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Photo Coverage: Still Making Magic! PIPPIN Cast Celebrates 500th Broadway Performance!
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 10, 2014

Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's Tony Award winning musical comedy Pippin is still going strong at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). The show just celebrated a major milestone- it's 500th performance, and BroadwayWorld was there to celebrate with the company. Check out photo coverage below! (more...)

Tony Winner Priscilla Lopez Will Join the Cast of Broadway's PIPPIN as 'Berthe,' 7/22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Tony Award winner Priscilla Lopez, who appeared in the legendary original cast of A Chorus Line and was also a replacement for the role of “Fastrada” in the original production of Pippin in 1973, will join the all-new Tony Award winning production of Pippin in the role of “Berthe” for a limited engagement, Tuesday, July 22 – Wednesday, August 27. Annie Potts will play her final performance in the role on Sunday, July 20. Tony Award winner John Rubinstein, who created the role of Pippin in the original 1972 production, will extend his run in the show as “Charles” through Sunday, August 17. PIPPIN is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). (more...)

Jason Danieley, David Garrison & More Join Chita Rivera in Williamstown Theatre Festival's THE VISIT; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2014

Williamstown Theatre Festival Producer Stephen M. Kaus just announced the full cast and creative team for The Visit, which runs on the Main Stage from July 31 through August 17. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Grand and Glorious CHAMBERLAIN Stirs the Heart
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 27, 2014

Maine State Music Theatre's second production of the season, a revival of the Knapp-Alper 1996 musical Chamberlain A Civil War Romance, proves to be a grand and glorious theatrical experience, an endeavor of epic proportions that delivers spectacle, emotion, and inspiration in equal measure. Spanning more than fifty years in the life of Brunswick's legendary Civil War hero, Maine governor, and Bowdoin college president, Joshua L. Chamberlain, and focusing on his relationship with his passionate, mercurial wife, Fannie Adams, the musical, in this brilliantly executed new production, directed and choreographed by Marc Robin, offers both epic sweep and touching intimacy. Large in musical and dramatic scale, lavish in production values, and cast with a first rate ensemble of singing-actors, Chamberlain dazzles the ear and eye and warms the heart. (more...)

Sasha Allen, Kyle Selig and More to Star in PIPPIN National Tour, Coming to the Smith Center, 11/25-30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

The producers of the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical Pippin announced casting for the U.S. national tour, which runs Nov. 25-30 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. This all-new production of Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's Pippin is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and features choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers). (more...)

Pushcart Players to Lure RED RIDING HOOD AND OTHER STORIES to Wolf Trap, 8/1-2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

Pushcart Players, New Jersey's acclaimed touring theatre for young audiences presents Red Riding Hood and Other Stories on Friday August 1 and Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 10:30 am at Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA. (more...)

Breaking News: Sasha Allen to Star as 'Leading Player' in PIPPIN Tour!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

This just in! Sasha Allen, who won the hearts of millions for being one of the Top 5 on Season 4 of NBC's 'The Voice,' will play the role of 'Leading Player' for the U.S. national tour of PIPPIN. The tour launches on September 10, 2014 at the Buell Theatre in Denver, CO. This all-new production of Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz's PIPPIN is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and features choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse and circus creation by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers). (more...)

National Tour of PIPPIN Coming to Chicago in Summer 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

Broadway In Chicago has announced that the Tony Award winning Broadway Musical PIPPIN will play Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W Randolph) for two weeks only, July 28 - August 9, 2015. (more...)

They've Got Magic To Do! Sasha Allen, Kyle Selig & Original Broadway Cast Member John Rubinstein to Lead PIPPIN National Tour!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

The producers of the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical Pippin have announced casting for the U.S. national tour which launches in Denver at the Buell Theatre. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON Announces $29 Ticket Lottery
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the National Tour, playing at the Detroit Opera House, July 1 - 13, 2014. In Detroit, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $29 apiece. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Sarah Knapp and Steven M. Alper Revisit Chamberlain
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 23, 2014

