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BWW Interview: Broadway's Chris Rice Gets #TAPPY and Talks BROADWAY BACKWARDSBWW Interview: Broadway's Chris Rice Gets #TAPPY and Talks BROADWAY BACKWARDS
by Christopher Castanho - Feb 27, 2017

Chris Rice, a current swing in the Broadway company of 'The Book of Mormon' had no idea that when he uploaded his tap rendition of Anna Kendrick's 'Cup Song' on YouTube it would go viral, three years later is has accrued over three million views. I was lucky enough to chat with him during an evening he was not swinging in about his current choreography project featured in 'Broadway Backwards' a fundraiser to benefit Broadway Cares: Equity Fights Aids and the LGBT center in Manhattan, also teasing his newest dance video. (more...)

VIDEO: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Cast & Creatives Talk Show's Inspiring Themes on NBC NewsVIDEO: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Cast & Creatives Talk Show's Inspiring Themes on NBC News
by TV News Desk - Feb 25, 2017

The cast and creative team of the new Broadway musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN were featured on last night's NBC Nightly News. (more...)

Tituss Burgess, Rachel Bay Jones, Javier Munoz and More Tapped for BROADWAY BACKWARDSTituss Burgess, Rachel Bay Jones, Javier Munoz and More Tapped for BROADWAY BACKWARDS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Three Tony Award-winning performers and stars from Broadway's biggest hits will be among the star-studded storytellers sharing their hearts through song at this year's Broadway Backwards, a show celebrating equality and community through gender-reversed interpretations of beloved show tunes. (more...)

BWW Album Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Shines a Light on the Teenage SoulBWW Album Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Shines a Light on the Teenage Soul
by Remy Holzer - Feb 3, 2017

If you grew up as a lover of musical theater, especially in those dark years before BroadwayCon, it's likely that your high-school years were not among your best. Of course, high school can be hard for teenagers with other musical tastes, too. Amid growing public awareness of teenage violence, suicide, and depression, and with scientific studies confirming that the brains of teenagers are basically chaos machines, DEAR EVAN HANSEN has turned a spotlight on these issues, and audiences have responded warmly and gratefully. In the story, alienated teen Evan Hansen, who leads a lonely life with his hardworking single mother, has no real friends in high school; neither does another, still more troubled student, Connor Murphy, whose sister Zoe is the unwitting object of Evan's affections. When Connor commits suicide, a series of misunderstandings prompts Evan to pass himself off as Connor's best friend, an identity that gains him access to Connor's intact family, privileged lifestyle, and especially his lovely sister. This charade creates tensions and complications that lead, ultimately, to the truth. (more...)

DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Pasek & Paul to Host Midnight Listening PartyDEAR EVAN HANSEN's Pasek & Paul to Host Midnight Listening Party
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

The original cast recording for the hit Broadway musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN will be released digitally tomorrow, Friday, February 3rd, and will be available on CD in stores and online on February 24th. The musical just announced it will host a digital listening party at midnight tonight when the album drops. (more...)

FIRST LISTEN: DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Uplifting Anthem 'You Will Be Found'FIRST LISTEN: DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Uplifting Anthem 'You Will Be Found'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

The original cast recording for the hit Broadway musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN will be released digitally on February 3rd, and will be available on CD in stores and online on February 24th. Below, listen to the uplifting anthem 'You Will Be Found' performed by Ben Platt and the stellar cast! (more...)

First Listen: Stream DEAR EVAN HANSEN's 'Requiem' Ahead of Cast Album ReleaseFirst Listen: Stream DEAR EVAN HANSEN's 'Requiem' Ahead of Cast Album Release
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

The original cast recording for the hit Broadway musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN will be released digitally on February 3rd, and will be available on CD in stores and online on February 24th. Today, the song 'Requiem' is available for streaming - check it out HERE! (more...)

VIDEO: DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Ben Platt & Lauren Dreyfuss Perform 'Only Us'VIDEO: DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Ben Platt & Lauren Dreyfuss Perform 'Only Us'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

The stars of Broadway's DEAR EVAN HANSEN, Ben Platt and Lauren Dreyfuss stopped by NBC's TODAY this morning to perform from the hit show. (more...)

VIDEO: DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Ben Platt Performs 'Waving Through a Window' on 'Today'VIDEO: DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Ben Platt Performs 'Waving Through a Window' on 'Today'
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

Ben Platt, star of the hit Broadway musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN stopped by the 8 am hour of NBC's TODAY to perform 'Waving Through A Window.' (more...)

