Jon B. Platt News

Broadway's THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME Begins Rehearsals Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Rehearsals begin today, Monday, July 28 for the National Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. The acclaimed new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel, directed by Tony Award-winner Marianne Elliott, will arrive on Broadway September 10. The production officially opens on Sunday, October 5 at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). (more...)

West End's WICKED Welcomes 6 Millionth Theatregoer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

WICKED, the award-winning musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, welcomed its 6 millionth theatregoer to London's Apollo Victoria Theatre last night, Thursday 24 July. Owen Thomas attended the performance with Stephanie Willingham, both from Bury St. Edmonds, and enjoyed a backstage visit with the cast after the show. (more...)

Barrymore Theatre Box Office for THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME Opens Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

The Barrymore Theatre box office opens tomorrow, Wednesday, July 23, for tickets to the National Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, the acclaimed new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel, directed by Tony Award-winner Marianne Elliott, which will arrive on Broadway September 10. The production officially opens on Sunday, October 5 at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). (more...)

2014 HELPMANN AWARDS NOMINATIONS Announced
by Barry Lenny - Jul 15, 2014

The 2014 Helpmann Awards Nominees were announced simultaneously at events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth. (more...)

Chandra Lee Schwartz and Etai BenShlomo to Join WICKED National Tour in Salt Lake City, July 29
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

The company of the first North American tour of WICKED will be welcoming Chandra Lee Schwartz as Glinda and Etai BenShlomo on Tuesday, July 29 in Salt Lake City, UT. (more...)

Kerry Ellis to Return to West End's WICKED; Willemijn Verkaik Will Play Final Performance this Saturday
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

WICKED, the award-winning musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is proud to welcome back the original British Elphaba, Kerry Ellis, who will recreate her celebrated performance from Monday 4 August until Saturday 25 October 2014*. Willemijn Verkaik will play her final performance as Elphaba this Saturday (19 July 2014 at 7.30pm**). She departs the production in order to have surgery to address an ongoing back condition. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HELPMANN AWARDS 2014 NOMINATIONS Announced Across Australia
by Jade Kops - Jul 14, 2014

The Helpmann Awards are Australia's version of Broadway's Tony Awards and London's Olivier Awards. The annual awards recognise achievement in live performance including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre. (more...)

Capitol Theatre's WICKED Announces Drawing for $25 Seats, 7/9-8/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 02, 2014

A day-of-performance drawing for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED, which is returning to the Capitol Theatre with performances from July 9 - August 24. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Capitol Theatre box office will have their names placed in a drawing drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This drawing is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Drawing participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets. (more...)

New Tickets Released for WICKED in Sydney
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

Due to extraordinary demand, new tickets will be released today for the Sydney season of the award-winning musical theatre blockbuster WICKED. The new seats are for performances from 31 October to 16 November. WICKED Australian Co-Producer John Frost said, "Audiences are flocking to WICKED in Melbourne, and bookings are very strong for the return of WICKED to Sydney - it really is the most successful Broadway musical of the past decade. Audiences can't wait to see this glorious show back at the beautiful Capitol Theatre in September." (more...)

Tony-Winning A RAISIN IN THE SUN Closes Tonight on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2014

Broadway's critically acclaimed production of Denzel Washington in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun closes tonight at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It was directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon and originally opened on April 3 for a limited engagement. (more...)

Tony-Winning A RAISIN IN THE SUN Revival Recoups on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

Broadway's critically acclaimed production of Denzel Washington in Lorraine Hansberry's A RAISIN IN THE SUN is celebrating a big week. Not only did it take home three 2014 Tony Awards (Best Revival of a Play, Best Director of a Play -- Kenny Leon, and Best Featured Actress in a Play -- Sophie Okonedo) on Sunday night, it has also recouped its entire capitalization. The production, which began previews Saturday, March 8, officially opened on Thursday, April 3 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47 Street), where it will end its limited engagement run this Sunday, June 15. (more...)

WICKED Becomes West End's 10th Longest Running Show
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2014

WICKED, the multi award-winning musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is now the West End's 10th longest running show. Currently in its 8th year at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre, this "wickedly good" (Sunday Express) original new musical has now been seen by over 5.5 million people since its London premiere in September 2006 and played over 3000 performances. (more...)

Broadway's WICKED Flies Into Sacramento Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in 2012, Wicked, Broadway's biggest blockbuster, will return to Sacramento Community Center Theater from tonight, May 28 through June 15 as part of the Broadway Sacramento series. (more...)

WICKED Announces Lottery Policy for Sacramento Community Center Theater Run, 5/28-6/15
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED, which is returning to Sacramento Community Center Theater with performances from May 28 - June 15. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Convention Center Box Office, 1301 L Street, will have their names placed in a lottery drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: WICKED's Jemma Rix Performs 'Defying Gravity' on SUNRISE
by Stage Tube - May 21, 2014

The 10th Anniversary Australian tour of the international musical theatre blockbuster Wicked opened May 10 at Melbourne's Regent Theatre. WICKED stars Lucy Durack as Glinda and Jemma Rix as Elphaba, both reprising the roles which shot them to stardom during the original Australian tour. Click below to watch a clip of Rix perform 'Defying Gravity' on Sunrise! (more...)

Alexander Sharp & More to Star in CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME on Broadway; Full Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

Casting has been announced for the National Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (more...)

GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE, HEDWIG, Neil Patrick Harris & More Win at the 80th Annual Drama League Awards!
by BWW Special Coverage - May 16, 2014

The 80th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon is being held this afternoon, May 16, at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, where winners will be announced for Distinguished Production of a Play, Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and the much coveted Distinguished Performance Award. This year's event, which began at noon, is hosted by Broadway veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson. BroadwayWorld is updating the winners live! Check back in to find out who took home the big awards! (more...)

WICKED Opens 5/28 at Sacramento Community Center Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

WICKED, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman ("My So Called Life," "Once And Again" and "thirtysomething") based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, opens on Wednesday, May 28, for a three-week engagement at Sacramento Community Center Theater. (more...)

WICKED Kicks Off 10th Anniversary Tour in Melbourne Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2014

Prepare to be spellbound! The 10th Anniversary Australian tour of the international musical theatre blockbuster Wicked opens at Melbourne's Regent Theatre tonight 10 May in front of a star studded audience. Broadway's #1 show for an unprecedented ten consecutive years, Wicked has been declared 'A Cultural Phenomenon' by Variety and 'The Best Musical of the Decade' by Entertainment Weekly. (more...)

WICKED Begins 10th Anniversary Tour
by BWW News Desk - May 08, 2014

Prepare to be spellbound! The 10th Anniversary Australian tour of the international musical theatre blockbuster WICKED opens at Melbourne's Regent Theatre on Saturday 10 May in front of a star studded audience. Broadway's #1 show for an unprecedented ten consecutive years, WICKED has been declared "A Cultural Phenomenon" by Variety and "The Best Musical of the Decade" by Entertainment Weekly. (more...)

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