Hottest Articles on BWW from Wednesday, Sep. 3

Below are's most popular articles from Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from today on!

1) UPDATE: Preliminary Tests Show Joan Rivers Likely Not Brain Dead
by TV News Desk - September 03, 2014

A family source has shared that as doctors continue to bring comedian Joan Rivers out of her medically induced coma, preliminary tests reveal that she is likely not brain dead, as had been initially feared. (more...)

2) Tony Nominee Norm Lewis Extends Run in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA; Sierra Boggess' Successor Announced
by BWW News Desk - September 03, 2014

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group today announced several principal cast changes for the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by Harold Prince. The longest-running show in Broadway history and the most successful stage production of all-time, PHANTOM recently surpassed the milestone of performance #11,000 in New York - an unprecedented feat achieved by no other Broadway show. The Broadway production has played to more than 16 million people at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street), the musical's home for more than 26 record-breaking years. (more...)

3) First Official Image of NBC's PETER PAN Revealed! Plus Williams Talks Upcoming Broadcast
by TV News Desk - September 03, 2014

Neil Meron has shared the first official image of 'Girls' star and classically trained singer Allison Williams, who has been cast as the iconic title character in NBC's Dec. 4 telecast of 'Peter Pan Live!' (more...)

4) BWW TV: It's a Helluva Town! Watch a Sneak Peek of Broadway-Bound ON THE TOWN
by BroadwayWorld TV - September 03, 2014

This fall, one of America's classic musical comedies is back on Broadway - On The Town, featuringTony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves. ON THE TOWN, the classic musical comedy love letter to New York City, will return to Broadway this fall in a critically acclaimed production directed by John Rando (Tony Award® for Urinetown) and choreographed byJoshua Bergasse. Bergasse makes his Broadway debut as a choreographer with the production. On The Town will begin previews on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and officially open on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Broadway's Lyric Theatre (213 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). Tickets for the new Broadway revival of On The Town are on sale now at The cast just met the press today and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there to chat with the full gang about the production. Check out what they had to say and watch a performance sneak peek below! (more...)

5) York Theatre Company's 45th Anniversary Season to Feature Lillias White in TEXAS IN PARIS, NY Premiere of HAROLD AND MAUDE & More
by BWW News Desk - September 03, 2014

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, celebrates major milestones with the announcement of its upcoming 2014-2015 season. The 45th Anniversary season will see the Off-Broadway premieres of two Main Stage productions: Texas in Paris starring Tony Award-winner Lillias White, and the highly anticipated Harold and Maude, an intimate musical. The acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series will present its 100th production, expanding to a two-week performance schedule for the musicals Big, A Time for Singing and Saturday Night; My Favorite Year will then play a one-week schedule. Special events include the 23rd Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala honoring Broadway's Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and York's ongoing schedule of developmental readings, labs and more at The York Theatre Company's home at Saint Peter's (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue.) (more...)

6) SYTYCD Crowns a Champ, ON THE TOWN Welcomes a Dancer; FULL RESULTS!
by Matt Tamanini - September 03, 2014

Whoooooooa, this is it! All of the voters have voted, the competitive dances have been danced, the, 'Shut your face's have been shut your faced; tonight was SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE's 11th season finale. And though, as in the last two years, we had four dancers still standing at the beginning of the night, for the first time since 2011, there was only one winner announced. Gone are the days of not having to choose between our favorite male and female dancers; this time, only one gets to take home the title of 'America's Favorite Dancer.' (more...)

7) UPDATE: Joan Rivers Moved Out of Intensive Care; 'Being Kept Comfortable'
by TV News Desk - September 03, 2014

Melissa Rivers has issued a statement this morning regarding the condition of her mother, comedian Joan Rivers, who was brought out of a medically induced coma yesterday. (more...)

8) CINDERELLA to End on Broadway This Winter; NeNe Leakes Joins the Cast Before Closing
by BWW News Desk - September 03, 2014

Producers of the Tony Award-winning musical Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway) -- Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman and Stephen Kocis -- announce that the actress and reality television sensation NeNe Leakes (THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA) will be the newest star to join the cast, startingNovember 25, when she steps into the role of Cinderella's wicked stepmother Madame. (more...)

9) MTC Will Bring Lisa D'Amour's AIRLINE HIGHWAY to New York Following Chicago Run; Joe Mantello to Direct
by BWW News Desk - September 03, 2014

Lynne Meadow and Barry Grove have announced Manhattan Theatre Club will present the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of AIRLINE HIGHWAY, the new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist, Lisa D'Amour (Detroit), directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Casa Valentina, Take Me Out). (more...)

