Julie Taymor News

Hannah Elless and More Set for NYMF Readings of New Musical FOR TONIGHT, 7/9 & 7/12
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

For Tonight, a new original musical, by creators Shenelle Williams, Spencer Williams and Whitney Rhodes is headed to New York City to participate in The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) as a developmental reading. For Tonight's story is inspired by the life of the writer's great-great-great-grandfather in the 1830's in Northern Wales/Liverpool. With its indie-rock inspired score and a completely original book, this story focuses on the universal themes of love, family and acceptance. The show will have three performances at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row in July 2014. (more...)

Elizabeth A. Sackler Elected First Woman Board Chair of Brooklyn Museum
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

The Members of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Museum have elected Elizabeth A. Sackler, Board member since 2000, as the Museum's Chair. Dr. Sackler, the first woman in the nearly 200-year history of the Museum to serve in that position, is the founder of the Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. She succeeds retiring chair John S. Tamagni, who has served as Chair since 2011 and will continue to serve as an active Board member. (more...)

Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces Director Lisandro Alonso as 2014 Filmmaker in Residence
by Movies News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre announced the selection of award-winning Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso as their 2014 Filmmaker in Residence (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 6/23/14 - 'Thrilling' Gala at the Public, THE NANCE, Beacon Awards, Pride Week & More!
by Jessica Showers - Jun 23, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: The Public Theater hosts its ONE THRILLING COMBINATION gala honoring Marvin Hamlisch, the 2014 Broadway Beacon Awards are tonight, DONOGOO opens off-Broadway, celebs celebrate Pride Week at 54 Below, and much more! (more...)

BWW Reviews: DISNEY'S THE LION KING Returns to Kennedy Center and Dazzles with Artistry
by Jennifer Perry - Jun 23, 2014

Featuring a wonderful combination of dazzling and unique artistry, Elton John and Tim Rice's strong score, and many strong performances, even those who have been there done that and seen The Lion King before can likely still find something to appreciate in the current national tour. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE- Original SPIDER-MAN Reeve Carney!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jun 22, 2014

Welcome to BWW's exclusive talk show, BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge. Follow Richard as he visits the theater's best and brightest in their dressing rooms, on their stages and favorite hang outs to talk about their lives, careers and all of the things you don't know, but want to know. In the special interview below, Richard welcomes back his very first guest, Broadway veteran and now television star Reeve Carney, tochat about all things Penny Dreadful, Spider-Man, and so much more . Ch eck out the full interview below! (more...)

THE LION KING North American Tour Opens Tomorrow in Washington, D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2014

The return engagement of Disney's THE LION KING opens this week in the Kennedy Center Opera House for a limited nine-week engagement through August 17. In Washington, D.C., THE LION KING plays Tuesdays through Sunday evenings at 7:30pm with 1:30pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. There will be 1:30pm matinees on Wednesday, July 2, Wednesday, July 30 and Wednesday, August 13. There will not be a performance on Friday, July 4. (more...)

BWW Reviews: 'Amanece en Edimburgo'
by Siscu Valenzuela - Jun 21, 2014

Se estrena en España el musical basado en las canciones del grupo escoces 'The Proclaimers' (more...)

Julie Taymor Wraps Film Version of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM; Aims for Toronto Debut
by Movies News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

Vulture writes that Tony-winning director Julie Taymor has finished the film version of her staged production of Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, which ran at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn this winter, produced by Theatre for a New Audience. (more...)

Disney's THE LION KING to Play Special Benefit Performance for The Actors Fund, 7/30 at the Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

The Actors Fund, a national human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment, is pleased to announce that the producer, cast, and management of Disney's The Lion King have added a special performance to benefit The Fund on Wednesday, July 30 at 1:30pm in the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. The entire company will donate their time and talent for this performance that will directly benefit The Actors Fund. (more...)

Barry Kornhauser's Receives Top National Theater Award
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

The Children's Theater Foundation of America (CTFA) has announced that Barry Kornhauser of Millersville University, a nationally recognized playwright, director and educator has been named the recipient of its 2014 Medallion Award. The Award is regarded as the highest honor in the field of Theater for Young Audiences. This year's ceremony - where the award will be officially announced and presented -- will take place in the Imperial Ballroom of the Denver Hyatt at the annual American Alliance for Theatre and Education national conference in Denver, Colorado on Friday, August 1. Kornhauser will be attending to accept his award. (more...)

