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Skylight Music Theatre's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Opens 5/20Skylight Music Theatre's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Opens 5/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Skylight Music Theatre presents the Gilbert & Sullivan favorite, The Pirates of Penzance from Friday, May 20 through Sunday, June 12, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: THE FANTASTICKS at Kansas City Reportory TheatreBWW Review: THE FANTASTICKS at Kansas City Reportory Theatre
by Alan Portner - Mar 28, 2016

A show worth seeingAn inspired piano overture flows smoothly into 'The Fantasticks' signature opening song; 'Try To Remember.' 'The Fantasticks' is a simple fable for all time about a boy, a girl, their two fathers, and a wall. Kansas City Repertory Theatre reinvents 'The Fantasticks,' history's most performed musical play, with an all-star cast, expanded musical accompaniment, and a lavish new setting. (more...)

KC Rep Announces Cast of THE FANTASTICKSKC Rep Announces Cast of THE FANTASTICKS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

Kansas City Repertory Theatre will continue its 2015-16 season with The Fantasticks, directed by Kansas City Repertory Theatre's Producing Director Jerry Genochio. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee Awards Update 11/27 - Ben Tajnai, Phil Stepanski Lead!2015 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee Awards Update 11/27 - Ben Tajnai, Phil Stepanski Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 27, 2015

Voting has opened for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee, WI Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 27th. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

BWW Review: 'Fantasmaterrific' ROALD DAHL'S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Opens 29th First Stage SeasonBWW Review: 'Fantasmaterrific' ROALD DAHL'S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Opens 29th First Stage Season
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Oct 19, 2015

What does somenone do when his or her world is turned upside down and there's no where to go? James Henry, the litlte boy in author Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach discovers this dilemma after a terrible accident places him alone in an orphanage. That is, until his two aunts Spiker and Sponge, his only living family, take him into their home, which he hopes will be the family he longs for..So begins First Stage's  29th season with the Theater for Young Audiences premiere of the new musical sharing the identical name: Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Shoshana Bean and Whitney Bashor in Broadway-Bound BEACHESPhoto Flash: First Look at Shoshana Bean and Whitney Bashor in Broadway-Bound BEACHES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

Drury Lane Productions and Jennifer Maloney-Prezioso (Broadway's Spring Awakening, Rock of Ages) present the pre-Broadway production of Beaches, A New Musical, based on the beloved novel by Iris Rainer Dart. The show began previews June 24 and opens tonight, July 2nd, running through August 16, 2015. The original musical is written by Iris Rainer Dart and Thom Thomas, with music by David Austin and lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart. The production is directed by Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the stars in action below! (more...)

Broadway-Bound BEACHES, Starring Shoshana Bean & Whitney Bashor, Opens Tonight in ChicagoBroadway-Bound BEACHES, Starring Shoshana Bean & Whitney Bashor, Opens Tonight in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

Drury Lane Productions and Jennifer Maloney-Prezioso (Broadway's Spring Awakening, Rock of Ages) present the pre-Broadway production of Beaches, A New Musical, based on the beloved novel by Iris Rainer Dart. The show began previews June 24 and opens tonight, July 2nd, running through August 16, 2015. The original musical is written by Iris Rainer Dart and Thom Thomas, with music by David Austin and lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart. The production is directed by Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). (more...)

Shoshana Bean & Whitney Bashor Will Lead Remounted BEACHES at Chicago's Drury Lane This SummerShoshana Bean & Whitney Bashor Will Lead Remounted BEACHES at Chicago's Drury Lane This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

Drury Lane Productions and Jennifer Maloney-Prezioso (Broadway's Spring Awakening, Rock of Ages) have announced the cast for the pre-Broadway production of Beaches, A New Musical, based on the beloved novel by Iris Rainer Dart. Previewing June 24, opening on July 2nd and running through August 16, 2015, the original musical is written by Iris Rainer Dart and Thom Thomas, with music by David Austin and lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart. The production is directed by Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). (more...)

BWW Reviews: Skylight's Enchanting WIZARD OF OZ Casts Magical Spell Over MilwaukeeBWW Reviews: Skylight's Enchanting WIZARD OF OZ Casts Magical Spell Over Milwaukee
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Dec 12, 2014

Equally enchanting and entrancing in one evening, the Skylight Music Theatre sends Milwaukee audiences to the Emerald City to revisit The Wizard of Oz in grand theatrical style. Over the holiday season, Dorothy and her four friends, Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man and her beloved Toto, share a journey to where everyone wishes to return: a home overflowing with family and friends. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Miraculous LES MISERABLES Lights up Skylight's StageBWW Reviews: Miraculous LES MISERABLES Lights up Skylight's Stage
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Nov 29, 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, is there a world the audience longs to see? A future world where dignity, harmony, freedom, love and peace can exist? Part of this future can be discovered when the Skylight Music Theatre presents their production of Les Miserables that runs through December 29 in the Cabot Theatre at Milwaukee's Broadway Theatre Center. (more...)

