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Date of Birth: July 22, 1949 (66)
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Photo Flash: First Look at LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at American Blues TheaterPhoto Flash: First Look at LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at American Blues Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

American Blues Theater presents an extended run of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, the comedic rock musical with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, directed by Jonathan Berry, and music direction by Ensemble member Austin Cook. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS runs now through June 26, 2016 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. The official press opening is this Friday, May 6 at 7:30 pm. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

VIDEO: Tituss Burgess & John Stamos Perform 'Kiss the Girl' on LATE LATE SHOWVIDEO: Tituss Burgess & John Stamos Perform 'Kiss the Girl' on LATE LATE SHOW
by TV News Desk - May 3, 2016

On last night's LATE LATE SHOW, guest John Stamos persuaded fellow guest Tituss Burgess to reprise his show-stopping number 'Kiss the Girl' from Broadway's THE LITTLE MERMAID. The 'Fuller House' star chimed in for the 'sha la la's'. (more...)

Cabrillo Music Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID to Swim into TOCAP This SummerCabrillo Music Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID to Swim into TOCAP This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Now Cabrillo Music Theatre brings this amazing story to life with THE LITTLE MERMAID, live on stage! This is not simply a children's show - it's a brand-new fully-developed Broadway musical, in the spirit of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE LION KING, and MARY POPPINS, and Cabrillo Music Theatre's production will be the first in the region! (more...)

Tom Berklund to Lead NEXT FALL at MACHA THEATRE/FILMSTom Berklund to Lead NEXT FALL at MACHA THEATRE/FILMS
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

MACHA Theatre Co. and Treehouse Productions present the Tony Nominated and awarding winning Broadway play NEXT FALL in its 2015-1016 season. Written by Geoffrey Nauffts. NEXT FALL is about two gay men in a committed relationship with a twist, with one, Luke, being devoutly religious and the other, Adam, an atheist. The play revolves around their five-year relationship and how they make it work despite their differences. However, an accident changes everything. NEXT FALL paints a beautiful and funny portrait of modern romance, asking the hard questions about commitment, love, and faith. Directed by Robin Long. (more...)

BWW TV: #AlTeatroCon @Happip y @SumiBunny - SISTER ACTBWW TV: #AlTeatroCon @Happip y @SumiBunny - SISTER ACT
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Apr 30, 2016

Nuestros amigos @Happip y @SumiBunny nos acompańaron a ver el musical SISTER ACT al Nuevo Teatro Alcala y asi fue su experiencia (more...)

BWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Ultimately Grabs The HeartBWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Ultimately Grabs The Heart
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - Apr 29, 2016

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Goes Beyond Skin Deep (more...)

Angela Lansbury, Paige O'Hara & More Set for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25th Anniversary CelebrationAngela Lansbury, Paige O'Hara & More Set for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25th Anniversary Celebration
by TV News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

The 25TH Anniversary of the animated feature film BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will be celebrated by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday, May 9th at 7:30 pm PDT at Beverly Hills' Samuel Goldwyn Theater. (more...)

BWW Review: NEWSIES is a Rollicking Good Time, If You Turn Off Your BrainBWW Review: NEWSIES is a Rollicking Good Time, If You Turn Off Your Brain
by Jay Irwin - Apr 27, 2016

I will admit to the fact that the original 1992 film of "Newsies" is one of my guilty pleasures. So when I heard they were making a stage version of the musical I was dubious but excited. The original already made you overlook much of the schlock, cheese, historical inaccuracies and plot holes. But the stage version, currently at the Paramount Theatre, with its retooled story forces even more of a willing suspension of disbelief almost to the point of brain death. But if you can manage that level of tucking rational thought into some dark corner then you're bound to have a good time as this spectacle is loaded with tons of vibrancy and a bevy of cute "boys" who sure do sing and dance pretty. (more...)

Third Show Added to DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID LIVE IN CONCERT at the Hollywood BowlThird Show Added to DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID LIVE IN CONCERT at the Hollywood Bowl
by Adam Jay - Apr 25, 2016

Fans of Disney's animated classic, DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID, will now have another chance to see 'DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID LIVE IN CONCERT' at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday, June 6. (more...)

