City Center News

The New Disney Musical FREAKY FRIDAY Puts a Contemporary Spin on a Beloved ClassicThe New Disney Musical FREAKY FRIDAY Puts a Contemporary Spin on a Beloved Classic
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

Cleveland Play House will close out their 2016-17 season with the joyful new musical romp, Freaky Friday. Based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers which spawned two hit Disney films, Freaky Friday tells the story of a mother and daughter who magically swap bodies for 24 chaotic hours. The contemporary update of this American classic includes a hilarious new book by Bridget Carpenter ("Parenthood," "Friday Night Lights"), and a pop?rock score by Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, If/Then). Directed by Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse, it has been hailed as "a polished, peppy, modern fairy tale" by The Washington Post. With high-energy choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys), this vivacious production is "delightfully spunky" with "timeless appeal" (Variety). (more...)

YBCA to Present World Premiere of Kyle Abraham's DEAREST HOMEYBCA to Present World Premiere of Kyle Abraham's DEAREST HOME
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is pleased to welcome back YBCA 100 honoree, MacArthur 'Genius,' and Doris Duke Award-winning choreographer Kyle Abraham for the world premiere of his newest work, the YBCA-commissioned Dearest Home. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses an Obscure Loesser Show and Scott Siegel's GeniusExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses an Obscure Loesser Show and Scott Siegel's Genius
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 29, 2017

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and under appreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business.This Week: Revisiting an obscure Frank Loesser & praising the genius of Scott Siegel. (more...)

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Will Bring TOGETHER to New York City CenterMichael Ball and Alfie Boe Will Bring TOGETHER to New York City Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

Following the phenomenal success of their double platinum selling #1 UK album Together (released in the US by Decca Records), and a major sold out UK tour, musical legends Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have announced their first-and-only U.S. performance on May 23 at New York City Center. Tickets will be available at noon on April 5, 2017at www.livenation.com and www.nycitycenter.org. (more...)

Blanca Li to Bring GODDESSES AND DEMONESSES to New York City CenterBlanca Li to Bring GODDESSES AND DEMONESSES to New York City Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

Contemporary Spanish dancer/choreographer Blanca Li is bringing her new show 'Goddesses & Demonesses' to The City Center for a three-night limited engagement on March 30th through April 1st. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek at Blanca Li's GODDESSES & DEMONESSES, Coming to The City Center, 3/30-4/1VIDEO: Sneak Peek at Blanca Li's GODDESSES & DEMONESSES, Coming to The City Center, 3/30-4/1
by Stage Tube - Mar 29, 2017

Contemporary Spanish dancer/choreographer Blanca Li is bringing her new show “Goddesses & Demonesses” to The City Center for a three-night limited engagement on March 30th through April 1st. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief March 29th, 2017 - THE LITTLE FOXES and More!BWW Morning Brief March 29th, 2017 - THE LITTLE FOXES and More!
by Jessica Khan - Mar 29, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: THE LITTLE FOXES, featuring Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, begins previews on Broadway tonight! (more...)

Erica and Miles Aubrey to Host SPOTLIGHT AWARDS 5/13Erica and Miles Aubrey to Host SPOTLIGHT AWARDS 5/13
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 28, 2017

Miles and Erica Aubrey, Nashville-based performers with a broad range of Broadway, TV, film, and music credits, will lead a full day of performance workshops and serve as celebrity co-hosts for the Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards, or "Spotlight Awards," presented in partnership between the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) and Lipscomb University on May 13. (more...)

Photo Flash: Blanca Li's GODDESSES AND DEMONESSESPhoto Flash: Blanca Li's GODDESSES AND DEMONESSES
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

Contemporary dancer-choreographer Blanca Li and Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Maria Alexandrova conjure mythological figures in a new evening-length work by Li, Goddesses and Demonesses, that has its US premiere at the New York City Center. Drawing on Greek mythology and the contrasting languages of classical ballet and contemporary dance, Li and Alexandrova explore the dual nature of femininity, transforming into archetypes ranging from nurturing mothers to femme fatales. The acclaimed performance also features original couture costumes by four of the world's foremost fashion designers: Jean-Paul Gaultier, Azzedine Alaïa, Stella McCartney and Sophie Theallet.   (more...)

