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'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 18th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 18th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Feb 18, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. An amazing weekend, with 'Tommy,' L5Y, Lippa and 'The Wild Party,' 'First Date' and 'Pride And Prejudice.' Now we have 'First Wives Club' and 'Let It Be,' plus our top ongoing shows: 'Sondheim On Sondheim,' 'WSS,' 'La Cage' and 'The Addams Family!' So much going on!!! (more...)

Broadway-Bound THE FIRST WIVES CLUB Launches Tonight in ChicagoBroadway-Bound THE FIRST WIVES CLUB Launches Tonight in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

The premiere of the new Broadway-bound musical First Wives Club begins tonight, February 17, 2015 at the Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph St.) and runs through March 29, 2015. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 11th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 11th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Feb 12, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Carousel,' 'The King And I' and 'The Merry Widow' at Lyric Opera, and the upcoming season at Porchlight. Plus 'Merman' transfers, 'Mormon' arrives, 'First Wives Club' and 'Gotta Dance' try out, the 'Pride And Prejudice' reading moves, Quest Theatre mounts two, Pasek and Paul's 'Peach,' Bailiwick's 'Wonderful Town,' the Mosh Pit in the Tribune and more honors for Jessie Mueller! Whew! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 14th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 14th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 14, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Celebration was great! Now onward to '50 Shades,' 'Mr. Burns' and 'Book Of Merman,' plus two from Christopher Pazdernik,' 'Ordinary Days,' 'First Wives Club,' tributes to John Hughes and Stephen Sondheim and a showtune film cameo! (more...)

Husbands of Broadway-Bound THE FIRST WIVES CLUB Cast; H.B. Barnum, Kenny Seymour Join Creative TeamHusbands of Broadway-Bound THE FIRST WIVES CLUB Cast; H.B. Barnum, Kenny Seymour Join Creative Team
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

Broadway In Chicago and producers Paul Lambert, Jonas Neilson and Elizabeth Williams announced today the full cast for the premiere of the new Broadway-bound musical First Wives Club, which begins this winter at the Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph St.). (more...)

New FIRST WIVES CLUB Musical Meets Chicago with Help from Motown TrioNew FIRST WIVES CLUB Musical Meets Chicago with Help from Motown Trio
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

A feature on FIRST WIVES CLUB musical's official blog details Broadway in Chicago's recent event to introduce the show at Chicago Playhouse. The evening featured a 'trio of musical legends' -- Eddie Holland (pictured left), Lamont Dozier, and Brian Holland -- the Motown songwriting team behind the score for FIRST WIVES CLUB. Click HERE to read the full report and check out photos from the event! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Chatting with the Songwriters of Broadway-Bound FIRST WIVES CLUB!STAGE TUBE: Chatting with the Songwriters of Broadway-Bound FIRST WIVES CLUB!
by Stage Tube - Dec 3, 2014

First Wives Club, a new Broadway-bound musical, will soon premiere at Chicago's Oriental Theatre. Tony Award-winner Faith Prince will play 'Brenda,' Mamma Mia's Christine Sherrill will play 'Elise,' and Wicked star Carmen Cusack will play 'Annie,' in the iconic roles created on film by Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton, respectively. With a book by five-time Emmy Award nominee Linda Bloodworth Thomason, direction by Simon Phillips and songs by Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland, First Wives Club: The Musical will have its out-of-town premiere at Chicago's Oriental Theatre (24 W Randolph Street). Previews begin February 17, 2015 and opening night is set for March 11, 2015 for a run that will go through March 29, 2015. Below, watch as the songwriting team chats about creating the new musical! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 11/6/14 - STICKS AND BONES, BAND WAGON, OF MICE AND MEN and More!WAKE UP with BWW 11/6/14 - STICKS AND BONES, BAND WAGON, OF MICE AND MEN and More!
by Jessica Showers - Nov 6, 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: STICKS AND BONES opens off-Broadway, Encores! THE BAND WAGON begins tonight, OF MICE AND MEN hits the big screen and more! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for November 5th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for November 5th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Nov 5, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Dee Snider's Christmas show starts, and 'First Wives Club' and 'N' get their stars. Patsy Cline comes round again, as do the Q Brothers and 'Christmas Schooner.' Peeps gear up for 'Into The Woods,' 'Phantom' inspires television, and 'Billy Elliot' dances into movie theaters and into the Drury Lane Oakbrook! (more...)

Video Roundup: Meet the First Wives of FIRST WIVES CLUB- Prince, Sherrill & Cusack!Video Roundup: Meet the First Wives of FIRST WIVES CLUB- Prince, Sherrill & Cusack!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, producers announced today that they've found the founding members of the First Wives Club for the new Broadway-bound musical's premiere at Chicago's Oriental Theatre. Tony Award-winner Faith Prince will play 'Brenda,' Mamma Mia'sChristine Sherrill will play 'Elise,' and Wicked star Carmen Cusack will play 'Annie,' in the iconic roles created on film byBette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton, respectively. BroadwayWorld wants you to get to know the three leading ladies- check out a video roundup of some of their past performances below! (more...)