Nadim Naaman Announces New Album 'Sides', Released JuneNadim Naaman Announces New Album 'Sides', Released June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

West End performer Nadim Naaman, currently filling the boots of Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, will be releasing his second album Sides with independent label Auburn Jam Records on June 20th , with an album launch gig at The Hippodrome, London on Sunday June 19th at 3pm. (more...)

The Filling Makes the Pie! Meet the Full Cast of WAITRESS, Opening Tonight on BroadwayThe Filling Makes the Pie! Meet the Full Cast of WAITRESS, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 24, 2016

Broadway's WAITRESS began performances on Friday, March 25 with a bang, setting a house record for a single performance the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and announcing a new block of tickets on sale through January 1, 2017. WAITRESS opens today, April 24, 2016. Get ready for tonight's opening bows by scrolling down to learn more about the company, plus watching highlights from the show! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Brent Hill, Esther Hannaford, and More in Adelaide's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSPhoto Flash: First Look at Brent Hill, Esther Hannaford, and More in Adelaide's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2016

The cult musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors has commenced its Australian Tour. Starring Brent Hill and Esther Hannaford, the production premiered at Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney to rave reviews and will be followed by seasons in Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and a newly announced Sydney return season. (more...)

Single-Show Tickets Now on Sale for 2016 Music Circus SeasonSingle-Show Tickets Now on Sale for 2016 Music Circus Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Single-show tickets are now on sale for all shows in the 2016 Sacramento Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 66th season for the venerable institution. (more...)

Tom Hewitt and Lesli Margherita to Star in HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME as Part of La Mirada's 2016-17 SeasonTom Hewitt and Lesli Margherita to Star in HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME as Part of La Mirada's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment have announced their 2016-2017 season of shows. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Meet Zachary Sayle of the NEWSIES TourSTAGE TUBE: Meet Zachary Sayle of the NEWSIES Tour
by Stage Tube - Apr 20, 2016

Meet Zachary Sayle, playing Crutchie in the North American Tour of NEWSIES!  Check out the video below! (more...)

SISTER ACT, WEST SIDE STORY & More Set for Theatre By The Sea's Summer 2016 SeasonSISTER ACT, WEST SIDE STORY & More Set for Theatre By The Sea's Summer 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

 Bill Hanney is pleased to announce the full lineup for the 2016 Summer Season at the historic Theatre By The Sea (TBTS). (more...)

BWW Review: SISTER ACT Brings Joyful Noise to Musical Theatre West, Ends 4/24BWW Review: SISTER ACT Brings Joyful Noise to Musical Theatre West, Ends 4/24
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 20, 2016

Though that comedy device of rewritten song lyrics is (unfortunately) not utilized for the film's musical stage adaptation, still, much of the spirit and basic plot architecture of the original movie remains in SISTER ACT - THE MUSICAL, which features all-original songs by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, as well as a book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (with additional material contributed later by playwright Douglas Carter Beane). Currently, Musical Theatre West's admirable regional production of this Tony-nominated Broadway musical comedy is finishing out its final weekend of performances at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach through April 24. Goofy and full of cutesy charm MTW's regional production definitely brings in the (joyful) noise and the funk to Long Beach. So what makes the show enjoyable? Well... for lack of a better phrase... it's all about the nuns. (more...)

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER & More Among The Growing Stage's 35th SeasonPETER AND THE STARCATCHER & More Among The Growing Stage's 35th Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

The Growing Stage - The Children's Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong, New Jersey is proud to present its 2016 - 2017 Main Stage Season: (more...)

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS with THE X FACTOR's Rhydian to Play Theatre Royal GlasgowLITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS with THE X FACTOR's Rhydian to Play Theatre Royal Glasgow
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

?Hit musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors is back, and bringing everyone's favourite carnivorous plant to the King's Theatre Glasgow from Monday 14 until Saturday 19 November 2016 as part of a major new UK Tour. (more...)

MMT's LEAP OF FAITH to Bring Miracles and Praise to New Century TheatreMMT's LEAP OF FAITH to Bring Miracles and Praise to New Century Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Minneapolis Musical Theatre (MMT) concludes its 2015-2016 season with LEAP OF FAITH makings its area debut April 29-May 22, 2016 at Hennepin Theatre Trust's New Century Theatre. (more...)

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