I sat there alone on the storied crest, till the sun went down as it did before over the misty hills, and the darkness crept up the slopes, till from all earthly sight I was buried as with those before. But oh, what radiant companionship rose around, what steadfast ranks of power, what bearing of heroic souls. Oh, the glory that beamed through those days and nights. Nobody will ever know it here! - I am sorry most of all for that! The proud young valor that rose above the mortal, and then at last was mortal after all.... When she read these lines written by Civil War hero and Maine Legend Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain more than eighteen years ago, lyricist/ book writer Sarah Knapp became convinced that she and her husband composer Steven M. Alper had to write their 'memory play.' The musical, commissioned by Charles Abbott, then Artistic Director of Maine State Music Theatre, became one of the greatest successes in the company's history, selling out before it even opened - ('it was the only show where they were scalping tickets on the lawn,' Knapp recalls). Now almost two decades later, Chamberlain A Civil War Romance will receive its first new production since that world premiere in 1996, once again at the Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick, the hometown of Chamberlain and his wife Fannie. Speaking with the composer and writer just days before the opening, they shared their palpable excitement at the prospect of this revival. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON to Say 'Hello' to Detroit, July 1-13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2014

Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played a record breaking two week run in 2013, returns for a limited engagement at the Detroit Opera House, July 1 through July 13, 2014. (more...)

PIPPIN Launches National Tour in Denver, Tickets Now on Sale
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2014

Experience the national tour first in Denver of the thrilling 2013 Tony Award-winning musical, PIPPIN - described as "An eye-popping, jaw-dropping, visually stunning extravaganza. The thrill of the season!" by NY1. PIPPIN plays The Buell Theatre September 6 through 20 only. Tickets are on sale now at Denvercenter.org. (more...)

Tickets for the National Tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON Go On Sale June 26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

The producers of the national tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center announced today that single tickets will go on sale Thursday, June 26. Tickets will be available exclusively in person at the Fox Cities P.A.C. ticket office beginning at 8 a.m. Ticketmaster phone at (800) 982-2787 and Ticketmaster.com sales will begin at 12 p.m. There is a four ticket limit per household. Group orders of 15 or more may be placed now by calling (920) 730-3786. THE BOOK OF MORMON runs September 16-21, 2014. (more...)

Broadway's Original PIPPIN Joins the Tony-Winning Cast a Day Early
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

Tony Award winner John Rubinstein, who made his Broadway debut and received a Theater World Award for creating the title role in the original 1972 production of Pippin, will join the all-new Tony Award winning production of Pippin in the role of 'Charles.' Mr. Rubinstein will play a limited engagement. He was originally scheduled to begin on Friday, but instead, he will start tonight, June 19, and run until Sunday, July 27, 2014 He is filling in for Terrance Mann's leave of absence. Pippin is now playing at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). (more...)

VIDEO: THE BOOK OF MORMON Gets 'South Park' Makeover!
by TV News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Below, check out what happens when Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical THE BOOK OF MORMON gets animated a la Trey Parker and Matt Stone's 'South Park.' (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON Extends Orpheum Theatre Run Through 9/14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

The Producers of THE BOOK OF MORMON announced today an additional week of performances at Hennepin Theatre Trust's Orpheum Theatre. The show, originally announced for a three week engagement, will now play through September 14, 2014. Performances begin August 20. (more...)

BWW Interview: Composer/Lyricist Michael Patrick Walker Talks DOG AND PONY at The Old Globe
by Don Grigware - Jun 11, 2014

Musician/composer/lyricist Michael Patrick Walker is world premiering a new musical Dog and Pony at the Old Globe in San Diego. Walker is best known as one of the composers of the hit musical Altar Boyz. He was nominated for a 2005 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and for two 2005 Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and for Best Lyrics for Altar Boyz. The show also won the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. In our chat, Walker talks in depth about Dog and Pony and working with the cast and creative team at the Old Globe. (more...)

The Old Globe Extends DOG AND PONY Through 7/6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

By Popular Demand, The Old Globe will extend the run of the World Premiere of Dog and Pony through Sunday, July 6 at 7 p.m. (more...)

ALICE IN WONDERLAND & More Set for Pushcart Players' 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Pushcart Players, New Jersey's award-winning theatre for young audiences, announces the 2014-15 Season of productions now being scheduled for performances in schools, theatres, production houses and community centers throughout the United States. In Pushcart's 40th anniversary of stirring up serious fun, the repertoire is an exceptional mix of musical performances exploring history, literature, values clarification and cultural diversity. (more...)

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