Hottest Articles on BWW from Tuesday, Jan. 29

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

1) REBECCA Producer Ben Sprecher Suing Press Agent Marc Thibodeau as 'Whistleblower' - Statement Inside + the Details of the Lawsuit
by BWW News Desk - January 29, 2013

'Ben Sprecher is now suing the innocent whistleblower with an impeccable reputation on Broadway who anonymously warned an innocent investor not to sink $2 million into the sinking ship that was Rebecca after he learned that the entire Paul Abrams saga was indeed a fraud. (more...)

2) InDepth InterView: Mandy Gonzalez Talks New Film, ONE NIGHT STAND, Plus WICKED, IN THE HEIGHTS & More
by Pat Cerasaro - January 29, 2013

Today we are talking to a phenomenally talented performer who has starred in a string of contemporary musicals, ranging from replacement gigs in the Broadway productions of Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA and Stephen Schwartz's WICKED to creating lead roles in Jim Steinman's DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES and Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS, in addition to her memorable contributions to the Laura Nyro revue, ELI'S COMIN', Off-Broadway - the one and only Mandy Gonzalez. Discussing her time spent in many of the aforementioned shows as well as her experiences inhabiting the wildly different characters within each, Gonzalez shares her infectious enthusiasm for performance and her appreciation for having participated in such landmark shows. Most importantly, Gonzalez shares stories from the heated rehearsal rooms backstage at the 24-Hour Musicals celebration and what participating in the event that would form the basis for ONE NIGHT STAND, a documentary film being released in select cities this Wednesday, January 30. Additionally, Gonzalez reflects on her new role as a mom, as well as roles she would enjoy pursuing in the future, onstage and off, as well as her own favorite shows and scores. All of that and much, much more! (more...)

3) Photo Coverage: Magic in the Air at CINDERELLA the Musical with an Onstage Marriage Proposal!
by Walter McBride - January 29, 2013

The new Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA had even more magic on stage than usual last night, January 28, 2012 when the cast hosted a wedding proposal on stage at the Broadway Theatre. (more...)

4) Update: REBECCA Producers' Attorney Releases Additional Statement
by BWW News Desk - January 29, 2013

Now, Sprecher's attorneys have responded with a new statement of their own: 'Today Rebecca Broadway Limited Partnership and Sprecher/Forlenza Productions, Inc, sued Marc Thibodeau, for $ 100,000,000 based on his breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract as their press agent for the production of Rebecca. As the complaint details, Thibodeau, as the production's press agent, learned that an 'angel' investor was willing to invest the money needed to put the show back on track for a 2012 opening, subject to the condition that the investor insisted on remaining anonymous. Using a false name, Thibodeau first emailed the investor's attorneys, calling their attention to press articles in the NY Times and the NY Post about the production's financial problems that everyone with an interest in the theatre had already seen. When that tactic failed to deter the 'angel' from proceeding, Thibodeau used a different false name to contact the 'angel' directly, alerting the investor that his identity had leaked to at least one individual hostile to the production. Within hours, the 'angel' withdrew his support, requiring that Rebecca, The Musical be postponed yet again. (more...)

by Randy Rainbow - January 29, 2013

It's time for the newest episode of BWW's exclusive TV series - CHEWING THE SCENERY WITH Randy Rainbow! In this week's episode, Randy serenades us with a song from Cinderella, and chats with Liza Minnelli about Phantom of the Opera's 25th Anniversary celebrations, Smash's guest stars and more. Click below to watch episode 22! (more...)

6) Aaron Sorkin Withdraws from Broadway's HOUDINI Due to Scheduling Conflicts
by BWW News Desk - January 29, 2013

According to, Aaron Sorkin has withdrawn as librettist of the upcoming Broadway production Houdini, starring Hugh Jackman. Sorkin's schedule, including his commitments involving the second season of HBO's 'The Newsroom' and adapting Walter Isaacson's book 'Steve Jobs' for Sony Pictures, would not allow him time to continue work on the musical. (more...)

7) STAGE TUBE: Michael Cerveris & NHS Chamber Choir Sing 'Sunday' at FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE
by Stage Tube - January 29, 2013

'From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook' took place yesterday, January 28, 2013, at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut. The evening was a concert of love and healing for the Newtown community from the composers, musicians and more than 100 stars of Broadway together with over 100 students from several Newtown dance groups and the Newtown High School Chamber Choir. All proceeds and donations go directly to United Way of Western Connecticut's Sandy Hook School Support Fund. (more...)

8) Investor Drops Out of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S; Producers Trying to Raise $1M
by BWW News Desk - January 29, 2013

According to the New York Times, the producers of the upcoming world premiere of Tony Award winning playwright Richard Greenberg's new play, Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's, are trying to raise funds for the show after an investor dropped out last minute. The cast, currently in rehearsals, was told that the production would be 'in jeopardy' if the necesary $1 million is not quickly raised. (more...)

