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Hackensack High School to Welcome Rick Lyon for AN AVENUE Q & A, 3/13Hackensack High School to Welcome Rick Lyon for AN AVENUE Q & A, 3/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

Hackensack High School will be hosting Broadway actor Rick Lyon for An Avenue Q & A on Friday, March 13 at 7:00pm in the school auditorium. (more...)

Josh Gad Apologizes for New FROZEN Song: 'Children Are Going to Be Singing'!Josh Gad Apologizes for New FROZEN Song: 'Children Are Going to Be Singing'!
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 2, 2015

Josh Gad has issued an apology to parents in advance of the highly anticipated new FROZEN short titled 'Frozen Fever'. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Rachel Potter Talks New Album, NOT SO BLACK & WHITE, Plus Looks Back At EVITA, WICKED, THE X FACTOR & MoreInDepth InterView: Rachel Potter Talks New Album, NOT SO BLACK & WHITE, Plus Looks Back At EVITA, WICKED, THE X FACTOR & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 2, 2015

Today we are talking to one of the breakout stars of Season 3 of FOX's recent reality competition series THE X FACTOR and a stalwart Broadway regular in her own right, the passionate and versatile Rachel Potter. Espousing on her impressive new country-tinged album NOT SO BLACK & WHITE and explicating the impetus behind many of the standout tracks on the release, Potter opens up about her unique journey thus far in both her own life and her show business career - from her conservative Baptist upbringing to her early success headlining Disney theme park extravaganzas leading to a string of Broadway roles and eventually landing on THE X FACTOR, followed by her big move to Nashville and embarking on creating songs for a solo album that expresses exactly who she is, here and now. Additionally, Potter shares what audiences can expect from her upcoming live show at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC tonight as well as some special surprises she has in store for the performance. Plus, Potter reflects on some of her most memorable Disney shows and whether she would like to continue the tradition with FROZEN onstage while also recalling backstage stories from EVITA, WICKED and the LEGALLY BLONDE casting competition. All of that, her memorable GLEE audition, her desire to do FROZEN on Broadway and much more in this expansive conversation with a uniquely gifted Broadway crossover star worth watching. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON Returning to Kennedy Center for Limited Engagement in JuneTHE BOOK OF MORMON Returning to Kennedy Center for Limited Engagement in June
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played a record breaking six week run in 2013, returns to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for a limited engagement from June 16 to August 16, 2015 in the Opera House. Single tickets will go on sale on March 16, 2015 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Kennedy Center box office (2700 F Street N.W., Washington, D.C.), by visiting www.kennedy-center.org, or by calling (202) 467-4600. Group orders of 20 or more may be placed by calling Group Sales at (202) 416-8400. (more...)

BWW Review:  THE BOOK OF MORMON - You May Not Be Saved, But You Could Die LaughingBWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON - You May Not Be Saved, But You Could Die Laughing
by Steve Wilson - Feb 26, 2015

Like a group of Jehovah's Witnesses on steroids, The Book of Mormon is currently playing at the Music Hall in Kansas City. The Broadway Across America satire musical with book, lyrics, and music by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone runs through March 8. The creators of South Park, Stone, and Parker with Lopez's music have created a musical religious comedy that makes Monty Python, Benny Hill, and Saturday Night Live look like dramatic pieces. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 25th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for February 25th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Feb 26, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The Mosh Pit's Oscar wrap-up, plus BIC's 'First Wives Club,' 'Book Of Mormon' and 'For The Record,' Theater Wit's 'Mr. Burns,' Porchlight's 'City Of Angels' and Bailiwick's 'Murder Ballad.' Upcoming, The Hypocrites' 'American Idiot,' a new theater in the Wisconsin Dells, and two evenings with The Improvised Sondheim Project! (more...)

VIDEO: First Look at Disney's All-New Short FROZEN FEVER!VIDEO: First Look at Disney's All-New Short FROZEN FEVER!
by Movies News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Walt Disney Animation Studios' all-new short FROZEN FEVER will open in theaters on March 13, 2015, in front of Disney's 'Cinderella,' a live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BOOK OF MORMON Shares Irreverent FunBWW Reviews: BOOK OF MORMON Shares Irreverent Fun
by Marietta Lunceford - Feb 23, 2015

BOOK OF MORMON is as off color and irreverent as you might have heard, but it has substance and meaning as well. The music is great and the talent top notch. Old fuddy-duddys should stay home, but for everyone else, you will be hard pressed to find a funnier, more entertaining show. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 2/21-2/22/2015Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 2/21-2/22/2015
by - Feb 22, 2015

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, February 22, 2015 - Sunday, February 22, 2015. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick Open Oscars with 'Moving Pictures'STAGE TUBE: Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick Open Oscars with 'Moving Pictures'
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 22, 2015

In true Neil Patrick Harris form, the Oscars' host opened the 87th Annual Academy Awards with an original number from FROZEN songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez. With the help of Tony-nominee Anna Kendrick and Jack Black, in 'Moving Pictures' NPH paid tribute to the wonder that Hollywood brings. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Oscars Red Carpet Arrival Part 2Photo Coverage: Oscars Red Carpet Arrival Part 2
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 22, 2015

Hollywood takes center stage tonight with the 87th annual Academy Awards, and BWW Fashion has you covered when it comes to the glamour hitting the red carpet. Check out the second round of arrivals. Some big trends so far have been red, pearl embellishment and as always, sparkles! (more...)

