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Isaiah Johnson, Joaquina Kalukango & Kyle Scatliffe Join Cast of Broadway-Bound THE COLOR PURPLEIsaiah Johnson, Joaquina Kalukango & Kyle Scatliffe Join Cast of Broadway-Bound THE COLOR PURPLE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

Additional principal casting for this fall's highly anticipated production of THE COLOR PURPLE, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, has been confirmed. (more...)

Download Jennifer Hudson's 'Too Beautiful for Words' from THE COLOR PURPLE; Tickets Now On Sale!Download Jennifer Hudson's 'Too Beautiful for Words' from THE COLOR PURPLE; Tickets Now On Sale!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

Produced by Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, and Tom Siracusa, The Color Purple will return to Broadway this fall in the acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory production directed by Two-time Tony Award winner John Doyle. The highly anticipated staging will feature Grammy, Academy Award, and Golden Globe award winner JENNIFER HUDSON; CYNTHIA ERIVO, the breakout star from the London production; and Orange is the New Black's DANIELLE BROOKS. All three women will be making their Broadway debuts. Tickets are now available! Can't wait until the show returns to Broadway this fall? Get your Color Purple fix today with a free download of 'Too Beautiful for Words,' performed by Jennifer Hudson. CLICK HERE to download the song now! (more...)

Audience Rewards Pre-Sale for THE COLOR PURPLE on Broadway Begins Next WeekAudience Rewards Pre-Sale for THE COLOR PURPLE on Broadway Begins Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Tickets for THE COLOR PURPLE will be available Monday, June 22, 2015, exclusively for Audience Rewards members, who get first access to tickets by visiting www.AudienceRewards.com. Single tickets go on-sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (more...)

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Danielle Brooks to Make Broadway Debut Opposite Jennifer Hudson & Cynthia Erivo in THE COLOR PURPLEORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Danielle Brooks to Make Broadway Debut Opposite Jennifer Hudson & Cynthia Erivo in THE COLOR PURPLE
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

DANIELLE BROOKS, who plays 'Taystee' on the hit TV show, Orange Is the New Black, will make her Broadway debut as 'Sofia' in the upcoming Broadway musical revival of THE COLOR PURPLE. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Brooks joins the previously announced JENNIFER HUDSON and CYNTHIA ERIVO in the critically acclaimed staging from London's Menier Chocolate Factory. (more...)

Video Roundup: Meet Broadway's Next Celie, Cynthia Erivo!Video Roundup: Meet Broadway's Next Celie, Cynthia Erivo!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Erivo is relatively unknown to New York audiences, and BroadwayWorld wants you to get to know the star before she makes her big debut. Check out a collection of some of her recent performances below! (more...)

Cynthia Erivo Will Make Broadway Debut Opposite Jennifer Hudson in THE COLOR PURPLE; Set to Open at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre!Cynthia Erivo Will Make Broadway Debut Opposite Jennifer Hudson in THE COLOR PURPLE; Set to Open at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Producers Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, Tom Siracusa just announced that CYNTHIA ERIVO, the breakout star of the Menier Chocolate Factory production of THE COLOR PURPLE, will make her Broadway debut this fall when she reprises her acclaimed performance as Celie in John Doyle's critically heralded production. THE COLOR PURPLE will begin preview performances on Monday, November 9th at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th street) and will officially open on Thursday, December 3. (more...)

Update: It's Official! Jennifer Hudson Will Make Broadway Debut Next Fall in Revival of THE COLOR PURPLE!Update: It's Official! Jennifer Hudson Will Make Broadway Debut Next Fall in Revival of THE COLOR PURPLE!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Following rumors earlier today that Jennifer Hudson would be making her Broadway debut in a revival of THE COLOR PURPLE, producers have now confirmed that the Oscar winner will indeed head to the Great White Way. Beginning next fall, John Doyle's critically acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory production of The Color Purple, the landmark musical will come to Broadway with the Grammy, Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winner in the role of Shug Avery, despite earlier reports that she'd be taking on the role of Celie. (more...)

Review Roundup: Menier Chocolate Factory's ASSASSINSReview Roundup: Menier Chocolate Factory's ASSASSINS
by Review Roundups - Dec 12, 2014

Menier Chocolate Factory Artistic Director David Babani welcomes Jamie Lloyd's major revival of Stephen Sondheimand John Weidman's ASSASSINS as part of the theatre's 10-year anniversary season. Joining are Carly Bawden,Simon Lipkin, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman, David Roberts and Catherine Tate are Stewart Clarke, Harry Morrison ,Aaron Tveit and Jamie Parker. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Aaron Tveit, Catherine Tate and More in ASSASSINS, Opening Tonight at Menier Chocolate FactoryPhoto Flash: First Look at Aaron Tveit, Catherine Tate and More in ASSASSINS, Opening Tonight at Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

Menier Chocolate Factory Artistic Director David Babani welcomes Jamie Lloyd's major revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's ASSASSINS as part of the theatre's 10-year anniversary season. Joining Carly Bawden, Simon Lipkin, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman, David Roberts and Catherine Tate are Stewart Clarke, Harry Morrison, Aaron Tveit and Jamie Parker. The production opens tonight, 1 December 2014, and runs until 7 March 2015. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

