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Summer Stages: Cool Theatre for Hot Times in the Valley of the SunSummer Stages: Cool Theatre for Hot Times in the Valley of the Sun
by Herbert Paine - May 27, 2015

Theater lovers have a sizzling menu of choices for their viewing pleasure this Summer in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area ~ from delightful old chestnuts to spirited and timeless musicals. Here are the picks of the crop. (more...)

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Danielle Brooks to Make Broadway Debut Opposite Jennifer Hudson & Cynthia Erivo in THE COLOR PURPLEORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Danielle Brooks to Make Broadway Debut Opposite Jennifer Hudson & Cynthia Erivo in THE COLOR PURPLE
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

DANIELLE BROOKS, who plays 'Taystee' on the hit TV show, Orange Is the New Black, will make her Broadway debut as 'Sofia' in the upcoming Broadway musical revival of THE COLOR PURPLE. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Brooks joins the previously announced JENNIFER HUDSON and CYNTHIA ERIVO in the critically acclaimed staging from London's Menier Chocolate Factory. (more...)

BWW Reviews: New Mom MEGAN HILTY is a 'Smash' Delivering Pop Songs and Standards at the Café CarlyleBWW Reviews: New Mom MEGAN HILTY is a 'Smash' Delivering Pop Songs and Standards at the Café Carlyle
by Remy Block - May 20, 2015

I like Megan Hilty because she laughs a lot. She's fun! A young star of stage and screen-- having established herself as "Glinda" in Wicked on Broadway (2005-06) and subsequently becoming a TV star playing complicated and talented Ivy Lynn in the NBC hit musical drama Smash-Hilty opened her current run at the Cafe Carlyle Tuesday night to an excited, adoring audience. On stage with her band, directed by musical savant Matt Cusson--sporting a jaunty Newsies-style cap--at the keyboard (and including her husband Brian Gallagher on guitar, Ryan Hoagland on percussion, and Dennis Michael Keefe on upright bass), Hilty's effervescence was palpable, a heady mixture of genuine glee and sleep deprivation, as she effusively exclaimed her delight at being back at the Carlyle, following her last run when she was six-months pregnant. Now she has an eight-month old daughter. While her initial intention was to create a show about motherhood, the show ended up as a night of standards and Smash selections, giving the people what they know and love. (more...)

Chita Rivera & Daryl Roth to be Honored at Lilly Awards Ceremony; Lisa D'Amour, Shakina Nayfack Among WinnersChita Rivera & Daryl Roth to be Honored at Lilly Awards Ceremony; Lisa D'Amour, Shakina Nayfack Among Winners
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

The 2015 winners of the Lilly Awards, celebrating and honoring women of distinction in American theater, were announced today by The Lilly Awards Foundation. The winners will be celebrated at the 6th Annual Lilly Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 1, 2015 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Playwrights Horizons (416 West 42nd Street) and hosted by double 2015 Tony Award nominee Lisa Kron (Fun Home). The ceremony will be live-streamed on the Lilly Awards website (www.thelillyawards.org) and HowlRound TV (www.Howlround.com/tv). #lillyawards #howlround (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Biggest & Bloodiest Tony Awards Best Musical BattlesSOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Biggest & Bloodiest Tony Awards Best Musical Battles
by Pat Cerasaro - May 20, 2015

Bloodshed is par for the course during Tony Awards season, especially as it reaches its peak in the last handful of weeks leading up the big annual ceremony feting theatre's best, so today we take a look back at some of the absolute most brutal and tight Tony Award races for Best Musical in history. Although comparing a group of musicals - alike as dissimilar as they may be - may be an unfair proposition in practice, there is only one way a winner is decided when the Tony Awards rolls around and it unfortunately always finds fan favorites, critical darlings and a few commercial hits vying for top honors. There can only be one Best Musical - well, except for 1960 when there were actually two mainstage entertainments given the prize; THE SOUND OF MUSIC and FIORELLO, with no less than GYPSY ending up an also-ran. Who will claim the trophy on June 7? Tune in then to see! (more...)

