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BWW's 2013 Valentine's Day Spectacular! 750+ Stars Tell Us 'What is the Most Romantic Broadway Love Song Ever?'
by BWW - Feb 14, 2013

From Kristin Chenoweth to Deborah Cox to Idina Menzel to Barbra Streisand to Michael Crawford to the Ladies of THE VIEW to Adam Pascal, Patti LuPone, Raul Esparza, Alan Menken, Lea Salonga, Bernadette Peters, Laura Osnes, Victoria Clark, GLEE and Everything in Between - It's the 2013 Valentine's Day Special - It's the Biggest Ever! (more...)

BWW TV Flashback: Kevin Gray's Last Interview at PHANTOM's 25th Anniversary Gala
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 12, 2013

Here, just two weeks ago Gray and his wife talked to BroadwayWorld's Richie Ridge at the Phantom Gala, looking back at their time in the show. Our condolences go out to all who loved, worked with and learned from this lovely man. (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's 25th Anniversary After Party!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jan 28, 2013

The cast and creative team of The Phantom of the Opera celebrated 25 Years on Broadway with a Gala Performance at the Majestic Theatre in New York City on Saturday night, January 26. BroadwayWorld was there for the after party and you can check out full photo coverage below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marilyn Maye Brings BY REQUEST to Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 04, 2013

In addition to her New Year's Eve performances at the Metropolitan Room on December 31, Marilyn Maye kept the party going with five unprecedented, by-request shows during the first week of the year. "Marilyn By Request," in which Maye and her Billy Stritch-led band will create a new show based on audience requests, marks her return to her downtown stomping ground. Check out photos from the show below! (more...)

BWW TV: Meet the Cast of Paper Mill Playhouse's THE SOUND OF MUSIC- Plus a Performance Preview!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 15, 2012

Yesterday, November 14th, the cast of Paper Mill Playhouse's The Sound of Music, directed and choreographed by James Brennan, met the press. Cast for the show includes Edward Hibbert (Max Detweiler), Anthony Fedorov (Rolf Gruber), Ben Davis (Captain) and Elena Shaddow (Maria), Chelsea Morgan Stock (Liesl), and more. BroadwayWorlds's Richie Ridge was there to meet the cast and creative team and you can check out what they said abuot the upcoming production below! (more...)

BWW TV: Chatting with the Cast of THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD on Opening Night- Block, Chase, Rivera & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 14, 2012

Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of The Mystery of Edwin Droodopened last night, Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at Studio 54 on Broadway. BroadwayWorld's Richie Ridge was there to bring you all the excitement of opening night and you can check out his interviews with the cast below! (more...)

by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 21, 2012

To mark the start of previews for the Biblically-themed SCANDALOUS, subtitled "The Life And Trials Of Aimee Semple McPherson" and based on her impossible-to-believe, yet real-life story, today we are taking a look back at the recent religious fervor on the Great White Way, particularly given the faith-centered original musicals THE BOOK OF MORMON, SISTER ACT and LEAP OF FAITH, to say nothing of the recent revivals of the seminal 70s rock musicals JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and GODSPELL. Hell - ahem, heck - we even just got an Off-Broadway revival of CARRIE (and a new cast album, too)! (more...)

BWW TV: Perez Hilton Makes Off-Broadway Debut in NEWSICAL- Chatting with Perez, Carson Kressley, Leslie Kritzer and More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 18, 2012

Last night, gossip columnist Perez Hilton officially joined the cast of the off-Broadway musical revue, NEWSical the Musical, for a four-week run.'s Richie Ridge was there to chat with Perez and all of the opening night guests, and you can check out what they had to say below! (more...)

BWW TV: Chatting with the KINKY BOOTS Cast and Creative Team- Plus a Special Performance Preview!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 14, 2012

Kinky Boots, the highly anticipated new musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper (Music & Lyrics), will begin preview performances on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, with an official opening night set for Thursday, April 4, 2013. The cast and creative team met the press earlier today, and BroadwayWorld's Richie Ridge wa sthere to chat with the cast and creative team about the new production. Check out what they had to say and watch a special performance preview below! (more...)

BWW TV: Inside Opening Night of CHAPLIN with Rob McClure, Jenn Colella, Erin Mackey, and More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 11, 2012

Broadway's new musical CHAPLIN opened last night, September 10 at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). CHAPLIN is a new musical depicting the life of film icon Charlie Chaplin, with music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis and book by three-time Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan and Christopher Curtis. Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs the production. BroadwayWorld's own Richie Ridge was there for the big opening, where he chatted with Rob McClure, Jenn Colella, Erin Mackey, Christiane Noll and more! Check out what they had to say below! (more...)

