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Wilbury Group to Close 5th Season with NEXT TO NORMALWilbury Group to Close 5th Season with NEXT TO NORMAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

The Wilbury Theatre Group closes its 5th season with the acclaimed rock musical Next to Normal, May 21-June 13. Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards, Next to Normal features music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, direction by Wendy Overly, and musical direction by Juan Rodriguez. Centering upon the stop/start life of a bipolar mother as she rides the sharp edge between coping and insanity, and delving into themes about prescription drug abuse, suicide, grief and the breakdown of an American family, Next to Normal is a remarkable, thrilling powerhouse of a musical. (more...)

MATILDA, NEWSIES, and More to Lead Fabulous Fox Theatre's 2015-2016 U.S. Bank Broadway SeriesMATILDA, NEWSIES, and More to Lead Fabulous Fox Theatre's 2015-2016 U.S. Bank Broadway Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2015

The Fabulous Fox Theatre is thrilled to announce its remarkable 2015-2016 U.S. Bank Broadway Series featuring five new hits that are making their St. Louis debuts. (more...)

Derek Klena and Taylor Louderman to Lead MAGIC MIKE Stage Musical?Derek Klena and Taylor Louderman to Lead MAGIC MIKE Stage Musical?
by Movies News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Taylor Louderman just revealed via Twitter that she and Derek Klena have been working on tunes from MAGIC MIKE, THE MUSICAL. No word on whether this is for an upcoming reading or full-fledged Broadway production, but BWW will keep you posted! (more...)

Beautiful City Theatre's NEXT TO NORMAL Opens 5/15Beautiful City Theatre's NEXT TO NORMAL Opens 5/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Beautiful City Theatre, in collaboration with Virtu'O, produces the contemporary rock musical NEXT TO NORMAL opening May 15, 2015 at Centaur Theatre (453 rue St. Francois-Xavier) in Montreal, Quebec. The multiple Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical will run for two weekends, from May 15 - 17, and May 21 - 23, 2015. Evening performances will start at 7:30 PM and matinees on Sunday May 17th and Saturday May 23rd at 1:30 PM. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/15/15- NEXT TO NORMALSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/15/15- NEXT TO NORMAL
by Stage Tube - Apr 15, 2015

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...)

Channing Tatum Gives Update on MAGIC MIKE Stage Musical: 'We're Getting It Going'Channing Tatum Gives Update on MAGIC MIKE Stage Musical: 'We're Getting It Going'
by Movies News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

In a new interview with EW, MAGIC MIKE XXL star Channing Tatum gives an update on the status of a proposed stage musical adaptation of the popular movie franchise (more...)

BWW Exclusive: 15 Hours to Stage a Scene at the National Theater InstituteBWW Exclusive: 15 Hours to Stage a Scene at the National Theater Institute
by National Theater Institute - Apr 6, 2015

A signature feature of the National Theater Institute, weekly Theater Labs challenge students to put all the skills gained in classes into practice. When given just 15 hours to stage a scene, students learn to trust their creative instincts. Under the mentorship of a professional director, NTI students gain practical experience with a wealth of classical and contemporary texts as well as have the opportunity to work as actor, director, designer, and/or dramaturge each week. (more...)

Lauren Kennedy, Charlie Pollock & Mike Schwitter to Lead North Carolina Theatre's NEXT TO NORMALLauren Kennedy, Charlie Pollock & Mike Schwitter to Lead North Carolina Theatre's NEXT TO NORMAL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

North Carolina Theatre, the region's premiere nonprofit professional regional theatre producing professional Broadway musical revivals, announces the full cast for its upcoming, Next to Normal, playing May 1 to May 10, 2015 at A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tim Rosser & Charlie Sohne Awarded 2015 Jonathan Larson GrantsPhoto Coverage: Tim Rosser & Charlie Sohne Awarded 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants
by Jennifer Broski - Mar 24, 2015

The American Theatre Wing just recognized the recipients of the 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants: writing team Tim Rosser (composer) & Charlie Sohne (composer) receiving $10,000,Sam Willmott (composer/lyricist) receiving $10,000 and a week-long residency at the Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab, and Max Vernon (composer/lyricist) receiving $10,000. This year's recipients were selected by an expert panel consisting of Amanda Green (Hands on a Hardbody), Steven Lutvak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), and Ted Chapin (President and Executive Director of Rodgers & Hammerstein). The prestigious grants totaling $30,000 were presented last night, March 23, 2015 at a private event at the WNYC Greene Space. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the special event below! (more...)

