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The Theater People Podcast Welcomes SPRING AWAKENING's Boniello, Mientus, RodriguezThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes SPRING AWAKENING's Boniello, Mientus, Rodriguez
by Theater People Podcast - May 23, 2016

On Monday, May 23 the Theater People podcast welcomes Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, and Alex Boniello. The three sit down to discuss the Tony nominated Deaf West Theater production of SPRING AWAKENING in which they all starred. Topic discussed include how they each came to the production, the unique and exciting challenges of working in a Deaf West production, and how it feels for their show to have been nominated for a Tony Award. (more...)

Wesley Taylor, Vanessa Ray, Nicole Parker & More to Perform the Songs of Adam Wachter at Rockwell Table & StageWesley Taylor, Vanessa Ray, Nicole Parker & More to Perform the Songs of Adam Wachter at Rockwell Table & Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

ROCKWELL TABLE AND STAGE presents 'Just Come To This: The Songs of Adam Wachter' on Monday, May 23 at 8:00pm. The evening will feature works by up-and-coming musical theater composer/lyricist Adam Wachter, including original songs from his musicals Tarrytown and Zionsville, along with other favorites and new material written specifically for this night, all performed by a starry group of his obscenely talented, generous, and attention-hungry Broadway- and Television-star friends who have since all defected to the West Coast. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes BRIGHT STAR Tony-Nominee Carmen Cusack; Listen HERE!The Theater People Podcast Welcomes BRIGHT STAR Tony-Nominee Carmen Cusack; Listen HERE!
by Theater People Podcast - May 16, 2016

On Monday, May 16 the Theater People podcast welcomes BRIGHT STAR's Tony nominated leading lady, Carmen Cusack. (more...)

BWW Blog: Jeff Blumenkrantz - Favorite Dressing Room Items of the BRIGHT STAR CastBWW Blog: Jeff Blumenkrantz - Favorite Dressing Room Items of the BRIGHT STAR Cast
by Guest Blogger: Jeff Blumenkrantz - May 16, 2016

Today I'm addressing another excellent question from @JudyMolnar: 'What are some favorite items Bright Star cast members have in their dressing rooms? Show & tell.' (more...)

Mykal Kilgore Set for MARTY THOMAS PRESENTS DIVA at Industry Bar, 5/16Mykal Kilgore Set for MARTY THOMAS PRESENTS DIVA at Industry Bar, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Marty Thomas Presents DIVA is in it's 5th strong year of residency at Industry Bar in midtown Manhattan. It's the CATS of NYC nightlife, come see why! Brand new live vocal concert every Monday at 11, never a cover charge! This weeks cast features Marissa Rosen, Brie Cassil and Lisa Ramey. (more...)

Frankie Grande, Mallory Hagan, and Antoine L. Smith Set to Judge Rising Star Competition on 5/8Frankie Grande, Mallory Hagan, and Antoine L. Smith Set to Judge Rising Star Competition on 5/8
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2016

RISE BAR is seeking its next RISING STAR! Hosted by Broadway's Marty Thomas (Xanadu, The Secret Garden, Wicked), the RISING STAR competition begins Sunday March 6! The contestants will be competing in a 10 week elimination style contest for a $1000 cash prize and paid bookings at RISE Bar with their respective solo show. In addition to its cash and prize package, RISING STAR is offering networking opportunities with guest celebrity judges, fantastic exposure and valuable live stage experience. The winner will receive a headshot package by Claire Buffie photography. They will also receive a demo package provided by Yasuhiko Fukuoka. Competition judges Courtney Reed and Jelani Remy also donated generous prize packages from THE LION KING And ALADDIN on Broadway.  (more...)

Paul Canaan, Alysha Umphress & More Set for 'Take it from the Top' Workshop at Dr. Phillips CenterPaul Canaan, Alysha Umphress & More Set for 'Take it from the Top' Workshop at Dr. Phillips Center
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

?Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts announces a first-class roster of theater professionals set to instruct the "Take it from the Top" summer camp workshop alongside the program's creator and Broadway veteran Paul Canaan (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Miss Saigon). The list of teaching artists includes Alysha Umphress (On the Town, American Idiot, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever), Astaire Award nominee Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Wicked, La Cage Aux Folles), director/choreographer and performer Carlos Encinias (Gateway Playhouse, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), director/choreographer Connor Gallagher (Disney's Tangled, Goodspeed Opera House, Bucks County Playhouse) and casting director Justin Huff, CSA of Telsey + Company.  (more...)

Kathy Deitch Set for MARTY THOMAS PRESENTS DIVA, 5/2Kathy Deitch Set for MARTY THOMAS PRESENTS DIVA, 5/2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Marty Thomas Presents DIVA is in it's 4th strong year of residency at Industry Bar in midtown Manhattan. It's the CATS of NYC nightlife, come see why! Brand new live vocal concert every Monday at 11, never a cover charge! This weeks cast features Lisa Ramey, Brie Cassil and Olivia Lucy Phillip. (more...)

