Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, Aug. 29

Below are's most popular articles from Thursday, August 29, 2013. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from today on!

1) Exclusive Scoop! Disney's ALADDIN Set To Begin Broadway Previews 2/26; New Artwork & Opening Info
by Pat Cerasaro - August 29, 2013

BroadwayWorld is thrilled to confirm world exclusive news about the new stage adaptation of Disney's beloved modern animated classic ALADDIN including a first chance to check out the new musical as it premieres on Broadway this March. (more...)

2) Fox Orders Modern Day LES MISERABLES Pilot with Legal Spin
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2013

According to Deadline, the network has given VERONICA MARS creator Rob Thomas the go-ahead to develop a pilot script based upon Victor Hugo's classic novel turned Broadway show. The project comes from Warner Bros TV with a penalty. (more...)

3) Hugh Jackman-Led HOUDINI Musical to Play Chicago Prior to Broadway?
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2013

According to the Associated Press, the highly-anticipated new Houdini musical, which will feature stage and screen star Hugh Jackman in the ttle role might have a out of town tryout before moving on to New York. Houdini composer Stephen Schwartz recently revealed thathe hopes the musical will play in Chicago prior to a Broadway run in the 2013-14 season. (more...)

4) BWW TV Exclusive: A Day in the Life of MATILDA'S Lauren Ward!
by BroadwayWorld TV - August 29, 2013

In the video below, MATILDA's Lauren Ward, who plays 'Miss Honey' in the new musical, spends a day in her New York City neighborhood as she meets friends for breakfast, goes shopping for birthday presents and more. Spend a day with Ward by clicking below! (more...)

5) STAGE TUBE: Valerie Harper 'Pretty Close to a Remission'
by TV News Desk - August 29, 2013

The actress spoked with 'Today's Meredith Vieira alongside her neruo-oncologiest Dr. Jeremy Rudnick who revealed that based on recent tests, the 74-year-old may have beaten back the cancer for now. Watch the appearance below! (more...)

6) Karen Mason and Mark Jacoby to Lead SNAPSHOTS at Goodspeed; Full Cast Set for 20 Songs From WICKED, PIPPIN, GODSPELL & More
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2013

The cast will feature Karen Mason as Sue. Ms. Mason has appeared in Broadway'sWonderland, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Play Me a Country Song as well as Goodspeed's Heartbeats at The Norma Terris Theatre. Opposite her as Dan will be Tony-nominated Mark Jacoby whose credits include Broadway's Elf, Sweeney Todd, Man of La Mancha, Ragtime,Showboat, Grand Hotel, The Phantom of the Opera and Sweet Charity. Mr. Jacoby performed at the Goodspeed Opera House in On The Twentieth Century. (more...)

7) Barrett Wilbert Weed, Elle McLemore & More Set for HEATHERS THE MUSICAL in LA
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2013

For anyone who's ever been in love, trouble, or high school comes HEATHERS - THE MUSICAL, based on the greatest teen movie of all time. (more...)

8) David Cromer, Bryce Clyde Jenkins & More Join Denzel Washington in A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2013

Tickets will be on sale exclusively to American Express cardholders from Wednesday, September 4 through Friday, September 20 only for Tony Award-winner and two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington as Walter Lee Younger in Lorraine Hansberry's A RAISIN IN THE SUN, opposite film, television and Tony Award-winning stage star Diahann Carroll as Lena Younger, in her first Broadway appearance in over 30 years. General on-sale will begin on Saturday, September 21. The production will be directed by Tony Award-nominee Kenny Leon. Previews begin March 8, 2014, with opening night on April 3, 2014 at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street), where the original production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN opened 55 years ago. A RAISIN IN THE SUN is a limited engagement, running 14 weeks only through June 15, 2014. Tickets will be available at or by calling at 212-239-6200. (more...)

9) STAGE TUBE: On This Day 8/29- Lea Michele
by Stage Tube - August 29, 2013

Happy Birthday, Lea Michele! Best known to theatre audiences for her role as 'Wendla' in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Spring Awakening, Michele was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance. She also starred in the Broadway productions of Les Miserables, Ragtime and Fiddler on the Roof. For her work on GLEE, Michele was honored with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Actress - Comedy or Musical and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. (more...)

