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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...)

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...)

Photo Flash: First Look at First Ever UK Production of ROAD SHOW at The Union TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at First Ever UK Production of ROAD SHOW at The Union Theatre
by Roy Tan - Feb 4, 2016

Following the successful transfer to the Menier Chocolate Factory of the New York Production of ROAD SHOW in 2011, the Union Theatre and the Phil Willmott Company are thrilled to be creating the first ever UK production of Sondheim's latest hit. With Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by John Weidman and Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, ROAD SHOW began last night 3rd February and runs through 5th March 2016 at The Union Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Newark Students to Perform at NJPAC Next Week with Help from DisneyNewark Students to Perform at NJPAC Next Week with Help from Disney
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

On February 8, more than 170 elementary students from Greater Newark will have the extraordinary opportunity to sing and dance on NJPAC's world-class Prudential Hall stage as the result of a $100,000 grant awarded to the Arts Center last year by Disney. (more...)

Red Branch Theatre Company Announces Cast of SWEENEY TODDRed Branch Theatre Company Announces Cast of SWEENEY TODD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Red Branch Theatre Company (RBTC) will kick off its 2016 season entitled Paint It Red with the TONY Award-winning musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. (more...)

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Cast Recording Tops Billboard's Albums ChartTHE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Cast Recording Tops Billboard's Albums Chart
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

The highly anticipated Studio Cast Recording of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the only stage collaboration from two masters of the American musical, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, debuted in the top spot on Billboard's Cast Albums chart. The album, available from Ghostlight Records, is also the 14th bestselling current album overall for the week and number 47 on the Billboard Top 200.  Digitally, the recording soared to number 5 on the iTunes Top Albums chart in its first day and was number 9 on Billboard's Current Digital Albums chart for its first week. (more...)

MARY POPPINS to Run 2/19-3/12 at Reston CenterStageMARY POPPINS to Run 2/19-3/12 at Reston CenterStage
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Mary Poppins will be flying into Reston CenterStage February 19-March 12 as the Reston Community Players present the seven time Tony award nominated musical. (more...)

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company Announces Winner of New Musical AwardWeston Playhouse Theatre Company Announces Winner of New Musical Award
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company announces Kirsten Childs' Bella: An American Tall Tale as the winner of its tenth annual New Musical Award. The only honor of its kind in the country, the Weston New Musical Award supports the production of a high-quality demo of a new work by writers and composers of notable promise, chosen from a group of national nominations. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jason Manford, Martin Kemp and More in Rehearsals for CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG UK/Ireland TourPhoto Flash: First Look at Jason Manford, Martin Kemp and More in Rehearsals for CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG UK/Ireland Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Casting has been announced for the Music & Lyrics Limited and West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. The 2016-17 UK and Ireland tour begins at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 10 February 2016. Check out a first look at the rehearsals below! (more...)

Pixie Dust Players to Present JUNIE B. JONES: THE MUSICAL, JUNIOR at the Summit PlayhousePixie Dust Players to Present JUNIE B. JONES: THE MUSICAL, JUNIOR at the Summit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

Her name is Junie B. Jones (don't forget the B!) and she is sharing her 'top secret personal beeswax' in the pilot production of Junie B. Jones: The Musical, Jr. at the Summit Playhouse this winter! (more...)

AMERICAN IDIOT Update: Conflicting Statements Indicate H.S. Edits Were Not Yet Approved by LicensorAMERICAN IDIOT Update: Conflicting Statements Indicate H.S. Edits Were Not Yet Approved by Licensor
by Michael Dale - Jan 26, 2016

Drama teacher's statement to Hartford Courant regarding the status of his proposed edits conflict with his previous email to community. (more...)

Billie Joe Armstrong Urges High School Not To Cancel Edited AMERICAN IDIOTBillie Joe Armstrong Urges High School Not To Cancel Edited AMERICAN IDIOT
by Michael Dale - Jan 25, 2016

The Connecticut school's drama directed work with MTI to create a HS version of the script, but there still were complaints. (more...)

ROCK OF AGES, THE MUSIC MAN and More Set for the Carnegie's 2016-17 Theatre SeasonROCK OF AGES, THE MUSIC MAN and More Set for the Carnegie's 2016-17 Theatre Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

The Carnegie's 2016-17 Theatre Series Season promises high-energy performances, great musical numbers, and plenty of humor. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz & More Go Inside the Recording Studio for 'HUNCHBACK' Cast AlbumSTAGE TUBE: Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz & More Go Inside the Recording Studio for 'HUNCHBACK' Cast Album
by Stage Tube - Jan 22, 2016

The highly anticipated Studio Cast Recording of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the only stage collaboration from two masters of the American musical, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, is now available from Ghostlight Records. Check it out below! (more...)

VIDEO: Disney Testing PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at  Minneapolis H.S.VIDEO: Disney Testing PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Minneapolis H.S.
by Michael Dale - Jan 21, 2016

This weekend's performances by students at Edina High School will help Disney develop a student version of the Broadway hit. (more...)

Photo Flash: GORGONZLA Sweeps Sound Bites 3.0 Festival at Hurley's After-PartyPhoto Flash: GORGONZLA Sweeps Sound Bites 3.0 Festival at Hurley's After-Party
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Last night, January 18th, 2016, Theatre Now New York presented its 3nd Annual festival of new musicals, Sound Bites 3.0 (sponsored by Music Theatre International and Disney Theatrical Productions) to a sold-out house at the 47th Street Theatre. An after-party, sponsored by MTI, was held after at Hurley's Saloon where awards were given. Sound Bites showcases ten 10-minute musicals or musical excerpts in one evening. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

Cameron Mackintosh Leaves Business to Foundation With Caveat: No New ProductionsCameron Mackintosh Leaves Business to Foundation With Caveat: No New Productions
by Jessica Khan - Jan 18, 2016

Unstoppable West End impresario Cameron Mackintosh will not be leaving his business to his family after his death, according to a recent interview with the Financial Times. The company -- Cameron Mackintosh Limited -- will instead go to his foundation, but with one huge caveat: The organization will not be able to create new productions. (more...)

The Big Fat Arena Spectacular Calls for 800 Locals for HAIRSPRAY ProductionThe Big Fat Arena Spectacular Calls for 800 Locals for HAIRSPRAY Production
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2016

Calling all young performers……If singing, acting or dancing is your passion, then don't miss your opportunity to be a part of the upcoming mega hit, HAIRSPRAY - THE BIG FAT ARENA SPECTACULAR when it bounces into the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in October 2016. (more...)

BWW Blog: Columbus Children's Theatre Attends the 2016 Junior Theatre Festival in AtlantaBWW Blog: Columbus Children's Theatre Attends the 2016 Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 16, 2016

Weeks of rehearsals, discussion, sharing of pictures, videos, and personal testimonies have all occurred while Columbus Children's Theatre (CCT) has been preparing for its third annual trip to the Junior Theater Festival (JTF) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, these efforts simply do not suffice to describe the energy of this event. I am reminded just how magical and transformative theatre is as I look at the faces of the 28 CCT students here at JTF - most which are attending for their first time. As I see the reactions from these kids walking through the doors for the first time, I cannot help but think how amazing the experience is for all of us, and how proud I am of the students who have crossed this threshold before and are willing and eager to provide guidance to their peers. (more...)

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