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Stephen Sondheim Speaks Out on Female Bobby in Upcoming Marianne Elliot-Directed COMPANY Stephen Sondheim Speaks Out on Female Bobby in Upcoming Marianne Elliot-Directed COMPANY
by BWW News Desk on July 20, 2017

Back in November, BroadwayWorld reported that Stephen Sondheim agreed to director Marianne Elliot's request to change the gender of the beloved character Bobby in her upcoming production of Company in the West End. Now, Sondheim is speaking out about the changes for the first time. (more...)
BWW Review:  Oscar Isaac Stars in Sam Gold's Jaunty Rendering of HAMLET BWW Review: Oscar Isaac Stars in Sam Gold's Jaunty Rendering of HAMLET
by Michael Dale on July 20, 2017

Though your ticket says you're seated at The Public's Anspacher Theater, don't be surprised if once director Sam Gold's jaunty mounting of Shakespeare's Hamlet shifts into gear, you find yourself wondering if you may have stumbled into some indie production playing in the back room of a hipster bar on the Brooklyn side of the L train. (more...)
Photo Flash: ANASTASIA Celebrates 100 Broadway Performances Photo Flash: ANASTASIA Celebrates 100 Broadway Performances
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017

Broadway musical ANASTASIA celebrated its 100th performance on Broadway today. The cast gathered for a quick post-show snapshot in front of a packed house to celebrate. See the photo below. Happy 100! (more...)
Idina Menzel's Sister, Cara Mentzel, to Release Memoir VOICE LESSONS: A SISTERS STORY Idina Menzel's Sister, Cara Mentzel, to Release Memoir VOICE LESSONS: A SISTERS STORY
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017

This afternoon, Broadway and film superstar, Idina Menzel, announced that her sister, Cara Mentzel, will be releasing a memoir this fall titled, Voice Lessons: A Sisters Story. (more...)
BWW Morning Brief July 20th, 2017 - CURVY WIDOW and More! BWW Morning Brief July 20th, 2017 - CURVY WIDOW and More!
by Jessica Khan on July 20, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: CURVY WIDOW, starring Nancy Opel, begins Off-Broadway tonight! (more...)
VIDEO: Students Draw DEAR EVAN HANSEN for Art2Art! VIDEO: Students Draw DEAR EVAN HANSEN for Art2Art!
by Stage Tube on July 19, 2017

What does Dear Evan Hansen look like through the eyes of an art student? Meet a group of talented young students from ArtsConnection who channeled their introduction to Broadway into inspiring works of art. Visit art2art.dearevanhansen.com to check out their creations and watch how they came to be below! (more...)
DVR Alert: HAMILTON Star Miguel Cervantes Visits NBC's TODAY DVR Alert: HAMILTON Star Miguel Cervantes Visits NBC's TODAY
by TV News Desk on July 20, 2017

Today, July 20th, actor Miguel Cervantes, currently starring as Alexander Hamilton in the Chicago production of Hamilton, will stop by the 9- 10 am/ET hour of NBC's TODAY. (more...)
CURVY WIDOW, Starring Nancy Opel, Begins Off-Broadway Tonight CURVY WIDOW, Starring Nancy Opel, Begins Off-Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk on July 20, 2017

Curvy Widow, a new musical comedy with a book by Bobby Goldman, music and lyrics by Drew Brody (Broadway: Oh Hello; Cutman), and directed by Peter Flynn (Rhapsody in Seth; Two Rooms), will play at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). (more...)
National Theatre's ANGELS IN AMERICA, Part One, Starring Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane and More, Hits Movie Theaters National Theatre's ANGELS IN AMERICA, Part One, Starring Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane and More, Hits Movie Theaters
by BWW News Desk on July 20, 2017

National Theatre Live presents ANGELS IN AMERICA, Tony Kushner's multi-award-winning two-part play. (more...)
Stephen Bogardus to Star in SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES Musical Adaptation at Delaware Theatre Company Stephen Bogardus to Star in SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES Musical Adaptation at Delaware Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017

Delaware Theatre Company captures lightning in a bottle with the World Premiere musical adaptation of Something Wicked This Way Comes, based on the classic best-selling novel by Ray Bradbury. The spine-tingling tale of a traveling carnival that mysteriously arrives in a small town is woven on stage with music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill (Broadway: The Story of My Life). (more...)
Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Talks Shower Playlists, Dueling Carol Channings, and Beat Boxing Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Talks Shower Playlists, Dueling Carol Channings, and Beat Boxing
by Behind the Curtain on July 19, 2017

