Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Jan. 4

Below are's most popular articles from Friday, January 4, 2013. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from today on!

1) Full Casting Confirmed For West End A CHORUS LINE!
by BWW - January 04, 2013

The full cast for the London revival of A Chorus Line has now been confirmed. (more...)

2) Review Roundup: Broadway-Bound PIPPIN
by Review Roundups - January 04, 2013

As BroadwayWorld reported last night, producers Barry & Fran Weissler and Howard & Janet Kagan will present the American Repertory Theater's 40th Anniversary production of Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's Pippin, directed by Diane Paulus, on Broadway in the Spring of 2013. PIPPIN will begin preview performances on Broadway on Saturday, March 23, 2013 and officially open on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). (more...)

3) POLL: Which 1970's Musical Should Be Revived on Broadway Next?
by BWW News Desk - January 04, 2013

New Poll - Which 1970's musical should be revived on Broadway next? (more...)

4) SOUND OFF WORLD PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE: SMASH DVD Special Feature With Christian Borle & Craig Zadan
by Pat Cerasaro - January 04, 2013

Today, in anticipation of the DVD release of NBC's hit musical drama series SMASH on January 8, BroadwayWorld is pleased to present this exclusive clip from the extensive behind-the-scenes features available on the complete Season One DVD box set! 2012 Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actor In A Musical, Christian Borle, along with SMASH executive producer and lauded theatrical producer Craig Zadan, expound upon some specifics of the hit series in this exclusive look at the bonus content present on the forthcoming DVD set. Enjoy! (more...)

5) Photo Flash: First Look - Liza Minnelli on SMASH Season 2
by TV News Desk - January 04, 2013

Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the first images of legendary entertainer Liza Minnelli, who will play herself in the tenth episode of the NBC musical drama series SMASH. In the episode, the actress will perform an original song, written by Smash producers Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman, along with Christian Borle, who portrays Tom. Get a first look below! (more...)

6) Confirmed! Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo to Star in THE NORMAL HEART for HBO; Directed by Ryan Murphy for 2014
by BWW News Desk - January 04, 2013

As first reported exclusively by back in November of 2012, it's now official that Academy Award(R) winner Julia Roberts and Academy Award(R) nominee Mark Ruffalo will star in the HBO Films drama THE NORMAL HEART, directed by Emmy(R) winner Ryan Murphy ('Eat Pray Love,' 'Glee'), it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Slated to begin production in New York City later this year for 2014 debut on HBO, the film is written by Larry Kramer, adapting his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play of the same name. (more...)

7) John Barrowman Injured During Panto Performance in Glasgow
by BWW News Desk - January 04, 2013

According to the BBC, stage and screen star John Barrowman was recently injured during a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at the SECC Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow. Barrowman fell off of a live horse during the show, and was not seriously hurt. (more...)

by Stage Tube - January 04, 2013

Today in 2009, Hairspraiy closed at the Neil Simon Theatre after 2,641 performances. Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and 'downtown' rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. (more...)

9) Photo Flash: LES MISERABLES Told Through Emoticons!
by BWW News Desk - January 04, 2013

While some would consider the plot of the classic musical complex, it's been proven to be simple enough to be told through modern technology's cutest form of communication- emoticons. Try to follow along with the picture, which is currently going viral on Facebook and Twitter, below! (more...)

10) Photo Coverage: ELF Contest Winner Melissa Marengo Preps for Broadway Debut!
by Jennifer Broski - January 04, 2013

Before the holidays, Broadway's ELF THE MUSICAL made one lucky winner's holiday wish come true with a walk-on role in the musical. Last night, the contest winner, Melissa Marengo, joined Buddy the Elf and the rest of the cast, including two-time Tony winner Beth Leavel and Wayne Knight of Seinfeld, on stage during the Macy's Santa Scene. Check out photos of Melissa prepping for her Broadway debut below! (more...)

