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BWW Interview: Music Director and Broadway Producer Michael J. Mortiz Jr. Talks Career, US Coaching Tour, and MusicBWW Interview: Music Director and Broadway Producer Michael J. Mortiz Jr. Talks Career, US Coaching Tour, and Music
by David Clarke - Aug 30, 2015

Music director, Broadway producer, and skilled musician Michael J. Moritz Jr. will be spending this fall traveling the United States with one purpose in mind: teaching. To get the inside scoop on his US coaching tour, I sat down with Michael J. Moritz Jr., and we discussed his multifaceted career, teaching, and music. (more...)

BWW Feature: Escape the Dog Days of Summer w/ Our Favorite Animal ShowtunesBWW Feature: Escape the Dog Days of Summer w/ Our Favorite Animal Showtunes
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 23, 2015

While August is quickly winding down, much of the country is still engulfed in an oppressive summer heat. Whether or not it's global warming (it's global warming), there is no escaping the Dog Days of Summer. So, for our monthly feature, Jeff Walker and I made the only tangentially related leap to take a look at our favorite showtunes about animals, dogs or otherwise. Take a look at what we came up with, and share yours in the comments below. (more...)

From the BroadwayWorld Vaults: Relive the Magic of CATCH ME IF YOU CANFrom the BroadwayWorld Vaults: Relive the Magic of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 20, 2015

In honor of Throwback Thursday, BroadwayWorld is celebrating the past with a new series that will take you back in time with some of our favorite vintage video features. That's right- we are opening up the BroadwayWorld Vaults to reminisce on shows are long gone from the Broadway-scene, but have left an indelible mark on the world of theatre as a whole. Today, we bring you a vintage video from 2011. Relive the magic of CATCH ME IF YOU CANbelow! (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: Top 10 Raddest & Baddest Rap Songs In Broadway HistorySOUND OFF Special Edition: Top 10 Raddest & Baddest Rap Songs In Broadway History
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 5, 2015

Musical theatre is not generally known for being an early adopter of up-to-the-minute trends in popular music, particularly since the advent of rock n roll and the great divide between popular music and theatre music began in the 1950s. Nevertheless, the presence of modern music idioms in contemporary musicals is a fascinating and often wildly entertaining element to assess when analyzing the great pantheon of scores that have graced the Great White Way. With the predominance of rap music in popular music for the majority of the last 30 years, it comes as no surprise that many musicals have employed the genre in the storytelling and song styling designed specifically for the shows, but the level of success as storytelling devices, character showpieces and as authentic rap music itself varies. Of course, with HAMILTON set to open on Broadway later this month, all of New York City is talking about the persuasive power of the scores of Lin-Manuel Miranda, he who was responsible for multiple rap showstoppers in his self-penned Tony Award-winning musical IN THE HEIGHTS as well as the hip hop tunes in the screen-to-stage adaptation of BRING IT ON, so now is a perfect time to take a look back at some of the most memorable and revolutionary uses of rap music on Broadway to date. (more...)

ON RECORD: Arielle Jacobs' Five Favorite Cast Albums- 'This Score is Breathtaking!'ON RECORD: Arielle Jacobs' Five Favorite Cast Albums- 'This Score is Breathtaking!'
by On Record - Aug 4, 2015

Ever wonder which Broadway tunes have inspired your favorite performers? Check back every Tuesday for ON RECORD- to find out which cast recordings have made an impact on Broadway's brightest stars. In this week's edition, we hear from Arielle Jacobs, who is currently starring as 'Nessarose' in Wicked- playing at the Gershwin Theatre. Read on to find out her top five picks! (more...)

Michael J. Moritz, Jr. to Take 'US Broadway Coaching Tour' to 15 Cities This FallMichael J. Moritz, Jr. to Take 'US Broadway Coaching Tour' to 15 Cities This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Two time Tony Award nominated producer, two time Grammy Award nominated record producer and internationally acclaimed Music Director/Pianist Michael J. Moritz Jr. announces US Coaching Tour, spanning 15 cities over 45 days this October-November.Sessions are available for all ages and skill level. (more...)

Broadway's THE VISIT Recording Hits No. 1 on Billboard Cast Album ChartBroadway's THE VISIT Recording Hits No. 1 on Billboard Cast Album Chart
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

THE VISIT Original Broadway Cast Recording, out on July 10th via Broadway Records, just hit No. 1 on Billboard's Cast Albums Chart, followed by WICKED and THE BOOK OF MORMON in slots2 and 3. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is a 'Hunk-a You Betcha'BWW Reviews: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is a 'Hunk-a You Betcha'
by Michelle Hache - Jul 19, 2015

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is an engaging musical about a teenager with boyish charm, a big imagination and millions in forged checks who successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer -- until an FBI agent catches up with him, and the two form an unlikely friendship. (more...)

