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From Andrew Rannells in drag to an all new Gershwin musical arriving on Broadway, this week’s Top 10 is a must-read for any theater lover.

 

 

10.
Andrew Ranells’ first photo as “Hedwig” is released
It may be old news that Andrew Ranells will be stepping into Neil Patrick Harris’ high heels this August in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, but this first look at Andrew as “Hedwig” has got us lining up for tickets

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9.
King Lear opens in the park this Tuesday
John Lithgow and Annette Bening star in King Lear in The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park, opening July 22.  The only thing that could make watching Lithgow go mad onstage even better?  It’s free!

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8.
Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925 – July 17, 2014)
Star of stage and screen Elaine Stritch passed away this week at the age of 89. Best known for her masterful performing of Sondheim’s music, Stritch leaves behind a legacy rivaled by next to none. We will miss our favorite lady who lunched.

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7.
After only one month of performances, Holler If Ya Hear Me closes
The Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me played its last Broadway performance on Sunday, July 20. This short-lived run leaves the Palace Theatre wide open for our next piece of news…

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New Gershwin musical An American in Paris announces its arrival on Broadway
Based on the Oscar-winning film, An American in Paris will open at the Palace Theatre next March, after an out-of-town run in… wait for it… Paris! The music will be all Gershwin and the book will be written by Pulitzer Prize winner Craig Lucas.

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5.
Free Broadway performances hit Bryant Park this Thursday
Don’t miss out on your free chance to see the casts of some of Broadway’s biggest musicals perform this Thursday in Bryant Park. The show starts at 12:30, but make sure to get there early. With performances from Bullets Over Broadway, Cinderella, and Avenue Q, there is sure to be quite a crowd.

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4.
James Franco plays his last show as George in Of Mice and Men
The limited run of Broadway’s Of Mice and Men will come to an end this Sunday, July 27. The classic play was Franco’s Broadway debut and gained co-star Chris O’Dowd a Tony nomination. We really hope Franco is able to find himself a job after this…

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3.
Aaaaannndddd another show closes
Man, it must be that summer slump as off-Broadway hit Buyer and Cellar also closes this week. This one-man comedy, that gave us an inside look into the crazy world of Barbara Streisand’s shopping habits, originally starred Michael Urie (of Ugly Betty fame). You’ve got til this Sunday to grab a ticket.

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2.
Finding Neverland starts previews at A.R.T.
Already slated for Broadway, the musical adaptation of Finding Neverland starts previews for its out-of-town run this week at American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts. Does the name of the musical sound familiar? Jennifer Hudson awkwardly performed a song from the show at this year’s Tony Awards.

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Tony winner for Best Play All The Way to be adapted for HBO
Bryan Cranston will reprise his role as LBJ for an HBO-version of All The Way. While details have yet to be announced, we are excited that playwright Robert Schenkkan will be adapting his play for the screen.

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