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Gloria and Emilio Estefan Talk ON YOUR FEET!: 'Everything in the Show is Real'Gloria and Emilio Estefan Talk ON YOUR FEET!: 'Everything in the Show is Real'
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones recently sat down with Gloria and Emilio Estefan to discuss On Your Feet, a new musical based on the life story of the seven-time GRAMMY winning international superstar. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 27th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 27th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - May 28, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Once' and 'On Your Feet!' arrive, Kooman and Dimond try one out, 'Loving Repeating' returns, 'The Fantasticks' grows its orchestra, local 'Spider Woman' and 'Idiot' productions, two new works about the deaths of pop musicians, and the real-life death of PJ Paparelli. (more...)

Photo Flash: BC/EFA, KINKY BOOTS Cast Presents $150K to Cyndi Lauper and the True Colors FundPhoto Flash: BC/EFA, KINKY BOOTS Cast Presents $150K to Cyndi Lauper and the True Colors Fund
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

Tom Viola, Executive Director of BC/EFA, recentlyjoined the cast of KINKYBOOTSin presentingCyndi Lauper with a "big check" representing the $150,000 donated to TRUE COLORS FUND by BC/EFA from over $1.2 million in resources raised by the show since opening in April 2013. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS is a Kick in the Pants!BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS is a Kick in the Pants!
by Caroline Sposto - May 26, 2015

Tim Firth and Geoff Deane first picked up the true story of W J Brooks and Co., a fifth generation Northamptonshire shoe factory that survived the 1990's by switching from classic brogues to footwear for drag queens after cheap imports flooded the market. The 2005 film Kinky Boots starred Joel Edgerton as factory owner Charlie Price. (more...)

Theater People Podcast Welcomes FUN HOME Composer Jeanine TesoriTheater People Podcast Welcomes FUN HOME Composer Jeanine Tesori
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2015

OnMonday, May 25ththe Theater People Podcast welcomes Tony-nominated composer Jeanine Tesori. In the interview, she talks of the five-year journey that she took alongside lyricist andbook writer Lisa Kronadapting Alison Bechdel's celebrated graphic memior. After a ground breakingOff-Broadway run, the musical is now Tony-nominated andplaying at Broadway'sCircle in the Square Theater. Tesori and Kron have been nominated togetherfor this year'sBest Original Score award;should they win, the pairwould becomethe first all-female writing team in Tonyhistory to take home that the prize. (more...)

Congrats! KINKY BOOTS On Broadway Wishes Graduates WellCongrats! KINKY BOOTS On Broadway Wishes Graduates Well
by Pat Cerasaro - May 23, 2015

Graduate KINKY BOOTS style! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Career Transition For Dancers' Inbetween Show Dinner!Photo Coverage: Inside Career Transition For Dancers' Inbetween Show Dinner!
by Linda Lenzi - May 21, 2015

The Shubert Organization and Career Transition For Dancers along with the host committee: Andy Blankenbuehler, Graciela Daniele, Mercedes Ellington, Donna McKechnie, Jerry Mitchell, & Chita Rivera welcomed The Broadway Dance Community for a Buffet Dinner & Between-Shows-Get-Together at Sardi's, Eugenia Room (234 West 44th Street) on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (5:00pm-7:00pm). This event is generously underwritten by The Shubert Organization. Past client Andy Blankenbuehler (award-winning choreographer of the hit musical "Hamilton") addressed the group on his relation with the organziation and how beneficial they have been for him and thousands of others. (more...)

2015 COLUMN Awards Donates $6,500 to BC/EFA2015 COLUMN Awards Donates $6,500 to BC/EFA
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

Every year, since its creation 16 years ago, THE COLUMN Awards in Dallas, TX has donated to BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS. They hold the distinct honor of being the ONLY awards organization in the United States that uses their awards gala as a fundraiser for BC/EFA. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Jerry Mitchell Talks Directing ON YOUR FEET in 'Journey to Broadway' SeriesSTAGE TUBE: Jerry Mitchell Talks Directing ON YOUR FEET in 'Journey to Broadway' Series
by Stage Tube - May 19, 2015

On Your Feet! - the new Broadway musical based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY winning international superstar Gloria Estefan, who has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, and her husband, 19 time GRAMMY winning legendary producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan - will come to New York later this year. In anticipation, the show has unveiled a new web series, detailing the production's behind the scenes journey. Check out the latest episodebelow, featuring Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell's take on directing the musical! (more...)

UPDATE: The Phantom Is Finally Coming To America- LOVE NEVER DIES Will Tour US in 2017; Statement ReleasedUPDATE: The Phantom Is Finally Coming To America- LOVE NEVER DIES Will Tour US in 2017; Statement Released
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

BroadwayWorld has just learned that the Phantom will soon return to America in the continuation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most beloved musical. Love Never Dies is set to tour North America in 2017.This is the highly acclaimed follow up musical to the 1986 love story The Phantom of the Opera set against the spellbinding backdrop of Coney Island. AGerman production is also set to open in Hamburg this fall. Casting has not yet been announced. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU's Lisa HowardThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU's Lisa Howard
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2015

