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Making the World's First Musical! Meet the Full Cast of SOMETHING ROTTEN!, Opening Tonight on BroadwayMaking the World's First Musical! Meet the Full Cast of SOMETHING ROTTEN!, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 22, 2015

The new musical comedy†Something Rotten!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner†Casey Nicholaw†(The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner†Wayne Kirkpatrick†and Golden Globe Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O'Farrell, officially opens on Broadway tonight, April 22, 2015 at the St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the company and watch interviews with the cast! (more...)

Leading Ladies of MATILDA THE MUSICAL National Tour Revealed; Bryce Ryness, Cassie Silva & More Among Cast!Leading Ladies of MATILDA THE MUSICAL National Tour Revealed; Bryce Ryness, Cassie Silva & More Among Cast!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Casting has been announced for the First National Tour of Matilda the Musical. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, the First National Tour of Matilda the Musical will begin this May with technical rehearsals and performances at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT, with the official tour opening at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on June 7, 2015. (more...)

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Will Kick Off National Tour in September; Schedule Set!A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Will Kick Off National Tour in September; Schedule Set!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, will launch its First National Tour in September 2015, producer Joey Parnes announced today. The tour route includes stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington DC, and Toronto, among many other markets. (more...)

Brown, Daniele, Hunter, Knechtges, Prince & More Set for New York Theatre Barn's 'GOTTA DANCE' Choreography Panel, 5/3Brown, Daniele, Hunter, Knechtges, Prince & More Set for New York Theatre Barn's 'GOTTA DANCE' Choreography Panel, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

On May 3, 2015 at 2pm, New York Theatre Barn (Theatre Barn) presents its exclusive Spring Benefit - a one-time only presentation of Gotta Dance: A Choreography Conversation at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. (more...)

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury and Company Celebrate BLITHE SPIRIT's Final Curtain Call in D.C.Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury and Company Celebrate BLITHE SPIRIT's Final Curtain Call in D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

Following the internationally acclaimed production with sold-out engagements on Broadway and London's West End, television legend, Oscar recipient and five-time Tony Award-winner Angela Lansbury returns to the stage in an exciting North American tour of NoŽl Coward's smash-hit comedic play, BLITHE SPIRIT. The tour made its Washington premiere on March 17 and celebrated its final curtain call on March 29 at the National Theatre, where Ms. Lansbury made her first pre-Broadway stage debut nearly 58 years ago to the day in Hotel Paradiso. Scroll down for photos from the curtain call! (more...)

It's a Wide, Wide World! Meet the Full Cast of GIGI, Opening Tonight on Broadway!It's a Wide, Wide World! Meet the Full Cast of GIGI, Opening Tonight on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Apr 8, 2015

Gigi, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning musical comedy, celebrates its opening tonight, April 8, at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street). Scroll down to learn more about the company, and watch highlights from the show below! (more...)

Ojai Playwrights Conference to Honor Gordon Davidson and Judy Ovitz at TOWN & COUNTRY GalaOjai Playwrights Conference to Honor Gordon Davidson and Judy Ovitz at TOWN & COUNTRY Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

The Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC) launches its 18th season with a benefit gala themed 'Town & Country' on Saturday, May 2, 3:00 pm, in Ojai, CA. Honoring Gordon Davidson for his decades of leadership in new play development in Los Angeles, and Judy Ovitz, an invaluable patron of the arts and OPC leader, the Benefit helps to fund the development of compelling new works for the American theatre. (more...)

Almond & Sweet's GIRLFRIEND to Play CTG's Kirk Douglas Theatre This SummerAlmond & Sweet's GIRLFRIEND to Play CTG's Kirk Douglas Theatre This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

'Girlfriend', featuring book by Todd Almond and music & lyrics by Matthew Sweet, will be directed by Les Waters at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre, running July 12 through August 9, 2015. (more...)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's Lisa Vroman to Perform with FGO Young ArtistsTHE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's Lisa Vroman to Perform with FGO Young Artists
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

Florida Grand Opera (FGO), along with the Saint Martha - Yamaha 2014-2015 Concert Series, is proud to welcome world-renowned Broadway star Lisa Vroman to Miami for a one-night-only concert. This concert, which will be held in the Broad Center for the Performing Arts at Barry University at 8pm on April 17, will feature Broadway and opera hits sung by Vroman and members of FGO's Young Artist Program. (more...)

New York Stars of MURDER FOR TWO Set for the Geffen; SWITZERLAND, Starring Laura Linney, Extends AgainNew York Stars of MURDER FOR TWO Set for the Geffen; SWITZERLAND, Starring Laura Linney, Extends Again
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

Joanna Murray-Smith's Switzerland -- already extended one week -- will extend yet another eight performances by popular demand with a final closing date of April 26, 2015. A world premiere with the Sydney Theatre Company, Switzerland is a Los Angeles Times Arts Editors' "Essential Arts and Culture" Pick and features Laura Linney (Broadway World said she is "pure gold") and Seth Numrich (called "outstanding" by the Los Angeles Times). (more...)

