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Newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein Star in Stephen Daldry's TRASH FilmNewcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein Star in Stephen Daldry's TRASH Film
by Movies News Desk - Jan 29, 2015

According to the Daily Mail, BILLY ELLIOT director Stephen Daldry found three local leads for his upcoming film TRASH. Newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein will star in the movie. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Lilla Crawford Talks Rosie's Theater Kids Family Day, INTO THE WOODS Movie, ANNIE Revival & Much MoreInDepth InterView: Lilla Crawford Talks Rosie's Theater Kids Family Day, INTO THE WOODS Movie, ANNIE Revival & Much More
by Pat Cerasaro - Jan 28, 2015

Today we are talking to one of the most accomplished bring young stars on Broadway all about her many exciting endeavors including headlining the most recent revival of mega-hit ANNIE as well as playing a major part in the new Disney feature film edition of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's INTO THE WOODS - the gifted and talented Lilla Crawford. Opening up about her experiences participating in the big screen edition of the Sondheim classic, Crawford offers insight into her iconic character of Little Red Riding Hood and sheds light on the filmmaking process with director Rob Marshall as well as comments on sharing the screen with such Hollywood heavyweights as Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep. Additionally, Crawford illuminates her time spent headlining the most recent Broadway revival of ever-popular Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin/Thomas Meehan musical ANNIE as well as working with recognizable Miss Hannigans two-time Tony-winner Katie Finneran and GLEE's Jane Lynch, as well as recounts her experiences meeting the star of the big screen ANNIE remake, Quvenzhane Wallis, and her own thoughts on the updated film remake. Most importantly, Crawford discusses her participation in this weekend's open house event to benefit Rosie's Theater Kids and shares her enthusiasm for joining Broadway proponent and Tony Award Honors recipient Rosie O'Donnell in bringing attention to the acclaimed theatre program for underprivileged youth, as well as clues us in on what she will be performing, too. All of that, participating in Marvin Hamlisch's recent PBS tribute, BILLY ELLIOT memories, who she would love to play in the forthcoming WICKED feature film and much, much more! (more...)

HBO Greenlights Musical Period Drama VIRUOSO from Elton JohnHBO Greenlights Musical Period Drama VIRUOSO from Elton John
by TV News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

HBO has ordered a pilot for a new period drama about musical prodigies titled VIRTUOSO. The project is from 'True Blood' creator Alan Ball, along with Elton John and David Furnish. (more...)

INTO THE WOODS' Lilla Crawford to Lead One-Day Workshop for Kids, Teens This SpringINTO THE WOODS' Lilla Crawford to Lead One-Day Workshop for Kids, Teens This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Broadway and film star Lilla Crawford will teach a one-day workshop for kids and teens on Saturday, March 28th, 2015. (more...)

Evan Rachel Wood to Star in New Musical FOR THE RECORD: DEAR JOHN HUGHESEvan Rachel Wood to Star in New Musical FOR THE RECORD: DEAR JOHN HUGHES
by Movies News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Evan Rachel Wood is set to star in a new musical titled 'For the Record: Dear John Hughes,' which will have a theatrical run at West Hollywood's DBA from February 6th through April 4th. (more...)

IRVING BERLIN'S AMERICA to Get Second Cast Album, 2/02IRVING BERLIN'S AMERICA to Get Second Cast Album, 2/02
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2015

Most Off-Broadway shows don't get a cast album, but ASCAP Award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaa's show "Irving Berlin's America" is about to get its second cast album. And this one will be released on February 2nd as a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (more...)

Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics - Jan. 25 Part 2 - BILLY ELLIOT Goes True Blue, and More!Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics - Jan. 25 Part 2 - BILLY ELLIOT Goes True Blue, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2015

BroadwayWorld collected as many of yesterday's evening Saturday Intermission Pics as we could to bring you Part 2 of our January 24th #SIP round-up! Check out Part 1 HERE. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Orlando James & Eve Ponsonby in West End's SHAKESPEARE IN LOVEPhoto Flash: First Look at Orlando James & Eve Ponsonby in West End's SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

The critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare in Love has today released production pictures of the new cast which took over at London's Noel Coward Theatre on 12 January 2015. Check them out below! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Dana Solimando on Chairs, Ballet Girls, and BILLY ELLIOTBWW Interviews: Dana Solimando on Chairs, Ballet Girls, and BILLY ELLIOT
by Ellen Dostal - Jan 22, 2015

Recently, choreographer Dana Solimando took on the monumental task of choreographing Billy Elliot The Musical for La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. The production opened to sold out crowds over the weekend and will run through February 8th. Here Dana talks about making the steps her own and how you've got to be flexible in the theatre because you never know what's going to happen. Here's her behind the scenes look at bringing Billy Elliot to life. (more...)

