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SOUND OFF Special Edition: Top 10+ Most Important Gay MusicalsSOUND OFF Special Edition: Top 10+ Most Important Gay Musicals
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 1, 2015

The landmark Supreme Court ruling handed down late last week instating national legalization of marriage rights for all individuals is a cause celebre for the country at large, particularly the Broadway community who has vocally and vociferously fought for equal acceptance for all for decades. Given the preponderance of LGBT people in the theatre community itself, this victory is a particular joy for many to celebrate. As a result of this momentous event, now is the ideal time to take a look back at the most important and notable musicals that have appeared on Broadway in the last several decades to shine a light on the gay community, ranging from portrayals of closeted individuals trapped and unable to find acceptance in a conservative society all the way to the out and proud representations available to see in some currently running smash hits. Additionally, who could forget all of musicals that have touched upon LGBT issues over the years - from the campy to the controversial to the highly acclaimed. (more...)

Marcel Spears Awarded Classic Stage Company's 2015 Tichler GrantMarcel Spears Awarded Classic Stage Company's 2015 Tichler Grant
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

Classic Stage Company has announced that Marcel Spears is this year's recipient of the Rosemarie Tichler Fund grant. (more...)

Jose Llana Teases SPELLING BEE 10th Anniversary Reunion On Social MediaJose Llana Teases SPELLING BEE 10th Anniversary Reunion On Social Media
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 29, 2015

The SPELLING BEE cast is back together at last! (more...)

Exclusive: Moments in the Woods- Inside the INTO THE WOODS Original Cast Reunion at BAMExclusive: Moments in the Woods- Inside the INTO THE WOODS Original Cast Reunion at BAM
by Randy Rainbow - Jun 29, 2015

Can you believe it's been almost 28 years since the original production of Into the Woods opened on Broadway? Seems like only yesterday my mother was dragging a 6-year-old me, literally kicking and screaming, from below the marquee of the Martin Beck Theatre (now the Al Hirschfeld) to the Winter Garden Theatre where Cats was playing. (I wanted desperately to see Into the Woods, but a family 'friend' told my parents that Cats would be more appropriate for my age group. Thanks for ruining my life, lady.) In the right light, you can still to this day see my claw marks scraped along 45th Street. (more...)

BWW TV: Know Your Roots! Derrick Baskin, Lisa Howard, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and More Prep for 'SPELLING BEE' Reunion!BWW TV: Know Your Roots! Derrick Baskin, Lisa Howard, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and More Prep for 'SPELLING BEE' Reunion!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 27, 2015

The nine original cast members of the hit Broadway musical, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Jenni Barber, Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard, Jose Llana, Jay Reiss, and Sarah Saltzberg - will reunite for a special one-night-only 10 Year Anniversary benefit concert on Monday, July 6 at 7:30pm at Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street). BroadwayWorld caught up with the company in rehearsal - see what they had to say about the nostalgia, the concert and more! (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: June 20-26THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: June 20-26
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 26, 2015

Still reeling from the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announcement? Getting ready for Broadway in Bryant Park? Didn't have time check in on all of the latest Broadway news? Well don't worry BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the biggest stories from this week from Broadway and beyond with BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures.' (more...)

Review Roundup: Encores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAIN Opens at City CenterReview Roundup: Encores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAIN Opens at City Center
by Review Roundups - Jun 26, 2015

Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Celia Keenan-Bolger Withdraws from SPELLING BEE Reunion; Jenni Barber Steps In!Celia Keenan-Bolger Withdraws from SPELLING BEE Reunion; Jenni Barber Steps In!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

The nine original cast members of the hit Broadway musical, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard,  Jose Llana, Jay Reiss, and Sarah Saltzberg - will reunite for a special one-night-only 10 Year Anniversary benefit concert on Monday, July 6 at 7:30pm at Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street). BroadwayWorld has just learned that Celia Keenan-Bolger, who was originally slated to participate, will no longer take part in the event. A show rep told us: "Due to the demands of being mom to a newborn, Celia Keenan-Bolger has had to withdraw from the upcoming Spelling Bee reunion concert.  The role of Olive Ostrovsky will be played by Jenni Barber, who took over the role on Broadway." (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Finn and Lapine Perform Minor Surgery on A NEW BRAINBWW Reviews: Finn and Lapine Perform Minor Surgery on A NEW BRAIN
by Michael Dale - Jun 26, 2015

The musical inspired by William Finn's near-death experience gets a revised concert mounting from Encores! Off-Center. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Get The Doctor! Medical Musical Moments - A NEW BRAIN, NEXT TO NORMAL, TOMMY, Etc.FLASH FRIDAY: Get The Doctor! Medical Musical Moments - A NEW BRAIN, NEXT TO NORMAL, TOMMY, Etc.
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 26, 2015

In honor of the New York return of A NEW BRAIN, today we salute medically-themed moments from musicals. (more...)

