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NYMF Sets 2015 Lineup: Works from THE VOICE Alums, Developmental Reading Series & MoreNYMF Sets 2015 Lineup: Works from THE VOICE Alums, Developmental Reading Series & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

The 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) today announced the 2015 Next Link Project musical selections. The 10 musicals, and three initial invited productions, were announced as part of the 12th edition of the Festival, which will take place in July at locations around midtown Manhattan in New York City. (more...)

World Premiere of Tanya Barfield's BRIGHT HALF LIFE Opens Tonight at New York City CenterWorld Premiere of Tanya Barfield's BRIGHT HALF LIFE Opens Tonight at New York City Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Women's Project Theater, under the leadership of newly-appointed Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty, is pleased to present the World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE - a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Tanya Barfield and directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman - in a five-week limited engagement at New York City Center Stage II (131 W. 55th Street) through March 22, 2015. Opening night is set for tonight, February 25. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Coming to The Buell Theatre This SpringPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Coming to The Buell Theatre This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy present the First National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, which plays The Buell Theatre March 31-April 19 only. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the production below! (more...)

MA-YI to Premiere SOLDIER X at HERE This SpringMA-YI to Premiere SOLDIER X at HERE This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

The award-winning, nationally-renowned Ma-Yi Theater Company - one of the country's leading producers of new works for the stage by Asian-American writers - will continue its 2014-15 season this spring with the world premiere of SOLDIER X by Rehana Lew Mirza, with preview performances set to begin March 24 prior to an official opening night on March 31 at the HERE (145 Sixth Avenue, enter on Dominick Street, one block south of Spring) in NYC. SOLDIER X is directed by Lucie Tiberghien. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL National Tour at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Reviews: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - Feb 19, 2015

Based on Berry Gordy's 1994 autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown, this musical tells the true story behind Mr. Gordy's founding and running of the Motown record label, and his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson. The music and lyrics for the musical are taken from selections from the Motown catalog. (more...)

MOTOWN to Play Omaha's Orpheum Theater, 3/25-29MOTOWN to Play Omaha's Orpheum Theater, 3/25-29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy, and Omaha Performing Arts are proud to announce MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tickets are available through Ticket Omaha.* The tickets, starting at $30 each, are available by going online at TicketOmaha.com; by phone at 402.345.0606; or by going to the Ticket Omaha box office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will play at the Orpheum Theater Wednesday, March 25 through Sunday, March 29. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets by calling 402.661.8516 or toll-free at 866.434.8587. The show is part of Omaha Performing Arts' Broadway Series. (more...)

Joe Iconis' DIARY OF A WIMPY KID Musical & More Will Premiere at Minneapolis' Children's Theatre CompanyJoe Iconis' DIARY OF A WIMPY KID Musical & More Will Premiere at Minneapolis' Children's Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) celebrates 50 years as the flagship theatre for multigenerational audiences in North America with a mix of celebratory events and a continued commitment to creating new work for young audiences with a theatrical season that includes five premieres. Hailed by Time Magazine as the number one theatre for families in the nation, CTC celebrates 50 years of creating exciting new works for young audiences that have been in Beijing, Moscow, Tokyo, Canada, Scotland, most of the United States and Broadway; of being the largest and most honored theatre for multigenerational audiences in North America; and the being only theatre for young audiences to receive a Tony Award for sustained excellence. (more...)

Arena Stage Announces 2015/16 Season Including Pasek & Paul's DEAR EVAN HANSEN, OLIVER!, World Premiere Plays & MoreArena Stage Announces 2015/16 Season Including Pasek & Paul's DEAR EVAN HANSEN, OLIVER!, World Premiere Plays & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Artistic Director Molly Smith has announced the 2015/16 season lineup for the 66th season at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: MOTOWN Shakes the Blues in BostonBWW REVIEW: MOTOWN Shakes the Blues in Boston
by Jan Nargi - Feb 12, 2015

MOTOWN, Berry Gordy's self-aggrandizing tribute to the independent record label that fused gospel, blues, jazz, doo wop and country into a unique and wildly popular Detroit sound, is currently heating things up at the Boston Opera House through February 15. (more...)

CTC's 50th Anniversary Season to Include DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, THE JUNGLE BOOK & MoreCTC's 50th Anniversary Season to Include DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, THE JUNGLE BOOK & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2015

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) celebrates 50 years as the flagship theatre for multigenerational audiences in North America with a mix of celebratory events and a continued commitment to creating new work for young audiences with a theatrical season that includes five premieres. Hailed by Time Magazine as the number one theatre for families in the nation, CTC celebrates 50 years of creating exciting new works for young audiences that have been in Beijing, Moscow, Tokyo, Canada, Scotland, most of the United States and Broadway; of being the largest and most honored theatre for multigenerational audiences in North America; and the being only theatre for young audiences to receive a Tony Award for sustained excellence. (more...)

