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Breaking News: Annie Potts to Join Cast PIPPIN as 'Berthe'; Tovah Feldshuh to Depart on 1/19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 09, 2013

The producers of the Tony Award winning PIPPIN just announced that Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Annie Potts ("Designing Women," God of Carnage) will assume the role of "Berthe" in the production beginning Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh will play her final performance in the role on Sunday, January 19th. PIPPIN is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). (more...)

PIPPIN Recoups Broadway Investment of $8.5 Million
by BWW News Desk - Dec 02, 2013

The producers of the Tony Award winning PIPPIN have announced that the show has officially recouped its $8.5 million capitalization costs as of the Sunday, December 1, 2013 performance. The show also broke the Music Box Theatre house record last week for the highest grossing single performance on the evening of Friday, November 29th with $151,219. The record was then broken again on the evening of Saturday, November 30th with $151,977 gross sales. Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's Tony Award winning musical comedy PIPPIN is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and features choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers). The production is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). (more...)

It's Official! Sutton Foster to Return to Broadway in VIOLET; Show Set for Limited Run at American Airlines Theatre Starting in Late March
by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 25, 2013

It's Official! Sutton Foster is coming BACK to Broadway, as Roundabout Theatre Company has just announced that it will present two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster in a Broadway production of VIOLET (first seen as part of Encores! Off-Center concert series in 2013), directed by Leigh Silverman. Based on the short story 'The Ugliest Pilgrim' by Doris Betts, VIOLET features music by Jeanine Tesori and book & lyrics by Brian Crawley. VIOLET will be produced in association with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, David Mirvish, Barry and Fran Weissler, Elizabeth Armstrong, and Mary Jo and Ted Shen. (more...)

Cast of PIPPIN to Perform at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 11/28
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2013

The Tony-Award winning Broadway cast of PIPPIN has joined the line-up of performances in the nation's most beloved spectacle, the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which returns for the 87th year of magic on Thursday, November 28 (9 a.m. - noon EST; check local listings) throughout the country live on NBC. The cast will perform "Corner of the Sky" and "Magic to Do." (more...)

CHICAGO to Return to PlayhouseSquare, Feat. John O'Hurley and More, Jan 7-12
by BWW News Desk - Nov 01, 2013

CHICAGO returns to PlayhouseSquare for ONE WEEK ONLY, January 7-12, 2014 as part of the U.S. Bank Star Performance Series. Producers Barry and Fran Weissler announce that the suave, debonair, award-winning actor and star of stage, TV & film, John O'Hurley will return to the road to reprise the role of Billy Flynn at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland. (more...)

CHICAGO National Tour with John O'Hurley to Play Segerstrom Center, 1/28-2/2
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2013

CHICAGO, which opened to rave reviews on November 14, 1996, now has the distinction of being the longest running American musical in Broadway history and shows no sign of slowing down. The purely entertaining show returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts January 28 - February 2, 2014 and will star award-winning actor and star of stage, TV & film, John O' Hurley, reprising the role of Billy Flynn. (more...)

Christopher Fitzgerald to Join CHICAGO as 'Amos Hart' on 10/28
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2013

Beginning Monday, October 28, Broadway's Tony Award-winning, record-breaking smash hit musical CHICAGO will welcome two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald in the starring role of Roxie's all-but-invisible husband, 'Mister Cellophane' Amos Hart. (more...)

CHICAGO National Tour with John O'Hurley to Play Bass Concert Hall, 11/19-24
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2013

CHICAGO is BACK IN TOWN and its PURE ENTERTAINMENT! Playing November 19 - 24 at Bass Concert Hall. CHICAGO which opened to rave reviews on November 14th, 1996, now has the distinction of being the longest running American musical in Broadway history and fourth longest-running production in Broadway history, and... shows no sign of ever slowing down! (more...)

Roz Ryan Breaks Record for Most Performances of Any Leading Actress in CHICAGO's History Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2013

Today, October 21, the company of Broadway's Tony Award-winning, record-breaking smash hit musical Chicago celebrates yet another record-breaking milestone. (more...)

