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BWW TV: Craige Els Announced as New 'Miss Trunchbull' in West End's MATILDA
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 21, 2014

Capturing the imagination of young and old alike, the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical continues to play to packed houses at the Cambridge Theatre in London. Matilda has now been seen by almost 1.5million people since it transferred to the West End in October 2011. The production was commissioned by the RSC and played to sold-out audiences at the RSC's The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for twelve weeks from November 2010 to January 2011. Tickets are now on sale until Sunday 24 May 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: FATHERS AND SONS, Donmar Warehouse, June 10 2014
by Adrian Bradley - Jun 11, 2014

The rift between old and new generations is put under the microscope in Brian Friel's FATHERS AND SONS, an adaption of the 19th century Russian novel of the same name. In this new production at London's tiny Donmar Warehouse a fantastic company pull out the wit and emotion in an otherwise philosophical and verbose play. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: MATILDA's Alex Gaumond Scolds Paul O'Grady on ITV
by Stage Tube - May 23, 2014

The cast of Matilda the Musical appeared on the Paul O'Grady show yesterday, May 22, with Alex Gaumond as Miss Trunchbull punishing the host for taking something that didn't belong to him. Watch the hilarious clip below! (more...)

Andrew Lloyd Webber to Premiere SCHOOL OF ROCK Musical on Broadway Before West End?
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

In an interview with the Telegraph, Andrew Lloyd Webber says there's a 'strong possibility' that his next musical, School of Rock, will premiere on Broadway instead of the West End due to more relaxed laws on child performers in the United States. The West End requires the hiring of 3-4 child actors for one role, which makes casting difficult. (more...)

MATILDA'S Leading Ladies Take EW's Pop Culture Personality Quiz
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2014

Watch the four girls who share the title role in Broadway's Matilda the Musical take EW.COM's Pop Culture Personality Quiz and find out which one of them is allowed to watch Grimm, who's keeping your love of Saved by the Bell and Full House alive, and who can tell you all about Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge and Face Off. Paige Brady, Gabriella Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo and Ava Ulloa show us their jazz hands here. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: MATILDA Stars Get Crafty with Easter Eggs
by Stage Tube - Apr 17, 2014

See the four girls sharing the title role in Broadway's MATILDA THE MUSICAL get crafty with Easter eggs on People.com. Click below ot see Ava Ulloa, Gabriella Pizzolo, Paige Brady and Ripley Sobo have fun with a damaged book, sparkles and paste! (more...)

Seth Numrich, Anthony Calf and More Set for FATHERS AND SONS at Donmar Warehouse - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Donmar Warehouse presents FATHERS AND SONS By Brian Friel, After the novel by Ivan Turgenev, Directed by Lyndsey Turner, 05 June - 26 July 2014. PRESS NIGHT: Tuesday 10 June (more...)

Andrew Lloyd Webber's STEPHEN WARD Closes at the Aldwych Theatre Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2014

The West End production of Stephen Ward will complete its run at the Aldwych Theatre today, 29 March 2014. (more...)

Massenet's WERTHER Broadcast Live in HD at Ridgefield Playhouse, 3/15-16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2014

Two of opera's greatest artists, Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch, will appear together in Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance, Werther, which will be shown Live in HD from the Met today, March 15, at 12:55 p.m., and on Sunday, March 16, at 12 p.m. A unique behind-the-scenes tour of the grand opera house takes place during intermission including interviews with the stars. To make the opera experience even more special, Bernard's (22 West Lane, Ridgefield) is offering a special $45 prix-fixe menu, or a free glass of wine with dinner, before these events when tickets are presented; reservations suggested. Visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org for a video preview. This Live in HD Series is underwritten by Jeanne Cook, Anita and Nicholas Donofrio, Liz and Steven Goldstone, Marilyn and Joe Kreitz, Joanne and John Patrick, Starbucks Coffee, Sabina and Walter Slavin, Taylor Zemo Foundation, The Ridgefield Press and Whistle Stop Bakery. (more...)

BWW Reviews: At the Met, Kaufmann in WERTHER Is to Die For
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2014

Maybe Richard Eyre's new production of WERTHER for the Metropolitan Opera, with strong performances by German tenor Jonas Kaufmann and French mezzo Sophie Koch, should have been called WERTHER: THE BACKSTORY or WERTHER: A FOOL'S GUIDE. Eyre took what was otherwise a beautiful and interesting interpretation of the opera and added a prologue and other details (including action leading up to a self-inflicted shot in the chest)--just in case the audience needed some hand-holding to better understand what was going on. (more...)

BWW Reviews: At the Met, Kaufmann in WERTHER Is to Die For
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 10, 2014

Maybe Richard Eyre's new production of WERTHER for the Metropolitan Opera, with strong performances by German tenor Jonas Kaufmann and French mezzo Sophie Koch, should have been called WERTHER: THE BACKSTORY or WERTHER: A FOOL'S GUIDE. Eyre took what was otherwise a beautiful and interesting interpretation of the opera and added a prologue and other details (including action leading up to a self-inflicted shot in the chest)--just in case the audience needed some hand-holding to better understand what was going on. (more...)