THE LITTLE FOXES, Starring Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, Starts Tomorrow on BroadwayTHE LITTLE FOXES, Starring Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, Starts Tomorrow on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

A friendly reminder that performances begin tomorrow, Wednesday, March 29, for Manhattan Theatre Club's new Broadway production of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes under the direction of Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Pops Features Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Concert, 4/21-22Pacific Symphony Pops Features Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Concert, 4/21-22
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

It's Broadway baby! Pacific Symphony Pops brings two award-winning Broadway superstars—Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell—together on one stage to deliver an evening of unforgettable music from the Great White Way. With stunning voices and booming careers on Broadway, television and concert stages, Hilty and Mitchell join the 88-piece orchestra to bring fresh insight to a program of Broadway hits and memorable melodies that have become timeless standards, including music from Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. Hilty dazzles with songs such as Gershwin's “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “They Just Keep Moving the Line” from the NBC-TV series “Smash” and “The Rainbow Connection” from her album “Live at the Cafe Carlyle.” Then, Mitchell takes the stage with masterpieces such as “Stars” from “Les Misérables,” “The Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha,” “It Ain't Necessarily So” from “Porgy and Bess,” and the ultimate lounge tune, “Feeling Good.”  (more...)

GOLDISOCKS AND HER THREE BEARS Tell Fabulous Tales of Drag Queens, Bears, and Shade, Oh My!GOLDISOCKS AND HER THREE BEARS Tell Fabulous Tales of Drag Queens, Bears, and Shade, Oh My!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Has this administration got you down? Tired of folks telling you which bathroom to use? LGBTQ friends rejoice - this show lets you exercise your rights as patriots to resist, stand up, and be counted (while looking fabulous doing it)! (more...)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Sailing to Haiti to Find Broadway Lead; Dates Set!ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Sailing to Haiti to Find Broadway Lead; Dates Set!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Producers Ken Davenport and Hunter Arnold have announced that Once On This Island, the Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated Best Musical, is returning to Broadway this fall. (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO Announces 2017 Summer Season Creative TeamPittsburgh CLO Announces 2017 Summer Season Creative Team
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO has announced the creative team for the 2017 Summer Season at the Benedum Center.  (more...)

Ajkun Ballet Hosts NYC Premiere of ANNA KARENINAAjkun Ballet Hosts NYC Premiere of ANNA KARENINA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Chiara Ajkun brings the passionate love story of Princess Anna Karenina and Count Alexey Vronskiy against the odds of a hypocritical society to life in her newest choreography. (more...)

BWW Review:  Cole Porter Meets Jimmy Durante as Encores! Reconstructs THE NEW YORKERSBWW Review: Cole Porter Meets Jimmy Durante as Encores! Reconstructs THE NEW YORKERS
by Michael Dale - Mar 26, 2017

The authors who wrote the books for even the most successful Broadway musical comedies of the 1920s and 30s often get a bum rap for the flimsiness of their plots and the nonsensical nature of their gags. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Super-Producer, Barry WeisslerExclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Welcomes Broadway Super-Producer, Barry Weissler
by Behind the Curtain - Mar 26, 2017

The words 'Just Do It' should be emblazoned across the office walls of  Tony Award winning producer Barry Weissler. On a beautiful Spring day, Barry invited Rob and Kevin into his offices to discuss his career and how he produced the revivals of CHICAGO, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and GREASE and gave power to new shows like THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, FALSETTOS, and WAITRESS. (more...)

Broadway Favorite Tommy Tune Will Dance His Way to Patchogue TheatreBroadway Favorite Tommy Tune Will Dance His Way to Patchogue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2017

TOMMY TUNE is one of the country's most prolific performer / director / choreographers and is celebrating his golden decade on the great American stage. He has received 10 Tony Awards, which includes the 2015 Tony for Life Achievement in the Theatre, The National Medal of Arts, 8 Drama Desk Awards, 3 Astaire Awards, and multiple Life Time Achievement Awards including the Society of Directors and the Choreographers' George Abbott Award. (more...)

Broderick, James, Pasquale & More Among Additional Guests Announced for NY POPS GalaBroderick, James, Pasquale & More Among Additional Guests Announced for NY POPS Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

On Monday, May 1, 2017, The New York Pops will celebrate its 34th birthday with a grand gala evening honoring Karen van Bergen, the CEO of Omnicom Public Relations Group, and Tony Award winners Kelli O'Hara and Bartlett Sher, whose collaborations over the last decade have won universal acclaim and whose individual careers represent pinnacles of achievement in the world of theatre. The concert will celebrate the multiyear partnership between the actress and stage director and will bring together artists from the stage and screen. (more...)

Broadway Stars Join Benefit BREATHE to Fund a Mother's Medical BillsBroadway Stars Join Benefit BREATHE to Fund a Mother's Medical Bills
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Performer Lauren Testerman (Love Quirks; Off-Broadway's The Black Book) and performer/composer Tim Realbuto (Ghostlight the musical; Off-Broadway's YES) will co-direct and star in a benefit concert entitled BREATHE: AN EVENING OF LIFE, LOVE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN on April 4th at 9:00 PM at the Triad Theatre in New York City. They will be joined on stage by some of NYC's best talent, including stars from television and the Broadway stage. (more...)

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