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BWW Exclusive: Jose Llana on His KING AND I Tour and Why He Believes Hope Trumps HateBWW Exclusive: Jose Llana on His KING AND I Tour and Why He Believes Hope Trumps Hate
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

When Jose Llana was 19, 'Something Wonderful' happened: The Filipino-American actor made his Broadway bow as Lun Tha, the mellow young lover, in Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's 'The King and I.' Lou Diamond Phillips played the titanic and titular ruler of Siam in that 1996 Tony-winning revival. Now, two decades later, Llana has followed in Phillips' footsteps as the new King of Broadway, with his glorious voice and regal bearing. What's more, he is taking the 2015 Tony-winning revival across America. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tectonic Theater Project Celebrates 25 Years at Benefit GalaPhoto Coverage: Tectonic Theater Project Celebrates 25 Years at Benefit Gala
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 8, 2016

Just last night, Tectonic Theater Project celebrated Tectonic At 25!, a benefit performance celebrating 25 years of groundbreaking theater. The star-studded evening, directed by Tectonic Theater Project founder Moises Kaufman and hosted by and starring two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda, took place at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012).  (more...)

New Cooperative to Tour to Regional Theaters Nationwide; Will Launch with Tectonic Theater Project ShowsNew Cooperative to Tour to Regional Theaters Nationwide; Will Launch with Tectonic Theater Project Shows
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Trish Santini, Peter Flynn and Frank Butler announced today the formation of their new company Mainspring Arts Cooperative (MAC), a not-for-profit organization that will produce and present productions that can tour regional theaters nationwide. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Tight Knit Family of FALSETTOS Celebrates Opening Night!Photo Coverage: The Tight Knit Family of FALSETTOS Celebrates Opening Night!
by Walter McBride - Oct 28, 2016

Lincoln Center Theater's new production of William Finn and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical Falsettos opened just last night at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48 Street), where it runs for 14 weeks only . BroadwayWorld was on hand for the special night and you can check out photos from the after party below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Dramatists Legal Defense Fund Celebrates Freedom to Read at BANNED TOGETHERPhoto Coverage: Dramatists Legal Defense Fund Celebrates Freedom to Read at BANNED TOGETHER
by Walter McBride - Sep 30, 2016

The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund ('DLDF') just presented 'Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret' as a part of Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1st), the annual celebration of the freedom to read.  (more...)

Exclusive: Barbra Streisand Sings 'Send in the Clowns' Trump Parody at Clinton Fundraiser & We've Got the Lyrics (and Video)!Exclusive: Barbra Streisand Sings 'Send in the Clowns' Trump Parody at Clinton Fundraiser & We've Got the Lyrics (and Video)!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

The evening belonged to Hillary and Streisand. Streisand's set started out with 'Everything' from her 1970 film A STAR IS BORN, 'Being at War With Each other' by Carole King, 'Losing My Mind' by Stephen Sondheim from her new ENCORE album and 'Pure Imagination' addressing the environment (also from ENCORE). Then the place went wild when she performed Stephen Sondheim's 'Send in the Clowns' with re-written lyrics skewering Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump. The audience went wild and Barbra received 9 standing ovations! (more...)

Dixon Place to Honor Deborah Glick at 30th Anniversary GalaDixon Place to Honor Deborah Glick at 30th Anniversary Gala
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2016

Dixon Place will host their 30th Anniversary annual Gala Dinner on Monday, September 26 at 6pm at the venue (161A Chrystie Street). (more...)

Cast Complete for Adam Bock's A LIFE, Starring David Hyde Pierce, at Playwrights HorizonsCast Complete for Adam Bock's A LIFE, Starring David Hyde Pierce, at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Playwrights Horizons has announced complete casting for A LIFE, the world premiere of a new play by Obie Award winner Adam Bock (A Small Fire and The Drunken City at Playwrights, The Receptionist, The Thugs, Swimming in the Shallows). Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Marjorie Prime, Detroit, Maple and Vine at Playwrights; You Got Older; Belleville; This Wide Night; Smokefall), A LIFE will be the second production of the theater company's 2016/2017 Season. (more...)

Confirmed: Julie Taymor Aiming for Broadway Return with Revival of M. BUTTERFLYConfirmed: Julie Taymor Aiming for Broadway Return with Revival of M. BUTTERFLY
by Rialto Chatter - Aug 13, 2016

While there is no official announcement, Michael Riedel writes that she is in talks to bring David Henry Hwang's Tony-winning play back to Broadway. (more...)

Is Julie Taymor Returning To Broadway With A Revival of M. BUTTERFLY?Is Julie Taymor Returning To Broadway With A Revival of M. BUTTERFLY?
by Michael Dale - Aug 9, 2016

While there is no official announcement, Michael Riedel writes that she is in talks to bring David Henry Hwang's Tony-winning play back to Broadway. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Preview of Broadway's Best Perform 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' on MAYA & MARTYSTAGE TUBE: Watch Preview of Broadway's Best Perform 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' on MAYA & MARTY
by Stage Tube - Jun 21, 2016

