Rebecca Taichman (center) with the cast of Time and the Conways. Credit: Ken Jacques
The Old Globe presents a revival of J.B. Priestley's period classic Time and the Conways. Directed by Rebecca Taichman, Time and the Conways will run March 29 - May 4, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, opening night is Thursday, April 3. In his poignant drama of the Conways and their eventful lives in Britain between the wars, Priestley examines the driving forces of human existence: love, ambition, and most of all, time. He conjures a striking portrait of a family in which past, present, and future are inextricably intertwined. Get a first look at the cast here!
Yale Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of THESE PAPER BULLETS!, a modish ripoff of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Adapted by Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award nominated writer Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights, Weeds) and featuring new songs by Grammy Award winning Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, who wrote the Tony Award winning musical American Idiot, THESE PAPER BULLETS! is directed by Jackson Gay, who staged Jones's The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at Yale Rep in 2004. Check out the cast in action here!
Disney's Aladdin, a new musical comedy based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, opened on Broadway last night, March 20th. Aladdin stars Adam Jacobs (Les Miserables, The Lion King) in the title role, Courtney Reed (In the Heights, Mamma Mia) as Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart (Memphis, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as Genie, and, as Jafar, Tony Award nominee Jonathan Freeman (Mary Poppins, The Producers, She Loves Me) brings to the stage the role he indelibly created in the animated film. BroadwayWorld brings you a look at the cast here!