Disney THE LION KING - Das Original Broadway-Musical kommt erstmals in die Schweiz!
by Iris Moebius - Jun 17, 2014

Das Musical-Ereignis des Jahres: Disney THE LION KING kommt zum ersten Mal in die Schweiz. Tauchen Sie ein in die farbenfrohe Welt Afrikas und in eine beruhrende Geschichte, die die Herzen der Menschen bewegt wie keine andere. Lassen Sie sich verzaubern, von packenden afrikanischen Rhythmen, dem warmen Zauber der Serengeti und zeitlosen Hits wie „Circle of Life" und „Can You Feel the Love Tonight" von Elton John und Tim Rice. Der Musical-Welterfolg Disney THE LION KING in seiner prachtigen, englischsprachigen Originalproduktion zu erleben ab Marz 2015 im Musical Theater Basel. (more...)

THE LION KING North American Tour Celebrates Sold-Out Engagement in Toronto
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

Disney's THE LION KING continues to reign across North America with a sold-out engagement in Toronto, which concluded on Sunday, June 15 at The Princess of Wales Theatre. The triumphant seven-week return grossed over $11.75 million at the box office and entertained more than 100,000 patrons during 56 performances. The award-winning musical premiered in Toronto in April 2000 at the Princes of Wales Theatre, where it played 1,560 performances through January 2004 and returned in 2011 for an eight-week sold-out engagement. (more...)

Disney's THE LION KING Grosses Over $11.75 Million During 7 Week Toronto Engagement
by Alan Henry - Jun 16, 2014

Disney's THE LION KING continues to reign across North America with a sold-out engagement in Toronto, which concluded on Sunday, June 15 at The Princess of Wales Theatre. The triumphant seven-week return grossed over $11.75 million at the box office and entertained more than 100,000 patrons during 56 performances. The award-winning musical premiered in Toronto in April 2000 at the Princes of Wales Theatre, where it played 1,560 performances through January 2004 and returned in 2011 for an eight-week sold-out engagement. (more...)

Disney's THE LION KING Celebrates Sold-Out Toronto Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

Disney's THE LION KING continues to reign across North America with a sold-out engagement in Toronto, which concluded on Sunday, June 15 at The Princess of Wales Theatre. The triumphant seven-week return grossed over $11.75 million at the box office and entertained more than 100,000 patrons during 56 performances. The award-winning musical premiered in Toronto in April 2000 at the Princes of Wales Theatre, where it played 1,560 performances through January 2004 and returned in 2011 for an eight-week sold-out engagement. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 6/14- SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK
by Stage Tube - Jun 14, 2014

Today in 2011, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark opened at the Foxwoods Theatre, where it ran for 1066 performances. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is a rock musical with music and lyrics by U2's Bono and The Edge and a book by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The musical is based on the Spider-Man comics created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, published by Marvel Comics, as well as the 2002 film about the character and the Greek myth of Arachne. lt tells the story of the origin of the character, his romance with Mary Jane and his battles with the evil Green Goblin. (more...)

AVENUE Q Cast Members in RESCUE RUE, A New Musical Fairytale with Puppets at Signature Center, 7/8-20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) in association with Chinese Mother Jewish Daughter, LLC present Rescue Rue, a new musical fairytale with puppets; Concept, Book and Additional Lyrics by Stacey Weingarten, and Music and Lyrics by Kate Steinberg & Joshua Zecher-Ross. Stacey Weingarten directs a cast of seven including Jennifer Barnhart* (Bway: Avenue Q), Nate Begle(Off Bway: John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean), Sarah Liz Haines* (Off Bway: Freckle Face Strawberry), Jason Jacoby* (Off Bway: Avenue Q), Lisa Helmi Johanson* (Off Bway: Avenue Q), Brendan Malafronte (Nat. Tour: John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean), and Gretchen Wylder* (Off Bway: 'Til Divorce Do Us Part). Rescue Rue will be staged at the Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street (bet. 9th and 10th Avenues) in NYC for five performances from July 8-20, 2014. A special TDF Autism-Friendly performance will be held at July 20th at 11am. The Pershing Square Signature Center is the official hub of The New York Musical Theatre Festival. *Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. (more...)

THE LION KING to Open at Shanghai Disney Resort and in Mexico City
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

Disney Theatrical Productions celebrates the announcement of two world premiere productions of THE LION KING at Shanghai Disney Resort and Mexico City, in partnership with Disney Parks and Resorts and OCESA, respectively. The announcement was made today by Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. The two productions will be the 23rd and 24th mounted around the world since the show's Broadway debut in 1997. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Sunday for THE LION KING at Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Disney Theatrical Productions and BMO Harris Bank Broadway at the Marcus Center and Broadway Across America-Milwaukee series remind patrons that tickets for the long-awaited return engagement of Disney's THE LION KING will go on sale to the public this Sunday, June 15 at 9:00 am in-person at the Marcus Center Box Office only. (more...)

GLEE's Harry Shum Jr. Among Judges on truTV's New Competition Series FAKE OFF
by TV News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Actor and dancer Robert Hoffman (Step Up 2: The Streets, 90210) will host truTV's new series Fake Off. (more...)

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