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Our Next Gene Kelly? Watch Channing Tatum Tackle Song & Dance in HAIL, CAESAR!Our Next Gene Kelly? Watch Channing Tatum Tackle Song & Dance in HAIL, CAESAR!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Four-time Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen's HAIL, CAESAR! arrives in theatres today, February 5, 2016. An all-star comedy with music set during the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age, it stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand, and Channing Tatum, playing a Gene Kelly/Fred Astaire-type song and dance man of the silver screen. Tatum, who previously had no experience with the style, got help from a pro- Tony winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, The King and I). Below, watch a clip from his musical number, go behind the scenes of filming, and learn more about his character and the inspirations behind it! (more...)

HAIL, CAESAR! Brings Old Hollywood Pageantry to the Big Screen TodayHAIL, CAESAR! Brings Old Hollywood Pageantry to the Big Screen Today
by TV News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Four-time Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct HAIL, CAESAR!, an all-star comedy with music set during the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age. The movie hits theaters today, February 5th, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: Buyer Beware of Charming HAIL, CAESAR!'s Bait-and-SwitchBWW Review: Buyer Beware of Charming HAIL, CAESAR!'s Bait-and-Switch
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 5, 2016

One would think that a movie like HAIL, CAESAR!, written and directed by two of America's favorite filmmakers, starring a veritable who's who of Hollywood heavyweights, and set in one of the most entertaining and romanticized eras in American history would be a sure fire hit. The first time that I saw the film's trailer, that's immediately what I thought. I just naturally assumed that it would be scheduled for a mid-December release, in time to scoop up the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical, and to be the kooky, critical darling that snatched an Oscars' Best Picture nod, a la THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. Instead, it was released in the first week of February, one of the slowest movie-going times of the year, eons away from awards-consideration, and is easily the most disappointing movie that I've seen in quite a while. (more...)

NEWSIES National Tour Coming to Segerstrom Center, 5/17-29NEWSIES National Tour Coming to Segerstrom Center, 5/17-29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Disney's NEWSIES will play an exclusive two-week premiere engagement at Segerstrom Center for the Arts with performances May 17 - 29, 2016 in Segerstrom Hall. Individual tickets for NEWSIES start at $25 and may be purchased online at SCFTA.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group tickets for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, May 28, 2016 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. (more...)

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Reveals 2015 Nominations for Achievements in TheatreLos Angeles Drama Critics Circle Reveals 2015 Nominations for Achievements in Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) has announced its nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2015 (Dec. 1, 2014 - Nov. 30, 2015). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Artwork for THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL!Photo Flash: First Look at Artwork for THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, The SpongeBob Musical just announced casting for the Chicago engagement. Ethan Slater will make his Chicago debut in the role of the iconic SpongeBob Squarepants andLilli Cooper will play SpongeBob's close friend Sandy Cheeks. The cast will also feature Gaelen Gilliland, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, L'ogan J'ones, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Mark Ledbetter, Kelvin Moon Loh, Vasthy Mompoint, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Jason Michael Snow. The SpongeBob Musical will begin performances on Tuesday, June 7th at Broadway in Chicago's Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, July 3, 2016. Check out the just-released artwork for the show below! (more...)

BWW Review: Disney's NEWSIES at The Fox TheatreBWW Review: Disney's NEWSIES at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - Jan 25, 2016

It's not unusual for movies to be adapted for the stage these days, in fact, it's become rather commonplace. But typically, musicals written for the screen that flop (even though they might have a rather substantial cult following), are usually avoided for obvious reasons. Although, that didn't stop the producers of XANADU from plowing forward, go figure. The Disney film NEWSIES actually seems likes a logical choice to revamp and produce on the stage, and it wound up winning Tony Awards for best score and choreography back in 2012, and becoming quite the hit. So why am I so surprised? I guess because the current touring production, while occasionally dazzling, comes off slightly uninspired and flat. Now, don't get me wrong, there are some really fine performances, an eye catching scenic design, cool effects, and energetic choreography that certainly lives up to expectations. And, like the film, an awful lot of people, both young and old, are guaranteed to truly love this show, as evidenced by the very enthusiastic response from the audience at the performance I attended. (more...)

Ethan Slater, Lilli Cooper & More Will Lead THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL in Chicago!Ethan Slater, Lilli Cooper & More Will Lead THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL in Chicago!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

The SpongeBob Musical just announced casting for the Chicago engagement. Ethan Slater will make his Chicago debut in the role of the iconic SpongeBob Squarepants and Lilli Cooper will play SpongeBob's close friend Sandy Cheeks. The cast will also feature Gaelen Gilliland, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, L'ogan J'ones, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Mark Ledbetter, Kelvin Moon Loh, Vasthy Mompoint, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Jason Michael Snow. (more...)

