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Davis Gaines, Benjamin Schrader and Rebecca Ann Johnson  to Lead MTW's DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, 7/8Davis Gaines, Benjamin Schrader and Rebecca Ann Johnson to Lead MTW's DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, 7/8
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Broadway's scamming, scheming, double-crossing musical hit Dirty Rotten Scoundrels cons its way onto the Carpenter Center Stage via Musical Theatre West (MTW) for 13 performances July 8-24.  The production stars Broadway veterans Davis Gaines (Phantom of the Opera, Camelot) and Benjamin Schrader (Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) , and Ovation Award nominee (for MTW's Young Frankenstein) Rebecca Ann Johnson.  From the composer/lyricist David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and a book by Jeffrey Lane, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the Steve Martin and Michael Caine film, written by Dale Launer and Stanley Shapiro & Paul Henning.  Brilliantly crafted with wit, double-entendres , and show-stopping numbers, the Broadway  show earned 11 Tony Award nominations, including "Best Musical," "Best Book," and "Best Score" and the Drama League Award for "Best Musical."  Tickets are available at www.musical.org or by calling (562) 856-1999, ext. 4.  Tickets are $20 and up. (more...)

FPAC to Present LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, 6/10-11FPAC to Present LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, 6/10-11
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents the sci-fi smash musical Little Shop of Horrors on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC's home and theater located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. (more...)

BWW TV: Andrew Keenan-Bolger Helps NYC Kids Celebrate Theatre at the Broadway Junior Student Finale!BWW TV: Andrew Keenan-Bolger Helps NYC Kids Celebrate Theatre at the Broadway Junior Student Finale!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 21, 2016

Earlier this week, Tuck Everlasting's Andrew Keenan-Bolger hosted The Shubert Foundation and Music Theatre International's 11th Annual Broadway Junior Student Finale, showcasing students from Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Manhattan performing song and dance numbers from their school versions of Broadway musicals. The partnership is a groundbreaking musical theatre mentorship program that builds self-sustaining theatre programs in public schools that have limited arts programming. BroadwayWorld was there for the special event and you can check out highlights below! (more...)

Center Stage Jackson to Present 1776Center Stage Jackson to Present 1776
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

Center Stage Jackson has announced a very special production of the musical 1776 at The Cascades.  Directed by Denise Weber, this performance will be an outdoor theatre event at a new venue for Center Stage Jackson: The Cascades at 1400 S. Brown St. Jackson, MI 49201.  (more...)

Photo Flash: 2016 Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year GalaPhoto Flash: 2016 Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

The Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments recently announced the winners of the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize. The winners were revealed at the 10th anniversary West End Gala held at the Novello Theatre which was hosted by star of stage and screen Julian Ovenden. Scroll down for photos from the big event! (more...)

First Junior Theatre Festival West to be Held in Sacramento in 2017First Junior Theatre Festival West to be Held in Sacramento in 2017
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

iTheatrics, the Junior Theater Group and the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) will collaborate on the first-ever Junior Theater Festival West (JTF West), February 10-12, 2017 in Sacramento, CA (#JTFWest), it was announced today by Timothy Allen McDonald, founding chairman of iTheatrics and the Junior Theater Group and Julie Theobald, EdTA Executive Director.   (more...)

Lakewood Playhouse to Present AVENUE Q, 6/3-7/3Lakewood Playhouse to Present AVENUE Q, 6/3-7/3
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

?The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to present the FINAL SHOW of our 77th SEASON: The South Sound debut of the Tony Award-Winning Musical celebrating its First Decade on Broadway - AVENUE "Q"! with Music & Lyrics by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx and a Book by Jeff Whitty Michael Frayn!  This production will also mark the conclusion of our year-long celebration of the 50th ANNIVERSARY of the very building we do all of our Productions in - THE LAKEWOOD PLAYHOUSE THEATRE!  From TAMING of the SHREW in its first year to AVENUE Q at the end of this season, we will have presented over 300 Productions at this venue that was first built for us in 1965 by the Lakewood Arts Foundation. (more...)

iTheatrics to Launch First Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento, 2/10-12iTheatrics to Launch First Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento, 2/10-12
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

iTheatrics, the Junior Theater Group and the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) will collaborate on the first-ever Junior Theater Festival West (JTF West), February 10-12, 2017 in Sacramento, CA (#JTFWest), it was announced today by Timothy Allen McDonald, founding chairman of iTheatrics and the Junior Theater Group and Julie Theobald, EdTA Executive Director.   (more...)

