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BWW Interviews: Matthew Dailey of JERSEY BOYS National TourBWW Interviews: Matthew Dailey of JERSEY BOYS National Tour
by Jeffrey Karasarides - Apr 1, 2015

Working Its Way Back to the Durham Performing Arts Center from April 7th-12th is the national touring production of the long-running Tony and Grammy Award-Winning smash, Jersey Boys featuring Matthew Dailey as Tommy DeVito, a role originated on Broadway by Tony Award-Winner Christian Hoff. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Seth Meyers Recounts His Parents' Trip to DOCTOR ZHIVAGO!STAGE TUBE: Seth Meyers Recounts His Parents' Trip to DOCTOR ZHIVAGO!
by Stage Tube - Mar 31, 2015

Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, the highly anticipated new Broadway musical Doctor Zhivago is currently in previews and will open on Tuesday, April 21 at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway). On Last night's episode of 'Late Night,' Seth Meyers told a hilarious story about his parents' recent trip to the show. Find out what went down below! (more...)

East West Players to Open The Who's TOMMY on 5/13East West Players to Open The Who's TOMMY on 5/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

East West Players (EWP), the nation's longest-running professional theatre of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, continues its 50th Anniversary Season, Golden, with 'The Who's TOMMY,' Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend, Book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, Additional Music and Lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon. 'The Who's TOMMY' was originally produced on Broadway by Pace Theatrical Group and Dodger Productions with Kardana Productions. The production is directed by Snehal Desai (EWP's 'A Nice Indian Boy') with musical direction by Marc Macalintal (EWP's 'Chess,' 'Krunk Fu Battle Battle') and choreography by Janet Roston (Ovation Award and NAACP Award winner for 'The Color Purple' at Celebration Theatre). Generous support for this production is provided by the S. Mark Taper Foundation Endowment for East West Players. (more...)

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO's Russian Romance Takes Over Broadway TonightDOCTOR ZHIVAGO's Russian Romance Takes Over Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, the highly anticipated new Broadway musical Doctor Zhivago begins performances tonight, March 27. The new musical that will officially open on Tuesday, April 21 at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway). (more...)

BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS - An Electrifying Entertaining EveningBWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS - An Electrifying Entertaining Evening
by Frank Benge - Mar 27, 2015

The 60's were an exciting time for music in America, due in no small part to the proliferation of groups with amazing vocal harmonies like The Mamas & Papas, The Beach Boys, Spanky & Our Gang and The Four Seasons. JERSEY BOYS is a jukebox musical based on the song catalog of The Four Seasons; however, unlike most jukebox musicals, JERSEY BOYS features an intelligent script where the songs flow with the story instead of being forced into a storyline. I suspect the participation of Rick Elice, who was also one of the scriptwriters for the charming and witty PETER AND THE STARCATCHER had more than a little to do with the intelligence and theatrical storytelling skill on display here. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Christian Hoff  From Child Actor to Midtown ManBWW Interviews: Christian Hoff From Child Actor to Midtown Man
by Heidi Scheuermann - Mar 26, 2015

Coming to New Orleans tomorrow night is an act that no JERSEY BOYS loving theatergoers, including myself, are going to want to miss! THE MIDTOWN MEN, four original cast members from the Broadway hit JERSEY BOYS (Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer) have come together and have formed their own music group which brings to life the music of the 60's in what's sure to be an energy packed show. (more...)

Photo Flash: DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Cast Bundles Up for Broadway; Rush Policy Announced!Photo Flash: DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Cast Bundles Up for Broadway; Rush Policy Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, the highly anticipated new Broadway musical DOCTOR ZHIVAGO begins performancetomorrow, Friday, March 27, and has announced a '$35 Under 30' rush ticket policy for the new musical that will officially open on Tuesday, April 21 at theBroadway Theatre (1681 Broadway). A limited number of $35 tickets (inclusive of $2 facility fee) for patrons ages 30 and under will be available for each performance when the box office opens for that day's performance (s) with valid photo identification. Patrons are limited to two tickets per person. (more...)

Broadway's DOCTOR ZHIVAGO to Host Special Preview Benefiting Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer ResearchBroadway's DOCTOR ZHIVAGO to Host Special Preview Benefiting Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

Broadway's DOCTOR ZHIVAGO will give a little back to the community. Broadway's DOCTOR ZHIVAGO will give a little back to the New York community. (more...)

BWW TV: Behind the Scenes with the Stars of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO - Leading Lady Kelli Barrett!BWW TV: Behind the Scenes with the Stars of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO - Leading Lady Kelli Barrett!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 24, 2015

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO will begin performances on Friday, March 27, 2015, and open on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 6:30pm, at the Broadway Theatre. Doctor Zhivago is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), with a book by Academy Award nominee Michael Weller(Ragtime), music by two-time Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Lucy Simon(The Secret Garden), lyrics by Tony Award nominee Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and Emmy Award nominee Amy Powers (Ella Enchanted), and choreography by Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky). Below, watch the next installment in a series of 'Meet the Actors' videos to learn more about leading lady Kelli Barrett! (more...)

