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Photo Coverage: Bette Midler, Jenn Colella and More Celebrate 67th Annual Outer Critics Circle Theatre AwardsPhoto Coverage: Bette Midler, Jenn Colella and More Celebrate 67th Annual Outer Critics Circle Theatre Awards
by Walter McBride - May 26, 2017

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre announced its award winners for the 2016-17 season in 27 categories earlier this month. Broadway's Danny Burstein, Katie Finneran and Christopher Fitzgerald served as gala award presenters at the 67th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony yesterday, May 25th, at the legendary Sardi's Restaurant. BroadwayWorld was there and brings you photos below! (more...)

DVR Alert: DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Ben Platt, COME FROM AWAY Cast Will Visit THE VIEWDVR Alert: DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Ben Platt, COME FROM AWAY Cast Will Visit THE VIEW
by TV News Desk - May 25, 2017

BWW has learned that Tony Award-nominee and star of Broadway's DEAR EVAN HANSEN, Ben Platt will perform on ABC's THE VIEW on Thursday, June 1st. On Friday, June 2nd, the cast of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY will perform. (more...)

COME FROM AWAY Leads Toronto Theatre Critics AwardsCOME FROM AWAY Leads Toronto Theatre Critics Awards
by Alan Henry - May 25, 2017

Best Musical Tony Award contender COME FROM AWAY won big at the Toronto Theatre Critics Awards including Best New Musical, Best Production of a Musical, and Best Direction of a Musical. Mirvish Productions produced the show at the Royal Alexandra Theatre last December before it moved down to New York. (more...)

VIDEO: Cast of Broadway's COME FROM AWAY Performs on 'LATE NIGHT'VIDEO: Cast of Broadway's COME FROM AWAY Performs on 'LATE NIGHT'
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

The cast of Broadway's COME FROM AWAY performed the show's opening number, 'Welcome to the Rock' on last  night's LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS. Check out the appearance below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Actress Jennafer Newberry Talks FREAKY FRIDAY at the AlleyBWW Interview: Actress Jennafer Newberry Talks FREAKY FRIDAY at the Alley
by Audrey Morabito - May 22, 2017

Houston's Alley Theatre will open a new musical comedy, FREAKY FRIDAY, on June 2 to will play through July 2. A co-production by La Jolla Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, and Alley Theatre, directed by Christopher Ashley, this wild classic has been translated into a contemporary musical comedy based on Mary Rodger's novel of the same name, with music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and   Brian Yorkey of Next to Normal and If/Then. I spoke with Jennifer Newberry, Houston native and avid performer about her performance past growing up in Houston and the striking similarity she has to her character in FREAKY FRIDAY, Gretchen. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: People, Places & Planes- How Tony Nominees Christopher Ashley and Kelly Devine Navigated COME FROM AWAY!BWW TV Exclusive: People, Places & Planes- How Tony Nominees Christopher Ashley and Kelly Devine Navigated COME FROM AWAY!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 17, 2017

Director Christopher Ashley and choreographer Kelly Devine both earned Tony nominations for their work on the seven-time nominated Come From Away. Below, watch as the duo explains how they brought the musical to life on stage! (more...)

Photo Coverage: From La Jolla to DC, Seattle to Toronto- COME FROM AWAY Celebrates 300th Performance!Photo Coverage: From La Jolla to DC, Seattle to Toronto- COME FROM AWAY Celebrates 300th Performance!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - May 17, 2017

Come from Away, nominated for seven Tony Awards, has now played 96 performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, but the show's road to Broadway was a long one. Just yesterday the cast celebrated a special milestone- made up from engagements in La Jolla (40), Seattle (47), DC (50), Gander (2), Toronto (65) and Broadway, and the combined performances bring the count to 300! (more...)

DVR Alert: Cast of Broadway's COME FROM AWAY to Perform on NBC's LATE NIGHTDVR Alert: Cast of Broadway's COME FROM AWAY to Perform on NBC's LATE NIGHT
by TV News Desk - May 15, 2017

BWW has just learned that the cast of the Tony-nominated musical COME FROM AWAY will perform on NBC's LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS on Monday, May 22nd. Kyle Chandler and Michaela Watkins are also scheduled to appear on the show. (more...)

Broadway-Bound ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE Extends Again at La Jolla PlayhouseBroadway-Bound ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE Extends Again at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

Due to unprecedented demand, La Jolla Playhouse announces another extension for its world-premiere musical, Escape to Margaritaville, now scheduled to run through July 9. (more...)

