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BWW Interview: Tony Yazbeck Reflects on His History with GYPSY- 'I Never Wanted It to End'BWW Interview: Tony Yazbeck Reflects on His History with GYPSY- 'I Never Wanted It to End'
by Richard Ridge - May 22, 2015

Richard Ridge of 'Backstage with Richard Ridge' recently sat down with 2015 Tony nominee for On The Town, Tony Yazbeck, to discuss how things are going at the Lyric Theatre, what playing this role means to him, and so much more! Check out a sneak peek of the interview below in which Yazbeck discuss his history with GYPSY. Check back Saturday morning to watch the full interview! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Mike McGowan and Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE, Coming to The Old GlobePhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Mike McGowan and Anastasia Barzee in KISS ME, KATE, Coming to The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

?The Old Globe and Hartford Stage's co-production of Kiss Me, Kate, the classic musical comedy featuring a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and an iconic score by Cole Porter, will be choreographed by Peggy Hickey and directed by Hartford Stage Artistic Director and former Old Globe Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, who won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, which made its world premiere at The Old Globe and Hartford Stage in 2013. The Hartford Stage engagement runs May 14 - June 14; The Old Globe engagement will begin performances on July 1 and run through August 2, with opening night on Thursday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker in MTC's HEISENBERGPhoto Flash: First Look at Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker in MTC's HEISENBERG
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of Heisenberg, the new play by two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Punk Rock), directed by Drama Desk Award winner Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, How I Learned to Drive), is now in previews for a Wednesday, June 3 opening night at New York City Center - Stage II (131 West 55th Street). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the stars onstage below! (more...)

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat to Host 17 Writers, Featuring Obie, Larson & Kleban Award WinnersRhinebeck Writers Retreat to Host 17 Writers, Featuring Obie, Larson & Kleban Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Kathy Evans, Founding Executive Director of Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, announced the 17 writers and 8 new musicals selected for the fifth summer of weeklong retreats. For eight consecutive weeks beginning July 5th, each writing team will have a residency in Rhinebeck, New York. Writers are provided a private home, transportation, food, and a $400 stipend. This year's writers include Obie winner Kirsten Childs, Tony nominee Elizabeth Davis, and 2015 Jonathan Larson award-winners Charlie Sohne, Tim Rosser, and Sam Willmott, who also just won the Kleban Prize.  (more...)

Magloire & Baecher Premieres Set for City Center Studio, 6/12-13Magloire & Baecher Premieres Set for City Center Studio, 6/12-13
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Magloire's premiere, Friction, is a commission from the Center for Faith and Work in New York City, which offers annual artist residencies. The score, In Flow for solo violin, is by NYC-based composer, 2015 Guggenheim Fellow Richard Carrick, whose music has been described as 'charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness' and 'organic and restless' by The New York Times. Carick is co-founder and co-artistic director of the contemporary music ensemble Either/Or, recently taught composition at Columbia and New York Universities, and is a cornerstone of the teaching artist faculty for the New York Philharmonic. (more...)

Civic Theatre to Host 5th Annual Tonys & Tapas EventCivic Theatre to Host 5th Annual Tonys & Tapas Event
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

On Saturday, June 6, the evening before the nationally televised Tony Awards Ceremony, Civic Theatre of Allentown will present its 5th annual Tonys & Tapas Benefit to raise money for the Allentown theatre's general operating fund. Guests will enjoy vocal performances of selections from recent Broadway shows, as well as samplings from some of the Valley's finest restaurants and caterers. The event will also feature a live auction, open wine-beer-champagne bar, and special surprises. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Career Transition For Dancers' Inbetween Show Dinner!Photo Coverage: Inside Career Transition For Dancers' Inbetween Show Dinner!
by Linda Lenzi - May 21, 2015

The Shubert Organization and Career Transition For Dancers along with the host committee: Andy Blankenbuehler, Graciela Daniele, Mercedes Ellington, Donna McKechnie, Jerry Mitchell, & Chita Rivera welcomed The Broadway Dance Community for a Buffet Dinner & Between-Shows-Get-Together at Sardi's, Eugenia Room (234 West 44th Street) on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (5:00pm-7:00pm).  This event is generously underwritten by The Shubert Organization.  Past client Andy Blankenbuehler (award-winning choreographer of the hit musical "Hamilton") addressed the group on his relation with the organziation and how beneficial they have been for him and thousands of others. (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Tony Sheldon, James Snyder, Margo Seibert and More Star in EVER AFTER, Beginning Tonight at Paper Mill PlayhouseChristine Ebersole, Tony Sheldon, James Snyder, Margo Seibert and More Star in EVER AFTER, Beginning Tonight at Paper Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Paper Mill Playhouse presents the world-premiere musical Ever After, directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It), featuring a book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler and music by Zina Goldrich. Ever After begins performances tonight, May 21, 2015, and runs through Sunday, June 21, 2015. (more...)

Rutina Wesley to Lead The Old Globe's TWELFTH NIGHT; Cast, Creatives Set!Rutina Wesley to Lead The Old Globe's TWELFTH NIGHT; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Old Globe production of William Shakespeare's delightful and romantic Twelfth Night. Rebecca Taichman, whose production of the time-traveling Time and the Conways fascinated audiences last April, is back to direct the first show of the 2015 Summer Shakespeare Festival. The Old Globe engagement will begin performances on June 21 and run through July 26, 2015, with opening night on Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m., in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. (more...)

