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Experience the Music of Jim Beanz on THE SIMPSONS' Hip-Hop Special, 1/15Experience the Music of Jim Beanz on THE SIMPSONS' Hip-Hop Special, 1/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Grammy and Emmy-nominated musician JIM BEANZ returns to the small screen with his musical talents for 'The Simpsons' this Sunday, January 15. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, GREASE LIVE! Among Nominees for Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild AwardsHAIRSPRAY LIVE!, GREASE LIVE! Among Nominees for Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Nominees for the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) in 23 categories honoring make-up artists and hair stylists outstanding achievements in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater were announced today (more...)

Gabrielle Stravelli to Sing Johnny Mercer at Kitano Jazz This WeekendGabrielle Stravelli to Sing Johnny Mercer at Kitano Jazz This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

GABRIELLE STRAVELLI - the celebrated pop/jazz vocalist and songwriter called an 'outstanding singer' by The Wall Street Journal and 'hotter than the equator' by The Village Voice - will return with her concert celebrating the legendary songwriters Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael at Kitano Jazz (66 Park Avenue at 38th Street) on Saturday, January 7 with sets at 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM. (more...)

BWW Album Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE!BWW Album Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by Remy Holzer - Jan 5, 2017

Skeptics of musical theater like to ask, 'But how do they know the song?' when characters join in during a musical number. One of the virtues of HAIRSPRAY is that the audience itself actually does this: the songs are so catchy that we start singing along. This is appropriate, given the show's message of inclusivity and empowerment of the ordinary. Marc Shaiman (music and lyrics) and Scott Wittman (lyrics) are responsible for the irresistible score of this show, set in Baltimore in the 1960s, that follows plucky, overweight teenager Tracy Turnblad's quest to integrate the 'Corny Collins Show,' an AMERICAN BANDSTAND-style teen dance party that she adores. Along the way, she falls in love with one of its stars, locks horns with another, makes new friends who are black and have a different perspective and a different way of dancing, and finds a place for herself on the show and in life. And her mother Edna and best friend Penny also benefit from Tracy's widening world. (more...)

Amber Riley Forced to Sit Out DREAMGIRLS Following Pneumonia DiagnosisAmber Riley Forced to Sit Out DREAMGIRLS Following Pneumonia Diagnosis
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Producers of the West End revival of DREAMGIRLS turned to Twitter today to announce that Amber Riley, who has missed the last several performances of the show, has been diagnosed with pneumonia. (more...)

Drake, The Chainsmokers Top iHeartRadio Music Award Nominations; Full List!Drake, The Chainsmokers Top iHeartRadio Music Award Nominations; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Be prepared for another all-star night in music as the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards returns to the historic Forum in Los Angeles on Sunday (March 5). (more...)

Encore Telecast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Delivers 2.5 Million Viewers OverallEncore Telecast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Delivers 2.5 Million Viewers Overall
by TV News Desk - Dec 27, 2016

Last night, NBC aired an encore telecast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! The broadcast delivered a 0.5/2 rating in the 18-49 demographic as well as 2.5 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: TARA TREMENDOUS Musical to Debut at 54 Below; Cast Album in the Works!BWW Exclusive: TARA TREMENDOUS Musical to Debut at 54 Below; Cast Album in the Works!
by BroadwayWorld JR - Dec 19, 2016

Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz and Matilda The Musical's MiMi Ryder have joined the cast of award-winning writer Stewart St John's Tara Tremendous The Musical, based on Wonkybot Studios' #1 iTunes Kids & Family podcast The Secret Diaries of Tara Tremendous. The one-night, family friendly show will debut at Feinstein's/54 Below in New York on March 28th at 7PM. (more...)

Give the Gift of Broadway This Holiday Season with BroadwayWorld's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!Give the Gift of Broadway This Holiday Season with BroadwayWorld's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

Need some last minute gift ideas for the Broadway lover in your life? Fear not! There may be only a few short weeks left before the holidays, but we've got plenty of ideas to add to your shopping list! (more...)