ASSASSINS, Featuring Aaron Tveit, Opens Tonight at the Menier Chocolate FactoryASSASSINS, Featuring Aaron Tveit, Opens Tonight at the Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

With Fully Committed running at the Menier, and Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre, Artistic Director David Babani welcomes Jamie Lloyd's major revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins as part of Menier Chocolate Factory's 10-year anniversary season. The production opens tonight, 1 December 2014, with previews from 21 November, and runs until 7 March 2015. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Damian Humbley On Christmas Show and FORBIDDEN BROADWAY!BWW Interviews: Damian Humbley On Christmas Show and FORBIDDEN BROADWAY!
by Carrie Dunn - Nov 20, 2014

We talk to the West End actor about the importance of musical theatre, Forbidden Broadway, and why he loves Christmas... (more...)

Confirmed: Tveit and Parker Join Cast of ASSASSINS At The Chocolate Factory!Confirmed: Tveit and Parker Join Cast of ASSASSINS At The Chocolate Factory!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

Joining Carly Bawden, Simon Lipkin, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman, David Roberts and Catherine Tate are Stewart Clarke, Harry Morrison, Aaron Tveit and Jamie Parker. The production opens on 1 December 2014, with previews from 21 November, and runs until 7 March 2015. (more...)

Bianco Joins Cast Of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, Transferring To Vaudeville Theatre From Sep 2014!Bianco Joins Cast Of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, Transferring To Vaudeville Theatre From Sep 2014!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Following a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, the theatre is delighted to announce its "breathtakingly funny" (Guardian) production of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY will transfer to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre on Tuesday 9th September - 22nd November, with press night on Monday 15th September at 7 pm. (more...)

BWW Reviews: LIFE OF THE PARTY, Menier Chocolate Factory, May 30 2014BWW Reviews: LIFE OF THE PARTY, Menier Chocolate Factory, May 30 2014
by Nick Morrison - Jun 1, 2014

Life of the Party is a rollicking evening, showcasing Andrew Lippa as a singularly talented theatre songwriter. His work and a supremely talented cast make the show a delight for existing fans of the composer and for those neophytes ready to be converted. (more...)

Menier Chocolate Factory's 'THE LIFE OF THE PARTY' Andrew Lippa Tribute Begins TonightMenier Chocolate Factory's 'THE LIFE OF THE PARTY' Andrew Lippa Tribute Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

Performances begin tonight for The Life of the Party - A Celebration of the Songs of Andrew Lippa, a spectacular evening with one of Broadway's most exciting composers and lyricists with David Babani, Artistic Director of the Chocolate Factory, directing alongside an Olivier Award winning creative team. Lynne Page - Choreography, Gareth Owen - Sound Design, Tim Lutkin - Lighting Design and Morgan Large - Set and Costume Design. (more...)

Creative Team Set for Menier Chocolate Factory's 'THE LIFE OF THE PARTY' Andrew Lippa Tribute, May 27-June 14Creative Team Set for Menier Chocolate Factory's 'THE LIFE OF THE PARTY' Andrew Lippa Tribute, May 27-June 14
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

Rehearsals begin today for The Life of the Party - A Celebration of the Songs of Andrew Lippa, a spectacular evening with one of Broadway's most exciting composers and lyricists with David Babani, Artistic Director of the Chocolate Factory, directing alongside an Olivier Award winning creative team. Lynne Page - Choreography, Gareth Owen - Sound Design, Tim Lutkin - Lighting Design and Morgan Large - Set and Costume Design. (more...)

Lester And Morahan Win At Critics' Circle Theatre Awards, Announced Today!Lester And Morahan Win At Critics' Circle Theatre Awards, Announced Today!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2013

Adrian Lester and Hattie Morahan took the prizes for Best Actor and Actress at today's Critics' Circle awards, hosted by Mark Shenton and introduced by comedian Arthur Smith, at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: ALIVE AND KICKING!Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: ALIVE AND KICKING!
by Jennifer Broski - Sep 8, 2012

After a three-year absence, Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway returns to the 47th Street Theatre with a brand new edition, Forbidden Broadway: ALIVE AND KICKING. The show, which opened last night, September 6, will run for a limited engagement through January 6, 2013. This production will mark Forbidden Broadway's 30th Anniversary, as well as its 21st edition. BroadwayWorld was there for opening night, and we bring you full photo coverage from the first curtain call and after party below! (more...)

George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber Star in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, Now thru 8/12George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber Star in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, Now thru 8/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2012

The critically acclaimed production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber, will play at the San Diego Civic Theater tonight, August 7-August 12, 2012. Tickets are on sale now and as part of Broadway/San Diego's 2012-2013 35th Anniversary Season Package. (more...)

George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber Star in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, August 7-12George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber Star in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, August 7-12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2012

The critically acclaimed production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber, will play at the San Diego Civic Theater August 7-12, 2012. Tickets are on sale now and as part of Broadway/San Diego's 2012-2013 35th Anniversary Season Package. (more...)

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