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FLASH FRIDAY: Chita Rivera Returns To Broadway! A Career Celebration - WEST SIDE STORY, BYE BYE BIRDIE, CHICAGO, THE VISIT & Much MoreFLASH FRIDAY: Chita Rivera Returns To Broadway! A Career Celebration - WEST SIDE STORY, BYE BYE BIRDIE, CHICAGO, THE VISIT & Much More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jan 30, 2015

Today we are saluting one of the most iconic leading ladies in Broadway history in honor of her recently announced return to Broadway in Kander & Ebb's THE VISIT, the one and only Chita Rivera. (more...)

Tony Winner Karen Olivo to Perform in Spring Concert at George Street PlayhouseTony Winner Karen Olivo to Perform in Spring Concert at George Street Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2015

?George Street Playhouse is proud to announce that Karen Olivo, winner of the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Anita in the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story, will perform on the theatre's mainstage in a special event on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 8 p.m. (more...)

John Tartaglia to Lead BUYER & CELLAR at George Street PlayhouseJohn Tartaglia to Lead BUYER & CELLAR at George Street Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

George Street Playhouse and Artistic Director David Saint have announced that New Jersey native John Tartaglia, from the original Broadway cast of Avenue Q, as well as TV's Sesame Street and the Emmy Award - nominated Johnny and the Sprites will be appearing in New Brunswick as the sole cast member of Buyer & Cellar, the fourth production of the New Brunswick theatre's current season. Mr. Tartaglia will take the fictional journey to the fictional version of Barbra Streisand's fictional basement beginning March 3 through March 29. Opening night is set for Friday, March 6. Mr. Saint helms the production. (more...)

Riverside Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY to Run 2/17-3/8Riverside Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY to Run 2/17-3/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Riverside's celebrated 2014-2015 Season continues with the most anticipated show of the season, West Side Story. Conceived by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins, West Side Story tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers from different worlds who fight to keep their passion alive. West Side Story performs on the Stark Stage from February 17 - March 8, 2015 and is sponsored by The O'Haire Fessler Group/Merrill Lynch Wealth Management along with Riverside Theatre's Patron Producers. (more...)

Photo Flash: WEST SIDE STORY Celebrates Opening Night at Drury Lane TheatrePhoto Flash: WEST SIDE STORY Celebrates Opening Night at Drury Lane Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

WEST SIDE STORY is now officially the fastest-selling production in Drury Lane Theatre's 30 year history. The highly-anticipated musical runs now through March 29. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

WEST SIDE STORY Opens 1/30 at Cocoa Village PlayhouseWEST SIDE STORY Opens 1/30 at Cocoa Village Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

From the first notes to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments. (more...)

Photo Flash: Lara Pulver and Peter Davison Join West End's GYPSYPhoto Flash: Lara Pulver and Peter Davison Join West End's GYPSY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

Joining Imelda Staunton, who stars as the indomitable Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent's production of Gypsy, are Lara Pulver who will reprise the role of Louise and Peter Davison who joins the cast to play Herbie. Final casting for this five star Chichester Festival Theatre production will be announced shortly. Take a look at photos of the three leads below! (more...)

Ron Canada, Luke Forbes and Adam Gerber Star in George Street's THE WHIPPING MAN, Opening TonightRon Canada, Luke Forbes and Adam Gerber Star in George Street's THE WHIPPING MAN, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez opens tonight, January 23, 2015 at George Street Playhouse. The production runs through February 15, 2015 Directed by Seret Scott, the cast features Ron Canada, Luke Forbes and Adam Gerber. (more...)

Westchester Broadway Theatre's CAMELOT Begins 1/29Westchester Broadway Theatre's CAMELOT Begins 1/29
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2015

Lerner and Loewe's timeless masterpiece, Camelot was inspired by T. H. White's chivalric tale, 'The Once and Future King". It is considered one of history's greatest love stories. King Arthur and his new queen, Guenevere, rule their kingdom with ideals of chivalry and peace, but the arrival of Sir Lancelot threatens the foundation of the realm in one of the most fabled love triangles of all time. Revel in the glorious music including,"Camelot", 'If Ever I WouldLeave You', 'The Lusty Month of May', 'I Loved You Once in Silence', 'What Do the Simple Folk Do?' (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 21st, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 21st, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 22, 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 Paramount's 'Tommy,' Drury Lane's 'West Side' and the Marriott's 'La Cage.' Plus 'Stomp' puts its foot down, 'Gent's Guide' books the fall, new shows in development and rewrite, plus 'Louis And Keely' at the Royal George, 'Titanic' at Northwestern and 'Grease' on FOX! (more...)

