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    BWW Interviews: Dear (Evan Hansen's) Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, How Do Your Musicals Grow?BWW Interviews: Dear (Evan Hansen's) Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, How Do Your Musicals Grow?
    by Ellen Burns - Jul 2, 2015

    The team of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul was literally “on the move” when I had the chance to chat with them about Dear Evan Hansen, their latest project, for which DC is fortunate enough to be the host for the world premiere, thanks to Arena Stage's dedication to nurturing new work. Benj and Justin were, in fact, driving to DC to begin the final stages of preparation for the July 10 first preview of the show. As it turns out, this was their very first visit to Arena Stage, and they were excited, and more than ready to be there. But first, we talked. (more...)

    STAGE TUBE: Ben Platt and Laura Dreyfuss Sing 'Only Us' from DEAR EVAN HANSENSTAGE TUBE: Ben Platt and Laura Dreyfuss Sing 'Only Us' from DEAR EVAN HANSEN
    by Stage Tube - Jul 1, 2015

    Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will soon present Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect, The Book of Mormon) in the original world-premiere musical debuting this summer. The production, by Tony Award-nominated composing duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dogfight; A Christmas Story, The Musical) and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning playwright Steven Levenson(Masters of Sex), is directed by Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (If/Then, Next to Normal, Rent) and will run July 10-August 23, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. Below, go inside the rehearsal room with Platt and Laura Dreyfuss as they sing 'Only Us.' (more...)

    Summer Stages: An Exciting Summer of Theatre in Washington, DC Lies Ahead!Summer Stages: An Exciting Summer of Theatre in Washington, DC Lies Ahead!
    by Jennifer Perry - May 28, 2015

    One of the fabulous things about living in the Washington, DC Metro Area is that opportunities to see theatre - and good theatre at that - exist throughout the year. The summer is no exception. (more...)

    STAGE TUBE: Ben Platt Performs From New Pasek & Paul Musical DEAR EVAN HANSENSTAGE TUBE: Ben Platt Performs From New Pasek & Paul Musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN
    by Stage Tube - May 27, 2015

    Broadway's Ben Platt recently stunned a packed audience with a number from the new Pasek & Paul musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN prior to a special screening of PITCH PERFECT 2. Check out his performance below! (more...)

    BWW Review: PITCH PERFECT 2 Sings a Beautiful, Hilarious Song of FriendshipBWW Review: PITCH PERFECT 2 Sings a Beautiful, Hilarious Song of Friendship
    by Matt Tamanini - May 15, 2015

    Making a film sequel is difficult, especially when it doesn't involve a superhero cinematic universe. In the case of following up 2012's surprise musical success PITCH PERFECT, the task was especially daunting; how do you improve upon a low-budget sleeper hit that shattered any and all conceivable expectations? The original film found success by blending what audiences have always wanted from a college comedy (mildly crude humor and young people falling in love) with what they never knew they wanted from a college comedy (a cappella singing and projectile vomit). While there is none of the latter, PITCH PERFECT 2 has the former three in spades; and despite noticeable tonal differences, the sequel is a surprisingly touching, laugh-out-loud musical party that should more than live up to the sky-high expectations of the franchise's legions of fans. (more...)

    BWW Reviews: THE BLOOD QUILT at Arena Stage - It's Mesmerizing, Mysterious, and MemorableBWW Reviews: THE BLOOD QUILT at Arena Stage - It's Mesmerizing, Mysterious, and Memorable
    by Charles Shubow - May 13, 2015

    World Premiere by Katori Hall examines the lives of four half-sisters and how they deal with the passing of their mother. (more...)

    VIDEO: Meryl Streep Rocks Out in New Trailer for RICKI AND THE FLASHVIDEO: Meryl Streep Rocks Out in New Trailer for RICKI AND THE FLASH
    by Movies News Desk - May 6, 2015

    RICKI AND THE FLASH, starring Meryl Streep, Rick Springsteen, Kevin Kline, Broadway's Ben Platt and Sebastian Stan, just unveiled its first official trailer. Click below to watch Streep and company rock out! (more...)

    Rachel Bay Jones, Laura Dreyfuss & More to Join Ben Platt in New Pasek & Paul Musical at Arena StageRachel Bay Jones, Laura Dreyfuss & More to Join Ben Platt in New Pasek & Paul Musical at Arena Stage
    by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

    Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Producer Edgar Dobie, announces the full cast and creative team for Dear Evan Hansen. (more...)

    Daniel Quadrino Wows With 'Make It To Me' At BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITHDaniel Quadrino Wows With 'Make It To Me' At BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITH
    by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 21, 2015

    Daniel Quadrino rocks a Sam Smith hit! (more...)

