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Date of Birth: November 22, 1959 (57)
Birth Place: Scotch Plains, NJ, USA
Gender: Male
Photo Coverage: The Cast of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Prepare to Enter the World of WonkaPhoto Coverage: The Cast of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Prepare to Enter the World of Wonka
by Walter McBride - Feb 21, 2017

See brand-new shots of Willy Wonka and his band of lucky golden ticket holders from the latest cast photo call for 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. See Christian Borle and all the fresh young faces of the cast below! (more...)

It's Official! Angela Lansbury Joins MARY POPPINS RETURNS as 'Balloon Lady'It's Official! Angela Lansbury Joins MARY POPPINS RETURNS as 'Balloon Lady'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Disney has confirmed rumors from back in December that Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of 'Mary Poppins Returns,' the all-new sequel to Disney's 1964 film 'Mary Poppins' currently filming at Shepperton Studios. She will feature as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from PL Travers' series of Mary Poppins children's books. The film is scheduled for release December 25, 2018. (more...)

Production Begins on MARY POPPINS RETURNS; Official Plot + More Details Revealed!Production Begins on MARY POPPINS RETURNS; Official Plot + More Details Revealed!
by Movies News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

Production on MARY POPPINS RETURNS, the all new sequel to Disney's 1964 film “Mary Poppins,” has commenced at Shepperton Studios. (more...)

Jessie Mueller, Rebecca Luker and More Sing Love Songs with Michael Feinstein on AMERICAN SONGBOOK AT NJPAC TonightJessie Mueller, Rebecca Luker and More Sing Love Songs with Michael Feinstein on AMERICAN SONGBOOK AT NJPAC Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

In advance of Valentine's Day, tonight's new episode of American Songbook at NJPAC Hosted By Michael Feinstein is a special Salute to Love Songs. The episode debuts tonight at 8pm on NJTV. (more...)

Six Emerging Artists Named 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant RecipientsSix Emerging Artists Named 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipients
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

The American Theatre Wing announced today that the 2017 Jonathan Larson Grants recipients are Ben Bonnema (book, music and lyrics), Maggie-Kate Coleman & Erato A. Kremmyda (music and lyrics), Ty Defoe & Tidtaya Sinutoke (book, music and lyrics), and Michael R. Jackson (book, music and lyrics). (more...)

You Can't Stop The Beat! The Berman to Present HAIRSPRAY This MonthYou Can't Stop The Beat! The Berman to Present HAIRSPRAY This Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

There's no stopping the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance. Performed by the JCC's very first cast of PAIJ (Performing Arts In the JCC) Players, 'Hairspray' will delight audiences with its infectious melodies and fantastical dance numbers. (more...)

Get Your Golden Ticket to Broadway's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY on MondayGet Your Golden Ticket to Broadway's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY on Monday
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

The box office at Broadway's Lunt Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street), opens Monday, February 6, at 10am (EST). The first 50 ticket buyers at the Lunt Fontanne box office will receive a copy of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Broadway tie-in edition by Roald Dahl. (more...)

New Episode of AMERICAN SONGBOOK at NJPAC Hosted by Michael Feinstein TonightNew Episode of AMERICAN SONGBOOK at NJPAC Hosted by Michael Feinstein Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

???????Don't miss tonight's American Songbook at NJPAC Hosted by Michael Feinstein at 8pm on NJTV! (more...)

Aspire Community Theatre to Present CATCH ME IF YOU CANAspire Community Theatre to Present CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

Aspire Community Theatre, the newest theatrical company in town, is a place 'for the next generation of characters,' and is producing their second main stage production. (more...)

Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Denzel & More React to Oscar NominationsMeryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Denzel & More React to Oscar Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

This morning, Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe and Ken Watanabe joined Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to reveal the 89th Oscars Nominations. Check out selective reactions from the nominees below (more...)


by TV News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

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Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Michael Feinstein, Billy Porter, Andrea McArdle and More in AMERICAN SONGBOOK AT NJPAC, Coming to NJTVPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Michael Feinstein, Billy Porter, Andrea McArdle and More in AMERICAN SONGBOOK AT NJPAC, Coming to NJTV
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

NJTV, New Jersey's public television network, announced the fourth season of the award-winning music series, American Songbook at NJPAC, hosted for the first time by multi-platinum-selling entertainer Michael Feinstein, will premiere on Wednesday, January 25th on NJTV (check local listings). The six-part series, now entitled American Songbook at NJPAC Hosted by Michael Feinstein, will also air on THIRTEEN and WLIW21 in the spring. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the performers onstage! (more...)

