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ANNIE's Martin Charnin to Helm WALLENBERG Musical Developmental LabANNIE's Martin Charnin to Helm WALLENBERG Musical Developmental Lab
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

According to an Equity notice, new musical WALLENBERG will receive a developmental lab this fall in New York City, directed by Tony-winning ANNIE lyricist Martin Charnin. (more...)

Tony Award Countdown: 30 Years In 30 Days, You Can't Stop Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur in HAIRSPRAY, 2003Tony Award Countdown: 30 Years In 30 Days, You Can't Stop Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur in HAIRSPRAY, 2003
by Michael Dale - May 31, 2016

Broadway favorite Harvey Fierstein took Best Actor In a Musical honors while his newcomer co-star claimed Best Actress. (more...)

DANCING WITH THE STARS to Feature Broadway Vet Marla Maples; Donald Trump CommentsDANCING WITH THE STARS to Feature Broadway Vet Marla Maples; Donald Trump Comments
by TV News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

The celebrity cast of 'Dancing with the Stars' are slipping into their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance on MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (more...)

BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Jennifer Ashley Tepper- Shoshana Bean, Harvey Fierstein & More Spin the DreidelBWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Jennifer Ashley Tepper- Shoshana Bean, Harvey Fierstein & More Spin the Dreidel
by Jennifer Ashley Tepper - Dec 15, 2015

Deck the halls, trim the tree, and spin the dreidel. BroadwayWorld is continuing our tradition of celebrating the holiday season with a special countdown. This year we've invited Director of Programming at Feinstein's/54 Below and author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series Jennifer Ashley Tepper to share her favorites holiday performances. Check back daily to get in the holiday spirit in time for December 25 and to find out what else made her list! (more...)

Celebrate the Last Night of Hanukkah with Eight Jewish-Themed Showtunes!Celebrate the Last Night of Hanukkah with Eight Jewish-Themed Showtunes!
by Matt Tamanini - Dec 13, 2015

As millions of the faithful around the world light the last candles of their menorahs, we take a look at a handful of musical moments that have a decidedly Jewish flair. On the last night of Hanukkah, we want to celebrate some of our favorite Broadway tunes about the faith while honoring the contributions of our immensely talented Jewish legends who have helped mold the American musical into what it is today. Therefore, we have selected eight Jewish-themed showtunes for the occasion. You can watch a video of each below, along with an incredible film about the importance of Jewish writers to the history of the musical theatre. (more...)

Theatre Aspen Artistic Director Joins 2015-16 Tony Award Nominating CommitteeTheatre Aspen Artistic Director Joins 2015-16 Tony Award Nominating Committee
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

?The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced the Nominating Committee for the 2015-2016 Broadway season, which includes Theatre Aspen's Executive Artistic Director Paige Price. (more...)

2015-16 Tony Awards Nominating Committee Announced; Find Out Who's New & Who's Returning!2015-16 Tony Awards Nominating Committee Announced; Find Out Who's New & Who's Returning!
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced today the Nominating Committee for the 2015-2016 Broadway season.  The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.  (more...)

VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; Day 5 - Harvey, Shoshana, Jackie + HAIRSPRAY + Disney + Dreidel!VIDEO: BWW's 12 Days of Christmas with Guest Editor Richard Jay-Alexander; Day 5 - Harvey, Shoshana, Jackie + HAIRSPRAY + Disney + Dreidel!
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Dec 17, 2014

So .... this is sort of a 'mash-up' of mediums and a fun 'take' on a traditional Hanukkah song, bolstered by the additional creative forces of Trey Parker and Marc Shaiman. It also boasts the talents of Harvey Fierstein, Jackie Hoffman, Peter Matthew Smith, Shoshana Bean, Clarke Thorell, Jenn Gambatese, Michael Longoria, Rashad Naylor, Tracy Jai Edwards, Chester Gregory II, Dick Latessa and others from the Broadway cast of HAIRSPRAY. The year was 2003, and HAIRSPRAY, pretty much, owned Broadway. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company to Present THE LYONS in 2015Aurora Theatre Company to Present THE LYONS in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2014

Aurora Theatre Company continues its 23rd season with the Bay Area Premiere of Nicky Silver's (Pterodactyls, Raised in Captivity) scathingly funny Broadway hit THE LYONS. Tony-nominated director Barbara Damashek, who helmed Aurora Theatre Company's productions of American Buffalo, Fat Pig, and Private Jokes, Public Places, returns to direct THE LYONS, featuring Ellen Ratner (After the Revolution, Awake and Sing!), Will Marchetti (Knock Knock), Nicholas Pelczar (Dublin Carol, Marius), Jessica Bates (After the Revolution), Joe Estlack (Shotgun Players, Magic Theatre), and Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe (Brava Theater, TheatreWorks, Magic Theatre). THE LYONS plays January 30 through March 1 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($32-60) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. For mature audiences. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 10/15/14 - HOLIDAY INN at Goodspeed, Sting Q&A, 'LENNON', 'GOING ONCE!' and More!WAKE UP with BWW 10/15/14 - HOLIDAY INN at Goodspeed, Sting Q&A, 'LENNON', 'GOING ONCE!' and More!
by Jessica Showers - Oct 15, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Goodspeed's HOLIDAY INN premieres tonight, Sting talks THE LAST SHIP on Twitter, LENNON and GOING ONCE! LAUGHING TWICE!! open off-Broadway and more! (more...)

