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NBC to Host Open Call for 'Dorothy' in THE WIZ LIVE!NBC to Host Open Call for 'Dorothy' in THE WIZ LIVE!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

BWW has confirmed today that NBC will host an open casting call for 'Dorothy' in THE WIZ LIVE in NYC next month. (more...)

Choreographer Fatima Robinson to Help NBC's THE WIZ LIVE Ease On Down the Road!Choreographer Fatima Robinson to Help NBC's THE WIZ LIVE Ease On Down the Road!
by TV News Desk - May 13, 2015

NBC has announced that Fatima Robinson ('The Voice,' 'Dreamgirls' film, 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors') will serve as choreographer for the highly anticipated THE WIZ LIVE. (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Oz-Tastic Casting Suggestions For THE WIZ LIVE!SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Oz-Tastic Casting Suggestions For THE WIZ LIVE!
by Pat Cerasaro - May 13, 2015

In honor of this week's big casting coup coming in the form of original Dorothy Stephanie Mills joining the cast of NBC's live musical presentation of THE WIZ later this year, titled THE WIZ LIVE!, today we are posing some possible casting suggestions that line up with the thoughtful and affectionate choice of Mills as Auntie Em by taking a look at some of the other original leads and stars associated with the property who could be perfect fits for the live telecast as well as some familiar faces who would be ideally cast in the Oz-centric musical spectacular. Tony Award-winning Broadway divas to Hollywood superstars and beyond, this list has more potential than munchkins in Oz! (more...)

BREAKING: Original Dorothy, Stephanie Mills, to Star as Aunt Em in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!BREAKING: Original Dorothy, Stephanie Mills, to Star as Aunt Em in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!
by Caryn Robbins - May 11, 2015

Craig Zadan has revealed the news that Stephanie Mills, the original Dorothy in the Broadway production of THE WIZ, will star as 'Aunt Em' in NBC's live broadcast of THE WIZ LIVE. (more...)

NBC Reveals First Promotional Art for THE WIZ LIVE!NBC Reveals First Promotional Art for THE WIZ LIVE!
by Caryn Robbins - May 11, 2015

Today, NBC has revealed the first promotional art for its next live musical broadcast of THE WIZ. Check it out below! (more...)

Neil Patrick Harris, THE WIZ LIVE Among NBC's 2015-16 Primetime; Full Lineup Announced!Neil Patrick Harris, THE WIZ LIVE Among NBC's 2015-16 Primetime; Full Lineup Announced!
by TV News Desk - May 11, 2015

As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series 'The Voice.' (more...)

HEROES REBORN, Neil Patrick Harris Variety Show, and More Headline NBC'S 2015-16 SeasonHEROES REBORN, Neil Patrick Harris Variety Show, and More Headline NBC'S 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2015

As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

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InDepth InterView: Victor Garber Talks NY Pops Gala, Plus New THE FLASH Spin Off Series, Upcoming Films & MoreInDepth InterView: Victor Garber Talks NY Pops Gala, Plus New THE FLASH Spin Off Series, Upcoming Films & More
by Pat Cerasaro - May 1, 2015

Today we are talking to a remarkably accomplished triple-threat star of stage and screen who has appeared in countless memorable properties over the course of his forty-year career, the affable and recognizable Victor Garber. Discussing his participation in this year's annual NY Pops gala and his longstanding creative relationship with one of the honorees at the one night only event, acclaimed Broadway and Hollywood director Rob Marshall, Garber looks back at their collaborations over the years, including his work in the Disney TV presentation of ANNIE as well as much more. Additionally, Garber offers first news on his hotly anticipated new THE FLASH spin-off TV series and shares how the outspoken support for the hit series has yielded this new venture and what fans can expect from the new CW superhero spectacular. Plus, Garber also opens up about his many upcoming film roles, including KILL THE POET, CONSUMED, SELF/LESS and more. Furthermore, Garber looks back at some of his most notable roles from stage and screen, including his memorable appearances on GLEE, LOUIE, DAMAGES in addition to his prominent role in the recent Academy Award-winning Best Picture ARGO and his work onstage in the legendary original production of SWEENEY TODD, as well as DAMN YANKEES and much, much more in a wide-ranging conversation with one of Broadway and Hollywood's absolute best. (more...)

First-Ever AWARESIE AWARDS to Honor 'Sh*t the Tonys Leave Out'; Nominees Announced!First-Ever AWARESIE AWARDS to Honor 'Sh*t the Tonys Leave Out'; Nominees Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

Annoying Actor Friend just announced the inaugural AWARESIE AWARDS. But what are they, exactly? (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway's Best Honor Tony Winner Diane Paulus at LuncheonPhoto Flash: Broadway's Best Honor Tony Winner Diane Paulus at Luncheon
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

John Gore and Broadway Across America saluted FINDING NEVERLAND director Diane Paulus yesterday (Thursday, April 23) with a lunch at the Lambs Club to celebrate her contributions to Broadway and the road, hot off the heels of this week's announcement of the Finding Neverland tour, beginning in October 2016. (more...)

