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Photos and Video: Broadway's KINKY BOOTS Welcomes National Tour Star Kyle Taylor Parker as 'Lola' This WeekPhotos and Video: Broadway's KINKY BOOTS Welcomes National Tour Star Kyle Taylor Parker as 'Lola' This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

Kyle Taylor Parker, who has been starring as 'Lola' in the National Tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, steps into the role on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) for three months, taking over for Tony Award-winner Billy Porter. Parker was originally slated to begin performances tonight, January 27, but due to Winter Storm Juno, the actor will make his debut on Thursday, January 29, instead. In the meantime, scroll down for a look at Parker in action! (more...)

Kyle Taylor Parker to Temporarily Take Over as 'Lola' in KINKY BOOTS on Broadway; Billy Porter Extends into 2016!Kyle Taylor Parker to Temporarily Take Over as 'Lola' in KINKY BOOTS on Broadway; Billy Porter Extends into 2016!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig announced today that Kyle Taylor Parker, who is currently earning raves as 'Lola' in the National Tour of the Tony Award®-winning musical Kinky Boots, will step into the role on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) for three months, taking over for Tony® Award-winner Billy Porter from January 27 – April 26, 2015. Porter will return toKinky Boots on April 28, 2015, and has extended his contract through January 2016. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Creative and Innovative Take on PIPPIN Plays the National TheatreBWW Reviews: Creative and Innovative Take on PIPPIN Plays the National Theatre
by Jennifer Perry - Dec 19, 2014

It's pure musical theatre and its finest. Nothing is better than that. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Megan Hilty's A KENNEDY CENTER CHRISTMAS DelightsBWW Reviews: Megan Hilty's A KENNEDY CENTER CHRISTMAS Delights
by Jennifer Perry - Dec 15, 2014

Simply stunning!Megan Hilty, star of stage and screen, offered a good dose of holiday cheer and some fine vocals to an appreciative Kennedy Center audience this weekend. Combining musical theatre and pop selections she usually does in cabaret format with a few holiday tunes, the varied set offered a little something for everyone and allowed her to showcase her enviable versatility. While it's nearly impossible to pick highlights - because everything was just that good - a few favorite moments emerged. (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: KINKY BOOTS Company Gets in the Holiday Spirit for Carols For A Cure!Exclusive Photo Coverage: KINKY BOOTS Company Gets in the Holiday Spirit for Carols For A Cure!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Dec 13, 2014

BroadwayWorld is excited to continue our exclusive photo coverage of the recording sessions for this year's album with the cast of Kinky Boots, who sing 'O Come, O Come Emmanuel.' Check out photos of cast members Jeanna De Waal, Natalie Joy Johnson, Joey Taranto, Sean Patrick Doyle and more below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: ANDREA MCARDLE Returns to Kennedy CenterBWW Reviews: ANDREA MCARDLE Returns to Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - Dec 8, 2014

As a kid, I loved all things Annie. I wasn't yet born when the show premiered on Broadway, but was introduced to it - like many were in the 80s - through the cast recording and the initial movie version. I'm no longer a little kid, but I have to admit I was pretty excited to see Andrea McArdle - the original red-headed orphan who I had previously only heard on an audio recording - in her solo cabaret performance at Kennedy Center last week as part of the Barbara Cook's Spotlight Series. The series features some of the best performers that Broadway has to offer and Ms. McArdle is certainly deserving of her place within that elite group for her long career in musical theatre. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DONNY & MARIE Bring Holiday Cheer to the NationalBWW Reviews: DONNY & MARIE Bring Holiday Cheer to the National
by Jennifer Perry - Dec 4, 2014

On tour with their latest incarnation of their holiday show - now playing in Washington, DC at the National Theatre - their legions of loyal fans have yet another chance to revel in the fun of them sharing their love for music, family, the holidays and more. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Tony-Nominated Writers PASEK AND PAUL Share Love of Musical Theatre with Bethesda AudienceBWW Reviews: Tony-Nominated Writers PASEK AND PAUL Share Love of Musical Theatre with Bethesda Audience
by Jennifer Perry - Nov 26, 2014

Act Two @ Levine, one of the strongest youth musical theatre education programs in our area, continued its tradition this week of providing its cast members with opportunities to learn from the best of the business in Washington, DC and beyond. The young and enormously talented Tony-nominated writing team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (for A Christmas Story) provided a masterclass for those participating in Act Two's intensive Pre-Professional Program and then delivered a concert that not only proved entertaining, but also provided more opportunities for the young musical theatre aficionados to learn. Pasek and Paul, who met as freshmen musical theatre students at the University of Michigan, showcased not only their considerable songwriting talent, but their ability to engage an audience whether delivering a song or stories about their life writing for the theatre. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Ahrens and Flaherty's LITTLE DANCER Is One to Remember at Kennedy CenterBWW Reviews: Ahrens and Flaherty's LITTLE DANCER Is One to Remember at Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - Nov 21, 2014

