Hottest Articles on BWW from Wednesday, Feb. 6

Below are's most popular articles from Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from today on!

1) Photo Flash: First Look at Betty Buckley, Paul Nicholas and More in West End's DEAR WORLD!
by BWW News Desk - February 06, 2013

The British premiere of Jerry Herman's musical DEAR WORLD, starring Betty Buckley and Paul Nicholas and directed and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, runs through 30 March 2013, with a press night on Wednesday 13 February. BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the cast in action below! (more...)

2) STAGE TUBE: Miss SMASH's Season 2 Premiere? Watch It Here!
by Stage Tube - February 06, 2013

Last night was the two-hour premiere of Season 2 of NBC's Golden Globe-nominated musical drama series SMASH (Tuesdays, 10-11pm ET). In the episodes, back from a successful run in Boston, Eileen, Julia and Tom are blindsided by both personal and professional obstacles as they seek to take 'Bombshell' to Broadway. Karen consults her new mentor, Broadway star Veronica 'Ronnie' Moore, as she finds herself on the brink of fame, but her success may come at cost to Ivy. A new talent is discovered in an unexpected place. Meanwhile, Derek copes with a damaging accusation. The second season begins with 'Bombshell' running into financial trouble that threatens the production. Meanwhile, Karen is mentored by a Broadway star and discovers a new artist in an unexpected place; and Julia faces a personal crisis with her husband. (more...)

3) Will Smith Reveals Reasons For Willow Withdrawing From ANNIE Remake
by Pat Cerasaro - February 06, 2013

Willow Smith, the 'Whip My Hair' tween hitmaker daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, has withdrawn from the forthcoming feature film remake of ANNIE. Charles Strouse, Thomas Meehan and Martin Charnin's Tony Award-winning stage musical ANNIE has previously been filmed twice, the first time in 1982 with John Huston in the director's chair and later in a made-for-TV adaptation produced by Disney and helmed by CHICAGO director Rob Marshall in 1999. (more...)

4) BWW TV Exclusive: On the Road with PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT- Episode 2!
by BroadwayWorld TV - February 06, 2013

BWW is excited to spend a year on the road on the bus with the cast of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT! In Episode 2 of our On the Road series, the cast visits the City Museum in St Louis. Check out this installment below and tune in later for more episodes as the cast journeys across the country! (more...)

5) STAGE TUBE: Meet the Cast of Broadway's Upcoming HANDS ON A HARDBODY!
by BWW Special Coverage - February 06, 2013

Check out the recently released commercial for the show below and meet the cast with videos of them from past productions and roles! (more...)

6) SMASH Season 2 Premiere Ratings Take a Dip
by BWW News Desk - February 06, 2013

Last night was the two-hour premiere of Season 2 of NBC's Golden Globe-nominated musical drama series SMASH, and according to the ratings took a major dip. Compared to the Season 1 premiere, the show's viewers were down 71%, and 39% from the season 1 finale. 4.47 million viewers tuned in last night, compared to the Season 1 premiere turnout of 11.4 million viewers. (more...)

7) Julie Andrews Fully Endorses THE SOUND OF MUSIC Remake!
by BWW News Desk - February 06, 2013

As BroadwayWorld previously announced, country music icon Carrie Underwood is slated to portray the role of Maria von Trapp in NBC's upcoming live holiday broadcast of The Sound of Music in 2013. According to the Wall Street Journal, original Maria, Julie Andrews fully supports the remake of the classic film. (more...)

8) Brenda Braxton to Star in Maltz Jupiter and Paper Mill's THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - February 06, 2013

Rehearsals begin Tuesday for Thoroughly Modern Millie, a co-production that will originate at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter, Fla., March 5 - 24, and continue at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, April 10 - May 5. (more...)

9) Photo Flash: First Look at Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines in DRIVING MISS DAISY Australian Tour!
by BWW News Desk - February 06, 2013

The Australian Premiere of Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic play Driving Miss Daisy will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at The Playhouse, QPAC, Brisbane. The production stars two of the world's greatest living actors- five-time Tony Award and three-time Academy Award nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award winner James Earl Jones, alongside four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the actors onstage in the photos below! (more...)

10) SMASH's 'Broadway, Here I Come' Hits #91 on iTunes Top 100
by Pat Cerasaro - February 06, 2013

NBC's hit musical drama series SMASH had its Season Two premiere last night and new castmember Jeremy Jordan (Jimmy Collins) has already scored a coup for the show with scoring a slot on the iTunes Top 100 chart with his passionate recording of the original Joe Iconis song 'Broadway, Here I Come'. The full iTunes chart is available here. Unlike the other musical TV series of the moment, GLEE, SMASH songs have rarely had a prominent place on the iTunes charts, so this early hit portends well for the contemporary original material being created for the show in Season Two by tunesmiths Joe Iconis as well as A CHRISTMAS STORY and DOGFIGHT composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Original material for BOMBSHELL and the other original musicals in SMASH beside HIT LIST is written by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. (more...)

