Hottest Articles on BWW 5/14/2013 - 5/21/2013

Below are's most popular articles from 5/14/2013 - 5/21/2013. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from the past week on!

1) Bea Arthur Nude Sells For Nearly $2 Million At Auction
by Pat Cerasaro - May 16, 2013

Legendary Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Bea Arthur may be best remembered by fans around the globe for her unforgettable performances onstage and onscreen in MAME, MAUDE and GOLDEN GIRLS, yet to an annonymous bidder at an auction at famed Christie's auction house last night Bea Arthur in the altogether was worth nearly $2 million. (more...)

by BWW Special Coverage - May 19, 2013

The 58th Annual Drama Desk take place tonight, May 19th at Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street). BroadwayWorld will be updating the list of winners live, so be sure to check back to stay in the know! (more...)

3) VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson, Candice Glover Sing 'Inseparable' on IDOL
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2013

On last night's finale of AMERICAN IDOL, Candice Glover and past Idol Jennifer Hudson stepped to the stage to perform an show-stopping duet of 'Inseparable.' Watch their phenomenal performance! (more...)

4) VIDEO: Cristin Milioti Revealed as 'Mother' on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Season Finale
by TV News Desk - May 14, 2013

In the very last scene of last night's eighth season finale of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, viewers finally got to meet the titular "Mother" - Broadway star Cristin Milioti ! Check out the reveal below! (more...)

5) Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine in Talks to Join Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp for INTO THE WOODS Movie?
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2013

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks to join Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep and James Corden in Disney's film adaptation of Stephen Sondehim's musical INTO THE WOODS. If cast, these would be the actors' first on-screen singing roles. Pine and Gyllenhaal are likely being considered for the roles of Cinderella and Rapunzel's princes, a pair of competitive, arrogant men in search of true love. (more...)

6) From Musical Mondays at Splash to AVENUE Q: John Bantay Talks to Richard Jay-Alexander About His Farewell Night on Monday, May 20th
by Richard Jay-Alexander - May 17, 2013

And this Monday, May 20th, John Bantay will do his farewell SPIN as he leaves to continue pursuing his career and becomes a stage manager at the long-running musical, Avenue Q. Speaking to John Bantay, I, of course, was curious as to what his favorite video clips have been over the years. He was reticent to put them in 'Top 10' format because, to him, he considers them all number 1's. So here's his hit list, in no particular order: (more...)

7) BWW TV Exclusive: Hal Prince, Norm Lewis, Craig Schulman, Cris Gronenedaal & More Remember Kevin Gray
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 14, 2013

Just yesterday, the Broadway community gathered together to celebrate the life and show business legacy of beloved Broadway performer Kevin Gray at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street). The Majestic Theatre held a special place for Mr. Gray, having starred there in The Phantom of the Opera, first as Raoul and later as The Phantom. Titled A Celebration of the Life of Kevin Gray, the memorial tribute, you can check out highlights from the special event below. (more...)

8) UPDATE: Emily Blunt to Join INTO THE WOODS Film as 'The Baker's Wife'; Plus Christine Baranski as 'The Stepmother'?
by Movies News Desk - May 16, 2013

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Emily Blunt is in talks to join Disney's film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall. Now, sources have told The Wrap that that Christine Baranski, who was part of the original reading last October, is in talks to take on the role of Cinderella's evil stepmother. (more...)

9) STAGE TUBE: Join Them! Watch the PIPPIN Cast Heat Up Letterman!
by Stage Tube - May 15, 2013

On Tuesday, May 14th 'The Late Show with David Letterman' featured a cast performance from PIPPIN and we've got the fab footage! Check it out below... (more...)

10) VIDEO: Adam Lambert, Angie Miller Rock the House on IDOL
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2013

Past Idol Adam Lambert and Top 3 Finalist Angie Miller team up to performed 'Titanium' by David Guetta and Sia on last night AMERICAN IDOL finale. Relive their amazing performance below! (more...)

11) VIDEO: Sasha Allen Sings Heart's 'Alone' on THE VOICE
by TV News Desk - May 14, 2013

On last night's THE VOICE on NBC, Sasha Allen delivered one of the top performances of the night with her cover of Heart's 'Alone.' The singer was close to tears by the end of her moving performance which earned a standing ovation from her coach Shakira. Check it out below! (more...)

12) Shakira & Usher Will Return to THE VOICE in Spring 2014
by TV News Desk - May 16, 2013

EW has confirmed that, amid constant speculation, NBC is implementing a 'rotation' of judges on its hit singing competition. Under the plan, original judges Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will return alongside Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for season 5 in the fall - while Usher and Shakira will take season 6 in the spring of 2014. (more...)

