Hottest Articles on BWW 7/24/2012 - 7/31/2012

Below are's most popular articles from 7/24/2012 - 7/31/2012. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from the past week on!

1) GLEE's Amber Riley to Star Opposite Brandon Victor Dixon, Jared Grimes and Adriane Lenox in City Center's COTTON CLUB PARADE November 14-18
by BWW News Desk - July 30, 2012

Amber Riley ("Glee") joins original cast members Brandon Victor Dixon, Jared Grimes and Adriane Lenox in New York City Center's acclaimed production of Duke Ellington's Cotton Club Parade, returning to City Center for seven performances from November 14–18, 2012. Conceived by Jack Viertel and presented under the auspices of City Center's Tony Award–winning Encores! series, Cotton Club Parade will once again be directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with music direction by Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis. The show will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars under the direction of Daryl Waters. (more...)

2) MARY POPPINS to Battle Voldemort at 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony
by BWW News Desk - July 25, 2012

According to the Sunday Times of London, the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics on Friday will prove to be quite a performance. It is rumored to include a choreographed hospital bed dance by approximately 100 children, dancing villians like Cruella De Vill, and then finally a 40-foot Voldemort arriving with dozens of Dementors who will battle about 30 Mary Poppins' flying in on umbrellas to save the day. (more...)

3) Exclusive: Crawford, Barrett, Halston, Page Join Tveit, Lansbury, Lazar in ANASTASIA Reading!
by BWW News Desk - July 28, 2012

As first reported exclusively by BroadwayWorld, ANASTASIA - A New Musical is being brought to the stage in a 29-hour reading, which entered rehearsals last week, based on the hit 1997 animated motion picture from Fox Animation Studios. The musical, which is in its Early Stages of development, will feature the five songs from the film along with fifteen new songs written for the stage. Joining the creative team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty will be bookwriter Terrence McNally and music director Ben Cohn. Joining the previously announced cast is Kelli Barrett in the title role of Anya (Anastasia). Patrick Page once again dons the role of the villain, Vladimir. Angela Lansbury will reprise her role from the film as the Empress Maria, and Aaron Tveit will play Dimitri. (more...)

4) A CHRISTMAS STORY, The Musical! to Play Lunt-Fontanne for 2012 Holidays
by BWW News Desk - July 26, 2012

Christmas Story, The Musical! will arrive on Broadway at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre just in time for the 2012 holiday season. The producers have announced that the new musical, based on the 1983 movie perennial, will play a November 5 – December 30 holiday engagement. Opening night is Monday, November 19. (more...)

5) Sanaa Lathan to Lead BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK at Geffen Playhouse; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - July 26, 2012

Stage and screen star Sanaa Lathan (A Raisin in the Sun, Contagion) returns to the title role in Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark for its West Coast premiere at the Geffen Playhouse. Lathan, who originated the character of Vera Stark in the critically acclaimed New York run, will once again take the stage as the 1930's era maid turned movie star, reunited with original cast member Kimberly Hebert Gregory (Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer) reprising her role as fellow aspiring African American actress Lottie. Broadway vet and Geffen alum Merle Dandridge (Spamalot, Rent, Aida) will take on the spicy role of Anna Mae, who fakes a Brazilian accent for a slice of fame, and former leading lady of ABC's Man Up, Amanda Detmer, will portray Gloria Mitchell, the white starlet dubbed "America's little sweetie pie" and Vera's first employer. Helmed by award-winning director Jo Bonney, the West Coast premiere cast also features Kevin Carroll (Paid in Full, Being John Malkovich), Spencer Garrett (Iron Man 3, Air Force One) and Geffen alum Mather Zickel (Extraordinary Chambers, Rachel Getting Married). (more...)

