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Photo Flash: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSIAL Coming to The Arsht Center 2/14Photo Flash: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSIAL Coming to The Arsht Center 2/14
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

The Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will make its Miami premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County for one week, February 14 - 19, 2017. Produced by Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including "I Feel the Earth Move," "One Fine Day," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "You've Got A Friend" and the title song. (more...)

BWW Interview: Salisha Thomas of BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at The BushnellBWW Interview: Salisha Thomas of BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at The Bushnell
by Joseph Harrison - Jan 16, 2017

When BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL opens on January 17 at Hartford's Bushnell Theatre, audiences will discover that though they may think they know the songs of Carole King, there is such a rich story behind those familiar lyrics and catchy melodies. BEAUTIFUL tells the true story of King's rise to stardom and illustrates how she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Taking the stage in BEAUTIFUL playing Shirley, the lead singer of the Shirelles is Salisha Thomas who I had the pleasure of speaking with and learning about her experience with this remarkable show about a remarkable woman. (more...)

BWW Preview: Connecticut Theater - January's Top HitsBWW Preview: Connecticut Theater - January's Top Hits
by Lauren Yarger - Jan 3, 2017

What's Coming Up in Connecticut Theater? January's TOP PICKS by @LaurenYarger (more...)

BWW Review: Senior Editor DON GRIGWARE Gives His Annual Eddon Awards in Honor of the Best in Los Angeles Theatre for 2016BWW Review: Senior Editor DON GRIGWARE Gives His Annual Eddon Awards in Honor of the Best in Los Angeles Theatre for 2016
by Don Grigware - Jan 3, 2017

There are undoubtedly other productions worthy of merit in 2016 which I did not cover. This list is based only on what I saw and reviewed. (alphabetical listings; Equity, Equity-waiver & Non-Equity productions are mixed) (artists performing outside LA may be included in performance categories) No set, costume, technical awards. I leave that to the bigger awards and to the expertise of those who really know those fields inside out. (more...)


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NEWSIES Live Performance Film Premiere to Headline 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater FestivalNEWSIES Live Performance Film Premiere to Headline 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

Thomas Schumacher, Jeff Calhoun, Christopher Gattelli, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Zina Goldrich, Marcy Heisler, Arielle Jacobs, Curt Hansen, Luca Padovan, and New York Times best-selling authors Jodi Picoult and Mary Pope Osborne are some of the talent confirmed for the 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival Atlanta (#JTF17, #JTFATL) happening January 13-15, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. (more...)

Seize the Day! Tickets for Disney's NEWSIES Now on Sale at a Cinema Near You!Seize the Day! Tickets for Disney's NEWSIES Now on Sale at a Cinema Near You!
by Movies News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Audiences have a final chance to “Seize the Day!” – tickets are now available for “Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical!,” playing in U.S. movie theaters for three days only on Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday February 18 at 12:55 p.m. and Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. (all local times). (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL at ASU GammageBWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL at ASU Gammage
by Lee Cooley - Nov 25, 2016

Thanks to @BwayAmerica for sharing Julia Knitel as Carole King with Phoenix @ASUGammage. #SomeKindOfWonderful (more...)

NEWSIES Announces Theatrical Release Dates for 2017!NEWSIES Announces Theatrical Release Dates for 2017!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Hot off the press! As BroadwayWorld reported exclusively in July, Newsies is coming to the big screen! Disney Theatrical Productions and Fathom Events announced today that the Tony Award-winning musical NEWSIES will make its worldwide cinema debut on February 16, 18 and 22, 2017, starring Jeremy Jordan, reprising his Tony Award-nominated performance as 'Jack Kelly.' (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL at the Eccles is High QualityBWW Review: BEAUTIFUL at the Eccles is High Quality
by Tyler Hinton - Nov 16, 2016

The national tour of BEAUTIFUL is the first Broadway show to play at the brand-new Eccles Theater, and it is a more than worthy tenant. In fact, the high quality of the production is ample proof of the embarrassment of riches the theater is sure to attract. (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL at the Paramount Lives Up to Its NameBWW Review: BEAUTIFUL at the Paramount Lives Up to Its Name
by Jay Irwin - Oct 20, 2016

The major problem I have seen with jukebox musicals is they may have the music to entertain with a nostalgic value but not the book. Then there's the pitfall of the music itself being so focused on one artist that, unless you're a die-hard fan, you can get bored ('Jersey Boys' falls into both traps for me). But sometimes there are shows like 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical' currently performing at the Paramount Theatre that manage to hurtle both obstacles with seeming ease. Yes, the songs are all there but as we're looking at the career of a songwriter as well as performer we get a very diverse sound. Plus the book goes well beyond 'and then I did this song, and then I did that song' with a thoroughly engaging story making this one of those rare jukebox musicals that works on every level. (more...)

