Hottest Articles on BWW from Wednesday, Mar. 19

Below are's most popular articles from Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from today on!

1) SOUND OFF: GLEE 100! The Original Ten Return
by Pat Cerasaro - March 19, 2014

The Beatles once sang, 'You say goodbye / I say hello,' and so it goes with the gang on FOX's hit musical dramedy GLEE - new beginnings; new endings; and, well, New Directions, too. GLEE's '100' episode reunited the original crew - minus, of course, the tragically deceased Cory Monteith, who played headlining football hero Finn and who was paid elegant tribute with grace and class both last week and this week in his absence - with the addition of the new gleeks added in the ensuing seasons. While many of the new stars never managed to capture the lighting in a bottle that the originals commanded, it is undeniable that they each provided their own special spice in the GLEE stew and a handful broke out to considerable prominence on Broadway and beyond, particularly in the case of Darren Criss aka Blaine. Nonetheless, what made us all fall in love with GLEE in the first place, lo, more than five seasons ago, was that original recipe - and it's still as savory, spicy, sweet and mouth-watering as ever, as last night's spectacular celebratory entry showcased in spades; and hearts, too. But, yet, we are forced to ask: is this the end or the beginning? (more...)

2) Idina Menzel Becomes First Tony Award-Winning Best Actress To Score Billboard Top 10 Hit!
by Pat Cerasaro - March 19, 2014

In an astonishingly impressive achievement this week, Tony Award-winning WICKED and GLEE headliner Idina Menzel has become the first Best Actress recipient to score a Billboard Top 10 hit byway of her FROZEN anthem 'Let It Go'. (more...)

3) Official 2014 Tony Awards Calendar Announced; Nominees to Meet the Press on 4/30!
by BWW News Desk - March 19, 2014

The Tony Awards have announced that the Paramount Hotel will also host the Meet the Nominees Press Reception on Wednesday, April 30th and the 2014 Tony Nominee Luncheon on Tuesday, May 20th. Additionally, the Paramount Hotel will host the 2014 Tony Honors Cocktail Reception on Monday, June 2nd, which will present the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre, the Regional Theatre Award and celebrate the 2014 Special Award Recipients. The 2014 Tony Award Nominations on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The live ceremony will take place at the Paramount Hotel's newly renovated Diamond Horseshoe. (more...)

4) VIDEO: Watch All-New Commercial for Broadway's ROCKY
by Stage Tube - March 19, 2014

A brand new commercial for the new Broadway musical ROCKY has premiered which calls the innovative production 'A Theatrical Game Changer'. Get a first look below! (more...)

5) Megan Hilty Remembers WICKED With Idina Menzel & Reflects On SMASH
by Pat Cerasaro - March 19, 2014

Recognizable stage and screen star Megan Hilty is familiar to audiences of all different mediums thanks to her work onstage and on screens large and small and the multi-talented triple-threat opens up about her various endeavors old and new as part of a new interview. (more...)

6) 'Ali Baba Had Them Forty Thieves...' Meet the Full Cast of ALADDIN, Opening Tomorrow on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - March 19, 2014

Disney's Aladdin, a new musical comedy based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, opens tomorrow night, March 20th. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and two-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). Scroll down to learn more about the full company, plus watch interviews with the cast! (more...)

7) VIDEO: Lea Michele Performs 'On My Way' on ELLEN
by TV News Desk - March 19, 2014

Lea Michele performs 'On My Own,' from her debut solo album on today's ELLEN. (more...)

8) Review Roundup: West End's BLITHE SPIRIT with Angela Lansbury
by Review Roundups - March 19, 2014

Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

9) VIDEO: Cast of ROCK OF AGES Performs 'Don't Stop Believin'
by TV News Desk - March 19, 2014

The cast of Broadway's ROCK OF AGES stopped by New York's WPIX yesterday to celebrate the show's 5th anniversary on Broadway (more...)

