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New Musicals CAKE OFF and GIRLSTAR Will Premiere at Signature Theatre; Full 2015-16 Season Announced!New Musicals CAKE OFF and GIRLSTAR Will Premiere at Signature Theatre; Full 2015-16 Season Announced!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 30, 2015

Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Managing Director Maggie Boland announce the full lineup for Signature Theatre's 2015/16 season. “Signature's 26th season continues our commitment to presenting new works and reinventing great American musicals. We're proud that this season also highlights daring new plays by female playwrights,” stated Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer. “I'm excited to work with so many talented artists in the coming year.” (more...)

THEATER TALK Welcomes HONEYMOON IN VEGAS' Tony Danza & Rob McClure This WeekTHEATER TALK Welcomes HONEYMOON IN VEGAS' Tony Danza & Rob McClure This Week
by TV News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

This week's THEATER TALK revels in show business lore with performers-supreme Tony Danza and Rob McClure, who are now co-starring in the hit musical Honeymoon in Vegas at the Nederlander Theatre. Then the show remembers the late documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, who died this month at the age of 88. (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...)

COCKED and HILLARY AND CLINTON Premieres and More Set for Victory Gardens' 2015-16 SeasonCOCKED and HILLARY AND CLINTON Premieres and More Set for Victory Gardens' 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

Victory Gardens Theater, under the continued leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Christopher Mannelli, announces the lineup for its 2015-2016 Season. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jason Robert Brown and the Cast of HONEYMOON IN VEGAS at 92YPhoto Flash: Jason Robert Brown and the Cast of HONEYMOON IN VEGAS at 92Y
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Fresh off his Tony Award for The Bridges of Madison County, superstar composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown is back with a new, Sin City-set musical, Honeymoon in Vegas -- which just opened on Broadway to rave reviews. Featuring screen star Tony Danza and Tony nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin), the glitzy show boasts a hilarious book by Andrew Bergman, writer of the cult-classic 1992 movie. The cast and creative team just appeared at 92Y - scroll down for photos from the evening! (more...)

Photo Flash: There's a New Carole in Town- First Look at Chilina Kennedy in BEAUTIFUL!Photo Flash: There's a New Carole in Town- First Look at Chilina Kennedy in BEAUTIFUL!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Award-winning Canadian actress Chilina Kennedy, who made her Broadway debut as 'Mary Magdalene' in Jesus Christ Superstar, has nabbed the title role in Beautiful-The Carole King Musical, the smash hit musical about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter. Kennedy begins performances on March 7, 2015, succeeding Tony Award-winner Jessie Mueller, who will play her final performance in Beautiful on March 6 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (124 West 43rd Street). Check out a first look at the actress in action below! (more...)

Tony Danza & More Join 92Y's HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Event, 3/15Tony Danza & More Join 92Y's HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Event, 3/15
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

Fresh off his Tony Award for The Bridges of Madison County, superstar composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown is back with a new, Sin City-set musical, Honeymoon in Vegas-which just opened on Broadway to rave reviews. Featuring screen star Tony Danza and Tony nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin), the glitzy show boasts Brown's "revelation of a score" (The New York Times) and a hilarious book by Andrew Bergman, writer of the cult-classic 1992 movie. Enjoy performances and hear from the cast and creative team about this razzle-dazzle tale of love, gambling - and skydiving Elvises. (more...)

Ana Gasteyer to Join Seth Rudetsky for Broadway @ NOCCA in MarchAna Gasteyer to Join Seth Rudetsky for Broadway @ NOCCA in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2015

Ana Gasteyer is best known for her incomparable work on "Saturday Night Live." During her six year stint, she created some of the most famous SNL characters including middle school music teacher Bobbie Moughan-Culp, NPR radio host Margaret Jo, Lilith Fair poetess Cinder Calhoun, as well as spot-on impressions of Martha Stewart, Celine Dion and Hillary Rodham Clinton. (more...)

