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THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: December 27-January 2


Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more.

Highlights this week include coverage of Idina Menzel on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, The Temptations and The Four Tops on Broadway, a first look at MTC's CONSTELLATIONS, and more!

Pictured: Idina Menzel. Photo Credit: ABC/Lou Rocco.

Tony Award winner Idina Menzel rung in the New Year on Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve this year by performing "Let It Go" from the hit Disney film FROZEN. Menzel is currently starring in the original musical IF/THEN which is running at Broadway's Richard Rogers Theatre. In addition to performing the song this New Year's, Menzel also sang it on last year's Academy Awards ceremony, during which the song itself won an Oscar. Click here to see more photos from the performance!

Pictured: Sting and Sally Ann Triplett. Photo Credit: Kevin Thomas Garcia.

Earlier this week, Broadway's supper club 54 Below presented 54 SINGS JAMES TAYLOR. The show was a celebration of Taylor's songs from the past four decades. Several of Broadway's best were there to perform at the concert, including Sally Ann Triplett, who is currently performing in the original musical, THE LAST SHIP, and 16-time Grammy Winner Sting, who is starring alongside her. BroadwayWorld was there for the big event, and you can check out more photos here!

Pictured: Derek Klena and Matthew James Thomas. Photo Credit: Margot Schulman.

Nine-time Grammy Winner Sheryl Crow's new musical DINER had its world premiere at Virginia's Signature Theatre earlier this week. Based on the 1982 film of the same name, the musical adaptation is directed and choreographed by Tony Award Winner Kathleen Marshall and features a book by the movie's screenwriter and director Barry Levinson. The cast includes Whitney Bashor, Adam Kantor, Matthew James Thomas, Derek Klena, and many more. Click here to see more photos from the opening night celebration!

Pictured: Laura Benanti, Kelli O'Hara, and Jessie Mueller. Photo Credit: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS.

This year's Kennedy Center Honors were broadcast earlier this week on December 29th. The ceremony featured many of Broadway's favorite stars, including Tony winners Laura Benanti and Jessie Mueller and Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara paying tribute to the legendary Tom Hanks. In addition to Mr. Hanks, singer Al Green, ballerina Patricia McBride, THE LAST SHIP's Sting, and comedienne Lily Tomlin received honors. Click here to see more photos from the ceremony!

Pictured: Joe Herndon, Terry Weeks, Otis Williams, Bruce Williamson and Ronald Tyson. Photo Credit: Walter McBride.

THE TEMPTATIONS and THE FOUR TOPS began their special, one-week engagement on Broadway on December 29th at the Palace Theatre. The show will run through January 4th only. The performance is a celebration of the hit songs that made these performers Hall of Famers. The artists will perform many of their Top 10 Billboard hits in this once-in-a-lifetime Broadway event. BroadwayWorld was there for the special event; click here to see more photos from opening night!

Pictured: Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.

Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Olivier winner Ruth Wilson are about to make their Broadway debuts in Nick Payne's new play, CONSTELLATIONS. This is the American premiere of the play, and it will open on Tuesday, January 13th at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Currently in previews, the play tells the story of a simple encounter between a man and a woman and where this encounter takes them. A first look at the production was released earlier this week, and you can check out more photos here!

Pictured: N'Kenge, Lisa Nicole Wilkerson, Tiffany Janene Howard, and Angela Wildflower Polk. Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy.

Broadway's sixteenth volume of the Carols for a Cure CD is now on sale for the holidays, and BroadwayWorld caught up with the cast of the long-running hit MOTOWN during their recording session. The cast recorded two carols for the CD: "Another Christmas Eve" and "I Am Here." The profits from the CDs benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and can be ordered through their website for only $25. Click here to learn more and see more photos of the recording session!

Pictured: Liz Callaway. Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff.

Tony Award nominee returned to 54 Below this week with her Christmas show CELEBRATE. It was an extremely special evening full of Callaway's friends and family, including her sister, fellow Tony nominee Ann Hampton Callaway. Callaway ended the show with one of Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire's masterpieces, "The Story Goes On," which was rendered even more special because the songwriters were in the audience. BroadwayWorld was there for Callaway's special holiday show; click here to see more photos!

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