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  • 'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 17th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 17th, 2014
    by Paul W. Thompson - Dec 17, 2014

    The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Two weeks of voting left for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards! The 'Annie' film and 'The Merry Widow' open, 'Patsy Cline' extends, 'Sherlock Holmes' sings, 'Cupid' has a heart, and MCL Chicago, Drury Lane Oakbrook and Black Ensemble Theater plan new works for 2015, including 'Beaches' and a tribute to Roger Ebert! (more...)

    MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Offers Winter Weather Guarantee, Jan-March 2015MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Offers Winter Weather Guarantee, Jan-March 2015
    by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

    Million Dollar Quartet, the longest-running Broadway musical production in Chicago's history, which has been extended through Spring 2015, announces an unprecedented Winter Weather Guarantee. From January-March 2015, Million Dollar Quartet will exchange previously purchased tickets if inclement weather makes it difficult, or impossible, to travel to the theater. (more...)

    Gabe Bowling, Scott Moreau & More to Lead MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET National TourGabe Bowling, Scott Moreau & More to Lead MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET National Tour
    by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

    New casting has been announced for the National Tour of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, which is entering its fourth smash year on the road and will play over 60 cities in the next year, bringing the Broadway musical inspired by the electrifying true story of four rock 'n' roll icons to many new locations across the country. (more...)

    Sheryl Crow's DINER Musical Begins Performances Tonight in D.C.Sheryl Crow's DINER Musical Begins Performances Tonight in D.C.
    by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

    Virginia's Signature Theatre presents the world premiere of Diner, the musical adaptation of the landmark film with a book by the movie's Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy, The Natural) and an original score by nine-time Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow. The production begins performances at Signature Theatre's MAX Theatre tonight, December 9. It will play for six and a half weeks, through January 25. (more...)

    Official: BEACHES Musical Set for Pre-Broadway Run in Chicago This SummerOfficial: BEACHES Musical Set for Pre-Broadway Run in Chicago This Summer
    by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

    Kyle DeSantis, President of Drury Lane Theatre, announces today that the Broadway-bound production, BEACHES will replace DEATHTRAP from June 24 through August 16 during the 2015-2016 season. Presenting the first new work on the Drury Lane stage in 21 years, BEACHES signifies the theater's renewed dedication to develop new works. (more...)

    Rehearsals for Broadway-Bound GIGI, Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Begin Next WeekRehearsals for Broadway-Bound GIGI, Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Begin Next Week
    by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

    Rehearsals begin Monday, December 8 in New York City for the new Broadway production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical, Gigi. (more...)


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    Heidi Thomas Talks Revamping GIGI for Broadway's Modern AudienceHeidi Thomas Talks Revamping GIGI for Broadway's Modern Audience
    by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

    Vanessa Hudgens will play the title role in the new Broadway production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical, Gigi. A new interview in Entertainment Weekly goes in-depth on how British screenwriter Heidi Thomas has revamped the revival of the musical she says is just as relevant today as it was back in '58 (when the film debuted) and '73 (its first incarnation on Broadway). (more...)

    New Poster For Broadway Bound GIGI Starring Vanessa HudgensNew Poster For Broadway Bound GIGI Starring Vanessa Hudgens
    by Pat Cerasaro - Nov 19, 2014

    Get an enchanting new look at GIGI! (more...)

    James Lapine to Receive Signature Theatre's 2015 Stephen Sondheim AwardJames Lapine to Receive Signature Theatre's 2015 Stephen Sondheim Award
    by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

    On March 30, 2015, Virginia's Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre will honor the multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway playwright and director James Lapine with the company's sixth Stephen Sondheim Award. The award, established in 2009 in honor of America's most influential musical theatre writer and composer, will be presented at a black-tie Gala Benefit at the Embassy of Italy. The Sondheim Award Gala will benefit Signature Theatre's artistic, education, and community programs. (more...)

    FIRST LOOK: Vanessa Hudgens in Character for Broadway-Bound GIGI; Actress Says Role Is 'Dream Come True'FIRST LOOK: Vanessa Hudgens in Character for Broadway-Bound GIGI; Actress Says Role Is 'Dream Come True'
    by TV News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

    Get an exclusive FIRST LOOK at actresss Vanessa Hudgens in character for her upcoming starring role in the Broadway-bound musical GIGI, set to open on Broadway in 2015. (more...)