George Street Playhouse to Host Annual Gala in May; Honoree AnnouncedGeorge Street Playhouse to Host Annual Gala in May; Honoree Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

New Brunswick's George Street Playhouse celebrates the end of another successful season on Sunday, May 3 with their Annual Gala Benefit, themed 'A Starry Night.' As part of the celebration, the Thomas H. Kean Arts Advocacy Award will be conferred upon Stephen K. Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System by the former Governor himself. The first award was given to Governor Kean in 1990 and thereafter, named in his honor to pay tribute to an individual, corporation or foundation whose dedication to the arts enhances the cultural life of the citizens of New Jersey. In addition, this year the Playhouse established The Arthur Laurents Award for Distinguished Artistic Achievement, to be conferred upon an outstanding individual that reflects Mr. Laurents' high artistic standard. The recipient will be announced at a later date. (more...)

GYPSY to Open This Friday at Surfside PlayersGYPSY to Open This Friday at Surfside Players
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2015

Everything's coming up roses this Friday at Surfside! GYPSY runs January 23 - February 8, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at WEST SIDE STORY at Drury Lane TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at WEST SIDE STORY at Drury Lane Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, is kicking off the New Year with WEST SIDE STORY, the revolutionary Tony Award-winning production that forever changed American musical theater. Experience the passion, drama and heart-pounding excitement of WEST SIDE STORY like never before. The production is currently in previews and opens January 22, running through March 22. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Christina Nieves & Jim DeSelm Lead Drury Lane Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY, Beginning TonightChristina Nieves & Jim DeSelm Lead Drury Lane Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2015

Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, is kicking off the New Year with WEST SIDE STORY, the revolutionary Tony Award-winning production that forever changed American musical theater. Experience the passion, drama and heart-pounding excitement of WEST SIDE STORY like never before. The production previews tonight, January 15, opens January 22 and runs through March 22. (more...)

GYPSY, HELLO, DOLLY! & More Set for SMTC's 2015 SeasonGYPSY, HELLO, DOLLY! & More Set for SMTC's 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

Fresh off of their critically-acclaimed production of 'The Producers' at Tempe Center for the Arts, Scottsdale Musical Theater Company has plans for another stellar year of Broadway's finest musicals at one of the Valley's most state-of-the art venues: (more...)

2015 Music Circus Season to Feature MY FAIR LADY, PETER PAN, HAIR & More!2015 Music Circus Season to Feature MY FAIR LADY, PETER PAN, HAIR & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2015

California Musical Theatre announced a varied lineup of musicals for the 2015 season of Sacramento Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 65th season for what has become a Northern California summer tradition. The summer lineup will include two classics that are Music Circus audience favorites, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady and Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim's West Side Story, as well as the Mississippi adventure Big River, the musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie, the magical journey Peter Pan, and a sixth show that will be offered as an option for season subscribers, the generation-defining Hair. (more...)

Jacob Caltrider and Jessica Soza to Lead San Diego Musical Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY, Running 2/13-3/1Jacob Caltrider and Jessica Soza to Lead San Diego Musical Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY, Running 2/13-3/1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2015

San Diego Musical Theatre announces the first production of their 2015 season, WEST SIDE STORY, February 13 - March 1, 2015 (press opening on Saturday, February 14) at their new home, the Spreckels Theatre on Broadway in downtown San Diego. (more...)

BUILD Runs 1/22-2/22 at City Lights Theater CompanyBUILD Runs 1/22-2/22 at City Lights Theater Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2015

Meet the current hotshots in video game design. Will is the Ferrari- driving office hound; Kip works from home in a bathrobe and a three-day beard. Together, they're working on the sequel to their virally popular game. But Kip is more interested in the creative potential of his game engine, and in the female Artificial Intelligence he developed on the sly. Never mind that this sexy and insightful A.I. looks just like his late wife. (more...)

Christina Nieves and Jim DeSelm to Lead Drury Lane Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY, 1/15-3/22Christina Nieves and Jim DeSelm to Lead Drury Lane Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY, 1/15-3/22
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, is kicking off the New Year with WEST SIDE STORY, the revolutionary Tony Award-winning production that forever changed American musical theater. Experience the passion, drama and heart-pounding excitement of WEST SIDE STORY like never before. The production previews January 15, opens January 22 and runs through March 22. (more...)

FLASH SPECIAL: Sondheim By The Decade, Part 1 - 1950s & 1960sFLASH SPECIAL: Sondheim By The Decade, Part 1 - 1950s & 1960s
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 24, 2014

The feature film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved fairy tale musical INTO THE WOODS is coming to movie theaters nationwide on Christmas Day and BroadwayWorld celebrates the man behind the music and lyrics with a new series highlighting the work of the iconic composer and lyricist, kicking off today with a look at his work in the 1950s and 1960s. (more...)

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