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CHICAGO National Tour to Play Hippodrome Theatre, 3/3-8CHICAGO National Tour to Play Hippodrome Theatre, 3/3-8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

?With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is now the #1 longest-running American musical and on Sunday, Nov 23rd 2014 became the second longest running show in Broadway History! AND still shows no sign of ever slowing down! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek - Chita Rivera Records 'GREAT PERFORMANCES' Concert Despite Winter Weather WarningsPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek - Chita Rivera Records 'GREAT PERFORMANCES' Concert Despite Winter Weather Warnings
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

Broadway shows, other scheduled events and most of New York City shut down last night in preparation for the blizzard predicted to be one of the City's worst winter storms ever. This did not deter Broadway icon Chita Rivera, her musicians or the producers at THIRTEEN who had previously scheduled a concert taping for January 26. THIRTEEN is producing Great Performances: Chita Rivera, a special retrospective to celebrate Ms. Rivera's extraordinary career then and now for broadcast as part of PBS' Fall Arts Festival 2015. (more...)

Broadway's Chita Rivera Comes to The Alden in McLean, 2/24Broadway's Chita Rivera Comes to The Alden in McLean, 2/24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

Come celebrate the one and only Broadway legend CHITA RIVERA in a unique solo concert event, coming to The Alden in McLean for one night only on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

John O'Hurley to Rejoin CHICAGO National Tour for Washington D.C. RunJohn O'Hurley to Rejoin CHICAGO National Tour for Washington D.C. Run
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

CHICAGO, which opened to rave reviews on November 14, 1996, now has the distinction of beingthe longest running American musical and the second longest running show in Broadway history. CHICAGO returns to the National Theatre for one week only, February 10 - 15, 2015, with John O'Hurley as Billy Flynn. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Chita Rivera in New Artwork for Broadway-Bound THE VISIT!Photo Flash: First Look at Chita Rivera in New Artwork for Broadway-Bound THE VISIT!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Check out new artwork for the musical below! When asked about working with Chita Rivera to shoot the image, photographer Frank Ockenfels told NYT: 'She's a grand dame.There are not a lot people left like her. She was so present and giving. There was no, "We're done." She said, "Is there more I can do?" Sometimes with someone of her age, they are conscious of being overlit. But she was more about what makes sense for the photograph, which is tremendously helpful. It was amazing to see her work with other actors and how she moved gracefully and beautifully. She had to step up on a piece of steel and she got up and there were no complaints. She moves around like a 20-year-old.' (more...)

Alexander Gemignani Rejoins the Cast of Broadway's CHICAGO as Billy Flynn, 1/25Alexander Gemignani Rejoins the Cast of Broadway's CHICAGO as Billy Flynn, 1/25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2015

On Sunday, January 25, Broadway's hit musical CHICAGO welcomes Drama Desk Award nominee Alexander Gemignani in a limited return engagement as Billy Flynn through Friday, March 13. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Trailer for Signature Theatre's KID VICTORYSTAGE TUBE: First Look at Trailer for Signature Theatre's KID VICTORY
by Stage Tube - Jan 21, 2015

Virginia's Signature Theatre has announced the full cast for the world premiere production of Kid Victory, a new musical from legendary composer John Kander (Chicago, Cabaret) and acclaimed playwright Greg Pierce (Slowgirl). Check out a first look at the trailer below! (more...)

Signature Theatre Sets Cast for New John Kander & Greg Pierce Musical KID VICTORY; Performances Begin Next MonthSignature Theatre Sets Cast for New John Kander & Greg Pierce Musical KID VICTORY; Performances Begin Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

Virginia's Signature Theatre has announced the full cast for the world premiere production of Kid Victory, a new musical from legendary composer John Kander (Chicago, Cabaret) and acclaimed playwright Greg Pierce (Slowgirl). (more...)

BWW Review: CHICAGO Opens at the Kauffman Center in Kansas CityBWW Review: CHICAGO Opens at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City
by Steve Wilson - Jan 21, 2015

The windy city blew into the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with gale force on Tuesday night as the Theater League presented the opening of Chicago the Musical. Barry and Fran Weissler present the Tony Award winning musical with book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb. David Bushman recreates the original choreography and David Hyslop recreates the original production direction of the musical originally choreographed and directed by Fosse. (more...)

Move Over Chita! Oprah Winfrey Wants to Star in Tony Kushner's New Version of THE VISIT on BroadwayMove Over Chita! Oprah Winfrey Wants to Star in Tony Kushner's New Version of THE VISIT on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

According to the New York Post, Chita Rivera wasn't the only star vying to bring The Visit to Broadway this season. Oprah Winfrey has reportedly been waiting for Tony Kushner to finish a new translation of Friedrich Durrenmatt's satirical 1956 play. (more...)


