Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Dec. 23

Below are's most popular articles from Monday, December 23, 2013. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from today on!

1) BWW TV: & Kristin Chenoweth Fan Clubs Exclusive - Happy Holidays from Kristin Chenoweth!
by BroadwayWorld TV - December 23, 2013

We caught Tony and Emmy Award-winning sensation Kristin Chenoweth in rehearsal in (video directed and edited by Asaf Shakham). The star and her cast, including Constantine Germanacos, Jennifer Diamond and Johnny Stellard have been rehearsing in New York with director Richard Jay-Alexander and musical director Mary-Mitchell Campbell. Kristin took some time out to send Holiday Wishes to all her fans and friends around the world. (more...)

2) Hugh Jackman Withdraws from Broadway-Bound HOUDINI Because of Time Commitment
by BWW News Desk - December 23, 2013

Stage and screen star Hugh Jackman has long been slated to return to Broadway starring as America's greatest showman in Houdini. Now according to Variety, the Tony winner has withdrawn from the production, which is now aiming for a Broadway run in the 2015-16 theatre season. (more...)

3) KINKY BOOTS Announces New Cast for the New Year - Andy Kelso as 'Charlie Price', Jeanna de Waal as 'Lauren' and More!
by BWW News Desk - December 23, 2013

Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig have announced new leads for their smash hit musical Kinky Boots; Andy Kelso, who currently plays 'Harry', will take over the role of 'Charlie Price' on January 28, 2014 following Stark Sands' January 26 departure. Jeanna de Waal will join the cast as 'Lauren,' beginning March 4, 2014 (replacing Annaleigh Ashford, who leaves to join the cast of Showtime's 'Masters of Sex'), and Jake Odmark joins the ensemble in the roles previously played by Andy Kelso. As previously announced, Billy Porter, this year's Tony Award-winner for Best Actor in a Musical, will remain with Kinky Boots. (more...)

4) Meryl Streep Says She Will Not Sing New INTO THE WOODS Song At Oscars
by Pat Cerasaro - December 23, 2013

Legendary stage and screen star Meryl Streep has proven her vast performing abilities in a number of noted venues, yet one thing she now attests that she absolutely will not do is sing at the Oscars - even if it is a song especially penned for her by Stephen Sondheim himself! (more...)

5) STAGE TUBE: Last Night's Empire State Building Christmas Light Show
by Stage Tube - December 23, 2013

Four light-and-music shows play nightly at 7 p.m. EST, which began on Friday, December 20, and run through tonight, Monday, December 23, 2013. Videos of the shows will be posted each night on ESB's YouTube page. Viewers will have the rare opportunity to help select ESB's lights for Christmas Eve. The ESB Holiday Light Show Team will review YouTube views, iHeartRadio posts, Facebook comments, Tweets, and other social media comments to select the Christmas Eve performance, again with Lite fm onChristmas Eve at 7 p.m. EST. Below, check out last night's show! (more...)

6) InDepth InterView: Lesley Nicol On DOWNTON ABBEY Season Four, Playing Mrs. Patmore, MAMMA MIA!, DOWNTON Musical? & More
by Pat Cerasaro - December 23, 2013

Today we are talking to a standout star of the internationally adored period-set drama series DOWNTON ABBEY all about her unforgettable character on the show as well as what we can expect from the highly anticipated upcoming extended Christmas episode - the convivial Lesley Nicol. Looking back at an incredibly accomplished career thus far, Nicol shares some insights on her favorite TV and film roles to date while also casting a glance back at some of her most memorable stage performances - as an original cast member of the inaugural West End JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR as well as a multi-year run in long-running hi MAMMA MIA! included. Most importantly, Nicol outlines the finer points of her charming and committed characterization of the belabored chef of Downton Abbey itself and imparts her enthusiasm and enjoyment with the delectable and dramatic storylines conjured up by creator Julian Fellowes as well as shares some of her own favorite scene partners and events in the show's rich history. Additionally, Nicol clues us in on this year's Christmas ep and her own impressions of this year's sequence of events just as US viewers gear up for the first stateside showings of Season 4, starting in early 2014. Plus, Nicol looks ahead to DOWNTON ABBEY Season 5, set to film in 2014, and beyond. All of that and much, much more awaits! (more...)

7) Over 44 Million Tuned in to NBC's SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE Including Encore + DVRs
by TV News Desk - December 23, 2013

In "live plus seven day" results, NBC's Dec. 5 telecast of "The Sound of Music Live" delivered a 5.62 rating in adults 18-49 and 21.837 million viewers overall (more...)

8) Andrew Lloyd Webber Had Warned of Apollo Theatre Condition 10 Years Ago
by BWW News Desk - December 23, 2013

The UK's Daily Mail reports that famed composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber had warned of the 'shocking' condition of London's Apollo Theatre 10 years ago, and asked that the Grade II listed building be torn down to avoid a dangerous situation. (more...)

