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Evan Todd to Join Broadway's  BEAUTIFUL as 'Gerry Goffin' Opposite Abby MuellerEvan Todd to Join Broadway's BEAUTIFUL as 'Gerry Goffin' Opposite Abby Mueller
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced today that stage and screen favorite Evan Todd will join the cast of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical on March 7, 2017. (more...)

Heartwarming LITTLE WOMEN: THE MUSICAL Headed to Ocean State TheatreHeartwarming LITTLE WOMEN: THE MUSICAL Headed to Ocean State Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its fifth season in its comfortable stadium-style theatre in Warwick, will present the heartwarming, family-friendly musical, Little Women: The Musical, which will run at Ocean State Theatre from March 1 - 19. (more...)

The Catholic University to Bring Strength and Sisterhood to the Stage in LITTLE WOMENThe Catholic University to Bring Strength and Sisterhood to the Stage in LITTLE WOMEN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

A classic story about the bonds of sisterhood will come alive with music and imagination this spring, as the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Little Women: The Broadway Musical, to be performed in The Catholic University of America's Ward Recital Hall Feb. 17 through 26. (more...)

BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL to Make Memphis Premiere at the OrpheumBEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL to Make Memphis Premiere at the Orpheum
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced the National Tour of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning hit musical BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL welcomed Julia Knitel (Carole King) and Erika Olson (Cynthia Weil) September 13 in San Francisco, CA. (more...)

Breaking News: Abby Mueller Is Broadway's Next Carole King; Chilina Kennedy Will Take BEAUTIFUL to Toronto!Breaking News: Abby Mueller Is Broadway's Next Carole King; Chilina Kennedy Will Take BEAUTIFUL to Toronto!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced today that Abby Mueller will play the title role in the Broadway company of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, beginning March 7, 2017. Mueller, who originated the role in the first national tour of Beautiful, will be taking over for Broadway's current 'Carole,' Chilina Kennedy, while Kennedy heads to her hometown to headline the show at Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theater from June 27 - August 20, 2017. Kennedy will be joined in the Toronto production by Liam Tobin, who originated the role of 'Gerry Goffin' on tour. Kennedy will return to the Broadway production following the Toronto run of Beautiful. (more...)

Photo Flash: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSIAL Coming to The Arsht Center 2/14Photo Flash: BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSIAL Coming to The Arsht Center 2/14
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

The Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will make its Miami premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County for one week, February 14 - 19, 2017. Produced by Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including "I Feel the Earth Move," "One Fine Day," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "You've Got A Friend" and the title song. (more...)

BWW Interview: Salisha Thomas of BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at The BushnellBWW Interview: Salisha Thomas of BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at The Bushnell
by Joseph Harrison - Jan 16, 2017

When BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL opens on January 17 at Hartford's Bushnell Theatre, audiences will discover that though they may think they know the songs of Carole King, there is such a rich story behind those familiar lyrics and catchy melodies. BEAUTIFUL tells the true story of King's rise to stardom and illustrates how she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Taking the stage in BEAUTIFUL playing Shirley, the lead singer of the Shirelles is Salisha Thomas who I had the pleasure of speaking with and learning about her experience with this remarkable show about a remarkable woman. (more...)

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
 at Wharton Center ends Jan 15BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Wharton Center ends Jan 15
by Anton Anderssen - Jan 15, 2017

I felt the earth move under my feet when the audience of over 1000 people jumped to their feet to give the cast of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL a standing ovation, accompanied by thunderous applause. The Wharton Center showing was absolutely fabulous! Sunday night is the final performance of this amazing show. (more...)

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL Takes Wharton Center's StageBEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL Takes Wharton Center's Stage
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2016

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announce that the Tony® & Grammy Award®-winning Broadway hit Beautiful-The Carole King Musical, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will make its East Lansing premiere as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Series. (more...)

Britain's Got Talent's and West End Star Rachael Wooding to Play Alice in UK Premiere of WONDERLANDBritain's Got Talent's and West End Star Rachael Wooding to Play Alice in UK Premiere of WONDERLAND
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2016

It has been announced that Rachael Wooding will guest star as Alice in the 2017 UK tour of WONDERLAND in Wolverhampton from Monday 31 July - Saturday 5 August. (more...)

BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL to Charm Wharton Center This JanuaryBEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL to Charm Wharton Center This January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announce that the Tony- & Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful-The Carole King Musical, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will make its East Lansing premiere as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Series. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Broadway Records Stands Up to Bullies with 'I Have A Voice' Benefit RecordingSTAGE TUBE: Broadway Records Stands Up to Bullies with 'I Have A Voice' Benefit Recording
by Stage Tube - Dec 12, 2016

Broadway Records President Van Dean, Executive Producer Gina Holland and No Bully Executive Producer Michelle Shapiro today launched the charitable recording, I HAVE A VOICE (music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Robin Lerner) with 100 percent of the profits to benefit No Bully. (more...)

