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BWW Review: IF/THEN National Tour at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: IF/THEN National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - May 25, 2016

If/Then is an original musical that tells the story of Elizabeth Vaughan, a 40-year-old woman who moves back to New York City seeking a fresh start to her life. The musical depicts two different paths of where Elizabeth's life could take her. (more...)

Tony-winner LaChanze Joins IF/THEN National Tour in NashvilleTony-winner LaChanze Joins IF/THEN National Tour in Nashville
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 18, 2016

Tony Award-winning Broadway star LaChanze (If/Then, The Color Purple) will join the national tour of IF/THEN when it plays a limited one-week engagement at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall June 7-12. LaChanze's addition to the touring cast reunites her with Jackie Burns and Anthony Rapp, who along with LaChanze, starred in the original Broadway production of IF/THEN. (more...)

Creative Team Announced for WAR PAINT Starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole - Michael Korie, Scott Frankel and More; 6/28Creative Team Announced for WAR PAINT Starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole - Michael Korie, Scott Frankel and More; 6/28
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Goodman Theatre announces Broadway stars John Dossett and Douglas Sills will join the cast of War Paint, a new musical starring two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, respectively. Dossett will portray Tommy Lewis, Miss Arden's husband and chief marketing officer, and Sills will portray the ambitious Harry Fleming, Madame Rubinstein's clubby confidante and faithful ally. (more...)

VIDEO: Official - Channing Tatum's MAGIC MIKE LIVE to Bare All on the Vegas StripVIDEO: Official - Channing Tatum's MAGIC MIKE LIVE to Bare All on the Vegas Strip
by Jessica Khan - May 4, 2016

MAGIC MIKE will be hitting the strip - literally. (more...)

Tickets to IF/THEN National Tour at Fox Theatre on Sale 5/22Tickets to IF/THEN National Tour at Fox Theatre on Sale 5/22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta announced today that tickets for the National Tour of IF/THEN, which was named the "Best Musical of the Year" by New York Magazine, will go on sale Sunday, May 22. IF/THEN will perform a limited one week engagement from August 9-14 at Atlanta's Fox Theatre to close the 2015/2016 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta Series. (more...)

Brecksville Theater on the Square to Stage NEXT TO NORMALBrecksville Theater on the Square to Stage NEXT TO NORMAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Brecksville Theater On The Square announces the second mainstage production of its 42nd season: Next to Normal. (more...)

History Has Its Eyes on HAMILTON, Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama!History Has Its Eyes on HAMILTON, Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Raise a glass! It was just announced by Pulitzer Prize administrator Mike Pride that HAMILTON has officially won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (more...)

Who Will Win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama? Tune In to the Live Stream at 3pm!Who Will Win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama? Tune In to the Live Stream at 3pm!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Today's the day! The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners and Nominated Finalists will be announced in just minutes- April 18 at 3pm eastern daylight time via live-stream on pulitzer.org. (more...)

2016 Pulitzer Prizes Will Be Announced This Afternoon; Watch the Live Stream at 3pm!2016 Pulitzer Prizes Will Be Announced This Afternoon; Watch the Live Stream at 3pm!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Today's the day! The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners and Nominated Finalists will be announced on today, April 18 at 3pm eastern daylight time via live-stream on pulitzer.org. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/15/16- NEXT TO NORMALSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/15/16- NEXT TO NORMAL
by Stage Tube - Apr 15, 2016

Today in 2009, Next to Normal opened at the Booth Theatre, where it ran for 733 performances. Next to Normal is a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. Its story concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. It was nominated for eleven 2009 Tony Awards and won three, Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley. It also won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming just the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. (more...)

John Dossett & Douglas Sills to Join Patti LuPone & Christine Ebersole in Now-Extended WAR PAINT at Goodman TheatreJohn Dossett & Douglas Sills to Join Patti LuPone & Christine Ebersole in Now-Extended WAR PAINT at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Goodman Theatre has announced Broadway stars John Dossett and Douglas Sills will join the cast of War Paint, a new musical starring two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, respectively. Dossett will portray Tommy Lewis, Miss Arden's husband and chief marketing officer, and Sills will portray the ambitious Harry Fleming, Madame Rubinstein's clubby confidante and faithful ally.   (more...)

BWW Review: IF/THEN Will Leave You Questioning 'What If?'BWW Review: IF/THEN Will Leave You Questioning 'What If?'
by Alan Henry - Apr 14, 2016

If/Then, a musical from the creators of Next to Normal and the director of Rent, opened last night at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. The show, which was written as a star vehicle for Idina Menzel, is one of the most exhilarating new musicals I've seen in a decade – and mere moments in any concerns that the show lacks something without a celebrity in the lead were put to rest. (more...)

