Billy Elliot News

Carteret And More Announced For SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, Opening July
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions are delighted to announce casting for the forthcoming stage production of Shakespeare in Love. The announcement coincides with the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth. (more...)

NC Theatre & Broadway Series South Add NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT to 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

North Carolina Theatre, celebrating its 30th Anniversary as the region's premier non-profit, professional regional theatre, and Broadway Series South, the anchor presenter of First National Touring shows are thrilled to announce Nice Work If You Can Get It will be joining our sensational 2014/15 Season at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The show will run January 20th - 25th, 2015. Subscriptions to the 2014/15 Season are now available to both new and returning subscribers. (more...)

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - HEDWIG Opens, Easter Bonnet Ties Loose Ends, HERE LIES LOVE Sings and More!
by Jessica Showers - Apr 22, 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: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, starring Neil Patrick Harris, opens tonight on Broadway! (more...)

Writers Theatre to Premiere DAYS LIKE TODAY, 5/6-7/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce Writers Theatre's World Premiere production of Days Like Today, with music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler and book by Laura Eason, directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam, music direction by Doug Peck and choreography by Tommy Rapley. The production runs May 6-July 13, 2014 at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The press opening is May 22, 2014 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Tade Biesinger, Emily Skinner, Daniel Oreskes & More to Lead BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL at The MUNY; Performances Begin 6/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

The Muny announced principal casting for the first show of its spectacular 96th season, Billy Elliot the Musical, directed by Steven Minning, choreographed by Alison Levenberg, with music direction by Colin Welford. Billy Elliot the Musical is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank. (more...)

Broadway Sings their Favorites with Eden Espinosa & Jenn Colella, Steve Kuhn & More Set for Birdland, 4/28-5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for April 28 - May 4, featuring the Steve Kuhn Trio, Broadway Sings Their Favorites - Celebrating the Tenth Season of Broadway Artists Alliance, David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more! (more...)

Geoffrey Rush to Star as OLIVER! Composer Lionel Bart in Upcoming Musical Biopic
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

According to the Daily Mail, Geoffrey Rush will once again bridge the stage-screen gap by playing OLIVER! composer Lionel Bart in an upcoming biopic, directed by Vadim Jean. Filming is set to begin this fall. (more...)

World Premiere of PRIDE & PREJUDICE, BILLY ELLIOT and More Make Up La Mirada Theatre's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts and Mc Coy Rigby Entertainment are thrilled to announce their most "practically perfect" 2014- 2015 season of shows! Beginning with David Lindsay-Abaire's Tony Award-winning Good People; followed by our favorite Sister returning in Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls The Dice; then three extraordinary musical experiences beginning with the 10-time Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot; the World Premiere engagement of Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice: A Musical; and finally the high-flying, Tony Award-Winning, Mary Poppins! This extraordinary season also includes the bonus options of its third "Onstage Series" production of a "brand new" Los Angeles premiere production of Carrie The Musical; also six-time Grammy award-winning superstar Amy Grant and the powerhouse dancing of Ballroom With A Twist - add it all up, and it's La Mirada Theatre/McCoy Rigby's, without a doubt, must-see, most exciting season of shows ever! (more...)

Check Out American Theater Group's MARRY HARRY, 4/23-5/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2014

This spring, American Theater Group, New Jersey's newest professional theater, will present a new musical, Marry Harry, from April 23 - May 11th. Check out a hilarious clip of two of the actors here. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Short North Stage Brings Pinball Wizard, TOMMY, to Local Stage
by Lisa Norris - Apr 11, 2014

I love the Short North Stage for several reasons. First, they have boldly devoted themselves to resuscitating the nearly flatlined Short North theater scene, saving an iconic historic theater in the process. Second, more often than not, they embrace the eccentric, edgy flavor that makes the Short North remarkable, rather than conforming to traditional theater fare. That's where "The Who's Tommy" gets it right- it is edgy, fierce, and at times, electric. The rock opera, which premiered in 1983 with lyrics and music by The Who's Pete Townshend is a virtually dialogue free story of a 4 year old boy who becomes essentially catatonic after witnessing his presumed dead father kill his mother's lover upon returning unexpectedly from WWII. Young Tommy (played by an adorably wide-eyed, but obviously inexperienced Christian Giannone) becomes an accidental sensation once he discovers his talent for pinball. (more...)