9) Shuler Hensley, Jason Danieley, Jessie Mueller and More Join NY Philharmonic's CAROUSEL Concert
by BWW News Desk - January 29, 2013

The New York Philharmonic has announced several additions to the cast of its production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, February 27–March 2, 2013: Shuler Hensley will portray Jigger Craigin, Jason Danieley will portray Enoch Snow (replacing the previously announced Alexander Gemignani, who has withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts), Jessie Mueller will portray Carrie Pipperidge, Kate Burton will portray Mrs. Mullin, and John Cullum will portRay Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon. As previously announced, Carousel will star Kelli O'Hara as Julie Jordan, Nathan Gunn as Billy Bigelow, and Stephanie Blythe as Nettie Fowler. The production will be directed by John Rando, conducted by Rob Fisher, and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. The production's cast and creative team have earned a combined total of 16 Tony Awards and 32 Tony nominations. (more...)

10) Hollywood Bowl Announces CHICAGO as Summer Musical; Plus Concerts by Chenoweth & More
by BWW News Desk - January 29, 2013

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association today announced the Hollywood Bowl summer 2013 subscription series and single events for its 92nd season at the historic venue. The Hollywood Bowl is one of the most renowned summer cultural venues in the world and has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1922. (more...)

11) MANILOW ON BROADWAY Resumes Performances
by BWW News Desk - January 29, 2013

MANILOW ON BROADWAY, Barry Manilow's new concert show at the St. James Theatre, has released the following statement. (more...)

12) Photo Coverage: Inside MTC's Winter Benefit with Will Swenson, Jonathan Groff, Sherie Rene Scott & More!
by Walter McBride - January 29, 2013

Last night, Manhattan Theatre Club presented its annual Winter Benefit, an evening of cocktails and dinner followed by a special one-night-only cabaret-style show featuring Broadway's brightest stars at The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Fredrick P. Rose Hall (Broadway & 60th Street). BroadwayWorld was there for the big event and you can check out photo coverage below! (more...)

13) Official: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE to Open at Golden Theatre 3/14
by BWW News Desk - January 29, 2013

Producers Joey Parnes, Larry Hirschhorn, and John O'Boyle announced today that Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is headed to Broadway on the heels of its sold-out premiere at Lincoln Center. The 17-week strictly limited engagement is set to begin performances on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Broadway's Golden Theatre. Directed by Nicholas Martin, the Broadway production will feature the entire original company, which includes Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Genevieve Angelson, Shalita Grant, and Billy Magnussen. Opening night is set for Thursday, March 14, 2013. (more...)

14) MEGA-STAGE TUBE: Jay Armstrong Johnson, Alysha Umphress, and More Sing in NOT AT THIS PERFORMANCE
by Stage Tube - January 29, 2013

Many performers understudy lead roles and rehearse weekly, preparing for their moment in the spotlight. But what if their moment never arrives? Just last week those understudies finally get to play those roles for a live audience in 'NOT At This Performance' at 54 Below. (more...)

15) BWW TV Exclusive: Sneak Peek of Will Chase on NECESSARY ROUGHNESS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - January 29, 2013

Broadway favorite Will Chase will make an appearance on this week's episode of USA's NECESSARY ROUGHNESS, titled "Hits And Myths. In the episode, David Blaze (Chase) and Paul VonDozer (Josh Hamilton) were rock gods before 'creative differences' broke up their band ten years ago, but even rock gods have to pay the bills, so they turn to Dr. Dani to solve their problems and help them pull off a reunion tour. Check out a sneak peek of Chase in action below! (more...)

16) Emmy Rossum Releases New Album SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
by BWW News Desk - January 29, 2013

Warner Bros. Records has announced that it has signed vocalist and award-winning actress Emmy Rossum to its roster. The New York City native will release her first album for the label, a collection of covers of classic songs that span the '20s to the '60s entitled SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY, today, January 29th, 2013. (more...)

17) Matt Loehr Takes Over as 'Elder McKinley' in THE BOOK OF MORMON
by BWW News Desk - January 29, 2013

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Tony nominee Rory O'Malley played his final performance in THE BOOK OF MORMON on January 27th. He'll be replaced by Matt Loehr, who takes over as Elder McKinley tonight, January 29. (more...)

18) CABARET Film Cast Will Reunite on TODAY, 1/30
by BWW News Desk - January 29, 2013

'TODAY' will welcome the legendary Liza Minnelli and the cast of the landmark film Cabaret on Wednesday, January 30. (more...)

19) Rialto Chatter: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE to Play Golden Theatre This Spring?
by Rialto Chatter - January 29, 2013

BroadwayWorld previously reported 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 in the near future. Now, rumors are cirulating that it might be heading for the Golden Theatre in March 2013. (more...)

20) STAGE TUBE: Brian Stokes Mitchell and More Talk FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE Sandy Hook Benefit
by Stage Tube - January 29, 2013

In the video below, go behind the scenes at 'From Broadway With Love'. Click below to watch interviews with composer Frank Wildhorn, co-conceiver and producer Van Dean, Richard Kind and Christine Ebersole, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Phillip Boykin, Marc Shaiman, Nikki Blonsky, Brooke Tansley and many more! (more...)

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