Kerry Warren & Harlan Work to Join Edward Gero in Arena Stage's THE ORIGINALISTKerry Warren & Harlan Work to Join Edward Gero in Arena Stage's THE ORIGINALIST
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2015

Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner and acclaimed D.C. actor Edward Gero stars as one of America's most brilliant and polarizing figures-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia-in the world-premiere political drama The Originalist, by Charles MacArthur Award winner and Arena Stage resident playwright John Strand. When a bright, liberal law school graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation's highest court? Artistic Director Molly Smith directs this daring new play, which offers a rare portrayal of a sitting Supreme Court justice, and for the first time the intimate Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle will be configured into a three-quarter thrust configuration. The Originalist runs March 6-April 26, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Coming to the Broward Center, 2/24-3/8Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Coming to the Broward Center, 2/24-3/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

Performances for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL begin Tuesday, February 24 for a limited two week run through Sunday, March 8, 2015. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is part of the 2014-2015 Broadway in Fort Lauderdale Series presented by Broadway Across America and Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with The Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in action! (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse's 2015 'DNA New Work Series' Kicks Off Next MonthLa Jolla Playhouse's 2015 'DNA New Work Series' Kicks Off Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

La Jolla Playhouse is pleased to bring back its acclaimed new play development initiative, the DNA New Work Series, a two-week run of workshops and readings of new works, taking place February 16 - March 1, 2015. (more...)

Jason Gotay, Ephie Aardema & More to Lead Private Reading of Ryan Scott Oliver's DARLINGJason Gotay, Ephie Aardema & More to Lead Private Reading of Ryan Scott Oliver's DARLING
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

A private reading of Ryan Scott Oliver's DARLING, a dark sexy re-telling of Peter Pan, is set for January 21st at the Pearl Studios in New York City. (more...)

Leigh Silverman to Helm WP Theater's World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE at New York City CenterLeigh Silverman to Helm WP Theater's World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE at New York City Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Women's Project Theater, under the leadership of newly-appointed Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty, is pleased to present the World Premiere of BRIGHT HALF LIFE - a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Tanya Barfield and directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman - in a five-week limited engagement at New York City Center Stage II (131 W. 55th Street) from Tuesday, February 17 to March 22, 2015. Opening night is set for Wednesday, February 25. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Cast of MOTOWN Dances Off Broadway to Pharrell's 'Happy'STAGE TUBE: Cast of MOTOWN Dances Off Broadway to Pharrell's 'Happy'
by Stage Tube - Jan 19, 2015

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL may have given its final bow on Broadway, but the cast, crew, and stage management team have gone out in the most 'Happy' way possible! Check out a video of the group dancing to Pharrell's hit song, created by cast member Lisa Nicole Wilkerson, below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Bye Bye Baby- MOTOWN  Cast Takes Final Broadway Bow!Photo Coverage: Bye Bye Baby- MOTOWN Cast Takes Final Broadway Bow!
by Walter McBride - Jan 19, 2015

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, the hit musical featuring the music of the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, ended its Broadway run yesterday, January 18 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. MOTOWN is set to return to Broadway at a Nederlander theatre to be announced in July 2016. Last spring, the first National Tour of Motown the Musical opened to critical acclaim, grossing an impressive $20 Million dollars during a packed sixteen-week run, and is now heading to major markets across the US. MOTOWN will also head to London's West End this summer. BroadwayWorld was there for the show's final curtain call and you can check out photo coverage below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: MOTOWN Tour Cast 'Never Can Say Goodbye' to MOTOWN Broadway CastSTAGE TUBE: MOTOWN Tour Cast 'Never Can Say Goodbye' to MOTOWN Broadway Cast
by Stage Tube - Jan 18, 2015

The touring production of MOTOWN the Musical sent a special 'Happy Trails' to the Broadway Production of MOTOWN, closing today, Sunday Jan. 18. With direction and arrangement by Jesse Nager (Smokey Robinson) the video features Julius Thomas III (Berry Gordy), Allison Semmes (Diana Ross), Jarran Muse (Marvin Gaye), Krisha Mercano (Suzanne De Passe), and Rod Harrelson (dance captain), all of whom joined the tour from the Broadway company. The video also has appearances from the entire company currently in Philadelphia. Check it out below! (more...)

BWW Flashback: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Ends Broadway Run TodayBWW Flashback: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Ends Broadway Run Today
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 18, 2015

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, the hit musical featuring the music of the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, ends its Broadway run today, January 18 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. MOTOWN is set to return to Broadway at a Nederlander theatre to be announced in July 2016. Last spring, the first National Tour of Motown the Musical opened to critical acclaim, grossing an impressive $20 Million dollars during a packed sixteen-week run, and is now heading to major markets across the US. MOTOWN will also head to London's West End this summer. (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...)

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