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Breaking News: Disney's FROZEN Sets Out-of-Town Tryout for Denver Center; Full Season Announced!Breaking News: Disney's FROZEN Sets Out-of-Town Tryout for Denver Center; Full Season Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the nation's largest non-profit theatre organization, announced the 2016/17 Broadway season featuring the pre-Broadway debut of FROZEN. (more...)

BWW Review: AMERICAN IDIOT, Old Joint Stock Birmingham, February 10 2016BWW Review: AMERICAN IDIOT, Old Joint Stock Birmingham, February 10 2016
by Jenny Ell - Feb 11, 2016

Prior to a UK tour beginning next month, the Old Joint Stock Musical Theatre Company are currently presenting American Idiot at their resident home in Birmingham. Winner of two Tony Awards, the show opened to great acclaim on Broadway in 2010 after a short out-of-town run and has enjoyed productions all over the world including a successful West End run last year. Featuring the Green Day back catalogue, the show also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, as well as being responsible for the music and lyrics, also co-wrote the book alongside Michael Mayer whom directed the original production. (more...)

The Dallas Opera Presents MANON, 3/4The Dallas Opera Presents MANON, 3/4
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

 The Dallas Opera resumes the 2015-2016 Season in early spring with Jules Massenet's heart-wrenching and seductive tale of love, lust, and spectacularly bad choices: MANON, opening March 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House for the first of four performances. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Broadway's Bombshell Megan HiltyThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes Broadway's Bombshell Megan Hilty
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 8, 2016

On Monday, February 8th, the Theater People podcast welcomes stage and television star Megan Hilty. Shemade her Broadway debut in 2004 as the Glinda stanby in the Broadway production of WICKED, before she eventually took over the role full time. She also played the role on the First National Tour before creating the role for the Los Angeles sit down production. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY:  Remembering Howard Ashman and GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATERFLASH FRIDAY: Remembering Howard Ashman and GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER
by Michael Dale - Feb 5, 2016

The first musical by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman was an adventurous sign of things to come. (more...)

Skyler Astin, Jonathan Groff & More Join Encores! Off-Center 2016 Season; Jeanine Tesori Will Depart as Artistic DirectorSkyler Astin, Jonathan Groff & More Join Encores! Off-Center 2016 Season; Jeanine Tesori Will Depart as Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

The 2016 season will be Tesori's fourth and final season leading Encores! Off-Center. (more...)

Official: FUNNY GIRL with Sheridan Smith Extends Booking Into OctoberOfficial: FUNNY GIRL with Sheridan Smith Extends Booking Into October
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Due to unprecedented demand, the critically acclaimed production of Funny Girl, which is fast selling out its run, extends booking for a further 4 weeks until 8 October 2016. Tickets for the extension of Michael Mayer's "exhilarating embrace of a production - Independent" starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress and "phenomenal talent - Independent" Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice go on sale from 10am on 8 February. (more...)

Official: Newton Faulkner Joins Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour as 'Johnny', May 2016Official: Newton Faulkner Joins Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour as 'Johnny', May 2016
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Double Platinum selling artist Newton Faulkner joins the cast of Green Day's explosive Tony Award ® winning musical, American Idiot, on it's UK Tour. Newton will be taking on the role of Johnny from May 2016 after Matt Thorpe, who will open the role from 19 March at the Curve Theatre, Leicester until 7 May at the New Theatre, Oxford.  One of the UK's finest contemporary singer-songwriters, Newton's unique style of guitar playing and soaring vocals have made him a worldwide success since he burst onto the music scene back in 2007.  (more...)

Singer-Songwriter Newton Faulkner to Join AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour; Show Eyes London ReturnSinger-Songwriter Newton Faulkner to Join AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour; Show Eyes London Return
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

Acoustic power doesn't mean this guy can't rock. The Daily Mail writes that singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner will join the UK tour of AMERICAN IDIOT at the New Alexandra Theatre on May 10, taking over for Aaron Sidwell. The site also reports that the production is eyeing a return to the Arts Theatre this summer. (more...)