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Broadway's THE VISIT Offers 1/26 Presale for Audience Rewards MembersBroadway's THE VISIT Offers 1/26 Presale for Audience Rewards Members
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Producers Tom Kirdahy, Tom Smedes, Hugh Hayes and Judith Ann Abrams announced today that the highly anticipated musical, The Visit, soon to open on Broadway, will have an exclusive presale for Audience Reward members beginning January 26, 2015. Please visit AudienceRewards.com to sign up and purchase. General on sale will begin February 1, 2015 and tickets will be available on Telecharge.com. (more...)

John Dossett Joins Broadway's CHICAGO Tonight as 'Billy Flynn'John Dossett Joins Broadway's CHICAGO Tonight as 'Billy Flynn'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2015

This month, Broadway's Tony Award-winning, record-breaking musical smash Chicago is pleased to welcome Tony Award nominee John Dossett in his debut engagement as Billy Flynn. John Dossett is slated for a ten-week limited engagement, tonight, January 19 through Sunday, March 29. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Gimme Love! KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN Is Ready To Weave Another Web Over BroadwayFLASH FRIDAY: Gimme Love! KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN Is Ready To Weave Another Web Over Broadway
by Pat Cerasaro - Jan 16, 2015

Today we are revisiting a dynamic 1990s Best Musical winner poised for a Broadway revival should the recent all-star reading having proved worthwhile, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. (more...)

Broadway's Chita Rivera Comes to The Alden in McLean, 2/24Broadway's Chita Rivera Comes to The Alden in McLean, 2/24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2015

Come celebrate the one and only Broadway legend CHITA RIVERA in a unique solo concert event, coming to The Alden in McLean for one night only on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

VIDEO: Sienna Miller Talks Starring in Broadway's CABARET: 'I'm Terrified'VIDEO: Sienna Miller Talks Starring in Broadway's CABARET: 'I'm Terrified'
by TV News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

The actress also revealed that starting today, she will begin rehearsals to take over the role of Sally Bowles in the current revival of Broadway's CABARET. (more...)

Lincoln Center Local Series, With FELA, Kristin Chenoweth, SWEENEY TODD and More, to Expand to All Five BoroughsLincoln Center Local Series, With FELA, Kristin Chenoweth, SWEENEY TODD and More, to Expand to All Five Boroughs
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Lincoln Center is expanding its Lincoln Center Local series, offering free screenings of world-class performances to library branches around New York City's five boroughs. The Lincoln Cente­­r Local: Free Screenings series, running from January to June 2015, is part of a pilot program run by Lincoln Center Education, and expands upon last year's Lincoln Center Local HD series. (more...)

Could KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN Head Back to Broadway? Audra McDonald, Alan Cumming, and Steven Pasquale Lead ReadingCould KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN Head Back to Broadway? Audra McDonald, Alan Cumming, and Steven Pasquale Lead Reading
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

According to the New York Times, a revival of KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN could be heading to Broadway! A reading for the show was held just last week starring Audra McDonald, Alan Cumming, and Steven Pasquale in the roles of Aurora, Molina, and Valentin respectively. Tony winner John Tiffany (Once, The Glass Menagerie) directed the reading. Producer Tom Kirdahy, who put the reading together, told NYT: "I think everyone is interested in having further conversations, but there is no game plan for a production at this point." (more...)

BWW Interview:  Terra C. MacLeod Talks About CHICAGO Opening in Kansas CityBWW Interview: Terra C. MacLeod Talks About CHICAGO Opening in Kansas City
by Steve Wilson - Jan 13, 2015

The Kansas City Theater League presents Chicago at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center January 20 through January 25. The musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and a book by Bob Fosse and Ebb is set in Prohibition-era Chicago. It is the tale of two women in the Cook County Jail charged with murder, both fighting for fame that may keep them from the gallows. The interview with Terra C. MacLeod who plays Velma Kelly in the popular musical is courtesy of the Theater League. (more...)

Update: It's Official! Jennifer Hudson Will Make Broadway Debut Next Fall in Revival of THE COLOR PURPLE!Update: It's Official! Jennifer Hudson Will Make Broadway Debut Next Fall in Revival of THE COLOR PURPLE!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Following rumors earlier today that Jennifer Hudson would be making her Broadway debut in a revival of THE COLOR PURPLE, producers have now confirmed that the Oscar winner will indeed head to the Great White Way. Beginning next fall, John Doyle's critically acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory production of The Color Purple, the landmark musical will come to Broadway with the Grammy, Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winner in the role of Shug Avery, despite earlier reports that she'd be taking on the role of Celie. (more...)

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