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UPDATE: Tickets for SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Starring Jake Gyllenhaal Now Sold OutUPDATE: Tickets for SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Starring Jake Gyllenhaal Now Sold Out
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Tickets for the event went on sale at noon today, May 25th, and according to the event's official web site, they have now sold out! (more...)

Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Concert ProductionJake Gyllenhaal to Star in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Concert Production
by TV News Desk - May 24, 2016

Gyllenhaal has signed on to star in a one-night-only performance of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE to benefit New York City Center. (more...)

ALADDIN's Alan Menken Chimes In His Choices For The Next Disney Film On BroadwayALADDIN's Alan Menken Chimes In His Choices For The Next Disney Film On Broadway
by Michael Dale - May 20, 2016

Three of his Disney musicals have transferred from film to stage. Which do you think should be next? (more...)

Fiasco Theater's INTO THE WOODS Headed to Menier Chocolate FactoryFiasco Theater's INTO THE WOODS Headed to Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Following great critical success in New York, innovative and ground breaking theatre company Fiasco bring their enchanting reinvention of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's masterpiece Into The Woods to the Chocolate Factory this Summer. The production opens on 12 July, with previews from 1 July, and runs until 17 September. (more...)

Rumpelstiltskin-Inspired Musical HOMO to Open This December in Tel Aviv; Eyes 2017 New York DebutRumpelstiltskin-Inspired Musical HOMO to Open This December in Tel Aviv; Eyes 2017 New York Debut
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

A new children's musical called HOMO will premiere this December in Tel Aviv, with its sights set on a New York transfer in 2017. (more...)

Open Book: TUCK EVERLASTING's Bookwriters Claudia Shear and Tim Federle; Providing Dirt For A GardenOpen Book: TUCK EVERLASTING's Bookwriters Claudia Shear and Tim Federle; Providing Dirt For A Garden
by Michael Dale - May 16, 2016

Award-winning actor/playwright and award-winning actor/novelist team up for their first Broadway musical book. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 5/14-5/15/2016Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 5/14-5/15/2016
by - May 15, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, May 15, 2016 - Sunday, May 15, 2016. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/15/16- PASSIONSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/15/16- PASSION
by Stage Tube - May 15, 2016

Today in 1994, Passion opened at the Longacre Theatre, where it ran for 97 performances. Passion is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine. The story was adapted from Ettore Scola's film Passione d'Amore. Passion is notable for being one of the few projects that Stephen Sondheim himself conceived, along with Sweeney Todd and Road Show. Set in 19th century Italy, the plot concerns a young soldier and the changes in him brought about by the obsessive love of Fosca, his Colonel's homely, ailing cousin. (more...)

First Hebrew Production of INTO THE WOODS to Feature Male Witch, Female NarratorFirst Hebrew Production of INTO THE WOODS to Feature Male Witch, Female Narrator
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

BroadwayWorld has learned that the first Hebrew production of Stephan Sondheim and James Lapine's INTO THE WOODS will have a male actor playing the role of the Witch, while a female actress will be playing the Narrator. Both roles are traditionally portrayed by actors of the opposite genders. (more...)

Andre De Shields to Guest Star in WOZ: A ROCK CABARET at Victory Gardens TheaterAndre De Shields to Guest Star in WOZ: A ROCK CABARET at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Joining the original cast as the Wizard is Tony Award-nominated actor Andre De Shields, Broadway's original 'The Wiz' (1975). (more...)

The Dramatists Guild Responds To Charles Isherwood's Claim That Sung-Through Musicals Have No BookThe Dramatists Guild Responds To Charles Isherwood's Claim That Sung-Through Musicals Have No Book
by Michael Dale - May 10, 2016

Doug Wright, James Lapine, Marsha Norman, Alan Menken and more explain what goes into the book of a musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at APACPhoto Flash: First Look at THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at APAC
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

The award-winning Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) is pleased to present a look into their production of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, now playing through Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd), in Astoria, Queens. With music & lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, additional material by Jay Reiss, choreographed by Misha Shields,  music directed by Michael Ferrara, directed by Artistic Director Dev Bondarin.  (more...)