OnMonday, May 18th, the Theater People Podcast welcomes IT SHOULDA BEEN YOUstar Lisa Howard. Lisa made her Broadway debut as Rona Lisa Peretti in the 2006 Tony nominated production of 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE.From there she has been seen on Broadway in SOUTH PACIFIC, PRISCILLA,QUEEN OF THE DESERT, and 9 TO 5.InIT SHOULDA BEEN YOU,Howard has received glowing notices and a Drama Desk Award nomination for her turn as Jenny, older sister of the Bride who's gone out of her way to plan the perfect wedding. Despite acting alongside Broadway favorites like Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, and Sierra Boggess, much has been made ofIT SHOULDA BEEN YOUbeing a star making vehicle for Howard. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes ON THE TOWN's Tony-Nominee Tony YazbeckThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes ON THE TOWN's Tony-Nominee Tony Yazbeck
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

On Monday, May 11 the Theater People podcast welcomes 2015 Tony-nominee, Tony Yazbeck. Currently starring in the critically acclaimed and Tony nominated Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN, Tony opens up about how the role first came to him for the 2008 Encores production, his experience with the pre-Broadway run at Barrington Stage, and how, as a true triple threat, he was particularly suited to play the role on Broadway. (more...)

Legos Get Stylish With New KINKY BOOTS DisplayLegos Get Stylish With New KINKY BOOTS Display
by Pat Cerasaro - May 11, 2015

New KINKY BOOTS metch! (more...)

Cool KINKY BOOTS Keychains, Tote Bags & More Now For SaleCool KINKY BOOTS Keychains, Tote Bags & More Now For Sale
by Pat Cerasaro - May 7, 2015

New KINKY BOOTS metch! (more...)

KINKY BOOTS National Tour Coming to PPAC, 6/9-14KINKY BOOTS National Tour Coming to PPAC, 6/9-14
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

KINKY BOOTS, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Tony Award-winner for Best Score for KINKY BOOTS), performs at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) June 9-14, 2015. KINKY BOOTS is part of the Taco/ White Family Foundation Broadway Series. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, May 6 2015BWW Reviews: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, May 6 2015
by Jenny Antill - May 7, 2015

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opened to critical acclaim in the West End last April. It's taken a while to cross the pond having opened on Broadway over a decade ago but now UK-wide audiences are at last able to enjoy this production, having opened at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham last night. The entire team of staff need to be commended on creating a wonderful experience before you even stepped in to the theatre. With French-speaking staff to martinis, they went the extra mile which should be recognised. (more...)

BWW EXCLUSIVE: Swoosie Kurtz Talks Memoir PART SWAN, PART GOOSE, Including Michael Bennett Memories, Broadway, Hollywood & MoreBWW EXCLUSIVE: Swoosie Kurtz Talks Memoir PART SWAN, PART GOOSE, Including Michael Bennett Memories, Broadway, Hollywood & More
by Pat Cerasaro - May 5, 2015

Today we are talking to a two-time Tony Award-winning star of stage and screen who is recognized around the world for her many notable film and television appearances in addition to a lifetime in the theatre - the elegant and charming Swoosie Kurtz. In addition to discussing some of the most compelling theatre-related stories in her fascinating and extensive new memoir PART SWAN, PART GOOSE, Kurtz also sheds new light on her legendary collaboration with iconic director/choreographer Michael Bennett on his final project, SCANDAL, as well as looks back at her onstage collaboration with Marvin Hamlisch and Nora Ephron on the play with music IMAGINARY FRIENDS - and much, much more! (more...)

The Theatre People Podcast Welcomes Musical Legend Elaine PaigeThe Theatre People Podcast Welcomes Musical Legend Elaine Paige
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

On Monday, May 4, Theater People podcast welcomes 'The First Lady of British Musical Theater,'Olivier Award-winner Elaine Paige. For the episode, Paige discusses her farewell tour,and what exactly she means by 'farewell.' She also talks aboutthe upcoming theatrical release of her recent concert which was filmed at Royal Albert Hall in London. Paige, perhaps best know for originating the roles of Eva Peron in EVITAand Grizabella inCATS,shares her remembrances of how those roles came to her and how they changed her life and career. Paige made her Broadway debut in 1995 as Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's SUNSET BOULEVARDSunset Boulevard.She returned to Broadway in the critically acclaimed and Tony award winning 2012 revival ofFOLLIES.In the role ofCarlotta Campion, Paige received terrific notices for her performance of the showstopping song 'I'm Still Here.' (more...)

Theater People Podcast Launches KickStarter to Fund New SeasonTheater People Podcast Launches KickStarter to Fund New Season
by Matt Tamanini - May 4, 2015

After 18 months of successful broadcasting, the popular Theater People Podcast has launched a KickStarter campaign to help fund their new season. Having interviewed Broadway greats from Lin-Manuel Miranda to Laura Osnes (twice) to Celia Keenan-Bolger, the Theater People Podcast is one of the most influential and inspiring connections that many theatre fans have with their idols. The podcast has become a valuable resource for students, individuals workingto build a career in the performing arts, and theater lovers across the world. (more...)

West End's AMERICAN IDIOT Taps X FACTOR's Amelia Lily to Lead ShowWest End's AMERICAN IDIOT Taps X FACTOR's Amelia Lily to Lead Show
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2015

X Factor star,Amelia Lily(playing Whatshername), will star in Green Day's explosive, award-winning Broadway musicalAmerican Idiot,as it blasts into the UK for its West Endpremiere from the 17July at The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square. Running until27 September 2015, with press night on22 July,American Idiot - The Musicalfeatures the music ofGreen Daywith the lyrics of its lead singerBillie Joe Armstrong, and book byBillie Joe ArmstrongandMichael Mayer. The musical is being directed and choreographed byRacky Plews, with sound byChris Whybrow, design bySara Perksand lighting byTim Deiling. Further casting will be announced in due course. (more...)

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