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InDepth InterView: Stephen Trask Talks HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, Neil Patrick Harris, Sequel Details, New Musicals & MoreInDepth InterView: Stephen Trask Talks HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, Neil Patrick Harris, Sequel Details, New Musicals & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 20, 2014

Today we are talking to the gifted composer and lyricist behind the earth-shattering score for Broadway's biggest recent hit, HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, the versatile and passionate Stephen Trask. Shedding considerable light on the development of the idiosyncratic rock musical, Trask discusses his influences and the organic way in which the outre show developed from humble beginnings at downtown bar Squeezebox in the mid-1990s, to Off-Broadway hit at the turn of the new century all the way to the rapturously received feature film adaptation, and, now, the 2014 Broadway production. Trask also details his affection for Tony Award-winning lead actor Neil Patrick Harris and looks ahead to the new leading man donning the titular wig, Andrew Rannells. Additionally, Trask also shares news on the forthcoming sequel to HEDWIG currently being developed with John Cameron Mitchell and teases some of what we can expect from the hotly anticipated theatrical experience. Furthermore, Trask reflects on his own upbringing and musical influences and how that informed the composition of the score for HEDWIG, as well as his own favorite performers. Plus, Trask reflects on his fruitful career as a movie scorer in Hollywood and comments on his upcoming musical endeavors, including two original stage musicals - JUST THE BLACK KEYS, a real-life inspired original musical potentially involving Peter Askin and Michael Mayer, as well 15 MINUTES, a Studio 54-centric period piece written with Rick Elice - as well as much, much more. (more...)

Linda Lavin Joins Lineup of Stars Honoring Joel Grey and Jeanine Tesori at Gala Celebration, 10/26Linda Lavin Joins Lineup of Stars Honoring Joel Grey and Jeanine Tesori at Gala Celebration, 10/26
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2014

Linda Lavin will be joining the lineup of stars honoring Joel Grey and Jeanine Tesori at the Encompass New Opera Theatre's Gala celebration on Oct. 26th at The National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South, New York City). (more...)

BC/EFA Adds Liza Minnelli to 'Broadway Legends' Ornament CollectionBC/EFA Adds Liza Minnelli to 'Broadway Legends' Ornament Collection
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2014

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announces that the legendary Liza Minnelli is the 2014 addition to its Broadway Legends holiday ornament collection. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Book Writer and Lyricist TOM JONES Says,
'It's a Celebration of Theatre'BWW Interviews: Book Writer and Lyricist TOM JONES Says, 'It's a Celebration of Theatre'
by John Longenbaugh - Oct 15, 2014

The Fantasticks is an amazing show in all sorts of ways. It's the world's longest running musical, 42 years in its original incarnation (1960-2002), and eight years and counting in its off-Broadway revival. Among the actors who've taken roles since its opening in 1962 are Jerry Orbach (who originated the role of El Gallo), Liza Minnelli, Elliott Gould, Glenn Close and Kristin Chenoweth. It continues to enjoy over 250 productions annually around the world. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Reinvented CABARET Sizzles at CrownBWW Reviews: Reinvented CABARET Sizzles at Crown
by Don Grigware - Oct 14, 2014

Perhaps Kander and Ebb's best musical, apart from Chicago, Cabaret has it all: a fine book, deliciously diverse characters, dynamite music and a subtext that will not quit. The subtext being: either compromise or get out if you value your life, the latter, to be sure, the wiser. This is Berlin, circa 1930, before Hitler, but just as Nazi pressure hits the fan. Crown City Theatre's new revival production, with a small ensemble of 11, has a completely new look with slick direction from Gary Lamb. (more...)

Encompass New Opera Theatre Announces 10/26 Musical Salute Honoring Two Luminaries of American Musical Theater: Joel Grey and Jeanine TesoriEncompass New Opera Theatre Announces 10/26 Musical Salute Honoring Two Luminaries of American Musical Theater: Joel Grey and Jeanine Tesori
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2014

Today, Nancy Rhodes, Artistic Director of Encompass New Opera Theatre and Gala Honorary Chairs Sheldon Harnick, John Kander, Tony Kushner and Maury Yeston announced the October 26th Star-Studded Musical Salute honoring Two Luminaries of the American Musical Theater -- Tony and Academy Award Winning Legend JOEL GREY and Celebrated Award Winning Composer JEANINE TESORI. (more...)

Sierra Boggess, Marc Shaiman, SIMPLY STREISAND & More Set for 54 Below this WeekSierra Boggess, Marc Shaiman, SIMPLY STREISAND & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Bonhams Selected to Auction Estate of Actress Lauren BacallBonhams Selected to Auction Estate of Actress Lauren Bacall
by Movies News Desk - Oct 10, 2014

Acclaimed actress of stage and screen, Lauren Bacall, who passed away in August 2014, had formed an astonishing art collection which included works by some of the greatest artists of the 20th century. The Bacall Collection, estimated at $3m, will be sold at Bonhams, New York – 580 Madison Avenue – in March 2015. (more...)

Photo Special: REMEMBERING: Geoffrey HolderPhoto Special: REMEMBERING: Geoffrey Holder
by Walter McBride - Oct 9, 2014

The Broadway community mourns the loss of Geoffrey Holder, the 1975 Tony Award -winning director and costume designer of The Wiz who died on Sunday at the age of 84. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory Friday, October 10th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute. BroadwayWorld.com's Walter McBride has culled through his photo archives to present some images of the legend. (more...)

