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Photo Coverage: WAR PAINT & DEAR EVEN HANSEN Unite to Celebrate Michael Grief's New Sardi's Portrait!Photo Coverage: WAR PAINT & DEAR EVEN HANSEN Unite to Celebrate Michael Grief's New Sardi's Portrait!
by Walter McBride - Apr 28, 2017

Director Michael Greif, who has directed seminal Broadway musicals including Rent, Next to Normal, Grey Gardens and many more, just received a Sardi's portrait to celebrate his career and work on Broadway directing this season's new musicals Dear Evan Hansen and War Paint. The casts from both of his shows came out to celebrate the occasion and BroadwayWorld was there! (more...)

Hershey Felder Returns to San Diego Rep as Irving BerlinHershey Felder Returns to San Diego Rep as Irving Berlin
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) has announced the return of the highly acclaimed and widely popular holiday show, "Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin." The newly announced show, a holiday offering during the downtown theatre's 42nd season, features songs by Irving Berlin and a book by Hershey Felder, with direction from longtime Felder collaborator Trevor Hay. The show's run begins on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 and plays through Sunday, January 7, 2018 with a press opening on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 8 p.m. on the Lyceum Stage Theatre at San Diego REP in Horton Plaza. (more...)

Paula Vogel Will Be Honored for Lifetime Achievement at 2017 Obie AwardsPaula Vogel Will Be Honored for Lifetime Achievement at 2017 Obie Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

The American Theatre Wing (Heather Hitchens, President) and The Village Voice (Peter Barbey, CEO) have announced that Pulitzer Prize-wining playwright Paula Vogel will receive a special Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 62nd Annual Obie Awards. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Wade McCollum and Val Vigoda in ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME Off-BroadwayPhoto Flash: First Look at Wade McCollum and Val Vigoda in ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

After critically acclaimed and award winning productions in Seattle, New Jersey and Boston the new musical, Ernest Shackleton Loves me, produced by Q Theatricals, which began performances on Friday, April 14, 2017 and officially open on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Off-Broadway's Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd Street). This strictly limited engagement will play through Sunday, June 11th only. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the stars onstage below! (more...)


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Hershey Felder Returns to TheatreWorks with HERSHEY FELDER, BEETHOVENHershey Felder Returns to TheatreWorks with HERSHEY FELDER, BEETHOVEN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley completes its 2016/2017 season with the regional premiere of a newly revised work by acclaimed performer and playwright Hershey Felder. Following his triumph as Irving Berlin at TheatreWorks, the brilliant Hershey Felder will bring Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of a Viennese doctor who spent his boyhood by the Maestro's side in Hershey Felder, Beethoven. The Chicago Sun Times called the world premiere of this compelling portrait "a hypnotic production…a chamber music piece of exquisite beauty." Directed by Joel Zwick, Hershey Felder, Beethoven will be presented June 7 - July 2, 2017 (press opening: June 10) at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. For tickets ($45-$105) and information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960. (more...)

VIDEO: Incoming WAITRESS Star Betsy Wolfe Dishes on Jenna & More!VIDEO: Incoming WAITRESS Star Betsy Wolfe Dishes on Jenna & More!
by Stage Tube - Apr 26, 2017

Incoming WAITRESS star, Betsy Wolfe, is getting ready to step into Jenna's shoes on the set of her photoshoot. Betsy discusses what she thinks of her character Jenna, and why she's excited to join the cast of Waitress. Betsy replaces Sara Bareilles, the show's composer, lyricist, and current Jenna, on June 13. Check out the video below! (more...)

Martin Zimmerman's SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN Starts Tonight at Rattlestick Playwrights TheaterMartin Zimmerman's SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN Starts Tonight at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in collaboration with The Sol Project presents the New York premiere of Martin Zimmerman's meditation on mourning, redemption and revenge, Seven Spots On The Sun, directed by 2016 Dora Award winner Weyni Mengesha, starring Flora Diaz (The Eyes of My Mother, Fox's 'Gotham'), Peter Jay Fernandez (Broadway: All the Way, Cyrano de Bergerac) and Flor De Liz Perez (CBS's 'The Good Wife,' West End: The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Dolphins and Sharks). (more...)

BWW Review: Disney's DER GLOECKNER VON NOTRE DAMEBWW Review: Disney's DER GLOECKNER VON NOTRE DAME
by Marcel Konrath - Apr 26, 2017

Disney ist erwachsen geworden! Nachdem „Der Glockner von Notre Dame' 1999 seine Welturauffuhrung in Berlin feierte, halt nun eine neue Inszenierung Einzug im majestatischen Theater des Westens. Hierbei handelt es sich um die La Jolla Playhouse Produktion aus San Diego von Scott Schwartz, Sohn des „Glockner' Texters und Disney Legende Stephen Schwartz. Schon die ersten Minuten schicken den Zuschauer auf eine Achterbahnfahrt der Gefuhle (more...)

