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BWW Review: NEWSIES is a Rollicking Good Time, If You Turn Off Your BrainBWW Review: NEWSIES is a Rollicking Good Time, If You Turn Off Your Brain
by Jay Irwin - Apr 27, 2016

I will admit to the fact that the original 1992 film of "Newsies" is one of my guilty pleasures. So when I heard they were making a stage version of the musical I was dubious but excited. The original already made you overlook much of the schlock, cheese, historical inaccuracies and plot holes. But the stage version, currently at the Paramount Theatre, with its retooled story forces even more of a willing suspension of disbelief almost to the point of brain death. But if you can manage that level of tucking rational thought into some dark corner then you're bound to have a good time as this spectacle is loaded with tons of vibrancy and a bevy of cute "boys" who sure do sing and dance pretty. (more...)

Nigel Lythgoe to Be Honored at 34th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire AwardsNigel Lythgoe to Be Honored at 34th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The 34th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, which recognizes outstanding achievements in dance on Broadway and in film, takes place on Monday, May 16, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING is a Disappointing Disservice to Original FilmBWW Review: DIRTY DANCING is a Disappointing Disservice to Original Film
by Matt Tamanini - Mar 30, 2016

Since the dawn of the genre, stage shows have been adapted from various sources; books, other plays, poems, historical events, and, increasingly over the past two decades, movies. The best projects based on movies take what is special from the source material and use that as inspiration to form a fresh stage adaptation. However, the DIRTY DANCING National Tour, playing at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday, April 3rd, focuses so intently on recreating the minutia of the film, that it completely misses what made it so captivating in the first place; authentic, compelling characters and an intimate, passionate story. (more...)

FOX's ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Musical Finds Its 'Usherette'FOX's ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Musical Finds Its 'Usherette'
by TV News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

FOX has announced that actress Ivy Levan has joined THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW as 'Usherette.' The two-hour musical event is sert to air this fall on FOX. (more...)

Broadway's Luis Salgado to Co-Choreograph ABC's DIRTY DANCING RemakeBroadway's Luis Salgado to Co-Choreograph ABC's DIRTY DANCING Remake
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

 Broadway dancer, choreographer and international director Luis Salgado has signed in as co-choreographer of Dirty Dancing next to Andy Blankenbuehler, it was announced today. (more...)

Tremaine Dance Convention and Competition Celebrates 35 Years With Tour, Book, Documentary, Anniversary GalaTremaine Dance Convention and Competition Celebrates 35 Years With Tour, Book, Documentary, Anniversary Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

Based in Los Angeles, the internationally recognized Tremaine Dance Convention and Competition celebrates 35 years of inspiring young dancers with its continuing 2015-2016 National Touracross the United States, a star-studded 35th Annual Convention Gala Event and National Finals this summer in Orlando, a new book expected in June 2016, and the upcoming Behind the Curtain documentary scheduled for completion in 2017. Led by legendary and very busy choreographer/dance educator/performer Joe Tremaine, one of the most influential dance personalities in the country today, the innovative annual convention includes master dance classes with professional teachers/choreographers and competitive opportunities in approximately 24 U.S. cities for over 50,000 dancers each year from across the United States and around the world. Tremaine is well-known in the industry for performing, choreographing, and/or teaching dance to scores of celebrities including Paula Abdul, Christina Applegate, Cher, Helen Hunt, Gene Kelly, and Diana Ross, to name just a few. For additional information, please seehttp://www.tremainedance.com. (more...)

Disney Channel Officially at Work on HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 4; Casting Now Underway!Disney Channel Officially at Work on HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 4; Casting Now Underway!
by TV News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

More than 10 years after 'High School Musical' became a global phenomenon, Disney Channel is getting ready to return to East High one more time. (more...)

Inarritu, HBO & More Among 2015 DGA Award Winners- Full List AnnouncedInarritu, HBO & More Among 2015 DGA Award Winners- Full List Announced
by TV News Desk - Feb 7, 2016

The DGA (Directors Guild of America) Awards have just been announced! Among the winners are THE REVENANT's Alejandro Inarritu, GAME OF THRONES' David Nutter, and DESCENDANTS' Kenny Ortega. Check out the full list of winners below! (more...)

Stage Great Ben Vereen Joins the Cast of Fox's ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW!Stage Great Ben Vereen Joins the Cast of Fox's ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Fox's THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW has found its Dr. Everett Scott. (more...)

