Hottest Articles on BWW from Saturday, Jan. 26

Below are BroadwayWorld.com's most popular articles from Saturday, January 26, 2013. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from today on BroadwayWorld.com!

1) PHANTOM VIDEO FLASHBACK: Past the Point of No Return- Celebrating 25 Years on Broadway!
by Stage Tube - January 26, 2013

On Broadway, since its debut on January 26, 1988, The Phantom of the Opera has grossed over $880 million. Even now - in its incredible 25th year on Broadway - it is consistently among Broadway's highest-grossing shows and remains a box office champ. Earlier this year, the production shattered the house record at The Majestic by having its best weekly gross in its entire 24-year history. Total attendance is now over 15 million and it continues to play with no end in sight. Tonight marks the show's 25th anniversary on Broadway and below, BroadwayWorld celebrates the landmark with some of our favorite Phantom performances. Check out our collection below! (more...)


2) LES MIS Hits $300 Million; To Become Third Highest-Grossing Movie Musical
by Movies News Desk - January 26, 2013

Tom Hooper's sweeping adaptation of LES MISERABLES has hit a box office milestone, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (more...)


3) Photo Flash: Meet the Current Cast of Broadway's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2013

The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince and produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Company, Inc., once again makes theater history when it becomes the first Broadway show ever to celebrate its 25th Anniversary tonight, January 26, 2013. While much of the Phantom family will reunite for this special event, the current cast will also be a big part of the festivities. Check out photos of the newest cast members in action below! (more...)


4) BWW Flashback: EVITA Dances Final Tango on Broadway
by BWW Special Coverage - January 26, 2013

A few months ago, producers Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders announced that Grammy Award-winning international pop icon Ricky Martin as Che, Olivier Award-winning Argentinean actress Elena Roger as Eva Perón and Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris as Juan Perón would play their final performance on Saturday, January 26, 2013. At that time, it was announced as well that the should would be announcing new stars and the production would be continuing its run. Later, they have revealed that the show will play its final performance on Saturday, January 26, tonight, after 26 previews and 337 regular performances. (more...)


5) PHANTOM FLASHBACK: The Men Behind the Mask- Broadway's Past Phantoms
by BWW Special Coverage - January 26, 2013

Below, BroadwayWorld tributes the men behind the mask- the many who have taken on the title role at the Majestic Theatre since it opened in 1988. Check it out below! (more...)


6) BWW TV: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's 25th Anniversary Arrivals - Sarah Brightman and More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - January 26, 2013

The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince and produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Company, Inc., once again makes theater history when it becomes the first Broadway show ever to celebrate its 25th Anniversary tonight, January 26, 2013. Much of the Phantom family will reunite for this special event, and the current cast will also be a big part of the festivities. Below, watch BroadwayWorld's exclusive footage from tonight's starry arrivals, including the original Christine, Sarah Brightman! (more...)


7) Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, Jan 26 - Farewell to EVITA, Goodbye to BOOK OF MORMON's Rory O'Malley and More!
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2013

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' round-up. Today's photos feature last SIPs from the cast of EVITA, which closes on Broadway today, plus well-wishers from the casts of the LES MISERABLES 25th Anniversary Tour, NEWSIES, HAIRSPRAY in Concert and THE FANTASTICKS. THE BOOK OF MORMON also says goodbye to Rory O'Malley today, and THE LITTLE MERMAID closes its doors at SPAC. In addition, check out, photos from ANNIE, MARY POPPINS, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, SPIDER-MAN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, WEST SIDE STORY, FLASHDANCE, THE WIZARD OF OZ in Toronto, and much more! (more...)


8) BWW TV Exclusive: STAGE MAGIC with PHANTOM Makeup Wizard Thelma Pollard
by BroadwayWorld TV - January 26, 2013

The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA today celebrates its 25th Anniversary and continues to play at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street), with no end in sight. Back in 2009, we brought you a behind the scenes look with 'PHANTOM' makeup supervisor extraordinaire Thelma Pollard as she gave us an all access pass on what it takes to bring the iconic Phantom of the Opera character to life eight times a week! In the video below, you get a front row seat as she transforms John Cudia into 'The Phantom' right before your eyes. (more...)


9) STAGE TUBE: On This Day 1/26- THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by Stage Tube - January 26, 2013

Today in 1988, The Phantom of the Opera opened at the Majestic Theatre, where it has played for 9980 performances and still running. Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart, the musical opened in the West End in 1986, celebrating its 25th anniversary in October 2011. It won the 1986 Olivier Award and the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical, and Michael Crawford (in the title role) won the 1986 Olivier and 1988 Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical. It is the longest-running Broadway show by a wide margin, the second longest-running West End musical, and the third longest-running West End show overall. (more...)


10) Photo Flashback: Even More Past PHANTOM Anniversaries
by Walter McBride - January 26, 2013

Below, photographer Walter McBride looks back at some other special moments in Phantom's momentous run! (more...)


11) Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of MCC Theater's REALLY REALLY
by Walter McBride - January 26, 2013

MCC Theater presents Matt Lauria (NBC's 'Friday Night Lights' & 'Parenthood'), ZOSIA MAMET (HBO's 'Girls', AMC's 'Mad Men'), Lauren Culpepper (Signature's Really Really), David Hull (Broadway's Wicked & How to Succeed...), Evan Jonigkeit (Broadway's High with Kathleen Turner), Kobi Libii (Off-Broadway's CQ/CX), and Aleque Reid (Hair 1st National Tour) in the New York premiere production of Really Reallyby Paul Downs Colaizzo. The production, which marks Colaizzo's New York playwriting debut, is directed by David Cromer, the Obie Award and Lucille Lortel Award-winning director of hits Our Town, Adding Machine and Tribes. The cast met the press yesterday, and you can catch BWW's full photo coverage from the festivities below! (more...)


12) Photo Coverage: In The Spotlight Series - CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
by Walter McBride - January 26, 2013

Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, starring Scarlett Johansson as Maggie, Ciarán Hinds as Big Daddy, Benjamin Walker as Brick and Debra Monk as Big Mama, directed by Rob Ashford, opened on January 17. The show will play a limited engagement through March 30, 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street). Check out photos of the show's stars in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride below! (more...)


13) VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Behind the Scenes with SMASH's Season 2 Guest Stars!
by TV News Desk - January 26, 2013

SMASH makes its long-awaited return to the NBC lineup for a second season on Tuesday, February 5 (9-10 p.m. ET) and will continue in its regular time slot on Tuesday, February 12 (10-11 p.m. ET). Season two will feature a slew of new talent, including Jennifer Hudson, Jeremy Jordan, Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez, Sean Hayes, Jesse L. Martin, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Nikki Blonski, and more. Below, check out the just-released SMASH sneak peek of this season's starry guest talent! (more...)


14) Photo Flash: jOBS' Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad and More Celebrate at Sundance Closing Night
by Movies News Desk - January 26, 2013

Red Touch Media hosted the exclusive jOBS film premiere after party on closing night of the Sundance Film Festival 2013 in Park City, UT on January 25. Cast members Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Ahna O'Reilly and director Joshua Michael Stern all attended the event, which was held at pop-up club Nur Khan Presents for NK. DJ Cash spun and guests enjoyed specialty cocktails and photography by Norman Seeff, who shot the iconic 1984 image of Steve Jobs sitting on the floor with a Mac in his lap. Check out coverage of the event below! (more...)


15) Emmy-Winning TV Director Rob Schiller Helms Warner Theatre's CURTAINS, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2013

Emmy Award winning Hollywood Director Rob Schiller, also known for his philanthropic endeavors, is now lending his award-winning directing talents to the Warner, a historic theater in Connecticut that offers state of the art digital cinema, dance, plays and musicals. (more...)


16) London's 'Phantom' Peter Jöback to Star in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway from April 29
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2013

The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by Harold Prince and produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc., will welcome West End star and Platinum-selling Swedish recording star Peter Jöback to the New York cast this summer. Mr. Jöback will assume the title role for a limited engagement from Monday, April 29 through Saturday, August 24, 2012. (more...)


17) George Takei, Lea Salonga and More Set for AN EVENING WITH Jay Kuo, 1/28
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2013

Move over 54 Below and Broadway Bound! On Monday, January 28th at 9pm, Darrel Alejandro Holnes & The Lambs Club premiere EMERGING a new Broadway composers cabaret with An Evening with Jay Kuo, composer and lyricist of ALLEGIANCE, a new musical making its Broadway debut next season, starring Tony Award winning performer Lea Salonga (LES MISERABLES, MISS SAIGON) and TV and social media icon George Takei (Star Trek). (more...)


18) BWW's On This Day - January 26, 2013
by - January 26, 2013

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 26 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)


19) Photo Flash: Kathryn Erbe Visits WHO'S AFRAID OF Virginia Woolf?
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2013

Friday night brought Kathryn Erbe to Edward Albee's WHO'S AFRAID OF Virginia Woolf on Broadway. Kathryn and her daughter Maeve visited the cast and crew backstage after the performance. Check out a photo from the visit below! (more...)


20) Whoopi Goldberg, John Leguizamo, Brooke Shields and More Present at GARDEN OF LAUGHS Benefit Today
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2013

MSG Entertainment and the Garden of Dreams Foundation announced that actress, host of The View and Garden of Dreams Foundation board member Whoopi Goldberg; Rangers legend Adam Graves; actor John Leguizamo; hip hop pioneer, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Garden of Dreams Foundation board member Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels; tennis legend and sports announcer John McEnroe; actress Brooke Shields; cast members from the Emmy Award-winning series The Sopranos including Steve Schirripa and Tony Sirico; Knicks legend John Starks; and New York Giants Defensive End and two-time Super Bowl Champion Justin Tuck will participate in Garden of Laughs, a comedy event presented by Chase to benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation. This esteemed list of entertainers and sports icons will serve as on-stage presenters today, January 26, 2013 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden with more presenters to be announced. (more...)




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