    New Musicals MIDWESTERN GOTHIC and SILVER BELLES Get Private Readings at D.C.'s Signature TheatreNew Musicals MIDWESTERN GOTHIC and SILVER BELLES Get Private Readings at D.C.'s Signature Theatre
    by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

    Continuing its ongoing efforts of supporting new musical theatre, Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA held invitation only readings of two world premiere musicals, Midwestern Gothic by composer Josh Schmidt (Adding Machine, A Minister's Wife) and librettist Royce Vavrek (Dog Days, Twenty-Seven) and Silver Belles by composer/lyricist Matt Conner (Nevermore, Crossing) and book writer Ally Currin (Caesar and Dada, Benched), on November 6 and November 8, 2014. (more...)

    Signature Theatre Announces Cast for Sheryl Crow's DINER Musical; Whitney Bashor, Bryan Fenkart & More Set to Star!Signature Theatre Announces Cast for Sheryl Crow's DINER Musical; Whitney Bashor, Bryan Fenkart & More Set to Star!
    by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

    Virginia's Signature Theatre just announced the full cast for the world premiere of Diner, the musical adaptation of the landmark film with a book by the movie's Academy AwardŽ-winning screenwriter and director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy, The Natural) and an original score by nine-time Grammy AwardŽ winner Sheryl Crow. Directed and choreographed by three-time Tony AwardŽ Winner Kathleen Marshall (Broadway's Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It), the ensemble piece will feature Whitney Bashor (Barbara; Broadway's Bridges of Madison County and Signature's The Hollow), Bryan Fenkart (Modell; Broadway's Memphis), Aaron Finley (Billy; Broadway's Rock of Ages),Josh Grisetti (Shrevie; Off-Broadway's Enter Laughing), Erika Henningsen (Beth; Show Boat: Live from Lincoln Center with the NY Philharmonic), Derek Klena (Boogie; Broadway's Wicked, The Bridges of Madison County and Second Stage'sDogfight), Adam Kantor (Eddie; Broadway's Rent, Next to Normal and Second Stage's The Last Five Years), Tess Soltau(Elyse; Broadway's The Addams Family), Matthew James Thomas (Fenwick; Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,Pippin), and John Schiappa (Older Boogie; Broadway's Rocky, The Other Place, Wicked). (more...)

    BWW Interview: Victoria Clark Returns to Her PIAZZA Past at Pace University, Preps for GIGI at the Kennedy Center and More!BWW Interview: Victoria Clark Returns to Her PIAZZA Past at Pace University, Preps for GIGI at the Kennedy Center and More!
    by Nicole Rosky - Nov 1, 2014

    Before Victoria Clark returns to Broadway next season as 'Mamita Alvarez' in Gigi, she heads back to school as the artist in residence at Pace University. Clark directs The Light in the Piazza, the show for which she picked up a Tony Award in 2005, running through November 8 at the Loretto Theatre at The Sheen Center. The Light in the Piazza, by Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas, is based on the novella of the same name by Elizabeth Spencer. Taking place in Italy in the late summer of 1953, it is the story of an American woman Margaret Johnson, who travels to Florence with her daughter Clara, who falls in love with a young Florentine man. As details emerge about Clara's past, their trip turns out to be very much a romantic and psychological journey as Margaret must decide what is best for her daughter, her family, and for herself. The winner of six Tony Awards in 2005, The Light in the Piazza has become one of the great classics of the American Musical Theater, with its lush score and cliff-hanger story. Clark took the time out of her busy schedule to update BroadwayWorld on her adventures in directing, revisiting PIAZZA, preparing for GIGI and more. Check out the full interview below! (more...)

    BWW TV: Watch Highlights from Signature Theatre's ELMER GANTRYBWW TV: Watch Highlights from Signature Theatre's ELMER GANTRY
    by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 24, 2014

    ELMER GANTRY is a musical version of Sinclair Lewis' best-selling novel, directed by Signature's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). Schaeffer collaborated on the last production of Elmer Gantry at Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre in Chicago with authors John Bishop (book), Mel Marvin (music) and Bob Satuloff (lyrics) in 1998; the show has not been produced since then. Signature Theatre's presentation will be the 5th production in the show's history. Running in the MAX Theatre now through November 9, Signature's production includes several brand new songs by Mel Marvin and Bob Satuloff and a reimagined script that John Bishop worked on until his death in 2006. BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from the production below! (more...)