Nobody Can Swing Like Them! Meet the Full Cast of BANDSTAND, Opening Tonight on BroadwayNobody Can Swing Like Them! Meet the Full Cast of BANDSTAND, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 26, 2017

The brand new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) with music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, opens tonight, April 26, at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45 Street). Scroll down to get to know the company before tonight's opening bows! (more...)

Broadwaysted Podcast Welcomes COME FROM AWAY's Caesar SamayoaBroadwaysted Podcast Welcomes COME FROM AWAY's Caesar Samayoa
by Broadwaysted - Apr 25, 2017

This week we are officially branding ourselves as islanders because we're kissing the cod with COME FROM AWAY star Caesar Samayoa! We're pouring out gin & tonic and wine and discussing Caesar's epic journey with COME FROM AWAY from Seattle to DC, Toronto, and NYC (and an ice rink in Gander!) (more...)

Elena Shaddow and Mark Evans to Lead MARY POPPINS at Paper Mill; Cast Complete!Elena Shaddow and Mark Evans to Lead MARY POPPINS at Paper Mill; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced casting for the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes, new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. Bank of America is the Major Sponsor of Mary Poppins. (more...)

Links in the Chain... Meet the Cast of SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, Opening Tonight!Links in the Chain... Meet the Cast of SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, Opening Tonight!
by Meet the Cast - Apr 25, 2017

John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, starring seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney ('Mom,' The Girl on the Train), Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart, 'Manhattan') and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, '24: Legacy'), directed by Trip Cullman (Significant Other, Yen), officially opens tonight, April 25, at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). Below, get to know the cast before they take their opening bows! (more...)

The Lark Announces First-Ever Recipients of Venturous Playwright FellowshipThe Lark Announces First-Ever Recipients of Venturous Playwright Fellowship
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

The Lark and Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation have announced that the plays and playwrights selected for the pilot round of the Lark Venturous Playwright Fellowship program are For Want of a Horse by Olivia Dufault; Teenage Dick by Mike Lew; and Today is My Birthday by Susan Soon He Stanton. (more...)

Broadway Noire to Celebrate African American Culture in MAKE THEM HEAR YOU at Feinstein's/54 BelowBroadway Noire to Celebrate African American Culture in MAKE THEM HEAR YOU at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

Derrick Byars and the cast of Make Them Hear You will bring their celebration of African American culture in musical theatre to Feinstein's/54 Below! Broadway's Supper Club, presents Broadway Noire on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. Directed and Produced by Byars, Make Them Hear You follows the musical journey from the 1920's through the present and shows how we have made them hear us!  (more...)

BWW Review: FREAKY FRIDAY at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Review: FREAKY FRIDAY at Cleveland Play House
by Roy Berko - Apr 24, 2017

If you go to the theater for enjoyment, Cleveland Play House's "Freaky Friday" is your thing. If you go to the theater to see marvelous talent, in a well-directed, well-conceived show, "Freaky Friday" is your thing. If you don't go to theater but have always wondered what a Broadway show is like, "Freaky Friday" is your thing. Yes, if you don't go see "Freaky Friday" you are going to miss out on a special event! (more...)

The Drama League Announces the 2017 Fellowship Recipients of the Directors ProjectThe Drama League Announces the 2017 Fellowship Recipients of the Directors Project
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has announced the eleven exceptional stage directors who have been selected as the 2017 Directing Fellows of The Drama League Directors Project. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Highlights of Seattle Rep's HERE LIES LOVEVIDEO: Watch Highlights of Seattle Rep's HERE LIES LOVE
by Stage Tube - Apr 24, 2017

Seattle Repertory Theatre is currently presenting the star-studded, immersive theatrical event, Here Lies Love. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Legendary Broadway and Film Costume Designer Ann Roth Receives 2017 Michael Merritt AwardLegendary Broadway and Film Costume Designer Ann Roth Receives 2017 Michael Merritt Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

The 24th Annual Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration will take place on Monday, May 15th, 2017 at Loyola University Chicago.Legendary Broadway and Film Costume Designer Ann Roth (The Nance, The Book of Mormon, The English Patient, Midnight Cowboy) will receive the 2017 Merritt Award.  (more...)

In a Crowd of Thousands! Meet the Full Company of ANASTASIA, Opening Tonight on BroadwayIn a Crowd of Thousands! Meet the Full Company of ANASTASIA, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 24, 2017

The new musical, ANASTASIA, dances into Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) tonight, April 24, 2017, produced by Stage Entertainment, Bill Taylor (Sister Act, Rocky), Tom Kirdahy (It's Only A Play, The Visit) and Hunter Arnold (Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening). The company is led by Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, John Bolton, Ramin Karimloo, Caroline O'Connor and Mary Beth Peil. Scroll down to get to know the company before they take their opening bows! (more...)

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