BWW Interview: Tony Yazbeck on ON THE TOWN- 'It's a Nice, Beautiful Surprise'BWW Interview: Tony Yazbeck on ON THE TOWN- 'It's a Nice, Beautiful Surprise'
by Richard Ridge - May 20, 2015

Richard Ridge of 'Backstage with Richard Ridge' recently sat down with 2015 Tony nominee for On The Town, Tony Yazbeck, to discuss how things are going at the Lyric Theatre, what playing this role means to him, and so much more! Check out a sneak peek of the interview below in which Yazbeck discuss his connection with the role of Gabey and what it has been like to be a part of this incredible revival. Check back Saturday morning to watch the full interview! (more...)

Jason Robert Brown, Rob McClure to Honor Stephen Sondheim at the Arden, 6/1Jason Robert Brown, Rob McClure to Honor Stephen Sondheim at the Arden, 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

Arden Theatre Company announces a final list of performers for the Master Storyteller Award ceremony and concert on Monday, June 1, 2015. The award will be bestowed upon Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who will accept the award at a ticketed ceremony and concert, which is a fundraising benefit for the Arden's extensive educational and outreach programs. Composer and Lyricist Jason Robert Brown will present Mr. Sondheim with the award. (more...)

Eddie Cooper & Joe Grifasi Will Join Ellen Greene, Jake Gyllenhaal & Taran Killam in Encores! Off-Center's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSEddie Cooper & Joe Grifasi Will Join Ellen Greene, Jake Gyllenhaal & Taran Killam in Encores! Off-Center's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

Eddie Cooper and Joe Grifasi will join the previously announced Ellen Greene, Jake Gyllenhaal and Taran Killam in the Encores! Off-Center concert production of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's Little Shop of Horrors, running for three performances, July 1-2, 2015 at New York City Center. Eddie Cooper replaces his father Chuck Cooper, who will be starring in the upcoming Broadway musical Amazing Grace. (more...)

Exclusive Coverage: Inside APAC's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG TalkbackExclusive Coverage: Inside APAC's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Talkback
by Adrienne Onofri - May 20, 2015

54 Below's Jennifer Ashley Tepper visits the Astoria theater currently producing the beloved Sondheim musical. (more...)

Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Aaron Lazar & More Will Join Jonathan Groff in Encores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAINDan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Aaron Lazar & More Will Join Jonathan Groff in Encores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAIN
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Jenni Barber, Quentin Earl Darrington, Bradley Dean, Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Josh Lamon, Aaron Lazar, Alyse Alan Louis and Rema Webb will join the previously announced Jonathan Groff in the Encores! Off-Center production of William Finn and James Lapine's A New Brain, running June 24 - 27, 2015. The production will be directed by James Lapine, with choreography by Josh Prince. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the Nominees- SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Casey Nicholaw- 'I Have Two Pins!'BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the Nominees- SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Casey Nicholaw- 'I Have Two Pins!'
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 19, 2015

We are yet another day closer to the biggest night on every theatre-lover's calendar- the 69th Annual Tony Awards, which will be co-hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming on Sunday, June 7 (8PM on CBS). Earlier this month, the 2015 Tony nominees gathered to meet the press and BroadwayWorld was on hand for the big day. Below, we bring you an exclusive interview with Casey NIcholaw, Best Choreography and Direction of a Musical nominee for Something Rotten!. (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for MTC's Spring Gala!Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for MTC's Spring Gala!
by Jennifer Broski - May 19, 2015

Manhattan Theatre Club just presented their annual Spring Gala last night, at Cipriani 42nd Street (110 East 42nd Street). This year's gala was hosted by Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski ('The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,' Nine) and featured special guest and Tony Award nominee for Airline Highway K. Todd Freeman, and performances by many of the most acclaimed musicals on Broadway including: Beautiful, Finding Neverland, Gigi, It Shoulda Been You, On The Town, Something Rotten!, and The Visit. BroadwayWorld takes you on inside the special event below! (more...)

The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia Acquired by Carey Watermark Investors in Joint VentureThe Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia Acquired by Carey Watermark Investors in Joint Venture
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Carey Watermark Investors Incorporated (CWI 1) announced that it has acquired a majority interest in the 299-room Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia (The Ritz-Carlton) in a joint venture with Philadelphia Hospitality Partners, L.P., the owner of the property. (more...)

This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 5/18/2015This Week's New Classifieds on BWW - 5/18/2015
by - May 18, 2015

This Week's New Classified Listings on BroadwayWorld.com for 5/18/2015. (more...)

Original Cast, Creatives to Reunite for 10th Anniversary of NYTW's SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED This Month at SubCultureOriginal Cast, Creatives to Reunite for 10th Anniversary of NYTW's SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED This Month at SubCulture
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

Original ensemble members, Michael Winther, Kimberly Grigsby, Shane Shanahan are joined by cellist, Peter Sachon as they reunite with Pulitzer prize-winning lyricist, Mark Campbell and many of the composers for a special one-night-only concert event, celebrating the ten year anniversary of Songs from an Unmade Bed, the critically acclaimed, theatrical song cycle originally produced off-Broadway by New York Theatre Workshop in 2005. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/18/15- FINIAN'S RAINBOWSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/18/15- FINIAN'S RAINBOW
by Stage Tube - May 18, 2015

Today in 1955, Finian's Rainbow opened at City Center, where it ran for 15 performances. Finian's Rainbow is a musical with a book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg, and music by Burton Lane. The 1947 Broadway production ran for 725 performances. Finian moves to the southern United States (the fictional state of Missitucky is a humorous combination of Mississippi and Kentucky) from Ireland with his daughter Sharon, to bury a stolen pot of gold near Fort Knox, in the mistaken belief that it will grow. A leprechaun follows them, desperate to recover his treasure before the loss of it turns him permanently human. Complications arise when a bigoted and corrupt U.S. Senator gets involved, and when wishes are made inadvertently over the hidden crock. (more...)

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