COME FROM AWAY Producers Talk Lasting Impact On Audiences and Connection With CanadaCOME FROM AWAY Producers Talk Lasting Impact On Audiences and Connection With Canada
by Stephanie Wild - May 12, 2017

With Come From Away establishing itself as one of the frontrunners at this year's Tony Awards, people are buzzing more than ever. In a recent article by the Washington Post, the producers of the hit new musical discussed the lasting impact that it has been having on its audience. (more...)

Broadway's COME FROM AWAY Will Be Broadcast on 98.7 WFMT Radio This SpringBroadway's COME FROM AWAY Will Be Broadcast on 98.7 WFMT Radio This Spring
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

WFMT's long-running weekly radio series, The Midnight Special, hosted by Rich Warren, has gotten the rights to broadcast and stream the original cast recording of the seven-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY in its entirety on Saturday, May 27 during its weekly broadcast between 9:00 pm and 12:00 am CDT. Listeners can tune in to 98.7WFMT or go to wfmt.com/listen to access the live stream. (more...)

Heidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton to Reprise Roles in FREAKY FRIDAY at the Alley TheatreHeidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton to Reprise Roles in FREAKY FRIDAY at the Alley Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

The Alley Theatre announces the cast and creative team of its 2016-2017 season finale production - Disney's new musical Freaky Friday. (more...)

Tony Awards Close-Up: COME FROM AWAY's Jenn Colella Is Flying High as a First-Time Nominee!Tony Awards Close-Up: COME FROM AWAY's Jenn Colella Is Flying High as a First-Time Nominee!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 10, 2017

Jenn Colella agrees that COME FROM AWAY is both a fun and important story to tell, which audiences remind her and the cast after 'every breath we take.' Audiences are also loving her performance as Beverley, which as earned her a Tony nomination for Featured Actress in a Musical. Check out the video below, as she talks about when she realized she would become a performer, and what it's like to live in the world of COME FROM AWAY! (more...)

Breaking News: HELLO, DOLLY! & COME FROM AWAY Top Outer Critics Circle Winners; Full List!Breaking News: HELLO, DOLLY! & COME FROM AWAY Top Outer Critics Circle Winners; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre announced today its award winners for the 2016-17 season in 27 categories. (more...)

KCRep Congratulates Collaborators on Tony NominationsKCRep Congratulates Collaborators on Tony Nominations
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

Kansas City Repertory Theatre is proud to congratulate What Would Crazy Horse Do? Director, Sam Pinkleton on his Tony Award Nomination Best Choreography for his work on this season's Broadway hit musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which led the field with 12 nominations, including Best Musical. Pinkleton previously choreographed KCRep's 2015 acclaimed production of Hair: Retrospection. (more...)

Seattle Rep Celebrates COME FROM AWAY's Tony Nominations, New Play DevelopmentSeattle Rep Celebrates COME FROM AWAY's Tony Nominations, New Play Development
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

With great excitement, Seattle Repertory Theatre celebrates the multiple Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Drama League Award nominations of the world-premiere production Come From Away, now playing the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway. (more...)

FREAKY FRIDAY Movie Musical in the Works for Disney ChannelFREAKY FRIDAY Movie Musical in the Works for Disney Channel
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

From screen to stage to screen again! According to a Disney Channel spokesperson, Disney's new FREAKY FRIDAY musical adaptation is in development for TV, 'contingent on casting.' (more...)

Photo Coverage: The 2017 Tony Nominees Are Ready for Their Close-Ups!Photo Coverage: The 2017 Tony Nominees Are Ready for Their Close-Ups!
by Walter McBride - May 4, 2017

Everything's coming up Tonys! Spring has sprung, awards season has begun, and the latter is all that really matters to Broadway fans everywhere. Earlier this week, Jane Krakowski and Christopher Jackson announced the 2017 Tony nominees, celebrating the best of the 2016-17 theatre season (and what a season it's been!). Topping this year's list is Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, which received twelve nominations, closely followed by Hello, Dolly! and Dear Evan Hansen- picking up ten and nine nods respectively.  (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse Celebrates COME FROM AWAY, INDECENT Tony NominationsLa Jolla Playhouse Celebrates COME FROM AWAY, INDECENT Tony Nominations
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

La Jolla Playhouse has announced that the world-premiere, Playhouse-born productions of Come From Away, featuring book, music and lyrics by David Hein and Irene Sankoff and direction by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, and Indecent, by Paula Vogel, have both received multiple Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Obie and Lucille Lortel Award nominations for their subsequent Broadway and/or Off-Broadway productions this season. (more...)

The 2017 Tony Awards Nominations - Show by Show!The 2017 Tony Awards Nominations - Show by Show!
by Caryn Robbins - May 2, 2017

Below, check out how each show fared individually in BWW's list of nominations by show. (more...)

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