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The Disco Is Closing Early... Broadway's DISASTER! to Play Final Performance This WeekendThe Disco Is Closing Early... Broadway's DISASTER! to Play Final Performance This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Just announced, Broadway's new musical comedy DISASTER! will play its final performance early on Sunday, May 8, 2016, after playing 32 preview and 72 regular performances at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41 Street). (more...)

CCT's YouTheatre to Present THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE JR., 5/6-8CCT's YouTheatre to Present THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE JR., 5/6-8
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

They're bobbing their hair and raising their hemlines as CCT's YouTheatre presents the 2002 Broadway bombshell Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. May 6-8. (more...)

Great Lakes Theater to Present THE FANTASTICKSGreat Lakes Theater to Present THE FANTASTICKS
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Great Lakes Theater (GLT), Cleveland's Classic Company, concludes its 2016-17 season with the classic musical, The Fantasticks. The production will be performed in the company's intimate and audience-friendly home at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square, May 13-29, 2016. Victoria Bussert directs the production. The Fantasticks is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). (more...)

WEST SIDE STORY Performance Rights Withdrawn From North Carolina, MississippiWEST SIDE STORY Performance Rights Withdrawn From North Carolina, Mississippi
by Michael Dale - Apr 29, 2016

The move can be interpreted as a reaction to recent legislation that allows for discrimination against LGBT individuals. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Southwark Playhouse's THE TOXIC AVENGER Opening Night After-PartyPhoto Flash: Inside Southwark Playhouse's THE TOXIC AVENGER Opening Night After-Party
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment in association with the King's Head Theatre, Guy James and Szpiezak Productions presents the European premiere of THE TOXIC AVENGER. It runs through 21 May 2016. The production just officially opened, and BroadwayWorld brings you a look inside the after-party! (more...)

Julian Ovenden to Host Gala to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Stiles + Drewe Prize, May 15Julian Ovenden to Host Gala to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Stiles + Drewe Prize, May 15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

The Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments today announce the 10thanniversary West End Gala for the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize. To mark this special landmark occasion, the 2016 competition is being staged at the Novello Theatre in London on Sunday 15 May, hosted by star of stage and screen Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey, Sunday in the Park with George, Merrily We Roll Along, Sondheim 80th Birthday Prom). In addition to this, among this year's judges will be Don Black,Jason Carr, Anne Reid MBE, Sondheim Society Patron Julia McKenzie and Olivier Award-nominated actress Sophie-Louise Dann, reuniting her with Ovenden after they performed together in Sunday in the Park with George at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. Furthermore, writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson will Chair the Student Performer judging panel.  (more...)

Claire Sweeney to Appear in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at King's Theatre GlasgowClaire Sweeney to Appear in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG at King's Theatre Glasgow
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Claire Sweeney will play the role of Baroness Bomburst in Music & Lyrics and West Yorkshire Playhouse's production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, from Wednesday 3 August 2016.  The production is touring across the UK and Ireland until February 2017. Michelle Collins, who currently plays Baroness Bomburst, leaves the production on 30 July 2016. (more...)

Beck Youth Theater to Present BIG THE MUSICAL, 5/13-22Beck Youth Theater to Present BIG THE MUSICAL, 5/13-22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Beck Center Youth Theater closes its 67th season with big The Musical May 13 - 22, 2016 in the Mackey Theater. Featuring 56 Beck Center students, audiences will follow the adventures of Josh Baskin as he discovers what it really means to be "big". Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays, and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are on sale now. A special matinee performance for 488 students on Thursday, May 19 is sold out. (more...)

Young People's Theatre Sets 2016-17 SeasonYoung People's Theatre Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Artistic Director Allen MacInnis and Executive Director Nancy Webster are pleased to announce the 2016/17 Season at Young People's Theatre (YPT), a year that marks the return of two of YPT's most popular musicals, both based on children's literature classics: SeussicalTM and Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach. (more...)

Photo Coverage: European Premiere Of THE TOXIC AVENGER!Photo Coverage: European Premiere Of THE TOXIC AVENGER!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

The citizens of Tromaville are crying out for a hero - enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem. But when a corrupt Mayor and her government goons try to stop this heroic feat, Melvin is tossed into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey's first superhero! (more...)

