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'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for January 22nd, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Jan 22, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Sondheim shows 'Gypsy,' 'Road Show,' 'Passion' and 'Waltz,' plus Gambatese in Lyric's 'SOM,' NBC's follow-up, Lamont Dozier's show, Bailiwick's Casting Auction results, Chris and Aaron start a monthly variety show, and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: MARY POPPINS Celebrates Opening at Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2013

The world's most beloved Nanny MARY POPPINS drops in to The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Broadway's supercalifragilistic, award-winning hit arrived on stage Wednesday, October 23, opening Wednesday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m. and running through January 5. From the irresistible story to the unforgettable songs to the breathtaking dance numbers, MARY POPPINS is directed by nine-time Jeff Award-winner Gary Griffin with Choreography by Jeff Award nominee Alex Sanchez and Musical Direction by Jeff Award-winner Michael Mahler. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night celebration below! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for October 30th, 2013
by Paul W. Thompson - Oct 30, 2013

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Big local openings ('Miss Saigon,' 'Hello, Dolly!' and 'Mary Poppins'), holiday fare like Menken's 'A Christmas Carol,' the return of 'We Three Lizas' and more, season announcements from MTC and LOW, plus the Season Of Concern CD and a BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards deadline! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Summer Naomi Smart & More in Marriott Theatre's MARY POPPINS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2013

The world's most beloved Nanny MARY POPPINS recently dropped in to The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Broadway's supercalifragilistic, award-winning hit opens tomorrow, Wednesday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m. and runs through January 5. From the irresistible story to the unforgettable songs to the breathtaking dance numbers, MARY POPPINS will be directed by nine-time Jeff Award-winner Gary Griffin with Choreography by Jeff Award nominee Alex Sanchez and Musical Direction by Jeff Award-winner Michael Mahler. Check out a first look at the cast on stage below! (more...)

Summer Naomi Smart Leads Marriott Theatre's MARY POPPINS, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2013

The world's most beloved Nanny MARY POPPINS drops in to The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Broadway's supercalifragilistic, award-winning hit arrives on stage tonight, October 23, opening Wednesday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m. and running through January 5. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Marc Jacoby, Gregg Edelman, Johnny Rabe & More in Highlights of SECONDHAND LIONS
by Stage Tube - Sep 30, 2013

An all-star cast takes the stage at The 5th Avenue Theatre in the celebrated organization's 15th new musical, Secondhand Lions. Based on the beloved film starring Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, Secondhand Lions springs to musical life in Seattle with a superbly talented cast of Broadway stars and Seattle musical theater actors. Check out some highlights below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Bit Disjointed but SECONDHAND LIONS at 5th Ave Full of Fantasy and Heart
by Jay Irwin - Sep 27, 2013

OK, so we're all sick of the trend of movies turned into musicals but, Dear Readers, just as movies have to keep remaking themselves, Broadway will keep culling from film vaults for new musicals. Let's face it, it ain't going anywhere. But if they're going to do it, such as with the current production of 'Secondhand Lions' being tried out on the stages of the 5th Avenue Theatre, let's make sure it can be done on a stage and still make sense. Yes, the fanciful stories and budding and heartfelt relationship between the two old curmudgeons and their young nephew are still there and done quite well in moments. But the attempt to jam that title down our throats without even the slightest hint of the actual lion storyline feels a bit insulting to anyone who saw the film. But we'll get to that in a minute. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch 'You Have Brought Me Love' from 5th Avenue's SECONDHAND LIONS
by Stage Tube - Sep 26, 2013

An all-star cast takes the stage at The 5th Avenue Theatre in the celebrated organization's 15th new musical, Secondhand Lions. Based on the beloved film starring Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, Secondhand Lions springs to musical life in Seattle with a superbly talented cast of Broadway stars and Seattle musical theater actors. Below check out a sneak peek of 'You Have Brought Me Love'. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Gregg Edelman, Mark Jacoby, Kendra Kassebaum, Johnny Rabe & More in SECONDHAND LIONS at 5th Ave Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2013

An all-star cast takes the stage at The 5th Avenue Theatre in the celebrated organization's 15th new musical, Secondhand Lions. Based on the beloved film starring Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, Secondhand Lions springs to musical life in Seattle with a superbly talented cast of Broadway stars and Seattle musical theater actors. Check out a first look at the production shots below! (more...)

5th Avenue Theatre's SECONDHAND LIONS Begins Tonight in Seattle
by BWW News Desk - Sep 07, 2013

An all-star cast will take the stage at The 5th Avenue Theatre this fall in the celebrated organization's 15th new musical, Secondhand Lions. Based on the beloved film starring Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, Secondhand Lions springs to musical life in Seattle with a superbly talented cast of Broadway stars and Seattle musical theater actors. Lead by Tony Award nominees Gregg Edelman and Mark Jacoby, this adventure story also features Jason Danieley, Jenny Powers, Kevin Earley, Jared Michael Brown, Kendra Kassebaum, Sophia Anne Caruso, and Justin Huertas. Johnny Rabe, star of Broadway's A Christmas Story, takes center stage as Walter. (more...)

