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Review Roundup: Baz Luhrmann's STRICTLY BALLROOM- All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Apr 14, 2014

Baz Luhrmann's exciting, action packed STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL, presented by Global Creatures, is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This uplifting and courageous tale will opened Saturday, April 12 at Sydney's Lyric Theatre, Star City. (more...)

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Monday, April 14, 2014 - Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman in ANNAPURNA, SUBMISSIONS ONLY and More!
by Jessica Showers - Apr 14, 2014

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: husband and wife acting team Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman star in ANNAPURNA, beginning previews off-Broadway, plus the fourth episode of SUBMISSIONS ONLY airs tonight on BWW! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Baz Luhrmann's STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL
by Emma Cambey - Apr 13, 2014

"A life lived in fear is a life half lived" or so say the characters of Strictly Ballroom in both the musical and the 1992 original film. Anyone who has ever seen anything created by Baz Luhrmann would agree that Baz never does anything by halves and he is certainly fearless. To take one of your most popular and iconic films and turn it into a stage musical requires courage and a whole lot of confidence and creativity, none of which Baz Luhrmann lacks. The resulting musical, which opened Saturday night, is one that will please and entertain fans of the iconic film and will also create a new generation of fans of the story in its new form. (more...)

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY to Celebrate Songs of Andrew Lippa at the Menier Chocolate Factory, 27 May - 14 June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

The Chocolate Factory is delighted to invite you to The Life of the Party - A Celebration of the Songs of Andrew Lippa, a spectacular evening with one of Broadway's most exciting composers and lyricists. It takes place 27 May - 14 June 2014 at the Menier Chocolate Factory. (more...)

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Thursday, April 10, 2014 - BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Opens, CABARET on THE TONIGHT SHOW and More!
by Jessica Showers - Apr 10, 2014

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: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY opens tonight, the cast of CABARET performs on THE TONIGHT SHOW and more! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First TV Spot for Baz Luhrmann's STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL in Sydney!
by Stage Tube - Apr 09, 2014

Baz Luhrmann's exciting, action packed STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL, presented by Global Creatures, is currently in previews in Australia. STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This uplifting and courageous tale will open on Saturday, April 12 at Sydney's Lyric Theatre, Star City. Click below to watch a colorful TV spot, featuring highlights from the show! (more...)

RSC's Chuk Iwuji Joins Cast of Paul Sorvino's KING LEAR at Shrunken Shakespeare Gala, 4/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

Shrunken Shakespeare Company (SSC), in association with Joe Paradise, announced today that Nigerian-born Royal Shakespeare Company associate artist Chukwudi Iwuji (The Public/RSC: Anthony and Cleopatra; London Old Vic/BAM: Richard III with Kevin Spacey) has joined the cast of Paul Sorvino's world premiere adaption of Lear as part of their 2014 Fundraiser Gala, including Broadway, Off-Broadway and TV veterans. The Gala will be held on Monday, April 21st at 7:30pm, at TBG Theatre located at 312 W 36th Street, 3rd Floor in NYC. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Teal Wicks, Alex Brightman and More in 'PAST IS PRESENT' at the Met Room
by Stage Tube - Apr 07, 2014

Everything old is new again--and vice versa-at PAST IS PRESENT, up-and-coming lyricist SARAH REBELL's Metropolitan Room debut, which took place on March 24, 2014. Watch the videos below, featuring performances by Teal Wicks (Jekyll & Hyde, Wicked), Autumn Hurlbert (NBC's Sound of Music Live!), Alex Brightman (Big Fish, Wicked), Samantha Massell (Encores! Little Me, Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme) and more! (more...)

FLASH SPECIAL: MOULIN ROUGE Can-Cans Into Cinemas On 4/10
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 07, 2014

Today, we are taking a look at the spectacular new ballet extravaganza dancing its way into movie theaters nationwide later this week courtesy of SpectiCast, MOULIN ROUGE. (more...)

Powerhouse Museum Opens THE STRICTLY BALLROOM STORY Exhibition Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 05, 2014

It's thirty years since Strictly Ballroom set the world dancing and to celebrate its incredible journey, the Powerhouse Museum is presenting The Strictly Ballroom Story, a new exhibition opening today 5 April 2014. (more...)

A Beautiful Journey... Meet the Full Cast of VIOLET, Beginning Tomorrow on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 27, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company's production of VIOLET, starring Sutton Foster, Colin Donnell, Alexander Gemignani and Joshua Henry, begins previews tomorrow, March 28, 2014. VIOLET officially opens on April 20, 2014 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). Scroll down to learn more about the full company and check out a sneak peek performance and interviews with the cast! (more...)

Powerhouse Museum to Open THE STRICTLY BALLROOM STORY Exhibition, April 5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

It's thirty years since Strictly Ballroom set the world dancing and to celebrate its incredible journey, the Powerhouse Museum is presenting The Strictly Ballroom Story, a new exhibition opening on Saturday 5 April 2014. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Paul Sorvino's LEAR at Shrunken Shakespeare Gala, 4/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

Shrunken Shakespeare Company (SSC), in association with Joe Paradise, has announced the full cast for their 2014 Fundraiser Gala, including Broadway, Off-Broadway and TV vets set to perform in Paul Sorvino's world premiere adaption of Lear. The Gala will be held on Monday, April 21st at 7:30pm, at TBG Theatre located at 312 W 36th Street, 3rd Floor in NYC. (more...)