Lesley Gore, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Laura Flanigan Sign On For LANCE & THE LADIES at Birdland, 10/20Lesley Gore, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Laura Flanigan Sign On For LANCE & THE LADIES at Birdland, 10/20
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

LANCE HORNE, the Emmy Award winning composer, musician, vocalist and producer, will return to Birdland Jazz Club with a special new show on Monday, October 20 at 7:00 PM as part of the 'Broadway at Birdland' series. 'Lance & the Ladies' is a musical party celebrating not only Lance's birthday but his friendships with women and his love of the female voice. (more...)

Drama League Will Honor James Earl Jones at 2015 Gala- MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF BROADWAYDrama League Will Honor James Earl Jones at 2015 Gala- MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

The Drama League (Executive Director Gabriel Shanks; Artistic Director Roger T. Danforth) announced today they will honor the legendary Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony® Award (EGOT) winner James Earl Jones at the 31st Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway, to be held onMonday evening, February 2, 2015 at the famed Pierre Hotel (2 East 61st Street). The black-tie gala, which features dozens of stars from Hollywood and Broadway in a one-night-only musical tribute inspired by Mr. Jones' career in theater, film and television, supports The Drama League's educational initiatives for promising young artists. Tickets are available by calling (212) 244-9494. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Tracey Ullman On THE BAND WAGON At Encores!, Plus INTO THE WOODS Movie, Stage Roles & MoreInDepth InterView: Tracey Ullman On THE BAND WAGON At Encores!, Plus INTO THE WOODS Movie, Stage Roles & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 6, 2014

Today we are talking to a spectacularly talented and universally beloved stage and screen star who is celebrated around the world for her wacky way with a character - 7-time Emmy Award winner Tracey Ullman. Discussing the finer points of her just announced participation in the upcoming Encores! mounting of celebrated Vincente Minnelli movie musical THE BAND WAGON, Ullman opens up about her anticipation in taking on the role of scrappy and smart Broadway lyricist Lily Marton, famously essayed in the original film by Nanette Fabray. Also, Ullman sheds some light on some of the musical material we can anticipate hearing from her in the newly devised Encores! edition of THE BANDWAGON penned by Douglas Carter Beane, including such showstopping classics as 'That's Entertainment' and 'Louisiana Hayride'. Furthermore, Ullman elaborates on her excitement in teaming with noted co-stars Brian Stokes Mitchell and Michael McKean, as well as performing for the first time at the newly renovated City Center. Plus, Ullman also clues us in on what viewers can expect from the hotly anticipated feature film edition of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's celebrated fairy tale-themed musical INTO THE WOODS and shares stories from the set. Additionally, Ullman reflects on some of her early stage roles, ranging from a Berlin stage production of another Vincente Minnelli movie musical masterpiece, GIGI, along with THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW and more. All of that, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS and much, much more in this exclusive conversation with a comedy legend. (more...)

Randy Graff, Amanda McBroom & More Set for 54 Below this WeekRandy Graff, Amanda McBroom & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for October 6-October 12Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for October 6-October 12
by BWW Special Coverage - Oct 5, 2014

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestra's begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven- o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Chita Rivera in 'CHITA'S BACK!,' Joanna Gleason with Well Strung, 54 Sings Sinatra, The Newtildas: Paige Brady, Gabriella Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo, & Ava Ulloa, and Lesli Margherita in 'All Hail the Queen.' (more...)

Lesli Margherita & PUNK GOES BELOW Set for Late Night at 54 Below Next WeekLesli Margherita & PUNK GOES BELOW Set for Late Night at 54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

Craving a show after the show? 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, is expanding its popular late-night series with fresh faces and hot new performances to keep the party buzzing into the wee hours. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. 54 BELOW welcomes you to loosen your tie and embrace the night at its upcoming events: (more...)

Tracie Thoms, Julia Murney, Liz Callaway & More to Join Lance Horne at Birdland, 10/20Tracie Thoms, Julia Murney, Liz Callaway & More to Join Lance Horne at Birdland, 10/20
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

LANCE HORNE, the Emmy Award winning composer, musician, vocalist and producer, will return to Birdland Jazz Club with a special new show on Monday, October 20 at 7:00 PM as part of the 'Broadway at Birdland' series. 'Lance & the Ladies' is a musical party celebrating not only Lance's birthday but his friendships with women and his love of the female voice. (more...)

SIDE SHOW Revival to Get New Cast Recording; Details RevealedSIDE SHOW Revival to Get New Cast Recording; Details Revealed
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

The all-new Broadway cast recording of Side Show will be released on Broadway Records in early 2015, producers announced today. (more...)

Kevin Cahoon and Erik Altemus to Lead 'ROCKY HORROR' at Bucks County Playhouse This Month; Full Cast Announced!Kevin Cahoon and Erik Altemus to Lead 'ROCKY HORROR' at Bucks County Playhouse This Month; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2014

Bucks County Playhouse Producers Alexander Fraser, Robyn Goodman, Stephen Kocis and Josh Fiedler, announce casting for the much-anticipated fall production of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show. (more...)

Fred Barton Orchestra, Terri White, Sam Harri & More Set for AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS at Schimmel CenterFred Barton Orchestra, Terri White, Sam Harri & More Set for AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS at Schimmel Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2014

On Saturday, October 18, noted arranger Fred Barton will bring the music of Broadway and the American Songbook showmanship to the Schimmel Center at Pace University in American Showstoppers: An Evening of Cy Coleman. (more...)

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: EVITA's 35th Broadway BirthdayTHEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: EVITA's 35th Broadway Birthday
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 2, 2014

Today we are celebrating 35 years of one of Broadway's most iconic musicals and turning our attention to a popular and recognizable show featuring one of the most memorable title roles in history, EVITA. (more...)

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