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Broadway-Bound COME FROM AWAY Cast, Creative Team Set for Guggenheim Panel, Plus Performance!Broadway-Bound COME FROM AWAY Cast, Creative Team Set for Guggenheim Panel, Plus Performance!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

As previously announced, on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 7:30pm, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents a discussion with Canadian writer duo Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Tony-nominated choreographer Kelly Devine, and Tony-nominated director Christopher Ashley on the creative process behind the new musical Come From Away, which will open on Broadway on March 12. Members of the cast will perform highlights from the show. (more...)

HAMILTON Anchors Hobby Center's 2017-18 Season, Featuring New Jimmy Buffett Musical, SCHOOL OF ROCK and More!HAMILTON Anchors Hobby Center's 2017-18 Season, Featuring New Jimmy Buffett Musical, SCHOOL OF ROCK and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Today, BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center announced its line-up of shows for the new 2017-2018 season.  HAMILTON will play its Houston engagement April 24-May 20, 2018, and anchor the BBVA Compass Broadway Season with five other shows, all of which will be Houston premieres.  (more...)

Philippe Bowgen, Donald Faison, Hal Linden, Justin Long, Luna Velez and More Tapped for PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!Philippe Bowgen, Donald Faison, Hal Linden, Justin Long, Luna Velez and More Tapped for PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for its revival of Steve Martin's clever and crowd-pleasing comedy hit Picasso at the Lapin Agile. (more...)


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Philadelphia Theatre Company Celebrates the Delany Sisters in HAVING OUR SAYPhiladelphia Theatre Company Celebrates the Delany Sisters in HAVING OUR SAY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

Philadelphia Theatre Company kicks off the new year with the inspiring and warm-hearted Having Our Say, The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years by Emily Mann, adapted from the book by Miss Sarah ("Sadie") L. Delany and Dr. A. Elizabeth ("Bessie") Delany with Amy Hill Hearth.  Running January 27-February 19 and directed by Mary B. Robinson, the cast features Perri Gaffney and Cherene Snow as the two Delany sisters. (more...)

Broadway-Bound COME FROM AWAY Concert Performance to Headline La Jolla Playhouse's 2017 GalaBroadway-Bound COME FROM AWAY Concert Performance to Headline La Jolla Playhouse's 2017 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse announces its annual Gala will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. Highlighting the event will be a one-night-only concert presentation of the Playhouse-born, Broadway-bound musical Come From Away. (more...)

Heidi Blickenstaff, Emma Hunton to Reprise Roles in Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY at La Jolla PlayhouseHeidi Blickenstaff, Emma Hunton to Reprise Roles in Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse has announced the two lead roles for its upcoming production of Freaky Friday, book by Bridget Carpenter (TV's 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Parenthood'), music and lyrics by the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, If/Then), based on the novel 'Freaky Friday' by Mary Rodgers and the Walt Disney motion pictures, to be directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, running January 31 - March 12, 2017 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre. (more...)

BWW Interview: THE LION IN WINTER's Michael HannaBWW Interview: THE LION IN WINTER's Michael Hanna
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Dec 6, 2016

Michael Hanna plays middle son Geoffrey in James Goldman's tale of a king and his family on the eve of Christmas that's a complete change from the happy holiday show across the building. THE LION IN WINTER plays through Dec. 31. (more...)

BWW Review: THE LION IN WINTER at Guthrie TheaterBWW Review: THE LION IN WINTER at Guthrie Theater
by Karen Bovard - Dec 5, 2016

Holiday gatherings of dysfunctional families are nothing new. James Goldman's crackling script for THE LION IN WINTER is set at Christmas 1183, and since the family is a royal one with questions of succession looming, the scheming and double-crossing are fevered. (more...)

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Is A Loving Tribute To The Best In All Of UsBWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Is A Loving Tribute To The Best In All Of Us
by Alan Henry - Nov 23, 2016

Come From Away is not a musical about the September 11th terrorist attacks - if anything it is the exact opposite. Come From Away is a musical about all that is good in people - compassion, care, love, acceptance, equality, and treating others with kindness. Truly, it is a musical written for now. (more...)

FREAKY FRIDAY Musical to Hit the Studio for Walt Disney RecordsFREAKY FRIDAY Musical to Hit the Studio for Walt Disney Records
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

The world premiere studio recording of Freaky Friday, the new musical based on the beloved novel by Mary Rodgers and two hit Disney films, will be recorded later this year and released by Walt Disney Records in early 2017. (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse Announces Special Engagement of THE WHOLEHEARTEDLa Jolla Playhouse Announces Special Engagement of THE WHOLEHEARTED
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse announces a special engagement of the critically-acclaimed one-woman show, The Wholehearted, written and co-directed by UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance professor Deborah Stein (The Bitter Game), performed and co-directed by Suli Holum. Presented in association with Center Theatre Group, the show runs in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre December 14 - 18. Tickets and information are available at LaJollaPlayhouse.org or858-550-1010. (more...)