The return of Freddie Martinez, Kevin's strange obsession Rob's shower playlist, Kevin abuses the word 'kiki,' the correct way to listen to a cast recording is debated, Kevin is attacked by a Fantastick mosquito, Bert from Mary Poppins becomes a theatre cat, Rob celebrates being a Quilter, Carol Channing is The King of Siam, Rob breaks out a Yul Brenner & Rob & Kevin have dueling Channings, plus the beat boxing of John Bucchino and Friends. (more...)
Betsy Wolfe, Billy Porter & More Join Line Up for This Week's Broadway in Bryant Park Betsy Wolfe, Billy Porter & More Join Line Up for This Week's Broadway in Bryant Park
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017

This week's event will feature performances by the casts of Waitress (Betsy Wolfe, Caitlin Houlahan, Charity Angel Dawson, Drew Gehling, Dayna Jarae Dantzler, Kayla Davion, Tyrone Davis Jr, Matt DeAngelis, Law Terrell Dunford, Molly Hager), CATS (Tyler Hanes, Christine Cornish Smith, Jessica Hendy, Francesca Granell, Jonalyn Saxer, Maria Briggs, Andrew Wilson, Zachary Daniel Jones), and SPAMILTON (Tristan J. Shuler, Chris Anthony Giles, Cameron Amandus, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, Aaron Michael Ray, Fred Barton) with special guest Billy Porter. (more...)
VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth Sounds Off on Bad Theatre Costumes on @Midnight VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth Sounds Off on Bad Theatre Costumes on @Midnight
by Stage Tube on July 19, 2017

Kristin Chenoweth just stopped by Comedy Central's @MIDNIGHT WITH CHRIS HARDWICK to joke about all things pop culture, including bad community theatre costumes. Watch below as she , joined by Jim Norton and James Davis, sound off on some low-budget gems.  (more...)
Bryan Fenkart and Emily Walton to Star in Goodspeed's New Musical DARLING GRENADINE; Cast Announced! Bryan Fenkart and Emily Walton to Star in Goodspeed's New Musical DARLING GRENADINE; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017

The world of a charming songwriter is on the rocks in Daniel Zaitchik's contemporary new musical Darling Grenadine. (more...)
BroadwayCon 2018 Calls for Fan Program Ideas BroadwayCon 2018 Calls for Fan Program Ideas
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017

BroadwayCon has announced the annual Call for Programming is now open! Broadway fans are invited to submit programming proposals for BroadwayCon 2018. (more...)
Tony Kushner 'Exploring the Story' with New WEST SIDE STORY Script Tony Kushner 'Exploring the Story' with New WEST SIDE STORY Script
by Movies News Desk on July 19, 2017

In a recent interview with Daily Beast, playwright Tony Kushner chats about one of his current projects- WEST SIDE STORY. Kushner is rewriting the book for the classic movie for director Steven Spielberg. Don't expect any changes to the score, however. "I am not touching in any way the greatest score of a musical ever written,' says Kushner. 'I love the [1961] film. Who doesn't? I am not changing the story, the setting, the period. It is still the Upper West Side in the late 1950s, but I'm exploring the story.' (more...)
Photo Flash: Shoshana Bean, Jesse Eisenberg and More Light Up the Stage in First Ever 24 HOUR MUSICALS: LOS ANGELES Photo Flash: Shoshana Bean, Jesse Eisenberg and More Light Up the Stage in First Ever 24 HOUR MUSICALS: LOS ANGELES
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017

Last night, stars of the stage and screen dazzled a full house at the Theatre at ACE Hotel during the first ever The 24 Hour Musicals: Los Angeles. The event raised money for the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit arm of the Dramatists Guild of America, which advocates for the freedom of expression on behalf of all who are confronting censorship on stages across America. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's New 'Cultural Plan' to Reward Diverse Arts Organizations with More Funding NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's New 'Cultural Plan' to Reward Diverse Arts Organizations with More Funding
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017

Arts organizations who show an increase in the diversity among their staff and board members will see more city funding, if NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's new "cultural plan" for the five boroughs delivers on its goals. (more...)
BWW TV: Nikki M. James & Company Give Sneak Peek of THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL at Encores! Off-Center! BWW TV: Nikki M. James & Company Give Sneak Peek of THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL at Encores! Off-Center!
by TV - Press Previews on July 19, 2017

