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American Music Theatre Project to Workshop New Musical THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF PERCIVAL VON SCHMOOTZAmerican Music Theatre Project to Workshop New Musical THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF PERCIVAL VON SCHMOOTZ
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

The American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University will workshop and present a staged reading of the new musical "The Enlightenment of Percival von Schmootz" written by the Fred Ebb Award, Jonathan Larson Grant and Lorenz Hart Award-winning team Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond. (more...)

92Y Presents CELEBRATING FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Feat. Sheldon Harnick to Close Lyrics and Lyricists 2015 Season92Y Presents CELEBRATING FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Feat. Sheldon Harnick to Close Lyrics and Lyricists 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

Generations around the world have grown up with Fiddler on the Roof and such unforgettable, iconic songs as "If I Were a Rich Man" and "Sunrise, Sunset." But getting to the "final Fiddler" was a fascinating process, and on May 30, 31 and June 1-closing the 2015 Lyrics & Lyricists season-lyricist Sheldon Harnick takes us inside the creation and history of this cultural landmark. (more...)

Wirtz Center's SummerStage 2015 Events Begin 6/2Wirtz Center's SummerStage 2015 Events Begin 6/2
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

SummerStage 2015, Northwestern University's Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts' line-up of summer entertainment, includes stage productions, dance performances and broadcast screenings of international theatre. (more...)

Jason Gotay, Ellen Harvey & More Join Starry Cast of INTO THE WOODS at The Muny; Full Cast Announced!Jason Gotay, Ellen Harvey & More Join Starry Cast of INTO THE WOODS at The Muny; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

The Muny announced today its complete cast for Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine's (book) Into The Woods, playing July 21-27. The production will be directed by Gary Griffin, choreographed by Chris Bailey and music directed by Brad Haak. (more...)

Rob McClure Joins The Muny's INTO THE WOODS and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST This SummerRob McClure Joins The Muny's INTO THE WOODS and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2015

The Muny has found its Baker and Candlestick! (more...)

Breaking News: Beth Leavel, Bryan Batt, Heather Headley & More Sign on for The Muny's 2015 Season!Breaking News: Beth Leavel, Bryan Batt, Heather Headley & More Sign on for The Muny's 2015 Season!
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

The Muny announced today several principal cast members for the seven shows in its spectacular 97thseason, which opens onJune 15withMy Fair Lady. Full casts and companies will be announced throughout May. (more...)

Stratford Festival HD Bringing ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA to Cinemas This MonthStratford Festival HD Bringing ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA to Cinemas This Month
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

The Stratford Festival HD stage to screen event series returns to U.S. cinemas on Thursday, May 21 with the Stratford Festival production of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, the steamy story of a midlife affair that shook the foundations of the ancient world comes to vivid life. Starring Geraint Wyn Davies and Yanna McIntosh as the powerful rulers whose insatiable love leads to the greatest of tragedies, Antony and Cleopatra is directed by Gary Griffin. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 29th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 29th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 29, 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 Jeff Awards stir things up, 'Louis & Keely' and 'Sounds So Sweet' evoke mid-century entertainment, Waa-Mu takes on the Berlin Olympics, a new Chicago-based revue in Edgewater, 'Chaperone' and 'Music Man' in the suburbs, 'The Boy From Oz' in a local production, 'Matilda' will tour, 'Amazing Grace' sets a Broadway run, and Circle Theatre re-emerges. Whew! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Megan McGinnis and More in Chicago Shakespeare's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY World PremierePhoto Flash: First Look at Megan McGinnis and More in Chicago Shakespeare's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents the highly anticipated world premiere of Sense and Sensibility, a musical adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel, with book, music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated composer Paul Gordon. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Breaking News: Tony Winner Heather Headley Will Lead INTO THE WOODS at The Muny!Breaking News: Tony Winner Heather Headley Will Lead INTO THE WOODS at The Muny!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley will star as 'The Witch' in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into The Woods, directed by Gary Griffin and playing July 21 - 27, 2015 at The Muny, the nation's largest outdoor musical theatre. This production marks the Muny premiere of Into the Woods, and will be Ms. Headley's first performance in a musical in America since her 2000 Tony award winning performance in the original Broadway production of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. (more...)

BWW Flashback: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Wraps Broadway Run TodayBWW Flashback: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Wraps Broadway Run Today
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 5, 2015

As announced earlier this week, Honeymoon in Vegas, plays its final performance at Broadway's Nederlander Theater (208 West 41st Street) today, Sunday, April 5, 2015. Honeymoon in Vegas began performances on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, and officially opened on Thursday, January 15, 2015 to rave reviews. Prior to Broadway, Honeymoon in Vegas completed a successful engagement at the Papermill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ October 6 - 27, 2013. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 1st, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 1st, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 1, 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. 'Anything Goes,' 'A Funny Thing...' and 'Billy Elliot' prepare to open, 'Les Mis' racks up the raves, season announcements from the Paramount, Kokandy, The Hypocrites and Chicago Shakes, plus another Austen adaptation, and legs for Ethel Merman. Enjoy the warmth! (more...)

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...)

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