San Diego Repertory Theatre Presents the World Premiere of OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKYSan Diego Repertory Theatre Presents the World Premiere of OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) will present the world premiere of "Our Great Tchaikovsky," a new play with music featuring the compositions of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with a book and performance by Hershey Felder.Directed by longtime collaborator Trevor Hay ("Hershey Felder as Irving Berling"), and produced by long-time collaborators Samantha F. Voxakis, Karen Racanelli and Erik Carstensen, Felder's newest work takes on Russia's most celebrated, and perhaps most mysterious, composer. "Our Great Tchaikovsky," the fourth selection of the 2016/2017 season, begins on Thursday, January 12, 2017 and plays throughSunday, February 12, 2017 with an opening night on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. on the Lyceum Stage Theatre at San Diego REP in Horton Plaza. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tectonic Theater Project Celebrates 25 Years at Benefit GalaPhoto Coverage: Tectonic Theater Project Celebrates 25 Years at Benefit Gala
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 8, 2016

Just last night, Tectonic Theater Project celebrated Tectonic At 25!, a benefit performance celebrating 25 years of groundbreaking theater. The star-studded evening, directed by Tectonic Theater Project founder Moises Kaufman and hosted by and starring two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda, took place at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012).  (more...)

Hershey Felder Brings the Story of America's Composer, Irving Berlin, to LifeHershey Felder Brings the Story of America's Composer, Irving Berlin, to Life
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Celebrated performer and pianist Hershey Felder brings the remarkable story of beloved composer Irving Berlin to The Armory with his highly acclaimed solo-show, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin. Portland audiences are familiar with Hershey Felder as the adaptor and director ofThe Pianist of Willesden Lane, which played to sold-out houses at The Armory last season and will return in June for a limited engagement. Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin is directed by Trevor Hay, who collaborated with Felder on The Pianist of Willesden Lane, along with a number of other works. Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin opens on the U.S. Bank Main Stage on December 2; preview performances begin November 30; and the production runs through December 30.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Daphne Rubin-Vega in La Jolla Playhouse MISS YOU LIKE HELLPhoto Flash: Daphne Rubin-Vega in La Jolla Playhouse MISS YOU LIKE HELL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse presents the world-premiere production of Miss You Like Hell, book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegria Hudes (In the Heights, Water by the Spoonful), music and lyrics by acclaimed singer/songwriter Erin McKeown, directed by Lear deBessonet (Public Theatre's The Odyssey) and choreographed by Danny Mefford(Broadway's Fun Home). (more...)

BWW Review: Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY - World Premiere Musical at Signature TheatreBWW Review: Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY - World Premiere Musical at Signature Theatre
by Charles Shubow - Nov 1, 2016

Could the writing team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey have another hit musical? (more...)

Jane Fonda and Zach Grenier, Original Cast of THE LARAMIE PROJECT, Laura Benanti and More Slated for TECTONIC AT 25!Jane Fonda and Zach Grenier, Original Cast of THE LARAMIE PROJECT, Laura Benanti and More Slated for TECTONIC AT 25!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2016

Tectonic Theater Project has announced the performance lineup for Tectonic At 25!, a benefit performance celebrating 25 years of groundbreaking theater. (more...)

Photo Flash: Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY Celebrates Opening Night in D.C. with Heidi Blickenstaff, Emma Hunton and More!Photo Flash: Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY Celebrates Opening Night in D.C. with Heidi Blickenstaff, Emma Hunton and More!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

Signature Theatre presents the world premiere production of Disney's Freaky Friday. Developed by Disney Theatrical Productions expressly for licensing to theatres, Freaky Friday features a book by Bridget Carpenter, music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. This premiere production will be directed by Christopher Ashley with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Freaky Friday runs now through November 20 in Signature Theatre's MAX Theatre. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

Broadway's COME FROM AWAY Presents Benefit Concert Performances in Gander, Newfoundland TomorrowBroadway's COME FROM AWAY Presents Benefit Concert Performances in Gander, Newfoundland Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

The new musical COME FROM AWAY will honor the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador and the "come from aways" whose lives inspired the new musical COME FROM AWAY with two special benefit concert performances at Gander's hockey arena. (more...)

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