Hottest Articles on BWW from Friday, Aug. 24

Below are's most popular articles from Friday, August 24, 2012. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from today on!

1) POLL: Which Upcoming Fall Broadway Musical Are You Most Excited For?
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2012

New Poll - Which upcoming Broadway musical are you most looking forward to? (more...)

2) STAGE TUBE: THE BOOK OF MORMON's Clark Johnsen Talks Being a Mormon Missionary in Real Life and On Stage
by Stage Tube - August 24, 2012

Clark Johnsen, an original Broadway cast member of THE BOOK OF MORMON and former Mormon missionary, was featured on NBC's "Rock Center" in a special single topic show about Mormonism in America. View the segment below! (more...)

3) Exclusive InDepth InterView: Tonya Pinkins Talks Broadway, Hollywood, 54 Below, Upcoming Projects & More
by Pat Cerasaro - August 24, 2012

Today we are talking to a Tony Award-winning star known for her many impressive appearances on Broadway in JELLY'S LAST JAM, PLAY ON!, THE WILD PARTY and her tremendous title turn in the towering CAROLINE, OR CHANGE - the one and only Tonya Pinkins. Opening up about her career and many of her most memorable roles, Pinkins lets us in to her world and shares experiences of working with some of the most noted names in theatre - George C. Wolfe, Harold Prince, August Wilson, Stephen Sondheim, Lloyd Richards, Daniel Sullivan, David Esbjornson and many more among them - on everything from MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, her Broadway debut, to her many musical roles to August Wilson's THE PIANO LESSON and RADIO GOLF all the way to last season's Shakespeare In The Park double-header of THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR and MEASURE FOR MEASURE. Most importantly, Pinkins fills us in on all the details about her upcoming Ethel Waters tribute at 54 Below and what we can expect from one of musical theatre's most dynamic divas taking on the song catalog of an entertainment pioneer in this New York premiere of the in-development new musical solo spotlight showcase. Additionally, Pinkins shares some candid reminiscences about some of her most fondly remembered film and television roles - such as ABOVE THE RIM, BEAT STREET, ROMANCE & CIGARETTES, ENCHANTED and others - as well as offers her thoughts on the ever-changing world of soaps, having appeared in major roles on both AS THE WORLD TURNS and ALL MY CHILDREN. All of that, comments on her two upcoming feature films - HOME and NEWLYWEEDS - and much, much more! (more...)

4) Benedict Cumberbatch Joins AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Film
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2012

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Benedict Cumberbatch will join the cast of the film adaptation of Tracy Letts' AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, alongside Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. (more...)

5) STAGE TUBE: Darren Criss in PSA for Fashion's Night Out
by TV News Desk - August 24, 2012

HOW TO SUCCEED star Darren Criss appears in a new PSA to promote the upcoming Fashion's Night Out, which will be held on September 6, 2012. In the video, the GLEE star performs Madonna's "Dress You Up". He's joined in the PSA by Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Usher among others. Check it out below! (more...)

6) STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - PBS Series BROADWAY OR BUST, Premiering 9/9
by TV News Desk - August 24, 2012

PBS is bound for Broadway this fall with a three-hour primetime documentary series that tracks the real life stories of America's top high school musical performers vying in the ultimate competition to find the nation's best young theater stars. (more...)

7) STAGE TUBE: On This Day 8/24- OKLAHOMA!
by Stage Tube - August 24, 2012

Today in 1980, the second Broadway revival of Oklahoma! closed at the Palace Theatre, where it ran for 293 performances. Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. The original Broadway production opened on March 31, 1943. (more...)

8) Kritzerland to Release 2nd Edition of Remixed FOLLIES Album!
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2012

Kritzerland has just announced a second edition for the critically acclaimed newly remixed cast album for FOLLIES- The 1971 Original Broadway Cast Recording. For only the second time in Kritzerland history, Kritzerland is doing a second edition of one of our limited edition CDs (the first was for Promises, Promises). The reaction to this newly mixed version of Follies has been overwhelming, and the original first edition of 1500 copies was gone by the time word had spread and reviews had appeared. Stephen Sondheim called the new mix "a miracle" and that's been pretty much the reaction from everyone, including original co-director and producer Harold Prince, cast members John McMartin (the original Ben) and Harvey Evans (the original Young Buddy), Ted Chapin (the author of Everything Was Possible, the book about the creation of Follies), and logo creator David Edward Byrd. At the request of Mr. Sondheim, we are issuing this one-time only second edition so that it will be available for those who either hadn't heard about it or were too slow ordering. (more...)