FINAL UPDATE: BOMBSHELL Kickstarter SMASH Reunion Concert Ends With $318,000+FINAL UPDATE: BOMBSHELL Kickstarter SMASH Reunion Concert Ends With $318,000+
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 10, 2015

BOMBSHELL is gigantic smash! (more...)

Craig Zadan Reveals BOMBSHELL Benefit Concert Will Not Be RecordedCraig Zadan Reveals BOMBSHELL Benefit Concert Will Not Be Recorded
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will present a concert presentation of the musical created within the NBC TV series 'Smash,' Bombshell, with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, co-directed by Joshua Bergasse and Scott Wittman with choreography by Joshua Bergasse. The one-night only landmark event benefitting The Actors Fund is set for Monday evening, June 8, 2015 at The Minskoff Theatre (1515 Broadway). Now, according to a recent tweet from Zadan, the show officially will get an audio nor video recording. He writes: 'Unfortunately, it's a one night only event. There will be no recording. ' (more...)

UPDATE: BOMBSHELL Kickstarter SMASH Reunion Concert Passes $316,000; 8 Days LeftUPDATE: BOMBSHELL Kickstarter SMASH Reunion Concert Passes $316,000; 8 Days Left
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 1, 2015

BOMBSHELL is huge smash! (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: Ease On Down The Road! 10 Fabulous Features Of THE WIZ, 2015's Live NBC MusicalSOUND OFF Special Edition: Ease On Down The Road! 10 Fabulous Features Of THE WIZ, 2015's Live NBC Musical
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 1, 2015

This week it was announced that NBC would be following up its successful broadcasts of THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE! and PETER PAN LIVE! with an all-star new production of popular 1970s R&B musical THE WIZ and today we celebrate some of the most tantalizing aspects of the entertainment event. Given the fact that THE WIZ is based on one of the most cherished and timeless stories ever written, L. Frank Baum's THE WIZARD OF OZ, the potential for this new live presentation of THE WIZ to become a widely-viewed take on one of the most well-known tales of all time, poised to introduce a classic to a whole new generation, is doubly stacked. (more...)

Breaking News: NBC Sets THE WIZ as 2015 Live Musical; Broadway Revival in the Works!Breaking News: NBC Sets THE WIZ as 2015 Live Musical; Broadway Revival in the Works!
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 30, 2015

NBC will debut a new live television production of the hit Broadway musical 'The Wiz' on Thursday, Dec. 3, it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. (more...)

Craig Zadan Offers Update On Next NBC Live Musical: 'One Will Be Coming For The Holidays'; Announcement Monday?Craig Zadan Offers Update On Next NBC Live Musical: 'One Will Be Coming For The Holidays'; Announcement Monday?
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 29, 2015

Will it be THE WIZ or THE MUSIC MAN or maybe something else entirely?! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 3/27/2015 - DOCTOR ZHIVAGO and FUN HOME Begin Previews!WAKE UP with BWW 3/27/2015 - DOCTOR ZHIVAGO and FUN HOME Begin Previews!
by Jessica Showers - Mar 27, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: DOCTOR ZHIVAGO brings its Russian romance to Broadway, while FUN HOME takes the art of the graphic memoir to the stage! (more...)

Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Not Returning to Produce Next Year's OSCARSCraig Zadan & Neil Meron Not Returning to Produce Next Year's OSCARS
by TV News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are officially ending their involvement with the Academy Awards. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Joshua Bergasse On BOMBSHELL/SMASH Reunion Concert, Plus ON THE TOWN, GIGI & MoreInDepth InterView: Joshua Bergasse On BOMBSHELL/SMASH Reunion Concert, Plus ON THE TOWN, GIGI & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 23, 2015

One of the most popular stories of the year so far, the unexpected announcement of a special one night only charity concert performance of a fan favorite musical-within-the-series from NBC's musical series SMASH, BOMBSHELL, to benefit the Actors Fund, is already a huge hit here on BroadwayWorld, and, now we bring you an exclusive chat with an elemental figure in the creation of the project, choreographer and director Joshua Bergasse, all about the hotly anticipated evening. As part of our conversation, Bergasse offers up a slew of new details on what plans are currently in place for the unprecedented SMASH reunion as well as share first reactions to the wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that has already racked up more than $315,000 in donations in less than two weeks, having begun with a goal of $50,000 when the event was first announced. Additionally, Bergasse parses the finer points of the BOMBSHELL score and outlines what fans can expect from the songstack on the evening as well as preliminary staging and presentational plans and also what the momentum engendered by BOMBSHELL could lead to in the future, near and far - a HIT LIST concert or perhaps a night featuring the other musicals-within-the-series. Plus, Bergasse also comments on his contributions to two new mainstage musicals this season byway of ON THE TOWN and GIGI as well as looks ahead to the La Jolla Playhouse premiere of the new musical by the FROZEN team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, UP HERE, while also glancing back at his Broadway debut in THE LIFE. All of that and much, much more! (more...)

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