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BWW Tonys Special: Hangin' with the Humans of THE HUMANS- Tony Nominees Reed Birney & Jayne Houdyshell! BWW Tonys Special: Hangin' with the Humans of THE HUMANS- Tony Nominees Reed Birney & Jayne Houdyshell!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - June 06, 2016

Jayne Houdyshell and Reed Birney play husband and wife onstage- Erik and Deirdre Blake in Stephen Karam's The Humans. The play, which originated at the Roundabout Theatre Company last year, earned six Tony nominations, including nods for the duo (Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play). Before the big day, they checked in with BroadwayWorld to tell us all about how they're holding up!... (more...)

The World Changes. Do Broadway's Longest Running Hits? Updates From THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, CHICAGO and THE LION KING
What's the Future of Live Streamed Musicals? BroadwayHD Co-Founders Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Comley Explain + SHE LOVES ME!
We're Not in Kansas Anymore: A Chat with STRAIGHT OUTTA OZ Star and Creator Todrick Hall We're Not in Kansas Anymore: A Chat with STRAIGHT OUTTA OZ Star and Creator Todrick Hall
by Jamie McGonnigal - July 28, 2016 in Washington, DC

Following his stint as a semi-finalist on American Idol, Todrick has not only become a YouTube sensation, but he's redefined the genre. He's currently touring the country with a concert version of his new visual album, Straight Outta Oz, which will be at DC's Howard Theatre on Monday, August 1st.... (more...)
BWW Feature: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC Now Playing in Houston BWW Feature: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC Now Playing in Houston
by Katricia Lang - July 27, 2016 in Houston

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC is now playing in Houston!... (more...)
THE LION KING's Frank Wright II, Veteran Cast Member Talks the Show's Origins in Minneapolis THE LION KING's Frank Wright II, Veteran Cast Member Talks the Show's Origins in Minneapolis
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - July 26, 2016 in Minneapolis

THE LION KING's Frank Wright II (video) full circle of life comes back around to the scene where it all began as he plays Minneapolis' Orpheum Theater for the fourth time and shares stories of the beginnings here 19 years ago.... (more...)
Daniel J. Watts' THE JAM Will Terrorize With Love Daniel J. Watts' THE JAM Will Terrorize With Love
by Naomi Serviss - July 26, 2016 in Broadway

The poet/performer/activist, currently in HAMILTON, brings a powerful lineup to Webster Hall on July 31 for a benefit dedicated to the gay community in Orlando, scene of the horrific shooting at the Pulse nightclub.... (more...)
BWW TV: Exclusive Interviews 'From Broadway w/ Love' with Chita, Stokes, Norbert, Darren, Kelli, More BWW TV: Exclusive Interviews 'From Broadway w/ Love' with Chita, Stokes, Norbert, Darren, Kelli, More
by Matt Tamanini - July 26, 2016 in Broadway

Last night, BroadwayWorld was at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Orlando, Florida for the 'From Broadway with Love' concert to benefit the Central Florida LGBTQ Community and the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. We spoke with Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell, N... (more...)
BWW Interviews: The Czyk In Podcast_Teressa LaGamba and Neil Stratman of TOMORROW MORNING  at Kokandy Productions BWW Interviews: The Czyk In Podcast_Teressa LaGamba and Neil Stratman of TOMORROW MORNING at Kokandy Productions
by Patrick Rybarczyk - July 26, 2016 in Chicago

Broadway World contributor, Patrick Rybarczyk, host of the podcast The Czyk In, talked with Teressa LaGamba and Neil Stratman, stars of Kokandy Productions' acclaimed production of Tomorrow Morning!... (more...)
Tony Danza, Now in 'Residence' at 54 Below Tony Danza, Now in 'Residence' at 54 Below
by Adrienne Onofri - July 25, 2016 in Broadway

The beloved sitcom star ups his musical theater cred with a summer-long engagement at the midtown cabaret.... (more...)
Baayork Lee - A CHORUS LINE Original Still Stepping Up to the Line Baayork Lee - A CHORUS LINE Original Still Stepping Up to the Line
by Gil Kaan - July 25, 2016 in BroadwayToo

