Happy Friday everyone! It has been an exciting week for all Broadway fans and we are just about one week away from the big night. (The Tony Awards, that is!) They have released their promotional commercials featuring Lilla Crawford of Annie the Muscial, Laura Osnes of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and each one of the young ladies playing Matilda in Matilda the Musical. Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena made their Wicked debuts this past week and if you have had the chance to see Broadway’s newest Elphie and Fieryo, tell Camp Broadway what you think! The new additions to the cast have definitely re-sparked the craze to see this long running show, and with the audio going around from opening night, there is good reason why! (If you check out YouTube or Tumblr you will be guaranteed to find some of these gems!)
This past week the cast of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark celebrated their 1000th performance on Broadway and the cast of Cinderella celebrated their one-hundredth performance. Maybe they will one day be celebrating the same milestone that Spider-Man just reached? Both are very exciting times for both companies! Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana of Cinderella were announced to be the hosts of this year’s National High School Musical Theatre Awards which will be held at the Minskoff Theatre, currently home to The Lion King on Broadway. In other exciting news, it was just announced that the Broadway production of Les Miserables coming in 2014 will be back to it’s home at the Imperial Theatre starting in March.
One event that has received a ton of buzz this week was held by the company better known as Broadway’s favorite cookie, Schmackary’s. In efforts to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids (BCEFA), Schmackary’s held “Broadway Bakes” where Broadway stars sold cookies and the money raised went to BCEFA. Some guest bakers included Seth Rudetsky, Stephanie J. Block, Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Jeremy Jordan, Lilla Crawford, Corey Cott, Ryan Steele, Ben Fankhauser, the Keenan-Bolgers, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Some items from shows were auctioned off and some guest bakers were even bribed to do fun little tasks like sing parodies of songs from their shows like the guys from Newsies did for fifty dollars! If you had the chance to go out to this event, who did you see? If you could have any Bway star sell you some Schmackary’s who would you want it to be? Let us know!
This was certainly a musically-pleasing week that included a sneak peek listen to the original revival cast recording of Pippin thanks to Entertainment Weekly, and the original cast recording for Kinky Boots was released on Spotify and iTunes. You can also find the music to Murder Ballad on both their website or on Spotify! It was also announced that Scandalous released a digital download for their cast album and physical copies will be released on June 15th.
That’s it for this week! Check out some of the great cast recordings that have been released and get ready for the Tony’s!