BWW Album Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE!BWW Album Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by Remy Holzer - Jan 5, 2017

Skeptics of musical theater like to ask, 'But how do they know the song?' when characters join in during a musical number. One of the virtues of HAIRSPRAY is that the audience itself actually does this: the songs are so catchy that we start singing along. This is appropriate, given the show's message of inclusivity and empowerment of the ordinary. Marc Shaiman (music and lyrics) and Scott Wittman (lyrics) are responsible for the irresistible score of this show, set in Baltimore in the 1960s, that follows plucky, overweight teenager Tracy Turnblad's quest to integrate the 'Corny Collins Show,' an AMERICAN BANDSTAND-style teen dance party that she adores. Along the way, she falls in love with one of its stars, locks horns with another, makes new friends who are black and have a different perspective and a different way of dancing, and finds a place for herself on the show and in life. And her mother Edna and best friend Penny also benefit from Tracy's widening world. (more...)

Up on the Marquee: The Lunt-Fontanne Gets Wonkafied for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY!Up on the Marquee: The Lunt-Fontanne Gets Wonkafied for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY!
by Walter McBride - Jan 5, 2017

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is up on the marquee, and BroadwayWorld was there to capture the exciting new look for the Lunt-Fontanne! The new musical version, starring two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle, is set to begin previews on March 28th, 2017. Opening night is April 23rd, 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering the Great Men We Lost in 2016Photo Flash: Remembering the Great Men We Lost in 2016
by Walter McBride - Jan 2, 2017

As we enter the new year, it is important to remember those we have lost in the preceding twelve months. From actors, to directors, to international pop stars, join us as BroadwayWorld remembers all the great men we lost in 2016. (more...)

Encore Telecast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Delivers 2.5 Million Viewers OverallEncore Telecast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Delivers 2.5 Million Viewers Overall
by TV News Desk - Dec 27, 2016

Last night, NBC aired an encore telecast of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! The broadcast delivered a 0.5/2 rating in the 18-49 demographic as well as 2.5 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET. (more...)

BWW Interview: Justin Vivian Bond Talks THE BIPOLAR EXPRESS, Queer Role Models, and Why the Holidays Are a NightmareBWW Interview: Justin Vivian Bond Talks THE BIPOLAR EXPRESS, Queer Role Models, and Why the Holidays Are a Nightmare
by Troy Frisby - Dec 16, 2016

Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a force of nature with more than a quarter century onstage under v's (Bond's preferred pronoun) belt. A singular performer with an endless supply of bon mots, Bond has been celebrated with an Obie Award, a Bessie, a Tony nod, and the Ethyl Eichelberger Award, among other accolades. Fresh off a year-long career retrospective culminating in September's THE GOLDEN AGE OF JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND, v returns to Joe's Pub on December 12 at 9:30pm with a new holiday show, THE BIPOLAR EXPRESS. Ahead of the first show, we spoke over the phone about the show, v's enduring career, and the holidays themselves. (more...)

Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig Join HAIRSPRAY Composers for Original Marc Platt Movie MusicalWill Ferrell and Kristen Wiig Join HAIRSPRAY Composers for Original Marc Platt Movie Musical
by TV News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Deadline has reported that Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig have signed on to develop an original musical for Amblin Entertainment. (more...)

AKA's 'CHOCOLATE FACTORY' Ad Campaign Strikes Gold at Davey AwardsAKA's 'CHOCOLATE FACTORY' Ad Campaign Strikes Gold at Davey Awards
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

It was a sweet night for AKA NYC at the 12th Annual Davey Awards as the entertainment marketing agency captured three Gold Awards for its work on behalf of the upcoming Broadway musical CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jennifer Hudson and HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cast Say 'Thank You' to ProducersPhoto Flash: Jennifer Hudson and HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cast Say 'Thank You' to Producers
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2016

The gratitude and nostalgia run deep for the cast of Hairspray Live!, who are continuing to share their thoughts about the special experience on social media. Today, Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle) posted an Instagram of her with the live musical's producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, thanking them for believing in her and giving her an opportunity to be a part of Hairspray Live! On the heels of her post, we received a mega thank you photo of the entire cast and members of the creative team. One thing's for sure: we'll be feeling the beat from Hairspray Live! for some time to come! (more...)

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