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by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 31, 2015

Broadway is abuzz with news about NBC's upcoming presentation of The Wiz, with Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and original Dorothy Stephanie Mills all having just signed on to star. They aren't the only ones with love for The Wiz though. On Monday night, January 20, 2014 BroadwayWorld.com kicked off our 10th anniversary celebration with a benefit for BC/EFA entitled BroadwayWorld.com Visits Oz. In celebration of this week's big news, we bring you our own concert highlights of The Wiz, including performances of 'So You Wanted to See the Wizard?,' 'Be A Lion,' 'Home,' 'If You Believe,' and of course, 'Ease on Down the Road.' (more...)

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE WIZ Eases On Down Many Magical Roads For 40 YearsTHEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE WIZ Eases On Down Many Magical Roads For 40 Years
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 30, 2015

In acknowledgement of the many exciting news items this week pertaining to THE WIZ, it is the topic of today's tribute. (more...)

Beyonce to Play 'Glinda the Good' in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE?Beyonce to Play 'Glinda the Good' in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE?
by TV News Desk - Jul 29, 2015

Sources have revealed that Beyonce is currently in discussions to take on the role of Glinda THE GOOD WITCH (more...)

She Can't Stop the Beat! Watch THE WIZ's Queen Latifah's Musical Performance HighlightsShe Can't Stop the Beat! Watch THE WIZ's Queen Latifah's Musical Performance Highlights
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2015

Grammy and Golden Globe-winner Queen Latifah has joined the cast of NBC's highly-anticipated musical, THE WIZ LIVE! in the role of the Wiz (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/29/2015 - FUN HOME on LATE NIGHT, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The Muny and More!WAKE UP with BWW 7/29/2015 - FUN HOME on LATE NIGHT, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The Muny and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 29, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: FUN HOME heads to LATE NIGHT, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens in Forest Park, THAT '70S SHOW mama heads to the stage and more! (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Classic Roles Ready For Gender-BendingSOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Classic Roles Ready For Gender-Bending
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 29, 2015

Lines are blurring. Gender-bending is seemingly everywhere these days, from high fashion ads to news coverage to I AM CAIT, Queen Latifah as The Wiz and beyond. Furthermore, one of the most provocative and popular stories of last week was the news of a Canadian regional production of A CHORUS LINE casting a male actor in the leading role of Cassie, renamed Casey. With the additional angle of Broadway currently being abuzz with the appearance of stage and screen star Taye Diggs stepping into the iconic high heels of the titular character in the recently multi-Tony Award-winning musical HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH - itself centered on a transsexual character - it seems as though now would be the ideal time to consider some other musical theatre mainstays and how they could be re-purposed and refreshed with a gender-bended twist. Although certain roles seems tailor-made to such treatment, it is illuminating to consider the rich possibilities that could potentially be afforded in the experience of witnessing the right performer of perhaps the perceivably wrong sex tackling a role normally associated with the opposite gender. Who knows, maybe a female Phantom or a make Elphaba are not that wildly spurious or far-fetched to consider given the compelling performances that have been given by unlikely actors in roles traditionally portrayed in a certain way. Theatre is nothing without reinvention and these are my top 10 picks for musicals I would like to see taken on with fresh eyes and a new outlook. (more...)

Breaking News: Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige Will Ease on Down the Road in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!Breaking News: Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige Will Ease on Down the Road in NBC's THE WIZ LIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

BroadwayWorld has confirmed that Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige have joined the cast of NBC's highly-anticipated THE WIZ LIVE! Latifah will play the Wiz, and Blige will be the Wicked Witch of the West.  (more...)

HAPPY 50ISH Opens Sunday, July 26th Off BroadwayHAPPY 50ISH Opens Sunday, July 26th Off Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2015

HAPPY50ish! the new musical comedy, will open Off Broadway at The Beckett Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) on Theatre Row on Sunday, July 26th. (more...)

