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Prospect Theater Company to Host IGNITE 2015-16 Concert Series at The Times CenterProspect Theater Company to Host IGNITE 2015-16 Concert Series at The Times Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

Prospect Theater Companywill present itsIGNITESeries, a year-long line-up of concert events at The Times Center (242 W 41stStreet), featuring today's new voices shaping the future of musical theater, from September through June. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 27th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 27th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - May 28, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Once' and 'On Your Feet!' arrive, Kooman and Dimond try one out, 'Loving Repeating' returns, 'The Fantasticks' grows its orchestra, local 'Spider Woman' and 'Idiot' productions, two new works about the deaths of pop musicians, and the real-life death of PJ Paparelli. (more...)

American Music Theatre Project to Workshop New Musical THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF PERCIVAL VON SCHMOOTZAmerican Music Theatre Project to Workshop New Musical THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF PERCIVAL VON SCHMOOTZ
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

The American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University will workshop and present a staged reading of the new musical "The Enlightenment of Percival von Schmootz" written by the Fred Ebb Award, Jonathan Larson Grant and Lorenz Hart Award-winning team Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond. (more...)

National Alliance for Musical Theatre Announces 2015-16 Grant RecipientsNational Alliance for Musical Theatre Announces 2015-16 Grant Recipients
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) announces nine awards granted from their National Fund for New Musicals, a major funding program to support NAMT member not-for-profit theatres in their collaborations with writers to create, develop and produce new musicals. Now in its seventh year, the Fund will provide grants totaling $46,000 to ten organizations across the country. (more...)

The REP Sets 2015-16 Season: Ashley Brown, FANCY NANCY & MoreThe REP Sets 2015-16 Season: Ashley Brown, FANCY NANCY & More
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP), in partnership with UCF, is proud to announce its 2015 - 2016 Season! The REP is Orlando's premiere professional theatre for families and young audiences, and has staged recent box-office hits such as Shrek The Musical and A Christmas Story The Musical and completed a run for 13,000+ 8th grade students of The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Patti LuPone, BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITH & More Set for 54 Below This WeekPatti LuPone, BROADWAY LOVES SAM SMITH & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

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 Picks for March 30-April 5, Featuring Patti LuPone, Jeremy Jordan, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Picks for March 30-April 5, Featuring Patti LuPone, Jeremy Jordan, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Mar 29, 2015

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: NAMT Songwriter Spotlight Featuring Adam Gwon, Greg Hildreth, Kate Wetherhead, & More; 54 Sings Chess; Patti LuPone: The Lady with the Torch; After Midnight Reunion Concert; and Broadway Loves Sam Smith Featuring Jeremy Jordan, Ben Platt, and More. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tim Rosser & Charlie Sohne Awarded 2015 Jonathan Larson GrantsPhoto Coverage: Tim Rosser & Charlie Sohne Awarded 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants
by Jennifer Broski - Mar 24, 2015

The American Theatre Wing just recognized the recipients of the 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants: writing team Tim Rosser (composer) & Charlie Sohne (composer) receiving $10,000,Sam Willmott (composer/lyricist) receiving $10,000 and a week-long residency at the Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab, and Max Vernon (composer/lyricist) receiving $10,000. This year's recipients were selected by an expert panel consisting of Amanda Green (Hands on a Hardbody), Steven Lutvak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), and Ted Chapin (President and Executive Director of Rodgers & Hammerstein). The prestigious grants totaling $30,000 were presented last night, March 23, 2015 at a private event at the WNYC Greene Space. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the special event below! (more...)

Greg Hildreth, Ciara Renee & More Set for NAMT Songwriter Spotlight at 54 Below, 3/30Greg Hildreth, Ciara Renee & More Set for NAMT Songwriter Spotlight at 54 Below, 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents NAMT (National Alliance for Musical Theatre) Songwriter Spotlight, on March 30 at 7PM. (more...)

Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh Announces Shows EASTBURN AVENUE, [BEST IMITATION], THE NEXT GALILEO and More for Hot Metal MusicalsMusical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh Announces Shows EASTBURN AVENUE, [BEST IMITATION], THE NEXT GALILEO and More for Hot Metal Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh, the group becoming better known simply as MTAP, announces both the shows and cast for Hot Metal Musicals, the inaugural showcase of members' work. (more...)

