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by BWW News Desk
Below are BroadwayWorld.com's most popular articles from 1/29/2013 - 2/5/2013. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from the past week on BroadwayWorld.com!
| 2) InDepth InterView: Mandy Gonzalez Talks New Film, ONE NIGHT STAND, Plus WICKED, IN THE HEIGHTS & More
by Pat Cerasaro - January 29, 2013
Today we are talking to a phenomenally talented performer who has starred in a string of contemporary musicals, ranging from replacement gigs in the Broadway productions of Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA and Stephen Schwartz's WICKED to creating lead roles in Jim Steinman's DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES and Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS, in addition to her memorable contributions to the Laura Nyro revue, ELI'S COMIN', Off-Broadway - the one and only Mandy Gonzalez. Discussing her time spent in many of the aforementioned shows as well as her experiences inhabiting the wildly different characters within each, Gonzalez shares her infectious enthusiasm for performance and her appreciation for having participated in such landmark shows. Most importantly, Gonzalez shares stories from the heated rehearsal rooms backstage at the 24-Hour Musicals celebration and what participating in the event that would form the basis for ONE NIGHT STAND, a documentary film being released in select cities this Wednesday, January 30. Additionally, Gonzalez reflects on her new role as a mom, as well as roles she would enjoy pursuing in the future, onstage and off, as well as her own favorite shows and scores. All of that and much, much more! (more...)
| 4) FLASH SPECIAL: ONE NIGHT STAND Gets On Its Feet, Featuring Four Familiar Faces
by Pat Cerasaro - January 30, 2013
Today we are highlighting a riveting documentary tracing the creation of a handful of original musicals, from collaborators meeting for the first time through to conception, creation, execution and actual onstage enacting before a live, paying audience, featuring a seriously talented assortment of Broadway and Hollywood stars. From behind-the-scenes creatives involved - like A CHRISTMAS STORY composers Benj Pasek & Justin Paul as well as recent InDepth InterView participant Lance Horne - to Broadway and West End onstage talent such as Cheyenne Jackson, Mandy Gonzalez, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Roger Bart, Richard Kind, Rachel Dratch, Summer Strallen, Tamara Tunie, Michael Longoria and many more, ONE NIGHT STAND offers a rare glimpse into a world many of may be fascinated or intrigued by, but which little light has ever been shone - that is, until now. Tracing the creation of four musicals from the ground up over such a short, intense period of time, especially with all of the accompanying exhilaration, exhaustion and excitement generated by and experienced by those involved once the shows are up on their feat mere hours later - whether they are really ready to be or not - is a uniquely compelling conceit upon which to center a film and ONE NIGHT STAND is a truly tremendous accomplishment. We are taken right inside the mind of the music makers, into the hearts of the stories and characters and into the minds of the actors playing the roles as they all strive to make magic happen under deadline, which is certainly no easy feat in any field, let alone perhaps the most difficult to craft of all the creative arts, musical theatre. ONE NIGHT STAND stands on its own as a thoroughly engaging and ultimately richly rewarding viewing experience for fans of theatre, as well as anyone interested in watching unbelievably talented craftsman create instant art before our very eyes, while the triple-threat talents employed to enact and act it do so almost effortlessly. (more...)
| 10) Jessica Chastain's Pooch Makes Broadway Debut!
by BWW - February 04, 2013
The cast of Broadway's THE HEIRESS was increased by one at this past Saturday's matinee performance. Deep into the drama's second act, at perhaps the most climactic point of the show, an adorable three legged dog unexpectedly pranced onto the stage. (more...)
| 11) Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics, Feb 2 - NEWSIES' Take on HBO's GIRLS, Max von Essen in GAY BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and More!
by BWW News Desk - February 02, 2013
It's Saturday, and that means it's time for BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' round-up. Today's photos feature the cast of NEWSIES proposing their own take on HBO's 'Girls', Max von Essen's return in rehearsals for GAY BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE WIZARD OF OZ's Dorothy Danielle Wade lifting weights at intermission, plus a 'Munchkin Burlesque', the leads of MARY POPPINS doing 'A Whole New World', a toasty Captain Hook from the PETER PAN tour, plus photos from NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, JERSEY BOYS, MAMMA MIA!, Forbidden Broadway, THE LION KING, PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, HAIR, our friends from the Netherlands, and more! (more...)
