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BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Winspear Opera HouseBWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Winspear Opera House
by Aaron Zilbermann - Jun 27, 2016

The 1991 Disney film Beauty and the Beast is a spectacular work of animated musical storytelling. Belle, a type of feminist in a sense (at least within the context of Disney, especially when compared to Ariel, who taught millions of young girls just two years earlier that it is important to change who you are for a man), is an independent, intelligent, and beautiful young woman who reads and finds pleasure in the pursuit of knowledge. She has found her voice and she demands to be heard. So naturally, the whole town thinks she is crazy. A heroine of this caliber is a lot to live up to in any fairy tale and such a fanciful, witty and heartfelt presentation seems impossible to duplicate, but that's what I expect from a Broadway production. I expect seats that can cost a good $120 to rival the magic created by the brilliant animators working with Disney in the early part of that transitional decade. Unfortunately, the touring Broadway musical produced by NETworks Presentations does not live up to this expectation. In fact it falls quite short of perpetuating the wonder and depth established in the original film. I brought my twin 6-year-old daughters to the show and they loved it. Certainly it was quality enough to entertain a kindergartener, but is that really what Dallas should grow to accept as quality theatrical art. We have a booming and continuously growing art scene and so-called 'Broadway' productions such as this should not be tolerated in our community. Broadway is supposed to be a leader in the creation of quality art, not the preservation of an industry that overcharges audiences, underpays artists, undermines unions, and whose primary mission is not artistic success but financial success. (more...)

Breaking News: Tony-Winning THE HUMANS Will Move to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre to Extend RunBreaking News: Tony-Winning THE HUMANS Will Move to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre to Extend Run
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

Producer Scott Rudin announced today that, on the heels of winning four Tony Awards including Best Play, The Humans will move into Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) to extend its limited run. The Humans will play its first performance in its new home on Tuesday, August 9. It will play its final performance at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Sunday, July 24, and then take a two-week hiatus to allow for the move. As previously announced, the Hayes is set to undergo significant renovations beginning in August. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 6/14/2016 - 6/21/2016Hottest Articles on BWW 6/14/2016 - 6/21/2016
by - Jun 21, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 6/14/2016 - 6/21/2016. (more...)

Breaking News: Broadway's BRIGHT STAR Sets Closing DateBreaking News: Broadway's BRIGHT STAR Sets Closing Date
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

Producer Joey Parnes has announced that Bright Star, the new musical from 2016 Tony Award nominees Steve Martin and Edie Brickell,will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, June 26, after 30 preview and 109 regular performances. (more...)

Fox Theatricals Brings Home Tony Award as a Producer of THE HUMANSFox Theatricals Brings Home Tony Award as a Producer of THE HUMANS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

St. Louis' own Fox Theatricals received a 2016 Tony® Award as a producer of THE HUMANS, a new Broadway play by Stephan Karam.  THE HUMANS received a total of four 2016 Tony nominations:  Best Play,  Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Reed Birney), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Jayne Houdyshell) and Best Scenic Design of a Play (David Zinn).  The show received additional nominations for Best Lighting Design of a Play (Justin Townsend) and Best Direction of a Play (Joe Mantello). (more...)

VIDEO: Carmen Cusack & BRIGHT STAR Cast Perform on the 70th Annual TONY AWARDSVIDEO: Carmen Cusack & BRIGHT STAR Cast Perform on the 70th Annual TONY AWARDS
by TV News Desk - Jun 12, 2016

The cast of Broadway's BRIGHT STAR performed 'If You Knew My Story' on the 70th Annual TONY AWARDS. Watch the clip below! (more...)

VIDEO: A Backstage Visit With BRIGHT STAR's Dee HotyVIDEO: A Backstage Visit With BRIGHT STAR's Dee Hoty
by Michael Dale - Jun 1, 2016

The two-time Tony nominee takes questions from Facebook users before the Wednesday matinee. (more...)

BRIGHT STAR Original Broadway Cast Recording in Stores TodayBRIGHT STAR Original Broadway Cast Recording in Stores Today
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

Ghostlight Records has released the original cast recording of Bright Star, the new musical from Grammy and Emmy Award winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell online and in stores today, Friday, May 27. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Cynthia Erivo, Danny Burstein, Jane Krakowski & More Receive 2016 Outer Critics Circle AwardsPhoto Coverage: Cynthia Erivo, Danny Burstein, Jane Krakowski & More Receive 2016 Outer Critics Circle Awards
by Walter McBride - May 27, 2016

The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre hosted its award ceremony for the 2015-16 season last night, May 26, at Sardis in Manhattan. Broadway's Cynthia Erivo, Danny Burstein, Jane Krakowski and more received awards, prsented Marlo Thomas, Alex Sharp, Sheldon Harnick and Victoria Clark. Check out photos below! (more...)