West Coast Premiere, CONSCIOUS GETTING UNSTUCK HOMELESS TO HOLLYWOOD Opens at The Hudson GuildWest Coast Premiere, CONSCIOUS GETTING UNSTUCK HOMELESS TO HOLLYWOOD Opens at The Hudson Guild
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2015

Closed Eye Film Productions present the West Coast Premiere of "CONSCIOUS GETTING UNSTUCK HOMELESS TO HOLLYWOOD, a candid, powerful, emotional comedy, and unbelievable true story, based on the life of one child from an American Gangster. Opening on August 14, 2015, at The Hudson Guild Theatre. (more...)

Christian McBride & Pat Metheny Coming to NJPAC, 9/17Christian McBride & Pat Metheny Coming to NJPAC, 9/17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents a must-see event for music fans! Twenty-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny (“Last Train Home”) appears in concert and conversation with Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride. Thursday, September 17, 2015 7:30 PM at Victoria Theater. (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...)

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN Starring Jennifer Garner & Queen Latifah Begins Filming in AtlantaMIRACLES FROM HEAVEN Starring Jennifer Garner & Queen Latifah Begins Filming in Atlanta
by Movies News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

Filming began this week around Atlanta, Georgia, onSony Pictures' new film, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, starring Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson ('Grey's Anatomy'),John Carroll Lynch (Ted 2), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), and Queen Latifah. The film also introduces Kylie Rogers. (more...)

HBO Receives 126 Primetime Emmy Nominations Including 24 for GAME OF THRONESHBO Receives 126 Primetime Emmy Nominations Including 24 for GAME OF THRONES
by TV News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

HBO received 126 Primetime Emmy® nominations, the most of any network for the 15th year in a row, for the upcoming 67th Primetime Emmy Awards®, which were announced today in Los Angeles. (more...)

Alan Cumming, Darren Criss & More Among Broadway's 2015 EMMY Nominees!Alan Cumming, Darren Criss & More Among Broadway's 2015 EMMY Nominees!
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 16, 2015

This morning, Cat Deeley and Uzo Aduba announced the nominations for the 67th Emmy Awards from the Pacific Design Center. (more...)

67th Annual EMMY AWARD Nominations Announced; Full List!67th Annual EMMY AWARD Nominations Announced; Full List!
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 16, 2015

This morning, Cat Deeley and Uzo Aduba announced the nominations for the 67th Emmy Awards from the Pacific Design Center.  (more...)

THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW Box Set Featuring Musicals, Broadway Stars & More Available To Pre-Order, Out 8/10THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW Box Set Featuring Musicals, Broadway Stars & More Available To Pre-Order, Out 8/10
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 15, 2015

A treasure trove of classic TV! (more...)

HBO Series Hit Record Highs; BESSIE Delivers 7 Million ViewerHBO Series Hit Record Highs; BESSIE Delivers 7 Million Viewer
by TV News Desk - Jul 8, 2015

HBO programming continues trending up as audiences for some of HBO's biggest shows hit record numbers in the beginning of 2015 (more...)

DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE to Play Raleigh This FallDIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE to Play Raleigh This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts announced today that individual tickets for the Raleigh premiere of Dirty Dancing -- The Classic Story On Stage will go on sale July 20 at 10 a.m. (more...)

Broadway's Vanessa Williams Weds Longtime Beau Jim SkripBroadway's Vanessa Williams Weds Longtime Beau Jim Skrip
by TV News Desk - Jul 6, 2015

Tony nominee Vanessa Williams tied the knot in front of family and friends with longtime beau Jim Skrip in a patriotic fourth of July ceremony. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Christina Bianco Channels Kristin Chenoweth and More in National Anthem PerformanceSTAGE TUBE: Christina Bianco Channels Kristin Chenoweth and More in National Anthem Performance
by Stage Tube - Jul 4, 2015

Christina Bianco is at it again- this time with a patriotic twist. Below, watch the diva impressionist sing the National Anthem as Christina Aguilera, Kristin Chenoweth, and Celine Dion! (more...)

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