Courtney Reed, Jelani Remy, Jenna Leigh Green & Claire Buffie Will Judge This Week's Rising Star CompetitionCourtney Reed, Jelani Remy, Jenna Leigh Green & Claire Buffie Will Judge This Week's Rising Star Competition
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2016

RISE BAR is seeking its next RISING STAR! Hosted by Broadway's Marty Thomas (Xanadu, The Secret Garden, Wicked), the RISING STAR competition begins Sunday March 6! The contestants will be competing in an 8 week elimination style contest for a $1000 cash prize and paid bookings at RISE Bar with their respective solo show. In addition to its cash and prize package, RISING STAR is offering networking opportunities with guest celebrity judges, fantastic exposure and valuable live stage experience. (more...)

Check Out The Complete Video Playlist For The Hit Concert Series IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTECheck Out The Complete Video Playlist For The Hit Concert Series IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016

How many of these great songs do you know from underappreciated musicals? (more...)

BWW Blog: Jeff Blumenkrantz of Broadway's BRIGHT STARBWW Blog: Jeff Blumenkrantz of Broadway's BRIGHT STAR
by Guest Blogger: Jeff Blumenkrantz - Apr 21, 2016

Hello, Broadway World! (more...)

Photo Flash: BRIGHT STAR's Jeff Blumenkrantz, Carmen Cusack, Edie Brickell and More at BirdlandPhoto Flash: BRIGHT STAR's Jeff Blumenkrantz, Carmen Cusack, Edie Brickell and More at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was thrilled to present Tony-nominated composer Jeff Blumenkrantz, who was joined by his Bright Star cast mates to perform an evening of his original songs. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Marty Thomas Presents DIVA to Feature JERSEY BOYS' Michael Longoria Next WeekMarty Thomas Presents DIVA to Feature JERSEY BOYS' Michael Longoria Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Marty Thomas Presents DIVA is in its 4th strong year of residency at Industry Bar in midtown Manhattan. It's the CATS of NYC nightlife, come see why! There's a brand new live vocal concert every Monday at 11, never a cover charge. This week's cast features Samia Mounts, Brie Cassil and Samantha Duvall. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes FIDDLER's Danny BursteinThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes FIDDLER's Danny Burstein
by Theater People Podcast - Apr 18, 2016

On Monday, April 18, the Theater People podcast welcomes Five-time Tony Award-nominee, Danny Burstein. Burstein, currently staring as Tevye in the Broadway revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, began his career on Broadway in the early 1990s working mostly as an ensemble member and understudy. After making the decision to turn down work that didn't challenge him artistically, Burstein would go on to become one of the most celebrated leading men of his generation, earning Tony nominations for his work in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, SOUTH PACIFIC, FOLLIES, GOLDEN BOY, and CABARET. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 4/18/2016 - Idina in Tribeca, Signature's 25th & More!Broadway AM Report, 4/18/2016 - Idina in Tribeca, Signature's 25th & More!
by Jessica Khan - Apr 18, 2016

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Idina Menzel speaks at the Tribeca Film Festival, and off-Broadway's Signature Theatre hosts its spring gala tonight! (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for April 18-24, Featuring Donna McKechnie, Santino Fontana, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for April 18-24, Featuring Donna McKechnie, Santino Fontana, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Apr 17, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Bright Star Sings Jeff Blumenkrantz; The Legend of New York By Salzman & Cunningham Featuring Santino Fontana & Laura Osnes; Donna McKechnie: A Visit with Kander & Ebb; 54 Celebrates The Colonial Theatre; and The Girls in White: Songs from the Show. (more...)

BWW Review:  PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES at Paper Mill is Pure EnjoymentBWW Review: PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES at Paper Mill is Pure Enjoyment
by Marina Kennedy - Apr 13, 2016

See 'Pump Boys and Dinettes' now on the Paper Mill Playhouse stage through May 1st. Written, conceived and directed by John Foley with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, this fun, fantastic show features an incredibly talented cast. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Paper Mill's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Gets an Extra Order of Love with Onstage Marriage ProposalSTAGE TUBE: Paper Mill's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Gets an Extra Order of Love with Onstage Marriage Proposal
by Stage Tube - Apr 12, 2016

Last Saturday, Paper Mill Playhouse was privileged to participate in an on-stage marriage proposal during a performance of PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES - watch the moment during intermission below! PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES will run eight times a week at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through May 1, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: Paper Mill's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES is a Tasty Bite of Comfort FoodBWW Review: Paper Mill's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES is a Tasty Bite of Comfort Food
by Michael Dale - Apr 12, 2016

The surprise Broadway hit of 1982 is served up fresh at Paper Mill. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES at Paper Mill Playhouse!Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES at Paper Mill Playhouse!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Apr 11, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse's spring musical, PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES, begins tonight, featuring James Barry (Jim),Gabe Bowling (Jackson), Julie Foldesi (Prudie), Jason Ostrowski (L.M.), Alysha Umphress (Rhetta) and Sam Weber(Eddie). PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES is conceived and written by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann. PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES is directed by John Foley with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES will run eight times a week at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through May 1, 2016. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside opening night below! (more...)

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