Brief 7/24: THIS AIN'T NO DISCO Opens Tonight, and More!
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1) Alysha Umphress Responds to NY Times Journalist's Alleged Body Shaming
by Julie Musbach - July 23, 2018
Alysha Umphress is one of Broadway's most sparkling talents, currently starring in Smokey Joe's Cafe Off-Broadway. Despite Umphress's talents and a general positive reaction to the show, New York Times critic Laura Collins-Hughes made a comment in her review about the actress's weight, and the Twitter-verse is calling it out as body shaming. The review reads:. (more...)
2) BWW TV: Lea Salonga, Megan Hilty, Roger Bart & More Preview ANNIE at the Hollywood Bowl!
by Michael Sterling - July 23, 2018
Featured at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend (July 27-29) is Annie, helmed by Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden, conducted by Todd Ellison, and choreographed by Eamon Foley.. (more...)
3) AIN'T TOO PROUD Breaks Kennedy Center Box Office Record
by BWW News Desk - July 23, 2018
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced that Ain't Too Proud-The Life and Times of the Temptations, which premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, has broken the single-week box office record for the week ending Sunday, July 22, with a gross of $955,660.50. The critically acclaimed production, that ended its sold-out, five-week, pre-Broadway run on Sunday, broke the previous record of $916,877.00, held by the Kennedy Center's own 2011 hit production of Follies.. (more...)
4) Abby Mueller Returns to BEAUTIFUL Following Melissa Benoist's Exit
by BWW News Desk - July 23, 2018
Abby Mueller will return to the title role in Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre starting Tuesday, August 7.. (more...)
5) VIDEO: Watch the Cast of the Muny's ANNIE Sing 'We'd Like To Thank You, Herbert Hoover'
by Stage Tube - July 23, 2018
Tony nominees Christopher Sieber and Jennifer Simard star as the stoically affluent Daddy Warbucks and the deliciously wicked Miss Hannigan, respectively, in the Muny's centennial season production of Annie, running through July 25. Watch the cast sing We'd Like To Thank You, Herbert Hoover in the video below!. (more...)
Today's Call Sheet:
-Atlantic's THIS AIN'T NO DISCO, starring Krystina Alabado, Lulu Fall, and more, opens tonight!
-'68 ? A NEW AMERICAN MUSICAL has its first performance at NYMF today!
BWW Exclusive: On the Opening Night Red Carpet for STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
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What we're watching: Omigod! MTV Elles Take the Stage for a LEGALLY BLONDE Medley!
Social Butterfly: Curtain Up! Carolee Carmello Prepares to Take the Stage in GYPSY
And a Happy Birthday shout-out to Kristin Chenoweth, who turns 50 today!
Chenoweth is known for her commanding presence on both stage and screen. As a Broadway star, Chenoweth received a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." She was also nominated for both her iconic original role as Glinda THE GOOD WITCH in "Wicked" and for playing Lily Garland/Mildred Plotka in "On the Twentieth Century."
On television, Chenoweth earned an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for "Pushing Daisies" and received a nomination for her guest-starring role in "Glee." She was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the ensemble for the Emmy-winning drama series "The West Wing."
See you bright and early tomorrow, BroadwayWorld!