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Accepting Applications For Summer 2015Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Accepting Applications For Summer 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

Kathy Evans, Founding Executive Director of Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, announced that applications are open for the fifth summer of retreats for musical theatre writers and are due February 23. Rhinebeck Writers Retreat will host 8 writing teams with 8 individual weeklong residencies in a private home in the countryside near Rhinebeck, New York. The retreats will take place between June 28 and August 30. Applications are due February 23 and the submission fee is $25. (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Marin Mazzie, Cast of LES MIZ & More Set for 54 Below This WinterChristine Ebersole, Marin Mazzie, Cast of LES MIZ & More Set for 54 Below This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

This January and February 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54thStreet. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at 54 Below and to purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com. (more...)

OUTLAWS, 'HOWARD BARNES', FOR TONIGHT Set for Goodspeed's 10th Annual Festival of New MusicalsOUTLAWS, 'HOWARD BARNES', FOR TONIGHT Set for Goodspeed's 10th Annual Festival of New Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

The 10th Annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, produced by Goodspeed Musicals' Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre, kicks off its much-anticipated three day festival of brand-new works on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Goodspeed Opera House with a staged reading of the Jesse James-inspired musical Outlaws. On Saturday, January 17, the musical comedy The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes debuts. On the final day of the festival, the riveting For Tonight will be presented. Several special events will round out this exciting weekend. (more...)

Fred Ebb Foundation Donates Record $1.65 Million to BC/EFAFred Ebb Foundation Donates Record $1.65 Million to BC/EFA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

The Fred Ebb Foundation (Mitchell Bernard, Trustee) has announced that its 2014 donation to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will total $1.65 million dollars, marking the largest single contribution in BC/EFA history and bringing the foundation's total contribution to BC/EFA to $10 million since it began ten years ago. (more...)

Sheridan Hosts Inaugural Canadian Music Theatre Project Festival, Now thru 11/9Sheridan Hosts Inaugural Canadian Music Theatre Project Festival, Now thru 11/9
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

The inaugural Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) Festival will take place this week, from today, November 6 to 8 at Sheridan's Oakville campus, and on November 9 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto. (more...)

Photo Flash: Lindsay Mendez and More in NAMT's 26th Annual Festival of New MusicalsPhoto Flash: Lindsay Mendez and More in NAMT's 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

The 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals, presented by the National Alliance For Musical Theatre (NAMT), kicked off with THE 46TH MINUTE, a concert hosted by Lindsay Mendez and featuring performances by Heidi Blickenstaff, Doreen Montalvo, Mamie Parris, Bryce Ryness, and more. Musical presentations started October 23 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) and included Beautiful Poison, Cubamor, Great Wall, How To Break, Mary Marie, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes, String and Stu For Silverton. The Festival concluded on October 24, 2014. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Sheridan to Host Inaugural Canadian Music Theatre Project Festival, 11/6-9Sheridan to Host Inaugural Canadian Music Theatre Project Festival, 11/6-9
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

The inaugural Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) Festival will take place this week, from November 6 to 8 at Sheridan's Oakville campus, and on November 9 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto. (more...)

NAMT's 2014 Festival of New Musicals Continues This WeekendNAMT's 2014 Festival of New Musicals Continues This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

The National Alliance For Musical Theatre (NAMT) announced today its selections for the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals. Beautiful Poison, Cubamor, Great Wall, How To Break, Mary Marie, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes, String and Stu For Silverton make up the eight new musicals that will be presented at the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals today, October 23, 2014 and Friday, October 24, 2014 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). (more...)

Lonny Price, Chris Cattelli, Marc Bruni and More to Helm NAMT's 2014 Festival Productions Next MonthLonny Price, Chris Cattelli, Marc Bruni and More to Helm NAMT's 2014 Festival Productions Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

The National Alliance For Musical Theatre (NAMT) announced today the all-star lineup of directors and musical directors participating in the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals today, October 23, 2014 and Friday, October 24, 2014 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). (more...)

Margo Seibert, Jenni Barber, Lesli Margherita, Mitchell Jarvis and More Join NAMT's 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals; Full Cast Announced!Margo Seibert, Jenni Barber, Lesli Margherita, Mitchell Jarvis and More Join NAMT's 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

The National Alliance For Musical Theatre (NAMT) is proud to announce final casting for the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals. Michael Cassara Casting serves as the resident casting office for the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals, taking place today, October 23, 2014 and Friday, October 24, 2014 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). Online Festival registration ends Friday, October 17. (more...)

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