Next up at Encores! Off-Center is Kirsten Childs' delightful, provocative, and poignant 2000 musical, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, running July 26-27. Following a young African-American dancer, Viveca, from West Coast suburbia to Broadway, all the while navigating the politics of race and gender in an attempt to uncover her own identity, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin is directed by Robert O'Hara with choreography by Byron Easley and music direction by Annastasia Victory. (more...)
NEA Supports American Theatre Wing's SpringboardNYC Program and Docuseries NEA Supports American Theatre Wing's SpringboardNYC Program and Docuseries
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in NEA's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement are two Art Works awards to the American Theatre Wing: $35,000 to fund SpringboardNYC and the Theatre Intern Network (through the NEA's Theater and Musical Theater discipline), and $25,000 for production of the 'Working in the Theatre' docuseries (through the NEA's Media Arts discipline). (more...)
BWW TV: Liz Callaway, Lesli Margherita & More Preview Their Upcoming Shows at Feinstein's/54 Below! BWW TV: Liz Callaway, Lesli Margherita & More Preview Their Upcoming Shows at Feinstein's/54 Below!
by BroadwayWorld TV on July 19, 2017

Earlier this week, a new group of artists headed to Feinstein's/54 Below to preview their upcoming engagements. Michael Feinstein (Showstoppers- August 8-September 3), Liz Callaway (The Beat Goes On- July 25, 28-29, September 10), Lesli Margherita (Rule Your Kingdom-August 24-26), Tovah Feldshuh (Aging is Optional- August 1 & 3), and Carole Demas (The Broadhurst at 100!- August 16) are giving you a sneak peek below! (more...)
Melissa Errico Reflects on the Pursuit of Pleasure in Column for THE PURIST Magazine Melissa Errico Reflects on the Pursuit of Pleasure in Column for THE PURIST Magazine
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017

Tony Award nominee Melissa Errico has penned her second column in Cristina Cuomo's new magazine The Purist (in the current July issue). For her column 'Stories' in the June issue of this glossy wellness publication, Melissa wrote a piece on mindfulness and second thoughts, in which she next tackles the pursuit of pleasure. (more...)
The Broadwaysted Podcast Welcomes Back Some Favorite Guests for a Quippy Clip Show The Broadwaysted Podcast Welcomes Back Some Favorite Guests for a Quippy Clip Show
by Broadwaysted on July 19, 2017

We know what you've all been thinking. You've been sitting at home, listening to your favorite Broadwaysted episodes and wondering, 'Gee, what are some of our #FriendsoftheShow up to right now?' Well guess what?! Your prayers have been answered because this week we're bringing you a Quippy Clip Show filled to the brim with new segments featuring some of your favorite #FriendsoftheShow!  (more...)
Broadway Alum Annie Potts Signs On to CBS's YOUNG SHELDON Broadway Alum Annie Potts Signs On to CBS's YOUNG SHELDON
by TV News Desk on July 19, 2017

Annie Potts has joined the cast of CBS's BIG BANG THEORY spin-off series YOUNG SHELDON.  The series marks a return to television for Potts who is best known for her starring role in DESIGNING WOMEN.  (more...)
Holly Twyford, Florence Lacey to Star in Signature Theatre's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC; Cast Complete! Holly Twyford, Florence Lacey to Star in Signature Theatre's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017

Signature Theatre has announced the full cast and creative team for A Little Night Music directed by Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Gigi). Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning musical, set in 1900 Sweden, revolves around a tangled web of love affairs. (more...)
Jennifer Lawrence Has a Sickening Reaction to 1984 Jennifer Lawrence Has a Sickening Reaction to 1984
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017

Intensity ensues every night at the Hudson Theatre, where the new stage adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian novel, 1984, is currently running. The play, which contains various graphic and disturbing scenes, has cause many audience members to become ill.  (more...)
Tony Kushner on His New Trump Play- 'The Nightmare is in High Gear' Tony Kushner on His New Trump Play- 'The Nightmare is in High Gear'
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017

In a recent interview with the Daily Beast, playwright Tony Kushner opens up about his new play about the Trump presidency. 'The nightmare is in high gear,' says Kushner. 'It certainly feels like folly that I or anyone else has a definitive understanding or comprehensive understanding of what going on. I have my guesses like everyone else has, but it will take some time and a lot will depend on how it is resolved.' (more...)
Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana to Perform with Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana to Perform with Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017

The acclaimed Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus with Broadway stars Laura Osnes (currently Bandstand on Broadway) and Santino Fontana (the voice of Hans in Disney's Frozen), along with conductor Ted Sperling, will take audiences through the ups and downs of romance, with music from Frozen, Cinderella, and classic and contemporary shows including West Side Story, Follies, Oklahoma and more. (more...)
VIDEO: Broadway Alum Paige Davis Returns as Host of TRADING SPACES Reboot VIDEO: Broadway Alum Paige Davis Returns as Host of TRADING SPACES Reboot
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017

TLC announced today that Paige Davis, beloved host of original home design series TRADING SPACES will return for the brand-new season slated to air in 2018. Additionally, casting of homeowners has begun in the first three cities of Los Angeles, Atlanta and Baltimore. (more...)
Photo Coverage: Nancy Opel & CURVY WIDOW Company Prepare for Off Broadway! Photo Coverage: Nancy Opel & CURVY WIDOW Company Prepare for Off Broadway!
by Walter McBride on July 19, 2017