10) Photo Coverage: Ramin Karimloo Performs at the Toronto Blue Jays/New York Yankees Game
by Kelly Cameron - August 29, 2013

Toronto's 'Jean Valjean' took centre stage Tuesday night as the Blue Jays faced off against the Yankees at the Rogers Centre. Ramin Karimloo, in Toronto to tackle the lead role in the upcoming Mirvish presentation of Les Miserables, sang O Canada in a 'Valjean' Blue Jays jersey and gave the crowd a preview of what's to come when he takes the stage at The Princess of Wales. Ramin has previously performed the role in the West End, and returns to his hometown to make his Toronto stage debut this September. BWW is thrilled to bring readers photos from the event. (more...)

11) Nigel Harman to Portray Simon Cowell in X FACTOR Musical I CAN'T SING; Cynthia Erivo Nabs Lead
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2013

The Daily Mail reports that Simon Cowell has finally cast the actor who will portray him in the new X FACTOR musical I CAN'T SING, set to begin performances at the London Palladium on February 27. It's Nigel Harman, who won an Olivier for his role as 'Lord Farquaad' in SHREK THE MUSICAL in the West End. In addition, Cynthia Erivo, currently starring in Menier Chocolate Factory's revival of THE COLOR PURPLE, has been cast in the lead. (more...)

12) YANK! Reaches Fundraising Goals to Record Cast Album
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2013

YANK!, the acclaimed 2010 Off-Broadway show, centering on two WWII soldiers who happen to fall in love in the midst of deployment, is finally set to receive a cast album. Creators David and Joseph Zellnik recently turned to Kickstarter to help raise $35,000 for the recording- a goal that was just reached. (more...)

13) STAGE TUBE: Promo Released for Chita Rivera's Birthday Benefit Concert for BC/EFA!
by Stage Tube - August 29, 2013

Chita: A Legendary Celebration, a benefit concert celebrating and starring the legendary Chita Rivera will play the August Wilson Theatre on Monday, October 7, 2013. The one-night only performance in honor of Rivera's 80th birthday will be produced by and benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Click below to check out the just-released promo! (more...)

14) Exclusive: PITCH PERFECT's Shelley Regner to Join Cast of Glory|struck's BARE
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2013

Producers are thrilled to announce that 'Pitch Perfect' actress Shelley Regner has joined the cast of the Los Angeles revival of bare as Nadia for select performances. Regner will be filling in for Katie Stevens (Fox's 'American Idol') on dates when she will be concurrently filming the MTV Pilot 'Faking It.' (more...)

15) FIRST DATE Cast Recording Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 10/22
by Pat Cerasaro - August 29, 2013

The cast recording for the new Broadway musical FIRST DATE starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriquez is now available for pre-order according to a new Amazon listing. (more...)

16) MEGA STAGE TUBE: Happy Birthday, Lea Michele!
by Stage Tube - August 29, 2013

In celebration of this day, we bring you a collection of her greatest performances from stage to screen below! (more...)

17) Save Now on NEWSIES Tickets for Fall - Order by Sept 12
by Contests - Broadway - August 29, 2013

Nothing Moves like NEWSIES on Broadway. Plan Ahead! See NEWSIES for just $73*. Get tickets now for select performances August 31 - November 20. (more...)

18) Photo Flash Exclusive: Ben Rimalower Bows Out of PATTI ISSUES, Robin De Jesus Steps in!
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2013

"PATTI ISSUES" - the hit solo play written by Ben Rimalower - will continue its hit New York run with Sunday night performances from September 8 to October 27, starring Broadway's ROBIN DE JESÚS, star of the film Camp and two-time Tony Award nominee for In the Heights and La Cage Aux Folles (also soon to be starring opposite Laurie Metcalf and Jeff Goldblum in Lincoln Center Theater's Domesticated, opening November 4.) Below, BroadwayWorld brings you an exclusive first look at Rimalower's final performance - plus a preview of de Jesus in the show! (more...)

19) VIDEO: Neil Patrick Harris Is a Dust Bunny in New Honda Ad
by TV News Desk - August 29, 2013

Neil Patrick Harris voices a dust bunny who, along with his pals, get the boot in a new ad for Honda's Odyssey, the first and only minivan with an available built-in vacuum. Check out the clever spot below! (more...)

20) Dates Set for East and West Coast Memorial Services for BARE Composer Damon Intrabartolo
by BWW News Desk - August 29, 2013

Earlier this month, BroadwayWorld reported that Damon Intrabartolo, who wrote the music for BARE, passed away on August 13 in Arizona where he has been living the last few years. He was 39 years old. It was just announced on his memorial Facebook page that a New York memorial will be held on September 30th at Saint Clement's Church (46th Street), and his Los Angeles memorial on September 23rd at Pasadena Playhouse. (more...)

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