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Linda Lavin Joins Lineup of Stars Honoring Joel Grey and Jeanine Tesori at Gala Celebration, 10/26Linda Lavin Joins Lineup of Stars Honoring Joel Grey and Jeanine Tesori at Gala Celebration, 10/26
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2014

Linda Lavin will be joining the lineup of stars honoring Joel Grey and Jeanine Tesori at the Encompass New Opera Theatre's Gala celebration on Oct. 26th at The National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South, New York City). (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Deep Dish Theater's THE LANDINGPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of Deep Dish Theater's THE LANDING
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2014

A math-obsessed boy discovers wonders in the stars, a historic brick exerts an ominous influence on a loveable aunt, and two new parents begin to wonder what lies behind their son's improbable stories in The Landing, the new musical by celebrated composer John Kander and presented by the Deep Dish Theater Company. The regional premiere will open on Halloween and play through November 22, continuing the company's fourteenth season at University Mall. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below! (more...)

ADM:21 to Present Works from GEORGE M!, A CHORUS LINE, IN THE HEIGHTS and More, 11/11-16ADM:21 to Present Works from GEORGE M!, A CHORUS LINE, IN THE HEIGHTS and More, 11/11-16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2014

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) will present 15 show-stopping musical theater dance numbers performed by stars from the musical theater and dance worlds during its Joyce Theater debut November 11-16, today announced Nikki Feirt Atkins, Founder and Executive Artistic Director and Margo Sappington, Artistic Director. All performances will feature live music and will be directed by Margo Sappington with musical direction by Eugene Gwozdz. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Reinvented CABARET Sizzles at CrownBWW Reviews: Reinvented CABARET Sizzles at Crown
by Don Grigware - Oct 14, 2014

Perhaps Kander and Ebb's best musical, apart from Chicago, Cabaret has it all: a fine book, deliciously diverse characters, dynamite music and a subtext that will not quit. The subtext being: either compromise or get out if you value your life, the latter, to be sure, the wiser. This is Berlin, circa 1930, before Hitler, but just as Nazi pressure hits the fan. Crown City Theatre's new revival production, with a small ensemble of 11, has a completely new look with slick direction from Gary Lamb. (more...)

Tickets Go on Sale This Friday for CHICAGO in San Antonio, Running Jan 27-Feb 1Tickets Go on Sale This Friday for CHICAGO in San Antonio, Running Jan 27-Feb 1
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2014

CHICAGO which opened to rave reviews on November 14, 1996, now has the distinction of being the longest running American musical in Broadway history, and... shows no sign of ever slowing down, opens at the Majestic Theatre for eight performances, January 27 through February 1, 2015. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, October 17. (more...)

Encompass New Opera Theatre Announces 10/26 Musical Salute Honoring Two Luminaries of American Musical Theater: Joel Grey and Jeanine TesoriEncompass New Opera Theatre Announces 10/26 Musical Salute Honoring Two Luminaries of American Musical Theater: Joel Grey and Jeanine Tesori
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2014

Today, Nancy Rhodes, Artistic Director of Encompass New Opera Theatre and Gala Honorary Chairs Sheldon Harnick, John Kander, Tony Kushner and Maury Yeston announced the October 26th Star-Studded Musical Salute honoring Two Luminaries of the American Musical Theater -- Tony and Academy Award Winning Legend JOEL GREY and Celebrated Award Winning Composer JEANINE TESORI. (more...)

Terrence McNally Announced as Eclipse Theatre Company's  2015 Featured PlaywrightTerrence McNally Announced as Eclipse Theatre Company's 2015 Featured Playwright
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2014

Chicago's Eclipse Theatre Company, the Midwest's only theatre company to focus on a single playwright each season, will feature the works of award-winning American playwright Terrence McNally for their 2015 Season. Eclipse will explore the range of McNally's output with three full productions, plus readings and public events about the playwright. (more...)

Photo Coverage: CHICAGO Kicks Off 16th U.S. Tour With Post-Performance Party at Marti'sPhoto Coverage: CHICAGO Kicks Off 16th U.S. Tour With Post-Performance Party at Marti's
by Oliver Oliveros - Oct 13, 2014

Cocktails named after some of the show stopping musical numbers from the smash Broadway musical CHICAGO greeted the cast, crew, and guests at a post-performance party at Marti's, a bistro in the French Quarter, late Tuesday night. CHICAGO's current tour cast, headlined by Bianca Marroquin (Roxie Hart), Terra C. MacLeod (Velma Kelly), John O'Hurley (Billy Flynn in select cities), Jacob Keith Watson (Amos Hart), Roz Ryan (Matron 'Mama' Morton), and C. Newcomer (Mary Sunshine), kicked off CHICAGO's 16th U.S. Tour at the newly reopened atmospheric theatre in NOLA, the 2,736-seater Saenger Theatre along Canal Street, with a rapturous standing ovation from a packed audience earlier that evening. (more...)