Photo Flash: New Look at Chilina Kennedy & Jessica Keenan Wynn in Broadway's BEAUTIFUL!Photo Flash: New Look at Chilina Kennedy & Jessica Keenan Wynn in Broadway's BEAUTIFUL!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

Broadway welcomed back Chilina Kennedy earlier this month, succeeding Tony winner Jessie Mueller as legendary songstress Carole King in BEAUTIFUL. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at Kennedy and Jessica Keenan Wynn in the cast, who replaced Anika Larsen! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: New Promo for Broadway's DOCTOR ZHIVAGO; Performances Begin This Week!STAGE TUBE: New Promo for Broadway's DOCTOR ZHIVAGO; Performances Begin This Week!
by Stage Tube - Mar 23, 2015

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO begins performances on Broadway later this week on Friday, March 27, 2015, and will open on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 6:30pm, at the Broadway Theatre. Doctor Zhivago is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), with a book by Academy Award nominee Michael Weller(Ragtime), music by two-time Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Lucy Simon(The Secret Garden), lyrics by Tony Award nominee Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and Emmy Award nominee Amy Powers (Ella Enchanted), and choreography by Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky). (more...)

Broadway Babies - Meet the Broadway Class of 2015, Spring Edition!Broadway Babies - Meet the Broadway Class of 2015, Spring Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 22, 2015

In the coming months, Broadway will welcome a fresh crop of productions- many of which will mark the Broadway debuts for a slew of talented actors. Whether they are fresh faces or established stars, these Broadway babies will soon take their very first bows on some of the grandest stages in the world. (more...)

BEAUTIFUL's Chilina Kennedy to Release WHAT YOU FIND IN A BOTTLE Album Next MonthBEAUTIFUL's Chilina Kennedy to Release WHAT YOU FIND IN A BOTTLE Album Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

According to a listing on Amazon, BEAUTIFUL's newest star Chilina Kennedy will be releasing a solo folk-pop album titled WHAT YOU FIND IN A BOTTLE on April 14, 2015. (more...)

Luba Mason Coming to 54 Below, 4/9Luba Mason Coming to 54 Below, 4/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

54 BELOW will present a special night with LUBA MASON - the Broadway star of Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde, The Capeman, among many others - on Thursday, April 9 at 9:30 PM. (more...)

BWW TV: Behind the Scenes with the Stars of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO - Leading Man Tam Mutu!BWW TV: Behind the Scenes with the Stars of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO - Leading Man Tam Mutu!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 16, 2015

Below, watch the first in a series of 'Meet the Actors' videos to learn more about DOCTOR ZHIVAGO's leading man Tam Mutu! (more...)

Ben Vereen, Tony Yazbeck & More Set for 54 Below This WeekBen Vereen, Tony Yazbeck & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Coming up this week, 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, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

BWW Interviews: JERSEY BOYS' Keith Hines Talks Getting the Role of Nick MassiBWW Interviews: JERSEY BOYS' Keith Hines Talks Getting the Role of Nick Massi
by Kathy Strain - Mar 16, 2015

JERSEY BOYS is an entertaining show that chronicles the lives of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and the ups and downs they endured in their careers. As the touring production travels around North America, actor Keith Hines, who plays Nick Massi, enjoys every minute of the tour and the opportunities he has had in his life. Broadway World caught up with Hines as they prepare for their visit to Austin, Texas. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Picks for March 16-22, Featuring Ben Vereen, Tony Yazbeck, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Picks for March 16-22, Featuring Ben Vereen, Tony Yazbeck, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Mar 15, 2015

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestra's begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven- o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Amy Spanger at Birdland; Tony Yazbeck: The Floor Above Me; The Best Of 'Broadway Sings', featuring Alysha Umphress & More; Ben Vereen: Steppin' Out; and My F#*ked Up Valentine. (more...)

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Opens Tonight at Paper Mill, Starring Michael Arden, Patrick Page, Ciara Renee, and MoreTHE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Opens Tonight at Paper Mill, Starring Michael Arden, Patrick Page, Ciara Renee, and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2015

Paper Mill Playhouse presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame (which first played to rave reviews in La Jolla). Inspired by the classic Victor Hugo novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame has a book by Peter Parnell, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is directed by Scott Schwartz and choreographed by Chase Brock. (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse Extends Run Dates for Select 2015-16 Shows, Including New Musical from Robert Lopez & Kristen-Anderson LopezLa Jolla Playhouse Extends Run Dates for Select 2015-16 Shows, Including New Musical from Robert Lopez & Kristen-Anderson Lopez
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

Due to the incredible demand for subscriptions to the 2015/2016 season, La Jolla Playhouse announces a week-long extension for its first two season productions: Come from Away, a world-premiere musical written and composed by David Hein and Irene Sankoff, directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, as well as for Up Here, a world-premiere musical comedy directed by Alex Timbers (Playhouse's Peter and the Starcatchers), featuring book, music and lyrics by the husband-and-wife team of Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who took home the Academy and Grammy Awards for Best Song with their mega-hit "Let It Go" from the Disney animated film Frozen. Come from Away will now run May 29 - July 5 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre, and Up Here will now run July 28 - September 6 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre. (more...)

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