11) Lauren Blumenfeld, Alex Dreier & More Join ASSEMBLED PARTIES; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - February 06, 2013

Manhattan Theatre Club announces complete casting for its upcoming production of THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES, the world premiere play by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg, directed by MTC's award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow. The cast features Tony nominee Jessica Hecht, Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light, Tony Award nominee Jeremy Shamos, Obie Award winner Mark Blum, Lauren Blumenfeld (We Are Proud to Present…), Alex Dreier (Billy Elliot), Tony Award nominee Sam Robards, and Jake Silbermann ('As The World Turns'). (more...)

12) VIDEO: Julie Andrews Chats MARY POPPINS on 'The Colbert Report'
by TV News Desk - February 06, 2013

On last night's THE COLBERT REPORT on Comedy Central, entertainment icon Julie Andrews discussed her Dame Commander rank, her latest children's book and her celebrated role as Mary Poppins. Plus, the host asks her to consider whether or not the hills are still alive. Check out the appearance below! (more...)

13) Raymond Luke Jr., Jibreel Mawry and Bryan Terrell Clark Join MOTOWN; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - February 06, 2013

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy have just announced additional Broadway casting for the world premiere of MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL, based on the life of iconic Motown founder Berry Gordy. (more...)

14) Kristin Chenoweth to Bring THE DAMES OF BROADWAY to Lincoln Center's AMERICAN SONGBOOK, 3/24
by BWW News Desk - February 06, 2013

Live From Lincoln Center presents 'Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway…All of 'Em!!!', a specially conceived concert for Lincoln Center's 2013 American Songbook series, which salutes the great roles for leading ladies and the sidekick scene stealers from an array of Broadway composers and lyricists, creating a performance that promises to be at once intimate and filled with her trademark 'razzle dazzle.' 'Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway…All of 'Em!!!' is hosted by Live From Lincoln Center series host Audra McDonald and will air on PBS stations on Sunday, March 24, at 8 p.m. (ET) (check local listings). (more...)

15) York Theatre Company Will Present Ryan Scott Oliver's JASPER IN DEADLAND as Part of NEO Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - February 06, 2013

The York Theatre Company will continue its winter NEO Reading Series with the new pop-rock musical, Jasper in Deadland with Book, Lyrics, & Music by Ryan Scott Oliver. (more...)

16) Jesse Eisenberg and Vanessa Redgrave Star in Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's THE REVISIONIST, Now thru March 31
by BWW News Desk - February 06, 2013

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's Artistic Director David Van Asselt and Managing Director Brian Long previously announced that Jesse Eisenberg and Vanessa Redgrave will star in the world premiere of Eisenberg's The Revisionist, directed by Kip Fagan, which begins its limited run tonight, February 6 and opens Thursday, February 21 at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street. The Revisionist is scheduled to run through March 31, 2013. (more...)

17) Featured Performer of the Week: Lisa Passonno Franklin
by BWW Special Coverage - February 06, 2013

BroadwayWorld is thrilled to present its latest feature series: The Performer of the Week! Get to know these amazing talents as they share a bit about themselves, their work and life! Today, we're thrilled to introduce you to Lisa Franklin! (more...)

18) A Slew Of Theatre Names To Attend BAFTAs On Sunday, 2/10
by Pat Cerasaro - February 06, 2013

This season's THE HEIRESS herself, Jessica Chastain, joins LES MISERABLES star Hugh Jackman as well as prominent theatre names such as this summer's Shakespeare-In-The-Park INTO THE WOODS lead Amy Adams and forthcoming Broadway ELEPHANT MAN Bradley Cooper this Sunday, 2/10, at the annual BAFTAs, honoring the best in British film. (more...)

19) BWW TV Exclusive: Mitchell Jarvis & Tony LePage's THE SARDI'S REDEMPTION- Part 2
by BroadwayWorld TV - February 06, 2013

What happens when you do a Broadway Show for three years? Mitchell Jarvis and Tony LePage have been there and as a result, created a parody of the great prison film: 'The Shawshank Redemption'. Shot from the tight confines of the Helen Hayes Theatre, the entire Rock of Ages cast is represented in the four part series. (more...)

20) Tom Hanks to Bring in Big Bucks for LUCKY GUY?
by BWW News Desk - February 06, 2013

Two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks will soon make his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy, the final work by three-time Academy Award-nominee Nora Ephron and directed by two-time Tony Award-winner George C. Wolfe. According to Bloomberg, the movie star could rake in up to $150,000 a week for his role. Hanks will bring in 12.5 percent of the weekly box office earnings, with a $75,000 minimum. Additionally, if the show extends and another actor replaces Hanks, he will still earn 2 percent of ticket sales. (more...)

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