BWW TV: AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE Cast Meets the Press!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 08, 2012

Manhattan Theatre Club will present the American premiere of Rebecca Lenkiewicz's new version of AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, The Royal Family, The Whipping Man, Defiance) on Broadway this fall. Starring four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas, AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE will play the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, with previews beginning Tuesday, September 4, 2012 and opening on Thursday, September 27, 2012. The cast and creative team met the press today, and BroadwayWorld's Richie Ridge was there to bring you interviews with them below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Julie Halston Brings CLASSICAL JULIE to Birdland!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2012

Monday night's "Classical Julie," starring the inimitable Julie Halston, was one of the all-time best nights in the History of Halston, let alone the history of the Broadway at Birdland series, and comedy in general. (Her portrayal of Lady MacBeth, as played by Little Edie Beal, will be imitated for years to come!) Some of the smartest and funniest people in showbiz swarmed to see her, including Edward Hibbert, Harriet Harris, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Amy Rutberg, Louise DuArt & SQuire Rushnell, Mike Doyle, Mary Testa, Richie Ridge, Richard Hillman, Natalie Douglas, and a boatload of her beloved Anything Goes cast members. The evening was directed by Carl Andress. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend
by - Jun 10, 2012

Hottest Articles on from this weekend Sunday, June 10, 2012 - Sunday, June 10, 2012. (more...)

BWW TV Special: Inside the 2012 Tony Gift Lounge!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 10, 2012

Backstage Creations, specialists in award show gifts and custom backstage Celebrity Retreats are produceing the gift suite at the 2012 Tony Awards® at the Beacon Theater, in New York City. BWW's Richie Ridge got a sneak peek at some of the great gifts that stars and presenters will be getting tonight! (more...)

Photo Flash: Amra-Faye Wright, Valarie Pettiford, et al. at CAST PARTY!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2012

Jim Caruso's Cast Party packed Birdland with a huge variety of talent on Monday night. The weekly open mic, recently called 'the best party in the universe' by the Australian Cabaret Confidential, was the place for Broadway folk like Amra-Faye Wright (currently starring as Velma in Chicago), supperclub star Clint Holmes (in rehearsal for his upcoming Café Carlyle run), country legend Larry Gatlin, jazz superstars Jane Monheit, Natalie Douglas and Sachal Vasandani, publicist and birthday boy Richard Hillman, 'Broadway Beat' host Richie Ridge, musical director/pianist Ron Abel, cabaret folks like Scott Coulter and Carole J. Bufford (this Monday's11 O'Clock Numbers revue at Birdland), and regulars Allana Adderly, Daniel Kirkley, Matthew Falber, William Blake, and LA diva Valarie Pettiford! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside the BROADWAY BEARS XV Grand Finale!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Mar 20, 2012

The 15th and grand finale edition of THE BROADWAY BEARS, the annual auction of handmade, one-of-a-kind, theatrically costumed teddy bears, raised a record-setting $198,300 on Sunday, benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Broadway lovers and teddy bear collectors came together yesterday, March 18 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (237 West 42nd Street) for one last time to bid on - and bid adieu to - museum-quality bears representing legendary theatrical characters and autographed by the stars who made those characters famous. The cumulative fundraising total for the 15 editions of THE BROADWAY BEARS auctions is a remarkable $2,048,427. The previous fund-raising record was $170,000 set in 2002. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Joel Grey, Adam Pascal & More Sing 'Broadway Belts for PFF!'
by Walter McBride - Feb 28, 2012

Broadway's Robert Creighton (Anything Goes), Lindsay Mendez (Godspell) and Betsy Wolfe (Encores! Merrily We Roll Along), along with Tony nominee Adam Pascal (Memphis), Heidi Blickenstaff (Now. Here. This., [title of show]), Julia Murney (Queen of the Mist/Wicked), Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame legend Darlene Love, and Seth Rudetsky took to the stage at Birdland last night, February 27, for the Second Annual Broadway Belts for Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Benefit. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the show and brings you photo coverage below! (more...)

BWW's 2012 Valentine's Day Spectacular! 700+ Stars Tell Us 'What is the Most Romantic Broadway Love Song Ever?'
by BWW - Feb 14, 2012

From Nick Jonas and Michael Urie to the Ladies of THE VIEW to Adam Pascal, Raul Esparza, Barbra Streisand to Alan Menken, Bernadette Peters to Susan Boyle, Colin Quinn to GLEE and Everything in Between - It's the 2012 Valentine's Day Special - It's the Biggest Ever! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Katie Couric, Matthew Broderick & More Cheer on Christine Ebersole at the Cafe Carlyle
by Stephen Sorokoff - Feb 01, 2012

Last night, January 31, Christine Ebersole took to the stage at the Cafe Carlyle, cheered on by the likes of Anjelica Huston, Matthew Broderick, Joy Behar, Tommy Tune, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Jack O'Brien, David Marshall Grant, Edward Hibbert, Kate Wetherhead, Colin Hanlon, Katie Couric and more! (more...)

BWW TV Special: Darren Criss & Beau Bridges Join HOW TO SUCCEED; Curtain Call, Interviews & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 04, 2012

It was pandemonium last night at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway as Darren Criss made his Broadway debut, alongside Beau Bridges, and picked up the baton from Daniel Radcliffe of charm, talent and oh yeah, HORDES of screaming fans. Click below to watch the pair's exciting curtain call and then we take you inside their opening night celebration at Sardi's featuring exclusive interviews by Richie Ridge with Darren Criss, Beau Bridges, Director/Choreographer Rob Ashford, co-star Rose Hemingway and more! It's going to be a wild three weeks on Broadway for sure... (more...)

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