To any A CHORUS LINE aficionado, the mere mention of Baayork Lee will conjure up vivid memories of the original Connie Wong - the youthful-looking, 4'10' Asian-American, perky dynamo who repeatedly evaded revealing her biological age to Zach, the interviewing choreographer. Now in 2016, Baayork will... (more...)
Chicago Native Anthony Norman Discusses Life on NEWSIES National Tour Chicago Native Anthony Norman Discusses Life on NEWSIES National Tour
by Kailey Hansen - July 25, 2016 in NationalTours

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Broadway's favorite newsboys are dancing their way into the heart of the Windy City. With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and book by Harvey Fierstein, Newsies has become a popular success across North America (not to mention it has a few Tony Awards in... (more...)
Jackie Burns of IF/THEN at Bushnell Theatre Jackie Burns of IF/THEN at Bushnell Theatre
by Joseph Harrison - July 25, 2016 in NationalTours

Do you ever wonder what your life would have been like if you had made different choices? Would you have a different job? A different love? Would your life have been better, or maybe worse? In the first show of Hartford's 2016-2017 Bushnell Broadway Series, IF/THEN, one woman finds herself at the in... (more...)
Kate Kataja of Wilbury Theatre Group Talks Third Annual PROVIDENCE FRINGE FESTIVAL Kate Kataja of Wilbury Theatre Group Talks Third Annual PROVIDENCE FRINGE FESTIVAL
by Robert Barossi - July 22, 2016 in Rhode Island

Promising to be bigger than ever, and not just because of added performance venues, the Providence Fringe Festival returns for its third year on July 26. I spoke with Kate Kataja of The Wilbury Theatre Group, which has produced the festival in each of its first three years, about her role and what a... (more...)
Alison J. Murphy and Mark Edward Lang in LUNT AND FONTANNE 'THE CELESTIALS OF BROADWAY' Alison J. Murphy and Mark Edward Lang in LUNT AND FONTANNE 'THE CELESTIALS OF BROADWAY'
by Kathy Strain - July 21, 2016 in San Antonio

As the characters Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, Mark Edward Lang and Alison J. Murphy seem to be a perfect fit in the play about the famous Broadway actors. Lang and Murphy are married in real life and have been performing together for many years. Recently visiting San Antonio, Texas, BWW had a cha... (more...)
Teresa Sanderson and LL West on Utah Rep's CABARET Teresa Sanderson and LL West on Utah Rep's CABARET
by Tyler Hinton - July 20, 2016 in Salt Lake City

Utah Repertory Theater Company will present the award-winning musical CABARET from August 26 to September 11, 2016 at the Sorenson Unity Center Black Box Theater. Master of Ceremonies Teresa Sanderson and director LL West took time out of their busy schedules to answer questions from BroadwayWor... (more...)
Welcome to the Age of Javilton; Meet HAMILTON Alternate Turned Leading Man, Javier Muñoz! Welcome to the Age of Javilton; Meet HAMILTON Alternate Turned Leading Man, Javier Muñoz!
by Nicole Rosky - July 20, 2016 in Broadway

After over 300 performances on Broadway, a sold-out run at the Public Theater, eleven Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, a Pulitzer Prize and countless other honors, HAMILTON creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has said goodbye to the role for which he'll be forever remembered. What comes next? The age of Javilton... (more...)
Ben Curtis, From 'Dell Dude' to 'Connor Stephens' Ben Curtis, From 'Dell Dude' to 'Connor Stephens'
by Joseph F. Panarello - July 20, 2016 in Off-Broadway

Actor Ben Curtis talks about his role in 'The Crusade of Connor Stephens' as well as some upcoming musical gigs.... (more...)
Obioma Ugoala On Joining MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Obioma Ugoala On Joining MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
by Marianka Swain - July 20, 2016 in UK / West End