Skylight Music Theatre to Present LES MISERABLES at Cabot Theatre, 11/22-12/29Skylight Music Theatre to Present LES MISERABLES at Cabot Theatre, 11/22-12/29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2013

Skylight Music Theatre will present a new production of the Tony Award-winning musical Les Miserables November 22 through December 29 in the Cabot Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center (158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee WI). (more...)

LES MISERABLES Raises the Barricade at Orpheum Theatre TonightLES MISERABLES Raises the Barricade at Orpheum Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2013

LES MISERABLES, Cameron Mackintosh's new 25th anniversary production of the world's longest running musical, runs at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis for one week only, today, July 30-August 4, 2013. (more...)

LES MISERABLES to Raise the Barricade at Orpheum Theatre, Begin. 7/30LES MISERABLES to Raise the Barricade at Orpheum Theatre, Begin. 7/30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2013

Les Miserables, Cameron Mackintosh's new 25th anniversary production of the world's longest running musical, runs at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis for one week only, July 30-August 4, 2013. (more...)

Photo Flash: New Shots of 25th Anniversary Tour of LES MISERABLESPhoto Flash: New Shots of 25th Anniversary Tour of LES MISERABLES
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2013

The 25th Anniversary touring production of Les Miserables continues to travel the United States and Canada. BroadwayWorld has a first look at new production shots below. The tour will conclude in Las Vegas in August. (more...)

BWW Reviews: LES MISERABLES A Powerful ReimaginingBWW Reviews: LES MISERABLES A Powerful Reimagining
by Harmony Wheeler - May 31, 2013

Not long after the Sacramento opening night performance of Les Miserables, producers officially confirmed plans to take the 25th anniversary production to Broadway next March. The announcement will come as no surprise to those who have witnessed the grandeur of the reimagined sets and slightly updated score. While many will miss the rotating stage of the original production, Wednesday night's standing ovation and the success of last year's film version of the musical, not to mention all the regional performances that are popping up everywhere, attest to its epic standing in the Broadway World. (more...)

LES MISERABLES Cast Supports Autism AwarenessLES MISERABLES Cast Supports Autism Awareness
by Kathy Strain - Apr 1, 2013

April is Autism Awareness Month and the Cast of the 25th Anniversary Production of LES MISERABLES Shows Their Support. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Andrew Varela and the LES MIS SHAKESTAGE TUBE: Andrew Varela and the LES MIS SHAKE
by Kathy Strain - Feb 19, 2013

Most people think that being in an award winning show like LES MISERABLES would be filled with glamor and excitement. But if you ask cast members from the current 25th Anniversary Tour, sometimes it can be pretty boring. What do you do when you are waiting backstage for your turn onstage? The LES MIS SHAKE of course. Andrew Varela (who currently plays Javert) put his fellow cast members to task to create this unique little video. Check it out below! (more...)

BWW TV: Andrew Varela Talks About Touring with LES MISERABLES, Life on the Road, Russell Crowe and TwitterBWW TV: Andrew Varela Talks About Touring with LES MISERABLES, Life on the Road, Russell Crowe and Twitter
by Kathy Strain - Jan 29, 2013

Andrew Varela stars in the 25th Anniversary production of LES MISERABLES and plays the role of Javert. He has been with the production since the very beginning and shares with BroadwayWorld his experiences of being on the road, the new LES MISERABLES movie (and Russell Crowe) and why he likes Twitter so much. (more...)

2012 BWW San Antonio Awards Winners Announced - MARY POPPINS' Stars Win!2012 BWW San Antonio Awards Winners Announced - MARY POPPINS' Stars Win!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 17, 2013

Votes are cast, polls are closed, and results have been tabulated! This was our BIGGEST year yet! After a record number of voters in over 30 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is VERY excited to announce the 2012 San Antonio Winners! Thanks to all who voted and HUGE congrats to all the winners! (more...)

2012 BWW San Antonio Awards - Last Chance to Vote!2012 BWW San Antonio Awards - Last Chance to Vote!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 31, 2012

Voting is now underway for the San Antonio Awards and continues until December 31, 2012. Winners will be announced in early January. (more...)

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