David Babani News

Photo Flash: First Look at Andrew Lippa and More in THE LIFE OF THE PARTY at TheatreWorksPhoto Flash: First Look at Andrew Lippa and More in THE LIFE OF THE PARTY at TheatreWorks
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley brings U.S. audiences their first look a London hit with the American Premiere of the joyous musical revue The Life of the Party. Directed and co-created by David Babani, the Artistic Director of London's Menier Chocolate Factory, this rollicking musical journey celebrates the songs of Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family, Big Fish) who takes the stage as a featured performer, along with a cast of Broadway and West End veterans, bringing to life a hilarious, uplifting, memorable evening. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

TheatreWorks' Robert Kelley Receives Palo Alto HonorsTheatreWorks' Robert Kelley Receives Palo Alto Honors
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley was the star of the show for a change - receiving proclamations on Monday, August 22 from both the City of Palo Alto's Mayor Pat Burt, and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, acknowledging his significant contributions to the community. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Stars of Andrew Lippa's THE LIFE OF THE PARTY at TheatreWorksPhoto Flash: Meet the Stars of Andrew Lippa's THE LIFE OF THE PARTY at TheatreWorks
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will bring U.S. audiences their first look a London hit, when it presents the American Premiere of the joyous musical revue The Life of the Party. Directed and co-created by David Babani, the Artistic Director of London's Menier Chocolate Factory, this rollicking musical journey celebrates the songs of Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family, Big Fish) who takes the stage as a featured performer, along with a cast of Broadway and West End veterans, bringing to life a hilarious, uplifting, memorable evening. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below! (more...)

Andrew Lippa's THE LIFE OF THE PARTY Makes US Premiere at TheatreWorks this AugustAndrew Lippa's THE LIFE OF THE PARTY Makes US Premiere at TheatreWorks this August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will bring U.S. audiences their first look a London hit, when it presents the American Premiere of the joyous musical revue The Life of the Party. Directed and co-created by David Babani, the Artistic Director of London's Menier Chocolate Factory, this rollicking musical journey celebrates the songs of Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family, Big Fish) who takes the stage as a featured performer, along with a cast of Broadway and West End veterans, bringing to life a hilarious, uplifting, memorable evening that was declared "Sexy, sophisticated, and funny" and awarded five stars by London's Telegraph. The Life of the Party will be presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley August 24-September 18 (press opening: August 27) at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View. For tickets ($19-$80) and information the public may visit www.TheatreWorks.org or call(650) 463-1960. (more...)

Damian Humbley, Sally Ann Triplett and Teal Wicks to Join Andrew Lippa in THE LIFE OF THE PARTY at TheatreWorksDamian Humbley, Sally Ann Triplett and Teal Wicks to Join Andrew Lippa in THE LIFE OF THE PARTY at TheatreWorks
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's 47th season will feature American Premiere of the surprise London hit, THE LIFE OF THE PARTY, running August 24 - September 18, starring Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa. (more...)

Lin-Manuel Miranda, HAMILTON, THE COLOR PURPLE & More  Win Big at the 2016 Drama League Awards!Lin-Manuel Miranda, HAMILTON, THE COLOR PURPLE & More Win Big at the 2016 Drama League Awards!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director, Gabriel Shelian-Shanks) gathers today for the 82nd Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony, hosted by 2016 Tony® Award-nominees, Zachary Levi (She Loves Me) and Megan Hilty (Noises Off), in the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway).  (more...)

SHE LOVES ME, HAMILTON, THE CRUCIBLE & More Earn 2016 Drama League Nominations; Check Out the Full List!SHE LOVES ME, HAMILTON, THE CRUCIBLE & More Earn 2016 Drama League Nominations; Check Out the Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

The 2016 Drama League Award Nominees for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award were just announced this morning at Sardi's, by Aladdin stars Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed and James Monroe Iglehart. Check out the full list of nominees below! (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE Revival Cast Album Hits the Shelves TodayTHE COLOR PURPLE Revival Cast Album Hits the Shelves Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

THE COLOR PURPLE recorded its official Broadway cast album in December, and it is available online and in stores today, February 19, released by Broadway Records. The album is produced by six-time Grammy Award winner Frank Filipetti.  (more...)

TheatreWorks' 47th Season to Feature American, World PremieresTheatreWorks' 47th Season to Feature American, World Premieres
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

Theatre enthusiasts packed the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts tonight to hear Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley and Managing Director Phil Santora of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley unveil the line-up for the company's 47th season. (more...)

