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Oliver Tompsett, Sally Ann Triplett, Jodie Jacobs, Alice Fearn and Sandra Marvin to Take Cover in London Premiere of DISASTER!Oliver Tompsett, Sally Ann Triplett, Jodie Jacobs, Alice Fearn and Sandra Marvin to Take Cover in London Premiere of DISASTER!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

DISASTER! the Broadway musical comedy spoof of star-studded 1970s jeopardy movies like The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake and Airport, will premiere in London for two glittering gala concert charity performances to raise funds for The Make a Difference Trust at Charing Cross Theatre on Sunday 20 November. (more...)

BWW Recap: Liza Pursues the 'Stoopid Girls', & More, on YOUNGERBWW Recap: Liza Pursues the 'Stoopid Girls', & More, on YOUNGER
by Matt Smith - Oct 19, 2016

Hello, YOUNG'ns! (Tryin' out a new fan name… you dig?) Welcome to another week of YOUNGER shenanigans with Liza and the gang! After their special bonding moment last week, Charles and Liza get a little teensy bit more physical this week, raising hopes of an actual #CharlesandLiza pairing. (more...)

Breaking News: Full Cast Announced for Bette Midler-Led HELLO, DOLLY! on Broadway!Breaking News: Full Cast Announced for Bette Midler-Led HELLO, DOLLY! on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

Producer Scott Rudin announced that, with the addition to the company of Beanie Feldstein, in the role of 'Minnie Fay,' principal casting is now complete for the upcoming Broadway revival of Michael Stewart (book) and Jerry Herman's (music and lyrics) Hello, Dolly!, starring the legendary Bette Midler. Directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winnerWarren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at Broadway's Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street) on March 15, 2017, with an official opening night of April 20, 2017. (more...)

BWW Album Review: That 70s Show, DISASTER!BWW Album Review: That 70s Show, DISASTER!
by Remy Holzer - Oct 17, 2016

It takes guts to write a parody of 1970s disaster movies. After all, AIRPLANE!, the parody of the AIRPORT series, is one of the most beloved comedies of all time. It also takes guts to write a 1970s jukebox musical. A show you may have heard of called MAMMA MIA! ran for nearly 14 years and 6,000 performances. Nevertheless, into this field of exclamation points flew DISASTER!, a parody of 1970s disaster movies...and a 1970s jukebox musical. The show, co-written by multi-hyphenate Seth Rudetsky (who also plays one of the main roles) and director Jack Plotnick, was perhaps a bit slim for the past Broadway season. Its silliness, specificity, and lack of original songs may have caused it to struggle amid the powerhouse shows surrounding it, and it closed in May after 72 performances. But it did receive some enthusiastic reviews, and in particular acclaim for the breakout performance of Jennifer Simard, who was nominated for a Tony for her performance of a nun with a gambling addiction. (Her big moment in the show, singing 'Never Can Say Goodbye' to a HAWAII FIVE-O-themed slot machine, can be viewed online.) Now Simard will be accompanying the show to London. In the meantime, we have Broadway Records' DISASTER! cast album, which contains 28 (!) songs from the show. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'A Night at the Opera' Episode of YOUNGERVIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'A Night at the Opera' Episode of YOUNGER
by TV News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Below, check out a sneak peak of the fourth episode of Season 3 of YOUNGER titled 'A Night at the Opera.' The episode airs Wednesday, October 19th at 10/9C on TV Land.  (more...)

BWW Recap: Krysta Rodriguez, Jennifer Simard Guest on YOUNGER as Liza Saves a BookstoreBWW Recap: Krysta Rodriguez, Jennifer Simard Guest on YOUNGER as Liza Saves a Bookstore
by Matt Smith - Oct 12, 2016

Liza's got it all in for herself in this week's installment (and yes, I know I say that every week, but with this show and her predicament, would you really expect anything less?) After settling everything by 'roasting marshmallows' with Josh, Liza gives him a break this week (once again, to contemplate their relationship) but also to head back to New Jersey once again. And no, she's not pickin' up any truffle butter this time 'round; she's going to cash in on a brilliant idea to save a bookstore… with less than favorable results. (Okay, yes, I know I say that every week, too, but seriously.. come on! Have you seen the show?!) Meanwhile, Kelsey heads back into the dating scene, Lauren ends up in a dating dilemma… and somewhere in there, Diana passes out. It's all ahead (or behind), so if you're intrigued…. read on, read on!! (more...)

Jennifer Simard to Make London Debut, Recreating her Tony-Nominated Role in Disaster! DISASTER!Jennifer Simard to Make London Debut, Recreating her Tony-Nominated Role in Disaster! DISASTER!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

DISASTER! the Broadway musical comedy spoof of star-studded 1970s jeopardy movies like The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake and Airport, is to premiere in London for two glittering gala concert charity performances to raise funds for The Make a Difference Trust at Charing Cross Theatre on Sunday 20 November. (more...)

WHO'S HOLIDAY! Postponed Off-Broadway Due to Rights IssueWHO'S HOLIDAY! Postponed Off-Broadway Due to Rights Issue
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

The production of WHO'S HOLIDAY!, the World Premiere of Matthew Lombardo's Christmas Comedy in Couplets, to be directed by Carl Andress and starring Tony Award Nominee Jennifer Simard, who was scheduled to play a middle-aged 'Cindy Lou Who' has postponed performances. (more...)

