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Hottest Articles on BWW 2/2/2016 - 2/9/2016Hottest Articles on BWW 2/2/2016 - 2/9/2016
by - Feb 9, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 2/2/2016 - 2/9/2016. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 2/8/2016 - HUGHIE, SAPPY SONGS, WOODSMAN and More!WAKE UP with BWW 2/8/2016 - HUGHIE, SAPPY SONGS, WOODSMAN and More!
by Jessica Khan - Feb 8, 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: HUGHIE begins, THE WOODSMAN opens, and Alan Cumming makes his Carnegie Hall solo debut! (more...)

She's Telling Us! West End-Bound DREAMGIRLS Star Amber Riley Belts Effie's SoloShe's Telling Us! West End-Bound DREAMGIRLS Star Amber Riley Belts Effie's Solo
by Jessica Khan - Feb 6, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported just two days ago, GLEE and THE WIZ LIVE! star Amber Riley will take on the role of 'Effie' when DREAMGIRLS makes its UK debut at London's Savoy Theatre this winter. And Riley is no stranger to the musical's challenging anthems. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: THE WIZ LIVE! Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Discuss Recent Wins at NAACP Image Awards; Plus GREASE, HAIRSPRAY, BOMBSHELL & More!BWW Exclusive: THE WIZ LIVE! Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Discuss Recent Wins at NAACP Image Awards; Plus GREASE, HAIRSPRAY, BOMBSHELL & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 5, 2016

THE WIZ LIVE producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron chatted with BroadwayWorld about the production's recent success at the NAACP Image Awards and more. Check out the full interview here! (more...)

VIDEO: Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner Reunion, BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Montage, and More Extras You Missed on Facebook This WeekVIDEO: Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner Reunion, BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Montage, and More Extras You Missed on Facebook This Week
by Sally Henry - Feb 5, 2016

Now that the week has come to an end, it's your turn to take a leaf out of Thomas Jefferson's book and say, 'So what'd I miss?' (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: January 30-February 5THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: January 30-February 5
by Nora Dominick - Feb 5, 2016

Still not over the news of HAMILTON performing at the Grammys? Getting ready to hear Amber Riley crush it in DREAMGIRLS on the West End? Didn't have time to check in on your favorite Broadway stars? Well don't worry BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the biggest stories from this week from Broadway and beyond with BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures.' (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 2/5/2016 - BLACKBIRD, HAND TO GOD in London and More!WAKE UP with BWW 2/5/2016 - BLACKBIRD, HAND TO GOD in London and More!
by Jessica Khan - Feb 5, 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: BLACKBIRD begins tonight and HAND TO GOD hits the West End! (more...)

GLEE's Amber Riley to Lead DREAMGIRLS as 'Effie' in the West End This WinterGLEE's Amber Riley to Lead DREAMGIRLS as 'Effie' in the West End This Winter
by Jessica Khan - Feb 4, 2016

Big news in the DREAMGIRLS world tonight! The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye just revealed the news that GLEE and THE WIZ LIVE! star Amber Riley will play 'Effie' when the musical makes its UK debut at London's Savoy Theatre this winter. (more...)

Amber Riley and Ricki Lake to Join CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIENDAmber Riley and Ricki Lake to Join CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND
by Sally Henry - Jan 23, 2016

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND is about to get a dose of GLEE. (more...)

Scoop: THE WIZ LIVE! on NBC - Saturday, December 19, 2015Scoop: THE WIZ LIVE! on NBC - Saturday, December 19, 2015
by TV Scoop - Dec 15, 2015

Get all the scoop on THE WIZ LIVE!, airing on NBC on Saturday, December 19, 2015! (more...)

Everybody Rejoice! THE WIZ LIVE! Original Soundtrack Out TodayEverybody Rejoice! THE WIZ LIVE! Original Soundtrack Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

Sony Music Masterworks and Broadway Records release the original soundtrack of the NBC Television event 'The Wiz LIVE!' via all digital service providers (download and streaming) today,†December 11, followed by the CD on December 18. (more...)

BWW Column: Three Simple Ways to Improve Upon Success of THE WIZ LIVE!BWW Column: Three Simple Ways to Improve Upon Success of THE WIZ LIVE!
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 10, 2015

Now that we are a week removed from last Thursday's THE WIZ LIVE!, NBC's third live musical in as many years, we know that the production has predominantly been hailed as a critical and ratings success, vindicating the audacious experiment after two, less than artistically satisfying, outings. Led by a newcomer plucked from an open call, director Kenny Leon and executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan found a star in Shanice Williams and surrounded her with an all-star cast that ranged from serviceable to revelatory. However, as enjoyable as the event was, especially in relationship to past efforts, THE WIZ LIVE! was not a perfect production. There is, after all, a reason why no one did live TV musicals for nearly half a century; they are hard. (more...)

