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Broadway's Grasan Kingsberry and Betsy Struxness to Join Greenwich Village Orchestra for Spring Pops ConcertBroadway's Grasan Kingsberry and Betsy Struxness to Join Greenwich Village Orchestra for Spring Pops Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

On May 7, 2017, at 3:00PM, the Greenwich Village Orchestra, led by Music Director and Conductor Barbara Yahr, will close its 30th anniversary season at Washington Irving Campus Auditorium (at 17th St. and Irving Place) with a pops concert, Broadway Downtown, featuring performances by guest artists and Broadway stars Grasan Kingsberry (The Color Purple, Motown The Musical, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Aida) and Betsy Struxness (Hamilton, Matilda, Memphis, Wicked). (more...)

Composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Exploring 'New Musical Concepts' for ONCE ON THIS ISLAND RevivalComposers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Exploring 'New Musical Concepts' for ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Revival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

Just last month, a music workshop was held in NYC. '[It] was absolutely thrilling.' Flaherty told BroadwayWorld. 'In collaboration with director Michael Arden, vocal designer Ann Marie Milazzo and orchestrator Michael Starobin, we explored many exciting new musical concepts for the piece. Lynn [Ahrens] and I look forward to taking these ideas further with our new collaborators in the New Year.' (more...)

Constantine Maroulis, Mel Johnson, Jr., Grasan Kingsberry and More Sign on for WEARING BLACK ReadingConstantine Maroulis, Mel Johnson, Jr., Grasan Kingsberry and More Sign on for WEARING BLACK Reading
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

NewYorkRep and The Telling Company have announced casting for their upcoming staged reading of WEARING BLACK, the new musical featuring book, music and lyrics by Riley Thomas. (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE COLOR PURPLE Welcomes Kids from PALPhoto Coverage: THE COLOR PURPLE Welcomes Kids from PAL
by Walter McBride - Dec 8, 2016

Just last night, kids from The Police Athletic League headed to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre to check out The Color Purple, and got to meet wit the cast afterwards. Check out photos below! (more...)

Breaking News: THE COLOR PURPLE Will Play Final Broadway Performance in January; National Tour to Launch Next FallBreaking News: THE COLOR PURPLE Will Play Final Broadway Performance in January; National Tour to Launch Next Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2016

The Tony Award-winning revival of THE COLOR PURPLE will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Upon closing, the production will have played 449 regular and 33 preview performances at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W 45th Street). A North American tour of the production will launch in the fall of 2017. (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE to Welcome New 'Mister' on BroadwayTHE COLOR PURPLE to Welcome New 'Mister' on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

Beginning performances Tuesday, November 15, Nathaniel Stampley will assume the role of Mister in John Doyle's Tony Award-winning production of the Broadway musical, THE COLOR PURPLE. Isaiah Johnson, who originated the role, will give his final performance on Sunday, November 13. (more...)

Carrie Compere to Assume the Role of Sofia in THE COLOR PURPLE on BroadwayCarrie Compere to Assume the Role of Sofia in THE COLOR PURPLE on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Beginning performances Tuesday, November 15, CARRIE COMPERE will assume the role of Sofia in John Doyle's Tony Award-winning production of the Broadway musical, THE COLOR PURPLE.  Tony nominee DANIELLE BROOKS, who originated the role, will give her final performance on Sunday, November 13. (more...)

Rob McClure, Joshua Henry & More Broadway Faves Star in 'The Oz Project' Music VideoRob McClure, Joshua Henry & More Broadway Faves Star in 'The Oz Project' Music Video
by TV News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

'The Oz Project' is a love letter to THE WIZARD OF OZ and THE WIZ created by some of their diehard fans at heart. The stories are interwoven as the two classic versions are combined through their well-loved scores, and sung by some of the greatest voices on Broadway. (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE COLOR PURPLE's Heather Headley Joins the Sardi's Wall of Fame!Photo Coverage: THE COLOR PURPLE's Heather Headley Joins the Sardi's Wall of Fame!
by Walter McBride - Aug 10, 2016

Just yesterday, THE COLOR PURPLE's Tony Award-winning actress Heather Headley was honored by Sardi's with her very own caricature, which will join the historic collection on the restaurant's walls, honoring Broadway's finest for over 85 years. Check out photos from the special day below! (more...)