Stiles and Drewe Announce 'The Wicker Husband' as Winner of Inaugural MTI Mentorship AwardStiles and Drewe Announce 'The Wicker Husband' as Winner of Inaugural MTI Mentorship Award
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2016

Olivier Award-winning writing duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe today announce the winners of their newly-expanded Stiles and Drewe Prize 2016. Now in its 9th year, the Stiles + Drewe Prize for Best New Song is joined by their first-ever Mentorship Award, supported by Music Theatre International (Europe). (more...)

Winners Announced for the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year & Stiles + Drewe PrizeWinners Announced for the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year & Stiles + Drewe Prize
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2016

The Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments today announce the winners of the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize. The winners were revealed at the 10th anniversary West End Gala held at the Novello Theatre which was hosted by star of stage and screen Julian Ovenden. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's THE FANTASTICKSPhoto Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's THE FANTASTICKS
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 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...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 5/14/2016
by - May 14, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 5/14/2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at BPA's THE LITTLE MERMAID, Now in Performances!Photo Flash: First Look at BPA's THE LITTLE MERMAID, Now in Performances!
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2016

Bainbridge Performing Arts presents Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, directed by Joanna Hardie, with music direction by Josh Anderson, and choreography by Debbie Pierce. Run dates are May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 & 29. Check out photos below! (more...)

TUCK EVERLASTING's Andrew Keenan-Bolger to Host 2016 BROADWAY JUNIOR STUDENT FINALETUCK EVERLASTING's Andrew Keenan-Bolger to Host 2016 BROADWAY JUNIOR STUDENT FINALE
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Broadway's Tuck Everlasting just announced that Andrew Keenan-Bolger, who currently stars as 'Jesse Tuck' in the new musical, will host The Shubert Foundation and Music Theatre International's 11th Annual Broadway Junior Student Finale, which will take place at the Imperial Theatre (249 W. 45th St.) on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 10:30 AM. (more...)

DADDY LONG LEGS to Play Final Performance Off-Broadway in JuneDADDY LONG LEGS to Play Final Performance Off-Broadway in June
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

After 309 performances at the Davenport Theatre, the Drama Desk Award-Nominated new musical DADDY LONG LEGS will play its final Off-Broadway performance on Monday, June 6th.  (more...)

PETER RABBIT AND ME, ROBIN HOOD and More Set for Pumpkin Theatre's 49th SeasonPETER RABBIT AND ME, ROBIN HOOD and More Set for Pumpkin Theatre's 49th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Pumpkin Theatre is thrilled to announce the line-up for its 49th season, 'A Season with Spirit and Moxie!' In Season 49, the Pumpkin stage will feature some of the world's most beloved characters. (more...)

Tickets for HAIRSPRAY: THE BIG FAT ARENA SPECTACULAR On Sale Now!Tickets for HAIRSPRAY: THE BIG FAT ARENA SPECTACULAR On Sale Now!
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2016

HAIRSPRAY - THE BIG FAT ARENA SPECTACULAR looks set to break world records when it bounces into the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on 14 & 15 October 2016. With more than 650 local Adelaide musical theatre 'superstars', this production will blow the roof off the Entertainment Centre.  Tickets are on sale from Monday 9 May from www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849. (more...)

BWW Flashback: DISASTER! Discos Off Broadway TodayBWW Flashback: DISASTER! Discos Off Broadway Today
by BWW Special Coverage - May 8, 2016

The new musical comedy DISASTER! plays its final performance today, Sunday, May 8, 2016 on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre, after playing 32 preview and 72 regular performances. In honor of its run on the Great White Way, BroadwayWorld takes a look back at its journey on stage! (more...)

LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL to Play The Barn TheatreLEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL to Play The Barn Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

The Barn Theatre of Montville, New Jersey will be presenting LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL. (more...)

LEGALLY BLONDE to Open at Barn TheatreLEGALLY BLONDE to Open at Barn Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

The Barn Theatre of Montville, New Jersey will be presenting 'Legally Blonde the Musical'. Performances will be on May 20, 28, June 3, 4, 10 & 11 at 8pm; and on May 21, 22, 29 & June 5, at 2pm. Tickets are $24 (senior/student tickets are $22 on matinees only).  (more...)

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