Theatrical Partnership Announce Major Musical Hat-Trick For 2017Theatrical Partnership Announce Major Musical Hat-Trick For 2017
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

A partnership between a leading London-based theatre production company and one of Manchester's newest arts venues have announced a hat-trick of shows for 2017. (more...)

Tickets on Sale After Thanksgiving for BEAUTIFUL at the OrpheumTickets on Sale After Thanksgiving for BEAUTIFUL at the Orpheum
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2016

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announce that the Tony & Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful-The Carole King Musical, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will make its Memphis premiere at the Orpheum Theatre February 28 - March 5. (more...)

BWW Review: LITTLE WOMEN Charming Family Friendly MusicalBWW Review: LITTLE WOMEN Charming Family Friendly Musical
by Frank Benge - Nov 7, 2016

LITTLE WOMEN is a musical with a book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and music by Jason Howland. Workshop productions were presented at Duke University in 2001 and 2004 and the Broadway production opened at the Virginia Theatre on January 23, 2005. Based on the classic 1869 Louisa May Alcott semi-autobiographical novel, LITTLE WOMEN focuses on the four March sisters: aspiring writer Jo (Lilly Lane Stafford), romantic Meg (Caroline Kinnamore), the easily hurt Amy (Maddie Dennison), and kind Beth (Emily McIntyre) as well as their beloved Marmee (Maddrey Blackwood.) The women are at the family home in Concord, Massachusetts while their father is away during the Civil War. The musical begins with Jo trying to sell her stories in New York but soon brings Jo back home. While the events and timing of things aren't exactly the same as in the novel; Allan Knee's script, for the most part, is expertly condensed Alcott retaining the spirit of the characters. Jason Howland's music is pleasant, if rather unmemorable, riffing musical theatre numbers out of period waltzes, polkas, and quadrilles; supported by Mindi Dickstein's rather unmemorable lyrics. The end result feels like a lesser known Rogers & Hammerstein musical. It's just good old fashioned squeaky clean family fun. (more...)

Chance Theater Proudly Presents LITTLE WOMEN -THE BROADWAY MUSICALChance Theater Proudly Presents LITTLE WOMEN -THE BROADWAY MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

Anaheim's official resident theater company, Chance Theater is pleased to remount the heartwarming and wondrous Little Women - The Broadway Musical. Book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, directed by Casey Long, associate direction by Sarah Figoten Wilson, and music direction by Bill Strongin. Little Women - The Broadway Musical will preview from November 25 through December 2, regular performances will begin December 3 and continue through December 23 on the Cripe Stage at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center. (more...)

BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Coming to New Orleans Next SpringBEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Coming to New Orleans Next Spring
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing have announced the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful-The Carole King Musical, depicting the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will make its New Orleans debut at The Saenger Theatre from March 7-12, 2017. (more...)

BEAUTIFUL The Carole King Musical Coming to SeattleBEAUTIFUL The Carole King Musical Coming to Seattle
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announce that the Tony & Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful-The Carole King Musical, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will make its Seattle premiere at The Paramount Theatre for two weeks from October 19 - 30. To purchase tickets, visit stgpresents.org and tickets.com, by calling 877-STG-4TIX (784-4849) or in person at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm). Tickets start at $30. (more...)

Laura Osnes, Jackie Burns and More to Join Frank Wildhorn in UK Concert DebutLaura Osnes, Jackie Burns and More to Join Frank Wildhorn in UK Concert Debut
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

The multi Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award nominated Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn, creator of shows including Jekyll & Hyde, Dracula, Wonderland, Bonnie & Clyde and The Scarlet Pimpernel, will make his UK concert debut in an exclusive engagement for one night only on Tuesday 22 November 2016 at the Palace Theatre Manchester, one of the venues that the UK & European premiere of his Wonderland will play from 24 - 30 April 2017 as part of a UK tour. (more...)

BWW Interview: This is the Moment For Getting to Know Kelli O'Hara in Her Enchanted EveningBWW Interview: This is the Moment For Getting to Know Kelli O'Hara in Her Enchanted Evening
by Gil Kaan - Oct 12, 2016

Any Broadway musical aficionado will be very familiar with the mere mention of Kelli O'Hara. Since landing her first Broadway role in JEKYLL & HYDE in 2000, Kelli has become the go-to staple for strong, three-dimensional women - who just happens to possess the voice of an angel. Long overdue for her Tony Award recognition, her name was called for her role in THE KING & I. (more...)

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