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Neil Patrick Harris tweets fabulous first poster for 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' -- PHOTO

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As Tim Gunn would say, that’s a lot of look.

Neil Patrick Harris has just debuted the first poster for his upcoming Broadway return, in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, on Twitter, and the result is a bold, sparkle-heavy attention-grabber for the beloved show, this time directed by Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) with a book by original writer/movie star John Cameron Mitchell.

“Hedwig News! The first ad image was just released, and I get to debut it! Tickets go on sale soon… ” Harris tweeted alongside the image. The show centers on fictitious rock-band fronter Hedwig Robinson (Harris) bringing her glam rock and roll tale to New York to tell a story about life, love, and the botched operation that left her with that “angry inch.”

“I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig’s heels,” Harris, who was last seen on Broadway in the New York Philharmonic’s concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, previously said in a release. “It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role and I can’t wait to begin the journey.”

The award-winning cult show, which originally premiered in 1998, will officially open with Harris on April 22, 2014, with previews beginning March 29.

Broadway box office: Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz break records with 'Betrayal'

Daniel Craig has a license to kill at the Broadway box office. Teaming the James Bond star with his real-life wife, Rachel Weisz, turns out to have been a very good idea for the producers of the Harold Pinter revival Betrayal. Though the show doesn’t open until Oct. 27, the Mike Nichols-directed drama has broken records at the Barrymore Theatre for its first two weeks of previews. For the week ending Oct. 13, it took in $1.11 million for seven performances, according to figures from the Broadway League. That tops the weekly earnings of the Philip Seymour Hoffman-topped revival of Death of a Salesman last year.

Broadway’s other big hit this fall is another starry revival. The Glass Menagerie, starring Zachary Quinto, has steadily increased its box office since opening late last month to rave reviews. Last week, it pulled in $724,363, a remarkable 91 percent of the potential gross for the modestly sized Booth Theatre. But seldom was there a tale of more woe than the box office for Romeo and Juliet. The new production starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad earned $470,744 last week, or roughly 38 percent of its potential earnings.

Surprisingly, the nonmusical revivals Betrayal and Menagerie are both outperforming most of the season’s new tuners. Sales for the megabudget Big Fish leapt 33 percent from the previous week to $856,110, or 62 percent of its possible gross. A Night With Janis Joplin, which opened last Thursday, earned $353,070, or 57 percent of its potential take. First Date hooked up with $448,331, a mere 52 percent of its potential, while Soul Doctor, which closed Sunday, pulled in a paltry $128,256 — that’s just 18 percent of what the venue could have earned.

In addition to Betrayal, the other seven-figure earners last week were the usual suspects: The Lion King ($1.88 million), Wicked ($1.87 million), The Book of Mormon ($1.84 million), Kinky Boots ($1.81 million), Motown: The Musical ($1.49 million), Matilda ($1.43 million), and The Phantom of the Opera ($1.02 million).

'Hit List' from 'Smash' to be performed for one night: A PopWatch AIM react

This morning, it was announced that Hit List, one of the fictional musicals from NBC’s dearly departed drama Smash, will be performed at 54 Below in New York City. Smash stars (and Hit List composers/performers) Jeremy Jordan, Andy Mientus, and Krysta Rodriguez, will star in the show, which will be presented by Julia Brownell, ex-Smash showrunner Joshua Safran, and Jennifer Ashley Tepper. A release describes Hit List as “a modern fable about identity and the price of fame” that “tells the tragic love story of a wannabe pop singer who transforms herself to become a star and the hidden songwriter she uses to get there – but at what cost?”

The one-night-only event Dec. 9 will have two showtimes, and of course tickets are already sold out.

Obviously, a resurrection of this kind is sure to leave recovering Smash fans with a ton of burning questions.  EW’s Erin Strecker and Smash recapper Hillary Busis worked through their feelings together on AIM, transcript below: READ FULL STORY

'Matilda': Watch a song clip from 'Naughty' -- EXCLUSIVE

Like any good book, there must be a conclusion, so here’s the final entry in our video series going behind the cast recording of Broadway’s Matilda – appropriately highlighting the very lucky quartet selected to portray the sensitive, telekinetic bookworm at the center of Roald Dahl’s celebrated novel.

In this clip, watch as “The Matildas” (Bailey Ryon, Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence and Milly Shapiro) co-tackle “Naughty”, our lead character’s first major song in the show. I dare you not to coo over them just a little, not to mention marvel at how committed they are to their Cockney accents (take that, Dick Van Dyke!). READ FULL STORY

'Matilda': Watch a song clip from 'The Smell of Rebellion' -- EXCLUSIVE

In the third of four EW exclusive looks behind the making of the Broadway cast album of Matilda (now available on iTunes, in stores Oct. 22), watch as Tony nominee and Olivier winner Bertie Carvel takes on Miss Agatha Trunchbull’s fierce aria of her ultimate enemy-all children. Check out these appropriately Roald Dahl-ish lyrics: “And so to stop the stench’s spread/I find a session of phys. ed./Sorts the merely rank from the revolting.” And those pipes! Mr. Carvel must have had an awfully good vocal coach (just marvel at how he maintains pitch while essentially singing through his throat); it’s almost as scary as Trunchbull herself (seen above).

