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BILLY ELLIOT Tour to Open at The Bristol Hippodrome This OctoberBILLY ELLIOT Tour to Open at The Bristol Hippodrome This October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

The producers of the multi award-winning smash hit Billy Elliot the Musical are delighted to announce that the four boys who will play the title role in the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the iconic musical are Adam Abbou (12 years old from Liverpool), Matthew Lyons (11 years old from Leeds), Haydn May (11 years old from Bath) and Lewis Smallman (12 years old from West Bromwich). (more...)

BWW Review: BILLY ELLIOT Amazes in IsraelBWW Review: BILLY ELLIOT Amazes in Israel
by Ronit Suzan - Aug 18, 2016

Israeli productions of musicals are recently getting better with each new show and raising the bar even higher is the most impressive production of Billy Elliot, a musical based on the successful 2000 film under the same title, with music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall. (more...)

Top 10 Screen To Stage Musical AdaptationsTop 10 Screen To Stage Musical Adaptations
by Marianka Swain - Aug 17, 2016

The path from screen to stage hasn't always been a smooth one, and celluloid success is no guarantee of musical triumph (just ask the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark team). But London is currently awash with popular medium-jumpers, from Aladdin and The Bodyguard to new musical Groundhog Day, which opened last night at the Old Vic. Here are 10 of the best screen to stage adaptations. (more...)

BWW Review: OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR, National Theatre, 10 August 2016BWW Review: OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR, National Theatre, 10 August 2016
by Marianka Swain - Aug 11, 2016

'This is our show,' proclaims one of the musically angelic but devilishly foul-mouthed convent schoolgirls descending on Edinburgh for a choir competition. And by God it is. A cracking ensemble of six plays the vividly drawn gang, as well as everyone else they encounter - the world viewed with their female adolescent gaze. It's colourful, rough-edged, raucous and almost painfully intense: a stunning encapsulation of what it feels like to be teetering on the cusp of adulthood. (more...)

BWW Review: Wondrous Ensemble in THE PITMEN PAINTERS at American StageBWW Review: Wondrous Ensemble in THE PITMEN PAINTERS at American Stage
by Peter Nason - Jul 27, 2016

Lee Hall's play ends the American Stage season with a bang; it's a lovely production. (more...)

GROUNDHOG DAY Leads August's Top 10 New London ShowsGROUNDHOG DAY Leads August's Top 10 New London Shows
by Marianka Swain - Jul 25, 2016

London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From the new Groundhog Day musical and Shakespeare in a department store to a highly anticipated Branagh performance, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews… (more...)

Regional Premiere: BILLY ELLIOT the Musical at Firehouse TheatreRegional Premiere: BILLY ELLIOT the Musical at Firehouse Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Next up at The Firehouse Theatre - Billy Elliot the Musical - a regional premiere - opens July 29th and runs through August 14, with preview set for July 28 th . Book and Lyrics by Lee Hall with Music by Elton John - this show has 10 Tony awards, including Best Musical, to its credit! Set in a northern English mining town against the background of the 1984 miners' strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Based on the international smash-hit film, this show will encourage audiences to BE YOURSELF. (more...)

BWW Review: BILLY ELLIOT The Musical Sings and Dances Its Way on the Beck Center StageBWW Review: BILLY ELLIOT The Musical Sings and Dances Its Way on the Beck Center Stage
by Roy Berko - Jul 13, 2016

The year is 1984. Margaret Thatcher, the first woman British Prime Minister, declared war on the coal labor unions, closed 20 mines and laid off 20,000 workers in what she called 'the process of bringing the British coal industry up to competitive levels.' (more...)

BWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - How Theatre Helped Me Remodel a HouseBWW Blog: Cheyenne Dalton - How Theatre Helped Me Remodel a House
by Guest Blogger: Cheyenne Dalton - Jul 11, 2016

I just remodeled a house. I know what you're thinking: this article belongs on some HGTV forum about flipping houses with your family. But hear me out. (more...)