Gregg Edelman, Mark Jacoby and Johnny Rabe Star in SECONDHAND LIONS at 5th Avenue Theatre, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 06, 2013

From the farms of Texas to the sands of Arabia, The 5th Avenue Theatre is taking Seattle on an unforgettable journey in Secondhand Lions - a thrilling new musical based on the popular film starring Michael Caine and Robert Duvall. Secondhand Lions springs to musical life in Seattle with a cast that includes Broadway stars Gregg Edelman, Mark Jacoby, Jason Danieley, Kevin Earley, Kendra Kassebaum, Jenny Powers, and A Christmas Story's Johnny Rabe as Walter, the show's young lead, alongside several of Seattle's favorite musical theater stars. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Mark Jacoby, Gregg Edelman and More in 5th Avenue's SECONDHAND LIONS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 06, 2013

An all-star cast will take the stage at The 5th Avenue Theatre this fall in the celebrated organization's 15th new musical, Secondhand Lions. Based on the beloved film starring Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, Secondhand Lions springs to musical life in Seattle with a superbly talented cast of Broadway stars and Seattle musical theater actors. Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

Summer Naomi Smart to Lead Marriott Theatre's MARY POPPINS; Previews to Begin. 10/23
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2013

The world's most beloved Nanny MARY POPPINS drops in to The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Broadway's supercalifragilistic, award-winning hit arrives on stage Wednesday, October 23, opening Wednesday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m. and running through January 5. From the irresistible story to the unforgettable songs to the breathtaking dance numbers, MARY POPPINS will be directed by nine-time Jeff Award-winner Gary Griffin with Choreography by Jeff Award nominee Alex Sanchez and Musical Direction by Jeff Award-winner Michael Mahler. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Jason Danieley and Kevin Earley Perform 'Unlike Anyone I've Ever Known' from SECONDHAND LIONS
by Stage Tube - Aug 28, 2013

An all-star cast will take the stage at The 5th Avenue Theatre this fall in the celebrated organization's 15th new musical, Secondhand Lions. Based on the beloved film starring Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, Secondhand Lions springs to musical life in Seattle with a superbly talented cast of Broadway stars and Seattle musical theater actors. Click below to watch Jason Danieley and Kevin Earley perform 'Unlike Anyone I've Ever Known' from The Secondhand Lions Spotlight Night at 5th Avenue Theatre on August 20! (more...)

Jason Danieley, Jenny Powers and More Join Johnny Rabe in 5th Avenue Theatre's SECONDHAND LIONS; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 01, 2013

An all-star cast will take the stage at The 5th Avenue Theatre this fall in the celebrated organization's 15th new musical, Secondhand Lions. Based on the beloved film starring Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, Secondhand Lions springs to musical life in Seattle with a superbly talented cast of Broadway stars and Seattle musical theater actors. Lead by Tony Award nominees Gregg Edelman and Mark Jacoby, this adventure story also features Jason Danieley, Jenny Powers, Kevin Earley,Jared Michael Brown, Kendra Kassebaum, Sophia Anne Caruso, and Justin Huertas. Johnny Rabe, star of Broadway's A Christmas Story, takes center stage as Walter. (more...)

Gregg Edelman, Mark Jacoby and Johnny Rabe to Star SECONDHAND LIONS at 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2013

From the farms of Texas to the sands of Arabia, The 5th Avenue Theatre is taking Seattle on an unforgettable journey in Secondhand Lions - a thrilling new musical based on the popular film starring Michael Caine and Robert Duvall. Secondhand Lions springs to musical life in Seattle with a cast that includes Broadway stars Gregg Edelman, Mark Jacoby, Jason Danieley, Kevin Earley, Kendra Kassebaum, Jenny Powers, and A Christmas Story's Johnny Rabe as Walter, the show's young lead, alongside several of Seattle's favorite musical theater stars. (more...)

Photo Coverage: 2013 Tony Awards Red Carpet!
by Walter McBride - Jun 09, 2013

Clear the decks, light the lights, it's Broadway's biggest night! The 2013 Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, are underway! Photo Credit: Walter McBride (more...)

2013 Tonys - Michael Dale's Live Backstage Blog!
by Michael Dale - Jun 09, 2013


A CHRISTMAS STORY Cast to Reunite for Tony Awards Performance!
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2013

Company members from A Christmas Story, The Musical will reunite for their appearance on the Tony Awards telecast on CBS. The cast will travel from various corners of the country and the world including Dan Lauria from Los Angeles, Johnny Rabe from Chicago, Caroline O'Connor from Australia, and Broadway's favorite four-foot tap dancing whiz kid, Luke Spring, from Ashburn, Virginia. (more...)

2013 Tony Nominations - Who Was Snubbed!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 30, 2013

The Tony Award Nominations were just announced and we've got the complete list. Always an equally hot topic -- we've also got the complete list of who was overlooked this year. (more...)

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