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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...)

VIDEO: New Remixes of #BroadwayForOrlando's 'What The World Needs Now Is Love'VIDEO: New Remixes of #BroadwayForOrlando's 'What The World Needs Now Is Love'
by Michael Dale - Jul 22, 2016

Proceeds from the love anthem will benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ben Platt, Benj Pasek & More Stand Up for Freedom at NYCLU Benefit ConcertPhoto Coverage: Ben Platt, Benj Pasek & More Stand Up for Freedom at NYCLU Benefit Concert
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 19, 2016

The New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York State affiliate of the ACLU, just presented its annual benefit concert. 'Broadway Stands Up for Freedom', which featured performances by some of Broadway's finest (more...)

VIDEO: Theatre Community Shows Its Love, Taking On Stagedoor Manor's #BroadwayForOrlando ChallengeVIDEO: Theatre Community Shows Its Love, Taking On Stagedoor Manor's #BroadwayForOrlando Challenge
by Michael Dale - Jul 18, 2016

For each share or challenge, Stagedoor will donate $10 to the GLBT Center of Central Florida, up to $5,000, because love is love is love. (more...)

VIDEO: Stagedoor Manor Launches #BroadwayForOrlando Singing ChallengeVIDEO: Stagedoor Manor Launches #BroadwayForOrlando Singing Challenge
by Michael Dale - Jul 15, 2016

The Catskills theatre camp has released their own version of the #BroadwayForOrlando love anthem to raise funds for the GLBT Center of Central Florida. (more...)

Ben Platt, Whitney Bashor & More Join NYCLU's Annual BROADWAY STANDS UP FOR FREEDOM Benefit LineupBen Platt, Whitney Bashor & More Join NYCLU's Annual BROADWAY STANDS UP FOR FREEDOM Benefit Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

The New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York State affiliate of the ACLU, announced today a star-studded lineup of performers for its annual benefit concert. "Broadway Stands Up for Freedom" will boast performances by some of Broadway's finest on Monday, July 18, at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place). Tickets are now on sale at http://nyuskirball.org/calendar/nyclu2016.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Where I Was Meant To Be: Chatting with Matt FarcherBWW Interview: Where I Was Meant To Be: Chatting with Matt Farcher
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 28, 2016

On a stage, of course! You only have to watch the twenty-five year-old actor inhabit a character, take possession of a story, and let loose with his emotive voice to understand his assertion. Matt Farcher is currently poised to make his debut at Maine State Music Theatre on June 29 as Che in Andrew Lloyd-Webber-Tim Rice's epic musical Evita, but in the short time since he has performed professionally, he already boasts a resume replete with challenging and diverse leading roles and a career that has taken him off-Broadway and to leading regional theatres across America. (more...)

VIDEO: Seth Rudetsky & James Wesley Explain How They Pulled Off Broadway for Orlando ProjectVIDEO: Seth Rudetsky & James Wesley Explain How They Pulled Off Broadway for Orlando Project
by TV News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

On last night's CBS News, producer James Wesley, and his husband, Broadway's Seth Rudetsky, spoke to Dr. Jon LaPook about how they put together the Broadway for Orlando project to benefit Orlando's LGBT community. (more...)

Photo Flash: Ana Gasteyer, Ricky Gervais, Kevin Kline & More Guest on MAYA & MARTYPhoto Flash: Ana Gasteyer, Ricky Gervais, Kevin Kline & More Guest on MAYA & MARTY
by TV News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Ana Gasteyer, Ricky Gervais, Cecily Strong and Kevin Kline were among the guest stars on last night's episode of MAYA & MARTY on NBC. (more...)

Broadway for Orlando's 'What the World Needs Now' Soars to #2 on iTunesBroadway for Orlando's 'What the World Needs Now' Soars to #2 on iTunes
by TV News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

According to the official iTunes charts, the Broadway Records recording of 'What the World Needs Now is Love', which benefits the victims of the Orlando shooting massacre, is currently the No. 2 most down-loaded song. (more...)

VIDEO: Broadway for Orlando 'What the World Needs Now' on MAYA & MARTYVIDEO: Broadway for Orlando 'What the World Needs Now' on MAYA & MARTY
by TV News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

All-star members of the Broadway community came together as Broadway for Orlando to perform 'What the World Needs Now Is Love,' on television for the first time on last night's MAYA AND MARTY on NBC (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Preview of Broadway's Best Perform 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' on MAYA & MARTYSTAGE TUBE: Watch Preview of Broadway's Best Perform 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' on MAYA & MARTY
by Stage Tube - Jun 21, 2016

Broadway's top musical artists will appear on tonight's telecast of 'Maya & Marty' on NBC to perform 'What the World Needs Now Is Love,' an updated version of the classic Burt Bacharach/Hal David song that is helping to support the devastated LGBT community of Orlando, Fla. Check out a preview of their performance below! (more...)

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