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Samuel Pergande and Jillian Mueller Set to Lead DIRTY DANCING National Tour; Launches from D.C. in August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Samuel Pergande and Jillian Mueller will star as Johnny Castle and Frances "Baby" Houseman in the North American tour of Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage. The stage musical of the worldwide smash-hit film begins performances August 26 in Washington, D.C. prior to a September 2 opening night at the National Theatre, 10 years after the original stage production received its world premiere in Sydney, Australia. (more...)

BWW Reviews: GHOST THE MUSICAL Makes West Coast Premiere at Pantages
by Don Grigware - Jun 30, 2014

Ghost the Musical/book & lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin/music & lyrics by Dave Stewart & Glen Ballard/directed by Matthew Warchus/Pantages Theatre/through July 13 (more...)

BWW Reviews: WIZARD OF OZ Is A Decidedly Mixed Bag at the Fox Theatre
by Chris Gibson - May 23, 2014

I hesitated to review the current touring production of THE WIZARD OF OZ (Fox Theatre, through May 18, 2014), which has been adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams, because even though I thought it told essentially the same tale as the original, I didn't particularly care for it. There's certainly a lot more spectacle than you'd find in your typical production, but the script is so camped up, and the additional songs so mundane, that it comes off as trying that they may have been trying a little too hard when they updated the show. In any event, the flashy and colorful show seemed to appeal to the crowd, but I'm wondering if they're aware of how much it's been pared down technically so that it could tour and play different size venues. (more...)

Andrew Lloyd Webber to Premiere SCHOOL OF ROCK Musical on Broadway Before West End?
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

In an interview with the Telegraph, Andrew Lloyd Webber says there's a 'strong possibility' that his next musical, School of Rock, will premiere on Broadway instead of the West End due to more relaxed laws on child performers in the United States. The West End requires the hiring of 3-4 child actors for one role, which makes casting difficult. (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ National Tour Plays the Fox Theatre, Now thru 5/18
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

The Fabulous Fox Theatre has announced that the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ will play today, May 13-18 in St. Louis. (more...)

National Theatre Live Broadcasts Sam Mendes-Helmed KING LEAR with Simon Russell Beale in Cinemas Today
by BWW News Desk - May 01, 2014

Two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Russell Beale's performance in the title role of William Shakespeare's KING LEAR, directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, will be seen by cinema audiences worldwide when NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE broadcasts the production live from the National's Olivier Theatre today, May 1, 2014, with varying dates internationally and encore screenings to follow. (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ North American Tour to Play Academy of Music, 6/3-8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2014

The first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ will follow the yellow brick road to Philadelphia for a limited engagement at the Academy of Music beginning June 3 - June 8 as part of the Broadway Philadelphia season, presented by The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and The Shubert Organization.The press opening is scheduled for Tuesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ National Tour to Play Fox Theatre, 5/13-18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

The Fabulous Fox Theatre has announced that the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ will play May 13-18 in St. Louis. (more...)

Almeida, MORMON and National Theatre Big Oliviers 2014 Winners!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 13, 2014

The winners of the 38th Olivier Awards with MasterCard, the most prestigious event in the UK theatrical calendar, were announced tonight (Sunday 13 April 2014) in front of a packed audience at a glamorous ceremony at London's Royal Opera House hosted by Stephen Mangan and Gemma Arterton. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Film & Stage Make the Perfect Affair in Kneehigh's BRIEF ENCOUNTER
by Andrew White - Apr 02, 2014

Remember those sappy romances from the 1930's and 1940's? Think you've seen 'em all? Think you've seen enough of 'em, already? Guess again: England's Kneehigh Theater, currently in residence at the Landsburgh, breathes new life into the old genre, and not only makes them a joy to watch, they've managed a few technical marvels as well. (more...)

Andrew Lloyd Webber's STEPHEN WARD Closes at the Aldwych Theatre Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2014

The West End production of Stephen Ward will complete its run at the Aldwych Theatre today, 29 March 2014. (more...)

Dallas Summer Musicals Welcomes THE WIZARD OF OZ, Now thru 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

Dallas Summer Musicals is delighted to announce that the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ will play today, March 18-30 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ Flies Into Detroit, 6/17-29; Kids' Night Set for Opening
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Broadway In Detroit is delighted to announce that the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ will play the Detroit Opera House, June 17 - 29, 2014. (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ Comes to Detroit, 6/17-29; Tickets on Sale 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Broadway In Detroit is delighted to announce that the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ will play the Detroit Opera House, June 17 - 29, 2014. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Theatre Under the Stars' THE WIZARD OF OZ is Entirely Charming
by David Clarke - Mar 06, 2014

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's beloved classic film THE WIZARD OF OZ has been re-adapted for the stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams. The splashy show features Harold Arlen's original music and E.Y. Harburg's original lyrics, with additional lyrics by Tim Rice and additional music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Flying audiences over the rainbow, this musical is sentimental, family-friendly schmaltz that entertains with ease. (more...)

Dallas Summer Musicals to Welcome THE WIZARD OF OZ, 3/18-30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

Dallas Summer Musicals is delighted to announce that the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ will play March 18-30 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Official press opening night will be Wednesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

TUTS Welcomes THE WIZARD OF OZ National Tour, Now thru March 16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) has announced that the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz will play today, March 4 - 16 at Hobby Center's Sarofim Hall. (more...)

Andrew Lloyd Webber Comments on STEPHEN WARD Closing: 'Fools Give You Reasons, Wise Men Never Try'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, Andrew Lloyd Webber refuted the idea that his latest West End musical, STEPHEN WARD, is closing early because 'he was too much of a 'lone ego' on the project'. The West End production of STEPHEN WARD will complete its run at the Aldwych Theatre on 29 March 2014. (more...)

Official: Andrew Lloyd Webber's STEPHEN WARD to Close at the Aldwych Theatre, March 29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2014

The West End production of Stephen Ward will complete its run at the Aldwych Theatre on 29 March 2014. Stephen Ward received its world premiere in December last year with a cast led by Alexander Hanson in the title role, Charlotte Spencer as Christine Keeler and Charlotte Blackledge as Mandy Rice Davies. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Ward has book and lyrics by playwright Christopher Hampton and lyricist Don Black. The production is directed by Richard Eyre with set and costume designs by Rob Howell, lighting design by Peter Mumford, sound design by Paul Groothuis, projection design by Jon Driscoll, and choreography by Stephen Mear. (more...)

Baz Bamigboye: Curtain to Come Down on Andrew Lloyd Webber's STEPHEN WARD Within 'Several Weeks'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2014

Just days after The Telegraph's Tim Walker initially reported that the West End musical may be concluding its run at the end of May, Baz Bamigboye of The Daily Mail has tweeted the the lights may go out even sooner than expected. The show previously received an extension through 31 May 2014. (more...)

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