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  • SOUND OFF Special Edition: Ease On Down The Road! 10 Fabulous Features Of THE WIZ, 2015's Live NBC MusicalSOUND OFF Special Edition: Ease On Down The Road! 10 Fabulous Features Of THE WIZ, 2015's Live NBC Musical
    by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 1, 2015

    This week it was announced that NBC would be following up its successful broadcasts of THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! and PETER PAN LIVE! with an all-star new production of popular 1970s R&B musical THE WIZ and today we celebrate some of the most tantalizing aspects of the entertainment event. Given the fact that THE WIZ is based on one of the most cherished and timeless stories ever written, L. Frank Baum's THE WIZARD OF OZ, the potential for this new live presentation of THE WIZ to become a widely-viewed take on one of the most well-known tales of all time, poised to introduce a classic to a whole new generation, is doubly stacked. (more...)

    InDepth InterView: Morgan James Talks HUNTER, NYC Concert, Viral Videos, European Tour, Dream Roles & Theatre BackgroundInDepth InterView: Morgan James Talks HUNTER, NYC Concert, Viral Videos, European Tour, Dream Roles & Theatre Background
    by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 31, 2015

    Today we are talking to one of the biggest stars to break out of Broadway and make a major mark on the music scene in recent years thanks to her hit album HUNTER and an ever-expanding series of incredibly impressive viral music videos, the soulful and passionate Morgan James. Discussing the impetus behind many of the selections on HUNTER as well as sharing stories of how the album all came together, James generously details the process in creating her first album of original material while looking ahead to this week's live concert event at the Highline Ballroom which will showcase many of the standouts from the album as well as some special surprises. Furthermore, James opens up about her growing series of music videos covering many classic pop and R&B songs, both vintage and brand new, as well as the worldwide acclaim she has received for them - enough to inspire a recent European tour with innovative music collective Postmodern Jukebox, as matter of fact. Plus, James gives the 411 on her theatre background and Juilliard training while also reflecting on some of her Broadway appearances in musicals such as MOTOWN, GODSPELL, THE ADDAMS FAMILY and WONDERLAND while also commenting on some dream roles she would ideally enjoy pursuing in the future, near and far. All of that, thoughts on social media, favorite albums and much, much more! (more...)

    Tale As Old As Time- BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Movie Company Takes Shape; Meet the Cast!Tale As Old As Time- BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Movie Company Takes Shape; Meet the Cast!
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

    There is still some casting that is yet to be announced, but much of the cast has now signed on to take part in the much-anticipated film. Below, get to know the company and the roles that they will be playing! (more...)

    Joel Grey, Stephen Daldry & WNET to be Honored at 2015 Drama League AwardsJoel Grey, Stephen Daldry & WNET to be Honored at 2015 Drama League Awards
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

    The Drama League will recognize three outstanding stage luminaries at this year's 81st Annual Drama League Awards, set for Friday afternoon, May 15, 2015 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway). (more...)

    Thou Cream-Faced Loon! Top 10 Shakespearean Insults in Honor of SOMETHING ROTTEN!Thou Cream-Faced Loon! Top 10 Shakespearean Insults in Honor of SOMETHING ROTTEN!
    by Sally Henry - Mar 30, 2015

    Any theatre fan (and/or 9th grade literature student) will tell you that William Shakespeare had a true gift for coining beautiful phrases such as 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day,' or 'It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.' But what are debatably better than his love poetry are his insults. (more...)

    WAKE UP with BWW 3/30/2015 - Vineyard, MISCAST, MUFTI Galas and More!WAKE UP with BWW 3/30/2015 - Vineyard, MISCAST, MUFTI Galas and More!
    by Jessica Showers - Mar 30, 2015

    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: It's an evening of galas and benefits for Vineyard, MCC, York and more! (more...)

    BWW Reviews:  Audra McDonald Mesmerizes at StrathmoreBWW Reviews: Audra McDonald Mesmerizes at Strathmore
    by Jennifer Perry - Mar 28, 2015

    I could probably write a one sentence review of Audra McDonald's concert at Bethesda's magnificent Music Center at Strathmore that would sum up my reaction quite well. It would read something like this: Audra is perfection and can do anything. (more...)

    Ron Rifkin Joins The Collegiate Chorale's THE ROAD OF PROMISE This MayRon Rifkin Joins The Collegiate Chorale's THE ROAD OF PROMISE This May
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

    The Collegiate Chorale announces that Ron Rifkin will join the cast of the US Premiere of Kurt Weill's The Road of Promise on May 6, 2015 at 8pm and May 7, 2015 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019. (more...)

    Breaking News: Audra McDonald in Talks to Join Live-Action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Movie!Breaking News: Audra McDonald in Talks to Join Live-Action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Movie!
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

    This just in! According to the Hollywood Reporter, Audra McDonald is in final talks to join the cast of Disney's upcoming remake of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The six-time Tony winner will take on the role of 'Garderobe,' the wardrobe. (more...)

    BWW Interviews: Briana Hunter of LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN at Opera In The HeightsBWW Interviews: Briana Hunter of LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN at Opera In The Heights
    by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - Mar 27, 2015

    When doing an interview with an artist I am in awe of their love and dedication for their craft. This month I had the pleasure to meet American mezzo-soprano Briana Hunter and our conversation went from traditional interview to old friends talking about their love for the classics. Our mutual love for Bizet's masterpiece CARMEN and love for Audra McDonald made this interview go very quickly. (more...)