Mark Gatiss, Anne Archer, JB Priestley and Two Musicals in New Park Theatre SeasonMark Gatiss, Anne Archer, JB Priestley and Two Musicals in New Park Theatre Season
by Marianka Swain - Apr 25, 2016

Details have been announced today for Park Theatre's Autumn-Winter 2016 Season. Mark Gatiss, who recently won an Olivier Award for Three Days in the Country at the National Theatre, will join forces with husband Ian Hallard for a revival of THE BOYS IN THE BAND, Golden Globe winner Anne Archer stars in the London premiere of THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA, and there's new work from Jonathan Maitland and Peter Quilter, as well as a major JB Priestley revival. (more...)

THE FANTASTICKS to Play Brookfield Theatre This SpringTHE FANTASTICKS to Play Brookfield Theatre This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

There's always time to remember this romantic fable about a boy, a girl, their two fathers and a love that grows with each season. (more...)

VYT to Stage Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID at the Herberger This JuneVYT to Stage Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID at the Herberger This June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID will be presented by Valley Youth Theatre, June 10 - 26, 2016 at Center Stage at the Herberger Theater Center. (more...)

Blumenthal Performing Arts to Host Broadway Junior Theater Celebration Next WeekBlumenthal Performing Arts to Host Broadway Junior Theater Celebration Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Blumenthal Performing Arts' annual Broadway Junior Theater Celebration, which has taken place each spring for 9 years, will bring 44 elementary and middle school groups from seven counties, totaling 2,199 students and teachers, to Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (April 19- 21). (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE TOXIC AVENGER - In Rehearsal!Photo Coverage: THE TOXIC AVENGER - In Rehearsal!
by Liza Maria Dawson - Apr 9, 2016

The citizens of Tromaville are crying out for a hero - enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem. But when a corrupt Mayor and her government goons try to stop this heroic feat, Melvin is tossed into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey's first superhero. (more...)

Newton Faulkner and Amelia Lily to Star in West End Return of AMERICAN IDIOT, July 13Newton Faulkner and Amelia Lily to Star in West End Return of AMERICAN IDIOT, July 13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Following on from its critically acclaimed 2015 London run and 2016 UK Tour, Green Day's explosive Tony Award ® winning musical, American Idiot will be returning to it's London home at the Arts Theatre, for a strictly limited run from 8 July - 25 September 2016, with press night on Wednesday 13 July. (more...)

Theo Ubique's RENT to Extend Through Mid-May After AllTheo Ubique's RENT to Extend Through Mid-May After All
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

After having to cancel its extension of Jonathan Larson's musical RENT just days after it was announced, an extension is now back on, according to the Theo Ubique's Artistic Director Fred Anzevino. (more...)

THE LAST FIVE YEARS to Play MTC MainStage in NorwalkTHE LAST FIVE YEARS to Play MTC MainStage in Norwalk
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage, Fairfield County's award-winning professional theatre company, concludes its 2015/2016 season with the Drama Desk Award winning  'The Last Five Years' by Jason Robert Brown. Performances are April 8-24, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, at Music Theatre of Connecticut, 509 Westport Avenue (behind Nine West) in Norwalk, CT. Tickets range from $35-$55 and are available by calling 203.454.3883 or visiting www.musictheatreofct.com (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at First-Ever High School Performance of AMERICAN IDIOTSTAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at First-Ever High School Performance of AMERICAN IDIOT
by Stage Tube - Mar 29, 2016

The first-ever adapted version of GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT intended for performance by high school students is currently in development and will debut on April 14. The pilot production is being presented by Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield, New Jersey.  Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

Musical Theatre West to Present SISTER ACT, 4/8-24Musical Theatre West to Present SISTER ACT, 4/8-24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Musical Theatre West (MTW) presents Sister Act, Broadway's feel-good musical comedy at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center April 8-24.  Based on the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg hit film, written by Joseph Howard, the five-time Tony nominated Broadway sensation features an award winning creative team with original score and music by composer Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Newsies, Little Shop Of Horrors), lyrics by Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid, Tangled), book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (Cheers), additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, The Little Dog Laughed ).  The reinvented musical adaptation is filled with heavenly music with a disco beat, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story that will have audiences dancing in the aisles!  Tickets are now on sale at www.musical.org or by calling (562) 856-1999, ext. 4.  Tickets start at $20. (more...)

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