Curvy Widow, a new musical comedy with a book by Bobby Goldman, music and lyrics by Drew Brody (Broadway: Oh Hello; Cutman), and directed by Peter Flynn (Rhapsody in Seth; Two Rooms), will play at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Performances for the open-ended engagement begin July 20 and opening night is set for August 3.  (more...)
VIDEO: First Look - Trailer for Documentary on Oscar-Winning Lyricist Howard Ashman VIDEO: First Look - Trailer for Documentary on Oscar-Winning Lyricist Howard Ashman
by Movies News Desk on July 19, 2017

The life of Oscar-winning lyricist  Howard Ashman, the creative force behind the hit musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and such Disney classics as THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and ALADDIN, is chronicled in film maker Don Hahn's new documentary. (more...)
Tony Award Winner Daveed Diggs to Star in Upcoming Film BLINDSPOTTING Tony Award Winner Daveed Diggs to Star in Upcoming Film BLINDSPOTTING
by BWW News Desk on July 18, 2017

Deadline has reported that Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs will star alongside Rafael Casal in Snoot Entertainment's upcoming film Blindspotting, (more...)
Is Robin Hood Swindling His Way to Broadway? Is Robin Hood Swindling His Way to Broadway?
by BWW News Desk on July 18, 2017

The New York Post has reported that a new musical adventure, based on the tales of Robin Hood may be making its way to Broadway. (more...)
BWW Morning Brief July 19th, 2017 - Literary Figures PETE THE CAT and JANE EYRE Get the Musical Treatment! BWW Morning Brief July 19th, 2017 - Literary Figures PETE THE CAT and JANE EYRE Get the Musical Treatment!
by Jessica Khan on July 19, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: Tam Mutu, Stephanie Umoh and Juliette Goglia lead a reading of the recent musical adaptation of JANE EYRE today! (more...)
Social: Go Backstage at The Muny's ALL SHOOK UP with Caroline Bowman Social: Go Backstage at The Muny's ALL SHOOK UP with Caroline Bowman
by BWW News Desk on July 18, 2017

Go behind the scenes of The Muny's production of ALL SHOOK UP with Caroline Bowman who took over our Instagram account this past weekend! See all her fun posts below! (more...)
Tam Mutu, Stephanie Umoh and Juliette Goglia Lead Today's Reading of JANE EYRE Musical Tam Mutu, Stephanie Umoh and Juliette Goglia Lead Today's Reading of JANE EYRE Musical
by BWW News Desk on July 19, 2017

The musical stage adaptation of Jane Eyre, which originally debuted on Broadway in 2000, will receive a new developmental reading presented by Cleveland Musical Theatre with an industry presentation today, July 19th, at Opera America in NYC. (more...)
Social: Watch All of the #Ham4All Videos From Broadway's Biggest Stars and More! Social: Watch All of the #Ham4All Videos From Broadway's Biggest Stars and More!
by BWW News Desk on July 18, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Prizeo, the online giving platform that democratizes giving for all income levels, announced today that they are offering the chance for one lucky fan to attend the eagerly anticipated opening night of the musical Hamilton in Los Angeles - Wednesday, August 16, 2017. (more...)
Jennifer Holliday Replaces Ben Vereen in Bay Street Theater's 'Music Mondays' Series Jennifer Holliday Replaces Ben Vereen in Bay Street Theater's 'Music Mondays' Series
by BWW News Desk on July 18, 2017

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts have announced that Tony Award and Grammy Award-winning Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls, The Color Purple, Chicago) has just been added to the cabaret series, Music Mondays. (more...)
Matthew Morrison Withdraws from SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM at The Hollywood Bowl Matthew Morrison Withdraws from SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM at The Hollywood Bowl
by BWW News Desk on July 18, 2017

Due to a professional scheduling conflict, Matthew Morrison has withdrawn from the previously announced performance of Sondheim on Sondheim on Sunday, July 23, at 7.30 pm at the Hollywood Bowl. (more...)
VIDEO: See Clive Owen Wax Poetic in New Trailer for Broadway's M. BUTTERFLY VIDEO: See Clive Owen Wax Poetic in New Trailer for Broadway's M. BUTTERFLY
by BWW News Desk on July 18, 2017

The first Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning play, M. Butterfly, directed by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor, stars Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Clive Owen. M. Butterfly will open on Broadway at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th Street) on October 26, 2017. Previews begin on October 7, 2017. Click below to see Owen in a brand-new trailer for the show! (more...)