Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, Jul. 11

Below are's most popular articles from Thursday, July 11, 2013. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from today on!

1) BWW Announces Major Expansion of Reviews via New Theatre, Opera, Dance & Classical Music Critics; Plus Launches Portal
by BWW Special Coverage - July 11, 2013

In the midst of its highest ever year-to-year gain in visitor traffic,, the largest theatre site on the net is pleased to announce a major expansion of its unmatched team of live entertainment critics. (more...)

2) VIDEO: First Look - Tom Hanks in Trailer for SAVING MR. BANKS
by Movies News Desk - July 11, 2013

Since its release in 1964, 'Mary Poppins' has dazzled millions of moviegoers with its beautiful songs, witty banter, and heartfelt storyline. On December 20, audiences will finally get a closer look at what went into making the movie in Disney's SAVING MR. BANKS. Below, check out the first official trailer for the film! (more...)

3) New Ovation Series BROADWAY BASH to Go Behind-the-Scenes of SMASH
by TV News Desk - July 11, 2013

Featuring an 'after-the-show' format, BROADWAY BASH presents a panel of theater veterans, fans, Broadway hopefuls and special guests taking a behind-the-scenes look at each episode, plotline, character, song and performance on that night's episode. (more...)

4) FROZEN Posters For Menzel, Bell, Groff, Fontana & Gad Unveiled
by Pat Cerasaro - July 11, 2013

A stunning series of still images from the forthcoming Disney feature film FROZEN have been released, showcasing the many characters voiced by a host of triple-threat stars in the animated film - among them, Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel - as well as character descriptions and more. (more...)

5) Photo Coverage: Encores! THE CRADLE WILL ROCK Celebrates Opening Night- Danny Burstein, Raul Esparza, Judy Kuhn & More!
by Walter McBride - July 11, 2013

Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock, the inaugural show of New York City Center's new Encores! Off-Center series will play for five performances through July 13 at City Center. The production stars Danny Burstein, Eisa Davis, Raul Esparza, Peter Friedman, Aidan Gemme, Judy Kuhn, David Margulies, Martin Moran, Michael Park, Robert Petkoff, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Anika Noni Rose, Matthew Saldivar and Henry Stram. Opening was last night and you can check out photos from the celebration below! (more...)

6) Photo Flash: Heidi Blickenstaff, David Ayers, Aaron Ramey, and More in Rehearsals for Weston Playhouse's NEXT TO NORMAL
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2013

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama, Next to Normal hits the Weston Playhouse's MainStage on July 11 with an all-star cast for what is sure to be a heart-wrenching, spine-tingling theatre experience. Written almost entirely in song, Next to Normal earned the 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical Score. With a national reputation of delivering superb new musicals to its audience, Weston was able to secure both a director and a leading lady with substantial Broadway credits, abundant talent and real passion for the piece. BroadwayWorld has a first look at rehearsal photos below! (more...)

7) Jerry Herman Wants Bette Midler for Broadway Revival of HELLO, DOLLY!
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2013

In The Courant's feature story about Goodspeed's current production of HELLO, DOLLY!, the musical's composer and lyricist Jerry Herman reminisced about the show's original opening on Broadway in 1964 and talked about the possibility of a revival on the Great White Way -- with a new star. (more...)

8) Anne Hathaway, Candia Fisher & More Join Public Theater's Board of Trustees
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2013

Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, Executive Director Patrick Willingham, and Chairman of the Board Warren Spector have announced the addition of seven new members to The Public's Board of Trustees. Candia Fisher, Anne Hathaway, Debby Landesman, Barbara Manocherian, and Audrey Wilf were appointed to the 40-person board in April for three-year terms, and Charlotte Relyea and Anne Clarke Wolff were appointed in June for three-year terms. A recent loss to the Board is the passing of long time Board member Nora Ephron who was honored for her service to the organization and the field at The Public's 2013 Gala this past June. (more...)

9) FringeNYC to Launch August 9; Full Line-Up Announced!
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2013

The 17th annual The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), the largest multi-arts festival in North America, will run August 9 - 25, 2013. The festival offers programming from 185 of the world's best emerging theatre troupes and dance companies in 20 venues in downtown Manhattan. With attendance topping 75,000 people, FringeNYC is New York City's fifth largest event (just behind New York International Auto Show, Tribeca Film Festival, New York City Marathon, and New York Comic Con). (more...)