York Theatre Company's 11th Annual NEO Concert Set for 6/15York Theatre Company's 11th Annual NEO Concert Set for 6/15
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

The York Theatre Company presents a one-night only benefit concert celebrating up and coming musical theatre writers, with NEO 11 on Monday, June 15, 2015 The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). Festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. followed by a champagne and dessert reception to toast the evening. (more...)

BWW Reviews: James Snyder Charms BirdlandBWW Reviews: James Snyder Charms Birdland
by David Clarke - May 8, 2015

James Snyder got this week off to a great start when he brought James Snyder: Prince Charming to Birdland as part of the venue's ongoing Broadway at Birdland concert series. Existing partly as a way to promote the upcoming production of Ever After at Paper Mill Playhouse, this intimate cabaret concert was really just a great excuse to get to hear one of Broadway's favorite leading men sing a collection of songs. (more...)

Taylor Louderman, Rebecca Luker, Mary Testa and More to Celebrate Women Making Musicals at Prospect's 2015 GalaTaylor Louderman, Rebecca Luker, Mary Testa and More to Celebrate Women Making Musicals at Prospect's 2015 Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

Prospect Theater Company is pleased to announce additional cast members for its 2015 annual gala, a Concert Evening Celebrating Women Making Musicals. This special one-night-only event will be held at The Times Center on Saturday, May 16 with an 8pm concert performance featuring Broadway and Prospect stars. The evening's program includes a diverse array of songs written or co-written by women, including encores of work from Prospect productions. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Prospect's ongoing mission to develop and produce new musical theater works by emerging artists. (more...)

Bid in Playwrights Horizons' Online Auction, Go Backstage at THE KING & I and More, Now thru 5/19Bid in Playwrights Horizons' Online Auction, Go Backstage at THE KING & I and More, Now thru 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

Acclaimed Off-Broadway theater company Playwrights Horizonshas announced details for its 2015 special online Auction. Bidding for the auction, which will feature an eclectic array of items and unique opportunities, begins today, Tuesday, May 5 at www.CharityBuzz.com/PlaywrightsHorizons.Online bidding will continue through Tuesday, May 19. (more...)

A Golden Night with the New York Pops: Gala Honoree Kathleen Marshall on Falling Down Broadway's Rabbit HoleA Golden Night with the New York Pops: Gala Honoree Kathleen Marshall on Falling Down Broadway's Rabbit Hole
by Tyler Peterson - Apr 30, 2015

Few directors and choreographers can get the sort of performance Kathleen Marshall drew out of Sutton Foster in the 2011 revival of ANYTHING GOES; few can get them to keep going, to push through an eight-minute act closer, with hefty tapping and belting. Fewer still can stitch it all up into one of the most rousing, palpitation-inducing musical moments in decades. (more...)

Winners of Inaugural ALSO RECOGNISED AWARDS AnnouncedWinners of Inaugural ALSO RECOGNISED AWARDS Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

The full list of winners are announced today in the inaugural Also Recognised Awards, the new audience-voted, industry accolade set up by theatre commentators Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock to celebrate lesser-known but equally worthy talent in fields overlooked by other awards bodies. Over a month's voting, more than 15,000 people took part. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside THE VISIT's Opening Night Theatre ArrivalsPhoto Coverage: Inside THE VISIT's Opening Night Theatre Arrivals
by Walter McBride - Apr 24, 2015

The Visit, the final musical ever by legendary Tony Award-winning duoJohn KanderandFred Ebb, celebrated its opening last night, April 23, 2015 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street). The cast is led by Tony Award winnersChita Riveraas Claire Zachannassian andRoger Reesas Anton Schell, withGeorge Abudas Karl,Jason Danieleyas Frederich Kuhn,Matthew Demingas Louis Perch, Diana Dimarzio as Annie Dummermut, Tony Award nomineeDavid Garrisonas Peter Dummermut,Rick Holmesas Father Josef,Tom Nelisas Rudi,Chris Newcomer as Jacob Chicken,Mary Beth Peilas Matilde Schell,Aaron Rameyas Otto Hahnke,Elena Shadowas Ottilie,Timothy Shewas Hans Nusselin, withJohn RiddleandMichelle Veintimilla. BroadwayWorld was there for all of the opening night festivities and you can check out photos from the red carpet theatre arrivals below! (more...)