2014-15 Tony Awards Nominating Committee Announced! And the 50 Members Are...2014-15 Tony Awards Nominating Committee Announced! And the 50 Members Are...
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced today the Nominating Committee for the 2014-2015 Broadway season. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. (more...)

30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #15 - HAIRSPRAY30 Days Of The 2014 Tony Awards: Day #15 - HAIRSPRAY
by Pat Cerasaro - May 25, 2014

Today we continue the 2014 edition of our annual BroadwayWorld feature series spotlighting the very best Tony Awards-related moments of all time with a special focus on a major hit musical with a pertinent and positive message of self-acceptance, HAIRSPRAY. (more...)

Bobby Steggert & Cady Huffman Set for CANY's Annual Gala TonightBobby Steggert & Cady Huffman Set for CANY's Annual Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Tony Award winners Kathleen Marshall and Dick Latessa bring together Broadway stars to help raise funds for Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY), which uses drama therapy to empower children and adults who have endured trauma to rebuild their lives. (more...)

Ann Hampton Callaway to Host CANY Gala, 5/19; Bobby Steggert, Cady Huffman & More to AppearAnn Hampton Callaway to Host CANY Gala, 5/19; Bobby Steggert, Cady Huffman & More to Appear
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Tony Award winners Kathleen Marshall and Dick Latessa bring together Broadway stars to help raise funds for Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY), which uses drama therapy to empower children and adults who have endured trauma to rebuild their lives. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Wild Root Company Previews ROOM AT THE END OF THE HALL WorkshopSTAGE TUBE: Wild Root Company Previews ROOM AT THE END OF THE HALL Workshop
by Stage Tube - Feb 19, 2014

The highly-anticipated March 2014 Manhattan workshop performances of Rocco Natale's 'powerful' new drama ROOM AT THE END OF THE HALL gets just a bit more exciting with the release of this haunting new teaser from the workshop's presenter. Tickets for the workshop presentations are now available at www.WildRoot.org. Check out a trailer for the project below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Wild Root's GLORIA Staged Reading with Dick Latessa, Zach Grenier & Genevieve AngelsonPhoto Flash: Wild Root's GLORIA Staged Reading with Dick Latessa, Zach Grenier & Genevieve Angelson
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2014

The Wild Root Company, a new production endeavor committed to developing and presenting new works of theatre and film from emerging playwrights and screenwriters, presented a successful one-night-only benefit reading of Gloria, a brand new screenplay adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece The Beautiful and Damned at The Mainstage Theater at Playwrights Horizons on Monday January 6, 2014. Check out a look back below! (more...)

Dick Latessa to Join Zach Grenier and Genevieve Angelson in GLORIA Benefit Reading at Playwrights Horizons, 1/6Dick Latessa to Join Zach Grenier and Genevieve Angelson in GLORIA Benefit Reading at Playwrights Horizons, 1/6
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2014

The Wild Root Company, a new production endeavor committed to developing new works from emerging playwrights and screenwriters, announced today full casting and creative team for its one-night-only benefit reading of Gloria, a brand new screenplay adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece The Beautiful and Damned. All profits raised from the evening, which will take place at The Mainstage at Playwrights Horizons on Monday January 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm, will go to the Ali Forney Center for Homeless LGBTQ Youth. Broadway legend, Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Dick Latessa (Broadway's The Lyons, Promises, Promises, Brighton Beach Memoirs) will star in the reading directed by two-time Drama Desk Award nominee Ed Sylvanus Iskandar (Restoration Comedy, These Seven Sicknesses). (more...)

Matt Bogart & Sierra Boggess to Lead WALLENBERG Industry Readings, 11/18-19Matt Bogart & Sierra Boggess to Lead WALLENBERG Industry Readings, 11/18-19
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2013

Douglas Evans, producer of the invitation-only industry reading scheduled for November 18th and 19th of the new musical drama Walllenberg, announced today that Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys) will perform the role of Raoul Wallenberg and lead a cast of Broadway performers including Sierra Boggess (Little Mermaid, Les Miserables tour and West End production of Love Never Dies) and Tony Award-winner Dick Latessa (Hairspray). (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Cast of Dreams! Michael Cerveris, Brian d'Arcy James, Victoria Clark, Jill Paice & More Set to Lead MCP's TITANIC ConcertBWW Exclusive: Cast of Dreams! Michael Cerveris, Brian d'Arcy James, Victoria Clark, Jill Paice & More Set to Lead MCP's TITANIC Concert
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2013

Manhattan Concert Productions has just announced the full cast for the second installment of its Broadway Series, with a concert performance of, Titanic The Musical. This concert performance will feature almost all of the cast members from the original Tony Award winning Broadway production. (more...)

Creative Team Announced for Manhattan Concert Productions' TITANIC THE MUSICAL at Avery Fisher Hall - Don Stephenson, Kevin Stites & MoreCreative Team Announced for Manhattan Concert Productions' TITANIC THE MUSICAL at Avery Fisher Hall - Don Stephenson, Kevin Stites & More
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2013

Manhattan Concert Productions presents the second installment of its Broadway Series in 2014 with a concert performance of the Tony Award winning musical, Titanic The Musical, from a Book by Peter Stone and Music & Lyrics by Maury Yeston, at renowned Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on Monday, February 17, 2014. (more...)

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