Chorus Member Writes About Working with Jason Robert Brown in PARADE ConcertChorus Member Writes About Working with Jason Robert Brown in PARADE Concert
by Tori Leiber - Feb 19, 2015

On February 16, Manhattan Concert Productions brought the Drama Desk and Tony Award-winning score of PARADE back to Lincoln Center. PARADE was brought to life for one night only at Avery Fisher Hall. Three-time Tony Award winner and original composer Jason Robert Brown conducted a star-studded cast and full chorus, joined by Olivier Award nominee Gary Griffin as director, and Tom Murray as music supervisor. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Beowulf Boritt - Part 1: An Inside Look At Manhattan Concert Productions' PARADEInDepth InterView: Beowulf Boritt - Part 1: An Inside Look At Manhattan Concert Productions' PARADE
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 18, 2015

Today we are analyzing all aspects of the hotly anticipated concert event that occured at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall on Monday featuring an all-star cast performing Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's Tony Award-winning score and book - the Manhattan Concert Productions presentation of PARADE. Outlining his involvement in the unique theatrical event is acclaimed and versatile Tony Award-winning set designer Beowulf Boritt, who opens up about the exciting and idiosyncratic nature of a one night only event such as this as well as the opportunities available in designing for such a spectacular evening in order to bring his artistic vision to fruition. In addition to a thorough discussion of the themes and actual real history elemental to the musical itself and how Boritt has integrated those features into the visual landscape of the piece, he also sheds some light on the intensive design process and intimate collaboration with director Gary Griffin, composer/lyricist/conductor Brown, projection designer Jeff Croiter and lighting designer Jon Weston. Also, Boritt offers a first look at his inspiration for the design elements being created especially for the evening and how he is utilizing vintage photographs and actual historical pieces to maximize authenticity and accuracy in portraying the musical based on a true story occurring in 1915. All of that and much, much more in this expansive design-focused special feature with one of Broadway's brightest behind the scenes visionaries. (more...)

BWW TV: Welcome Back to the Old Red Hills of Home- Watch Video from MCP's PARADE Concert at Lincoln Center!BWW TV: Welcome Back to the Old Red Hills of Home- Watch Video from MCP's PARADE Concert at Lincoln Center!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 17, 2015

Just last night, Manhattan Concert Productions brought the Drama Desk and Tony Award-winning score of PARADE back to Lincoln Center, where it all began in 1998. PARADE was brought to life for one night only at Avery Fisher Hall. Three-time Tony Award winner and original composer Jason Robert Brown conducted a star-studded cast and full chorus, joined by Olivier Award nominee Gary Griffin as director, and Tom Murray as music supervisor. (more...)

PARADE, Starring Jeremy Jordan and Laura Benanti, Marches Into Lincoln Center TonightPARADE, Starring Jeremy Jordan and Laura Benanti, Marches Into Lincoln Center Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2015

Manhattan Concert Productions is bringing the Drama Desk and Tony Award-winning score of PARADE back to Lincoln Center, where it all began in 1998. PARADE will be brought to life for one night only at Avery Fisher Hall tonight, February 16, 2015. (more...)

FLASH SPECIAL: PARADE Marches Back To New York In A Big WayFLASH SPECIAL: PARADE Marches Back To New York In A Big Way
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 16, 2015

In honor of tonight's star-studded concert production of PARADE, we take a look back at the colorful history of the modern musical masterpiece. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Big News- PARADE is Back! Meet the Company of the MCP Concert!Photo Coverage: Big News- PARADE is Back! Meet the Company of the MCP Concert!
by Walter McBride - Feb 14, 2015

Manhattan Concert Productions is bringing the Drama Desk and Tony Award-winning score of PARADE back to Lincoln Center, where it all began in 1998. This concert performance of PARADE will feature a chorus of over 200 singers from the across the United States; the enlarged forces of the New York City Chamber Orchestra; and a full professional Broadway cast. The company just met the press, and below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the presentation below! (more...)

