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BWW Interview:  Jason Dirden in SEVEN GUITARS at Two River TheaterBWW Interview: Jason Dirden in SEVEN GUITARS at Two River Theater
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 2, 2015

Broadwayworld.com interviewed Jason Dirden who will be playing the role of Canewell in the Two River Theater production of 'Seven Guitars.' Written by August Wilson and directed by Brandon Dirden, the show will be on the Red Bank stage from September 12th to October 4th. (more...)

Broadway Vets Board Second Stage's INVISIBLE THREAD, Formerly WITNESS UGANDA; Full Cast Set!Broadway Vets Board Second Stage's INVISIBLE THREAD, Formerly WITNESS UGANDA; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2015

BroadwayWorld has just confirmed complete casting for Secong Stage'supcoming world premiere production of INVISIBLE THREAD, a new musical by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, in association with American Repertory Theater, directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin). (more...)

TUCK EVERLASTING, Will Swenson and More Among 2014-15 Suzi Bass Award Nominees; Full List!TUCK EVERLASTING, Will Swenson and More Among 2014-15 Suzi Bass Award Nominees; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2015

Tonight, the Suzi Bass Awards, Inc. revealed nominations for the 2014-2015 Atlanta professional theatrical season to theatre patrons and industry artists. The Suzi Nomination Party, which rotates venues, was hosted this year by Horizon Theatre. Guest announcers included the ladies of The Weird Sisters Theatre Project: Kelly Criss, Veronika Duerr, Jaclyn Hofmann, Tiffany Porter, and Megan Rose. Among the notable nominees are Broadway-bound TUCK EVERLASTING and stage vet Will Swenson, who starred in BULL DURHAM at the Alliance.Scroll down for the full list of nominees! (more...)

Uzo Aduba Talks Casting in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE: 'Anything Is Possible'Uzo Aduba Talks Casting in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE: 'Anything Is Possible'
by TV News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

Best known for her Emmy-winning portrayal of Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren on the hit Netflix series 'Orange Is the New Black,' actress Uzo Aduba (Broadway's GODSPELL) stopped by this morning's TODAY to share that she couldn't believe it when she got the call to play Glinda the Good (more...)

STAGE TUBE: David Alan Grier Talks 'Whole New Vision of the Lion' in New Promo for THE WIZ LIVE!STAGE TUBE: David Alan Grier Talks 'Whole New Vision of the Lion' in New Promo for THE WIZ LIVE!
by Stage Tube - Aug 27, 2015

NBC's THE WIZ LIVE! just released a brand-new promo for the highly anticipated holidayproduction, featuring David Alan Grier talking about his daughter's reaction to him playing 'The Lion' - hear what he had to say below! (more...)

BWW Exclusive Interview: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Discuss BOMBSHELL, THE WIZ, Returning to Broadway and More; Plus a Career in PicturesBWW Exclusive Interview: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Discuss BOMBSHELL, THE WIZ, Returning to Broadway and More; Plus a Career in Pictures
by Richard Ridge - Aug 27, 2015

Earlier this month, BroadwayWorld.com sat down with the very busy dynamic duo of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to discuss... well, everything. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in PicturesBWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are two of the most renowned producers working in the industry today. They are best known for their work on the past three Academy Awards ceremonies,The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live!andSmash.Their Broadway credits includePromises, PromisesandHow to Succeed in Buisness Without Really Trying. Film credits includeHairspray, Chicago,A Raisin in the SunandFootloose. Upcoming projects include The Wiz Live!, the movie adaptation ofPippinand much more. (more...)

Revisit Viola Davis' Tony Winning Performance in Broadway's FENCES!Revisit Viola Davis' Tony Winning Performance in Broadway's FENCES!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Before she picked up her many accolades for starring role in THE HELP and her appearance in ABC's hit drama series HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER,Viola Davis appeared in Broadway's 2010 revival of FENCES. (more...)

Tom Key to Star in 'R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER' at Theatrical Outfit This FallTom Key to Star in 'R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER' at Theatrical Outfit This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2015

R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER: THE HISTORY (AND MYSTERY) OF THE UNIVERSE will run October 1-25, 2015 at The Balzer Theater at Herren's (downtown Atlanta), starring Tom Key as R. Buckminster Fuller. Written by D.W. Jacobs with direction by David de Vries, the play is based on the life, work, and writings of R. Buckminster Fuller. (more...)