VIDEO: Danielle Brooks Talks THE COLOR PURPLE: 'Every Moment is Exciting for Me'VIDEO: Danielle Brooks Talks THE COLOR PURPLE: 'Every Moment is Exciting for Me'
by TV News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

Danielle Brooks stopped by last night's LATE NIGHT and explained how her Broadway musical inspired her to pursue acting. (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- THE COLOR PURPLE's Patrice CovingtonTHE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- THE COLOR PURPLE's Patrice Covington
by BWW Staff - Mar 4, 2016

In this week's edition, we caught up with Patrice Covington, who stars as 'Squeak' in THE COLOR PURPLE, playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: Lilla Crawford, Arielle Jacobs, Rachel Potter & More Sing Billy Joel at BROADWAY SINGSPhoto Flash: Lilla Crawford, Arielle Jacobs, Rachel Potter & More Sing Billy Joel at BROADWAY SINGS
by Marissa Sblendorio - Feb 24, 2016

This past Monday, the BROADWAY SINGS concert series presented its 10th show withBroadway Sings Billy Joel. A cast of 20 Broadway stars sang completely new arrangements of the Piano Man's greatest hits. The performers were accompanied by a jazz orchestra playing original orchestrations. Previous artists honored in the series include Adele, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, and Sara Bareilles. (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE Revival Cast Album Hits the Shelves TodayTHE COLOR PURPLE Revival Cast Album Hits the Shelves Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2016

THE COLOR PURPLE recorded its official Broadway cast album in December, and it is available online and in stores today, February 19, released by Broadway Records. The album is produced by six-time Grammy Award winner Frank Filipetti.  (more...)

Arielle Jacobs, Mitch Jarvis & Rachel Potter Join BROADWAY SNGS BILLY JOEL LineupArielle Jacobs, Mitch Jarvis & Rachel Potter Join BROADWAY SNGS BILLY JOEL Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2016

The BROADWAY SINGS concert series will present its 10th show this February with Broadway Sings Billy Joel. A cast of 20 Broadway stars will sing completely new arrangements of the Piano Man's greatest hits. The performers will be accompanied by a jazz orchestra playing original orchestrations. Previous artists honored in the series include Adele, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, and Sara Bareilles. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside THE COLOR PURPLE's Cast Album Listening Party!Photo Coverage: Inside THE COLOR PURPLE's Cast Album Listening Party!
by Walter McBride - Feb 12, 2016

THE COLOR PURPLE recently recorded its official cast album, which will be released by Broadway Records on February 19 and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com and atwww.BroadwayRecords.com. Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, the production stars Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, and Danielle Brooks- all making their Broadway debuts. The company just got together for a listening party and BroadwayWorld was there to celebrate. Check out photos from the special night below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: The COLOR PURPLE Celebrates Release of Cast Album!Photo Coverage: The COLOR PURPLE Celebrates Release of Cast Album!
by Walter McBride - Feb 12, 2016

THE COLOR PURPLE recently recorded its official cast album, which was released by Broadway Records last month and can be purchased at Amazon.com and at www.BroadwayRecords.com. Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, the production stars Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, and Danielle Brooks- all making their Broadway debuts. The company just got together for a listening party and BroadwayWorld was there to celebrate. Check out photos from the special night below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Robert Hartwell Chats About His New Program, BROADWAY DANCE COLLECTIVEBWW Interview: Robert Hartwell Chats About His New Program, BROADWAY DANCE COLLECTIVE
by Nora Dominick - Feb 3, 2016

Broadway star Robert Hartwell is doing something truly spectacular while on the Motown National Tour: He's teaching a new generation of Broadway performers with BROADWAY DANCE COLLECTIVE.  (more...)

Erich Bergen, Kimiko Glenn & Laura Michelle Kelly Join BROADWAY SINGS BILLY JOEL Concert LineupErich Bergen, Kimiko Glenn & Laura Michelle Kelly Join BROADWAY SINGS BILLY JOEL Concert Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

The lineup is complete for Broadway Sings Billy Joel, the 10th installment of the star-studded BROADWAY SINGS concert series. A cast of 20 Broadway stars will sing completely new arrangements of the Piano Man's greatest hits. The performers will be accompanied by a jazz orchestra playing original orchestrations. Previous artists honored in the series include Adele, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, and Sara Bareilles. (more...)

Robert Hartwell Will Launch THE BROADWAY DANCE COLLECTIVE Master Class Tour on 1/24Robert Hartwell Will Launch THE BROADWAY DANCE COLLECTIVE Master Class Tour on 1/24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Broadway veteran and Broadway Quick Change host, Robert Hartwell today announced the launch of The Broadway Dance Collective, a traveling, multi-disciplinary musical theater master class for youth. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stars of HAMILTON and More Perform at 'Off the Kuff' New Year's Eve BlowoutPhoto Flash: Stars of HAMILTON and More Perform at 'Off the Kuff' New Year's Eve Blowout
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

On Thursday, Dec 31, 2015, hundreds gathered for an uptown New Year's event for the ages -- An 'Off the Kuff' New Year's Eve blowout. The star-studded soiree was hosted by nationally recognized motivational speaker and engagement expert Shaun Derik and TV/film actor and Broadway performer Ephraim Sykes (Vinyl, Leave It On the Floor, Hamilton). BroadwayWorld has photos from the event below! (more...)

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