Faith Prince, Christine Sherrill & Carmen Cusack Will Lead Broadway-Bound FIRST WIVES CLUB in ChicagoFaith Prince, Christine Sherrill & Carmen Cusack Will Lead Broadway-Bound FIRST WIVES CLUB in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

Producers Jonas Neilson, Paul Lambert and Elizabeth Williams announced today that they've found the founding members of the First Wives Club for the new Broadway-bound musical's premiere at Chicago's Oriental Theatre. Tony Award-winner Faith Prince will play 'Brenda,' Mamma Mia's Christine Sherrill will play 'Elise,' and Wicked star Carmen Cusack will play 'Annie,' in the iconic roles created on film by Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton, respectively. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell have a Luminous BRIGHT STAR on the HorizonBWW Reviews: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell have a Luminous BRIGHT STAR on the Horizon
by Ellen Dostal - Oct 7, 2014

What I found so utterly engaging about the world premiere of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's new musical BRIGHT STAR is its complete unpretentiousness. Certainly its musical style --American bluegrass with a heaping helping of laid back mountain charm -- has the kind of lilting homespun ease that makes you feel like you're listening to the neighborhood jug band on mama's back porch, and there's something oddly comforting about that. (more...)

Photo Flash: BRIGHT STAR Celebrates Opening Night at The Old GlobePhoto Flash: BRIGHT STAR Celebrates Opening Night at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2014

The Old Globe presents World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical featuring music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, lyrics by Brickell, and book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell. Directed by Walter Bobbie, Bright Star runs now through November 2, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Scroll down for photos from the opening festivities! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 9/23/14 - Bennett & Gaga Get CHEEK TO CHEEK, BROADWAY SALUTES and More!WAKE UP with BWW 9/23/14 - Bennett & Gaga Get CHEEK TO CHEEK, BROADWAY SALUTES and More!
by Jessica Showers - Sep 23, 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: Bennett & Gaga's CHEEK TO CHEEK is out today, Harvey Fierstein hosts BROADWAY SALUTES, JERSEY BOYS welcomes back an old friend, PBS salutes Joan Rivers and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Carmen Cusack, Wayne Alan Wilcox and More in Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR at The Old GlobePhoto Flash: First Look at Carmen Cusack, Wayne Alan Wilcox and More in Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

The Old Globe presents World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical featuring music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, lyrics by Brickell, and book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell. Directed byWalter Bobbie, Bright Star runs now through November 2, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Previews run through September 27. Opening night is Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR Begins Tonight at The Old Globe - Meet the Cast!Photo Flash: Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR Begins Tonight at The Old Globe - Meet the Cast!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2014

The Old Globe presents World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical featuring music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, lyrics by Brickell, and book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell. Directed by Walter Bobbie, Bright Star will run tonight, September 13 - November 2, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run tonight, September 13 - September 27. Opening night is Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast and creative team below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast and Creative Team of Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR at The Old GlobePhoto Flash: Meet the Cast and Creative Team of Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

The Old Globe presents World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical featuring music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, lyrics by Brickell, and book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell. Directed by Walter Bobbie, Bright Star will run September 13 - November 2, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run September 13 - September 27. Opening night is Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast and creative team below! (more...)

Stephen Lee Anderson, Stephen Bogardus, Patti Cohenour and More to Lead Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR at The Old Globe; Walter Bobbie Directs!Stephen Lee Anderson, Stephen Bogardus, Patti Cohenour and More to Lead Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR at The Old Globe; Walter Bobbie Directs!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

The Old Globe today announced the full cast and creative team for the World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical featuring music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, lyrics by Brickell, and book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell. Directed by Walter Bobbie, Bright Star will run September 13 - November 2, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run September 13 - September 27. Opening night is Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Single tickets go on sale on Friday, August 8 at noon. (more...)

Jason Wooten, John Cudia, Josh Tower & More Set for Casa Manana's BAD BOYS OF BROADWAY Concert, Now thru 1/12Jason Wooten, John Cudia, Josh Tower & More Set for Casa Manana's BAD BOYS OF BROADWAY Concert, Now thru 1/12
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2014

Casa Maņana will debut an original production, Bad Boys of Broadway In Concert, during a limited engagement today, January 10 through 12, 2014, in Fort Worth. The new show brings the brightest talent direct from Broadway to sing memorable, villainous songs from award-winning Broadway and West End musicals. Single tickets are on sale now through the Casa Box Office and Ticketmaster. (more...)

Jason Wooten, John Cudia, Josh Tower & More Set for Casa Manana's BAD BOYS OF BROADWAY Concert, 1/10-12Jason Wooten, John Cudia, Josh Tower & More Set for Casa Manana's BAD BOYS OF BROADWAY Concert, 1/10-12
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

Casa Maņana will debut an original production, Bad Boys of Broadway In Concert, during a limited engagement January 10 through 12, 2014, in Fort Worth. The new show brings the brightest talent direct from Broadway to sing memorable, villainous songs from award-winning Broadway and West End musicals. Single tickets are on sale now through the Casa Box Office and Ticketmaster. (more...)

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