Photo Flash: Terrence McNally, Alan Cumming, and More Attend CHITA'S BACK! at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Terrence McNally, Alan Cumming, and More Attend CHITA'S BACK! at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2014

There was a happening on West 44th Street! For a week, Chita Rivera brought her joyful, razzle-dazzling nightclub act to Birdland, which she calls her favorite room in the city. “These walls are filled with the best music! Playing Birdland just makes me feel cool,” she proclaimed. As if her iconic Broadway career wasn't cool enough, “Chita's Back” was a concert for the history books – with the ever-youthful legend in fine fettle; singing, dancing and telling some of the best insider stories any theater-lover could hope for. Material from Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, West Side Story and The Visitwere included, as well as a James Taylor duet with daughter, Lisa Mordente. The swinging was band led by guitarist/percussionist Michael Croiter, with Michael Patrick Walker on piano, Jim Donica on bass, and Dan Willis on saxophone. (more...)

Atlanta Lyric Theatre Presents CHICAGO 10/24 - 11/9Atlanta Lyric Theatre Presents CHICAGO 10/24 - 11/9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2014

The '20s come roaring back with a vengeance when the six-time Tony Award-winning musical CHICAGO makes its Atlanta Lyric Theatre debut October 24 - November 9, 2014 at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre (548 S. Marietta Pkwy., Marietta). (more...)

BWW Reviews: Kritzerland Releases AND THE WORLD GOES ROUNDBWW Reviews: Kritzerland Releases AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND
by Don Grigware - Oct 10, 2014

With the arrival of a two-disc studio recording of the complete Kander & Ebb score of And The World Goes Round from Kritzerland Records, there's reason to shout and sing out loud.Starring powerhouse vocalists Brent Barrett, Jason Graae, Christiane Noll, Kristin Towers-Rowles, Kyra DaCosta and musical director Joshua Eli Kranz, the discs offer more than two hours of simply sensational music. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Direct From Signature: Eric and Charlie talk Elmer (Gantry)!BWW Interviews: Direct From Signature: Eric and Charlie talk Elmer (Gantry)!
by Ellen Burns - Oct 7, 2014

One constant in Washington-area theater for which we should all be grateful, is that the wonderful creative minds and souls at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, can be counted on to bring us fresh, innovative and carefully crafted productions of shows that may be new to many of us. This season, Signature is giving us three world premier productions of new musicals (Sheryl Crow's Diner; John Kander's Kid Victory and DC-native Nick Blaemire's Soon), but also a revival of a musical version of the story of Elmer Gantry, a traveling salesman turned preacher, who brings a religious revival a possibly dangerous spark in his pursuit of love. Almost 90 years ago, Sinclair Lewis brought Elmer Gantry to the page and Signature's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer, is bringing him to the Signature stage for 2014 audiences. (more...)

Photo Coverage: John Kander, James Rado & More Celebrate Abe JacobPhoto Coverage: John Kander, James Rado & More Celebrate Abe Jacob
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Oct 7, 2014

Long-time friends, associates and family gathered last night (October 6) to celebrate the 70th birthday of one of the theatre community's most treasured members - award-winning sound designer Abe Jacob. (more...)

CHITA'S BACK at Birdland TonightCHITA'S BACK at Birdland Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

Birdland is proud to announce the return of Broadway icon Chita Rivera in Chita's Back! this week, October 7 - 11, 2014. (more...)

Broadway at the Gardens to Present CABARET, 11/15-23Broadway at the Gardens to Present CABARET, 11/15-23
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

Right this way, your table's waiting for Broadway at the Garden's production of Cabaret, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff's Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way. (more...)

Veteran Amy Spanger Rejoins Broadway's CHICAGO TonightVeteran Amy Spanger Rejoins Broadway's CHICAGO Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

This fall, the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking revival of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse's hit musical CHICAGO is pleased to welcome back celebrated Broadway baby Amy Spanger in the starring role of merry murderess Roxie Hart. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for October 6-October 12Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for October 6-October 12
by BWW Special Coverage - Oct 5, 2014

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestra's begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven- o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Chita Rivera in 'CHITA'S BACK!,' Joanna Gleason with Well Strung, 54 Sings Sinatra, The Newtildas: Paige Brady, Gabriella Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo, & Ava Ulloa, and Lesli Margherita in 'All Hail the Queen.' (more...)

BWW REVIEW: NSMT's Swanky New CHICAGO Is a Real KillerBWW REVIEW: NSMT's Swanky New CHICAGO Is a Real Killer
by Jan Nargi - Oct 5, 2014

Director and choreographer Nick Kenkel has swept through the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass. like a breath of fresh autumn air with his inventive, delightful, and often surprising production of CHICAGO: A Musical Vaudeville. With a less stylized concept than Bob Fosse's 1975 original or the current long-running Tony Award-winning Walter Bobbie-Ann Reinking revival, Kenkel has injected a relaxed playfulness into his staging that invites the audience to visit this familiar killer musical anew. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN at Theatre UCFPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN at Theatre UCF
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

The Tony Award-winning musical Kiss of the Spider Woman opens at the Theatre UCF Main Stage on October 16 and runs through October 26. Scroll down for a first look at the cast! (more...)

Deep Dish Theater Presents Regional Premiere of THE LANDINGDeep Dish Theater Presents Regional Premiere of THE LANDING
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

A math-obsessed boy discovers wonders in the stars, a historic brick exerts an ominous influence on a loveable aunt, and two new parents begin to wonder what lies behind their son's improbable stories in The Landing, the new musical by celebrated composer John Kander and presented by the Deep Dish Theater Company. The regional premiere will open on Halloween and play through November 22, continuing the company's fourteenth season at University Mall. (more...)

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