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Bryan Cranston headed 'All the Way' to Broadway

Walter White a.k.a. Heisenberg a.k.a. Bryan Cranston is trading in his yellow jumpsuit for a tailored suit and American flag pin in the play All the Way, now heading to Broadway. The play, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan and directed by Bill Rauch, is currently in its Cambridge, Massachusetts run at the American Repertory Theater. (EW gave the production a B+ last month.) Schenkkan confirmed the move to the Big Apple last Friday, tweeting: READ FULL STORY

'Matilda': Watch a song clip for 'When I Grow Up' -- EXCLUSIVE

Fewer things these days can create the ear to ear smile induced in one of the signature tunes in the hit Broadway musical Matilda than when “When I Grow Up” is performed, which is composer Tim Minchin’s wistful ode to the wonders of remaining young at heart. In the exclusive clip below, watch the entire Broadway ensemble perform the track for the show’s new cast album (now available on iTunes, in stores Oct. 22). And if you don’t take a listen, that’s not right!-as the young bookworms in the story would fervently proclaim. READ FULL STORY

Creators of Broadway's 'Big Fish' share how they translated movie magic to the stage

Even before Big Fish hit movie theaters in 2003, screenwriter John August knew its yarn-spinning hero was bound for Broadway. “You look at Edward Bloom’s stories…and they feel like production numbers,” says August. “There are moments when words fail you, and you break into song. That’s what [the film] was missing.”

Buoyed by a rash of screen-to-stage hits — including three of the last five Best Musical Tony winners (Kinky Boots, Once, and Billy Elliot) — Big Fish, the moving, epic tale of a father and son opens tonight at the Great White Way’s Neil Simon Theatre. “Broadway is a risky business,” admits producer Dan Jinks, “but if the show works… investors can make far more money than they would make traditionally on Wall Street, and I’ve just always had this tremendous belief in the story that we were telling.”

It didn’t hurt that Jinks and August stacked the deck by enlisting some stage pros for the live version of his film, including composer Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family) and Susan Stroman, the director-choreographer of 2001′s Tony-sweeping hit The Producers, which was itself based on Mel Brooks’ 1968 film. So how did August, Jinks, and Stroman combine movie magic with good, old-fashioned stagecraft to hook audiences in for their fantastical re-imagining? Read on… READ FULL STORY

Go behind the recording of Broadway's 'Matilda' -- first of four EW exclusives!

Get an exclusive first-hand look behind the recording of the Matilda Broadway cast album and all its kiddies — or “maggots” as the villainous hammer-thrower Miss Trunchbull would exclaim. The cast went back into the studio to record a new album with some fun new tidbits from the show. In the mini-doc below, you can see the four prodigious (and well-spoken) young ladies who won the leading role share their chops, as well as Tony nominees Bertie Carvel as Trunchbull (and marvel at how on Earth he maintains that pitch of voice for so long!), Lauren Ward as the sweet, encouraging Miss Honey, and surprise Tony winner Gabriel Ebert, as the daffy, shady Mr. Wormwood.

If this preview of the album (now available on iTunes, in stores Oct. 22) doesn’t make you want to line back up to revisit it, then you must have come down with a case of the Trunchbulls. Check out songs like “Revolting Children”, “Naughty” and the instant classic “When I Grow Up” (all composed by Tim Minchin. Look for three more debut tracks next week on EW.com. Enjoy!
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Meet the stars of Broadway's new 'Rocky' musical -- EXCLUSIVE

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Yo, Adrian! We got an exclusive! Meet the leading actors taking center stage (or should it be ring?) in the upcoming Broadway premiere of the new Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty/Thomas Meehan musicalization of the feel-good Oscar winner Rocky, which made Sylvester Stallone a megastar. Andy Karl, fresh off a choice supporting role in The Mystery of Edwin Drood last season, takes on moviedom’s favorite meat-punchin’, Philadelphia Museum of Art step-runnin’ turtle lover, and newcomer Margo Seibert will play Mr. Balboa’s painfully shy love interest, Adrian. The production is directed by wunderkind Alex Timbers (fresh off EW’s New Hollywood list), so expect some flights of fancy near your ringside seats, on a regulation-size boxing arena, no less. And given that the combined past credits for the creators of this musical include The Producers, Hairspray, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Ragtime, and Here Lies Love, it looks to be one of the knockouts of the 2013-14 theater season to be sure.

Rocky will begin previews at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway on Feb. 11. For information on tickets, visit the show’s official website.
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