Utah Shakespeare Festival Will Feature Five Premieres in 2017 SeasonUtah Shakespeare Festival Will Feature Five Premieres in 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2016

At the end of a three-day celebration of the Utah Shakespeare Festival's 2016 season and the opening of the new Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts Saturday night, the Festival's artistic directors shifted everybody's sights ahead, and drew more applause and excitement, when they announced the plays for the 2017 season. (more...)

Beck Center for the Arts to Present BILLY ELLIOT, 7/8-8/14Beck Center for the Arts to Present BILLY ELLIOT, 7/8-8/14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

?Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present the locally produced premiere of Billy Elliot the Musical, July 8 through August 14, 2016 in the Mackey Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: BILLY to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by July 7. Please note this production contains strong language. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from Stratford Festival's SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE!STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from Stratford Festival's SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE!
by Stage Tube - Jun 20, 2016

The Stratford Festival presents the North American premiere of Shakespeare in Love, based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, creator of the stage and screen versions of Billy Elliot. Check out a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Stratford Festival's North American Premiere of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVEPhoto Flash: First Look at Stratford Festival's North American Premiere of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

The Stratford Festival presents the North American premiere of Shakespeare in Love, based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, creator of the stage and screen versions of Billy Elliot. Check out a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Judi Dench to Star as Queen Victoria in Stephen Frears' VICTORIA AND ABDULJudi Dench to Star as Queen Victoria in Stephen Frears' VICTORIA AND ABDUL
by Movies News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Judi Dench will take on the role of Queen Victoria in VICTORIA AND ABDUL, to be helmed by Stephen Frears. (more...)

BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at the Stratford Festival is Full of HeartBWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at the Stratford Festival is Full of Heart
by Lauren Gienow - Jun 8, 2016

The North American premiere of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE opened on Saturday night at the Stratford Festival's Avon Theatre. This feel-good production is full of hilarious characters, stunning costumes, and clever references to the works of William Shakespeare. Most of all, though, it is full of heart. (more...)

US Premiere of OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR at New Haven FestivalUS Premiere of OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR at New Haven Festival
by Marianka Swain - Jun 7, 2016

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas, June 10-25, in New Haven celebrates the arts, ideas, and community with innovative performances and provocative conversations with leading artists, thought-leaders, and innovators from around the world. The events take place in a variety of venues and over 80% are free admission.  (more...)

VIDEO: Wisconsin Company Presents First Community Theatre Production of Elton John's BILLY ELLIOTVIDEO: Wisconsin Company Presents First Community Theatre Production of Elton John's BILLY ELLIOT
by Michael Dale - May 13, 2016

La Crosse,Community Theatre takes on the demanding West End and Broadway hit. (more...)

Burning Coal to Host Staged Reading of Jason Odell Williams' CHURCH & STATEBurning Coal to Host Staged Reading of Jason Odell Williams' CHURCH & STATE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Burning Coal Theatre Company will present a staged reading of Jason Odell Williams' new play CHURCH & STATE Wednesday, May 25th at 7 pm at the Murphey School auditorium, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC.  The reading is free with a suggested $5 donation at the door. No reservations needed. For additional information, call 919.834.4001 or visit us at www.burningcoal.org. (more...)

Utah Shakespeare Festival Will Stage SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE in 2017Utah Shakespeare Festival Will Stage SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

The Utah Shakespeare Festival has been selected as one of three theatres to present the United States premiere of the play Shakespeare in Love, adapted from the Academy Award-winning film of the same name by Lee Hall, it was announced today. (more...)

New National Theatre of Scotland Production Headlines International Festival of Arts & Ideas This JuneNew National Theatre of Scotland Production Headlines International Festival of Arts & Ideas This June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2016

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas June 10-25, in New Haven, CT, will once again showcase thrilling theatrical performances from around the globe along with electrifying dance and musical productions. This year's theater line-up features one world premiere and three U.S. premieres. (more...)

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