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Windy City Playhouse Extends STICK FLY Through 7/19Windy City Playhouse Extends STICK FLY Through 7/19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2015

Windy City Playhouse, Chicago's newest Equity theater, announces the cast for its sophomore production, Lydia R. Diamond's award-winning Stick Fly. This wisecracking family drama is directed by Chuck Smith, director of the play's 2006 world premiere production in Chicago, fresh off his successful run of Two Trains Running at the Goodman. Smith directs a stellar cast featuring Tyrone Phillips, Celeste Cooper, Paige Collins, Michael Pogue, Kristen Magee and Phillip Edward Van Lear, reprising his role of the patriarch from the original production. Stick Fly runs May 27-July 5 at Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park. (more...)

Karen Pittman, Michael Cullen & More to Star in KING LIZ at Second Stage UptownKaren Pittman, Michael Cullen & More to Star in KING LIZ at Second Stage Uptown
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

Second Stage Theatre  continues the 2015 Uptown Series with the World Premiere of KING LIZ, written by Fernanda Coppel (Chimichangas and Zoloft) and directed by Lisa Peterson.  KING LIZ will feature MICHAEL CULLEN, JEREMIE HARRIS, RUSSELL G. JONES, CAROLINE LAGERFELT, IRENE SOFIA LUCIO, and KAREN PITTMAN.  Previews begin Monday, July 13th and opening night is Monday, July 27th. (more...)

59E59 Theaters to Launch 2015-16 5A Season with THREESOME59E59 Theaters to Launch 2015-16 5A Season with THREESOME
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2015

59E59 Theaters will the 2015/2016 5A Season with the New York premiere of THREESOME, written by Yussef El Guindi, and directed by Portland Center Stage Artistic Director Chris Coleman. (more...)

Photo Flash: 'Dorothy' Hopefuls from Across the U.S. Audition for NBC's THE WIZ LIVEPhoto Flash: 'Dorothy' Hopefuls from Across the U.S. Audition for NBC's THE WIZ LIVE
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 6, 2015

NBC's holiday production of 'The Wiz Live!,' is set for Thursday, Dec. 3. Today, the network hosted an open casting call for the role of  'Dorothy' at New York's Telsey + Company. (more...)

Kenny Leon & Craig Zadan Comment From THE WIZ LIVE! Auditions: 'We're Doing The Stage Version, Not The Movie!'Kenny Leon & Craig Zadan Comment From THE WIZ LIVE! Auditions: 'We're Doing The Stage Version, Not The Movie!'
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 6, 2015

The men behind the magic audition Dorothys! (more...)

Fatima Robinson, Harvey Mason Jr. & Stephen Oremus Join THE WIZ LIVE! Creative TeamFatima Robinson, Harvey Mason Jr. & Stephen Oremus Join THE WIZ LIVE! Creative Team
by TV News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

Acclaimed choreographer Fatima Robinson, and two of the most accomplished and influential music professionals from popular music and Broadway - Harvey Mason Jr. and Stephen Oremus - have joined the creative team of NBC's holiday production of "The Wiz Live!," set for Thursday, Dec. 3. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 5/30-5/31/2015Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 5/30-5/31/2015
by - May 31, 2015

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, May 31, 2015 - Sunday, May 31, 2015. (more...)

First Look At Kenny Leon & Producers Planning THE WIZ LIVE!First Look At Kenny Leon & Producers Planning THE WIZ LIVE!
by Pat Cerasaro - May 31, 2015

A first glimpse of the men behind the magic! (more...)

NBC Announces Casting Call for Role of 'Dorothy' in THE WIZ LIVENBC Announces Casting Call for Role of 'Dorothy' in THE WIZ LIVE
by TV News Desk - May 28, 2015

NBC is having an open casting call for the lead role of Dorothy in the network's upcoming holiday special “The Wiz Live!,” set for Thursday, Dec. 3. (more...)