MATILDA's Lesli Margherita Talks Social Media, Miss Piggy and More on WAMC Radio
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Lesli Margherita, who stars in Broadway's MATILDA THE MUSICAL as Mrs. Wormwood, was interviewed recently on WAMC Radio's program 'The Roundtable.' Listen to her conversation with host Sarah LaDuke about her social media following, Mrs. Wormwood's similarities to Miss Piggy, and the beauty of performing with four different Matildas each week. (more...)

Andrew Lloyd Webber Comments on STEPHEN WARD Closing: 'Fools Give You Reasons, Wise Men Never Try'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, Andrew Lloyd Webber refuted the idea that his latest West End musical, STEPHEN WARD, is closing early because 'he was too much of a 'lone ego' on the project'. The West End production of STEPHEN WARD will complete its run at the Aldwych Theatre on 29 March 2014. (more...)

Massenet's WERTHER Broadcast Live in HD at Ridgefield Playhouse, 3/15-16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

Two of opera's greatest artists, Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch, will appear together in Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance, Werther, which will be shown Live in HD from the Met on Saturday, March 15, at 12:55 p.m., and on Sunday, March 16, at 12 p.m. A unique behind-the-scenes tour of the grand opera house takes place during intermission including interviews with the stars. To make the opera experience even more special, Bernard's (22 West Lane, Ridgefield) is offering a special $45 prix-fixe menu, or a free glass of wine with dinner, before these events when tickets are presented; reservations suggested. Visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org for a video preview. This Live in HD Series is underwritten by Jeanne Cook, Anita and Nicholas Donofrio, Liz and Steven Goldstone, Marilyn and Joe Kreitz, Joanne and John Patrick, Starbucks Coffee, Sabina and Walter Slavin, Taylor Zemo Foundation, The Ridgefield Press and Whistle Stop Bakery. (more...)

MATILDA THE MUSICAL to Make Australian Premiere at the Sydney Lyric, August 2015
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

Barry O'Farrell announced today that the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Matilda The Musical will make its Australian Premiere at Sydney Lyric Theatre in August 2015. (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Jonas Kaufmann Singing 'O Nature' From WERTHER at The Met
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 25, 2014

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the tortured poet in the Met's new production of Massenet's Werther, running through March 15, 2014. Check out the video below of Jonas singing 'O Nature.' (more...)

Official: Andrew Lloyd Webber's STEPHEN WARD to Close at the Aldwych Theatre, March 29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2014

The West End production of Stephen Ward will complete its run at the Aldwych Theatre on 29 March 2014. Stephen Ward received its world premiere in December last year with a cast led by Alexander Hanson in the title role, Charlotte Spencer as Christine Keeler and Charlotte Blackledge as Mandy Rice Davies. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Ward has book and lyrics by playwright Christopher Hampton and lyricist Don Black. The production is directed by Richard Eyre with set and costume designs by Rob Howell, lighting design by Peter Mumford, sound design by Paul Groothuis, projection design by Jon Driscoll, and choreography by Stephen Mear. (more...)

Baz Bamigboye: Curtain to Come Down on Andrew Lloyd Webber's STEPHEN WARD Within 'Several Weeks'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2014

Just days after The Telegraph's Tim Walker initially reported that the West End musical may be concluding its run at the end of May, Baz Bamigboye of The Daily Mail has tweeted the the lights may go out even sooner than expected. The show previously received an extension through 31 May 2014. (more...)

BroadwayWorld.com Italy... in London!
by Nino Prattico - Feb 24, 2014

Stai pianificando un viaggio a Londra? Non sai che musical vedere e/o vuoi sapere quali sono i migliori su piazza? Ecco un resoconto della mia esperienza londinese, nella speranza che il mio personalissimo punto di vista possa esserti d'aiuto nell'orientarti nel West End della Capitale inglese. Nello stilare questa 'graduatoria' ho fatto delle scelte un po' impopolari e aspetto di essere contraddetto. Ad ogni modo, enjoy it! Stai pianificando un viaggio a Londra? Non sai che musical vedere e/o vuoi sapere quali sono i migliori su piazza? Ecco un resoconto della mia esperienza londinese, nella speranza che il mio personalissimo punto di vista possa esservi d'aiuto nell'orientarvi nel West End della Capitale inglese. Nello stilare questa 'graduatoria' ho fatto delle scelte un po' impopolari e aspetto di essere contraddetto. Ad ogni modo, enjoy it! (more...)

Jonas Kaufmann Sings Title Role in New Production of WERTHER at the Met, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann will star in the title role of the tortured poet in the Met's new production of Massenet's Werther, opening tonight, February 18. (more...)

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