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ALADDIN Finds Princess, Genie, Villains and Band of Thieves for National Tour; Cast Complete!ALADDIN Finds Princess, Genie, Villains and Band of Thieves for National Tour; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway In Chicago have announced full casting for the eagerly-anticipated North American tour of Disney's Aladdin, which begins rehearsals in Chicago on Monday, February 27. (more...)

Catherine Zuber and Tony Straiges Among 2017 Theatre Development Fund/Irene Sharaff AwardeesCatherine Zuber and Tony Straiges Among 2017 Theatre Development Fund/Irene Sharaff Awardees
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Six-time Tony Award-winning costume designer CATHERINE ZUBER and legendary scenic designer TONY STRAIGES are among the 2017 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards recipients which were just announced by Theatre Development Fund (TDF), a not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts. (more...)

Community Spirit and a Great Show at the WhatsOnStage AwardsCommunity Spirit and a Great Show at the WhatsOnStage Awards
by Debbie Gilpin - Feb 20, 2017

Awards season is in full swing now, so this weekend was the turn of the 17th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards. Held at the Prince of Wales Theatre, it prides itself on being the only event where winners are voted for exclusively by theatregoers. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2017

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Timothy Ware to Star as Lola in KINKY BOOTS National TourTimothy Ware to Star as Lola in KINKY BOOTS National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

The Kinky Boots national tour welcomes Broadway alum Timothy Ware to the road as he takes over the iconic role of Lola. No stranger to Lola's famous thigh-high red boots, Ware was the Lola Standby on Broadway where he performed the role 186 times. He's previously been seen across the country in the national tours of Mamma Mia! and Jesus Christ Superstar. Ware joins the tour cast in Spokane, WA, on Tuesday February 28, 2017. (more...)

Tour Star J. Harrison Ghee to Reprise Role as 'Lola' in KINKY BOOTS on BroadwayTour Star J. Harrison Ghee to Reprise Role as 'Lola' in KINKY BOOTS on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced today that J. Harrison Ghee, currently earning rave reviews across the country as Lola in the National Tour of Kinky Boots, will strut onto Broadway this Spring, joining the Broadway production beginning March 6, 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: Brand New Photos Released from the National Tour of KINKY BOOTSPhoto Flash: Brand New Photos Released from the National Tour of KINKY BOOTS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Kinky Boots is the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots). Check out brand new photos of the tour below! (more...)

BWW Review: Brilliantly Funny SOMETHING ROTTEN! at The Fox TheatreBWW Review: Brilliantly Funny SOMETHING ROTTEN! at The Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - Feb 11, 2017

I know that some critics will probably refer to Monty Python's Flying Circus or the work of Mel Brooks when they try to explain the appeal of SOMETHING ROTTEN!. There are some similarities to both, but the fact is, this show (book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell with Music and Lyrics by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick) is actually something uniquely original. Sure a lot of contemporary musicals have taken the opportunity to crack wise while parodying musical theatre tropes before, but never as thoroughly and hilariously. The current touring show at The Fox Theatre is just great fun, and I highly recommend that you attend! (more...)

KINKY BOOTS to Bring High-Heeled Entertainment to Hamburg This WinterKINKY BOOTS to Bring High-Heeled Entertainment to Hamburg This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced today that Kinky Boots, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning hit musical, will receive a German production this December at The Stage Operettenhaus in Hamburg, produced by Stage Entertainment. (more...)

FSCJ Artist Series Presents KINKY BOOTS 5/2-7, 2017FSCJ Artist Series Presents KINKY BOOTS 5/2-7, 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), opens in Jacksonville for its premier run May 2-7, 2017 at the Times-Union Center. (more...)

Hit West End Production of KINKY BOOTS Extends Through September 2017Hit West End Production of KINKY BOOTS Extends Through September 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Ahead of its 600th West End performance on Monday, Kinky Boots, the huge-hearted, high-heeled hit, announces the opening of a new booking period until Saturday 30 September 2017. Tickets for this extended period will go on sale from Friday 27 January 2017. (more...)

Broadway Sacramento Presents KINKY BOOTS at the Community Center TheaterBroadway Sacramento Presents KINKY BOOTS at the Community Center Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots), opens at the Community Center Theater on Jan. 31 and runs through Feb. 5. (more...)

Photo Flash: Hitting the Road with an Exclamation Point! First Look at SOMETHING ROTTEN! on TourPhoto Flash: Hitting the Road with an Exclamation Point! First Look at SOMETHING ROTTEN! on Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

The completely original new musical Something Rotten!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O'Farrell, launched its National Tour on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Boston Opera House. See the cast in action below! (more...)

Broadway's ALADDIN, WAITRESS, THE HUMANS and More Coming to Minnesota in 2017-18Broadway's ALADDIN, WAITRESS, THE HUMANS and More Coming to Minnesota in 2017-18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

Hennepin Theatre Trust today announced the Tony Award-winning lineup for the 2017-2018 Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin Season, featuring seven Minnesota premieres and three returning favorites. (more...)

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour Starts Here!BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour Starts Here!
by Nancy Grossman - Jan 23, 2017

With nine Tony Award nominations under its belt, SOMETHING ROTTEN! closed on Broadway on January 1, 2017, and barely took a breather before hitting the road with three of its principal players reprising their roles. Director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw brings Rob McClure, Adam Pascal, and Josh Grisetti on the National Tour that launches in Boston at the Opera House. (more...)

BWW Interview: Marisha Wallace Is Living The DREAM-GIRL in The West End's 'DreamGirls'BWW Interview: Marisha Wallace Is Living The DREAM-GIRL in The West End's 'DreamGirls'
by Christopher Castanho - Jan 23, 2017

When scheduling an interview with Broadway and now West End star: Marisha Wallace, I was quickly reminded that London is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, so when we found an appointment that was congruently free; it was a little early for me... Flash forward to a 7am interview that started my day on the highest of notes: Marisha's bubbly and down to earth personality drew me in the first moment I saw her perform in the hit musical 'Something Rotten!' (more...)

Photo Flash: Rob McClure, Adam Pascal, Josh Grisetti and More Celebrate SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Tour Launch in BostonPhoto Flash: Rob McClure, Adam Pascal, Josh Grisetti and More Celebrate SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Tour Launch in Boston
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

The completely original new musical Something Rotten!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O'Farrell, launched its National Tour on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Boston Opera House. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below! (more...)

BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at the Eccles is Bold and HeartfeltBWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at the Eccles is Bold and Heartfelt
by Tyler Hinton - Jan 18, 2017

The new Eccles Theater is currently serving as the temporary home for the national tour of KINKY BOOTS--a heartfelt exploration of family and friendship. With a Tony-winning pop score, performances bolstered by emotional strength and bravery, and design that is both subtle and bold, this is an unusual show that really works. (more...)

Will Amber Riley-Led DREAMGIRLS Land on Broadway Next Season?Will Amber Riley-Led DREAMGIRLS Land on Broadway Next Season?
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Effie might indeed be going... to Broadway. According to the New York Post, London producer Sonia Friedman is already looking for a Broadway Theater to transfer the West End production, which has been bringing audiences to their feet nightly. (more...)

Major Attaway to Star as Genie in ALADDINMajor Attaway to Star as Genie in ALADDIN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Disney's Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, is pleased to announce that Major Attaway, current Genie standby in the Broadway company, will take over the role full-time beginning Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (more...)

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