Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013

Below are's most popular articles from 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from the past week on!

1) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 Broadway's Kevin Gray Dies at 55; Starred in PHANTOM, THE LION KING, SHOWBOAT, SPIDER WOMAN & More
by BWW News Desk - February 12, 2013 has just learned the sad news that Kevin Gray, who most recently was seen in New York at the 25th Anniversary Gala for The Phantom of the Opera, passed away suddenly of a heart attack last night at the young age of 55. Gray leaves behind his wife, Dodie Pettit, who he met while starring in Broadway's Phantom. (more...)

2) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013Julian Fellowes Says DOWNTON ABBEY S4 Picks Up 6 Months Later
by Pat Cerasaro - February 18, 2013

DOWNTON ABBEY creator and forthcoming ROMEO & JULIET film screenwriter Julian Fellowes has revealed much in a new interview with the New York Times - perhaps most importantly that the many of the events of 'A Journey To Highclere', the Season 3 finale episode that aired stateside last night, were dictated by the neccessities of the departing cast. (more...)

3) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 BWW Interview: Ramin Karimloo on His Toronto Homecoming in LES MISERABLES in Fall of 2013
by Kelly Cameron - February 13, 2013

Ramin Karimloo was first bitten by the theatre bug upon seeing Colm Wilkinson in the original production of The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto in the late 80s. Since then he has gone on to play the title role in both The Phantom and Love Never Dies in London's West End, and now will come home to Toronto for the first time in the Mirvish Production of LES MISERABLES which was just announced for their 2013-2014 season. BWW spoke with Ramin about how he feels about coming home, the pressures of the role of Jean Valjean, Sheytoons, protecting his voice and more. (more...)

4) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 BWW Review & Photo Coverage: Kristin Chenoweth Hits a BULLSEYE for AMERICAN SONGBOOK Series
by Robert Diamond - February 17, 2013

Forget 'defying gravity' … Kristin Chenoweth defies everything, including the laws of nature, in a brand new show conceived specially for Lincoln Center Presents THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK. (more...)

5) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 VIDEO: 60 MINUTES Spotlights 'Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith
by TV News Desk - February 18, 2013

Every bit as cantankerous as her character on 'Downton Abbey,' Dame Maggie Smith gave a rare and 'spiky' interview to CBS's 60 Minutes. Check out clips from last night's feature below! (more...)

6) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 BREAKING: Samantha Barks Confirmed to Perform at The Oscars
by BWW News Desk - February 16, 2013

According to The Daily Mail, Samantha Barks will officially be performing at the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Though it's expected that the entire cast of Tom Hooper's adaptation of LES MISERABLES will be joining Barks on stage, no others have come out and confirmed that they will appear. (more...)

7) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 Photo Flash: First Look at RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - February 14, 2013

It's Valentine's Day, so a perfect time to get a first look at production photos from the new production of the Rodgers + Hammerstein romantic musical CINDERELLA! (more...)

8) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013Anna Kendrick to Star in Film Adaptation of Off-Broadway Musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS
by Movies News Desk - February 18, 2013

In a recent interview with, 'Beautiful Creatures' director Richard LaGravenese revealed that he is currently working on an indie film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS. The show appeared off-Broadway in 2002 and will be revived at New York's Second Stage Theatre this April. (more...)

9) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 BWW TV Flashback: Kevin Gray's Last Interview at PHANTOM's 25th Anniversary Gala
by BroadwayWorld TV - February 12, 2013

Here, just two weeks ago Gray and his wife talked to BroadwayWorld's Richie Ridge at the Phantom Gala, looking back at their time in the show. Our condolences go out to all who loved, worked with and learned from this lovely man. (more...)

10) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Sings 'Home' from 'The Wiz' on SMASH
by TV News Desk - February 14, 2013

Below, check out a clip of Jennifer Hudson belting out the show stopping number 'Home' from Broadway's 'The Wiz' on an upcoming episode of SMASH. On this season of the NBC musical drama, the Academy Award winning actress portrays Veronica Moore, a Tony Award-winning Broadway star. (more...)

11) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 Photo Flash: SIPS, Feb 16 - NEWSIES Photobomb Extravaganza & More!
by BWW News Desk - February 16, 2013

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' round-up. Today's photos feature a slew of photo bombs (Homeland, Django Unchained, The Heiress, Jurassic Park, Downton Abbey and more!) using NEWSIES' new 'Photo Booth' app, THE BOOK OF MORMON's intermission snack, a water break for the ladies of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, a 'sensible boob shot' from the stars of ROCK OF AGES, a goodbye to Aaron Carter at THE FANTASTICKS off-Broadway, and photos from the West End's TOP HAT, plus SPIDER-MAN, MARY POPPINS, JERSEY BOYS, BUNNICULA, FANCY NANCY, FLASHDANCE, WEST SIDE STORY and many more! (more...)

12) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 BWW Interviews: BUNHEADS' Sutton Foster Talks Co-Star Hunter, Ukuleles & Upcoming 'Broadway Audition'
by Caryn Robbins - February 13, 2013

Sutton Foster spoke exclusively to BWW about working with real-life brother Hunter, what's ahead for her character and why there's 'a lot of Broadway love' going on the set of the show! (more...)

13) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 BWW's 2013 Valentine's Day Spectacular! 750+ Stars Tell Us 'What is the Most Romantic Broadway Love Song Ever?'
by BWW - February 14, 2013

From Kristin Chenoweth to Deborah Cox to Idina Menzel to Barbra Streisand to Michael Crawford to the Ladies of THE VIEW to Adam Pascal, Patti LuPone, Raul Esparza, Alan Menken, Lea Salonga, Bernadette Peters, Laura Osnes, Victoria Clark, GLEE and Everything in Between - It's the 2013 Valentine's Day Special - It's the Biggest Ever! (more...)

14) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 Photo Coverage: Westminster Dog Show Winner Banana Joe Makes Broadway Debut in THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD!
by Walter McBride - February 14, 2013

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 'Best in Show' winner Banana Joe made his Broadway debut last night in Roundabout Theatre Company's critically acclaimed new Broadway production of Rupert Holmes' The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The first affenpinscher to win Best in Show, Banana Joe performed the role of 'Macaco,' usually played by Macaco, a 5-year old, 3 ½ lb Maltese/Yorkie mix, who generously agreed to take the night off to offer this once in a lifetime experience to Banana Joe. (more...)

15) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 BWW TV: On the Scene with Megan Hilty, Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman at BOMBSHELL Signing!
by Randy Rainbow - February 15, 2013

NBC and Columbia Records just released the soundtrack for Bombshell, the musical within NBC's Golden Globe-nominated series television hit 'SMASH' (Tuesdays, 10-11pm ET), on February 12. In celebration of the release, Tony and Grammy-award winning music creators Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and show star Megan Hilty participated in a meet-and-greet album signing at the NBC Experience Store in Rockefeller Plaza earlier this week. BroadwayWorld's Randy Rainbow was on the scene to chat with Shaiman, Wittman and Hilty about the release, and you can check out what they had to say below! (more...)

16) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 Photo Coverage: Willemijn Verkaik Takes First Bow as WICKED's 'Elphaba'
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - February 13, 2013

Dutch star musical theatre star Willemijn Verkaik joined the cast of Broadway's Wicked last night as 'Elphaba' at the Gershwin Theatre. BroadwayWorld was there for her first curtain call and you can check out full photo coverage below! (more...)

17) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013Bill Clinton to Present Barbra Streisand with Chaplin Award on 4/22
by BWW News Desk - February 13, 2013

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that President Bill Clinton will present the 40th Chaplin Award to Academy Award-winner Barbra Streisand, the first American woman artist to receive credit as writer, director, producer and star of a major feature film (YENTL), during a Gala Ceremony held at Lincoln Center on the evening of Monday, April 22, 2013. (more...)

18) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 Review Roundup: DEAR WORLD with Betty Buckley and Paul Nicholas
by Review Roundups - February 14, 2013

The British premiere of Jerry Herman's musical Dear World, starring Betty Buckley and Paul Nicholas and directed and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, opened 13 February and runs through 30 March 2013. (more...)

19) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 BWW TV: Chatting with the RAGTIME Concert Cast- Norm Lewis, Kerry Butler, Matt Cavenaugh, Patina Miller & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - February 12, 2013

Manhattan Concert Productions will present a special concert performance of Ragtime at Avery Fisher Hall on Monday, February 18, 2013. The cast will include: Michael Arden as Younger Brother, Phillip Boykin as Booker T. Washington, Kerry Butler as Evelyn Nesbit, Matt Cavenaugh as Henry Ford, Tyne Daly as Emma Goldman, Jarrod Emick as Willie Conklin, Manoel Felciano as Tateh, Dick Latessa as Grandfather, Norm Lewis as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Jose Llana as Harry Houdini, Michael McCormick as J.P. Morgan, Howard McGillin as Father, Patina Miller as Sarah, Lea Salonga as Mother Lilla Crawford as The Little Girl and Lewis Grosso as The Little Boy and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Sarah's Friend. The full cast met the press just yesterday and you can check out what they had to say about the special concert below! (more...)

20) Hottest Articles on BWW 2/12/2013 - 2/19/2013 LES MISERABLES Deluxe Soundtrack Set For 3/18 Release
by Pat Cerasaro - February 15, 2013

A more complete recording of the score as represented in the hit film adaptation of the international stage sensation LES MISERABLES will be released on March 18 according to a new listing on Amazon UK. (more...)