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THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: April 25 - May 1

Catch up on the week's biggest stories from Broadway and beyond in BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures,' featuring coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights, and more. Highlights this week include coverage of opening night of The Public Theater's GROUNDED, starring Anne Hathaway, the cast of THE VISIT recording the original cast album, a first look at Darren Criss's return to Broadway as HEDWIG, and more!?


Pictured: A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap. Director: Jacob Kornbluth Stars: Robert Reich, Nick Hanauer, Fred Wertheimer. Photo Credit: Walter McBride

The Public Theater opened George Brant's GROUNDED, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Julie Taymor and featuring Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway, on April 26. GROUNDED began previews on Tuesday, April 7 and will now run an additional week through Sunday, May 24 in the Anspacher Theater. Check out more photos from opening night here!


Pictured: Ethan Hawke, Marin Ireland, Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Amanda Seyfried, David Rabe, Wallace Shawn, Bobby Cannavale and Scott Elliott. Photo Credit: Walter McBride

On April 26, The New Group featured original cast members from the company's critically-acclaimed 2005 hit revival of HURLYBURLY: Bobby Cannavale, Josh Hamilton, Ethan Hawke, Parker Posey and Wallace Shawn, with Marin Ireland and Amanda Seyfried. Directed by Scott Elliott, this benefit reading took place at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Check out more photos here!


Pictured: Rachel Chavkin, Dave Malloy, Chris Sarandon, Joseph Keckler, Eisa Davis, Gabriel Ebert, Or Matias and Nikki M. James. Photo Credit: Jenny Anderson

Eisa Davis, Gabriel Ebert, Nikki M. James, Joseph Keckler, Chris Sarandon, and Or Matias, on piano, just started rehearsals for the LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater production of PRELUDES, a new musical by Dave Malloy, inspired by the music of Sergei Rachmaninov, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin. PRELUDES, a world premiere and the first musical to be produced by LCT3 in the Claire Tow Theater, begins performances Saturday, May 23, opens Monday, June 15, and will run through Sunday, July 19 at the Claire Tow Theater. Check out more pictures of the cast in rehearsals here!


Pictured: David Garrison, John Kander, Chita Rivera, Mary Beth Peil, Roger Rees, George Abud, Jason Danieley and the ensemble cast. Photo Credit: Walter McBride

The company of Broadway's THE VISIT gathered in the studio on April 27 to record the musical's original cast album. THE VISIT is the final musical ever written by legendary Oscar Award, Grammy Award and Tony Award-winning composer John Kander and his writing partner lyricist Fred Ebb, before Mr. Ebb passed away. Produced by the Emmy Award-winning and Grammy nominated producer Michael Croiter (Matilda, Big Fish, Heathers), THE VISIT album will be released June 26th, 2015. See more photos from the recording session here!


Pictured: Cast of Zorba! Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

John Turturro will star in the title role of ZORBA, joined by Adam Chanler-Berat, Robert Cuccioli, Elizabeth A. Davis, Santino Fontana, Marin Mazzie, Robert Montano, Carlos Valdes and Zoë Wanamaker in Zorba!, running for seven performances, May 6 - 10, 2015. ZORBA! will be directed by Walter Bobbie (Chicago) and choreographed by Josh Rhodes (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella) with musical direction by Rob Berman. ZORBA! is the final production of New York City Center's 2015 Encores! season. Check out more pictures from our first look at the cast together here!


Pictured: John Guare, Sigourney Weaver, Jim Simpson and guest. Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski

April 27, Signature Theatre hosted its annual gala, honoring the civic leadership of John and Amy Griffin and celebratting the singular career of director Tina Landau. Those in attendance included EDWARD NORTON, ANNIE BAKER, MARTHA CLARKE, MARIA DIZZIA, WILL ENO, JOHN GALLAGHER JR., GINA GERSHON, JOHN GUARE, A.R. GURNEY, DAVID HENRY HWANG, BILL IRWIN, BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS, REBECCA NAOMI JONES, TOM KITT, JUDY KUHN, NEIL PEPE, MARTHA LAVEY, JESSICA MOLASKEY, TARRELL ALVIN McCRANEY, CHUCK MEE, REBECCA MILLER, KATE MULGREW, RENE AUBERJONOIS, STACEY SARGEANT, SHAINA TAUB, LIBBY WINTERS, THE HONORABLE JERROLD NABLER and more. See more pictures from inside the event here!


Pictured: Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker. Photo Credit: Walter McBride

On April 28, Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker announced the 2015 Tony Award Nominations LIVE from the Paramount Hotel's Diamond Horseshoe in New York City - also revealing that Kristin Chenoweth (currently starring On the Twentieth Century) and Alan Cumming will officially host the June ceremony. Check out more photo coverage here!


Pictured: Christian Borle, Casey Nicholaw, Brad Oscar and Brian d'Arcy James celebrate 10 Tony Award Nominations for 'Something Rotten!' outside the St. James Theatre on April 28, 2015 in New York City.

Among the top shows receiving Tony nods was Broadway's SOMETHING ROTTEN. The cast and creative team celebrated the news in front of the St. James theater. Check out more photos here!


Pictured: Rebecca Naomi Jones and Darren Criss. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Darren Criss returns to Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival, for a limited 12-week engagement starting April 29 at the Belasco Theatre. In addition, Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Passing Strange) joined HEDWIG in the role of Yitzhak earlier this month. See more of our first look at both stars onstage here!



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