Hottest Articles on BWW from Wednesday, Jul. 17

Below are's most popular articles from Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from today on!

1) Dianna Agron Releases Statement on Passing of Co-Star Cory Monteith
by TV News Desk - July 17, 2013

Dianna Agron released a statement today on the tragic death of her Glee co-star Cory Monteith. (more...)

2) GLEE to Add 2 New Roles Following Monteith Tragedy
by Oliver Oliveros - July 17, 2013

E!Online reports exclusively that FOX will add two new characters to its cast in the wake of the recent loss of GLEE fan favorite Cory Monteith. The actor died of an accidental drug overdose on Saturday, July 13th. (more...)

3) Cathy Rigby Being Sued By PETER PAN Composer
by BWW News Desk - July 17, 2013

Cathy Rigby's most recent tour of PETER PAN concluded in Boston back in April, and according to the Daily News, she is being sued by composer Craig Barna over the show. Barna's $2 million lawsuit claims that he has not been compensated for over 30 numbers that he contributed to the musical. (more...)

4) Breaking News: Idina Menzel-Led IF/THEN to Open at Richard Rodgers Theatre on March 27; Previews Begin March 4
by BWW News Desk - July 17, 2013

Producer David Stone announced today that If/Then, the new musical by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creative team behind Next To Normal, Tom Kitt (music), Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics), and Michael Greif (director), will play Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street) in spring 2014. Starring Tony Award-Winner Idina Menzel, If/Then will begin preview performances on Tuesday, March 4, and officially open on Thursday, March 27, 2014. On-sale dates, performance schedule, and ticket information will be announced shortly. For more information, please visit (more...)

5) Photo Flash: First Look at Zachary Levi, Krysta Rodriguez & More in FIRST DATE on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - July 17, 2013

Zachary Levi, star of TV's 'Chuck,' Disney's feature film Tangled and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World, will make his Broadway debut starring opposite Broadway and television ingenue Krysta Rodriguez ('Smash,' The Addams Family) in First Date, currently in previews at the Longacre Theatre. With a book by Austin Winsberg ('Gossip Girl'), music and lyrics byAlan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Secondhand Lions, Twice Charmed) and musical staging by Josh Rhodes (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella) First Date is directed by Bill Berry (Producing Director of The 5th Avenue Theatre). BroadwayWorld is excited to debut production shots for the new musical below! (more...)

6) Photo Flash: LES MISERABLES Celebrates Opening Night at the MUNY!
by BWW News Desk - July 17, 2013

The audience erupted in applause on Monday night at the end of the opening of the Muny's production of LES MISERABLES, resulting in the venue's first, complete standing ovation before the curtain call in recent memory. Check out photos from the opening night after party below! (more...)

7) BETRAYAL to Sell Out Run Before Previews Begin?
by BWW News Desk - July 17, 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, have only been available for a week, and according to the New York Post, the show has alredy reached $5 million in sales. Michael Riedel writes that the play 'will likely be sold out by the time it plays its first performance Oct. 1.' (more...)

8) Photo Coverage: Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Unveil FOREVER TANGO Cupcake at Sprinkles
by Jennifer Broski - July 17, 2013

Just yesterday, FOREVER TANGO's Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy cozied up in the kitchen of Sprinkles Cupcakes to celebrate the Broadway return of the dance phenomenon, Forever Tango with the unveiling of a specially designed cupcake. Sprinkles' delicious Forever Tango cupcake features strawberry cake and lemon frosting. BroadwayWorld was there for the unveiling and you can check out photos below! (more...)

9) Breaking News: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza to Star in JERSEY BOYS Film?
by BWW News Desk - July 17, 2013

Variety is reporting that Broadway's John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Boardwalk Empire's Vincent Piazza are under consideration to star in Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of JERSEY BOYS. All of the actors, with the exception of Piazza, have previously appeared in a stage production of the musical. (more...)