VIDEO: Idina Menzel & IF/THEN Cast & Creative Team Take Final Bows; Thank Producer David StoneVIDEO: Idina Menzel & IF/THEN Cast & Creative Team Take Final Bows; Thank Producer David Stone
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 23, 2015

Yesterday, March 22nd, the cast and creative team of Broadway's IF/THEN, including Idina Menzel, James Snyder, LaChanze, Anthony Rapp, Jenn Colella, Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey took their final bows at the Richard Rodgers Theater. (more...)

American Theatre Wing's 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants Awarded This EveningAmerican Theatre Wing's 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants Awarded This Evening
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

The American Theatre Wing recognizes the recipients of the 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants: writing team Tim Rosser (composer) & Charlie Sohne (composer) receiving $10,000, Sam Willmott (composer/lyricist) receiving $10,000 and a week-long residency at the Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab, and Max Vernon (composer/lyricist) receiving $10,000. (more...)

BWW Flashback: Here They Go! IF/THEN Concludes Broadway Run TodayBWW Flashback: Here They Go! IF/THEN Concludes Broadway Run Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2015

IF/THEN, which was named the 'Best Musical of the Year' by New York Magazine, will play its final Broadway performance Today, Sunday, March 22 at 3:00pm. Upon closing, the musical will have played 29 previews and 401 performances. Below, take a look back at the show's journey to Broadway! (more...)

Annual BROADWAY CHARITY SONGS to be Recorded for Live AlbumAnnual BROADWAY CHARITY SONGS to be Recorded for Live Album
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

Broadway Gives Back has announced that the Third Annual 'Broadway Charity Songs' concert will be recorded by Broadway Records as part of their 'Live from 54 Below' series. The concert will feature new songs written by Sting, Brian Yorkey, Andrew Lippa, Henry Krieger, Pasek & Paul, and others. (more...)

Ben Vereen, Tony Yazbeck & More Set for 54 Below This WeekBen Vereen, Tony Yazbeck & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL Asks Who is Crazier? The One Who Gets Help or the One Who Hopes for the Best?BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL Asks Who is Crazier? The One Who Gets Help or the One Who Hopes for the Best?
by Shari Barrett - Mar 11, 2015

NEXT TO NORMAL tells the story of a mother, Diana Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and the day-to-day reality of suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact. The production plays more like a modern operetta as there is little dialogue with most of the story being told via the story-forwarding song lyrics. (more...)

Tim Rosser, Charlie Sohn & More Receive American Theatre Wing's 2015 Jonathan Larson GrantsTim Rosser, Charlie Sohn & More Receive American Theatre Wing's 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

The American Theatre Wing announced today that the recipients of the 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants are writing team Tim Rosser (composer) & Charlie Sohne (composer) receiving $10,000, Sam Willmott (composer/lyricist) receiving $10,000 and a week-long residency at the Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab, and Max Vernon (composer/lyricist) receiving $10,000. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for March 9-15, Featuring Maureen McGovern, David Henry Hwang, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for March 9-15, Featuring Maureen McGovern, David Henry Hwang, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Mar 9, 2015

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestra's begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven- o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: The Cast of Side Show: Added Attractions; Maureen McGovern: Celebrating Women Singer/Songwriters at 54 Below; Columbia University Songbook featuring David Henry Hwang & More; A Sophisticated Ladies Reunion at 54 Below; and 54 Sings A Man of No Importance. (more...)

Cast of SIDE SHOW, Maureen McGovern & More Set for 54 Below This WeekCast of SIDE SHOW, Maureen McGovern & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

BWW Reviews: NEXT TO NORMAL at Buzz Theater/Old Paramus Reformed ChurchBWW Reviews: NEXT TO NORMAL at Buzz Theater/Old Paramus Reformed Church
by adam cohen - Mar 7, 2015

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Jennifer Damiano and Devin Ilaw Join Columbia University Songbook at 54 Below, 3/10Jennifer Damiano and Devin Ilaw Join Columbia University Songbook at 54 Below, 3/10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Columbia University Songbook on Tuesday, March 10th at 9:30pm. Columbia University Songbook is dedicated to showcasing material created by past and present musical theatre luminaries who have been affiliated with Columbia University throughout the years. (more...)

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