10) AVENUE Q to Celebrate 10th Anniversary on July 31; NYC Awards Musical its Own Day
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2013

If ever a show has become part of the 'fabric' of New York and pop culture, it is the Tony Award-winning musical AVENUE Q -- with its colorful cast of humans and puppets. The ground-breaking musical hits a new landmark this summer when it celebrates its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 with a 'Thank Q' to fans for the decade of laughter and love: starting at 10 a.m., the first 100 patrons in line can purchase $10 seats (cash only) to the special 7 p.m. 10th anniversary performance at New World Stages (340 W. 50 St.), where AVENUE Q has performed for the past four years following its triumphant six-year run on Broadway. (more...)

11) VIDEO: Smokey Robinson Talks MOTOWN THE MUSICAL on 'The Talk'
by TV News Desk - July 11, 2013

Music legend Smokey Robinson stopped by CBS's THE TALK yesterday and spoke about the early days of his career with Motown founder Berry Gordy. The singer also gushed about MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, currently breaking box office records on Broadway. (more...)

12) Photo Flash: Cyndi Lauper's 'She's So Unusual' Tour Rocks the Beacon Theatre
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2013

Cyndi Lauper's She's So Unusual Tour celebrates the 30th anniversary of her groundbreaking debut album. Last night, the recent Tony Award-winner performed at New York's Beacon Theatre as part of her 22-city tour. Check out photos from the event below! (more...)

13) Barenaked Ladies Leave ANIMAL HOUSE Musical; David Yazbek Joins as New Composer/Lyricist
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2013

According to the Lethbridge Herald, Canadian pop group Barenaked Ladies will no longer be composing songs for the upcoming Broadway musical adaptation of ANIMAL HOUSE. They were replaced by composer David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) a few months ago. (more...)

14) Photo Flash: First Look at Ron Bohmer, Jennifer Hope Wills, Nikki Crawford and More in SHOW BOAT at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2013

Show Boat, the American musical masterpiece with a grand score by Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern that includes the classic songs 'Ol' Man River' and 'Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man,' is now playing at the Wells Fargo Pavilion through July 14. Generally considered America's first true musical, the show has not been at Music Circus in 12 years, and this is its first time at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. The superb cast includes a Tony Award nominee and three veterans of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. BroadwayWorld has a first look below. (more...)

15) THE LION KING, SPIDER-MAN and WICKED to Offer 2013-14 TDF Autism Theatre Initiative Performances
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2013

TDF's Autism Theater Initiative (ATI) announces a slate of autism-friendly performances on Broadway for the 2013-14 theatre season. The Initiative, which operates under the auspices of Theatre Development Fund's Accessibility Programs (TAP), will present autism-friendly performances of three blockbuster Broadway musicals. They are: Disney's THE LION KING on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at 1pm at the Minskoff Theatre; SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Darkon Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 2pm at the Foxwoods Theatre; and WICKED on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 1pm at the Gershwin Theatre. (more...)

16) MACBETH Announces New Rush Ticket Policy for Final Broadway Performances
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2013

Producer Ken Davenport has announced an expanded rush ticket program for two of the final performances of Tony and Olivier Award winner Alan Cumming's acclaimed one-man Broadway production of Macbeth. (more...)

17) Photo Flash: First Look at Barrett Foa and More in CRT's THE MUSIC MAN
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2013

Barrett Foa, of TV's NCIS: Los Angeles and Broadway's Avenue Q, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Mamma Mia! and Godspell, stars as 'Harold Hill' in Connecticut Repertory Theatre's production of THE MUSIC MAN, running through July 21, 2013, with opening night set for July 12. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production shots below! (more...)

18) VIDEO: Jane Lynch Talks New Series HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT on 'Today'
by TV News Desk - July 11, 2013

Jane Lynch stopped by this morning's TODAY on NBC to talk about her new competition series HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT, premiering tonight. Check out the appearance below! (more...)

19) 20th Century Fox Enlists Broadway Producer Kevin McCollum, Filmmaker John Davis and More to Develop New Stage Musicals
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2013

20th Century Fox has formed a joint venture with top Broadway producer and Tony Award winner Kevin McCollum (Motown, Rent, Avenue Q, In the Heights), prolific film producer John Davis (Predator, The Firm, Grumpy Old Men, I Robot, Chronicle) and leading industry executive Tom McGrath, to develop live stage productions based upon the studio's vast library of films. (more...)

20) Tickets for BETRAYAL with Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz On Sale Tonight
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2013

Tickets for Harold Pinter's BETRAYAL, starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Rafe Spall, and directed by ten-time Tony Award-winner Mike Nichols, are set to go on sale tonight at 12:01 AM. Tickets will be available at or by calling at 212-239-6200. (more...)

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