ANASTASIA Musical to Make World Premiere at Hartford Stage Next Summer; Darko Tresnjak to Direct!ANASTASIA Musical to Make World Premiere at Hartford Stage Next Summer; Darko Tresnjak to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, the Tony Award winner for Best Director of a Musical for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, will anchor Hartford Stage's 2015-16 season from May 12-June 5, 2016, with the world premiere of a new musical, Anastasia, inspired by the real life Royal Anastasia Romanov and the enduring mystery of her true identity. (more...)

2015 Edition Of NYPL's ACROSS A CROWDED ROOM Kicks Off 6/13; Lynn Ahrens, Lisa Kron, Jason Robert Brown Join2015 Edition Of NYPL's ACROSS A CROWDED ROOM Kicks Off 6/13; Lynn Ahrens, Lisa Kron, Jason Robert Brown Join
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 23, 2015

A 2015 edition of NYPL's ACROSS A CROWDED ROOM! (more...)

6th Annual Lilly Awards Ceremony to be Held at Playwrights Horizons in June6th Annual Lilly Awards Ceremony to be Held at Playwrights Horizons in June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

The 6th Annual Lilly Awards Ceremony will be presented Monday, June 1, 2015 beginning at 5 p.m. at Playwrights Horizons (416 West 42nd Street) and hosted by writer and performer, Lisa Kron. (more...)

LUCKY STIFF, Starring Jason Alexader & Nikki M. James Coming to U.S. Theaters & On Demand This JulyLUCKY STIFF, Starring Jason Alexader & Nikki M. James Coming to U.S. Theaters & On Demand This July
by Movies News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Veteran independent film distributor Richard Abramowitz announced that his company Abramorama, will release LUCKY STIFF in New York City on July 24th. The Orchard will compliment the theatrical release by making the film available to all U.S. and Canadian cable, satellite and digital platforms for a simultaneous day and date release. (more...)

Rebecca Luker, Betsy Wolfe and More Set for Prospect Theater's 'WOMEN MAKING MUSICALS' GalaRebecca Luker, Betsy Wolfe and More Set for Prospect Theater's 'WOMEN MAKING MUSICALS' Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

Prospect Theater Company is pleased to announce its 2015 annual gala, a Concert Evening Celebrating Women Making Musicals. This special one-night-only event will be held on Saturday, May 16 with an 8pm concert performance featuring Broadway and Prospect stars. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Dramatists Guild Fund Celebrates New OfficesPhoto Coverage: Dramatists Guild Fund Celebrates New Offices
by Walter McBride - Apr 20, 2015

The Dramatists Guild Fund celebrated moving into their new offices on April 17. Check out photos from their Music Hall and Office warming party below! (more...)

'ELLA'S BIG CHANCE', THE MAGIC KITE, CORALINE and More Set for Children's Theatre of Charlotte's 2015-16 Season'ELLA'S BIG CHANCE', THE MAGIC KITE, CORALINE and More Set for Children's Theatre of Charlotte's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Books (and talking animals and congressional bills and a tin man and a toy china rabbit) come alive at Children's Theatre of Charlotte in the 2015-16 season, with a lineup that includes adaptations of some of the most popular titles and fairy tales, including three productions making their world premiere. (more...)

McNally, Ahrens & Flaherty's ANASTASIA Musical Gets Staged Reading in JuneMcNally, Ahrens & Flaherty's ANASTASIA Musical Gets Staged Reading in June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

According to an Equity casting notice, a staged reading of the new musical version of ANASTASIA -- featuring book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens -- will be held on June 12, 2015. Tony winner Darko Tresnjak is set to direct the project, along with musical director Tom Murray. (more...)

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