TDF Open Doors Graduation Set for Next MondayTDF Open Doors Graduation Set for Next Monday
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

Over 400 guests including current and past New York City high school students, and the performing arts professional mentors who have participated in TDF's Open Doors, the theatre arts mentoring program that TDF founded in 1998 with playwright Wendy Wasserstein, will attend this year's graduation at 5:30pm on Monday, June 1 at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (524 West 59th Street, NYC).   TDF's Open Doors was the first arts education program to receive a special Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre when it received the special honor in 2012. This year, Open Doors had 30 mentors working with 24 groups of students from New York City high schools. (more...)

NBC to Host Open Call for 'Dorothy' in THE WIZ LIVE!NBC to Host Open Call for 'Dorothy' in THE WIZ LIVE!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

BWW has confirmed today that NBC will host an open casting call for 'Dorothy' in THE WIZ LIVE in NYC next month. (more...)

Choreographer Fatima Robinson to Help NBC's THE WIZ LIVE Ease On Down the Road!Choreographer Fatima Robinson to Help NBC's THE WIZ LIVE Ease On Down the Road!
by TV News Desk - May 13, 2015

NBC has announced that Fatima Robinson ('The Voice,' 'Dreamgirls' film, 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors') will serve as choreographer for the highly anticipated THE WIZ LIVE. (more...)

BREAKING: Original Dorothy, Stephanie Mills, to Star as Aunt Em in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!BREAKING: Original Dorothy, Stephanie Mills, to Star as Aunt Em in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!
by Caryn Robbins - May 11, 2015

Craig Zadan has revealed the news that Stephanie Mills, the original Dorothy in the Broadway production of THE WIZ, will star as 'Aunt Em' in NBC's live broadcast of THE WIZ LIVE. (more...)

NBC Reveals First Promotional Art for THE WIZ LIVE!NBC Reveals First Promotional Art for THE WIZ LIVE!
by Caryn Robbins - May 11, 2015

Today, NBC has revealed the first promotional art for its next live musical broadcast of THE WIZ. Check it out below! (more...)

Neil Patrick Harris, THE WIZ LIVE Among NBC's 2015-16 Primetime; Full Lineup Announced!Neil Patrick Harris, THE WIZ LIVE Among NBC's 2015-16 Primetime; Full Lineup Announced!
by TV News Desk - May 11, 2015

As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series 'The Voice.' (more...)

HEROES REBORN, Neil Patrick Harris Variety Show, and More Headline NBC'S 2015-16 SeasonHEROES REBORN, Neil Patrick Harris Variety Show, and More Headline NBC'S 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2015

As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series “The Voice.” (more...)


by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

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Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Katori Hall, Kamilah Forbes and More Celebrate THE BLOOD QUILT Premiere at Arena StagePhoto Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Katori Hall, Kamilah Forbes and More Celebrate THE BLOOD QUILT Premiere at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater welcomed Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad with Event Chair and Arena Stage Board member Shawna Watley (Senior Policy Advisor with Holland & Knight) as the Honorary Chair for THE BLOOD QUILT World Premiere Celebration last night, May 7, 2015. The new play by Katori Hall (The Mountaintop, Our Lady of Kibeho) is directed by Kamilah Forbes and runs now through June 7, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater. Scroll down for photos from the opening celebration! (more...)

INVISIBLE THREAD, Previously Titled WITNESS UGANDA, and Kenny Leon-Helmed SMART PEOPLE Set for Second Stage's 2015-16 SeasonINVISIBLE THREAD, Previously Titled WITNESS UGANDA, and Kenny Leon-Helmed SMART PEOPLE Set for Second Stage's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

Second Stage Theatre has announced two New York Premiere productions for its upcoming 37th season.  The season will kick off in fall 2015 with the New York Premiere production of Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews' new musical, INVISIBLE THREAD (previously titled Witness Uganda), in association with American Repertory Theater, directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin).  The season will continue in early 2016 with the New York premiere of Lydia R. Diamond's (Stick Fly) critically acclaimed play, SMART PEOPLE, directed by Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun, Stick Fly). Two additional productions remain to be announced.  (more...)

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