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THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: May 2-8

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 the cast of FINDING NEVERLAND recording the original cast album, a first look at the Encores! production of ZORBA!, and Brandy Norwood joining the cast of CHICAGO, and more!


Pictured: CAROUSEL (Chicago's Lyric Opera) @LauraOsnes: Final #SIP of #LyricCAROUSEL. I'll miss these clams. @CharlotteDAmboi @StevePasquale @LyricOpera

This Saturday, Laura Osnes, Steven Pasquale, and rest of the cast of Chicago Lyric Opera's CAROUSEL took their final Saturday Intermission Pic before closing Sunday, May 3. See more #SIPs here and here.


Pictured: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meg Ryan. Photo credit: Twitter/Lin-Manuel Miranda

The world premiere production of HAMILTON, with book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, closed May 3 at the Public Theater and will re-open at Broadway's Richard Rodgers theater with previews beginning July 13. It has hosted an unprecedented number of A-list celebrity attendees from Jimmy Fallon to First Lady Michelle Obama. The latest to join the line-up of HAMILTON visitors are actors Paul Rudd and Meg Ryan. Check out more photos of stars with the cast here!


Pictured: Darren Criss, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. Photo credit: Rob Tannenbaum / ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution

Darren Criss stopped by Monday's LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL to talk about jumping into the starring role of Broadway's HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. Criss will be appearing in a limited 12-week engagement at Broadway's Belasco Theatre. Check out more photos here and watch video of the appearance here!


Pictured: Renee Fleming, Sutton Foster, Margo Seibert, Laura Benanti, Kelli O'Hara, Bebe Neuwirth, Alan Cumming, Victor Garber, Brian Stokes Mitchell, James Snyder and Rob McClure. Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

May 4, The New York Pops marked its 32nd birthday with a grand gala evening celebrating the work of Music Honorees Kathleen Marshall and Rob Marshall and Corporate Honoree Carrie and Ted Pryor, Greenwich Harbor Partners. The performance highlighted the Marshalls' work on stage and screen. Queen Latifah joined Broadway stars Laura Benanti, Alan Cumming, Sutton Foster, Victor Garber, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O'Hara, Margo Seibert, James Snyder, and Rachel York. Check out an inside look at the concert here!


Pictured: Matthew Morrison. Photo Credit: Walter McBride

Producers of the new Broadway musical FINDING NEVERLAND recently announced the forthcoming Original Cast Recording, set for release on Tuesday, June 23. The album, produced by Eliot Kennedy and David Chasefor Republic Records and under the musical direction of Mary-Mitchell Campbell, was recorded at NYC's Avatar Studios on May 4. Check out BroadwayWorld's exclusive photo coverage from the recording studio here!


Pictured: Christine Baranski and the cast of Follies! Photo Credit: Darren Bell

Christine Baranski, Betty Buckley, Ruthie Henshall, Alistair Brammer, Lorna Luft, Charlotte Page, Peter Polycarpou, Amy Ellen Richardson, Anita Dobson, Alexander Hanson, Anita Harris, Roy Hudd, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Stefanie Powersnd Russell Watsonand Jos Slovick starred in FOLLIES in Concert, with The City of London Philharmonic Orchestra, at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall on April 28. This Wednesday, we got a look at some pictures from the performance. Check out more photos here!


Pictured: John Turturro, Santino Fontana. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

John Turturro stars 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!, the final production of New York City Center's 2015 Encores! season, running for seven performances, May 6 through May 10. Check out more pictures of the cast in action here!


Pictured: Brandy Norwood as 'Roxie Hart' and Amra-Faye Wright as 'Velma Kelly'. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

The Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical CHICAGO just welcomed Grammy Award-winner Brandy Norwood, who made her Broadway debut in the role of Roxie Hart. She will play an 8-week limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre through June 21. See more of BroadwayWorld's first look at Brandy onstage here!


Pictured: Thomas Sadoski and Amanda Seyfried. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Second Stage Theatre welcomes film star Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables, Dear John, Mamma Mia!, upcoming Ted 2 and Pan) in her off-Broadway debut opposite Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom, Wild, upcoming in NBC's The Slap) in the world premiere production of Neil LaBute's drama, THE WAY WE GET BY. Directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman, the production officially opens on May 20 at Second Stage Theatre. Check out BroadwayWorld's first look at the stars in action here!


Pictured: Bradley Cooper. Photo Credit: Walter McBride

Wednesday, Sardi's Restaurant unveiled a new caricature in recognition of Bradley Cooper's recent Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for his performance in THE ELEPHANT MAN earlier this Broadway season. BroadwayWorld brings you more photos from inside the special celebration here!




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