Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 15

Below are's most popular articles from Friday, August 15, 2014. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from today on!

1) Michael J. Fox Reacts to News of Robin Williams Parkinson's Diagnosis
by Movies News Desk - August 15, 2014

Upon hearing the news, actor Michael J. Fox, who also suffers from Parkinson's, took to Twitter to share that he was 'stunned' upon hearing the news about his close friend. (more...)

2) BWW TV Exclusive: BREAKING DOWN THE RIFFS w/ Natalie Weiss- Pitch Perfect
by Breaking Down the Riffs - August 15, 2014, the largest, most comprehensive theatre site on the net, recently announced the newest addition to its line-up of original, engaging, star-filled TV programs- YouTube sensation and Broadway vet Natalie Weiss with her hit series that's sure to entertain - BREAKING DOWN THE RIFFS. We are excited to exclusively bring you the latest episode, in which Natalie breaks down the riffs of Destiney's Child with 'Pitch Perfect' star Ben Platt. Check out the full episode below! (more...)

by Pat Cerasaro - August 15, 2014

Today we are kickin' up our heels for the just announced 2015 Broadway return of THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS. (more...)

4) BWW Reviews: Radcliffe, Kazan Avoid Rom-Com Cliches in WHAT IF, Open Today
by Matt Tamanini - August 15, 2014

Despite the fact that it is led by two adorably dorky characters, it features Sorkin-level intelligent banter, and it consciously avoids all of the genre's cliches, 'What If;' the new movie starring Broadway regulars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan; is a tried-and-true Romantic-Comedy at heart. Opening in select cities today, before expanding nationwide next week, 'What If' hits many of the familiar Rom-Com beats, without ever feeling like we've been there before. (more...)

5) BWW TV: Meet the New Kids on Broadway- the Cast of THIS IS OUR YOUTH!
by BroadwayWorld TV - August 15, 2014

THIS IS OUR YOUTH by Kenneth Lonergan is headed to Broadway this summer, guided by producerScott Rudin and directed by Anna D. Shapiro. It will open at the Cort Theatre on September 11 and will star Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson. The cast met the press yesterday at the Cort Theatre, and BroadwayWorld was on hand to chat with the full company on the Broadway-bound play. Check out what they had to say below! (more...)

6) Harvey Weinstein on FINDING NEVERLAND: 'Diane and I Are Well Aware of the Things We Need To Do'
by BWW News Desk - August 15, 2014

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, FINDING NEVERLAND, with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Elliot Kennedy, book by James Graham, and direction by Diane Paulus, will officially fly to Broadway. According to The New York Times, 'NEVERLAND' spokesperson Rick Miramontez, has confirmed that the new musical, which opened at A.R.T. earlier this week, will settle in at a Nederlander Organization theater in March 2015. In a recent interview with Deadline, Weinstein opens up about the transfer. He told Deadline: "The reason you go out of town is to try things out. Diane and I are well aware of the things we need to do, especially in the first act. The second act is near-perfect." (more...)

7) Photo Coverage: MATILDA, MOTOWN, ON THE TOWN & More Conclude BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK's 2014 Season
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - August 15, 2014

This week's event featured performances from the casts of MATILDA (Paige Brady, Gabby Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo, Ava Ulloa and Marisa Kennedy, Jennifer Bowles, Heather Tepe, Sean Montgomery, Alex Brightman, Geoff Packard, John Arthur Greene, Timothy Cao, Grace Capeless, Ava DeMary, Jonah Halperin, Alexa Shae Niziak, Sofia Roma Rubino, Analise Scarpaci, Mitchell Sink, Chris Sumpter, Beatrice Tulchin and TEd Wilson), ON THE TOWN (Brandon Leffler, Tony Yazbeck, Cody Williams and Alysha Umphress), MAMMA MIA! (Felicia Finley, Judy McLane, Stacia Fernandez , Traci Victoria, Thomasina E. Gross, Jacob Pinion, Albert Guerzon, Deanna Aguinaga, Sydni Beaudoin, Allyson Carr, Felicity Claire, Mark Dancewicz, Corey Greenan, Bryan Scott Johnson, Corinne MeIancon, Christopher Hudson Myers, Jennifer Noth, Ashley Park, Tera-Lee Pollin, Gerard Salvador, Neil Starkenberg and Victor Wallace) and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL (Josh Tower, Krystal Joy Brown, Dwayne Cooper, Nathaniel Cullors, Justin Prescott, Jaquez Andre Sims and Nik Walker). Check out photos below! (more...)

8) Broadway Dims Lights Tonight in Honor of Stage & Screen Star Lauren Bacall
by BWW News Desk - August 15, 2014

The Broadway community mourns the loss of Lauren Bacall, legendary stage and screen star, who died Tuesday at the age of 89. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory tonight, August 15th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute. (more...)