10) Jake Gyllenhaal Exits INTO THE WOODS to Focus on NIGHTCRAWLER
by Movies News Desk - July 17, 2013

According to, Jake Gyllenhaal is dropping out of Rob Marshall's film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical INTO THE WOODS to focus on his upcoming indie flick NIGHTCRAWLER. Scheduling conflicts forced Gyllenhaal to choose between the two projects. The actor was slated to star as one of the princes in INTO THE WOODS. (more...)

11) I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE Launches First National Tour in Atlantic City Tonight
by BWW News Desk - July 17, 2013

The national tour of I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE, the hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history, will begin performances in Atlantic City at Harrah's Resort tonight, July 17. Additional engagements on the tour include Charlotte, Buffalo, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston and more. (more...)

12) Liza Minnelli Attends West End MATILDA
by Pat Cerasaro - July 17, 2013

Broadway/Hollywood icon Liza Minnelli attended a performance of West End hit MATILDA this week and a picture of the EGOT-winning triple-threat legend with the cast of the multi-Olivier-winning musical onstage has appeared. (more...)

13) BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge- Linda Eder on Her 7/22 Town Hall Show, Her Long Journey in JEKYLL & HYDE & More!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - July 17, 2013

Welcome to BWW's exclusive talk show, BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge. Follow Richard as he visits the theater's best and brightest in their dressing rooms, on their stages and favorite hang outs to talk about their lives, careers and all of the things you don't know, but want to know. In the special interview below, Broadway Linda Eder reveals details on her upcoming concert at Town Hall, shares stories about her musical upbringings, recalls her long journey to Broadway in JEKYLL & HYDE and more! Click below to check out the full interview! (more...)

14) BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Van Hughes and More in Encores! VIOLET - Highlights!
by BroadwayWorld TV - July 17, 2013

Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Van Hughes, Keala Settle, Christopher Sieber, Emerson Steele and Chris Sullivan lead Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's Violet, the second Encores! Off-Center presentation of the 2013 season, beginning tonight, July 17. BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from the show below! (more...)

15) Photo Flash: First Look at Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Van Hughes and More in VIOLET for Encores! Off-Center!
by BWW News Desk - July 17, 2013

Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Van Hughes, Keala Settle, Christopher Sieber, Emerson Steele and Chris Sullivan lead Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's Violet, the second Encores! Off-Center presentation of the 2013 season, beginning tonight, July 17. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

16) BWW's Shakespeare Round Up 2013
by Debra Charlton - July 17, 2013

Shakespeare's popularity shows no signs of flagging, even though his 450th birthday is approaching in 2014. For fans of the Bard, here is a look at productions currently playing across the nation, as well as a sneak peek at upcoming shows. (more...)

17) Theater of the Stars Fails to Reach Fundraising Goals; Cancels Jennifer Holliday-Led DREAMGIRLS
by BWW News Desk - July 17, 2013

The Save Theater of the Stars campaign did not reach its phase 1 goal of $500,000 by July 12, but the company is pursuing intermediary plans. The fundraising efforts will continue and donations can be made by visiting or by calling 404-252-8960. (more...)

18) STAGE TUBE: On This Day 7/17- [title of show]
by Stage Tube - July 17, 2013

Today in 2008, [title of show] opened at the Lyceum Theatre, where it ran for 102 performances. [title of show] is a one-act musical, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell. The show chronicles its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and follows the struggles of the author and composer/lyricist and their two actress friends during the initial brief (three-week) creative period, along with subsequent events leading up to the show's production. Writer/stars Bowen and Bell, as well as director Michael Berresse all won Obie Awards for their work on the off-Broadway production, and Bell was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. (more...)

19) Photo Flash: Another Look at Heidi Blickenstaff, Aaron Ramey, David Ayers and More in Weston Playhouse's NEXT TO NORMAL
by BWW News Desk - July 17, 2013

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama, Next to Normal hit 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 more production shots below! (more...)

20) JERSEY BOYS Becomes 17th Longest-Running Show in Broadway History Tonight, July 17
by BWW News Desk - July 17, 2013

JERSEY BOYS, the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical, surpasses Tobacco Toad with 3,183 performances, becoming the 17th longest-running show in Broadway history, following the performance tonight, Wednesday, July 17. (more...)

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