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Sierra Boggess, Kerry Butler, and More Join CONCERT FOR AMERICA: STAND UP, SING OUT! Seattle Show Sierra Boggess, Kerry Butler, and More Join CONCERT FOR AMERICA: STAND UP, SING OUT! Seattle Show
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

A special one-night-only edition of Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! will be presented this summer at The 5th Avenue Theatre on Thursday, July 6 at 7:00 PM. A star-studded concert of songs, comedy and commentary, the Seattle edition of Concert for America will feature world class performers including Tony Award-winner Roger Bart (You're a Good Man Charlie Brown), Broadway star Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid) and Tony nominee and longtime 5th Avenue Theatre favorite Kerry Butler, who originated the role of Penny Pingleton in Hairspray at The 5th and on Broadway. Seattle's critically acclaimed Spectrum Dance Theater, Naomi Morgan, who starred as Mimi in Rent at The 5th and Caety Sagoian (Jasper in Deadland at The 5th) will also perform. Concert for America will benefit national organizations working to protect human rights. Additional performers will be announced at a later date. (more...)
BWW Morning Brief May 26th, 2017 - MARY POPPINS Flies Into Paper Mill and More! BWW Morning Brief May 26th, 2017 - MARY POPPINS Flies Into Paper Mill and More!
by Jessica Khan on May 26, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! This weekend's big news: Paper Mill Playhouse's star-studded MARY POPPINS opens on Sunday! (more...)
HAMILTON Cast Members to Join Coast Guard in Honoring Founder Alexander Hamilton HAMILTON Cast Members to Join Coast Guard in Honoring Founder Alexander Hamilton
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

As part of Fleet Week New York, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton will honor Coast Guard founder, Alexander Hamilton, and the namesake of their vessel, with a wreath laying ceremony at his grave, on the grounds of Trinity Church, Friday. (more...)
Edward Albee, Roger Moore, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Wilder and More Among 2017 Tony Awards 'In Memoriam' Tributes Edward Albee, Roger Moore, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Wilder and More Among 2017 Tony Awards 'In Memoriam' Tributes
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

The Tony Awards has released the list of names to be featured in this year's 'In Memoriam' segment, honoring friends and colleagues in the Broadway community who have left us during the past year (May 2016-May 2017). (more...)
Joel Grey to Appear Before Screening of GEORGE M! at Paley Center Joel Grey to Appear Before Screening of GEORGE M! at Paley Center
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

Legendary stage and screen star Joel Grey will be interviewed at 12 noon on Sunday, May 28 at the Paley Center for Media in New York City (25 West 52nd Street, NYC), preceding a screening of the 1970 NBC Telecast of George M! from 12:15 to 1:45 PM. The interview and screening are free and open to the public. (more...)
Famed Sex Therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer to Lead INDECENT Talkback Next Week Famed Sex Therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer to Lead INDECENT Talkback Next Week
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

Famed sex therapist and media personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer will be the special guest at a post-performance talkback on Tuesday, May 30 at Indecent, the Tony Award nominated Best Play, at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street). (more...)
Tony Winner Bill Irwin to Take the Stage in Reading of Jodi Rothe's AGORA Tony Winner Bill Irwin to Take the Stage in Reading of Jodi Rothe's AGORA
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

The Directors Company has announced the reading of Agora a new play by Jodi Rothe, featuring Tony Award Winner Bill Irwin. The reading is being directed by Michael Pressman. (more...)
Cast Complete for Star-Studded HOOD: THE ROBIN HOOD MUSICAL ADVENTURE at Dallas Theater Center Cast Complete for Star-Studded HOOD: THE ROBIN HOOD MUSICAL ADVENTURE at Dallas Theater Center
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award Recipient Dallas Theater Center will present the world premiere of Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure, a new musical comedy written and directed by five-time Tony-nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane with music and lyrics by Lewis Flinn. (more...)
VIDEO: Get A First Look At MARY POPPINS At Paper Mill Playhouse VIDEO: Get A First Look At MARY POPPINS At Paper Mill Playhouse
by BroadwayWorld TV on May 25, 2017

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Paper Mill Playhouse's MARY POPPINS! Check out the video below! Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, presents the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes, new songs and additional music and lyrics byGeorge Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. Bank of America is the Major Sponsor of Mary Poppins. (more...)
Annette Bening and James Caan to Lead One-Night-Only Presentation of IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER in L.A. Annette Bening and James Caan to Lead One-Night-Only Presentation of IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER in L.A.
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