Actor Obioma Ugoala has appeared in numerous RSC productions, including Richard II, Henry IV Part 1 & II and Henry V, as well Holy Warriors at the Globe and The Physicists at the Donmar. His screen credits include Doctors on the BBC and Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beas... (more...)
Playwright Jon Brittain On The West End Run of ROTTERDAM Playwright Jon Brittain On The West End Run of ROTTERDAM
by Marianka Swain - July 19, 2016 in UK / West End

Last year, Jon Brittain's Rotterdam had a successful and well-received premiere at Theatre503 - this month, it moves into the West End for a Trafalgar Studios run. Centring on Alice, who wants to come out as gay, and her girlfriend Fiona, who decides she wants to start living as a man, Adrian, it's ... (more...)
From Revere to Anatevka: The Odyssey of Actress Susan Cella From Revere to Anatevka: The Odyssey of Actress Susan Cella
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - July 18, 2016 in Maine

"I haven't specifically counted," the dynamic actress sitting opposite me replies. "Somewhere between 1000-2000 performances, I think. I've done the role with Theodore Bikel and Harvey Fierstein, on both national tours, and in regional and stock houses all over the country." Susan Cella is speaking... (more...)
Ana Nogueira Chats About New York Premiere of ENGAGEMENTS at Second Stage Theatre Ana Nogueira Chats About New York Premiere of ENGAGEMENTS at Second Stage Theatre
by Nora Dominick - July 18, 2016 in Broadway

Today the New York premiere of ENGAGEMENTS begins previews at 2econd Stage Theatre. Before tonight, BroadwayWorld caught up with Ana Nogueira, who stars as Lauren.... (more...)
Phyllis Logan Talks DOWNTON and PRESENT LAUGHTER Phyllis Logan Talks DOWNTON and PRESENT LAUGHTER
by Marianka Swain - July 18, 2016 in UK / West End

Scottish actress Phyllis Logan has enjoyed a stellar career on stage and screen, with notable performances in Mike Leigh's Secrets & Lies and two British TV smash hits: Lady Jane in Lovejoy and, of course, eminently sensible housekeeper Mrs Hughes in Downton Abbey. She's returned to the stage to joi... (more...)
Newly Appointed Director of HGOco Carleen Graham Talks Her Plans for the Future Newly Appointed Director of HGOco Carleen Graham Talks Her Plans for the Future
by Katricia Lang - July 15, 2016 in Houston

On August 22, award-winning opera educator, administrator, researcher and stage director Carleen Graham assumes the position of Director of HGOco, the Houston Grand Opera's community outreach program.... (more...)
VIDEO: Go Behind–the–scenes of CAPTAIN FANTASTIC in This Brand New Featurette! VIDEO: Go Behind–the–scenes of CAPTAIN FANTASTIC in This Brand New Featurette!
by TV News Desk - July 15, 2016 in TV

See the sausage made in the brand new making of featurette for CAPTAIN FANTASTIC below!... (more...)
Growth, Change, and Empathy: Bill Nolte Muses on FIDDLER and Art Growth, Change, and Empathy: Bill Nolte Muses on FIDDLER and Art
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - July 15, 2016 in Maine

'It's all about growing and being willing to change…about people finding a way to look at things from both sides and learn to empathize.' The soft-spoken man sitting opposite me thoughtfully answers my question about the universality of the musical theatre piece in which he stars, Fiddler on th... (more...)
Caroline Sheen on CRAZY FOR YOU at the Watermill Caroline Sheen on CRAZY FOR YOU at the Watermill
by Jenny Ell - July 15, 2016 in UK / West End

Caroline Sheen is one of our busiest and most popular musical theatre actresses. She has an unbelievable string of credits to her name including the title role in Mary Poppins, Fantine/Eponine in Les Miserables, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Jennifer in the Original Cast of The Wi... (more...)
2016 National High School Musical Theatre Award Winner, Josh Strobl! 2016 National High School Musical Theatre Award Winner, Josh Strobl!
by Maeve Riley - July 14, 2016 in Broadway

2016 National Musical Theatre Award Winner, Josh Strobl, sits down with BWW to give us the onstage AND backstage scoop from the Jimmy Awards and Jerry Herman Awards!... (more...)





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