9) STAGE TUBE: ONCE Cast Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!
by Stage Tube - August 15, 2014

The Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical Once just took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has been dominating social media all week. Who'd they challenge in return? The casts of Pippin, Les Miserables and Once on tour. Hear's to hoping for more videos of Broadway casts underwater! (more...)

10) THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- IF/THEN's Jenn Colella
by BWW Staff - August 15, 2014

n this week's edition, we caught up with Jenn Colella, who is starring as 'Anne' in If/Then- currently playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. (more...)

11) WAKE UP with BWW 8/15/14 - Neil Patrick Harris Says Farewell, POOR BEHAVIOR Opens, ROCKY Leaves the Ring and More!
by Jessica Showers - August 15, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: LES MIZ gets a new 'Javert' tonight, Broadway honors Lauren Bacall, and Sunday sees Neil Patrick Harris's final HEDWIG performance and ROCKY's last match on Broadway but welcomes POOR BEHAVIOR to the off-Broadway lineup! (more...)

12) New Web Series COVERS, Starring Paige Davis, Amy Spanger, Ryan Silverman and More, Will Premiere on BroadwayWorld Next Week
by BWW News Desk - August 15, 2014

From the minds of Chicago co-stars Jason Patrick Sands and Brian O'Brien comes the new Broadway web comedy series 'COVERS,' set to premiere its pilot episode on Monday, August 18, 2014 exclusively on (more...)

13) BWW CD Reviews: UMe's ROCKY BROADWAY (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Fights from the Heart
by David Clarke - August 15, 2014

While the Broadway production of ROCKY is going down for the final count on Sunday, August 17, the show and its bombastic score are continuing to delight audiences on a nightly basis in New York City. Whether you've seen the show or not, UMe's release of ROCKY BROADWAY (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is sure to pump you up and entertain you. (more...)

14) BWW Interviews: James Naughton Talks THE WORD, CITY OF ANGELS Reunion
by Matt Tamanini - August 15, 2014

In the new film 'The Word,' a man's otherwise perfect life is destroyed when his son is kidnapped and murdered. He finds himself torn between avenging his son's death and moving on with his now hollow existence. Two-time Tony-winner James Naughton plays F.B.I. agent Mike Sheehy, who is tasked with hunting down the boy's killer. 'The Word' opens in select cities, including New York and Los Angeles, this week. Last week, I spoke to Naughton about the film, his iconic role as the original Billy Flynn in long-running 'Chicago' revival, being a part of a family of performers, and whether or not there is any truth to the rumors of a 'City of Angels' reunion concert. (more...)

15) BWW Exclusive: Preview of INSIDE ACT: HOW TEN ACTORS MADE IT AND HOW YOU CAN TOO- with Eric Ladin!
by Ken Womble - August 15, 2014

Why do some actors make it and others don't? Ken Womble sets out to find the answer to this question, one that has fascinated and tormented him for years, in his new book, INSIDE ACT: How Ten Actors Made it and How You Can Too (Hansen Publishing Group, 373 pages, $24.99). To celebrate the release, BroadwayWorld will be featuring chapter previews from the new book. Today, hear from Tony Yazbeck! (more...)

16) VIDEO: Sylvester Stallone Talks Starring in Risque Off-Broadway Play on TONIGHT SHOW
by TV News Desk - August 15, 2014

On last night's TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON, Jimmy and guest Sylvester Stallone talk about rocking red pubic hair in front of his parents for a play. (more...)

17) VIDEO: Ariana Grande Gives First Listen to Two New Tracks from 'My Everything' on Instagram!
by BWW News Desk - August 15, 2014

Ariana Grande turned to Instagram yesterday to give fans a first listen to her highly anticipated new album 'My Everything' to be released on August 25th. Check out the video below! (more...)

18) Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits- KINKY BOOTS!
by BWW Special Coverage - August 15, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's KINKY BOOTS below! (more...)

19) Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of MCC's THE MONEY SHOT, with Heather Graham and More!
by Walter McBride - August 15, 2014

MCC THEATER welcomes Heather Graham, Gia Crovatin, Golden Globe nominee Callie Thorne, and Frederick Weller for the world premiere of MCC Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute's new play, The Money Shot, directed by Terry Kinney. Performances for The Money Shot begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on September 4, 2014. An official opening is set for September 22, 2014 and it is currently scheduled through October 12, 2014. Tickets are now on sale. The cast just met the press yesterday and BroadwayWorld brings you complete photo coverage from the festivities below! (more...)

20) FREEZE FRAME: HEDWIG's Neil Patrick Harris Unveils Caricature at Sardi's
by Walter McBride - August 15, 2014

Tony Award winning star of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Neil Patrick Harris just celebrated his caricature unveiling at Sardi's. BroadwayWorld was there for the special event and you can get a sneak peek at our coverage below! And be sure to check back later for more photos! (more...)

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