NBC's THE WIZ LIVE! Coming to DVD Later This Month!NBC's THE WIZ LIVE! Coming to DVD Later This Month!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

NBC's musical television production of The Wiz Live! stars world-class performers and recording artists including Queen Latifah (Chicago), Mary J. Blige (Empire), Ne-Yo (Red Tails), and David Alan Grier (In Living Color). Staying true to the groundbreaking Broadway show that put a vivid urban spin on the land of Oz, this fresh new trip down the yellow brick road also stars Common (Being Charlie), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Amber Riley (Glee), Stephanie Mills (The Love Boat), and newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy. Also included on the DVD will be the NBC special, The Making of The Wiz Live, featuring the behind-the-scenes story of producing this live television event! (more...)

Photo Flash: NBC Shares Cast Photos from WIZ LIVE! Post-Show!Photo Flash: NBC Shares Cast Photos from WIZ LIVE! Post-Show!
by TV News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

NBC†aired its colorful holiday production of THE WIZ LIVE! last night, featuring newcomer†Shanice Williams†as Dorothy. Below, NBC shared photos of the cast from 'Show Night.'† (more...)

BWW Review: THE WIZ LIVE! Proves 'Home' is Where the Heart Is; a Star is Born in Shanice WilliamsBWW Review: THE WIZ LIVE! Proves 'Home' is Where the Heart Is; a Star is Born in Shanice Williams
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 4, 2015

Thanks to Tony-winner Kenny Leon and a delightfully entertaining cast of characters, 'Home' is most certainly where the heart is this holiday season. Coming into this year's NBC live musical, theatre lovers nationwide were appropriately apprehensive, given the spotty results from THE SOUND OF MUSIC and PETER PAN. However, in THE WIZ LIVE!, we were finally given a production worthy of the show's beloved Broadway legacy. Executive Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan still haven't solved the riddle of recreating a stage show's scope and grandeur on screen without an audience, but with a once-in-a-lifetime star, and one of the most acclaimed casts in recent memory, for the first time since this annual experiment began in 2013, there's truly a reason to rejoice! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 2nd, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 2nd, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Dec 3, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'The Wiz Live!' has arrived, as have the casts of three tours to the Loop. 'Bridges' is in Iowa, though. The Marriott takes on 'Spring Awakening,' and the Piccolo Theatre, Congo Square and Theo Ubique do December in their own ways. The Second City opens another revue, and in Milwaukee, 'My Fair Lady!' (more...)

So You Wanted to Meet the Cast? Stephanie Mills Weighs in on Shanice Williams: 'She's Going to Be a Superstar'So You Wanted to Meet the Cast? Stephanie Mills Weighs in on Shanice Williams: 'She's Going to Be a Superstar'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

We are another day closer to NBC's highly-anticipated musical special, THE WIZ LIVE!,†which airs Thursday, December 3, at 8PM/7c. The production will star newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy alongside Grammy and Golden Globe-winner Queen Latifah as the Wizard, nine-time Grammy-winner Mary J. Blige as Evillene, original Dorothy, Stephanie Mills, as Auntie Em and David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion. (more...)

BWW Feature: Musical Histories of THE WIZ LIVE!'s Friends, Grier, Kelley, Ne-Yo, WilliamsBWW Feature: Musical Histories of THE WIZ LIVE!'s Friends, Grier, Kelley, Ne-Yo, Williams
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 2, 2015

In anticipation of this star-studded event, throughout the week, we are looking at the impressive musical careers (and when possible, musical theatre careers) of THE WIZ LIVE! stars. Today, we are easing on down the road with the group at the center of the story, the four characters affectionately referred to as 'The Friends;' Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. This group has a two-time Tony nominee and comedy legend, a rising Hollywood star, a three-time Grammy winning R&B icon, and a virtual unknown in the role of a lifetime. (more...)

Photo Flash: NBC Shares Photos from THE WIZ LIVE! Dress RehearsalPhoto Flash: NBC Shares Photos from THE WIZ LIVE! Dress Rehearsal
by TV News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

NBC has shared photos from THE WIZ LIVE!'s dress rehearsal. Below, get a first look at scenery, costumes and the stars in action! THE WIZ LIVE! (more...)

Comcast to Provide THE WIZ LIVE! Video Description for Viewers with Visual DisabilityComcast to Provide THE WIZ LIVE! Video Description for Viewers with Visual Disability
by TV News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

Comcast will include a national video description pilot program with NBC's broadcast of the hit Broadway musical THE WIZ LIVE! on December 3, making it the first live entertainment program in U.S. history to be accessible to people who have a visual disability. (more...)

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