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The Disco Is Closing Early... Broadway's DISASTER! to Play Final Performance This WeekendThe Disco Is Closing Early... Broadway's DISASTER! to Play Final Performance This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Just announced, Broadway's new musical comedy DISASTER! will play its final performance early on Sunday, May 8, 2016, after playing 32 preview and 72 regular performances at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41 Street). (more...)

Photo: First Look - Will Swenson Is DISASTER!'s New Tony Delvecchio!Photo: First Look - Will Swenson Is DISASTER!'s New Tony Delvecchio!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Disaster! co-writer and star Seth Rudetsky took to Facebook today to share a first look at Swenson at his DISASTER put-in rehearsal (more...)

Tony Nominee Will Swenson Joins DISASTER! TonightTony Nominee Will Swenson Joins DISASTER! Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will assume the role of Tony Delvecchio for nine performances only in Broadway's critically acclaimed musical comedy Disaster! beginning performances tonight, April 29, through Friday, May 6 at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). (more...)

Tony Nominee Will Swenson to Join DISASTER! On Broadway for 9 ShowsTony Nominee Will Swenson to Join DISASTER! On Broadway for 9 Shows
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will assume the role of Tony Delvecchio for nine performances only in Broadway's critically acclaimed musical comedy Disaster! beginning performances on Friday, April 29through Friday, May 6 at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). (more...)

BWW Interview:  Sam Weber in PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES at Paper Mill PlayhouseBWW Interview: Sam Weber in PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES at Paper Mill Playhouse
by Marina Kennedy - Apr 21, 2016

Broadwayworld.com interviewed Sam Weber who plays Eddie in Paper Mill Playhouse's production of 'Pump Boys and Dinettes.' Directed by John Foley and choreographed by JoAnn M. Hunter, the show will be on the Millburn stage through May 1st. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

A Sign Of The Times, A New '60s Musical headed to Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre this summer, will hold a private industry reading on April 28-29. (more...)

BWW Review:  PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES at Paper Mill is Pure EnjoymentBWW Review: PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES at Paper Mill is Pure Enjoyment
by Marina Kennedy - Apr 13, 2016

See 'Pump Boys and Dinettes' now on the Paper Mill Playhouse stage through May 1st. Written, conceived and directed by John Foley with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, this fun, fantastic show features an incredibly talented cast. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Paper Mill's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Gets an Extra Order of Love with Onstage Marriage ProposalSTAGE TUBE: Paper Mill's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Gets an Extra Order of Love with Onstage Marriage Proposal
by Stage Tube - Apr 12, 2016

Last Saturday, Paper Mill Playhouse was privileged to participate in an on-stage marriage proposal during a performance of PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES - watch the moment during intermission below! PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES will run eight times a week at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through May 1, 2016. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 4/12/2016 - EXIT STRATEGY, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and More!Broadway AM Report, 4/12/2016 - EXIT STRATEGY, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and More!
by Jessica Khan - Apr 12, 2016

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS celebrates its one-year Broadway anniversary! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES at Paper Mill Playhouse!Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES at Paper Mill Playhouse!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Apr 11, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse's spring musical, PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES, begins tonight, featuring James Barry (Jim),Gabe Bowling (Jackson), Julie Foldesi (Prudie), Jason Ostrowski (L.M.), Alysha Umphress (Rhetta) and Sam Weber(Eddie). PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES is conceived and written by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann. PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES is directed by John Foley with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES will run eight times a week at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through May 1, 2016. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside opening night below! (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: April 2-8THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: April 2-8
by Nora Dominick - Apr 8, 2016

Gearing up for Live #Ham4Ham to return? Didn't have time to check in on your favorite Broadway stars? Well don't worry BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the biggest stories from this week from Broadway and beyond with BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures.' (more...)

'Milling About' Podcast Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Cast of PUMP BOYS & DINETTES'Milling About' Podcast Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Cast of PUMP BOYS & DINETTES
by TV News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

This week's 'Milling About' Podcast goes behind-the-scenes with PUMP BOYS & DINETTES, playing The Papermill Playhouse April 6-May 1. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Celebrate Life, Love and Catfish with Highlights from Paper Mill's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTESSTAGE TUBE: Celebrate Life, Love and Catfish with Highlights from Paper Mill's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES
by Stage Tube - Apr 6, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse's spring musical, PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES, begins tonight, featuring James Barry (Jim), Gabe Bowling (Jackson), Julie Foldesi (Prudie), Jason Ostrowski (L.M.), Alysha Umphress (Rhetta) and Sam Weber (Eddie). PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES is conceived and written by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann. PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES is directed by John Foley with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES will run eight times a week at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through May 1, 2016. The official press opening night is Sunday, April 10. Check out highlights from the production below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Alysha Umphress Talks Paper Mill's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTESBWW Interview: Alysha Umphress Talks Paper Mill's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 6, 2016

Alysha Umphress will star as Rhetta in Paper Mill Playhouse's spring musical, PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES. She speaks exclusively with BWW about why her character Rhetta is a kick in the pants! (more...)