Lexikat Artists, in association with Chapman University, presents Annette Bening and James Caan along with a cast including Kate Mansi, (2017 Daytime Emmy winner), in a one-night only performance of the play IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER, on Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30pm at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, CA. (more...)
VIDEO: Natalie Weiss and Brad Greer Duet on 'You Matter To Me' from WAITRESS VIDEO: Natalie Weiss and Brad Greer Duet on 'You Matter To Me' from WAITRESS
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

Below, watch Natalie Weiss and Brad Greer duet on 'You Matter To Me' from WAITRESS! (more...)
Matthew Perry's THE END OF LONGING Extends Ahead of Opening at MCC Theater Matthew Perry's THE END OF LONGING Extends Ahead of Opening at MCC Theater
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

MCC Theater has announced the extension by popular demand of The End of Longing, a new play written by and starring Matthew Perry in his NYC playwriting and stage acting debuts. (more...)
DVR Alert: DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Ben Platt, COME FROM AWAY Cast Will Visit THE VIEW DVR Alert: DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Ben Platt, COME FROM AWAY Cast Will Visit THE VIEW
by TV News Desk on May 25, 2017

BWW has learned that Tony Award-nominee and star of Broadway's DEAR EVAN HANSEN, Ben Platt will perform on ABC's THE VIEW on Thursday, June 1st. On Friday, June 2nd, the cast of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY will perform. (more...)
Readers Respond to Glenn Close's Stopping SUNSET BOULEVARD Readers Respond to Glenn Close's Stopping SUNSET BOULEVARD
by Alan Henry on May 25, 2017

SUNSET BOULEVARD leading lady Glenn Close continues to make headlines and waves across social media this week, following her apology for being too ill to perform on Mother's Day via an open letter the entire Broadway community has dubbed 'classy.' (more...)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir's New Album with Angela Lansbury, Santino Fontana & Brian Stokes Mitchell Snags #1 on Billboard Classical Crossover Chart Mormon Tabernacle Choir's New Album with Angela Lansbury, Santino Fontana & Brian Stokes Mitchell Snags #1 on Billboard Classical Crossover Chart
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square today announced that their latest album, Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Friends, took the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Classical Crossover chart, marking the 12th time that an album from 'America's Choir' has earned the top honor. The album also took the no. 2 spot on the Classical Overall chart. (more...)
NBC Delays Production of BYE BYE BIRDIE LIVE Until 2018 NBC Delays Production of BYE BYE BIRDIE LIVE Until 2018
by TV News Desk on May 25, 2017

NBC has delayed its plan to present BYE BYE BIRDIE LIVE, starring Jennifer LOPEZ until 2018. The network originally planned to broadcast the live musical around the holiday season. (more...)
BWW Exclusive: Patti LuPone & Christine Ebersole Find Beauty in the World in Track from WAR PAINT Cast Recording BWW Exclusive: Patti LuPone & Christine Ebersole Find Beauty in the World in Track from WAR PAINT Cast Recording
by BroadwayWorld TV on May 25, 2017

Ghostlight Records will release the Original Broadway Cast Recording of the new musical WAR PAINT - starring two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole - in digital formats tomorrow, May 26. The CD version will be available online and in stores in mid-July. Click here to pre-order today! (more...)
Tunes from DEAR EVAN HANSEN, GREAT COMET, COME FROM AWAY, ANASTASIA and More Featured on Tony Award Season Compilation Album; Track List Unveiled! Tunes from DEAR EVAN HANSEN, GREAT COMET, COME FROM AWAY, ANASTASIA and More Featured on Tony Award Season Compilation Album; Track List Unveiled!
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

Tony Award Productions and Broadway Records have announced the first ever Tony Award Season compilation album to be released on CD and digitally at most major music retailers including Barnes & Noble and iTunes/Apple Music on June 9, 2017. (more...)
Melissa Errico to Put on BROADWAY FIRECRACKER Summer Holiday Concert at Birdland Melissa Errico to Put on BROADWAY FIRECRACKER Summer Holiday Concert at Birdland
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

Broadway leading lady and Tony Award nominee Melissa Errico will return to the Broadway at Birdland Concert Series with 'Broadway Firecracker' on Monday, July 3 at 7pm at Birdland Jazz (315 West 44th Street), bringing this special summer holiday concert to her favorite jazz venue. (more...)
DIRTY DANCING Reboot Fails to 'Lift' ABC to Ratings Win on Wednesday Night DIRTY DANCING Reboot Fails to 'Lift' ABC to Ratings Win on Wednesday Night
by TV News Desk on May 25, 2017