6) BWW TV: JERSEY BOYS Performs at Broadway in Bryant Park 2012!
by BroadwayWorld TV - July 26, 2012

The event continued this week with performances from the casts of VOCA PEOPLE, Traces, The Fantasticks and Jersey Boys. Click below to check out the performances from the cast of JERSEY BOYS, which included "My Boyfriend's Back," "My Eyes Adored You" and "Walk Like a Man." (more...)

7) Patti Murin, Kim Zimmer and Cliffton Hall Join WICKED Tour in August
by BWW News Desk - July 26, 2012

The company of the first North American tour of WICKED welcomes Kim Zimmer as Madame Morrible and Cliffton Hall as Fiyero on Tuesday, August 14 and Patti Murin as Glinda on Tuesday, August 21 in Salt Lake City, UT. (more...)

8) Breaking News: THE PERFORMERS, Starring Cheyenne Jackson, Henry Winkler, Daniel Breaker Coming to Broadway in October!
by BWW News Desk - July 26, 2012

THE PERFORMERS -- a new comedy by David West Read (THE DREAM OF THE BURNING BOY) -- will open on Broadway this fall with a cast starring Cheyenne Jackson, Ari Graynor, Daniel Breaker, Jenni Barber and Henry Winkler, it has been announced by the play's producers Robyn Goodman, Scott M. Delman and Amanda Lipitz. (more...)

9) STAGE TUBE: Meet the New Cast of MAMMA MIA!
by Stage Tube - July 25, 2012

MAMMA MIA!'s new Broadway company, led by Judy McLane, Felicia Finley, Lauren Cohn, Aaron Lazar, Graham Rowat, Daniel Cooney, Christy Altomare and Zak Resnick, just danced and jived in front of photographer Joan Marcus's camera for the hit musical's new advertising campaign shoot. Check out a behind the scenes look at the new cast in action below! (more...)

10) GHOST to Play Final Broadway Performance on August 18 - National Tour Launches in Fall 2013!
by BWW News Desk - July 24, 2012

The producers of Ghost The Musical announced today that the show will play its final performance on Broadway on Saturday, August 18th at 8pm after 39 previews and 136 regular performances. Ghost The Musical opened on April 23, 2012 at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street), having begun previews on March 15th. (more...)

11) STAGE TUBE: Cast of ONCE Performs on 'America's Got Talent'
by Stage Tube - July 26, 2012

The cast of ONCE appeared on NBC's 'America's Got Talent' last night. The cast of the eight-time Tony Award winning musical, including the award for Best New Musical, performed the Academy Award winning song "Falling Slowly," featuring Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti. Check out the video below! (more...)

12) BWW TV: John Lloyd Young on His Return to JERSEY BOYS, Finding His 'Purpose,' His New Album and More!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - July 27, 2012

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. In this edition, Richard chats with the star about his return to the show and so much more! (more...)

13) BWW TV: Randy Rainbow On The Scene at BROADWAY STANDS UP FOR FREEDOM- with Julia Murney, Lindsay Mendez, Seth Rudetsky and More!
by Randy Rainbow - July 26, 2012

On Monday night, Broadway Stands Up for Freedom, the annual benefit concert of the New York Civil Liberties Union (the state-affiliate of the ACLU), was presented at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts. BroadwayWorld's Randy Rainbow stopped by the event where he ran into host Seth Rudetsky, Julia Murney, Lindsay Mendez and more. Check out what they had to say below! (more...)

14) FREEZE FRAME: First Look at Public Theater's INTO THE WOODS in Central Park; Family-Friendly Matinee 8/22
by BWW News Desk - July 30, 2012

The Public Theater announced today that there will be a special family-friendly matinee of the free Shakespeare in the Park production of INTO THE WOODS on Wednesday, August 22 at 3 p.m. at the Delacorte Theater. This matinee is designed to engage younger audiences and to serve families unable to attend evening performances. The 95-minute production will comprise act one only of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved musical INTO THE WOODS. There will still be an 8 p.m. evening performance of INTO THE WOODS on August 22. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the production with a photo preview of the cast in action below! (more...)

