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Jenna Gavigan to Join Jake Epstein & Thomas E. Sullivan in Off-Broadway's STRAIGHTJenna Gavigan to Join Jake Epstein & Thomas E. Sullivan in Off-Broadway's STRAIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

Complete casting for the world premiere of STRAIGHT, a new play written by Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola and directed by Andy Sandberg (Application Pending), was announced today. Jenna Gavigan (Broadway's Gypsy, "The Good Wife") will play "Emily," joining previously announced cast members Jake Epstein (Broadway's Beautiful, "Degrassi") as "Ben" and introducing Thomas E. Sullivan as "Chris." (more...)

Around the Corner! Off-Broadway's Big 2016 OpeningsAround the Corner! Off-Broadway's Big 2016 Openings
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 3, 2016

We're just three days into the New Year, and we can't wait for all the new shows set to open around the corner from Broadway! Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a look at some of the upcoming plays and musicals from The Public, Classic Stage, Atlantic Theater, Second Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre, Roundabout, the Encores! series and more, currently slated to open off-Broadway in 2016! (more...)

Ryann Redmond & Jason Michael Snow to Headline Madame Mathie's Soiree at The DuplexRyann Redmond & Jason Michael Snow to Headline Madame Mathie's Soiree at The Duplex
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2015

Cabaret patroness Madame Mathieu has chosen Ryann Redmond (Bring It On) and Jason Michael Snow (The Book of Mormon) to headline her soiree at The Duplex on January 14th. The eclectic evening will feature rising stars in stand-up, poetry, dance, songwriting, and performance art while Redmond and Snow accept creative dares that arise from Mme. M's insane imagination. A variety show with an avant garde twist, the Soiree is as unpredictable as the patroness herself. (more...)

BWW Review: Stray Dog Theatre's Maniacally Funny DEVIL BOYS FROM BEYONDBWW Review: Stray Dog Theatre's Maniacally Funny DEVIL BOYS FROM BEYOND
by Chris Gibson - Dec 21, 2015

Each December Stray Dog Theatre chooses an unconventional show to celebrate the season. It's always something unusual, and often something somewhat shocking. I like that idea of going against the grain, and giving audiences relief from the Christmas overload that all forms of media utilize at this time of year. To close out 2015, they've chosen the campy and wildly over the top DEVIL BOYS FROM BEYOND, a sort of mash-up of ideas plucked from 1950's and early 60's science fiction fare like Mars Needs Women and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. There's also an early effort from the UK called Devil Girl from Mars, which may have provided inspiration for authors Buddy Thomas and Kenneth Elliott (music and original sound design by Drew Fornarola). Whatever the case, this is a truly nutty, whacked-out comedy that has something to offend everyone, but somehow rises above its initial shock value with allusions to equal pay for women, and the need for the acceptance of alternative lifestyles. Stray Dog Theatre's latest yuletide foray is a delightfully twisted blast from the past! (more...)

Photo Flash: A LITTLE NEW MUSIC Celebrates 10th Edition at Rockwell in LAPhoto Flash: A LITTLE NEW MUSIC Celebrates 10th Edition at Rockwell in LA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

A LITTLE NEW MUSIC brought the house down on December 8th at Rockwell Table and Stage in LA with a landmark 10th showcase of fresh and exciting musical theater material. Special guest host John Tartaglia (Broadway's AVENUE Q and SHREK THE MUSICAL), brought his sparkling humor to this dynamic evening celebrating the next generation of musical theater artists. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Jake Epstein & Thomas E. Sullivan to Lead World Premiere of STRAIGHT Off-BroadwayJake Epstein & Thomas E. Sullivan to Lead World Premiere of STRAIGHT Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2015

The World Premiere of STRAIGHT, a new play written by Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola and directed by Andy Sandberg (Application Pending) will open Off-Broadway this February at the Acorn Theatre @ Theater Row (410 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036).  Starring Jake Epstein and Thomas E. Sullivan, STRAIGHT begins previews on February 9, 2016, with an opening night currently scheduled for February 29, 2016. STRAIGHT will run through May 8, 2016. Tickets are on-sale now by visiting Telecharge.com. (more...)

John Tartaglia to Host A LITTLE NEW MUSIC at Rockwell: Table Stage; Writers, Casting SetJohn Tartaglia to Host A LITTLE NEW MUSIC at Rockwell: Table Stage; Writers, Casting Set
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

A LITTLE NEW MUSIC is proud to present a landmark 10th showcase of fresh and original musical theater material with special guest host, John Tartaglia (AVENUE Q, SHREK THE MUSICAL, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), who brings his sparkling humor to this dynamic evening celebrating the next generation of musical theater artists. (more...)

Broadway au Carre Travels FROM PARIS TO NEW YORK at Feinstein's/54 Below TonightBroadway au Carre Travels FROM PARIS TO NEW YORK at Feinstein's/54 Below Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2015

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Broadway au Carre in FROM PARIS TO NEW YORK tonight, November 4th at 9:30 PM. (more...)