ABC's reboot of the 1980's classic film DIRTY DANCING did not deliver a strong rating's performance Wednesday night, coming well below the Season Finale of CBS's SURVIVOR. (more...)
Broadway League Responds to Casting Directors' Plea for Healthcare Broadway League Responds to Casting Directors' Plea for Healthcare
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

Broadway might be celebrating a successful season, but casting directors still are not pleased with their standing in the theatre community. The union just released the following statement: (more...)
Glenn Close Stops the Show at SUNSET BOULEVARD to Stop Photo-Taking Audience Member Glenn Close Stops the Show at SUNSET BOULEVARD to Stop Photo-Taking Audience Member
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

With one look she can stop the show...literally.  BroadwayWorld has just learned that at yesterday's matinee of Sunset Boulevard, leading lady Glenn Close paused her performance to politely ask an audience member to stop taking photos, saying it was distracting and disrespectful. She said: "We can have a show or we can have a photo shoot," and then quickly began "With One Look" again from the top of the song. (more...)
Photo Coverage: Brendon Urie Takes Center Stage as KINKY BOOTS' Next Charlie Price! Photo Coverage: Brendon Urie Takes Center Stage as KINKY BOOTS' Next Charlie Price!
by Walter McBride on May 25, 2017

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced today that Grammy Award-nominated Panic! At the Disco front man Brendon Urie will make his Broadway debut as 'Charlie Price' in Kinky Boots, beginning Friday, May 26 through August 6, 2017.  (more...)
Mara Davi, Erica Dorfler, Luke Smith and More Sign on for Barrington Stage's 2017 Season Mara Davi, Erica Dorfler, Luke Smith and More Sign on for Barrington Stage's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, has announced additional casting for the 2017 season. (more...)
The Kennedy Center's JFK Centennial Celebration to Feature Brian Dennehy, Christopher Jackson, Taylor Mac, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE and More The Kennedy Center's JFK Centennial Celebration to Feature Brian Dennehy, Christopher Jackson, Taylor Mac, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE and More
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

With its JFK Centennial Celebration, The Kennedy Center honors exactly 100 years since the birth of its namesake with a special afternoon of readings, performances, and rare video footage featuring a star-studded roster of talent from theworlds of music, theater, dance, and TV/film on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 4 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Opera House. (more...)
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Andrew Rannells Opens Up About His Winning Whizzer Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Andrew Rannells Opens Up About His Winning Whizzer
by Backstage With Richard Ridge on May 25, 2017

Earlier this year, Andrew Rannells returned to Broadway in Falsettos, giving perhaps his most poignant performance to date as Whizzer. Below, watch as the Tony nominee joins BroadwayWorld and Sag-Aftra Foundation for a Career Conversation about how he found the character, why he adores his Falsettos family, and so much more! (more...)
BWW Readers Weigh in on Tony Snubs in the Theatre Fans' Choice Awards BWW Readers Weigh in on Tony Snubs in the Theatre Fans' Choice Awards
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

While the theatre community eagerly awaits June 11, they are making their voices heard in the Theater Fans' Choice Awards. With 11 days left to vote, plenty of shows and performances that got snubbed from a Tony nomination are currently front-runners! (more...)
There's No Day But Today! Cast Your Vote for the Theater Fans' Choice Awards! There's No Day But Today! Cast Your Vote for the Theater Fans' Choice Awards!
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

Now in our 15th year, the Theater Fans' Choice Awards are, by FAR, the largest fan based awards of their kind. Open to anyone to vote, we're excited to present a full slate of eligible nominees in categories that both mirror the popular critical awards, as well as fan favorite categories for Best Tour, Ensemble and Off Broadway shows. Plus, cast your vote in our newest category, honoring stage to screen adaptations! (more...)
Brandon Uranowitz to Serve as STARS IN THE ALLEY Social Media Host; Performers Announced! Brandon Uranowitz to Serve as STARS IN THE ALLEY Social Media Host; Performers Announced!
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

STARS IN THE ALLEY is proud to announce that 2017 Tony Award Nominee for Falsettos Brandon Uranowitz will serve as social media correspondent for the 2017 concert. He will be on hand to cover the event live on Twitter and on Instagram bringing fans both exclusive backstage access and a unique perspective on all that's happening on stage and in the audience this year. (more...)
Casting Directors Union Speaks Out for Healthcare & Pensions Casting Directors Union Speaks Out for Healthcare & Pensions
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

Broadway might be celebrating a successful season, but casting directors still are not pleased with their standing in the theatre community. The union just released the following statement: (more...)
VIDEO: Which Musicals Inspired GREAT COMET? Stars Sing Dave Malloy's Favorites! VIDEO: Which Musicals Inspired GREAT COMET? Stars Sing Dave Malloy's Favorites!
by Stage Tube on May 25, 2017