Darren Criss Plays Final HEDWIG Performance Today; Taye Diggs to Step in NextDarren Criss Plays Final HEDWIG Performance Today; Taye Diggs to Step in Next
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2015

Darren Criss will conclude his limited 12-week engagement in Broadway's HEDIWG AND THE ANGRY INCH, the Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival, today, July 19. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Aaron Tveit Gears Up For Musical Return In GREASE: LIVE!FLASH FRIDAY: Aaron Tveit Gears Up For Musical Return In GREASE: LIVE!
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 10, 2015

Today we celebrate this week's big news that Aaron Tveit is poised to return to musicals via GREASE: LIVE! (more...)

Musical Theatre Historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper Shares 30 Brilliant Reasons to be Excited to See an UnderstudyMusical Theatre Historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper Shares 30 Brilliant Reasons to be Excited to See an Understudy
by Tyler Peterson - Jul 9, 2015

As usual, Jennifer Ashley Tepper puts the history of musical theatre into perfect perspective. (more...)

THE VISIT Cast Reunites Tonight for CD Signing, Performance at Barnes & NobleTHE VISIT Cast Reunites Tonight for CD Signing, Performance at Barnes & Noble
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

THE VISIT cast album, outtomorrow, is a joint release of two labels: Broadway Records and Yellow Sound Label, and is co-executive produced by Hunter Arnold, Carl Daikelerand Sandi Moran. Tonight, July 9 (7PM), the company will reunite at Barnes and Noble (150 East 86th Street) for a CD signing and performance. (more...)

BOMBSHELL to Make a 'Smash' Onstage; BWW Looks Back on How It All BeganBOMBSHELL to Make a 'Smash' Onstage; BWW Looks Back on How It All Began
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 3, 2015

BWW has put together a SMASH retrospective, from inception to TV series to benefit concert to stage! Travel back in time with alook back on how it all began! (more...)

Broadway's THE VISIT Cast Recording Out Digitally Tomorrow; CD Gets 7/10 ReleaseBroadway's THE VISIT Cast Recording Out Digitally Tomorrow; CD Gets 7/10 Release
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Broadway Records announced today the official digital download release of The Visit available tomorrow,June 30th. (more...)

Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines Join Upcoming Dramedy WILSONJudy Greer, Cheryl Hines Join Upcoming Dramedy WILSON
by TV News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Judy Greer and Cheryl Hines have signed on toFox Searchlight's dramedy WILSON. The actors join previously announced cast membersWoody Harrelson and Laura Dern. (more...)

JOHN & JEN Revival Cast Album, Starring Kate Baldwin & Conor Ryan, Out TodayJOHN & JEN Revival Cast Album, Starring Kate Baldwin & Conor Ryan, Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan, the stars of the Keen Company production of John & Jen, the musical with music by Andrew Lippa, lyrics by Tom Greenwald, and a book by Greenwald and Lippa, headed over to the recording studio in April to preserve the 2015 Off-Broadway Cast Recording for Broadway Records. The album is available today, June 16th. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Danielle Hope Returns to 54 Below to Celebrate Live Album ReleasePhoto Coverage: Danielle Hope Returns to 54 Below to Celebrate Live Album Release
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jun 13, 2015

Danielle Hope brought her one-woman show, BRING THE FUTURE FASTERbackto 54 Below to celebrate the release of her new live album which was recorded at the club back in February, and BroadwayWorld was on hand to snap photos from the evening. Check them out below! (more...)

BWW Exclusive Premiere: Danielle Hope's EPIC 'Disney Medley'; Star Returns to 54 Below Tonight & We've Got a Special OfferBWW Exclusive Premiere: Danielle Hope's EPIC 'Disney Medley'; Star Returns to 54 Below Tonight & We've Got a Special Offer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

Danielle Hope made her sold-out 54 Below debut this past winter and we're thrilled to present an exclusive track from her upcoming Broadway Records live album, an EPIC 14+ minute Disney medley that includes, well, nearly everything! (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Highlights from Danielle Hope in Concert; Live Album Set for June Release and 54 Below Return for June 12!BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Highlights from Danielle Hope in Concert; Live Album Set for June Release and 54 Below Return for June 12!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 27, 2015

After a thrilling and successful solo debut in London's West End and additional concerts through the UK,Danielle Hopemade her sold-out 54 Below debut this past winter. Now she's back on June 12 (9:30PM) for another revelatory evening of song, to celebrate the release of her new Live at 54 Below album! The evening will feature a celebration of music including performances of songs from shows that have shaped her career so far, West End favorites and some very special new material - and, some very special Broadway guests.For tickets, visit:https://54below. Below, broadwayWorld brings you exclusive highlights from her February engagement! (more...)

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO to Get Official Broadway Cast Recording!DOCTOR ZHIVAGO to Get Official Broadway Cast Recording!
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

It was announced today that the new Broadway musical Doctor Zhivago, which opened at the Broadway Theatre on April 21st, 2015, will record its cast album on Thursday, May 28th (more...)

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