    Juliana Nash, Nell Benjamin, Nathan Jackson, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Greg Pierce and More Among MTC's Alfred P. Sloan CommissionsJuliana Nash, Nell Benjamin, Nathan Jackson, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Greg Pierce and More Among MTC's Alfred P. Sloan Commissions
    by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

    Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) announce recent recipients of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Initiative commissions for Manhattan Theatre Club. The commissioned writers are Jeff Augustin (Little Children Dream of God), Courtney Baron (A Very Common Procedure) and Juliana Nash (Murder Ballad), Nell Benjamin (The Explorers Club), Madeline George (The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence), Tom Holloway (And No More Shall We Part), Nathan Jackson (Broke-ology), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (An Octoroon), Greg Pierce (Slowgirl), and Alexandra Wood (The Initiate). (more...)

    Photo Flash: Lacey, Lawrence, Donovan, Diaz, Blaemire and More Perform in Signature's 25th Anniversary Concert in D.C.Photo Flash: Lacey, Lawrence, Donovan, Diaz, Blaemire and More Perform in Signature's 25th Anniversary Concert in D.C.
    by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

    On October 20, 2014, Florence Lacey (Broadway's Follies, Evita and Signature's Sunset Boulevard), Megan Lawrence (Broadway's Hair and Signature's Cabaret), Jacquelyn Piro Donovan (Broadway's Les Miserables and Signature's The Witches of Eastwick), Natascia Diaz (Broadway's Man of La Mancha and Signature's The Threepenny Opera) and Nick Blaemire (Broadway's Godspell and Signature's Glory Days) performed alongside 75 Signature Theatre artists and an 18-piece orchestra as Virginia's Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre celebrated its 25th Anniversary. With performances from 27 shows over the last 25 years, including Sweeney Todd, The Rhythm Club, Urinetown, The Boy Detective Fails, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Dreamgirls, Chess, and many more. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

    Victoria Clark and Dee Hoty Join Vanessa Hudgens & More in Broadway-Bound GIGI!Victoria Clark and Dee Hoty Join Vanessa Hudgens & More in Broadway-Bound GIGI!
    by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

    Complete principal casting has been announced for the new Broadway production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical, Gigi. Victoria Clark, who won a Tony Award for her luminous performance in The Light in the Piazza and was also Tony-nominated for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella and Sister Act, will star as Mamita Alvarez. Dee Hoty, who has starred on Broadway in City of Angels, Me and My Girl and Mamma Mia! and is a three-time Tony Award nominee for The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and Footloose, will star as Aunt Alicia. Gigi also stars Vanessa Hudgens in the title role, two-time Tony Award-nominee Howard McGillin (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, The Phantom of the Opera) as Honore Lachaille, Corey Cott (Newsies) as Gaston Lachaille and Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins) as Liane d'Exelmans. (more...)

    Vanessa Hudgens is Both 'Terrified' and 'Stoked' to Star in GIGI on BroadwayVanessa Hudgens is Both 'Terrified' and 'Stoked' to Star in GIGI on Broadway
    by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

    As previously reported, Vanessa Hudgens will soon hit Broadway in the revamped revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical, GIGI. (more...)

    Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of Signature Theatre's ELMER GANTRYPhoto Flash: Inside Opening Night of Signature Theatre's ELMER GANTRY
    by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

    ELMER GANTRY is a musical version of Sinclair Lewis' best-selling novel, directed by Signature's Artistic DirectorEric Schaeffer (Broadway's Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). Schaeffer collaborated on the last production of Elmer Gantry at Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre in Chicago with authors John Bishop (book), Mel Marvin (music) and Bob Satuloff (lyrics) in 1998; the show has not been produced since then. Signature Theatre's presentation will be the 5th production in the show's history. Running in the MAX Theatre now through November 9, Signature's production will include several brand new songs by Mel Marvin and Bob Satuloff and a reimagined script that John Bishop worked on until his death in 2006. Go inside opening night, below! (more...)

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