BWW Live Recap: Theatre Stars Front and Center at 87th Academy AwardsBWW Live Recap: Theatre Stars Front and Center at 87th Academy Awards
by Matt Smith - Feb 22, 2015

It's that time of year again! Hollywood heavyweights are flocking to the Dolby Theatre this afternoon to attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Like the Golden Globes, presented earlier this year, the roster of nominees are primarily made up of film stars (well, duh!) more so than stage actors, but no fear - there are a considerable amount of this year's candidates with strong theatrical credits. (more...)

BroadwayWorld's Complete Oscar Night CoverageBroadwayWorld's Complete Oscar Night Coverage
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 22, 2015

Hollywood takes center stage this weekend with the 87th annual Academy Awards, but this year's Oscars have a decidedly Broadway vibe to them. Not only will the star-studded event be hosted by Tony and Emmy-winner Neil Patrick Harris, but theatre and movie-musical producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are back at the helm for the third straight year. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Delivers Perfect Evening at Winspear Opera HouseBWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Delivers Perfect Evening at Winspear Opera House
by Kyle West - Feb 20, 2015

Performing at Dallas' Winspear Opera House through this Sunday afternoon, The Book of Mormon delivers nothing short of a perfect evening of theatre. (more...)

Oscars Flashback: A Look Back at the Nine Actors Who Have Won an Oscar and Tony for the Same RoleOscars Flashback: A Look Back at the Nine Actors Who Have Won an Oscar and Tony for the Same Role
by Sally Henry - Feb 20, 2015

With the 87th annual Academy Awards just two days away, Hollywood stars seem to be on everyone's mind. Who will win? Who will beat Meryl Streep? Will host Neil Patrick Harris take a star-studded selfie? And most importantly, which Broadway stars will take home a statue? Many stars through the years have earned both a Tony and an Oscar, and as we know from Robert Lopez's win last year, there are some industry professionals with the coveted EGOT- Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony. But did you know nine stars in history have won two awards for the same role? That is, they won a Tony for their Broadway portrayal and an Oscar for the film version. Below, take a look back at the actors who have earned this rare honor! (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON Announces Lottery Policy for Return EngagementTHE BOOK OF MORMON Announces Lottery Policy for Return Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a day-of-show drawing for the Second National Tour, which returns to Chicago by popular demand for a limited engagement February 25 through May 17, 2015 at Broadway In Chicago's Bank of America Theatre (18 W Monroe). The production will conduct a pre-show drawing at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 each. THE BOOK OF MORMON holds the record for the largest weekly gross in the history of the Bank of America Theatre and played to over 100% capacity during its 2012-2013 engagement. (more...)

Tickets Go on Sale 2/26 for THE BOOK OF MORMON at Shea's Buffalo TheatreTickets Go on Sale 2/26 for THE BOOK OF MORMON at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played a record breaking one-week run at Shea's Buffalo Theatre in 2013 returns for a limited engagement June 2 - 7 for eight performances at Shea's Buffalo Theatre. Single tickets (starting at $38) will go on sale Thursday, February 26, at 10 a.m. (more...)

Photo Flash: Neil Patrick Harris Approves Stephen Oremus' Work on OSCARS Musical NumberPhoto Flash: Neil Patrick Harris Approves Stephen Oremus' Work on OSCARS Musical Number
by Movies News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

2015 OSCARS Music Director Stephen Oremus (Wicked, Avenue Q, Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots) just posted a photo with Academy Awards host Neil Patrick Harris on Instagram. Check it out below! (more...)

BroadwayWorld's Guide to the 2015 OscarsBroadwayWorld's Guide to the 2015 Oscars
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 17, 2015

Hollywood takes center stage this weekend with the 87th annual Academy Awards, but this year's Oscars have a decidedly Broadway vibe to them. Not only will the star-studded event be hosted by Tony and Emmy-winner Neil Patrick Harris, but theatre and movie-musical producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are back at the helm for the third straight year. (more...)

Official Update: Disney Comments on FROZEN's Future Broadway Plans!Official Update: Disney Comments on FROZEN's Future Broadway Plans!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2015

As BroadwayWorld reported last night, Disney's FROZEN is aiming to hit the stage by 2017. According to a report by the Daily Mail, the movie musical's Oscar-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez met with the film's writer and co-director Jennifer Lee, head of Disney Theatricals Thomas Schumacher, and Broadway and West End director Alex Timbers to discuss their options. Lee is writing the book with guidance from the Lopezes, who have also written 'a couple' of new songs for the show. (more...)

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