VIDEO: THE COLOR PURPLE's Danielle Brooks Talks Performing In Front of Oprah WinfreyVIDEO: THE COLOR PURPLE's Danielle Brooks Talks Performing In Front of Oprah Winfrey
by TV News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

Danielle Brooks (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) stopped by last night's THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT to talk about performing in the hit Broadway show THE COLOR PURPLE in front of Oprah Winfrey (more...)

DVR Alert: THE COLOR PURPLE's Danielle Brooks to Visit CBS's 'Late Show', 1/27DVR Alert: THE COLOR PURPLE's Danielle Brooks to Visit CBS's 'Late Show', 1/27
by TV News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

CBS has announced that THE COLOR PURPLE's Danielle Brooks (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) will visit the LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT on Wednesday, Jan. 27th. (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE Will Record Cast Album Next Week; Release Set for 1/29THE COLOR PURPLE Will Record Cast Album Next Week; Release Set for 1/29
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

THE COLOR PURPLE, which opened last night to ecstatic reviews, will record its official cast album this Monday, December 14, 2015.  The new Broadway cast recording will be released by Broadway Records on January 29, 2016and can pre-ordered at Amazon.com and at www.BroadwayRecords.com.  The album is being produced by six-time Grammy Award winner Frank Filipetti. (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE, Starring Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo & More, Opens Tonight on BroadwayTHE COLOR PURPLE, Starring Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo & More, Opens Tonight on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

The new Broadway revival of THE COLOR PURPLE opens tonight, December 10, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W 45th Street). (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - OWN to Present OPRAH GOES TO BROADWAY: THE COLOR PURPLE, 12/19VIDEO: Sneak Peek - OWN to Present OPRAH GOES TO BROADWAY: THE COLOR PURPLE, 12/19
by TV News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the primetime television event OPRAH GOES TO BROADWAY: THE COLOR PURPLE featuring an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the highly anticipated, newly imagined Broadway revival of the hit musical "The Color Purple" (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo, Danielle Brooks & More in THE COLOR PURPLE on BroadwayPhoto Flash: First Look at Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo, Danielle Brooks & More in THE COLOR PURPLE on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

A first look at the new Broadway revival of THE COLOR PURPLE, now in previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W 45th Street), has just been released. Check out photos of the cast in action below! (more...)

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson & Cast of THE COLOR PURPLE Perform 'Push Da Button' on 'Colbert'VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson & Cast of THE COLOR PURPLE Perform 'Push Da Button' on 'Colbert'
by TV News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

On last night's LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT, Jennifer Hudson and the cast of Broadway's THE COLOR PURPLE performed the number 'Push Da Button'. (more...)

BWW Interview - Debut of the Month: THE COLOR PURPLE's Danielle BrooksBWW Interview - Debut of the Month: THE COLOR PURPLE's Danielle Brooks
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 5, 2015

Today, Brooks speaks exclusively with BWW and explains why making her Broadway debut in this musical revival is truly a 'full-circle moment.' (more...)

DVR Alert - THE COLOR PURPLE's Jennifer Hudson to Perform on CBS's 'Late Show', 12/7DVR Alert - THE COLOR PURPLE's Jennifer Hudson to Perform on CBS's 'Late Show', 12/7
by TV News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

CBS has announced that on Monday, Dec. 7th,  Jennifer Hudson will appear on LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT for an interview and a performance from the Broadway production of THE COLOR PURPLE. (more...)

VIDEO: THE COLOR PURPLE's Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo Perform Title Song on GMAVIDEO: THE COLOR PURPLE's Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo Perform Title Song on GMA
by TV News Desk - Nov 24, 2015

On this morning's GMA, THE COLOR PURPLE's Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo took to the stage with a powerful performance of the title song. Later, the actors discuss the stage adaptation of the classsic novel. (more...)

Photo Flash: Go Inside FUNNY GIRL Rehearsal, Starring Sheridan SmithPhoto Flash: Go Inside FUNNY GIRL Rehearsal, Starring Sheridan Smith
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2015

Due to unprecedented demand, the Menier Chocolate Factory Production of Funny Girl transfers to the Savoy Theatre in London's West End, following the sold out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory which begins later this month. Michael Mayer's production, starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice and with the cast from the Menier Chocolate Factory, will begin performances at the Savoy Theatre on 9 April 2016 for a strictly limited 12-week run until 2 July 2016. Check out first photos from the production below! (more...)

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