Inspired by Edgar Degas' famous sculpture of a 14 year-old dancer, 'Little Dancer' is one of those kinds of musicals that you don't see much anymore. It's also the kind of musical that we desperately need on Broadway today. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Adventure's Premiere of TINY TIM'S CHRISTMAS CAROL DelightsBWW Reviews: Adventure's Premiere of TINY TIM'S CHRISTMAS CAROL Delights
by Jennifer Perry - Nov 17, 2014

A pure delight! Ah, the Christmas season is upon us! For the theater and ballet-going public, that means numerous productions of Dickens' A Christmas Carol and probably more than a few Nutcracker offerings to choose from. It can get a bit much, admittedly. At Adventure Theatre MTC, in one single production, one can get the traditional mixed with the new. To that end, its world premiere production of Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol stands out from many of the rest even on paper. Adapted from the Charles Dickens classic by Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig and his son, Jack Ludwig, and directed by one of DC's finest, Jerry Whiddon, this show is a pure delight - and not just for kids. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Faith Prince Charms Kennedy Center Audience in Solo CabaretBWW Reviews: Faith Prince Charms Kennedy Center Audience in Solo Cabaret
by Jennifer Perry - Nov 3, 2014

Polished and engaging, this cabaret proved one to remember. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Washington Stage Guild Goes Contemporary With Symbolism-Filled PENBWW Reviews: Washington Stage Guild Goes Contemporary With Symbolism-Filled PEN
by Jennifer Perry - Nov 3, 2014

A little quirky, sure....but one to certainly check out. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Arena Stage's OUR WAR - Nothing if Not AmbitiousBWW Reviews: Arena Stage's OUR WAR - Nothing if Not Ambitious
by Jennifer Perry - Oct 27, 2014

It's not an easy one, but there are ample chances to not only marvel at the work it took to put it together, but the ambition of the actors and creative team. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Strong Acting of Timely Script Makes SEX WITH STRANGERS One to See at SignatureBWW Reviews: Strong Acting of Timely Script Makes SEX WITH STRANGERS One to See at Signature
by Jennifer Perry - Oct 20, 2014

The strong acting and the timely, provocative, and challenging script are likely reason enough to give this production a chance. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Ford's Theatre Production of DRIVING MISS DAISY is Anything But TiredBWW Reviews: Ford's Theatre Production of DRIVING MISS DAISY is Anything But Tired
by Jennifer Perry - Oct 1, 2014

Turns out, the decision Ford's Theatre Society made to present this award-winning work might not have only been a good idea in theory, but also in execution. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Woolly Mammoth Puts Unique, Disturbing Spin on MARIE ANTOINETTEBWW Reviews: Woolly Mammoth Puts Unique, Disturbing Spin on MARIE ANTOINETTE
by Jennifer Perry - Sep 22, 2014

We've all heard of the plight of Marie Antoinette, but those that make a visit to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company throughout the next few weeks can perhaps see it in a slightly different light. And that's a good thing. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE SHOPLIFTERS Offers Laughs, Chance to Ponder at Arena StageBWW Reviews: THE SHOPLIFTERS Offers Laughs, Chance to Ponder at Arena Stage
by Jennifer Perry - Sep 21, 2014

'The Shoplifters' is a perfect way to start the 65th Season at Arena Stage off right! (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Alliance for New Music-Theatre Takes on Kafka's Iconic METAMORPHOSISBWW Reviews: Alliance for New Music-Theatre Takes on Kafka's Iconic METAMORPHOSIS
by Jennifer Perry - Sep 15, 2014

As a world premiere, there are pieces from which to build. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SPARK Shows Promise at Theater AllianceBWW Reviews: SPARK Shows Promise at Theater Alliance
by Jennifer Perry - Sep 9, 2014

'Spark' doesn't ignite, but it doesn't fizzle either. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Lisa O'Hare and More Perform THE SONGS OF ANDERSON & PETTY at 54 BelowSTAGE TUBE: Lisa O'Hare and More Perform THE SONGS OF ANDERSON & PETTY at 54 Below
by Stage Tube - Sep 8, 2014

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presented ANDERSON & PETTY and a host of Broadway performers in 'THE SONGS OF ANDERSON & PETTY' on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014. Click below to watch performances from Lisa O'Hare, Aurelia Williams, Benjamin Eakeley and more! (more...)

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