Baz Luhrmann's STRICTLY BALLROOM Begins Performances Tonight in Sydney
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

Baz Luhrmann's exciting, action packed STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL, presented by Global Creatures, will begin previews tonight, Tuesday, March 25. STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This uplifting and courageous tale will open on Saturday, April 12 at Sydney's Lyric Theatre, Star City. (more...)

Teal Wicks and Autumn Hurlbert Join Line Up for PAST IS PRESENT: THE LYRICS OF SARAH REBELL, 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2014

Everything old is new again--and vice versa-at PAST IS PRESENT, up-and-coming lyricist SARAH REBELL's Metropolitan Room debut March 24 at 9:30pm. By turns hilarious and touching, sexy and historical, this concert features Rebell's lyrics paired with the music of promising young composers including DANNY ABOSCH (Fancy Nancy), WILL BUCK (Only Anne), JOSH FREILICH, (The Star Child), ELIZABETH HAGSTEDT (Rose Petals), TERESA LOTZ (The Birds and the Bees) , MADELINE MYERS (Legends and Lore) and WILLEM OOSTHEUYSEN (Prodigy). (more...)

Anastasia Barzee, Joe Carroll and More Set for PAST IS PRESENT: THE LYRICS OF SARAH REBELL at the Met Room, 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Everything old is new again--and vice versa—at PAST IS PRESENT, up-and-coming lyricist SARAH REBELL's Metropolitan Room debut. By turns hilarious and touching, sexy and historical, this concert features Rebell's lyrics paired with the music of promising young composers including DANNY ABOSCH(Fancy Nancy), WILL BUCK, ELIZABETH HAGSTEDT, TERESA LOTZ, MADELINE MYERS (Legends and Lore) and WILLEM OOSTHEUYSEN. (more...)

Paul Sorvino to Star in, Adapt NYC Premiere of LEAR for Shrunken Shakespeare's 2014 Gala, 4/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Shrunken Shakespeare Company's 2014 Fundraiser Gala will be hosting the New York City premiere of "Lear" adapted by and starring Paul Sorvino. This cut of William Shakespeare's "King Lear" will be presented as a staged reading, produced by SSC in collaboration with director and producer Joe Paradise. In addition to Sorvino and Paradise, actor/comedian Wayne Powers, Michael Sorvino, and Tyler Hollinger of The Public Theatre and The Mint, will also be taking part in "Lear." Complete casting is to be announced. The Gala will take place on Monday, April 21 at 7:30pm, at The Barrow Group located at 312 W. 36th Street, 3rd Floor. (more...)

HANDLE WITH CARE to Conclude Off-Broadway Run with Talkbacks this Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

The hit romantic comedy Handle With Care at The Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street), a Critics' Pick from the New York Times, which calls it 'a hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy' that 'exudes gobs of comic energy and insight', concludes its run this Sunday and celebrates with two special talkbacks this week. The play, by Emmy Award nominee Jason Odell Williams and directed by Karen Carpenter ('Love, Loss and What I Wore'), will end its run with the March 9th, 3pm performance, two weeks after its originally announced end date. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.handlewithcaretheplay.com, TeleCharge.com or call 212-239-6200 (more...)

SOUND OFF: 12 Years, Bigger & Longer - The 2014 Oscars
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 03, 2014

The 2014 Academy Awards telecast was lovely, lengthy and a generally low-key affair, filled with more than a few buzz-worthy moments worth a replay or two as well as some spectacular song sequences, too - as would be expected from two noted and similarly Oscar-winning producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Ellen Degeneres delivered on the humor as expected, if not surpassing expectations in doing more than merely decently, whereas the winners themselves were generally smart and savvy choices, all said - 12 YEARS A SLAVE and DALLAS BUYER'S CLUB nabbing many top awards. Plus, FROZEN took home a well-earned trophy or two and its sensational lead Idina Menzel was responsible for not only the performance of the night - a Swarovski explosion of epic proportions, with vocals to match - but also the viral video, too, byway of John Travolta's unfortunate faux pas introduction mispronouncing the Broadway superstar's name. Oops, Oohs, Ahhs, and, well, OZ, the 2014 Oscars fulfilled its promise of entertaining, if perhaps overstaying its welcome - yet, who would want to sacrifice those fabulous speeches; or anything else, for that matter? Everyone got their moment - but maybe just a moment or two too many. (more...)

FROZEN Songs Among Most-Played Spotify Soundtrack Selections Of The Year
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 01, 2014

Disney's super successful animated movie musical FROZEN can count yet another astounding accomplishment now in having two of its breakout hit songs make the list for the most popular Spotify soundtrack selections of the last 12 months. (more...)

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