Rumer Willis, Jennifer Diamond and More Coming Up at Feinstein's/54 Below This WeekRumer Willis, Jennifer Diamond and More Coming Up at Feinstein's/54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2015

This week FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Picks for November 2-8, Featuring Mary Testa, Jennifer Diamond, Kelli Rabke, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Picks for November 2-8, Featuring Mary Testa, Jennifer Diamond, Kelli Rabke, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Nov 1, 2015

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras 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: 'We're Gonna Have To Ask You To Leave' Hosted by Michael Urie & Celia Keenan-Bolger; Kelli Rabke at the Metropolitan Room; Mary Testa & Michael Starobin at 54 Below; From Paris to New York at 54 Below; and Jennifer Diamond at 54 Below. (more...)

Melissa Manchester, Tamara Tunie, Lena Hall Coming Up This Nov at Feinstein's/54 BelowMelissa Manchester, Tamara Tunie, Lena Hall Coming Up This Nov at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2015

This November, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. (more...)

Broadway au Carre Travels FROM PARIS TO NEW YORK at Feinstein's/54 Below, 11/4Broadway au Carre Travels FROM PARIS TO NEW YORK at Feinstein's/54 Below, 11/4
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2015

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Broadway au Carre in FROM PARIS TO NEW YORK on Wednesday, November 4th at 9:30 PM. (more...)

Photo Flash: (mostly)musicals: LUCKY NUMBER 13 Makes It Count at The E Spot LoungePhoto Flash: (mostly)musicals: LUCKY NUMBER 13 Makes It Count at The E Spot Lounge
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2015

(mostly)musicals returned to The E Spot Lounge on Monday, August 24, 2015 for LUCKY NUMBER 13 (a cabaret that COUNTS). The diverse musical selections all featured numbers, and were performed by an exponentially talented array of singers under the music direction of the award winning Gregory Nabours. Check out the photos below from the memorable night below! (more...)

Broadway au Carre's Third Season Begins TomorrowBroadway au Carre's Third Season Begins Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2015

Currently on its third season of sold-out performances, 'Broadway au Carre' is the leading American musical theatre Concert + Open Mic series in Paris, conceived and directed by Lisandro Nesis. (more...)

(mostly)musicals Asks What's Your LUCKY NUMBER? 8/24 at the E Spot Lounge(mostly)musicals Asks What's Your LUCKY NUMBER? 8/24 at the E Spot Lounge
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2015

Following their most successful show to date in July, (mostly)musicals will return to the E Spot Lounge on Monday, August 24 with LUCKY NUMBER, the company's 13th entry in a series of themed cabarets. (more...)

Broadway Dreams Foundation Coming to TorontoBroadway Dreams Foundation Coming to Toronto
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

The Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF) will give aspiring Toronto-area performers a chance to make their "big break" when the program presents Generation: The 2015 Summer Intensive Tour. The national non-profit training program, making a stop in Toronto for the very first time, will present an incredible roster of Broadway directors, performers, and industry insiders who will offer highly personalized musical theatre training and mentoring through unique, week-long performing arts intensive workshops for students of all ages, skill levels, and socio-economic backgrounds. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: CUTTING-EDGE COMPOSERS CORNER: Ruth Ann Miles Sings Fornarola & Elmegreen's 'Disloyal Daughter'BWW TV Exclusive: CUTTING-EDGE COMPOSERS CORNER: Ruth Ann Miles Sings Fornarola & Elmegreen's 'Disloyal Daughter'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 4, 2015

Here is Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I) singing 'Disloyal Daughter' by Drew Fornarola and Scott Elmegreen. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  NYMF Musical CLAUDIO QUEST Spoofs the Mario BrothersBWW Reviews: NYMF Musical CLAUDIO QUEST Spoofs the Mario Brothers
by Michael Dale - Jul 15, 2015

Drew Fornarola and Marshall Pailet's musical comedy is a gleeful valentine to Nintendo video games. (more...)

BWW Interview: John Tartaglia Dishes on His Super, New Role as Director of NYMF's CLAUDIO QUEST!BWW Interview: John Tartaglia Dishes on His Super, New Role as Director of NYMF's CLAUDIO QUEST!
by Nora Dominick - Jul 11, 2015

Tony Award winner John Targalia may be known for his work acting in the Broadway musicals AVENUE Q and SHREK: THE MUSICAL, but this summer he can be seen behind the curtain directing the NYMF musical CLAUDIO QUEST. (more...)

John Tartaglia-Helmed CLAUDIO QUEST and Five Other Shows Get Extensions at NYMFJohn Tartaglia-Helmed CLAUDIO QUEST and Five Other Shows Get Extensions at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2015

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is proud to announced extensions for six NYMF productions - CLAUDIO QUEST, SPOT ON THE WALL, WEARING BLACK, HELD MOMENTARILY, SONGS FOR THE FALLEN and TONYA AND NANCY: A ROCK OPERA. Additional extensions may be announced at a later date. (more...)

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