    FLASH FRIDAY: PRETTY WOMAN! A Cavalcade Of Charming Cinderella Stories - Rodgers & Hammerstein, Disney, Kenneth Branagh, INTO THE WOODS, EVER AFTER & BeyondFLASH FRIDAY: PRETTY WOMAN! A Cavalcade Of Charming Cinderella Stories - Rodgers & Hammerstein, Disney, Kenneth Branagh, INTO THE WOODS, EVER AFTER & Beyond
    by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 27, 2015

    Today we are celebrating the many stage and screen iterations of CINDERELLA. (more...)

    Twitter Watch: Audra McDonald Rips Indiana Governor Mike Pence Over 'Hateful Legislation'Twitter Watch: Audra McDonald Rips Indiana Governor Mike Pence Over 'Hateful Legislation'
    by BWW Staff - Mar 26, 2015

    On Twitter Watch, Audra McDonald wrote '@GovPenceIN Or MAYBE I donate the money I make in your state while Im there to organizations that will combat your hateful legislation.' (more...)

    Breaking News: HBO Cancels LOOKING Led by Jonathan Groff; Movie Next!Breaking News: HBO Cancels LOOKING Led by Jonathan Groff; Movie Next!
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

    BroadwayWorld.com has learned this morning that HBO's LOOKING has sadly been cancelled. For the past few days, there have been endless articles after Sunday night's season finale of the show as to whether or not HBO would pick up the show for a third season. The show's amazingly talented cast, led by Broadway's Jonathan Groff (currently in HAMILTON at the Public Theater) has been praised for their frank storytelling. The show has been compared to a 21st century version of Armistead Maupin's TALES OF THE CITY. (more...)

    STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION Coming to DVD 4/14STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION Coming to DVD 4/14
    by TV News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

    Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, announces the DVD release of the popular musicals that make up the, STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION (more...)

    The Collegiate Chorale to Present US Premiere of THE ROAD OF PROMISE, 5/6-7The Collegiate Chorale to Present US Premiere of THE ROAD OF PROMISE, 5/6-7
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

    The Collegiate Chorale concludes its 2014-2015 season with the US Premiere of Kurt Weill's The Road of Promise May 6, 2015 at 8pm and May 7, 2015 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019. Tickets are $30-$135 and are available at www.carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or the Box Office at 57th and Seventh. For more information, visit http://collegiatechorale.org/performances/the-road-of-promise. (more...)

    UPDATE: Richmond Reveals Script for MEAN GIRLS Musical Nearing Completion!UPDATE: Richmond Reveals Script for MEAN GIRLS Musical Nearing Completion!
    by Movies News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

    In a new interview with Yahoo, composer Jeff Richmond reveals that the highly anticipated musical stage adaptation of the hit film MEAN GIRLS is finally nearing completion. (more...)

    Tony Nominee Bryce Pinkham to Perform at Boston College, 3/23Tony Nominee Bryce Pinkham to Perform at Boston College, 3/23
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

    Acclaimed Broadway actor and 2005 Boston College alumnus Bryce Pinkham will return to BC's Robsham Theater Arts Center mainstage for a Theatre Department event on March 23 at 7 p.m. (more...)

    InDepth InterView UpDate: Actors Fund Producer Tim Pinckney Reveals Details On BOMBSHELL/SMASH Reunion Concert EventInDepth InterView UpDate: Actors Fund Producer Tim Pinckney Reveals Details On BOMBSHELL/SMASH Reunion Concert Event
    by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 17, 2015

    One of the most popular stories of the year so far, the unexpected announcement of a special one night only charity concert performance of a fan favorite musical-within-the-series from NBC's musical series SMASH, BOMBSHELL, to benefit the Actors Fund, is already a huge hit here on BroadwayWorld, and, now we bring you an exclusive chat with an elemental figure in The Actors Fund, producer Tim Pinckney, all about the hotly anticipated evening. As part of our conversation, Pinckney offers up new details on what plans are currently in place for the unprecedented SMASH reunion as well as shares first reactions to the wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that has already racked up more the $230,000 in donations in less than a week, having begun with a goal of $50,000 when the event was first announced last week. Additionally, Pinckney looks back at some previous Actors Fund special events such as HAIR and DREAMGIRLS and how the exultant reaction to this recent announcement compares to the hubbub surrounding those starry affairs - and what the momentum engendered by BOMBSHELL could lead to in the future. All of that and much, much more! (more...)

    LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER Continues in April with Billy Porter & Norm LewisLIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER Continues in April with Billy Porter & Norm Lewis
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

    Live From Lincoln Center - the pioneering, award-winning performing arts series - continues its 40th anniversary season with two outstanding concerts form Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, featuringBilly Porter (April 3) and Norm Lewis (April 10). Six-time Tony Award-winning actress and singer Audra McDonald will host each broadcast. Details follow below. (more...)

    Collegiate Chorale to Perform US Premiere of THE ROAD OF PROMISE, 5/6-7Collegiate Chorale to Perform US Premiere of THE ROAD OF PROMISE, 5/6-7
    by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

    The Collegiate Chorale concludes its 2014-2015 season with the US Premiere of Kurt Weill's The Road of Promise May 6, 2015 at 8pm and May 7, 2015 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019. Tickets are $30-$135 and are available at www.carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or the Box Office at 57th and Seventh. For more information, visit http://collegiatechorale.org/performances/the-road-of-promise. (more...)

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