FUNNY GIRL with Sheridan Smith Extends Through October at the SavoyFUNNY GIRL with Sheridan Smith Extends Through October at the Savoy
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

FUNNY GIRL, starring Sheridan Smith, is now running Menier Chocolate Factory through March 5 before transferring to the West End's Savoy Theatre from April 9. According to the Daily Mail, the smash hit production, marking the musical's 50th anniversary year and helmed by Michael Mayer, has just extended its run at the Savoy by four weeks through October 8, 2016. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 2/4/16- YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWNSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 2/4/16- YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
by Stage Tube - Feb 4, 2016

Today in 1999, You're A Good an Charlie Brown opened at the Ambassador Theatre, where it ran for 149 performances. A 1967 musical comedy with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, the show is based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts. THe 1999 revival featured new dialogue by Michael Mayer, who also directed, and additional songs and orchestration written by Andrew Lippa; choreography was by Jerry Mitchell. The cast featured Anthony Rapp, Kristin Chenoweth, and Roger Bart. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes SCHOOL OF ROCK's Alex BrightmanThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes SCHOOL OF ROCK's Alex Brightman
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 1, 2016

On Monday, February 1st, Theater People Podcast welcomes SCHOOL OF ROCK star Alex Brightman. Before being cast in the leading role in the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Brightman made his Broadway debut as an understudy in GLORY DAYS (the show that infamously closed on its opening night). He went on to replace in the role of  Boq in the Broadway company of WICKED, Michael Wormwood in the Broadway company of MATILDA, and then joined the original Broadway company of BIG FISH. (more...)

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, FINDING NEVERLAND, and More Lead Broadway/San Diego 2016-2017 SeasonHEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, FINDING NEVERLAND, and More Lead Broadway/San Diego 2016-2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Broadway/San Diego ~ A Nederlander Presentation is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with one of their biggest and most chart-topping seasons yet, with shows including CABARET, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, FINDING NEVERLAND, and more. (more...)

BWW Review: Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT Pulsates at PlayhouseBWW Review: Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT Pulsates at Playhouse
by Joseph Baker - Jan 23, 2016

Now that Peter has returned to Neverland and the good citizens of Tuna have returned their yard ornaments to their garages and attics, Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT has seen to it that all the kiddies need to be tucked away in bed: Playhouse's electrifying production of the punk rock musical odyssey, with Book and Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong and Book by Michael Mayer, has traded in pirates for pushers; and the result must have Rodgers and Hammerstein scratching their heads in musical heaven and asking the question, 'What in the name of Bali Hai is going on here?' However, if like me, you're primed for some stimulating adult entertainment, you'll find more than your toes tapping in this 'in your face' assault on the idiocy that is America -- that is we the audience. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes FUN HOME's Beth MaloneThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes FUN HOME's Beth Malone
by Matt Tamanini - Jan 18, 2016

On Monday, January 18th, The Theater People podcast welcomes Tony-nominated FUN HOME star Beth Malone. Malone made her Broadway debut in the 2006 production of RING OF FIRE, and has found much success working regionally, including a critically acclaimed turn in the title role of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Alex Brightman, Cynthia Erivo, Lena Hall, Adam Kantor, Bebe Neuwirth and More Celebrate Drama League's 100th BirthdayPhoto Coverage: Alex Brightman, Cynthia Erivo, Lena Hall, Adam Kantor, Bebe Neuwirth and More Celebrate Drama League's 100th Birthday
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Jan 13, 2016

The Drama League of New York just celebrated a major milestone few organizations have achieved -- its 100th birthday! The 100th Birthday Party was held on January 11, 2016, at Feinstein's/54 Below, featuring cocktails, dinner, and a one-night-only concert celebrating The Drama League and 100 years of service to the American Theatre. BroadwayWorld has photos from the evening below! (more...)

Submissions Now Being Accepted for Blank Theatre's 24th Annual Young Playwrights FestivalSubmissions Now Being Accepted for Blank Theatre's 24th Annual Young Playwrights Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

The Blank Theatre's 24th Annual Young Playwrights Festival is now seeking submissions nationwide from playwrights 19 years of age and younger. The submission deadline is March 15, 2016. Winning plays will be presented by professional actors and directors from June 2-26, 2016 at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, CA. (more...)

TWITTER WATCH: Theatre Community Remembers Elizabeth Swados With Love and AdmirationTWITTER WATCH: Theatre Community Remembers Elizabeth Swados With Love and Admiration
by Michael Dale - Jan 6, 2016

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The Theater People Podcast Welcomes HAMILTON's Renee Elise GoldsberryThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes HAMILTON's Renee Elise Goldsberry
by Matt Tamanini - Jan 4, 2016

On Monday, January 4, the Theater People podcast welcomes HAMILTON star Renee Elise Goldsberry. In the episode, Goldsberry talks about why she turned down her audition for the show several times, learning her showstopping number 'Satisfied,' and how it feels to be a part of the phenomenon that is HAMILTON.  (more...)

Looking Back and Moving Forward! Shows That Closed in 2015Looking Back and Moving Forward! Shows That Closed in 2015
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 1, 2016

Happy New Year, BroadwayWorld! As we eagerly anticipate the amazing musicals and plays coming up in 2016, we're taking a moment to look back at the significant Broadway closings of 2015. (more...)

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