Ben Platt Boards Ang Lee's BILLY FLYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALKBen Platt Boards Ang Lee's BILLY FLYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK
by Movies News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

According to Deadline, the PITCH PERFECT star has signed on for Ang Lee's upcoming film BILLY FLYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK, the adaptation of Ben Fountain's 2012 novel. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Fran Drescher and More Celebrate CINDERELLA's Opening at the AhmansonSTAGE TUBE: Fran Drescher and More Celebrate CINDERELLA's Opening at the Ahmanson
by Stage Tube - Mar 26, 2015

Two-time Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-nominee Fran Drescher joined the cast of 'Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella' for the Los Angeles engagement of the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Drescher reprises the role of the wicked stepmother, 'Madame', a role she played in 2014, making her Broadway debut. At the opening night performance, Drescher and the company took time to celebrate the show's LA opening! Click below to watch interviews, footage and opening night festivites! (more...)

BWW Reviews: New CINDERELLA Dreams the Impossible at AhmansonBWW Reviews: New CINDERELLA Dreams the Impossible at Ahmanson
by Don Grigware - Mar 25, 2015

Broadway's Tony Award-winning production of Cinderella (2013) has a brand new book by Douglas Carter Beane and an expanded score of the glorious music of Rodgers & Hammerstein. As the musical based on the fairy tale possesses a more contemporary storyline, both Cinderella (Paige Faure) and Prince Topher (Andy Huntington Jones) are different - they are orphans, whose similarities in character make them a perfect match. No more losing her Venetian glass slipper at the first act curtain, this Cinderella, with much help, love, support and encouragement from her fairy godmother (Kecia Lewis) is in control and journeys into the second act with a mission to make the 'Impossible' truly 'Possible'. (more...)

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury and More Celebrate BLITHE SPIRIT's Opening in D.C.Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury and More Celebrate BLITHE SPIRIT's Opening in D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

Following the internationally acclaimed production with sold-out engagements on Broadway and London's West End, television legend, Oscar recipient and five-time Tony Award-winner Angela Lansbury returns to the stage in an exciting North American tour of Noel Coward's smash-hit comedic play, BLITHE SPIRIT. The tour makes its Washington premiere Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, March 29 at the National Theatre, where Ms. Lansbury made her first pre-Broadway stage debut nearly 58 years ago to the day in Hotel Paradiso. Scroll down for photos from the opening night festivities! (more...)

Photo Flash: Fran Drescher & 'Nanny' Cast Mates Reunite at CINDERELLA Opening NightPhoto Flash: Fran Drescher & 'Nanny' Cast Mates Reunite at CINDERELLA Opening Night
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 19, 2015

At the opening night performance, Drescher reunited with her 'Nanny' cast mates, Charles Shaughnessy and Renee Taylor. Check out photos below! (more...)

Tonye Patano, Afi Bijou & More to Star in Katori Hall's THE BLOOD QUILT at Arena Stage; All-Female Cast SetTonye Patano, Afi Bijou & More to Star in Katori Hall's THE BLOOD QUILT at Arena Stage; All-Female Cast Set
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall returns to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater with the world premiere of her most personal project to date-the fierce comedy-drama The Blood Quilt. Hall is an inaugural resident playwright of Arena Stage's American Voices New Play Institute, and The Blood Quilt is one of three plays from Hall receiving world premieres around the country this season. Hall reunites with director and Howard University alumna Kamilah Forbes (artistic director of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival) following their Broadway collaboration on The Mountaintop. The Blood Quilt runs April 24-June 7, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

LA Drama Critics Circle Announces Winners - Annette Bening, Cicely Tyson and More!LA Drama Critics Circle Announces Winners - Annette Bening, Cicely Tyson and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

On March 16, 2015, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced its winners and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura County theater in the year 2014. Announcements were made at a ceremony held at the Beyond the Stars Palace in Glendale, hosted by Dixie Longate (Dixie's Tupperware Party) with musical direction by Corey B. Hirsch (LADCC award winner for A Man of No Importance in 2014). (more...)

Breaking News: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY National Tour Will Launch from Iowa This Fall!Breaking News: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY National Tour Will Launch from Iowa This Fall!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

The national tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, winner of the 2014 Tony Awardģ for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, will launch in Des Moines, IA at the Des Moines Civic Center with performances beginning Saturday, November 28th and an official opening on Tuesday, December 1st. Based on one of the most romantic stories ever written, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY will travel to more than 15 cities in its first season, including Los Angeles, CA (Ahmanson Theatre); Washington, D.C. (The Kennedy Center); Dallas, TX(Music Hall at Fair Park); Pittsburgh, PA (Benedum Center); Minneapolis, MN (Orpheum Theatre); Las Vegas, NV (The Smith Center); Houston, TX (The Hobby Center); West Palm Beach, FL (Kravis Center); Fayetteville, AR (Walton Arts Center); and Dayton, OH (Schuster Center) with additional cities to be announced soon. (more...)

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Tour to Kick Off in Des Moines; First Round of Dates Set!THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Tour to Kick Off in Des Moines; First Round of Dates Set!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

The national tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, will launch in Des Moines, IA at the Des Moines Performing Arts Civic Center with performances beginning Saturday, November 28th and an official opening on Tuesday, December 1st. (more...)

Fran Drescher to Reprise Role in CINDERELLA at the Ahmanson This MonthFran Drescher to Reprise Role in CINDERELLA at the Ahmanson This Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

Two-time Emmy Award-winner and Golden Globe-nominee Fran Drescher joins the cast of "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" for the Los Angeles engagement of the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Drescher will reprise the role of the wicked stepmother, 'Madame', a role she played in 2014, making her Broadway debut. (more...)

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