15) [title of show] Aiming for West End in 2013 with Original Cast
by BWW - July 24, 2012

The producers of the forthcoming West End production of the Broadway musical [title of show] are pleased to confirm that the show is on track to open in 2013, adding that all members of the original Broadway cast (Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickentaff, Jeff Bowen, and Larry Pressgrove), together with the director and choreographer who helmed the show's 2008 Broadway run (Michael Berresse) have all confirmed their intention to reprise their roles for the London run subject to final scheduling. (more...)

16) STAGE TUBE: LEGALLY BLONDE Castmates Get Engaged on Stage!
by Stage Tube - July 30, 2012

Audience members got an extra surprise at after a recent regional production of LEGALLY BLONDE. The Youtube description reads: "My friends are both actors for the local theatre group, and the show was Legally Blonde. Chris plays the UPS guy, and his girlfriend plays Paulette. Chris plays his part while proposing to his girlfriend by 'delivering a package' after the show ends. They get married in the show, and then engaged in real life!" Check out the adorable proposal below! (more...)

17) STAGE TUBE: Steven Sater, Christopher Ashley and NIGHTINGALE Team Address Color-Blind Casting
by Stage Tube - July 24, 2012

Currently playing at the La Jolla Playhouse is The Nightingale, by the creative team behind the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening: Steven Sater (book and lyrics) and Duncan Sheik (music). Directed by Tony Award nominee Moises Kaufman (33 Variations, I Am My Own Wife), the production runs July 10 – August 5, 2012 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. The theatre recently held an open discussion about the color-blind casting of the show, which has gotten attention amoungst the Asian-American community. Here what they had to say about the subject in the full panel video below. (more...)

18) SOUND OFF: 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony
by Pat Cerasaro - July 27, 2012

Theatricality does not come on a scale much grander - and available to an audience much wider and larger, natch - than by way of the heady and hallucinogenic images concocted by visionary, Academy Award-winning British director Danny Boyle for the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony tonight. A hill, a heath, dozens of sheepherders and milkmaids below a large, looming tree set the scene for the start of the big, big show - and it was definitely very, very big. All of this countryside accoutrement signaled the entrance for Sir Kenneth Branagh, with sharp top hat and lit cigar, portraying noted industry king Isambard Kingdom Brunel, as he physically and metaphorically ushered in the new age in this culturally and historically-inspired phantasmagoria - setting the proceedings into high gear with a particularly impassioned and spine-tingling reading of one of the most moving and memorable passages from all of literate in a thrilling Prospero moment from Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST. And that was just the first five minutes! (more...)

19) STAGE TUBE: Liz Callaway and More in Pittsburgh CLO's SUNSET BOULEVARD
by Stage Tube - July 27, 2012

Pittsburgh CLO presents the debut production of Sunset Boulevard, now playing through July 29 at the Benedum Center. Tony Award nominee Liz Callaway, critically-acclaimed star of Love Changes Everything, returns to the Pittsburgh CLOstage as eccentric Hollywood actress Norma Desmond. Check out the video we have of the production below. (more...)

20) STAGE TUBE: THE NORMAL HEART at Arena Stage- Highlights!
by Stage Tube - July 27, 2012

THE NORMAL HEART closes this Sunday, July 29 at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. The production stars Broadway cast members Patrick Breen and Luke MacFarlane as well as Tom Berklund (Broadway's The Addams Family) as Craig Donner/Grady, Michael Berresse (Broadway's A Chorus Line) as Mickey Marcus, Christopher Dinolfo (Round House Theatre's Next Fall) as David, Christopher J. Hanke (Broadway's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) as Tommy Boatwright, Jon Levenson (understudy for Broadway's The Normal Heart) as Hiram Keebler/Examining Doctor, Nick Mennell (Broadway's A Free Man of Color) as Bruce Niles and John Procaccino (Lincoln Center Theater's Blood and Gifts) as Ben Weeks. BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from the production below! (more...)

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