Hottest Articles on BWW from Monday, Oct. 3

Below are's most popular articles from Monday, October 3, 2011. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from today on!

1) BILLY ELLIOT to Close on Broadway January 8, 2012
by BWW News Desk - October 03, 2011

Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions in association with Weinstein Live Entertainment announced today that the 2009 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Billy Elliot the Musical, will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at the Imperial Theatre (246 West 45th Street). The show that Time Magazine called "the best musical of the decade," Billy Elliot will have played 40 preview and 1,304 regular performances. The production recouped its $18 million investment in only 14 months over 492 performances and on Broadway, the show has been seen by 1,659,867 theatergoers to date. Featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreographed by Peter Darling and directed by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot began previews Wednesday, October 1 and opened to critical acclaim on November 13, 2008. (more...)

2) THE LION KING Gives First Broadway Autism-Friendly Performance
by BWW News Desk - October 03, 2011

Yesterday, the Theatre Development Fund, presented as a part of TDF's Accessibility Programs (TAP), the first ever autism-friendly performance in Broadway history at Disney's landmark musical The Lion King. (more...)

3) Broadway Veterans Wesley Taylor and Savannah Wise to Star in NBC's SMASH?
by BWW News Desk - October 03, 2011

Wesley Taylor (Rock of Ages, The Addams Family, Tales of the City) is rumored to play a recurring role in the Broadway-centric NBC mid-season replacement, SMASH, exec. produced by Steven Spielberg, according to a post on Facebook. Also rumored to play a recurring role is Savannah Wise (Ragtime, Rock of Ages). According to varied sources, Taylor and Wise are rumored to play dancers in the chorus who become friends with Katharine McPhee's character. (more...)

4) The Record : Issue 3 - John Gallagher Jr.
by Monica Simoes - October 03, 2011

The Record is a brand new column that gives Broadway performers an outlet to discuss their solo music. We love and support our favorite stage performers but this will be your first chance to really find out what their music is all about. You can learn about their CD's, concerts, influences, upcoming projects and much more. We are excited to present our third issue with the wonderful John Gallagher Jr.. We sat down with him to discuss his original music and plans for a album. (more...)

5) Audience Members Asked to Leave During Paper Mill Playhouse's NEWSIES
by BWW News Desk - October 03, 2011

According tot he, nine theatre-goers were asked to leave during intermission of Paper Mill Playhouse's NEWSIES last week due to 'unruly behavior.' Theatre representative Shayne Miller commented on the incident: "There was an altercation, something about poking another patron in the back. They were being rowdy and loud, talking on their cell phones in the theater." (more...)

6) Photo Flash: Sam Waterston, Kelli O'Hara, et al. in Rehearsal for Public Theater's KING LEAR
by BWW News Desk - October 03, 2011

The Public Theater's KING LEAR, directed by James MacDonald, begins preview performances on Tuesday, October 18. Kristen Connolly (Cordelia), Bill Irwin (The Fool), and Frank Wood (Cornwall), Che Ayende (Duke of Burgundy/Knight/Servant), Craig Bockhorn (Doctor), Michael Crane (Oswald), Herb Foster (Old Man/Knight), Seth Gilliam (Edmund), Enid Graham (Goneril), Michael Izquierdo (King of France), Michael McKean (Gloucester), Arian Moayed (Edgar), Kelli O'Hara (Regan), John Douglas Thompson (Kent), Richard Topol (Albany) and Sam Waterston (Lear) will star in the production. (more...)

7) Photo Coverage: 25th Anniversary Concert Screens Live in NYC!
by Peter James Zielinski - October 03, 2011

The Broadway cast of The Phantom of the Opera joined notable Phantom alumni as they viewed Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh's 25th anniversary production at a special live simulcast from Royal Albert Hall in London, to the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York yesterday, October 2. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the event and brings you photo coverage below. (more...)

8) STAGE TUBE: GLEE Takes on Beyonce's 'Run the World (Girls)'
by BroadwayWorld TV - October 03, 2011

This week on GLEE, the auditions for WEST SIDE STORY get heated, Brittany runs for class president, and Mr. Schuester takes on Coldplay's "Fix You." Amongst the many other songs that the New Directions will take on this week is Beyonce's "Run the World (Girls)," which you can catch a sneak peek of below! (more...)

9) SOUND OFF: PHANTOM 25 - Sweet Intoxication
by Pat Cerasaro - October 03, 2011

Today we are analyzing all aspects of last night’s spectacular special presentation of the 25th anniversary of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA live from the Royal Albert Hall. This unprecedented full performance of the world’s most successful entertainment staged specifically for this event was simulcast live to hundreds of theaters around the world, with Fathom proving yet again - LES MISERABLES, Sondheim’s COMPANY and the Shakespeare’s Globe Series, among many others, coming before - that they are the pioneers of perhaps the most exciting Broadway-related entertainment entity of the twenty-first century - live HD filming of theatrical enterprises. Over the course of the three hours of the complete musical as it has been performed on Broadway and the West End and around the world for twenty-five years, as well as a phantastic reception and encore featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, Cameron Mackintosh and four famous Phantoms - Toronto’s Colm Wilkinson, the West End’s John Owen Jones, Australia’s Anthony Warlow and the new incoming West End title player Peter Joback - PHANTOM 25 is the theatre event of the year. Yes, PHANTOM 25 may very well be the most exciting and engrossing live show ever filmed and the presentation was exceedingly superb in technical aspects - and, now, the mind boggles at how utterly brilliant and breathtaking the forthcoming Blu-ray will be based on last night’s performance (November in the UK, February in the US). Capturing the comedy in an enjoyable and surprising manner while still containing the menace and horror that gives it a distinct bite in the musical theatre realm (from the original director of SWEENEY TODD, Harold Prince, no less), and, most of all, arousing the most passionate and carnal of emotions in any willing and ready viewer. And so much more. PHANTOM 25 is now the crowning jewel of the show’s legacy - the mask on the eponymous master magician and musician’s face that somehow manages to make him truly, finally complete. (more...)