VIDEO: Get a Super-Speed Look at THE BOOK OF MORMON's On Tour Load-InVIDEO: Get a Super-Speed Look at THE BOOK OF MORMON's On Tour Load-In
by Michael Dale - May 9, 2016

A time-lapsed video offers a glimpse at the load-in procedure for every tour stop. (more...)

Christian Borle Will Juggle Both FALSETTOS and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORYChristian Borle Will Juggle Both FALSETTOS and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
by Marissa Sblendorio - May 9, 2016

Broadway World reported earlier today that Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions announced that two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle(Something Rotten, Peter and the Starcatcher) will originate the role of Willy Wonka in the Broadway premiere of Roald Dahl's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY which begins performances in March 2017.  (more...)

Miriam Shor, Sheldon Harnick, Jack O'Brien & More Join MAIZE & BLUE ON BROADWAY Benefit LineupMiriam Shor, Sheldon Harnick, Jack O'Brien & More Join MAIZE & BLUE ON BROADWAY Benefit Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Maize & Blue on Broadway is a one-night-only benefit concert on May 16, 2016 at 7PM at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street) to celebrate the University of Michigan and its renowned Musical Theatre Department, as well as honor its longtime chair, Brent Wagner, who is retiring in May after 32 years of being the department's heart and soul.   (more...)

Gregory S. Moss's INDIAN SUMMER Starts Next Week at Playwrights HorizonsGregory S. Moss's INDIAN SUMMER Starts Next Week at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

A friendly reminder! Previews begin next Friday, May 13 at 8PM for the Playwrights Horizons world premiere production of Indian Summer, a new play by Gregory S. Moss (Reunion; punkplay; Billy Witch; La Brea; Orange, Hat & Grace; House of Gold). (more...)

Playwrights Horizons' Annual Auction Opens Today: Bid for HAMILTON Meet & Greet, People's Choice Awards Tickets & More!Playwrights Horizons' Annual Auction Opens Today: Bid for HAMILTON Meet & Greet, People's Choice Awards Tickets & More!
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Acclaimed Off-Broadway theater company Playwrights Horizons has announced details for its 2016 Online Auction.  Bidding for the auction, which will feature an eclectic array of items, getaways, theater tickets, sports items, celebrity meet and greets, celebrity experiences  and unique opportunities, begins today, Tuesday, May 3 at 12 Noon at www.CharityBuzz.com/PlaywrightsHorizons.  Online bidding will continue through Thursday, May 19.  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/2/16- THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEESTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/2/16- THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Stage Tube - May 2, 2016

Today in 2005, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it ran for 1136 performances. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a one act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups. The 2005 Broadway production, directed by James Lapine, was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book. The show has spawned various other productions in the U.S., including a national tour with performances in Canada, and Australian productions. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/30/16- INTO THE WOODSSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/30/16- INTO THE WOODS
by Stage Tube - Apr 30, 2016

Today in 2002, the first Broadway revival of Into the Woods opened at the Broadhurst Theatre, where it ran for 279 performances. Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and premiered on Broadway in 1987. Into the Woods won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera. The main characters are taken from the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, tied together by a more original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, most likely taken from the original story of Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm. (more...)

Photo Flash: It's a 'SPELLING BEE' Reunion in Rehearsal for Second Stage's 2016 GalaPhoto Flash: It's a 'SPELLING BEE' Reunion in Rehearsal for Second Stage's 2016 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Original star of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Deborah S. Craig posted a behind-the-scenes shot in rehearsals with the rest of her 'SPELLING BEE' co-stars, including Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Celia Keenan-Bolger and more, for Second Stage Theatre's upcoming gala honoring producer David Stone. Check it out below! (more...)

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