Lin-Manuel Miranda, HAMILTON, THE COLOR PURPLE & More  Win Big at the 2016 Drama League Awards!Lin-Manuel Miranda, HAMILTON, THE COLOR PURPLE & More Win Big at the 2016 Drama League Awards!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director, Gabriel Shelian-Shanks) gathers today for the 82nd Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony, hosted by 2016 Tony® Award-nominees, Zachary Levi (She Loves Me) and Megan Hilty (Noises Off), in the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway).  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Steve Martin Surprises Audience During Entr'acte at BRIGHT STARSTAGE TUBE: Steve Martin Surprises Audience During Entr'acte at BRIGHT STAR
by Stage Tube - May 14, 2016

Last night's BRIGHT STAR audience was pleasantly surprised at the start of Act 2 when Steve Martin joined the band onstage for the Entr'acte. Martin, who wrote the show's book and composed the music with Edie Brickell, played the banjo. Check out footage from the surprise performance below! (more...)

In The Season of HAMILTON, Best Musical Nominee BRIGHT STAR Takes a Leap Of Faith Towards Tony NightIn The Season of HAMILTON, Best Musical Nominee BRIGHT STAR Takes a Leap Of Faith Towards Tony Night
by Michael Dale - May 9, 2016

With the chance for a Tony win looking far out of reach, the struggling musical tries building box office momentum with its five nominations. (more...)

Photo Flash: Randy Jones & Victor Garber Visit Broadway's BRIGHT STARPhoto Flash: Randy Jones & Victor Garber Visit Broadway's BRIGHT STAR
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

With direction by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreography by Josh Rhodes, Bright Star is now open at the Cort Theatre. Randy Jones and Victor Garber attended yesterday's performance - check out photos from their visit below! (more...)

BRIGHT STAR Original Broadway Cast Recording Out Digitally TodayBRIGHT STAR Original Broadway Cast Recording Out Digitally Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Ghostlight Records has released the original cast recording of Bright Star, the new musical from Grammy and Emmy Award winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell in digital formats today, Friday, April 29. (more...)

Vanessa Williams & Matthew Morrison Will Announce 2016 Drama Desk Awards Nominations This Morning!Vanessa Williams & Matthew Morrison Will Announce 2016 Drama Desk Awards Nominations This Morning!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Drama Desk, Tony®, and Emmy® Award nominee and Theater World Award and NAACP Image Award winner Vanessa Williams (Into The Woods, The Trip to Bountiful, 'Ugly Betty') and Drama Desk, Tony®, Emmy, Golden Globe, and Drama League Award Nominee and SAG & TV Land Award winner Matthew Morrison (Finding Neverland, Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza, 'Glee') will announce the nominations for the 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Feinstein's/54 Below (254 W. 54th Street), it was announced today by Charles Wright, Drama Desk President and Gretchen Shugart, CEO of TheaterMania.com. (more...)

VIDEO: BRIGHT STAR's A.J. Shively Performs Original Song 'Your Passion' on TODAYVIDEO: BRIGHT STAR's A.J. Shively Performs Original Song 'Your Passion' on TODAY
by TV News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

A.J. Shively, currently starring in the new Broadway musical BRIGHT STAR by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, honored Craig and Karen Munk with his performance of “Your Passion.' (more...)

SHE LOVES ME, HAMILTON, THE CRUCIBLE & More Earn 2016 Drama League Nominations; Check Out the Full List!SHE LOVES ME, HAMILTON, THE CRUCIBLE & More Earn 2016 Drama League Nominations; Check Out the Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

The 2016 Drama League Award Nominees for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award were just announced this morning at Sardi's, by Aladdin stars Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed and James Monroe Iglehart. Check out the full list of nominees below! (more...)

VIDEO: Cast of Broadway's BRIGHT STAR Perform 'Whoa Mama' on 'Today'VIDEO: Cast of Broadway's BRIGHT STAR Perform 'Whoa Mama' on 'Today'
by TV News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell introduced the cast of their new musical BRIGHT STAR, who gave a live performance of a number from the show, 'Whoa Mama,' led by Carmen Cusack and Paul Alexander Nolan. (more...)

VIDEO: BRIGHT STAR's Steve Martin & Edie Brickell Talk Show's Inspiration on 'Today'VIDEO: BRIGHT STAR's Steve Martin & Edie Brickell Talk Show's Inspiration on 'Today'
by TV News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Comedy icon Steve Martin and singer-songwriter Edie Brickell have recorded two albums together and won a Grammy for their American roots music. Now they team up on the new Broadway musical, BRIGHT STAR. (more...)

Vanessa Williams & Matthew Morrison Will Announce 2016 Drama Desk Awards NominationsVanessa Williams & Matthew Morrison Will Announce 2016 Drama Desk Awards Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Drama Desk, Tony®, and Emmy® Award nominee and Theater World Award and NAACP Image Award winner Vanessa Williams (Into The Woods, The Trip to Bountiful, 'Ugly Betty') and Drama Desk, Tony®, Emmy, Golden Globe, and Drama League Award Nominee and SAG & TV Land Award winner Matthew Morrison (Finding Neverland, Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza, 'Glee') will announce the nominations for the 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Feinstein's/54 Below (254 W. 54th Street), it was announced today by Charles Wright, Drama Desk President and Gretchen Shugart, CEO of TheaterMania.com. (more...)

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