Skylar Astin and Anna Camp Visit Ben Platt at DEAR EVAN HANSENSkylar Astin and Anna Camp Visit Ben Platt at DEAR EVAN HANSEN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2017

Talk about a Barden reunion! Ben Platt shared on Instagram his 'shmom and shdad,' newlyweds and PITCH PERFECT co-stars Anna Camp and Skylar Astin, visiting him backstage at Dear Evan Hansen. (more...)

DEAR EVAN HANSEN on Sale Through Next November on BroadwayDEAR EVAN HANSEN on Sale Through Next November on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2016

Good news for the New Year! DEAR EVAN HANSEN has just released announced a new block of tickets on sale through November 19, 2017. (more...)

VIDEO: 2016 Highlight: Cynthia Erivo Joins DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Benj Pasek & Justin Paul for 'You Will Be Found'VIDEO: 2016 Highlight: Cynthia Erivo Joins DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Benj Pasek & Justin Paul for 'You Will Be Found'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2016

At this year's Elsie Fest, Cynthia Erivo (THE COLOR PURPLE) took to the stage with Tony nominated composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul to perform the moving DEAR EVAN HANSEN Act One closing number 'You Will Be Found.' (more...)

Photo Flash: Hugh Jackman Visits DEAR EVAN HANSENPhoto Flash: Hugh Jackman Visits DEAR EVAN HANSEN
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2016

Actor Hugh Jackman made a trip to the theatre last night to see the latest hit, DEAR EVAN HANSEN. (more...)

DVR Alert - Cast of Broadway's DEAR EVAN HANSEN to Perform on NBC's 'Today'DVR Alert - Cast of Broadway's DEAR EVAN HANSEN to Perform on NBC's 'Today'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2016

NBC has announced that the cast of Broadway's DEAR EVAN HANSEN will perform on TODAY on Tuesday, January 3rd. (more...)

BWW Interview: Broadway at NOCCA Welcomes Gavin CreelBWW Interview: Broadway at NOCCA Welcomes Gavin Creel
by Heidi Scheuermann - Dec 12, 2016

I'm so thrilled to say that on Thursday evening one of my biggest inspirations, Gavin Creel, along with Seth Rudetsky will be presenting a concert at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. I'm even more thrilled to say that I had the unique opportunity to hold him hostage on the phone for nearly half an hour to talk about his life, career, and some burning questions that I just had to have answered. (more...)

Broadway's DEAR EVAN HANSEN to Launch Digital Lottery TomorrowBroadway's DEAR EVAN HANSEN to Launch Digital Lottery Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Producer Stacey Mindich announced today that beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, December 7, Dear Evan Hansen will launch a digital lottery, which will allow users to enter the lottery for a chance to purchase specially-priced tickets to that day's performance. (more...)

Photo Coverage: DEAR EVAN HANSEN, Welcome to Broadway!Photo Coverage: DEAR EVAN HANSEN, Welcome to Broadway!
by Walter McBride - Dec 5, 2016

Dear Evan Hansen, the new musical with a book by Obie Award-winner Steven Levenson, score by Tony Award nominees Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, and direction by three-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif, opened just last night at the Music Box Theatre (239 W 45th St). BroadwayWorld was on hand for the big night and you can check out photos from the after party below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Takes Opening Night Broadway Bows!Photo Coverage: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Takes Opening Night Broadway Bows!
by Walter McBride - Dec 5, 2016

Dear Evan Hansen, the new musical with a book by Obie Award-winner Steven Levenson, score by Tony Award nominees Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, and direction by three-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif, opened just last night at the Music Box Theatre (239 W 45th St). BroadwayWorld was on hand for the big night and you can check out photos from the curtain call below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: BWW Takes You On the Red Carpet at the Premiere of DEAR EVAN HANSENSTAGE TUBE: BWW Takes You On the Red Carpet at the Premiere of DEAR EVAN HANSEN
by Stage Tube - Dec 5, 2016

BroadwayWorld was live on Facebook last night catching up with all the stars on the red carpet at the premiere of DEAR EVAN HANSEN. See who we got to talk to, including Aaron Tveit, Darren Criss, Terrence Mann, and more! (more...)

BWW Review: Exhilarating and Original DEAR EVAN HANSEN Moves To BroadwayBWW Review: Exhilarating and Original DEAR EVAN HANSEN Moves To Broadway
by Michael Dale - Dec 4, 2016

While FUN HOME and HAMILTON have certainly not been the only high-quality new musicals to hit Broadway in the past two seasons, they've both displayed the kind of originality and relevance in subject matter, expertise in writing and imagination in execution that works wonders in elevating public awareness of the dramatic potential of the art form and smashing the lingering bias that says singing and dancing diffuses the impact of serious theatre. (more...)

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