13) CHUCK Star Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez Set to Lead FIRST DATE on Broadway; Opens August 8
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2013

Tony Award-winning producer Junkyard Dog Productions (Memphis) has just announced that leading man Zachary Levi, star of TV's "Chuck," Disney's feature film Tangled and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World, will make his Broadway debut starring opposite Broadway and television ingenue Krysta Rodriguez ("Smash," The Addams Family) in FIRST DATE, Broadway's new romantic musical comedy. With a book by Austin Winsberg ("Gossip Girl"), music and lyrics byAlan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Secondhand Lions, Twice Charmed) and musical staging by Josh Rhodes (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella) FIRST DATE is directed by Bill Berry (Producing Director of The 5th Avenue Theatre). Featuring Sara Chase ("Arrested Development," The Toxic Avenger), Kristoffer Cusick (Wicked, Rent), Blake Hammond (Sister Act, Billy Elliot) and Kate Loprest ("Boardwalk Empire," Hairspray), the cast of FIRST DATE also includes Vicki Noon (Wicked, Mamma Mia!). FIRST DATE begins performances Tuesday, July 9, 2013, and opens Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). Additional casting to be announced shortly. (more...)

14) KINKY BOOTS, PIPPIN, VANYA AND SONIA, Nathan Lane & VIRGINIA WOOLF? Win Big at Drama League Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2013

The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks) announced today the winners for the 79th Annual Drama League Awards: Distinguished Production of a Musical, Kinky Boots; presented by Diane Paulus; Distinguished Play,Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, presented by Pam MacKinnon; Distinguished Revival of a Musical, Pippin, presented by Alex Timbers; Distinguished Revival of a Play,Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, presented by Rachel Chavkin; Distinguished Performance, Nathan Lane, presented by Debra Messing at a star-studded luncheon ceremony hosted by Ms. Messing and David Hyde Pierce at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway). (more...)

15) Liza Minnelli Coming Back To Broadway? Aznavour Pens Solo Show
by Pat Cerasaro - May 15, 2013

According to French newsmagazine Le Figaro, Broadway and Hollywood legend Liza Minnelli has inspired a new solo stage musical project and is firmly intending on taking it to the Great White Way in the next year. (more...)

16) The Tony Awards Committee Will Meet May 23 to Discuss Possible WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINA WOOLF? Infraction
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2013

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? has been nominated for four Tony Awards this year, including Best Revival of a Play, but now the show is under scrutiny for a possible infraction of the Tony Award committee's strict set of rules. (more...)

17) Roundabout Theatre Company's 2013-14 Season of Plays Announced: Roger Rees in THE WINSLOW BOY, World Premiere Play CUTIE AND BEAR and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2013

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced its 2013-14 season of plays. Each season, Roundabout offers revivals of classic plays and musicals as well as development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers. (more...)

18) BWW TV: Go Behind the Scenes as ANNIE Welcomes Jane Lynch - Interviews with the Cast & More
by Randy Rainbow - May 17, 2013

Check out interviews below from Jane Lynch and her new cast mates on what she's bringing to the show, GLEE fans, her rehearsal process and lots more! (more...)

19) UP ON THE MARQUEE: Jane Lynch Joins ANNIE Tomorrow - See the All-New Poster!
by Walter McBride - May 14, 2013

Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch, who stars in the hit FOX television show 'Glee' as ruthless cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, makes her Broadway debut tomorrow, May 15 as tyrannical orphanage matron Miss Hannigan in Annie. Lynch will play Miss Hannigan for eight weeks only, through Sunday, July 14. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at Lynch's marquee below! (more...)

by Pat Cerasaro - May 19, 2013

Today we are talking to a five-time Tony Award-winning director/choreographer celebrated for her stupendous work on CRAZY FOR YOU, THE PRODUCERS, CONTACT, THE FROGS, THOU SHALT NOT, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS and many more - the master musicals director Susan Stroman. In discussing a vast array of topics, Stroman and I touch upon many of her past projects as well as look ahead to her current and future endeavors - that is: the forthcoming Broadway bow of the new musical BIG FISH, starring Norbert Leo Butz, as well as the world premiere of Ahrens & Flaherty's LITTLE DANCER next year. Most importantly, Stroman shines a light on her enduring artistic partnership with Mel Brooks in bringing to life the screen-to-stage musical adaptations of both THE PRODUCERS and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, with BLAZING SADDLES on the way - their rich collaboration also being highlighted in this week's AMERICAN MASTERS tribute to Mel Brooks on PBS. Additionally, Stroman reflects on some of her lesser-known entities and casts a light on some of her foremost influences as well as candidly discusses her specialty work for a bevy of major stars - such as at SONDHEIM: A CELEBRATION AT Carnegie Hall in 1992 - and the finer points of working with Stephen Sondheim and Nathan Lane on Sondheim's most recent original Broadway musical, THE FROGS. Plus, Stroman shares first details of her upcoming collaboration with comedy master Woody Allen on the musical stage adaptation of Allen's Academy Award-winning BULLETS OVER BROADWAY and also offers the 411 on the upcoming Los Angeles and West End productions of Kander & Ebb's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS - including the real-life role the musical has played in the pardoning of the originally accused nine just last month. Stroman also comments on her work with Hal Prince on the career revue PRINCE OF BROADWAY, opening in Japan in 2015, and also touches upon her ongoing desire to pursue a film adaptation of her multi-Tony Award-winning and genre-redefining 2000 Best Musical, CONTACT. All of that and much, much awaits in this wide-ranging conversation! (more...)

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