Ken Billington News

Date of Birth: October 29, 1946 (69)
Birth Place: White Plains, NY, USA
Gender: Male
Photo Flash: Worlds Collide When Takarazuka CHICAGO Meets Broadway Cast!Photo Flash: Worlds Collide When Takarazuka CHICAGO Meets Broadway Cast!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Takarazuka, Japan's famous all-female musical theater troupe, makes its first appearance in New York in over 25 years with Takarazuka CHICAGO at Lincoln Center Festival July 20-24 only at the David H. Koch Theater, running concurrently with the Tony Award-winning show, with a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb, and now the number one longest-running American musical in Broadway history.    Just yesterday, the cast of Takarazuka CHICAGO was introduced to the cast of New York City's Broadway production by producers Fran and Berry Weissler. Check out photos from the special event below! (more...)

VIDEO: CHICAGO's Amra-Faye Wright, Bianca Marroquin, Jaime Camil Meet Their Counterparts From Japan's TakarazukaVIDEO: CHICAGO's Amra-Faye Wright, Bianca Marroquin, Jaime Camil Meet Their Counterparts From Japan's Takarazuka
by Michael Dale - Jul 19, 2016

The Broadway cast members welcome the visitors from Japan's century-old troupe. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway History Is Made When Bianca Marroquin Joins Jaime Camil in CHICAGO!Photo Coverage: Broadway History Is Made When Bianca Marroquin Joins Jaime Camil in CHICAGO!
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 12, 2016

Broadway history has been made! For the first time ever, two Mexican-born actors are leading a Broadway musical. Latin superstars, and long-time friends, Bianca Marroquin and Jaime Camil will appear on stage opposite each other as 'Roxie Hart' and 'Billy Flynn' for 24 performances only through Sunday, July 31st  (when Mr. Camil ends his run).  Marroquin will continue in her role through Sunday, August 21st at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC). BroadwayWorld was on hand for Marroquin's first curtain call and you can check out photos below! (more...)

CHICAGO Makes Broadway History with Returning Star Bianca Marroquin TonightCHICAGO Makes Broadway History with Returning Star Bianca Marroquin Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Broadway history will be made when, for the first time ever, two Mexican-born actors will lead a Broadway musical. The producers of Chicago, Broadway's Longest Running American Musical, have announced that Latin superstars, and long-time friends, Bianca Marroquin and Jaime Camil will appear on stage opposite each other as 'Roxie Hart' and 'Billy Flynn' for 24 performances only beginning tonight, July 11th. (more...)

BWW Interview: The World Changes. Do Broadway's Longest Running Hits?  Updates From THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, CHICAGO and THE LION KINGBWW Interview: The World Changes. Do Broadway's Longest Running Hits? Updates From THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, CHICAGO and THE LION KING
by Michael Dale - Jul 9, 2016

How do hit Broadway musicals stay fresh after running for two decades? (more...)

Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty & More to Work with 2016 Freddie G Fellowship ClassLynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty & More to Work with 2016 Freddie G Fellowship Class
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

Eight outstanding educators from schools and performing arts centers around the country will work one-on-one with Broadway greats at the 7th Annual FREDDIE G FELLOWSHIP July 13th - 16th.  The event has once again been underwritten by Myrna and Freddie ("G") Gershon, Chairman and CEO of leading theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI).  The four days of classes and activities honor instructors and teachers who are working to make a difference for their students and communities through the process of staging musical theatre productions in their schools and educational theatre groups.  In addition to the New York experience, each of the teachers' schools receives $5,000 from Freddie and Myrna to enhance their arts program. (more...)

Broadway Veterans Will Lead Goodspeed's New 1960s Musical A SIGN OF THE TIMESBroadway Veterans Will Lead Goodspeed's New 1960s Musical A SIGN OF THE TIMES
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

This is the story of Cindy, a 20-something whose dreams are bigger than her Midwestern hometown will allow. Set against the backdrop of New York City in the 1960s -women's liberation, the civil rights movement, and protests of the Vietnam war-Cindy searches for her place in the world. A Sign of the Times, featuring chart-topping hits from the 1960s, celebrates friendship, love, and discovering one's sense of self. This pop-fueled musical will run July 29 - September 4 at The Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn. A Sign of the Times will be sponsored by Essex Savings Bank. (more...)

42ND STREET National Tour  Coming to Bass Hall Next Month42ND STREET National Tour Coming to Bass Hall Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Performing Arts Fort Worth proudly presents the quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd STREET at Bass Performance Hall July 12-17. Tickets start at $44 and are on sale NOW! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: 42ND STREET Tour Cast Dances to Justin Timberlake's 'Can't Stop the Feeling'STAGE TUBE: 42ND STREET Tour Cast Dances to Justin Timberlake's 'Can't Stop the Feeling'
by Stage Tube - Jun 22, 2016

The national tour of 42nd Street just wrapped up a 3-week run at Hollywood's historic Pantages Theatre.  The cast shows off their dance moves in this ode to JT's "Can't Stop the Feeling" and celebration of summertime!   (more...)