Caissie Levy, Melissa Errico & More Join Ghostlight's SWEET 16 Lineup at Symphony SpaceCaissie Levy, Melissa Errico & More Join Ghostlight's SWEET 16 Lineup at Symphony Space
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Grammy Award winning Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records - the premiere force in theater music and cast recordings - have added a slew of new performers to its all-star concert to celebrate the label's landmark "Sweet 16" Birthday on Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

Monumental Musicals, Lapine Premiere with Debra Monk & More Slated for Signature Theatre's 2016-17 Season; Plus Previously Set FREAKY FRIDAY!Monumental Musicals, Lapine Premiere with Debra Monk & More Slated for Signature Theatre's 2016-17 Season; Plus Previously Set FREAKY FRIDAY!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Managing Director Maggie Boland announce the full lineup for Signature Theatre's 2016/17 season, including the previously announced production of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's FREAKY FRIDAY. (more...)

Sting's THE LAST SHIP to Make Regional Debut in Salt Lake City This SeasonSting's THE LAST SHIP to Make Regional Debut in Salt Lake City This Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah's premier professional theatre, will open its 2016-17 season with the THE LAST SHIP, the new musical with music and lyrics by the pop superstar Sting and book by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning writers John Logan and Brian Yorkey. PTC's production will be the first since the show's Broadway run in 2014-15. (more...)

Carson Kreitzer, Cesar Alvarez & More Honored with American Theatre Wing's Larson Grants TodayCarson Kreitzer, Cesar Alvarez & More Honored with American Theatre Wing's Larson Grants Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

The American Theatre Wing celebrates its 2016 Jonathan Larson Grants recipients: Cesar Alvarez (book, music and lyrics), Nikko Benson (music and lyrics), Carson Kreitzer (book and lyrics), and Sam Salmond (book, music, and lyrics). (more...)

Cleveland Play House Reveals 2016-2017 SeasonCleveland Play House Reveals 2016-2017 Season
by Louisa Brady - Mar 20, 2016

After a landmark year which yielded an unprecedented Centennial Season and the coveted Regional Theatre Tony Award®, Cleveland Play House (CPH) is following up on the heels of the past year's success with a dynamic, stimulating and engaging 2016-17 Season.  CPH staff, led by Artistic Director Laura Kepley, announced the titles of the new season today on the Allen Theatre stage to a full house.  The theme of this season is "moving forward" and audiences will have plenty to look forward to with a season that encompasses history, mystery, comedy, drama and even a brand new Disney musical.  CPH's 101st Season would not be possible without CPH's generous sponsors, donors, patrons, and community partners. (more...)

FREAKY FRIDAY Set for Additional Regional Productions at La Jolla and Cleveland PlayhouseFREAKY FRIDAY Set for Additional Regional Productions at La Jolla and Cleveland Playhouse
by Louisa Brady - Mar 19, 2016

Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's new musical adaptation of FREAKY FRIDAY is set for a second regional production at the Cleveland Playhouse for the spring of 2017. This announcement confirms that FREAKY FRIDAY will not be heading to Broadway and will continue to follow the MTI trajectory. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the musical will also play the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA this fall. (more...)

TheaterWorks Announces 2016-2017 SeasonTheaterWorks Announces 2016-2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2016

TheaterWorks under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero has announced its 2016-2017 Season. Rob said, 'I couldn't be more excited. We've got a great line-up of wonderful stories with new works by audience favorites Mark St Germain, Jacques Lamarre and David Lutken. I'm excited to introduce a new playwright to TheaterWorks in SUNSET BABY'S Dominique Morriseau - one of the most distinctive voices in America. I am also thrilled that we'll be producing our most ambitious and challenging musical to date - Pulitzer Prize winning NEXT TO NORMAL. This is a season to that will entertain, inspire and touch your heart.' (more...)

BWW Review: Uneven but Tuneful IF/THEN at The Fox TheatreBWW Review: Uneven but Tuneful IF/THEN at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - Mar 17, 2016

It's interesting to me that IF/THEN is billed as 'a new musical'. It's the use of the word 'new' that I find puzzling. The concept certainly isn't an original one, having been explored on the big screen in the films Blind Chance (1981) and its sort-of remake, Sliding Doors (1998). And, even though neither of those movies were musicals, they both featured the idea of having their lead traverse optional story lines, with Blind Chance even offering up three different scenarios for its protagonist to experience. But, this show is new in the sense that it explores contemporary trends, with the caveat that some audiences may not find much to identify with, and it features a wonderfully fresh and tuneful score (music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey). All of that just might be enough to make this show worth seeing. Because it does feature a talented cast who have the ability to pull off these roles and the memorable songs provided with considerable conviction. But, the trickery seems a bit cloying at times, and the show does seem to drag at over 2 ˝ hours. I guess, like our heroine, Elizabeth, I'm straddling the fence too, at least when it comes to my opinion. (more...)

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