Olympian Elvis Stojko to Join Broadway's CHICAGO as 'Billy Flynn' in March 2014
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2013

As announced this morning on NBC 'Today,' on Monday, March 17, the company of Broadway's Tony Award-winning, record-breaking smash hit musical CHICAGO will welcome two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time world champion figure skater Elvis Stojko in his Broadway stage debut. (more...)

Olympic Skater Elvis Stojko to Make Broadway Debut as CHICAGO's 'Billy Flynn'
by TV News Desk - Oct 14, 2013

As announced this morning on NBC 'Today,' this morning, Monday, March 17, the company of Broadway's Tony Award-winning, record-breaking smash hit musical CHICAGO will welcome two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time world champion figure skater Elvis Stojko in his Broadway stage debut. (more...)

John O'Hurley Reprises Role as 'Billy Flynn' in CHICAGO at Broward Center, Now thru 10/20
by BWW News Desk - Oct 09, 2013

CHICAGO, winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, is returning to Fort Lauderdale tonight, October 9th. (more...)

Roz Ryan to Break Record for Most Performances of Any Leading Actress in CHICAGO's History, 10/21
by BWW News Desk - Oct 03, 2013

On Monday, October 21, the company of Broadway's Tony Award-winning, record-breaking smash hit musical Chicago will celebrate yet another record-breaking milestone. (more...)

Tony-Winner Billy Porter to be Honored at NYMF's 10th Annual Gala, 11/10
by BWW News Desk - Oct 03, 2013

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has announced that 2013 Tony Awarda winner Billy Porter will be honored at its 10th Anniversary Gala to be held on Sunday, November 10th, at the Hudson Theater in Manhattan. The Gala will also celebrate NYMF's 10 years of creating and nurturing new musical theatre. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth, Bianca Marroquin & Cast of CHICAGO Celebrate 7,000th Performance
by Jessica Gordon - Sep 27, 2013

It's the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history. It's now in its 17th record-breaking year on the Great White Way. It's been seen in over 30 countries and in 12 different languages worldwide since 1996. It's currently playing to packed houses in cities across the country in its newly-launched 15th national touring production. And on Tuesday, September 24, the Tony Award-winning stage musical sensation Chicago reached another extraordinary milestone with its 7,000th performance on Broadway! Check out a look back at the celebration below! (more...)

Broadway's CHICAGO Celebrates 7,000th Performance Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2013

It's the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history. It's now in its 17th record-breaking year on the Great White Way. It's been seen in over 30 countries and in 12 different languages worldwide since 1996. It's currently playing to packed houses in cities across the country in its newly-launched 15th national touring production. And tonight, September 24, the Tony Award-winning stage musical sensation CHICAGO will celebrate another extraordinary milestone with its 7,000th performance on Broadway! (more...)

Broadway's CHICAGO Celebrates 7,000th Performance Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2013

It's the No. 1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history. It's now in its 17th record-breaking year on the Great White Way. It's been seen in over 30 countries and in 12 different languages worldwide since 1996. It's currently playing to packed houses in cities across the country in its newly-launched 15th national touring production. And tonight, September 24, the Tony Award-winning stage musical sensation CHICAGO will celebrate another extraordinary milestone with its 7,000th performance on Broadway. (more...)

Andrea Martin Exits PIPPIN Today to Lead WORKING THE ENGELS Sitcom in Toronto
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2013

The producers of the Broadway hit PIPPIN congratulate two-time Tony Award winner Andrea Martin, who will depart the production following today's performance to lead the cast of the new Global TV series 'Working the Engels,' which will film in Toronto. The show is currently playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). (more...)

CHICAGO, Starring Paige Davis and John O'Hurley, Returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2013

CHICAGO is back in town and it's pure entertainment! The first national tour of CHICAGO returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis from tonight, September 20 through September 22. (more...)

Broadway's CHICAGO to Celebrate 7,000th Performance, Sept 24
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2013

It's the No. 1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history. It's now in its 17th record-breaking year on the Great White Way. It's been seen in over 30 countries and in 12 different languages worldwide since 1996. It's currently playing to packed houses in cities across the country in its newly-launched 15th national touring production. And on Tuesday, September 24, the Tony Award-winning stage musical sensation CHICAGO will celebrate another extraordinary milestone with its 7,000th performance on Broadway. (more...)

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