9) Photo Flash: First Look - New Stills and Poster for HBO's LOOKING, Starring Jonathan Groff
by TV News Desk - December 23, 2013

HBO has just released new key art and stills for their upcoming original series LOOKING, starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie Alvarez, and Murray Bartlett. The series premieres January 19th, 2014. Get a first look below! (more...)

10) ROCKY Loads in at Broadway's Winter Garden Theater
by BWW News Desk - December 23, 2013

A first look at the Winter Garden Theater's stage, now being prepped for Broadway's ROCKY, has been unveiled via the show's official Twitter page. Check out the original image here! (more...)

11) New STEPHEN WARD 'I'm Hopeless When It Comes To You' VIdeo
by Pat Cerasaro - December 23, 2013

A full performance clip of the emotionally rich Andrew Lloyd Webber/Don Black melody 'I'm Hopeless When It Comes To You' from the new historically-based West End musical STEPHEN WARD is now available to view, featuring two-time Laurence Olivier Award-winner Joanna Riding. (more...)

12) Photo Flash: Liza Minnelli Visits RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
by BWW News Desk - December 23, 2013

The legendary Liza Minnelli attended yesterday's performance of RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. Check out a look back at her visit with the cast below! (more...)

13) Photo Flash: First Look at Rebecca Hall, Morgan Spector & More in Roundabout's MACHINAL
by BWW News Desk - December 23, 2013

Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Machinal, starring Rebecca Hall, written by Sophie Treadwell and directed by Lyndsey Turner, began previews on, Friday, December 20 at 8:00PM ahead of an official opening on Jan. 16, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. Machinal is a limited engagement through March 2. Check out a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

14) Photo Flash: Gloria Steinem Visits Broadway's NEWSIES
by BWW News Desk - December 23, 2013

Gloria Steinem, acclaimed feminist author and activist, took her family to see the Tony Award®-winning smash-hit musical Newsies at the Nederlander Theatre (208 W 41st St.) on Friday night. Following the performance, Ms. Steinem went backstage and enthusiastically greeted actress Kara Lindsay, who plays trailblazing journalist Katherine Plumber, exclaiming, 'a fellow organizer!' The two chatted at length about the 1899 newsboy strike on which the musical is based and the real-life journalist, Nellie Bly, who inspired Lindsay's character. (more...)

15) Florence Henderson, Judy Gold Set for Food Network's RACHEL v GUY CELEBRITY COOK-OFF
by TV News Desk - December 23, 2013

Eight multi-talented celebrities compete for ultimate culinary bragging rights in the third season of Food Network primetime series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. (more...)

16) A Very Broadway Holiday Countdown- 2 Days 'Til Christmas!
by Stage Tube - December 23, 2013

Featured today is Broadway favorite Matthew Morrison singing 'Mele Kalikimaka' at Chrsitmas in Washington in 2010. Click below to check it out! (more...)

17) Ryan Steele, Stephanie Umoh & More Join ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Make-A-Wish Foundation Benefit, 1/20
by BWW News Desk - December 23, 2013

Friends in Theater Company has announced the full cast for Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Once on this Island, one-night-only production benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York onMonday, January 20, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Lucille Lortel Theater (121 Christopher Street New York, NY 10014). (more...)

18) Barbra Streisand: Bette Midler was 'Wonderful' as Former Manager Sue Mengers in I'LL EAT YOU LAST
by BWW News Desk - December 23, 2013

Barbra Streisand, a former client of the late Sue Mengers, has announced her approval of Bette Middler playing the famed Hollywood publicist in I'LL EAT YOU LAST, which ended a limited run at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse last night. (more...)

19) BWW Blog: Michael Milligan of Off-Broadway's MERCY KILLERS - Summoning the Supreme Objective
by Guest Blogger: Michael Milligan - December 23, 2013

Representing the Stella Adler Studio of Acting is a great honor and responsibility. Stella Adler along with the other members of the Group Theater revolutionized the American Theater scene. Stella Adler, Harold Clurman, Lee Strasberg, Bobby Lewis, Elia Kazan, Clifford Odets, Sanford Meisner, Lee J. Cobb, these names are legends to drama students and theater history buffs. And when one looks at the legacy they left behind through successive generations of students- Marlon Brando, Elaine Stritch, Warren Beatty, Estelle Parsons, Robert DeNiro, James Dean, Al Pacino, Paul Newman, the list goes on and on, one begins to get a sense of the impact the Group Theater has had, not only in America, but the world. (more...)

20) Michael Feinstein to Open New NYC Nightclub in 2014
by BWW News Desk - December 23, 2013

New York City night club and cabaret venue Feinstein's at Loews Regency closed almost a year ago on December 31, 2012, and according to the New York Times, music legend Michael Feinstein is currently working on opening a new venue. Feinstein has teamed with Birdland owner Gianni Valenti to open 'Feinstein's on Broadway' in midtown Manhattan. (more...)

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