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BWW Blog: Lauren Ward - The Good News and the Bad News: Pulling a Show Together with a Time CrunchBWW Blog: Lauren Ward - The Good News and the Bad News: Pulling a Show Together with a Time Crunch
by Guest Blogger: Lauren Ward - Apr 15, 2016

Anyone who's ever been involved in theatre can probably give you a mile-long list of stressful events and situations they've encountered on the stage and behind the scenes. Of course, you rarely ever notice these times when you're watching us perform. That's part of our job; we have to be able to work around the kinks for the sake of the audience. However, some of these matters are slightly more pressing than the usual 'kinks.' As it should happen, my school has just started work on its production of the classic musical Oliver! The set show dates are May 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th. We started working with little more than a month to put the whole thing together. This isn't the first time that a lot of us have dealt with such circumstances, and for anyone else who can relate to them, I've developed a short list of pros and cons, playfully entitled 'The Good News' and 'The Bad News.' (more...)

Hits from RENT, WICKED & More to be Featured on First NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL BROADWAY! AlbumHits from RENT, WICKED & More to be Featured on First NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL BROADWAY! Album
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

NOW That's What I Call Music!, the world's best-selling multi-artist album series, has announced that they are set to release their first ever NOW That's What I Call Broadway! on Friday, April 29, 2016. The album will feature 18 music tracks from the original cast recordings of some of the Great White Way's most legendary shows. The album features liner notes by David Cote, theater editor for Time Out New York as well as a playwright and librettist/lyricist. (more...)

BWW Blog: Lauren Ward - Thespian Conference: Theatre in the Big PictureBWW Blog: Lauren Ward - Thespian Conference: Theatre in the Big Picture
by Guest Blogger: Lauren Ward - Feb 16, 2016

Last weekend, during a slight break from preparations for Oliver!, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Georgia Thespian Conference (affectionately referred to as Thescon, or THESCAAAHHHN by my friends in troupe 5362). I can genuinely say it was one of the most fun times I've had to date. Kindred theatre-loving spirits from far and wide (AKA, the state of Georgia) came together to do workshops, to sign up for college auditions, compete in individual events, and to watch shows put on by their peers. It was incredible to me that even though most of us had never seen each other before, everyone was treated like a friend to everyone else; I found myself having a five minute conversation with a complete stranger about a common show we had done and (coincidentally) both worn t-shirts for. Attending this convention was not only an extremely educational experience, but also rather humbling, and it was quite special to be able to get a larger-scale representation of what the art form is all about. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 2/5; The Engeman's GOD OF CARNAGE, ASSASSINS in Pittsburgh and More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 2/5; The Engeman's GOD OF CARNAGE, ASSASSINS in Pittsburgh and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 5, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Long Island, Pittsburgh, South Bend, and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include GOD OF CARNAGE at The Engeman, ASSASSINS in Pittsburgh, and THE MUSIC MAN in South Bend, just to name a few. (more...)

BWW Blog: Meet High School Student Lauren Ward - True or False: There Are No Small PartsBWW Blog: Meet High School Student Lauren Ward - True or False: There Are No Small Parts
by Guest Blogger: Lauren Ward - Jan 28, 2016

Everybody knows the old saying: "There are no small parts, only small actors." Back in December, my theatre troupe at school was in the midst of filming auditions for our production of Ghost the Musical when our director announced that there would be a separate round of auditions for those specifically interested in ensemble positions. This came as a nice surprise seeing as the majority, including myself, tend to go for the leads or supporting roles when audition time rolls around. Similarly, it's happened many times where I've been disappointed when I've gotten "stuck" in the ensemble when I was expecting something a little "bigger." I got to thinking about why the ensemble gets overlooked or underappreciated so much, and whether or not I should have been disappointed. After all, I never seemed to have less fun doing a show because I wasn't a lead role. I think people tend to consider the ensemble as a comparatively small or insignificant role in the span of the entire production, and from this I began to make conclusions about whether or not the old saying reigns true: Is there really no such thing as a small part? (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 1/22; THE PIANO LESSON in NJ, THE NETHER in Miami and More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 1/22; THE PIANO LESSON in NJ, THE NETHER in Miami and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 22, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in New Jersey, Wichita, Miami, and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include a 'must-see' THE PIANO LESSON in New Jersey, PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE in Wichita, and THE NETHER in Miami, just to name a few. (more...)

Eva Noblezada, Lauren Ward & More to Join Julia Murney for Hippodrome Casino ConcertEva Noblezada, Lauren Ward & More to Join Julia Murney for Hippodrome Casino Concert
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

Broadway's Julia Murney has announced the guests for her 11pm London concert on the 2nd November 2015 at the Hippodrome Casino.  (more...)

VIDEO: Tim Minchin & MATILDA Cast Perform 'When I Grow Up' on CONANVIDEO: Tim Minchin & MATILDA Cast Perform 'When I Grow Up' on CONAN
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 16, 2015

On last night's CONAN on TBS, composer Tim Minchin and the cast of MATILDA THE MUSICAL performed the number 'When I Grow Up'. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Tony Nominee Lauren Ward On BAT BOY!BWW Interviews: Tony Nominee Lauren Ward On BAT BOY!
by Carrie Dunn - Jan 9, 2015

The Southwark Playhouse isn't exactly the physical kind of venue you'd expect a Tony winner to be working at. In terms of programming and production quality, however, it's no wonder that Lauren Ward is about to begin her run there in the cult hit Bat Boy. (more...)

BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL Returns to London TonightBAT BOY: THE MUSICAL Returns to London Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Ten years after the last known sighting, Bat Boy will return to sink his fangs into the London stage in a brand new production in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from tonight 9 January to Saturday 31 January 2015. On sale now. (more...)

BWW TV:  MATILDA's Tim Minchin Dishes on the Upcoming National Tour!BWW TV: MATILDA's Tim Minchin Dishes on the Upcoming National Tour!
by Michael Sterling & Jordan Santacana - Nov 6, 2014

MATILDA THE MUSICAL will launch its national tour from Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre in 2015, and BroadwayWorld has the scoop on the upcoming production. Below, watch as BroadwayWorld's Michael Sterling chats with Tim Minchin about the upcoming engagement! (more...)

BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL Returns to London, Jan 9BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL Returns to London, Jan 9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

Ten years after the last known sighting, Bat Boy will return to sink his fangs into the London stage in a brand new production in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 9 January to Saturday 31 January 2015. On sale now. (more...)

BWW Preview:  Spinning Tree Theatre Presents VIOLET in Kansas CityBWW Preview: Spinning Tree Theatre Presents VIOLET in Kansas City
by Steve Wilson - Oct 4, 2014

The Spinning Tree Theatre production of the musical Violet opens at the Off Broadway Theatre November 6. Michael Grayman and Andy Parkhurst co-direct the Kansas City premiere, which is one of the first regional theatres to secure the rights to the musical. Angie Benson provides the musical direction and leads a five-piece orchestra. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - MATILDA!Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - MATILDA!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 18, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's MATILDA below! (more...)

BWW Previews: Spinning Tree Theatre Announces 2014-2015 SeasonBWW Previews: Spinning Tree Theatre Announces 2014-2015 Season
by Steve Wilson - Mar 12, 2014

Spinning Tree Theatre in Kansas City announced their selections for the 2014-2015 season. The new season sees Spinning Tree grow from three shows per season to a fourth show. Two plays and two musicals highlight the season, with three of the productions being Kansas City premieres. The new season marks the first time the theatrical company has produced a local playwright. (more...)

Jeffrey Bean, Elizabeth Bunch and More Star in World Premiere of Theresa Rebeck's FOOL at Alley Theatre, Beg. TonightJeffrey Bean, Elizabeth Bunch and More Star in World Premiere of Theresa Rebeck's FOOL at Alley Theatre, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2014

Alley Theatre presents the world premiere of a new comedy by Theresa Rebeck, Fool. In Rebeck's new comedy, two kings get together and place a wager on their fools - a jester competition, and the funniest one gets to keep his head. Two evil minions have a lot to say about this, but not as much as the kitchen wench. And what's the queen been up to all night? A dramatical comical farcical tragical play about power, love and laughter, set in a medieval kitchen. Adult Language, Adult Situations, Beheadings. (more...)

Jeffrey Bean, Elizabeth Bunch and More to Star in World Premiere of Theresa Rebeck's FOOL at Alley Theatre; Cast Announced!Jeffrey Bean, Elizabeth Bunch and More to Star in World Premiere of Theresa Rebeck's FOOL at Alley Theatre; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2014

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for the world premiere of a new comedy by Theresa Rebeck, Fool. In Rebeck's new comedy, two kings get together and place a wager on their fools - a jester competition, and the funniest one gets to keep his head. Two evil minions have a lot to say about this, but not as much as the kitchen wench. And what's the queen been up to all night? A dramatical comical farcical tragical play about power, love and laughter, set in a medieval kitchen. Adult Language, Adult Situations, Beheadings. (more...)

BWW Draws the Curtain on 2013: This Year's Curtain Call Highlights - Part OneBWW Draws the Curtain on 2013: This Year's Curtain Call Highlights - Part One
by Walter McBride - Dec 27, 2013

Today, check out part one of this year's curtain call highlights 2013, and catch up on anything that you might have missed within the last 12 months! (more...)

BWW CD Reviews: MATILDA (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Darkly IntriguingBWW CD Reviews: MATILDA (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Darkly Intriguing
by David Clarke - Oct 22, 2013

When Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly's musical MATILDA, based on Roald Dahl's novel by the same name, first leapt across the pond most assumed that the Broadway cast would not get a cast recording. However, this production has been full of surprise announcements like Bertie Carvel reprising his role as Miss Trunchbull and the addition of an overture and pre-show curtain. Garnering positive notices when it opened on Broadway, the MATILDA (Original Broadway Cast Recording) does a great job capturing the spirit of the clever and spunky show. (more...)

MATILDA Broadway Recording Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 10/22MATILDA Broadway Recording Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 10/22
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 12, 2013

The original Broadway cast recording of the hit page-to-stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's story MATILDA is now available for pre-order according to a new listing, as well as the full official track-listing for the release. (more...)

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