BWW TV: Back to the Old Red Hills of Home- Meet the Company of PARADE- Jeremy Jordan, Laura Benanti, Andy Mientus, Joshua Henry & More!BWW TV: Back to the Old Red Hills of Home- Meet the Company of PARADE- Jeremy Jordan, Laura Benanti, Andy Mientus, Joshua Henry & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 13, 2015

Manhattan Concert Productions is bringing the Drama Desk and Tony Award-winning score of PARADE back to Lincoln Center, where it all began in 1998. This concert performance of PARADE will feature a chorus of over 200 singers from the across the United States; the enlarged forces of the New York City Chamber Orchestra; and a full professional Broadway cast. The company just met the press, and below, BroadwayWorld brings you interviews with the full company as well as a few performance clips, including 'This Is Not Over Yet' and 'The Old Red Hills of Home.' (more...)

BWW TV: Sneak Preview - Jeremy Jordan, Laura Benanti and Jason Robert Brown Perform 'This Is Not Over Yet' from PARADEBWW TV: Sneak Preview - Jeremy Jordan, Laura Benanti and Jason Robert Brown Perform 'This Is Not Over Yet' from PARADE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 12, 2015

Manhattan Concert Productions is bringing the Drama Desk and Tony Award-winning score of PARADE back to Lincoln Center, where it all began in 1998. This concert performance of PARADE will feature a chorus of over 200 singers from the across the United States; the enlarged forces of the New York City Chamber Orchestra; and a full professional Broadway cast. The company just met the press, and below, BroadwayWorld brings you a clip of stars Jeremy Jordan and Laura Benanti performing a song from the show, accompanied by Jason Robert Brown! (more...)

Broadway's HONEYMOON IN VEGAS to Celebrate Valentine's Day This Week with Audience SurprisesBroadway's HONEYMOON IN VEGAS to Celebrate Valentine's Day This Week with Audience Surprises
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

Tony Danza and the cast of Honeymoon in Vegas will celebrate Valentine's Day all week at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre (208 W 41st Street) with a lovely array of surprises for audience members Wednesday, February 11 through Saturday, February 14, 2015. Directed by Gary Griffin, and featuring a book by Andrew Bergman and score by three-time Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown, Honeymoon in Vegas opened on Broadway January 15, 2015. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: MOONSHINE's Brandy Clark Performs 'Hold My Hand' With Dwight Yoakam at the Grammys!STAGE TUBE: MOONSHINE's Brandy Clark Performs 'Hold My Hand' With Dwight Yoakam at the Grammys!
by Stage Tube - Feb 9, 2015

As BroadwayWorld reported last week, Brandy Clark along with Grammy Award-winner Shane McAnally have written the score for the highly anticipated new musical Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical. Lovingly (and loosely) inspired by the classic TV series, it will get its eagerly awaited World Premiere this fall at Dallas Theater Center. Below, watch as Clark performs 'Hold My Hand' with Dwight Yoakam from last night's 57th Annual Grammy Awards! (more...)

MOONSHINE: THAT HEE HAW MUSICAL with Music by Brandy Clark & Shane McAnally Sets Dallas World PremiereMOONSHINE: THAT HEE HAW MUSICAL with Music by Brandy Clark & Shane McAnally Sets Dallas World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical, a new musical comedy lovingly (and loosely) inspired by the classic TV series, will get the Broadway treatment when it has its eagerly awaited World Premiere this fall at Dallas Theater Center. The musical, which had a much-buzzed-about industry reading in September, features a score by multi-Award winning artists Brandy Clark (a 2015 Grammy Award nominee for Best New Artist) and Grammy Award-winner Shane McAnally, two of country music's hottest new singer/songwriters. With a book by Robert Horn, direction by Gary Griffin and choreography by Denis Jones and musical supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Tony and Grammy Award-winner Stephen Oremus, Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical begins performances at Dallas Center Theatre on September 2, 2015, where it runs through October 11, 2015. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 4th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 4th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Feb 4, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The 'Last Five Years' movie, and three local shows for Valentine's Day about young folks in New York. Plus two new shows based on Jane Austen, Lippa's 'Wild Party,' Sondheim's 'Sondheim,' Aurora's 'Les Miserables and Annaleigh Ashford's return, plus some critical thinking about the late Andrew Patner. (more...)

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