Lorna Luft to Return for IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS 2016 National TourLorna Luft to Return for IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS 2016 National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The producers of IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS, the stage adaptation of the beloved classic film, have announced today that Lorna Luft will reprise her role as Martha Watson in the upcoming National Tour. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

EastEnders' Jessie Wallace Joins Touring Production of CHICAGOEastEnders' Jessie Wallace Joins Touring Production of CHICAGO
by Marianka Swain - Jun 21, 2016

David Ian, producer of the international award-winning musical CHICAGO is delighted to announce that one of Britain's most-loved soap stars, Jessie Wallace, will play Mama Morton in the musical's touring production. (more...)

Jessie Wallace to Play 'Mama Morton' in UK Tour of CHICAGO, Aug. 15Jessie Wallace to Play 'Mama Morton' in UK Tour of CHICAGO, Aug. 15
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

David Ian, producer of the international award-winning musical CHICAGO is delighted to announce that one of Britain's most loved soap stars, Jessie Wallace, will play the role of 'Mama Morton' when the show plays Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (15 - 20 August), Belfast Grand Opera House (5 - 10 September), Liverpool Empire (12 - 17 September), Glasgow King's Theatre (19 - 24 September), Aberdeen His Majesty's Theatre (26 September - 1 October), Bromley Churchill Theatre (10 - 15 October), Woking New Victoria Theatre (17 - 22 October), Canterbury Marlowe Theatre (24 - 29 October), Norwich Theatre Royal (31 October - 5 November) and Leeds Grand Theatre (22 - 26 November). www.chicagothemusical.com/uktour. Please see full listings below. (more...)

John Bolton, Ryan Cavanaugh & More to Star in Pittsburgh CLO's DAMN YANKEES!John Bolton, Ryan Cavanaugh & More to Star in Pittsburgh CLO's DAMN YANKEES!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Batter up! Just in time for the thick of baseball season comes the muscular musical about baseball super-fan Joe Boyd. Joe is transformed into a star slugger after he makes a deal with the devil and his sexy associate, Lola, for a chance to lead his home team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh CLO's CHICAGO!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Set inside the sensationalized female murderess craze that swept 1920s Chicago, CHICAGO draws its audience into a world of crime and glitz against the vivid backdrop of the jazz age. A first time production for Pittsburgh CLO, CHICAGO is sure to be 'all that jazz' and more! (more...)

Broadway History Will be Made When CHICAGO Welcomes Back Bianca Marroquin This SummerBroadway History Will be Made When CHICAGO Welcomes Back Bianca Marroquin This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Broadway history will be made when, for the first time ever, two Mexican-born actors will lead a Broadway musical. The producers of Chicago, Broadway's Longest Running American Musical, have announced that Latin superstars, and long-time friends, Bianca Marroquin and Jaime Camil will appear on stage opposite each other as 'Roxie Hart' and 'Billy Flynn' for 24 performances only beginning Monday, July 11th. Mr. Camil will end his run in the show on Sunday, July 31st and Ms. Marroquin will continue in her role through Sunday, August 21st at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC). (more...)

KINKY BOOTS Cast Send CHICAGO Birthday Love!KINKY BOOTS Cast Send CHICAGO Birthday Love!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

CHICAGO, Broadway's longest running American musical, celebrates its 20th anniversary year in 2016 and the company of KINKY BOOTS is sending them some birthday love. Check out their tribute below! (more...)

Bebe Neuwirth & Company Will Celebrate 20 Years of CHICAGO in Tony Awards Tribute!Bebe Neuwirth & Company Will Celebrate 20 Years of CHICAGO in Tony Awards Tribute!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

CHICAGO, Broadway's longest running American musical, celebrates its 20th anniversary year in 2016 and that means the show will  be spotlighted at this Sunday's Tony Awards! (more...)

Jaime Camil Extends Run in Broadway's CHICAGO!Jaime Camil Extends Run in Broadway's CHICAGO!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

The Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago has announced that, by popular demand, Latin Sensation & 'Jane The Virgin' star Jaime Camil has extended his run as 'Billy Flynn' through Sunday, July 31, 2016 only at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC). (more...)

Broadway Veterans to Lead Pittsburgh CLO's CHICAGOBroadway Veterans to Lead Pittsburgh CLO's CHICAGO
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Set inside the sensationalized female murderess craze that swept 1920s Chicago, CHICAGO draws its audience into a world of crime and glitz against the vivid backdrop of the jazz age. A first time production for Pittsburgh CLO, CHICAGO is sure to be 'all that jazz' and more! (more...)

42ND STREET National Tour Plays Dallas & Fort Worth This Summer42ND STREET National Tour Plays Dallas & Fort Worth This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd STREET will celebrate a 2 week engagement at the Music Hall at Fair Park with a sparkling new production, June 28 - July 10 presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. This high-octane tour will then head to Fort Worth, where it will play at Bass Performance Hall July 12-17, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth. 42nd STREET will be directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award winning Best Revival. (more...)

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