Carman Napier Coming to The Triad with Special Guest Anita Gillette, 2/23Carman Napier Coming to The Triad with Special Guest Anita Gillette, 2/23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

Actress & singer Carman Napier will make her New York City solo show debut in Little Fish, Big Apple. Carman first appeared in New York in Songs For A New World and recently garnered acclaim for her portrayal of Diana in Next To Normal at The Gallery Players. This evening of musical theater and pop songs will also feature stage and screen star Anita Gillette (Chapter Two, Cabaret, Moonstruck, 30 Rock) and the talents of Noah Ricketts (Beautiful:The Carol King Musical) and Samantha Cutler (Billy Elliot: The Musical). Little Fish, Big Apple will be performed at Stage 72 at The Triad on Monday, February 23rd at 9 pm. Doors at 8:30 pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: More Shots From the Party! BILLY ELLIOT's Opening Night at La Mirada TheatrePhoto Flash: More Shots From the Party! BILLY ELLIOT's Opening Night at La Mirada Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2015

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment present pure 'electricity' with the third show of their 2014-2015 season, the Southern California Regional Premiere of the ten-time Tony Award-winning musical, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, musical direction byJohn Glaudini, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Brian Kite. The musical premiered over the weekend and BroadwayWorld has more photos from the opening festivities below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Triumphant BILLY ELLIOT Comes to La Mirada TheatreBWW Reviews: A Triumphant BILLY ELLIOT Comes to La Mirada Theatre
by Ellen Dostal - Jan 19, 2015

The ensemble effort of La Mirada Theatre/McCoy Rigby's cast of BILLY ELLIOT is an extraordinary accomplishment and especially resonant in a musical that is all about solidarity and overcoming the odds. It also has the kind of opening night story that wins hearts and shows how a company will rally like a family to manage an unexpected, even disastrous, event. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Curtain Call and Press Night Celebration Of McCoy-Rigby's BILLY ELLIOT At La Mirada TheatrePhoto Coverage: Curtain Call and Press Night Celebration Of McCoy-Rigby's BILLY ELLIOT At La Mirada Theatre
by Lily Lim - Jan 19, 2015

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & MC COY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT announce the complete cast as they present pure 'electricity' with the third show of their 2014-2015 season, the Southern California Regional Premiere of the ten-time Tony Award-winning musical, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, musical direction by John Glaudini, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Brian Kite. BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL will preview on Friday, January 16, 2015 (with a press opening on Saturday, January 17) and run through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look- La Mirada Theatre Presents BILLY ELLIOTPhoto Flash: First Look- La Mirada Theatre Presents BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2015

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & MC COY RIGBY ENTERTAINMENT present pure 'electricity' with the third show of their 2014-2015 season, the Southern California Regional Premiere of the ten-time Tony Award-winning musical, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, musical direction byJohn Glaudini, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Brian Kite. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics - Jan 17 Part 2 - ROCK OF AGES Snaps Final #SIP and More!Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics - Jan 17 Part 2 - ROCK OF AGES Snaps Final #SIP and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2015

BroadwayWorld collected as many of yesterday's evening Saturday Intermission Pics as we could to bring you Part 2 of our January 17th #SIP round-up! Check out Part 1 HERE. (more...)

Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics - January 17 - HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Celebrates Reviews, PIPPIN Says Goodbye to Cast Members, and More!Photo Flash: Saturday Intermission Pics - January 17 - HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Celebrates Reviews, PIPPIN Says Goodbye to Cast Members, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2015

It's Saturday, and that means it's time for BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup! (more...)

NBC Developing Underground Railroad-Themed Broadway Musical w/ Score by Stevie WonderNBC Developing Underground Railroad-Themed Broadway Musical w/ Score by Stevie Wonder
by TV News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

'Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad' is in development as a stage musical from Broadway producer Tara Smith's Triptyk Studios, Brian LaRoda and Universal Stage Productions, with Wonder attached to provide the score. (more...)

NBC to Air New Historical Mini-Series FREEDOM RUN Produced by Stevie WonderNBC to Air New Historical Mini-Series FREEDOM RUN Produced by Stevie Wonder
by TV News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

NBC is bringing both the heartbreaking and uplifting stories during one of America's most tumultuous periods to television in adapting author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Betty DeRamus' acclaimed book “Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad” as an epic eight-hour miniseries titled “Freedom Run.” (more...)

Tony Winner Norbert Leo Butz & More Join The Abbey's Broadway Spotlight SeriesTony Winner Norbert Leo Butz & More Join The Abbey's Broadway Spotlight Series
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

Following the sold out performance of Jeremy Jordan's cabaret Breaking Character, The Abbey has announced additional Broadway stars that will be performing in the all-new Broadway Spotlight Series. Two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz will return to The Abbey in March to perform his cabaret Girls, Girls, Girls. Additional performances include Brad Bradley, Melissa van der Schyff, and Paul Anthony Stewart. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Chris Gibson's Best of 2014 in St. LouisBWW Reviews: Chris Gibson's Best of 2014 in St. Louis
by Chris Gibson - Jan 16, 2015

I thought it was time to start compiling my best of 2014 since this past year was such an exceptional time for theatre in St. Louis. Although we lost the wonderful contributions of the now defunct HotCity Theatre, there are still new companies starting up and producing quality productions in our region. HotCity will certainly be missed, but when one door closes it always seems like another one opens, and that's a good thing to remember. (more...)

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