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Broadway's WAR PAINT, COME FROM AWAY and More Get Behind-the-Scenes Looks in Guggenheim's Spring 2017 'Works & Process' SeriesBroadway's WAR PAINT, COME FROM AWAY and More Get Behind-the-Scenes Looks in Guggenheim's Spring 2017 'Works & Process' Series
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Works & Process at the Guggenheim has announced its spring 2017 season. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Regional Awards Update - Tiziano D'Affuso, Jaysen Wright in Lead!2016 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Regional Awards Update - Tiziano D'Affuso, Jaysen Wright in Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 2, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (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...)

New Donna Summer Musical, Leigh Silverman-Helmed WILD GOOSE DREAMS and More Round Out La Jolla Playhouse's 2017-18 SeasonNew Donna Summer Musical, Leigh Silverman-Helmed WILD GOOSE DREAMS and More Round Out La Jolla Playhouse's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse, nationally-renowned for the development of new work, announces four world-premiere productions for the 2017/2018 season, including the previously-announced Escape to Margaritaville (May/June), featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett and an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia ('My Name Is Earl') and Mike O'Malley ('Survivor's Remorse,' 'Shameless'), directed by La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley (Come From Away, Memphis). (more...)

TV: Jenn Colella, Kendra Kassebaum, and Joel Hatch Tell Us About COME FROM AWAYTV: Jenn Colella, Kendra Kassebaum, and Joel Hatch Tell Us About COME FROM AWAY
by Alan Henry - Nov 17, 2016

This morning BroadwayWorld was on location in Toronto at the newly restored Royal Alexandra Theatre talking with the cast of Come From Away! Check out the video below! (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...)

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...)

F. Murray Abraham, Hank Azaria & More Will Honor David Hyde Pierce at Drama League GalaF. Murray Abraham, Hank Azaria & More Will Honor David Hyde Pierce at Drama League Gala
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

The Drama League has announced Tony Award and Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus), Emmy Award winner Hank Azaria ('The Simpsons'), Tony Award winner Christopher Durang (Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike), Tony Award winning Broadway Producer Daryl Roth (Kinky Boots), Tony Award nominees Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!), Drama Desk nominee John Bolton (Curtains), along with Lea DeLaria ('Orange is the New Black') and Peri Gilpin ('Frazier'), have joined the roster of special guest performers for The 33rd Annual Drama League Centennial Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce to be held on Monday evening, November 7, 2016 at The Plaza (768 Fifth Avenue) in New York City. (more...)

Review Roundup: FREAKY FRIDAY the Musical Opens at Signature Theatre- Updating Live!Review Roundup: FREAKY FRIDAY the Musical Opens at Signature Theatre- Updating Live!
by Review Roundups - Oct 26, 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.  The show received its opening night this week and Broadway World has all the reviews as they roll in.  (more...)

BWW Review: Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY Makes Strong Premiere at Signature TheatreBWW Review: Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY Makes Strong Premiere at Signature Theatre
by Jennifer Perry - Oct 26, 2016

The world premiere stage adaptation features some of Broadway and television's best creative talent, two extremely strong leads, and an infectiously energetic ensemble cast. (more...)

Tickets Go On Sale for COME FROM AWAY on Broadway!Tickets Go On Sale for COME FROM AWAY on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

The new musical COME FROM AWAY will begin performances on Broadway on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) and officially open Sunday, March 12, 2017, following productions at Washington DC's Ford's Theatre (Friday, September 2 - Sunday, October 16, 2016) and Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre (Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - Sunday, January 8, 2017), and two special benefit concert performances in Gander, Newfoundland (Saturday, October 29, 2016). Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning today, October 24, 2016 at 10am EST, and will be available at www.telecharge.com (212.239.6200). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Heidi Blickenstaff Debuts Song from FREAKY FRIDAY in Latest PreviewSTAGE TUBE: Heidi Blickenstaff Debuts Song from FREAKY FRIDAY in Latest Preview
by Stage Tube - Oct 20, 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 will run from October 4 - November 20 in Signature Theatre's MAX Theatre. Click below to watch a premiere musical number from the show, starring Broadway favorite Heidi Blickenstaff! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Heidi Blickenstaff, Emma Hunton and More in Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY in D.C.Photo Flash: First Look at Heidi Blickenstaff, Emma Hunton and More in Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY in D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 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 a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY Musical in D.C.STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY Musical in D.C.
by Stage Tube - Oct 17, 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. Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

New Jimmy Buffett Musical, SOMETHING ROTTEN! and More Set for Broadway In Chicago's 2017 SeasonNew Jimmy Buffett Musical, SOMETHING ROTTEN! and More Set for Broadway In Chicago's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Broadway In Chicago has just announced its next season line-up: a new Pre-Broadway musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, Tony Award-winning AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Tony Award-winning RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S THE KING AND I, the completely original new musical comedy SOMETHING ROTTEN! and LES MISERABLES. (more...)

Jimmy Buffett Musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE to Sail to Chicago Before BroadwayJimmy Buffett Musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE to Sail to Chicago Before Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

Broadway In Chicago and Producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams announced today that Escape to Margaritaville, the new musical featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, will play a limited pre-Broadway engagement beginning November 9, 2017 at Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph). (more...)

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