Blake Hammond News

Date of Birth: June 21, 1963 (54)
Gender: Male
Breaking: Broadway's HELLO, DOLLY! Announces Cast, Creative and Design Teams!Breaking: Broadway's HELLO, DOLLY! Announces Cast, Creative and Design Teams!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Producer Scott Rudin announced the much anticipated Broadway revival of Michael Stewart's (book) and Jerry Herman's (music and lyrics) masterpiece Hello, Dolly!, starring legendary performer Bette Midler. Directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at Broadway's Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street) on March 15, 2017, with an official opening night of April 20, 2017.  Tickets go on sale, via Telecharge.com, tomorrow, Saturday, September 17, at 10:00 A.M. (EST). (more...)

IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL Opens Tomorrow at The Smith CenterIDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL Opens Tomorrow at The Smith Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

Get ready to mash things up! In celebration of the opening night performance of IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL this Saturday, July 9, Mayor Carolyn Goodman has proclaimed July 9, 2016 "IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL DAY" in Las Vegas. A proclamation ceremony will take place in Symphony Park at 6 p.m. that evening, which is open to the public, and will be followed by the opening night performance at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall. The proclamation ceremony will take place in front of an epic 18-wheel, 6-ton Big Idaho Potato Truck, which will remain on display in Symphony Park through Tuesday, July 12. Tickets to this 'spudtacular' production are still available, and include admission to the Ida-Ho-Down after-party on Saturday night. For more information, please visit TheSmithCenter.com. (more...)

Jen Perry, Robbie Roby & More to Star in IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL at Smith Center; Full Cast Set!Jen Perry, Robbie Roby & More to Star in IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL at Smith Center; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Celebrated for its roster of unparalleled musical theatre offerings, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts announces the complete cast for its debut of IDAHO! THE COMEDY MUSICAL, exclusively at Reynolds Hall this July. Written by Buddy Sheffield with music by Sheffield and Keith Thompson, preview performances will be held July 6 - 8, followed by the official opening night on July 9 and additional performances July 10 - 17. This limited engagement will offer patrons the rare opportunity to see the show as it is being developed. (more...)

BWW Review: Fall Head-Over-Glass-Heels in Love with CINDERELLA at Segerstrom CenterBWW Review: Fall Head-Over-Glass-Heels in Love with CINDERELLA at Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 27, 2016

Adorable, utterly romantic, and thoroughly winsome, this stage adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is, admittedly, a wonderful surprise---filled with dazzling stage ingenuity; a dreamy, sweeping classic score by two legendary titans of musical theater; a revised, 21st-Century-tinged new book by playwright Douglas Carter Beane; magical Tony Award-winning costumes from the great William Ivey Long that will have you wondering 'how'd they do that?' and, lastly, an ensemble cast of terrific actor-singers that will have you cheering its inevitable happy-ever-after. And, if you're anything like me, you too will be easily swept up by its visual and musical loveliness and its endearing, sweet love story.The Broadway musical's Equity National Tour---now in its last weeks---has finally winded itself back to So. Cal., this time for a two-week stay at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through May 1, 2016 (the tour then moves on from here to its final scheduled week-long stop at San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre through May 8). (more...)

Full Cast Announced for RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA at SegerstromFull Cast Announced for RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA at Segerstrom
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music, will play Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a limited engagement running April 19 - May 1, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: Original Broadway Godmother Victoria Clark Visits CINDERELLA TourPhoto Flash: Original Broadway Godmother Victoria Clark Visits CINDERELLA Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

Broadway sensation and the originator of the 'Marie/Fairy Godmother' role in Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Victoria Clark visited the national tour of CINDERELLA in Toronto at the Ed Mirvish Theatre on Thursday, January 7, 2016. Scroll down for photos!  (more...)

BWW Discussion: BWW Orlando Editors Discuss Beautiful CINDERELLA at Dr. Phillips CenterBWW Discussion: BWW Orlando Editors Discuss Beautiful CINDERELLA at Dr. Phillips Center
by Matt Tamanini - Nov 12, 2015

On Tuesday night, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA opened a week-long run at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Running through Sunday, I was fortunate enough to attend the tour stop's opening night, as was fellow BWW Orlando editor Kimberly Moy. As we did when we discussed THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, first show of the 2014-2015 Orlando Broadway Series, we had a back-and-forth conversation about CINDERELLA. While I tend to look at things from a more historical and critical point of view, Kim is an admitted fan girl. (more...)

BWW Review: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA is Fantastic Mix of Fresh and Familiar at Dr. Phillips CenterBWW Review: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA is Fantastic Mix of Fresh and Familiar at Dr. Phillips Center
by Matt Tamanini - Nov 11, 2015

The 2015-2016 Orlando Broadway Series kicked off in royal style last night as the wonderful RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA set up shop at downtown's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This reimagined take on the classic musical will be in town through Sunday, November 15th, and is a gloriously entertaining spectacle that has as many colorful costumes as it does characters. With a fantastic, first-rate cast, the enjoyable family-friendly musical combines the comfortingly nostalgic Rodgers and Hammerstein score with a brand-new, empowering book. R&H's CINDERELLA is an inspiring, must-see hit for theatre fans of all ages. (more...)

