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Top Stories of the Day - Thursday September 18, 2014

Here's some of the most popular stories posted on BroadwayWorld.com in the last 24 hours!

Melissa Rivers Thanks Well-Wishers in the Wake of Her Mother's Death
by BWW News Desk - Joan Rivers's daughter Melissa Rivers took to Facebook this evening to thank everyone for their kindness and support in the wake of her mother's death on September 4, 2014 at the age of 81.


UPDATE: Investigation on Joan Rivers' Death Reveals Biopsy Performed Without Prior Consent; Doctor Took 'Selfie'
by TV News Desk - New information has emerged today on the tragic death of legendary comedian Joan Rivers.


AMERICAN PSYCHO to Open on Broadway in Fall 2015?
by BWW News Desk - Now according to the New York Times, steps are being made to bring the show straight to Broadway in Fall 2015. Act 4 founder, David Johnson told NYT that the arrangements with Second Stage "just weren't in the best interests of the production and its continuing life." He also acknowledged that Broadway producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel were amongst "several theater professionals" who advised that the new musical should move straight to Broadway. Both of which are currently in talks to be lead producers for the Broadway run. Richards told NYT: "I just felt the proposal by Second Stage was something that did not serve the best interests of the production. I heard from other producers that they also spoke with Act 4. We were all asked for advice, and we gave it. I saw 'American Psycho' in London, and I thought it was terrific."


Lea Salonga Confirms Performance At MISS SAIGON 25th Anniversary Along With Pryce & Bowman
by Pat Cerasaro - Iconic Tony Award-winning original star of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's celebrated Vietnam-set musical MISS SAIGON, Lea Salonga, confirmed that she will be performing in the upcoming 25th anniversary special performance of the musical in the West End later this year, along with fellow Tony- and Olivier Award-winning co-star Jonathan Pryce.


VIDEO: VoicePlay Counts Down Top 10 Broadway Hits - A Cappella!
by BWW News Desk - VoicePlayThe a cappella gurus of VoicePlay (seen on NBC's The Sing-Off and The Sing-Off National Tour) are taking on Broadway in their latest a cappella Top 10 Video. The group, known for their YouTube videos and live show, has elected to weave selections from their favorite Broadway musicals into one harmonious, and often hilarious opus. The YouTube offering, appropriately titled 'ACA Top 10 Broadway', includes sections from classics like Chicago, Les Miserables, Lion King, and The Phantom of the Opera, while also pointing directly to the heart of new millennial successes such as The Book of Mormon and Wicked. Check it out below!


Audra McDonald to Star in Film Version of Sexual Tryst-Themed Musical HELLO AGAIN
by Movies News Desk - The uber-talented star is set to appear in a film version of a musical titled HELLO AGAIN, which Friedman describes as a look into 'sexual trysts set over several generations.'


Shortlist Announced for 2014 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre; Ceremony Set for Oct 20
by BWW News Desk - Four remarkable playwrights have been selected as finalists for this year's Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.


BEAUTIFUL's Carly Hughes Joins PIPPIN This Friday
by BWW News Desk - Carly Hughes, who most recently appeared on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, will join the Tony Award winning production of PIPPIN in the role of 'Leading Player' beginning Friday, September 19.


BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage Special - 6 of Theatre's Hottest Costume Designers Talk Trends, Fashion & More - PRESENTED BY BERGDORF GOODMAN
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - A very special edition of Backstage with Richard Ridge comes to you today, presented by Bergdorf Goodman. The panel features 6 of the theatre world'ss most celebrated and influential costume designers. In this special discussion, they explore current trends in costume design, as well as the impact design has on consumer fashions, and how contemporary fashion influences costume design. Click and drag to moveA New York landmark since 1901, Bergdorf Goodman represents the pinnacle of style, service and modern luxury. Located at 5th Avenue and 58th Street, it is the leading fashion authority and a singular destination for the most discerning customers from around the world. This special panel was filmed at Eric Winterling Costumes Inc., who have been making costumes for shows on Broadway and beyond for more than 20 years. Featured on the panel are Jess Goldstein, William Ivey Long, Rita Ryack, Carrie Robbins, Gregg Barnes, and David Zinn.


Lindsay Lohan Tweets From SPEED-THE-PLOW Rehearsals
by Pat Cerasaro - Screen star and tabloid target Lindsay Lohan is set to make her West End debut next month in David Mamet's oft-revived drama SPEED-THE-PLOW and a new look behind the scenes of rehearsals for the play are now available to view, courtesy of Lohan herself.


Posted on: Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 10:41 AM Posted by: Robert Diamond



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