Ben Thompson to Make Solo Debut at 54 Below Next WeekBen Thompson to Make Solo Debut at 54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Ben Thompson in his solo show debut for aone-night-only performance, Tuesday,August 25th, at 9:30 PM.Thompson will take the audience on a genre-bending sonic journey through some of his favorite songs - spanning rock, rap and punk, to Broadway, jazz and even some original tunes. (more...)

A Female Wizard? THE WIZ Director Kenny Leon Came Up with Casting Queen Latifah for the Title RoleA Female Wizard? THE WIZ Director Kenny Leon Came Up with Casting Queen Latifah for the Title Role
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

Grammy and Golden Globe-winner Queen Latifah will soon return to musical theatre as the title character inNBC's highly-anticipated THE WIZ LIVE! (airing December 3)- a part that is usually played by a man. In a recent Variety article, it is revealed that director Kenny Leon first came up the idea for the gender-bending casting. (more...)

Breaking: It's Coming Together in Oz: Ne-Yo, Common Join Cast of NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!Breaking: It's Coming Together in Oz: Ne-Yo, Common Join Cast of NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2015

BroadwayWorld has just learned that Ne-Yo and Commonhave joined the cast, of NBC's highly-anticipated THE WIZ LIVE!. Ne-Yo will take on the role of the Tin Man, while Common portrays the gatekeeper of Oz, a non-sining role (more...)

BWW Exclusive - THE WIZ Shanice Williams' HS Drama Teacher Shares Photos from Early DaysBWW Exclusive - THE WIZ Shanice Williams' HS Drama Teacher Shares Photos from Early Days
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 7, 2015

Today, BWW speaks with Alison Dooley, Williams' drama teacher from New Jersey's Rahway High School, who sharesher thoughts on the exciting casting news as well as exclusive productionphotos featuring the talented actress. (more...)

Breaking! Uzo Aduba and Amber Riley Join Cast of NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!Breaking! Uzo Aduba and Amber Riley Join Cast of NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Aug 6, 2015

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK star Uzo Aduba and GLEE's Amber Riley are the latest stars to join the cast of NBC's upcoming THE WIZ LIVE! (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 5th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for August 5th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Aug 5, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Tours of 'Persuasion,' 'Pippin' and '42nd Street,' dueling productions of 'American Idiot,' Michael Kingston and Jane Lynch solo out, 'Bette' adds a date, Theo Ubique announced 'Blood Brothers,' Porchlight sets the season, and 'The Wiz Live!' gets movin' down the road! (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Photos & Video - THE WIZ's Shanice Williams Performs at Paper Mill's 2014 Rising Star Concert!BWW Exclusive: Photos & Video - THE WIZ's Shanice Williams Performs at Paper Mill's 2014 Rising Star Concert!
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 5, 2015

BWW has obtained exclusive photos of Williams performing at Paper Mill's 2013 New Voices Concert and2014 Rising Star Awards Ceremony. Check them out below! (more...)

VIDEO: THE WIZ LIVE's Shanice Williams Talks Taking on Role of Dorothy: 'I'm Ready!'VIDEO: THE WIZ LIVE's Shanice Williams Talks Taking on Role of Dorothy: 'I'm Ready!'
by TV News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

Newcomer Shanice Williams wiped away tears and expressed gratitude for the role during the appearance. (more...)

THE WIZ LIVE's Shanice Williams Talks Taking on Role of Dorothy: 'I'm Ready!'THE WIZ LIVE's Shanice Williams Talks Taking on Role of Dorothy: 'I'm Ready!'
by TV News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

Newcomer Shanice Williamswiped away tears and expressed gratitude for the role during the appearance. (more...)

She'll Ease on Down the Road! Shanice Williams Will Play Dorothy in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE; Watch Audition!She'll Ease on Down the Road! Shanice Williams Will Play Dorothy in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE; Watch Audition!
by TV News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

NBC's The Wiz Live has found it's Dorothy! BroadwayWorld has just learned that Shanice Williamshas joined the cast (more...)

Breaking News: NBC's THE WIZ LIVE Casts Its Cowardly Lion!Breaking News: NBC's THE WIZ LIVE Casts Its Cowardly Lion!
by TV News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

Tony Award nominee and multi-talented actor and singer David Alan Grier is joining NBC's highly anticipated holiday production of 'The Wiz Live!,' set for Thursday, Dec. 3. (more...)

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