10) Ross Lekites, Evy Ortiz Join Cast of WEST SIDE STORY National Tour
by BWW News Desk - October 03, 2011

Casting has just been announced for the second year of the national tour of the smash-hit revivAl West SIDE STORY. Star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria will be played by Ross Lekites and Evy Ortiz, respectively. Drew Foster, the tour's original Action, now stars as Riff. Mike Boland, the tour's original Krupke, now stars as Schrank. The tour also welcomes Jon Drake as Action, Wally Dunn as Krupke, Casey Garvin as Diesel, Harris Milgrim as Snowboy, Christopher Rice as Baby John and Clay Thomson as A-rab. Laura Irion, Gizel Jimenez and Eric Anthony Johnson join as new ensemble members. (more...)

11) STAGE TUBE: Aaron Tveit Sings 'God Bless America' at Yankees Game!
by BroadwayWorld TV - October 03, 2011

Broadway favorite Aaron Tveit recently stopped by Yankee Stadium, where he treated fans to his own rendition of "God Bless America" at Game 2 of the ALDS. Click below to check out his performance! (more...)

12) Photo Flash: Michal Ball, Imelda Staunton in Chichester Festival Theatre's SWEENEY TODD
by BWW News Desk - October 03, 2011

Chichester's Festival 2011 closes with Sweeney Todd, the musical commonly acknowledged to be Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece, in a cast led by distinguished musical performer Michael Ball and Oscar-nominated actress Imelda Staunton. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - October 03, 2011

Joan Stein and Richard Frankel (Producers) announced today that the new theatrical event Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, which premieres in an open-ended engagement Off Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre this fall, will join with Tectonic Theater Project (Moisés Kaufman, Artistic Director; Greg Reiner, Executive Director) for Standing on Ceremony: The National Event, to help take the play's message across the country (and the globe). For one night only, on Monday, November 7, curtains will rise on Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays across America and beyond as participating theaters everywhere present the play to raise awareness and funds in support of marriage equality. Marriage equality is an issue that transcends borders, and it's vital that the message of Standing On Ceremony reaches far and wide. The event will raise money for local, state and national marriage equality organizations. (more...)

14) FIDDLER'S 'Sunrise Sunset' Lyrics Receives Gay-Friendly Makeover by Original Composer
by BWW News Desk - October 03, 2011

The New York Times has reported that Sheldon Harnick, lyricist for "Fiddler on the Roof" has re-written gay-friendly lyrics to the old standard "Sunrise Sunset". The new lyrics were sung for the first time on Saturday, October 1st at the wedding of Richard Skipper and Daniel Sherman, in Tappan, NY. The actress Jana Robbins performed the song during the couple's wedding ceremony. (more...)

15) Gavin Creel to Offer Master Class at Davenport Studio
by BWW News Desk - October 03, 2011

Tony Award nominee Gavin Creel will offer a musical theatre master class on Thursday, November 3rd from 6:30 to 10:30pm at the Davenport Studio in Midtown Manhattan. (more...)

16) DANCING WITH THE STARS Showdown: Week 3 - The Stars Get Personal
by Kelsey Denette - October 03, 2011

Tonight on DANCING WITH THE STARS, the contestants get personal, with dances that represent a year marking an important event in their lives. (more...)

17) Melissa Errico Steps in for Barbara Cook at Friends In Deed Benefit; Re-Teams with Esparza for Sondheim Performance?
by BWW News Desk - October 03, 2011

For two decades Friends In Deed has offered emotional and spiritual support for all those affected by life threatening illness, caregiving and grief. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Friends In Deed, Emmy Award winner Sarah Jessica Parker and Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick will host "A Little Jurassic Treasure Hunt," a once-in-a-lifetime event on Monday, October 3, 2011. At this special benefit event, guests will form teams to trace clues through the American Museum of Natural History in a specially devised hunt created by legendary composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Following a cocktail reception in The Museum's Hall of Mammals, the hunt will take place in the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs and the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs before a dinner reception in the Rose Center for Earth and Space. The dinner reception will feature performances of Mr. Sondheim's songs by Tony Award winner Barbara Cook and Tony nominee Raul Esparza. (more...)

18) DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY, Norm Lewis, Kate Shindle and More Set for Barnes & Noble Appearances
by BWW News Desk - October 03, 2011

Barnes & Noble welcomes a slew of Broadway performers to presentations throughout October. (more...)

19) STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek of Matt McGrath in Old Globe's ROCKY HORROR SHOW
by BroadwayWorld TV - October 03, 2011

James Vásquez directs THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at The Old Globe, with book, music and lyrics by Richard O'Brien, choreography by JT Horenstein and music direction by Mike Wilkins. The Rocky Horror Show will run in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center through November 6. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. (more...)

20) NYMF Announces Show Extensions
by BWW News Desk - October 03, 2011

Due to popular demand, a number of musicals at The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) have announced additional performances. (more...)

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