Odds & Ends: Vanessa Hudgens on Going From Gigi to Grease & More

first_imgFinding Neverland Takes Top Honors at IRNE AwardsLast year’s pre-Broadway production of Finding Neverland at A.R.T. garnered eight awards at the Independent Reviewers of New England’s 19th Annual IRNE Awards on April 13, including Best New Play and Best New Musical. (We’re a bit confused about how it achieved both but the tuner’s mega producer Harvey Weinstein is nothing if not brilliant!) In the straight musical categories Diane Paulus won for Best Director, Laura Michelle Kelly for Best Actress and Carolee Carmello for Best Supporting Actress. And although they didn’t end up moving with the show to the Great White Way, two-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Jeremy Jordan won for Best Actor and Tony winner Michael McGrath picked up the gong for Best Supporting Actor. Congratulations to all!Naked Men Set to Hang With Lesli MargheritaBroadway Bares’ new season gets underway with Broadway Bares Solo Strips on May 10 at 42West. Hosted by Matilda’s Lesli Margherita, this year’s lineup features Lawrence Alexander (The Lion King), Yurel Echezarreta (Aladdin), Josh Green (Wicked), Mark MacKillop (West Side Story international tour), Jaysin McCollum (The Lion King), Christopher Messina (Jersey Boys), Jamal Story (Motown: The Musical), Kit Treece (Spring Spectacular), Kei Tsuruharatani (The King and I) and Ryan Worsing (Chicago). The solo, choreographed stripteases will raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.First Look at Beauty and the Beast Cast!Tony nominee Josh Gad posted the adorable below picture on Instagram alongside his future Beauty and the Beast co-stars (from left to right) Dan Stevens, Emma Watson, Luke Evans and Kevin Kline. Directed by Bill Condon, Disney’s upcoming live-action movie will also star stage and screen faves Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Do we really have to wait until March 17, 2017 for this? Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Vanessa Hudgens on Going From Gigi to GreaseVanessa Hudgens stopped by The View on April 14 to talk making her Broadway debut in Gigi, missing Coachella, “mixing it up” by taking on the role of Rizzo in Fox’s upcoming production of Grease…and an Easter Egg Hunt that involved lottery tickets and booze bottles at the Neil Simon Theatre!?! Check out the interview below and then the High School Musical star in person on the Great White Way. View Commentslast_img