In a recent concert for SiriusXM, NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 creator Dave Malloy revealed the inspiration for the songs and characters of his twelve-time Tony-nominated musical. Below, check out a few of the performances from his cast, singing from musicals like The Music Man, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and more! (more...)
VIDEO: Will Swenson Shakes Off His Bad Guy Image with WAITRESS Fans VIDEO: Will Swenson Shakes Off His Bad Guy Image with WAITRESS Fans
by Stage Tube on May 25, 2017

Tony Award nominee Will Swenson is playing the 'bad guy,' Earl, in Waitress every night at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, and he's determined to prove to fans that he is not as mean and scary as the character he plays. Watch below as he wins over the stage door crowd with what else, but pie! (more...)
Jerry Mitchell Reveals Details on New Songs, New Scenes & More for Broadway-Bound PRETTY WOMAN Musical Jerry Mitchell Reveals Details on New Songs, New Scenes & More for Broadway-Bound PRETTY WOMAN Musical
by Caryn Robbins on May 25, 2017

In a new interview with EW, director Jerry Mitchell (KINKY BOOTS, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL) reveals details of the upcoming stage musical adaptation of Garry Marshall's 1990 classic PRETTY WOMAN. (more...)
BWW TV: Brendon Urie Is Getting Ready to Strut to Broadway- Watch Him Sing from KINKY BOOTS! BWW TV: Brendon Urie Is Getting Ready to Strut to Broadway- Watch Him Sing from KINKY BOOTS!
by BroadwayWorld TV on May 25, 2017

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced today that Grammy Award-nominated Panic! At the Disco front man Brendon Urie will make his Broadway debut as 'Charlie Price' in Kinky Boots, beginning Friday, May 26 through August 6, 2017.  (more...)
Leslie Odom Jr. to Perform; Alan Menken to Premiere New Music at Boston Pops July 4th Concert Leslie Odom Jr. to Perform; Alan Menken to Premiere New Music at Boston Pops July 4th Concert
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

The Boston Pops announced today that Tony Award winner and former HAMILTON star Leslie Odom, Jr.  will join previously announced guest artists Andy Grammer and Melissa Etheridge as headliners for the 2017 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, under the direction of Keith Lockhart. (more...)
Dian Fossey's GORILLAS IN THE MIST to Be Adapted to New Stage Play Featuring Jim Henson Puppetry Dian Fossey's GORILLAS IN THE MIST to Be Adapted to New Stage Play Featuring Jim Henson Puppetry
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Anna Phelan (Gorillas in the Mist, Mask, Girl, Interrupted) will adapt the book GORILLAS IN THE MIST by Dian Fossey into a stage play utilizing captivating puppetry. JIM HENSON'S CREATURE SHOP (The Dark Crystal) has been engaged to design the gorillas, and Tony Award-winning producer Ryan Hugh Mackey (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder) will develop the stage adaptation. (more...)
Netflix Cancels Baz Luhrmann's Music-Driven Drama THE GET DOWN After One Season Netflix Cancels Baz Luhrmann's Music-Driven Drama THE GET DOWN After One Season
by TV News Desk on May 25, 2017

Netflix has canceled Baz Luhrmann's music-driven series THE GET DOWN after one season. Season one premiered in two parts, with part two debuting on the streaming network last month to disappointing ratings. (more...)
VIDEO: Celine Dion's First-Ever Live Performance of New BEAUTY & THE BEAST Song VIDEO: Celine Dion's First-Ever Live Performance of New BEAUTY & THE BEAST Song
by BWW News Desk on May 25, 2017

Last night, Celine Dion surprised fans by singing the new song 'How Does a Moment Last Forever' from the live-action adaptation, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST for the very first time live during her Las Vegas show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace (more...)
Jessica Grove and James Snyder to Play Title Roles in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Music Circus Jessica Grove and James Snyder to Play Title Roles in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk on May 24, 2017

The 67th Music Circus season kicks off with a two-week run of Disney's beloved family classic musicalBeauty and the Beast. Performances are Tuesday, June 20 through Sunday, July 2 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. (more...)
VIDEO: HAMILTON Cast Sings 'Happy Birthday' to Celebrate STAR WARS' 40th Anniversary VIDEO: HAMILTON Cast Sings 'Happy Birthday' to Celebrate STAR WARS' 40th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk on May 24, 2017

In the latest installment of 'The Star Wars Show,' the cast of HAMILTON celebrates the 40th anniversary of STAR WARS with a rendition of 'Happy Birthday' - check it out below! (more...)