11) Photo Flash: Cheyenne Jackson Performs MUSIC OF THE MAD MEN ERA With Nina Arianda!
by BWW News Desk - January 04, 2013

Tony Award winning actress Nina Arianda joined Cheyenne Jackson on New Year's Eve as special guest when he performed 'Music of the Mad Men Era' with members of the National Symphony Orchestra. View photos from the event below! (more...)

by BWW News Desk - January 04, 2013

BroadwayWorld has confirmed that the Lincoln Center Theater production of VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, a new play by Christopher Durang, directed by Nicholas Martin might be heading to Broadway. A show representative has revealed to BWW that talks for a possible Broadway transfer are in 'very Early Stages.' (more...)

13) Kate Shindle, Bradley Dean, and More Set for THE CONCRETE JUNGLE Reading
by BWW News Desk - January 04, 2013

Broadway veterans Kate Shindle (Wonderland, Legally Blonde), Bradley Dean (Evita, A Little Night Music), Matt DeAngelis (Hair) & LaQuet Sharnell (Lysistrata Jones, Memphis) & more will take part in a private reading of Bobby Cronin and Crystal Skillman's romantic musical comedy THE CONCRETE JUNGLE. (more...)

14) Photo Blast from the Past: Douglas Sills
by Walter McBride - January 04, 2013

Today, we're featuring Douglas Sills circa 1998. Sills made his Broadway debut in 1997's The Scarlet Pimpernel. Continuing the role in three other versions of the show, Sills received a Tony Award nomination. In 2004, Sills joined the Broadway-bound Chicago production of Monty Python's Spamalot. However, before the production began, Sills left on his own account due to reported 'major script changes.' In 2009, Sills starred opposite Kristin Chenoweth at the New York City Center production of Music in the Air. (more...)

15) CHAPLIN Will Open in Brazil in 2014
by BWW News Desk - January 04, 2013

The new musical CHAPLIN will be produced in São Paulo, Brazil at the Teatro Procópio Ferreira in April 2014 by Chaim XYZ Produções. The current Broadway production will play its final performance at the Barrymore Theatre on Sunday, January 6, 2013. (more...)

16) Around the Broadway World: Regional Highlights for the Week of 12/31
by BWW Special Coverage - January 04, 2013

Get ready for another roundup of regional theater news with today's 'Around BWW: Regional Highlights of the Week'. Click below for the most-read theater stories for the week of December 31! (more...)

17) Photo Flash: Helen Mirren Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
by Movies News Desk - January 04, 2013

Dame Helen Mirren, a legend of stage and screen, was honored yesterday, January 3rd, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Director Jon Turteltaub, writer-director David Mamet and Councilman Tom LaBonge spoke at the event which was also attended by Mirren's family and husband, Taylor Hackford. Check out photos below! (more...)

18) DID YOU KNOW...The Most Interesting Message Board Topics of the Week: December 29- January 4
by BWW - January 04, 2013

This week's topics: Why did the factory women all hate Fantine, Pippin to Open at the Music Box, most overrated musical, new Boublil and Schonberg musical, Is Big Daddy Gay, Encores! Casting, Richest Broadway Star (more...)

19) EMOTIONAL CREATURE to Play Final Performance 1/13
by BWW News Desk - January 04, 2013

The Off Broadway premiere of Emotional Creature, the newest play by Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, activist, and The Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler, will end its limited engagement as scheduled on Sunday, January 13th. Produced Off Broadway by Carole Black and Pat Mitchell, and directed by Obie Award-winner Jo Bonney (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark) with original music and musical direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder, Emotional Creature began previews The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street) on Friday, October 26, 2012, and officially opened on Monday, November 12, 2012. (more...)

20) Photo Flash: Ricky Lyon & Joseph Sirola Visit CHAPLIN!
by BWW News Desk - January 04, 2013

CHAPLIN, a new musical depicting the life of film icon Charlie Chaplin played by Rob McClure, with music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and book by three-time Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Christopher Curtis, opened on Broadway on Monday, September 10, 2012. Warren Carlyle (Finian's Rainbow; Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway) directs and choreographs the production. McClure's past Avenue Q castmate Ricky Lyon and Joseph Siroa just visited the show and you can catch photos of the duo backstage below! (more...)

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