Broadway's top musical artists will appear on tonight's telecast of 'Maya & Marty' on NBC to perform 'What the World Needs Now Is Love,' an updated version of the classic Burt Bacharach/Hal David song that is helping to support the devastated LGBT community of Orlando, Fla. Check out a preview of their performance below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway All-Stars Prep for Tonight's Performance on NBC's MAYA & MARTYPhoto Flash: Broadway All-Stars Prep for Tonight's Performance on NBC's MAYA & MARTY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Broadway's top musical artists will appear on tonight's telecast of 'Maya & Marty' on NBC to perform 'What the World Needs Now Is Love,' an updated version of the classic Burt Bacharach/Hal David song that is helping to support the devastated LGBT community of Orlando, Fla. NBC has just released a first look at the group together - check it out below! (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek at Broadway's Best in Rehearsal for Tonight's MAYA & MARTY PerformanceVIDEO: Sneak Peek at Broadway's Best in Rehearsal for Tonight's MAYA & MARTY Performance
by TV News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Broadway's top musical artists are set to appear on tonight's (June 21st) telecast of 'Maya & Marty' on NBC to perform 'What the World Needs Now Is Love,' an updated version of the classic Burt Bacharach/Hal David song that is helping to support the devastated LGBT community of Orlando, Fla. A slew of stage vets rehearsed the song earlier today, and Seth Rudetsky captured a sneak preview. (more...)

Broadway's Best to Perform 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' Live on NBC's MAYA & MARTYBroadway's Best to Perform 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' Live on NBC's MAYA & MARTY
by TV News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Broadway's top musical artists are set to appear on NBC's Tuesday, June 21 telecast of 'Maya & Marty' to perform 'What the World Needs Now Is Love,' an updated version of the classic Burt Bacharach/Hal David song that is helping to support the devastated LGBT community of Orlando, Fla. (more...)

Alec Baldwin, Jason Alexander & More Set for Bay Street Theater's Annual Gala; B.D. Wong to Emcee!Alec Baldwin, Jason Alexander & More Set for Bay Street Theater's Annual Gala; B.D. Wong to Emcee!
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts announces the 25th Annual Summer Gala, celebrating Bay Street's Silver Anniversary, totake place in Sag Harbor on the Long Wharf on July 9, 2016 benefiting Bay Street's educational and theatrical programs. The evening will include a special performance of scenes from productions from the past 25 years, as well as a silent auction, cocktail party, Live 'Fantasy Auction,' dinner and dancing. (more...)

VIDEOS: B.D. Wong Tells #MyYellowfaceStory, Panelists Discuss Inclusion at Beyond Orientalism ForumVIDEOS: B.D. Wong Tells #MyYellowfaceStory, Panelists Discuss Inclusion at Beyond Orientalism Forum
by Michael Dale - May 5, 2016

The tony-winner has a message for white actors playing Asians: 'You're in the wrong part.' (more...)

BARBARA PORTEUS To Reprise Critically Acclaimed 2013 Show UP ON THE ROOF in 'New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits' Series, 6/13 at 7 pmBARBARA PORTEUS To Reprise Critically Acclaimed 2013 Show UP ON THE ROOF in 'New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits' Series, 6/13 at 7 pm
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Back in early 2013, veteran cabaret performer and actress Barbara Porteus presented a show at Don't Tell Mama called Up On The Roof, a celebratory recollection of her youth through adulthood, while spanning 40 years of pop music including Carol King and Joni Mitchell to John Mayer and Adelle. Three years later, Porteus is bringing back Up On The Roof to the Metropolitan Room as the June 2016 installment of Producer Stephen Hanks' monthly series, New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits (Associate Producer, Fr. Jeffrey Hamblin, MD). Porteus' all-strings band features Award-winning Jack Cavari as Musical Director, arranger, and lead guitarist, with Larry Saltzman on guitar and Zev Katz on bass. (more...)

BARBARA PORTEUS To Reprise Critically Acclaimed 2013 Show UP ON THE ROOF in 'New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits' Series, 6/13 at 7 pmBARBARA PORTEUS To Reprise Critically Acclaimed 2013 Show UP ON THE ROOF in 'New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits' Series, 6/13 at 7 pm
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Back in early 2013, veteran cabaret performer and actress Barbara Porteus presented a show at Don't Tell Mama called Up On The Roof, a celebratory recollection of her youth through adulthood, while spanning 40 years of pop music including Carol King and Joni Mitchell to John Mayer and Adelle. Three years later, Porteus is bringing back Up On The Roof to the Metropolitan Room as the June 2016 installment of Producer Stephen Hanks' monthly series, New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits (Associate Producer, Fr. Jeffrey Hamblin, MD). Porteus' all-strings band features Award-winning Jack Cavari as Musical Director, arranger, and lead guitarist, with Larry Saltzman on guitar and Zev Katz on bass. (more...)

Bid to Meet Kristin Chenoweth, Seth Rudetsky, B.D. Wong and Support Rosie's Theater KidsBid to Meet Kristin Chenoweth, Seth Rudetsky, B.D. Wong and Support Rosie's Theater Kids
by Michael Dale - May 2, 2016

Charitybuzz has three new auctions to benefit Rosie O'Donnell's Rosie's Theater Kids (more...)

Photo Coverage: Backstreet Boys Reunite & More on the DISASTER! Red Carpet!Photo Coverage: Backstreet Boys Reunite & More on the DISASTER! Red Carpet!
by Walter McBride - Mar 9, 2016

Broadway's new musical comedy DISASTER!, directed by Jack Plotnick with a book by three-time Emmy Award nominee and Grammy Award nominee Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, officially opened last night, March 8, 2016, for a limited engagement through Sunday, July 3, 2016. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photos from the red carpet arrivals below! (more...)

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