Just In Time For the Holidays! Take Home NBC's Star-Studded HAIRSPRAY LIVE! on DVD 12/20Just In Time For the Holidays! Take Home NBC's Star-Studded HAIRSPRAY LIVE! on DVD 12/20
by TV News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Starring world-class performers and recording artists, NBC's musical television production of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! stays true to the groundbreaking Broadway show. (more...)

BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS, Savoy TheatreBWW Review: DREAMGIRLS, Savoy Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Dec 15, 2016

For UK audiences, Dreamgirls will be more familiar from the critically acclaimed 2006 film, but incredibly, the iconic musical started life on Broadway all the way back in 1981. The UK debut of the stage show has been a long time coming, but is resolutely worth the wait. (more...)

Review Roundup: DREAMGIRLS Opens in the West EndReview Roundup: DREAMGIRLS Opens in the West End
by Review Roundups - Dec 14, 2016

The long-awaited UK premiere of Dreamgirls opens tonight, Wednesday 14 December at the Savoy Theatre in London, 35 years after originally opening on Broadway.   (more...)

Photo Flash: Got to Be Good Times! New Shots from DREAMGIRLS, Opening Tonight in the West EndPhoto Flash: Got to Be Good Times! New Shots from DREAMGIRLS, Opening Tonight in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

The long-awaited UK premiere of Dreamgirls opens tonight, Wednesday 14 December at the Savoy Theatre in London, 35 years after originally opening on Broadway. To coincide with this evening's premiere, Sonia Friedman Productions just released brand new production shots for the show, which has been in preview performances since 19 November. Check them out below! (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 12/6/2016 - 12/13/2016Hottest Articles on BWW 12/6/2016 - 12/13/2016
by - Dec 13, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 12/6/2016 - 12/13/2016. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 12/10-12/11/2016Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 12/10-12/11/2016
by - Dec 11, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, December 11, 2016 - Sunday, December 11, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jennifer Hudson and HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cast Say 'Thank You' to ProducersPhoto Flash: Jennifer Hudson and HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cast Say 'Thank You' to Producers
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2016

The gratitude and nostalgia run deep for the cast of Hairspray Live!, who are continuing to share their thoughts about the special experience on social media. Today, Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle) posted an Instagram of her with the live musical's producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, thanking them for believing in her and giving her an opportunity to be a part of Hairspray Live! On the heels of her post, we received a mega thank you photo of the entire cast and members of the creative team. One thing's for sure: we'll be feeling the beat from Hairspray Live! for some time to come! (more...)

Photo Flash: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cast Members Share Photos of Memories and Life After HAIRSPRAYPhoto Flash: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cast Members Share Photos of Memories and Life After HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2016

It's only been three days since NBC's latest installment in their series of annual live musical events, Hairspray Live!, but the stars of the production are already being hit hard with nostalgia! Several members of the cast, including Ephraim Sykes (Seaweed), Ariana Grande (Penny), and Tracy herself, Maddie Baillio, have taken to Instagram to express their post-Hairspray feelings. BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the most adorable posts below-let us know which ones we missed, and fingers crossed Ephraim keeps his promise to flood our timelines with more precious behind-the-scenes memories! (more...)

March of Dimes Raises $1.4 Million at 6th Annual Celebration of Babies': A Hollywood LuncheonMarch of Dimes Raises $1.4 Million at 6th Annual Celebration of Babies': A Hollywood Luncheon
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

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NBC to Air Reprise Telecast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE!,  12/26NBC to Air Reprise Telecast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, 12/26
by TV News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Can't get enough of HAIRSPRAY LIVE!? Then tune in to NBC for a reprise telecast of the musical on Monday, December 26th from 8-11 p.m. ET! (more...)

Gabrielle Stravelli Welcomes Vocal Trio Duchess as Special Guest to Launch New CDGabrielle Stravelli Welcomes Vocal Trio Duchess as Special Guest to Launch New CD
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

GABRIELLE STRAVELLI - the celebrated pop/jazz vocalist and songwriter called an "outstanding singer" by The Wall Street Journal and "hotter than the equator" by The Village Voice - will launch her new album Dream Ago at Subculture (more...)

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