Photo Flash: Highway 57 Roars Through Paper Mill; First Look at Alysha Umphress & More in PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES!Photo Flash: Highway 57 Roars Through Paper Mill; First Look at Alysha Umphress & More in PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse's spring musical, Pump Boys and Dinettes, begins tonight, featuring James Barry (Jim), Gabe Bowling (Jackson),Julie Foldesi (Prudie), Jason Ostrowski (L.M.), Alysha Umphress ( Rhetta) and Sam Weber (Eddie). Pump Boys and Dinettes is conceived and written by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann. Pump Boys and Dinettes will be directed by John Foley with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. Pump Boys and Dinettes will run eight times a week at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater through May 1, 2016. The official press opening night is Sunday, April 10, at 7:00pm. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the production below! (more...)

BWW TV: Travel South to Highway 57 in Rehearsal for Paper Mill's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES!BWW TV: Travel South to Highway 57 in Rehearsal for Paper Mill's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES!
by TV - On the Road - Mar 31, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse will soon present its spring musical, Pump Boys and Dinettes, featuring James Barry(Jim), Gabe Bowling (Jackson),Julie Foldesi (Prudie), Jason Ostrowski (L.M.), Alysha Umphress(Rhetta) and Sam Weber (Eddie). Pump Boys and Dinettes is conceived and written by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann. Pump Boys and Dinettes will be directed by John Foley with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. Pump Boys and Dinettes will run eight times a week at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater from April 6 through May 1, 2016. The official press opening night is Sunday, April 10, at 7:00pm. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2015-2016 Season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Paper Mill Playhouse's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Cast Meets the Press!Photo Coverage: Paper Mill Playhouse's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Cast Meets the Press!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Mar 30, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse will soon present its spring musical, Pump Boys and Dinettes. This Tony Award nominee features James Barry(Jim), Gabe Bowling (Jackson),Julie Foldesi (Prudie), Jason Ostrowski (L.M.), Alysha Umphress (Rhetta) and Sam Weber (Eddie). Pump Boys and Dinettes is conceived and written by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk,Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Jay Armstrong Johnson Performs Swanky 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend' at BROADWAY BACKWARDSSTAGE TUBE: Jay Armstrong Johnson Performs Swanky 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend' at BROADWAY BACKWARDS
by Stage Tube - Mar 25, 2016

At the 2016 edition of BROADWAY BACKWARDS, Jay Armstrong Johnson let his inner Marilyn Monroe fly in a glittery rendition of 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend' from GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES. Click below to watch the full performance! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Chita Rivera Croons 'All I Care About Is Love' at BC/EFA's BROADWAY BACKWARDSSTAGE TUBE: Chita Rivera Croons 'All I Care About Is Love' at BC/EFA's BROADWAY BACKWARDS
by Stage Tube - Mar 24, 2016

At the 2016 edition of BROADWAY BACKWARDS, Broadway legend Chita Rivera brought her own brand of 'razzle-dazzle' to Kander and Ebb's 'All I Care About is Love' from CHICAGO. The actress delivered an unforgettable take on swarmy lawyer Billy Flynn, surrounded by a bevy of feathery beauties, many from the original 1996 CHICAGO revival cast, including Nili Bassman, Mindy Cooper, Mamie Duncan-Gibbs, Gabriela Garcia, Mary Ann Lamb, Dana Moore and Solange Sandy. Click below to watch the full number! (more...)

Photo Flash: BROADWAY BACKWARDS, Featuring White, Rivera, Johnson, Brooks and More, Raises Record $480K for BC/EFAPhoto Flash: BROADWAY BACKWARDS, Featuring White, Rivera, Johnson, Brooks and More, Raises Record $480K for BC/EFA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

The sold-out audience at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre was dazzled last night, March 21, 2016, by this year's stirring edition of Broadway Backwards. The annual celebration, where men sing songs originally written for women and vice versa offering this audience the chance to see LGBT stories told through the great songs of musical theatre, set a new fundraising record. The evening raised an incredible $480,287 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. Scroll down for stunning shots from the evening! (more...)

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