    PITCH PERFECT Sing-Along Aca-Awesome Edition Out on Blu-ray/DVD This May!PITCH PERFECT Sing-Along Aca-Awesome Edition Out on Blu-ray/DVD This May!
    by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

    Fans of the fabulous Bellas of Barden University won't be able to stop belting out their favorite songs when Pitch PerfectSing-Along Aca-Awesome Edition comes to Blu-ray and DVD for the first time ever on May 5, 2015 (more...)

    Adrienne Warren Serves Up Sizzling 'Restart' At BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITHAdrienne Warren Serves Up Sizzling 'Restart' At BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITH
    by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 13, 2015

    Adrienne Warren rocks a Sam Smith hit! (more...)

    Janet Krupin Dazzles With 'Like I Can' At BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITHJanet Krupin Dazzles With 'Like I Can' At BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITH
    by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 12, 2015

    Janet Krupin dazzles with a Sam Smith hit! (more...)

    Carrie Manolakos Impresses With Two Showstoppers At BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITHCarrie Manolakos Impresses With Two Showstoppers At BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITH
    by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 11, 2015

    Carrie Manolakos does double duty with Sam Smith songs! (more...)

    Ben Fankhauser Shines With Emotional 'Like I Can' At BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITHBen Fankhauser Shines With Emotional 'Like I Can' At BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITH
    by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 10, 2015

    Ben Fankhauser explores the emotional intensity of Sam Smith! (more...)

    WAKE UP with BWW 4/10/2015 - CAROUSEL, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and More!WAKE UP with BWW 4/10/2015 - CAROUSEL, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and More!
    by Jessica Showers - Apr 10, 2015

    Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: Jonathan Groff discusses his career today, a starry CAROUSEL begins in Chicago, and AN AMERICAN IN PARIS opens this Sunday! (more...)

    Ben Platt Wows With International Hit 'Stay With Me' At BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITHBen Platt Wows With International Hit 'Stay With Me' At BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITH
    by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 9, 2015

    Ben Platt delivers with a Sam Smith worldwide smash! (more...)

    Jeremy Jordan Stuns With 'I've Told You Now' At BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITHJeremy Jordan Stuns With 'I've Told You Now' At BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITH
    by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 8, 2015

    Jeremy Jordan stops the show with a Sam Smith stunner! (more...)

    STAGE TUBE: Meghann Fahy & Isabelle Sing at BROADWAY LOVE SAM SMITH!STAGE TUBE: Meghann Fahy & Isabelle Sing at BROADWAY LOVE SAM SMITH!
    by Stage Tube - Apr 7, 2015

    Last night, April 5th, ten of Broadway's most distinctive vocalists celebrated four-time Grammy award winner Sam Smith at 54 Below in a concert of his signature songs of heartbreak, loss, and hope in Broadway Loves Sam Smith. The starry cast included Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan ('The Last 5 Years,' Newsies), Ben Platt ('Pitch Perfect,' The Book of Mormon), Carrie Manolakos (Wicked, Mamma Mia!), Ben Fankhauser (Newsies), Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia!, Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story), Meghann Fahy ('One Life To Live,' Next to Normal), Adrienne Warren ('Orange Is The New Black,' Bring It On), Janet Krupin (If/Then, Bring It On), Isabelle (American Idol), Jason Gotay (NBC's 'Peter Pan Live,' Bring It On), and Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture, Les Miserables). Below, watch as Isabelle and Meghann Fahy perform two of his hits! (more...)

    Photo Flash: Jeremy Jordan, Ben Platt, Natalie Weiss and More in BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITH at 54 BelowPhoto Flash: Jeremy Jordan, Ben Platt, Natalie Weiss and More in BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITH at 54 Below
    by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

    Last night, April 5th, ten of Broadway's most distinctive vocalists celebrated four-time Grammy award winner Sam Smith at 54 Below in a concert of his signature songs of heartbreak, loss, and hope in Broadway Loves Sam Smith. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

    STAGE TUBE: Watch Annaleigh Ashford Channel Her Inner Tin Man at MISCAST!STAGE TUBE: Watch Annaleigh Ashford Channel Her Inner Tin Man at MISCAST!
    by Stage Tube - Apr 6, 2015

    MCC presented their annual gala last week, featuring Broadway's hottest stars performing songs from roles in which they would never be cast. Below, watch as Annaleigh Ashford stops the show, performing 'Slide Some Oil to Me' from THE WIZ! (more...)

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