10) Two ELF National Tours Will Spread Cheer this Holiday Season; Initial Casting Announced!
by BWW News Desk - September 03, 2014

NETworks Presentations, LLC, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Unique Features are thrilled to present two tours of the Broadway musical, ELF, during the 2014 holiday season. This holiday season marks the fourth year that ELF has entertained audiences around the nation since its 2010 Broadway debut. Playing the title role of 'Buddy' are Daniel Patrick Smith (Buddy Tour) and Eric Williams (Jovie Tour). (more...)

11) Kristin Chenoweth Says FINDING NEVERLAND Is 'A Hit'
by Pat Cerasaro - September 03, 2014

The out of town tryout production of new PETER PAN-inspired musical FINDING NEVERLAND is currently underway and a new video interview with the show's stars, Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly, is now available to view. (more...)

12) HERE LIES LOVE Sets New Fall Schedule
by BWW News Desk - September 03, 2014

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's' smash hit musical, Here Lies Love, directed by Alex Timbers begins Friday late night performances on Friday, September 12 at 10:30 p.m. at the Public Theater's LuEsther Hall (425 Lafayette Street, NYC). In addition to the late night performances, there will also be 7:00 p.m. performances on Fridays. This replaces the current Summer Friday schedule of 5:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. performances which play until Friday, September 5. (more...)

13) Photo Coverage: A Fairytale Cast! New CINDERELLA Stars Keke Palmer, Sherri Shepherd & Judy Kaye Meet the Press
by Jennifer Broski - September 03, 2014

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the Tony Award-winning musical Rodgers +Hammerstein's Cinderella will soon welcome film and television star Keke Palmer as Cinderella, Emmy Winner Sherri Shepherd as her wicked stepmother Madame, and Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning actress Judy Kaye as Cinderella's Fairy Godmother - beginning September 12 at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) in New York City. The new cast just met the press and you can check out photos from the festivities below! (more...)

14) Broadway's Rosie Perez and Commentator Nicolle Wallace Join THE VIEW
by TV News Desk - September 03, 2014

Deadline writes that ABC's daytime talk show THE VIEW has finally zeroed in on its new co-hosts. Broadway's Rosie Perez (just announced for Larry David's FISH IN THE DARK this spring) and political commentator Nicolle Wallace will replace Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, who left the show last month. (more...)

15) Lindsay Lohan Reveals SPEED THE PLOW is 'Completely Out of My Comfort Zone'
by TV News Desk - September 03, 2014

Film star Lindsay Lohan opened up about making her West End theater debut later this month in David Mamet's SPEED THE PLOW. (more...)

16) VIDEO: PETER PAN's Allison Williams Shares: 'I Hope Flying Will Come Seamlessly'
by TV News Desk - September 03, 2014

Williams appeared on the fourth hour of this morning's TODAY where she shared that she dreamed of playing the iconic role since she was a child. 'I hope flying will be seamless,' joked the star. Check out the appearance below! (more...)

17) Hugh Jackman Discusses Intimacy Of Circle In The Square
by Pat Cerasaro - September 03, 2014

Internationally celebrated stage and screen superstar Hugh Jackman discusses his affection for the venue housing his upcoming Broadway return in THE RIVER, the Circle In The Square, as part of a new interview. (more...)

18) Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy to Reprise Roles in SKYLIGHT on Broadway This Spring!
by BWW News Desk - September 03, 2014

This spring, Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy will reprise their critically acclaimed West End performances when the hit London production of David Hare's Skylight, directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Stephen Daldry, comes to Broadway. The production played to sold-out houses when it opened in the West End in June. (more...)

19) Lindsay Lohan Attempts Quitting Smoking Prior To SPEED-THE-PLOW
by Pat Cerasaro - September 03, 2014

Screen star and tabloid target Lindsay Lohan is set to make her West End debut this month in David Mamet's oft-revived drama SPEED-THE-PLOW and sources report the actress is attempting to distance herself from the ubiquitous nicotine addiction she is harboring in time for opening night. (more...)

20) More Photos Of New SAILOR MOON Stage Musical, PETITE ETRANGERE
by Pat Cerasaro - September 03, 2014

A flashy new stage musical based on the super-successful long-running Japanese anime series SAILOR MOON, titled SAILOR MOON PETITE ETRANGERE, is currently running in Tokyo and a new look at the production is now available to view via a series of production photos. (more...)

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