BWW Review: Aptly Titled BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical Charms OCBWW Review: Aptly Titled BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical Charms OC
by Michael L. Quintos - Oct 6, 2016

Even without eye-popping special effects, a gimmicky storyline, or those oft-used literary or cinematic source materials, some stage musicals just manage to entertain by sheer likability alone. A big warm hug of a show that's brimming with lots of surprisingly snappy wit and, arguably, some of the previous century's most melodious pop hits, BEAUTIFUL---the Broadway stage musical based on the life of treasured Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Carole King---is a show that certainly lives up to its title. This charming, swiftly-paced bio-musical's first national tour continues performances at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through October 16. (more...)

Julia Knitel Stars in BEAUTIFUL on Tour Starting Tonight in San FranciscoJulia Knitel Stars in BEAUTIFUL on Tour Starting Tonight in San Francisco
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

The National Tour of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning hit musical BEAUTIFUL - THE Carole King MUSICAL welcomes Julia Knitel (Carole King) and Erika Olson (Cynthia Weil) beginning tonight, September 13 in San Francisco, CA. (more...)

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Welcomes Julia Knitel & Erika Olson to the National Touring CompanyBEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Welcomes Julia Knitel & Erika Olson to the National Touring Company
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing are pleased to announce that the National Tour of this Broadway sensation will star Julia Knitel (Carole King) and Erika Olson (Cynthia Weil), who will be joining a company featuring Liam Tobin (Gerry Goffin) and Ben Fankhauser (Barry Mann), with Curt Bouril (Don Kirshner) and Suzanne Grodner (Genie Klein). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit TheSmithCenter.com. (more...)

Broadway Understudy Julia Knitel to Lead BEAUTIFUL on Tour Starting in San FranciscoBroadway Understudy Julia Knitel to Lead BEAUTIFUL on Tour Starting in San Francisco
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing have announced the National Tour of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning hit musical BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL will welcome Julia Knitel (Carole King) and Erika Olson (Cynthia Weil) beginning September 13 in San Francisco, CA. (more...)

Bid To Meet Jeremy Jordan at NEWSIES Filming, Support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDSBid To Meet Jeremy Jordan at NEWSIES Filming, Support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
by Michael Dale - Aug 25, 2016

Charitybuzz's new auction offers a chance to meet Jeremy Jordan after enjoying the special filmed performance of NEWSIES. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Ben Fankhauser on His BEAUTIFUL Life & the Latest NEWSIES NewsBWW Exclusive: Ben Fankhauser on His BEAUTIFUL Life & the Latest NEWSIES News
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

For Ben Fankhauser, life is 'Beautiful.' He's about to celebrate his one-year anniversary touring in that Broadway bio musical about Carole King. It showcases Abby Mueller, the sister of its original Tony-winning star, Jessie Mueller. In 'Beautiful,' Fankhauser plays Barry Mann, who teamed up with Cynthia Weil to co-write top pop hits like 'On Broadway' and 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling.' (more...)

VIDEO: Music Legends Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil Play The Not-So-Newlywed Game With Their San Francisco BEAUTIFUL CounterpartsVIDEO: Music Legends Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil Play The Not-So-Newlywed Game With Their San Francisco BEAUTIFUL Counterparts
by Michael Dale - Aug 16, 2016

While the Broadway hit BEAUTIFUL celebrates the pop classics of Carole King, there is also strong representation from the songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 8/9/2016 - 8/16/2016Hottest Articles on BWW 8/9/2016 - 8/16/2016
by - Aug 16, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 8/9/2016 - 8/16/2016. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 8/11/2016 - REBECCA, FIDDLER's New Fruma-Sarah & More!Broadway AM Report, 8/11/2016 - REBECCA, FIDDLER's New Fruma-Sarah & More!
by Jessica Khan - Aug 11, 2016

Today's big news: Broadway's REBECCA scandal appears on CNBC's AMERICAN GREED, the stars of SOMETHING ROTTEN! visit Bryant Park, and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF welcomes a new 'Fruma-Sarah' tonight! (more...)

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