9) STAGE TUBE: Bernadette Peters Talks BROADWAY BARKS on Access Hollywood!
by Stage Tube - August 24, 2012

Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters, co-founder of Broadway Barks, recently stopped by Access Hollywood to talk about the cause with some furry friends. Check out Peters' appearance - with an intro from BWW TV - below! (more...)

10) Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Roundabout's IF THERE IS I HAVEN'T FOUND IT YET!
by Meet the Cast - August 24, 2012

Previews begin tonight, August 24th, for If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, a new play by Nick Payne, directed by Michael Longhurst. If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet features Annie Funke (Anna), Michelle Gomez (Fiona), Jake Gyllenhaal (Terry) and Brian F. O'Byrne (George). Get to know the cast below! (more...)

11) Ramin Karimloo Joins THE WEST END MEN Concert Tour, Replacing Matt Rawle
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2012

Ramin Karimloo, award-winning star of The Phantom of the Opera, its sequel Love Never Dies and Les Miserables, is to join Lee Mead and Stephen Rahman-Hughes for their next concerts as The West End Men. (more...)

12) Photo Coverage: Olympic Gymnast Danell Leyva Visits SPIDER-MAN
by Walter McBride - August 24, 2012

Just last night, Olympian Danell Leyva visited Broadway's SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK, where he met with leading man Reeve Carney and the 9 Spider-Men from the show. BroadwayWorld was there to catch some photos of the gymnast with the cast, and you can check them out below! (more...)

13) Barrington Stage's John Rando-Helmed THE SUICIDE Will Feature Tom Hewitt, Jackie Hoffman, Christine Bokhour and More
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2012

Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and TriStan Wilson, Managing Director, will present a staged reading of The Suicide: A Musical Comedy, Sunday, August 26 and Monday, August 27 at 7pm at the St. Germain Stage (formerly Stage 2) at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. Tickets are $15 (reserved seating). (more...)

14) THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- Zak Resnick!
by BWW - August 24, 2012

In this next edition, we caught up with Zak Resnick, who is starring as 'Sky' in MAMMA MIA!- currently playing at the Winter Garden Theatre! (more...)

15) The Araca Project's HOT MESS IN MANHATTAN: THE MUSICAL, Featuring Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, Ryan Scott Oliver and More, Begins 8/30
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2012

Hot Mess in Manhattan: The Musical, featuring music by 12 of today's musical theatre composers, will perform a limited run August 30-September 8 at The American Theatre of Actors (314 W. 54th Street NYC) as a part of the second annual Araca Project. (more...)

16) Photo Flash: Canada's Top 20 Dorothys Continue OVER THE RAINBOW Journey at 'Dorothy Farm'
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2012

After clinching a spot in the top 20 for CBC's OVER THE RAINBOW - the televised search for Dorothy - contestants arrived from all across Canada to be put through their paces at Dorothy Farm. Following their arrival, Canada's Top 20 Dorothys traveled to Dorothy Farm, located in beautiful Bethany Hills, ON, vying for a Top 10 spot on the show. Check out photos from the trip below! (more...)

17) Around the Broadway World: Regional Highlights for the Week of 8/20
by BWW Special Coverage - August 24, 2012

At BroadwayWorld we pride ourselves in showcasing theater content from all corners of the globe. Our regional contributors do an amazing job each day of bringing you the latest theater news in their cities and countries and to acknowledge this, we launched a new weekly column called 'Around BWW: Regional Highlights of the Week'. Read on for our most-read features, interviews, breaking news and more for the week of August 20! (more...)

18) THE LAST SMOKER IN AMERICA Plays Final Performance 9/1
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2012

The Last Smoker in America, with book and lyrics by Tony Award® Nominee Bill Russell (Side Show) and music by Drama Desk Nominee Peter Melnick (Adrift in Macao), with direction by Tony Award® winning producer and director Andy Sandberg (Hair; Gore Vidal's The Best Man), choreography by Tony Award® nominee AC Ciulla (Footloose) and music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Fred Lassen (The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess), will play its final performance Saturday evening, September 1, 2012 upstairs at The Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street). Previews began on July 11, 2012 with Opening Night on August 2, 2012. (more...)

19) DETROIT, Starring John Cullum and Amy Ryan, Begins Performances at Playwrights Horizons, 8/24
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2012

Previews begin tonight, August 24 for the Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) production of DETROIT, the New York premiere of the much-heralded new play by Obie Award winner Lisa D'Amour. (more...)

20) THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: August 18 - 24
by BWW Special Coverage - August 24, 2012

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: United Airlines' 'Taste of Broadway' Concert, Closing Night of 'End of the Rainbow', Broadway stars honor the late Gore Vidal and so much more! (more...)

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