Off-Broadway's DISASTER! Plays Final Performance Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

DISASTER!, the 1970s disaster movie musical comedy, will play its final performance Off-Broadway tonight, April 11th, after a smash six-month run at the St. Luke's Theatre (308 W. 46th Street). Disaster! began previews on October 14th, 2013 and opened to critical acclaim on November 4th, 2013. The musical, which performs in repertory with other productions at the St. Luke's Theatre, will have played 11 previews and 86 performances at the time of its closing. (more...)

LORD OF THE FLIES UK Tour Will Return to Theatre Royal Glasgow, Begin. 11 June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Following its critically acclaimed Glasgow debut, LORD OF THE FLIES embarks on a UK tour and returns to the Theatre Royal Glasgow on Wednesday 11 June for four days only. (more...)

LORD OF THE FLIES UK Tour Will Return to Theatre Royal Glasgow, Begin. 11 June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

Following its critically acclaimed Glasgow debut, LORD OF THE FLIES embarks on a UK tour and returns to the Theatre Royal Glasgow on Wednesday 11 June for four days only. (more...)

Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen Lead West End's GOOD PEOPLE - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

Old Vic Productions and Hampstead Theatre Productions are delighted to announce the full cast for West End transfer of critically acclaimed Good People which will play a limited season of just ten weeks at the No?l Coward Theatre from 10th April, as previously announced. (more...)

Actors Alliance Announces Summer Theatre Intensive
by BWW News Desk - Apr 05, 2014

Actors Alliance of San Diego is happy to announce their revamped Actors Alliance Summer Theatre Intensive for 2014. This year we will be offering two programs that focus on teaching young actors the skills they need to get jobs now! (more...)

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Arena Tour with Ben Forster, Michelle Williams & JC Chasez to Play Joe Louis Arena, 6/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

Jesus Christ Superstar, the global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, is reimagined for the 21st century as an arena rock spectacular. The biggest ever North American arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's groundbreaking rock musical is coming to Detroit at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday, June 28 with an extraordinary cast of rock, pop and R&B superstars. (more...)

Ben Forster, Michelle Williams & JC Chasez to Lead 50-City US Arena Tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR; Kicks Off in June!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

The Really Useful Group and AEG Live concluded a UK arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's legendary rock classic Jesus Christ Superstar back in 2013, which starred Tim Minchin as 'Judas Iscariot', Spice Girl Melanie C as 'Mary Magdalene' and Winner of ITV's Superstar, Ben Forster as 'Jesus'. It was officially announced on Good Morning America today that a 50-city US tour will kick off on June 9 in New Orleans, featuring Forster (Jesus), Brandon Boyd (Judas), JC Chasez (Pilate), Michelle Williams (Mary), and John Rotten Lydon (King Herod). Check out highlights from the UK production below! (more...)

THE COMMITMENTS' Killian Donnelly to Join Beverley Knight in MEMPHIS in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

The Daily Mail writes that Killian Donnelly will be joining Beverley Knight (The Bodyguard) in MEMPHIS when it opens in the West End this fall. Donnelly is currently starring in The Commitments at the Palace Theatre through September 14. MEMPHIS begins previews October 9 at London's Shaftesbury Theatre, with an opening slated for October 23. (more...)

Matthew Lopez's SOMEWHERE Makes East Coast Premiere at Hartford Stage, Now thru 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

Matthew Lopez's Somewhere, the captivating, dance-filled saga of a Puerto Rican family in 1959 New York City, springs to life today, April 3 to May 4 in its East Coast Premiere at Hartford Stage. By the author of the critically-acclaimed The Whipping Man, which garnered rave reviews at Hartford Stage in 2012, Somewhere will feature Priscilla Lopez (Morales in the original cast of A Chorus Line) and will be directed by Giovanna Sardelli, with original music by Tony Award winner Bill Sherman and choreography by Greg Graham. (more...)

VIDEO: Go Behind-the-Scenes of AMC's New Spy Series TURN
by - Apr 02, 2014

Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at AMC's upcoming spy series, TURN, starring Jamie Bell. (more...)

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