Photo Flash: Kenny Ortega, Corbin Bleu and More on the 'DIRTY DANCING' Red Carpet at PantagesPhoto Flash: Kenny Ortega, Corbin Bleu and More on the 'DIRTY DANCING' Red Carpet at Pantages
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

Christopher Tierney and Gillian Abbott star as Johnny Castle and Frances 'Baby' Houseman in the national tour of DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE, which opened Tuesday night in Los Angeles for its run now through February 21 at the Pantages Theater. BroadwayWorld has photos from the starry red carpet, featuring Kenny Ortega, Corbin Bleu and more, below! (more...)

FOX Taps Christina Milian for Iconic Role of 'Magenta' in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOWFOX Taps Christina Milian for Iconic Role of 'Magenta' in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford ('Sylvia,' 'You Can't Take It With You,' 'Masters of Sex') has been cast as COLUMBIA, the castle's feisty live-in groupie, in the two-hour television event THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, airing this fall on FOX. (more...)

Breaking News: Tony Winner Annaleigh Ashford Will Take On 'Columbia' in FOX's ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOWBreaking News: Tony Winner Annaleigh Ashford Will Take On 'Columbia' in FOX's ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford ('Sylvia,' 'You Can't Take It With You,' 'Masters of Sex') has been cast as COLUMBIA, the castle's feisty live-in groupie, in the two-hour television event THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, airing this fall on FOX. (more...)

Olivier Winner Lesli Margherita to Perform at Feinstein's at the Nikko, 3/25-26Olivier Winner Lesli Margherita to Perform at Feinstein's at the Nikko, 3/25-26
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Olivier Award winner and Bay Area native, Lesli Margherita (Dames at Sea, Matilda The Musical), will bring her brand new solo show, BROAD, to Feinstein's at the Nikko for two performances only - Friday, March 25 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, March 26 (7 p.m.). (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: January 16-22THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: January 16-22
by Nora Dominick - Jan 22, 2016

Still not over Jimmy Fallon performing at #Ham4Ham? Have you been too anxious for BroadwayCon this weekend? Didn't have time to check in on your favorite Broadway stars? Well don't worry BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the biggest stories from this week from Broadway and beyond with BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures.' (more...)

Photo Flash: They're Going Home! Inside Rehearsal for Fox's 'ROCKY HORROR' with Laverne Cox, Tim Curry & MorePhoto Flash: They're Going Home! Inside Rehearsal for Fox's 'ROCKY HORROR' with Laverne Cox, Tim Curry & More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

Laverne Cox, who will lead Fox's two-hour television reimagining of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW this fall, took to Facebook this afternoon to offer a first look inside rehearsal with the cast and crew. Below, check out a crop of shots featuring Broadway veteran Reeve Carney, original film star Tim Curry, and more! (more...)

VIDEO: Vanessa Hudgens & More in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 10th Anniversary Reunion FeaturetteVIDEO: Vanessa Hudgens & More in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 10th Anniversary Reunion Featurette
by TV News Desk - Jan 18, 2016

Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman-the stars of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL-will reunite to celebrate the global sensation's 10-year anniversary during a special telecast of the movie Wednesday, January 20th. (more...)

JUST IN: Tim Curry Joins Cast of FOX's ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW!JUST IN: Tim Curry Joins Cast of FOX's ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW!
by TV News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

Tim Curry, the Emmy Award-winning actor, Tony Award nominee and creator of the original “Dr. Frank-N-Furter,” will return to the iconic, pop culture phenomenon as the Criminologist Narrator of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (more...)

JUST IN: Adam Lambert Joins Cast of FOX's ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOWJUST IN: Adam Lambert Joins Cast of FOX's ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
by TV News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

Adam Lambert has signed on to the cast of FOX's upcoming ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. The AMERICAN IDOL alum will portray Eddie in the production. (more...)

THE WIZ LIVE's Kenny Leon, Matthew Diamond Receive Directors Guild Nominations; Full ListTHE WIZ LIVE's Kenny Leon, Matthew Diamond Receive Directors Guild Nominations; Full List
by TV News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

THE WIZ LIVE's Kenny Leon (Director) and Matthew Diamond (Live Television Direction) were nominated in the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: DAMES AT SEA's Lesli Margherita Plays 'Marry, Cuddle, Kill' with Tyler MountSTAGE TUBE: DAMES AT SEA's Lesli Margherita Plays 'Marry, Cuddle, Kill' with Tyler Mount
by Stage Tube - Jan 11, 2016

Popular Broadway Youtube personality, Tyler Mount, recently welcomed DAMES AT SEA and MATILDA's Lesli Margherita for the latest episode of his web series, THE TYLER MOUNT VLOG. Below, catch the Broadway wild-child discussing her most embarrassing moment on stage involving a mouse, her celebrity crushes, and her dream role of playing Miley Cyrus's mother, plus a game of 'Marry, Cuddle, Kill'! (more...)

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