10) VIDEO: Dancing Talent of Christopher Walken Celebrated in New Mash-Up
by Movies News Desk - March 19, 2014

To honor the dancing talents of multi-talented actor and Tony nominee Christopher Walken, The Huffington Post has created a mega-mashup of Walken's greatest dance moments, featuring such films as like The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction and Hairspray. Check out the video below set to the tune of 'Everybody Dance Now,' below! (more...)

11) Roman Polanski to Helm THE DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES in Paris this Fall
by BWW News Desk - March 19, 2014

The musical, originally billed as TANZ DER VAMPIRE when it premiered in Vienna in 1997, which Polanski also directed, had a brief Broadway run in 2002, with David Ives at the helm and Michael Crawford starring. The production closed shortly thereafter. (more...)

12) Photo Coverage: Toni Braxton & Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds Take First Bows at AFTER MIDNIGHT!
by Walter McBride - March 19, 2014

Grammy Award-winners Toni Braxton and Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds have just begun their two-week engagement in Broadway's After Midnight. BroadwayWorld was there for their opening night and you can check out phtos from their first curtain call below! (more...)

13) Photo Coverage: Christopher J. Hanke Joins BUYER & CELLAR and Celebrates Birthday!
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - March 19, 2014

Broadway leading man Christopher J. Hanke (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) just began performances as Alex More in the smash hit comedy Buyer & Cellar last night, March 18, 2014 at the Barrow Street Theatre(27 Barrow Street). BroadwayWorld was there for his first curtain call and you can check out complete coverage below! (more...)

14) Jeremy Jordan, Santino Fontana, Judy Kuhn & More Set for CSC's Annual MUSICAL MASTERWORKS Gala, 5/12
by BWW News Desk - March 19, 2014

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Greg Reiner, will present its 2014 Annual Gala, MUSICAL MASTERWORKS, Monday evening, May 12 at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel (145 West 44th Street). Tony Award-winner and CSC Associate Director John Doyle will helm an evening of memorable numbers from iconic American musicals-a rich and vital heritage that CSC has begun to explore with last season's critically-acclaimed production of Passion and the upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Allegro. (more...)

15) Josh Groban Discusses Broadway Desires & Teases MUPPETS MOST WANTED
by Pat Cerasaro - March 19, 2014

Versatile vocalist Josh Groban discusses his desire to pursue his big Broadway dreams as well as clues us in on his appearance in the upcoming MUPPETS MOST WANTED feature film as part of a new interview. (more...)

16) THE NEW PICASSO Musical, Featuring Robert Cuccioli, Max von Essen and More, Wins 2014 Featured Artist Award at ReverbNation
by BWW News Desk - March 19, 2014

Songs from The New Picasso The Musical, music & lyrics by Jonathan David Sloate, won the 2014 Featured Artist Award at ReverbNation, home to over 3 million music artists. (more...)

17) WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - Lea Michele on ELLEN, OF MICE AND MEN Begins Previews and More!
by Jessica Showers - March 19, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Lea Michele appears on ELLEN, Kathleen Chalfant will speak on her career this afternoon and OF MICE AND MEN begins previews on Broadway! (more...)

18) Broadway to Dim Lights in Honor of MAN OF LA MANCHA Composer Mitch Leigh Tonight
by BWW News Desk - March 19, 2014

The Broadway community mourns the loss of composer, director, and producer Mitch Leigh, who passed away on Sunday at age 86. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory tonight, March 19th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute. (more...)

19) Photo Coverage: ONCE Celebrates 2 Years on Broadway with Portrait at Tony's Di Napoli
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - March 19, 2014

Just yesterday, Tony's di Napoli Restaurant (147 West 43rd Street) unveiled their newest addition to their prestigious Broadway Wall of Fame- a portrait of the company of Once. BroadwayWorld was there for the special celebration and you can catch photos below! (more...)

20) Lea Michele Set For THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW Today
by Pat Cerasaro - March 19, 2014

Broadway superstar and Glee headliner Lea Michele is set to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today in support of her new solo album LOUDER and the 100th episode of GLEE. (more...)

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