BWW Interview: Seth Rudetsky of BROADWAY'S BEST at NJPACBWW Interview: Seth Rudetsky of BROADWAY'S BEST at NJPAC
by Leigh Scheps - Oct 3, 2016

If Max Bialystock used to be the king of Broadway, Seth Rudetsky has since taken over the throne. Not only was he juggling the album release of Disaster! on the day we met for this interview in a (noisy from construction) park on the Upper West Side, but at the same time, spearheading a dance remix video to Broadway for Orlando's 'What The World Needs Now Is Love.' 'We are filming a whole video with the ladies who did Beyonce's 'Single Ladies,' Seth explained. 'We are hoping that raises more money and more awareness.' (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 9/27/2016 - HAMILTON Hits the Windy City and More!Broadway AM Report, 9/27/2016 - HAMILTON Hits the Windy City and More!
by Jessica Khan - Sep 27, 2016

Today's big news: HAMILTON begins tonight in the Windy City, CINDERELLA launches its national tour in Grand Rapids, Laura Benanti makes her Cafe Carlyle debut, and Sarah Jones's SELL/BUY/DATE starts at MTC! (more...)

DISASTER!'s Jennifer Simard to Star as 'Cindy Lou Who' in WHO'S HOLIDAY! Off-BroadwayDISASTER!'s Jennifer Simard to Star as 'Cindy Lou Who' in WHO'S HOLIDAY! Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard will play 'Cindy Lou Who' in the world premiere of Matthew Lombardo's Christmas comedy in couplets, WHO'S HOLIDAY!, to be directed by Carl Andress. (more...)

HELLO DOLLY! Makes Broadway History with $9M First-Day Sales RecordHELLO DOLLY! Makes Broadway History with $9M First-Day Sales Record
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

History was made this past Saturday when tickets went on sale for the upcoming revival of Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman's masterpiece HELLO DOLLY !, starring legendary performer Bette Midler. (more...)

Breaking: Broadway's HELLO, DOLLY! Announces Cast, Creative and Design Teams!Breaking: Broadway's HELLO, DOLLY! Announces Cast, Creative and Design Teams!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Producer Scott Rudin announced the much anticipated Broadway revival of Michael Stewart's (book) and Jerry Herman's (music and lyrics) masterpiece Hello, Dolly!, starring legendary performer Bette Midler. Directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at Broadway's Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street) on March 15, 2017, with an official opening night of April 20, 2017.  Tickets go on sale, via Telecharge.com, tomorrow, Saturday, September 17, at 10:00 A.M. (EST). (more...)

First Listen: 'Sky High' from the DISASTER! Original Cast AlbumFirst Listen: 'Sky High' from the DISASTER! Original Cast Album
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Broadway Records released the original cast album recording of the critically acclaimed musical comedy DISASTER! - digitally and in stores on Friday, September 9, 2016. Get a first listen to the track 'Sky High' from the album below! (more...)

DISASTER!'s Robert Ahrens & Chris Aniello Open Live Wire Theatrical ManagementDISASTER!'s Robert Ahrens & Chris Aniello Open Live Wire Theatrical Management
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Robert Ahrens and Chris Aniello have announced the formation of a new theatrical general management office called LIVE WIRE THEATRICAL MANAGEMENT. With joint experience managing Broadway shows, Ahrens and Aniello will focus on economic budgeting, with the goal of a long and successful commercial run. (more...)

Photo Coverage: DISASTER CD SigningPhoto Coverage: DISASTER CD Signing
by Jennifer Broski - Sep 15, 2016

On Wednesday, September 14, original Broadway cast members Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Rachel York and Jennifer Simard joined show creator and event host Seth Rudetsky for a special live performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble - Upper East Side. Performances included 'Do You Wanna Make Love?' (Roger Bart, Kerry Butler), 'I Am Woman' (Kerry Butler), 'Mockingbird' (Rachel York, Seth Rudetsky), 'I Will Survive' (Rachel York), 'Never Can Say Goodbye' (Jennifer Simard) and a special performance of the Broadway for Orlando charitable single, 'What the World Needs Now is Love.'  (more...)

MTI Acquires DISASTER! Licensing RightsMTI Acquires DISASTER! Licensing Rights
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) has secured North American licensing rights to the Broadway comedy hit, DISASTER! (more...)

VIDEO: A Sneak Listen To Rachel York Singing 'I Will Survive' On DISASTER!'s Cast RecordingVIDEO: A Sneak Listen To Rachel York Singing 'I Will Survive' On DISASTER!'s Cast Recording
by Michael Dale - Aug 5, 2016

Not all the characters made it out alive in last season's hilarious Broadway musical comedy DISASTER!, but you knew that the disco queen cruise ship entertainer played by Rachel York would somehow survive because, well, she sang Gloria Gaynor's 1978 hit 'I Will Survive.' (more...)

Opening Night 20 Years Ago: I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGEOpening Night 20 Years Ago: I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE opened at the Westside Theatre on August 1, 1996 and continued for a whopping 12 years making it the second longest-running musical in Off-Broadway history after THE FANTASTICKS. (more...)

FLYING OVER SUNSET A New Musical by James Lapine, Tom Kitt, and Michael Korie at Vineyard Arts ProjectFLYING OVER SUNSET A New Musical by James Lapine, Tom Kitt, and Michael Korie at Vineyard Arts Project
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2016

According to vineyardartsproject.org, director and playwright James Lapine (Into The Woods), composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and lyricist Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) return with their latest musical, FLYING OVER SUNSET, which explores three characters, Claire Booth Luce, Aldous Huxley, Cary Grant, and their respective journeys with fame and LSD in 1950s Los Angeles. (more...)

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