| 12) VIDEO: CABARET Cast Reunites in Honor of Fillm's 40th Anniversary
by TV News Desk - January 30, 2013
NBC's 'TODAY' welcomed the legendary Liza Minnelli and the cast of the landmark film Cabaret on this morning's show. 'They sent us to Germany to make this extraordinary film,' explained the Academy Award winning actress. 'And I could hear people whispering, 'How are we going to advertise it? The Nifty, Nazi Follies?' Check out the cast reunion below! (more...)
| 13) BREAKING NEWS: Patina Miller, Matthew James Thomas, Terrence Mann & More Confirmed for PIPPIN on Broadway- Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - February 04, 2013
Producers Barry & Fran Weissler and Howard & Janet Kagan have announced casting for Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's PIPPIN, directed by Diane Paulus. PIPPIN will begin preview performances on Broadway Saturday, March 23, 2013 and officially open Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Music Box Theatre. Tickets are available through www.telecharge.com/pippin, by calling 212-239-6200, and in person beginning Saturday, March 2nd at the Music Box Theatre box office (239 West 45th Street). (more...)
| 18) InDepth InterView: Josh Groban Discusses ALL THAT ECHOES Album & Live Concert Event, Plus CHESS on Broadway?, GLEE & More
by Pat Cerasaro - February 04, 2013
Today we are talking to a tremendously successful recording artist and performer who has won the hearts of millions with his five best-selling studio albums and chart-topping songs, as well as with his copious concert appearances and theatrical endeavors - the charming and immensely gifted Josh Groban. Analyzing all aspects of this evening's Fathom live concert event - available to view in select cities nationwide at 7:30 PM - Groban and I shine a light on what we can expect from the unprecedented concert showcase (including a live Q&A) as well as what songs culled from his vast oeuvre we can anticipate enjoying. Also, Groban opens up about the inspiration, song selection process, recording and refining of his new album, ALL THAT ECHOES, and shares stories and insights into his previous efforts, as well. Plus, Groban shares his enthusiasm for CHESS and recounts backstage stories of his participation in two legendary presentations of the iconic 1980s rock opera - including cast-mates like Idina Menzel, Kerry Ellis, Adam Pascal, Sutton Foster, Raul Esparza and many more - and reveals his desire to pursue doing the show again in the future. Additionally, Groban and I discuss his appearances on GLEE and THE OFFICE, the possibility of a Broadway show in the near future, his affection for the music of Stephen Sondheim and much, much more in this career-spanning chat! (more...)
| 19) VIDEO: Josh Gad Confirms BOOK OF MORMON Film
by TV News Desk - January 30, 2013
'Eventually it absolutely will, I can assure you of that,' affirmed actor Josh Gad of a rumored big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, BOOK OF MORMON. Below, check out what other thoughts the actor had about the film in a recent interview. (more...)
| 20) Glee-Cap: Naked.
by Robert Lawlor - January 31, 2013
Alright, guys - it's time to get naked. ..Whoa, hold up - put your clothes back on, please - you do not need to be to enjoy this episode, besides it's totally an allegory for baring your soul. ..No, seriously - put your damn clothes back on, sheesh. Well, onto the episode! The Warblers have been stripped of their Sectionals victory after testing positive for performance enhancers, pushing New Directions back into the competition. Tina proposes the idea of a 'Men of McKinley' calendar to raise the last four hundred dollars for Regionals, but not all the guys seem to be on board. Rachel nails an audition for a student film, but when the script calls for a topless scene, she battles with her 'old' self and in typical Rachel form - sings about it, with herself - on 'Torn' by Natalie Imbruglia. Get it? She's torn? Ultimately, Rachel agrees to do the scene. (more...)