BWW Interview: CINDERELLA National Tour's Blake HammondBWW Interview: CINDERELLA National Tour's Blake Hammond
by Heidi Scheuermann - Oct 27, 2015

Whether it's Disney's Cinderella, A Cinderella Story, Ella Enchanted, Ever After, or some other variation, you know the story.  This classic fairy tale has been told time and time again.  It just never gets old!  And now, to make things even better, the national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is making its way to the Saenger Theatre tonight!  That's right, you and yours have the chance to experience the most magical evening of all during the most enchanted week of the year (of course, I'm referring to Halloween). (more...)

CINDERELLA Tour Coming to National Theatre Next Month; Cast Announced!CINDERELLA Tour Coming to National Theatre Next Month; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2015

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music, announces casting for its Washington-area debut at the National Theatre for a limited engagement from November 18 - 29, 2015. (more...)

BWW Review: CINDERELLA Captivates in Music City DebutBWW Review: CINDERELLA Captivates in Music City Debut
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 21, 2015

Sumptuously designed, beautifully staged and wonderfully sung, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella isn't the same show you may recall from childhood hours spent in front of a television or from scores of regional theater productions since, but with a new and refreshingly timely book by Douglas Carter Beane, along with the interpolation of four 'new' songs from the R+H canon, the elaborate new production that's fresh off its first-ever Broadway run seems the ideal interpretation for the 21st century. (more...)

BWW Review: CINDERELLA Enchants at Memphis OrpheumBWW Review: CINDERELLA Enchants at Memphis Orpheum
by Caroline Sposto - Oct 15, 2015

CINDERELLA is the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that was originally written for television. Its first performance was broadcast live on CBS on March 31, 1957 as a vehicle for Julie Andrews, who played the title role. It was subsequently remade for television twice. The 1965 version starred Lesley Ann Warren, and the 1997 one starred Brandy Norwood. (more...)

BWW Review: Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA National TourBWW Review: Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA National Tour
by Keith Waits - Oct 6, 2015

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella is A Lovely Night (more...)

Kaitlyn Davidson to Lead CINDERELLA Tour - Full Cast Announced for Second Year!Kaitlyn Davidson to Lead CINDERELLA Tour - Full Cast Announced for Second Year!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2015

Producers of the Tony Award-winning musical Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman and Stephen Kocis, are pleased to announce casting for the second year of the First National Tour. (more...)

Rashidra Scott to Star in Ogunquit Playhouse's 2015-16 Season Opener SISTER ACTRashidra Scott to Star in Ogunquit Playhouse's 2015-16 Season Opener SISTER ACT
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

Rejoice! The Ogunquit Playhouse kicks off its 83rd season with the glorious Broadway musical comedy Sister Act, on stage May 20 to June 20. (more...)

Breaking News: LIVING ON LOVE to Close on Broadway This WeekendBreaking News: LIVING ON LOVE to Close on Broadway This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2015

The new screwball comedy Living on Love, is the season's first post-Tony nomination closing announcement after receiving no nominations this morning. The show  will play its final performance on Broadway this Sunday, May 3, 2015 after 21 previews and 16 regular performances at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street, NYC). Living on Love is written by two-time Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro, based on the play Peccadillo by Garson Kanin and directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall.  (more...)

In Performance Video: LIVING ON LOVE's Renee Fleming and Douglas SillsIn Performance Video: LIVING ON LOVE's Renee Fleming and Douglas Sills
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2015

Today's New York Times In Performance video features Renee Fleming and Douglas Sills who currently star inJoe DiPietro's new Broadway comedy LIVING ON LOVE, based on the play 'Peccadillo' by Garson Kanin. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 4/25-4/26/2015Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 4/25-4/26/2015
by - Apr 26, 2015

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, April 26, 2015 - Sunday, April 26, 2015. (more...)

BWW TV: Chatting with the Company of LIVING ON LOVE on Opening Night!BWW TV: Chatting with the Company of LIVING ON LOVE on Opening Night!
by TV - Opening Night Special - Apr 26, 2015

Four time Grammy Award winner Renee Fleming just made her Broadway debut alongside Tony Award nominee Douglas Sills, two-time Emmy Award nominee Anna Chlumsky, Jerry O'Connell,Blake Hammond and Scott Robertson in Living on Love by two-time Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro, based on the play Peccadillo by Garson Kanin, and directed by three-time Tony Award winnerKathleen Marshall. Living on Love opened last night, April 20, 2015 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and below, you can check out interviews with the full company after they took their first official bows! (more...)

AUDIO: Gregory Haney, Joey Taranto and More in The Ensemblist's 'Dressed as A Girl' EpisodeAUDIO: Gregory Haney, Joey Taranto and More in The Ensemblist's 'Dressed as A Girl' Episode
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

The 'DRessed as A Girl' episode of The Ensemblist features interviews with three male actors who have played roles on Broadway outside their own gender identity: one a woman, one a drag queen, and one a transwoman. (more...)

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