Make a Splash! New SPONGEBOB Musical Sets Winter Auditions for Two Starring RolesMake a Splash! New SPONGEBOB Musical Sets Winter Auditions for Two Starring Roles
by Jessica Khan - Jan 20, 2016

Think you could rock a starfish or crab costume onstage? THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL is looking to fill two of its leading roles for its World Premiere engagement in Chicago this summer, and BroadwayWorld is excited to report auditions will be held this or next month in New York City and on January 29th in Orlando, Fla. (more...)

NEWSIES National Tour Coming to Omaha's Orpheum, 2/16-21NEWSIES National Tour Coming to Omaha's Orpheum, 2/16-21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

Disney's Tony Award-winning smash hit musical NEWSIES is coming to Omaha's Orpheum Theater Tuesday, February 16, for a limited engagement of six days through Sunday, February 21. NEWSIES is presented by Omaha Performing Arts as part of its Broadway series. Tickets start at $40 each and are available at the Ticket Omaha Box Office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 12th and Douglas streets, online at TicketOmaha.com; or by phone 402.345.0606. Group orders may be placed by calling 402.661.8516. (more...)

Looking Back and Moving Forward! Shows That Closed in 2015Looking Back and Moving Forward! Shows That Closed in 2015
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 1, 2016

Happy New Year, BroadwayWorld! As we eagerly anticipate the amazing musicals and plays coming up in 2016, we're taking a moment to look back at the significant Broadway closings of 2015. (more...)

BWW Review: THE KING AND I - Musical Theater HeavenBWW Review: THE KING AND I - Musical Theater Heaven
by Holly Kerr - Dec 30, 2015

Musical Theater HeavenThe Lincoln Center Review Spring 2015 Issue 65: The King and I states that 'Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I embodies theater's power to transform-both by drawing audiences into a time and place and by telling compelling stories that make us feel and think deeply about the world of the play and about our own world. A particular alchemy of creativity and vision is essential to achieving such a transformative act.' (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards - Last Week to Vote!2015 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards - Last Week to Vote!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 24, 2015

Happy Holidays! It's the last week to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. 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...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards Update - Audra McDonald Leading Patti LuPone!2015 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards Update - Audra McDonald Leading Patti LuPone!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 18, 2015

Time is running out to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. 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...)

Lesli Margherita, Kate Wetherhead & More Set for EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS IN CONCERT at Feinstein's/54 Below TonightLesli Margherita, Kate Wetherhead & More Set for EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS IN CONCERT at Feinstein's/54 Below Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents an evening with Paul Williams, Lisa Howard, Cass Morgan, Steven Booth, Lesli Margherita, Kate Wetherhead, Robb Sapp, Daniel Torres, Stephen Bienskie, Kevin Covert, Leo Daignault, Kevin Zak, Jeff Hiller and Sheri Sanders as well as muppeteers Tyler Bunch, Anney Ozar, David Stephens, Matthew Furtado, Kristin Feeney and James Silson in 'Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas In Concert' tonight, December 15, 2015 at 9:30 pm (doors at 8:45 pm). (more...)

Michael Feinstein, Norm Lewis & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below This WeekMichael Feinstein, Norm Lewis & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

This week FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visitwww.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards Update - Jerry Mitchell Edging Out Christopher Gattelli!2015 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards Update - Jerry Mitchell Edging Out Christopher Gattelli!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 11, 2015

Voting is fully underway for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 11. 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...)

VIDEO: AMAZING GRACE Teases 'Stay Tuned For The Encore'VIDEO: AMAZING GRACE Teases 'Stay Tuned For The Encore'
by Michael Dale - Dec 10, 2015

A video of the Broadway production's final curtain call ends with an a promise of an encore. (more...)

NEWSIES National Tour Coming to the Fabulous Fox in JanuaryNEWSIES National Tour Coming to the Fabulous Fox in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

Casting has been announced for the St. Louis engagement of Disney's NEWSIES.   The Tony Award-winning production will begin performances at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Tuesday, January 19 for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 31.  (more...)

NEWSIES National Tour to Hold Auditions in DetroitNEWSIES National Tour to Hold Auditions in Detroit
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

Disney Theatrical Productions will hold an open  call audition for male dancers for the North American touring production of NEWSIES, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical smash, in Detroit on Tuesday, December 15 at 12:30pm at Detroit Opera House/Margo V. Cohen Center for Dance (1526 Broadway Street, Detroit, MI 48226). This audition will be first come, first serve and is for technically-trained Equity and non-Equity male dancers between 16 - 22 years old of all ethnicities who can tap and sing well.  (more...)

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