Paradise Theatre to Present Family-Friendly Musicals for 2015-16 SeasonParadise Theatre to Present Family-Friendly Musicals for 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

"This season is going to be an adventure set to music," says Vicki Richards, Executive Artistic Director of Paradise Theatre, Gig Harbor's only live theater and performing arts education center, "as we launch an entire season of musicals along with our capital campaign, 'Act Local'.   (more...)

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Heads to NKU's Commonwealth Theatre, 7/8-26THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Heads to NKU's Commonwealth Theatre, 7/8-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Can you spell L-A-U-G-H-T-E-R? The Tony® Award winning musical comedy, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - one of Broadway's most buzzed about hits - is coming to Commonwealth Theatre Company (CTC), Northern Kentucky University's own professional theatre. CTC continues their 35th Summer Dinner Theatre season with …SPELLING BEE, running July 8-26 in NKU's Stauss Theatre. (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from Encores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAIN Starring Jonathan Groff!BWW TV: Watch Highlights from Encores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAIN Starring Jonathan Groff!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 25, 2015

Jenni Barber, Quentin Earl Darrington, Bradley Dean, Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Josh Lamon, Aaron Lazar, Alyse Alan Louis and Rema Webb join Jonathan Groff in the Encores! Off-Center production of William Finn and James Lapine's A New Brain, running tonight, June 24, through June 27, 2015. The production is directed by James Lapine, with choreography by Josh Prince. BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from the production below! (more...)

Video Roundup: He's Back! Watch Our Favorite Anthony Warlow PerformancesVideo Roundup: He's Back! Watch Our Favorite Anthony Warlow Performances
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Just in case you need a reminder of Warlow's general awesomeness, check out some of our favorite performances below! (more...)

Point Park's Conservatory Theatre Company's 2015-16 Season to Feature CHICAGO, INTO THE WOODS & MorePoint Park's Conservatory Theatre Company's 2015-16 Season to Feature CHICAGO, INTO THE WOODS & More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company will present five productions in the 2015-2016 season, ranging from classic works of theatre to popular, contemporary, Tony Award-winning musicals. (more...)

Anthony Warlow Announces He Will Step in for Kelsey Grammer in Broadway's FINDING NEVERLAND!Anthony Warlow Announces He Will Step in for Kelsey Grammer in Broadway's FINDING NEVERLAND!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

The new Broadway musical Finding Neverland is currently playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, and according to a recent interview on Mornings, Kelsey Grammer, who plays producer Charles Frohman in the show, will soon take a leave. Broadway veteran and Australian superstar Anthony Warlow revealed that he will step into the role for a limited three month engagement. (more...)

Photo Coverage: A NEW BRAIN Company Celebrates Another Encores! Opening NightPhoto Coverage: A NEW BRAIN Company Celebrates Another Encores! Opening Night
by Walter McBride - Jun 25, 2015

Jenni Barber, Quentin Earl Darrington, Bradley Dean, Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Josh Lamon, Aaron Lazar, Alyse Alan Louis and Rema Webb join Jonathan Groff in the Encores! Off-Center production of William Finn and James Lapine's A New Brain, running through June 27, 2015. The production is directed by James Lapine, with choreography by Josh Prince. BroadwayWorld brings photos from the opening night after party below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: And They're Off! Encores! A NEW BRAIN Cast Takes Opening Night BowsPhoto Coverage: And They're Off! Encores! A NEW BRAIN Cast Takes Opening Night Bows
by Walter McBride - Jun 25, 2015

Jenni Barber, Quentin Earl Darrington, Bradley Dean, Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Josh Lamon, Aaron Lazar, Alyse Alan Louis and Rema Webb join Jonathan Groff in the Encores! Off-Center production of William Finn and James Lapine's A New Brain, running through June 27, 2015. The production is directed by James Lapine, with choreography by Josh Prince. BroadwayWorld brings photos from the opening night curtain call below! (more...)

Windham Theatre Guild's INTO THE WOODS to Begin Performances Next MonthWindham Theatre Guild's INTO THE WOODS to Begin Performances Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

Windham Theatre Guild presents INTO THE WOODS, with music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, originally directed on Broadway by Lapin, and with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. The production runs July 17, 18, 24, 25, 30, 31, August 1, 2015 at 7:30 PM and July 19 & 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main Street, Willimantic. (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from Encores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAIN Starring Jonathan Groff!BWW TV: Watch Highlights from Encores! Off-Center's A NEW BRAIN Starring Jonathan Groff!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 24, 2015

Jenni Barber, Quentin Earl Darrington, Bradley Dean, Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Josh Lamon, Aaron Lazar, Alyse Alan Louis and Rema Webb join Jonathan Groff in the Encores! Off-Center production of William Finn and James Lapine's A New Brain, running tonight, June 24, through June 27, 2015. The production is directed by James Lapine, with choreography by Josh Prince. BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from the production below! (more...)

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