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Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Steppenwolf's AIRLINE HIGHWAYPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal with Steppenwolf's AIRLINE HIGHWAY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company continues its 2014/15 subscription season with the world premiere production of Airline Highway, written by Lisa D'Amour (Detroit, How to Build a Forest) and directed by Joe Mantello (The Last Ship, Casa Valentina, Wicked). Steppenwolf's production will be presented by Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) at their Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway in Spring 2015. Airline Highway begins previews December 4, 2014 (Opening night is December 14, 2014; Press performances areDecember 13 at 3pm and December 16 at 7:30pm) and runs through February 8, 2015 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: BOOK OF MORMON Scores a Red-State VictoryBWW Reviews: BOOK OF MORMON Scores a Red-State Victory
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 19, 2014

Two weeks after conservative Tennessee voters turned the Volunteer State a deeper shade of red and some three years after I was told The Book of Mormon likely would never play the Tennessee Performing Arts Center because its plot is too outlandish, its book too profane, its tenor too irreverent, the second national touring company of the nine-time Tony Award-winning musical came to Nashville and gave audiences a much-needed jolt of electricity that elicited one of the longest, uninterrupted standing ovations I've ever witnessed in TPAC's Jackson Hall. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON Sets Lottery Policy for Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts RunTHE BOOK OF MORMON Sets Lottery Policy for Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Run
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2014

THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, has announced a lottery ticket policy for the national tour, which begins December 2 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and plays a limited 2 week engagement through December 14. In Miami, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 apiece - cash only. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: THE BOOK OF MORMON's Tyson Jennette Tells His Broadway Story on PIX11STAGE TUBE: THE BOOK OF MORMON's Tyson Jennette Tells His Broadway Story on PIX11
by Stage Tube - Nov 17, 2014

Tyson Jennette has made it through his fair share of obstacles leading to his current Broadway gig in THE BOOK OF MORMON, which is playing at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street). Below, Jennette tells his amazing story to PIX11! (more...)

Matthew Broderick Signs on for IT'S ONLY A PLAY's Extended Broadway RunMatthew Broderick Signs on for IT'S ONLY A PLAY's Extended Broadway Run
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2014

Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport announced today that TonyŽ Award winner Matthew Broderick has extended his contract with Broadway's smash hit It's Only A Play. Originally scheduled to appear in the production through its original closing date of January 4th, Broderick will continue to star in the production through its new end date on March 29, 2015. Broderick currently stars in the production opposite Nathan Lane, who exits on January 4th for a previously scheduled professional commitment. Beginning January 7th, Broderick will headline It's Only A Play opposite the previously-announced Martin Short. (more...)

VIDEO: Kelsey Grammer, Matthew Morrison Talk Co-Starring in Broadway's FINDING NEVERLANDVIDEO: Kelsey Grammer, Matthew Morrison Talk Co-Starring in Broadway's FINDING NEVERLAND
by TV News Desk - Nov 13, 2014

On this morning's TODAY, Kelsey Grammer and Matthew Morrison joined the NBC anchor team live from Los Angeles to talk about co-starring in FINDING NEVERLAND, heading to Broadway in 2015. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON Breaks Altria Theater House RecordTHE BOOK OF MORMON Breaks Altria Theater House Record
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, has broken the house record in Richmond, VA for the week ending November 9 the Altria Theater grossing $1,808,480.00. (more...)

Tony Winner Priscilla Lopez Will Return to Broadway's PIPPIN TonightTony Winner Priscilla Lopez Will Return to Broadway's PIPPIN Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2014

Tony Award winner Priscilla Lopez, who appeared in the legendary original cast of A Chorus Line and was also a replacement for the role of "Fastrada" in the original production of Pippin in 1973, will re-join the all-new Tony Award winning production of Pippin in the role of "Berthe" beginning tonight, Tuesday, November 11. Lucie Arnaz played her final performance in the role on Sunday, November 9 and has rejoined the US national tour. Pippin is now playing through Sunday, January 4, 2015 at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). (more...)

Photo Flash: Hugh Jackman, Victor Garber, Jerry Mitchell, Diane Sawyer and More Visit Jack O'Brien at 54 BelowPhoto Flash: Hugh Jackman, Victor Garber, Jerry Mitchell, Diane Sawyer and More Visit Jack O'Brien at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

This weekend, Tony Award-winning Director Jack O'Brien celebrated his 'Diamond Jubilee' by taking to the stage of 54 Below with his show 'I've Still Got My Health, So What Do I Care?' Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Steppenwolf Presents AIRLINE HIGHWAY, 12/13-2/08Steppenwolf Presents AIRLINE HIGHWAY, 12/13-2/08
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company continues its 2014/15 subscription season with the world premiere production of Airline Highway, written by Lisa D'Amour (Detroit, How to Build a Forest) and directed by Joe Mantello (The Last Ship, Casa Valentina, Wicked). Steppenwolf's production will be presented by Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) at their Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway in Spring 2015. Airline Highway begins previews December 4, 2014 (Opening night is December 14, 2014; Press performances are December 13 at 3pm and December 16 at 7:30pm) and runs through February 8, 2015 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). (more...)

Official: Martin Short to Replace Nathan Lane in IT'S ONLY A PLAY; Show to Extend, Transfer Theaters!Official: Martin Short to Replace Nathan Lane in IT'S ONLY A PLAY; Show to Extend, Transfer Theaters!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

Producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, and Ken Davenport announced today that Broadway's record-breaking, star-studded smash hit It's Only a Play by 4-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, will extend, and with a new star: Tony and Emmy Award winner Martin Short will assume the role of 'James Wicker' originated by Nathan Lane, who departs January 4th to prepare for his upcoming performance in director Robert Falls' production of The Iceman Cometh at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2015. (more...)

Tickets to THE BOOK OF MORMON at Times-Union Center On Sale 11/14Tickets to THE BOOK OF MORMON at Times-Union Center On Sale 11/14
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

The producers of the national tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase announced today that single tickets will go on sale Friday, November 14, 2014 at 10AM for the limited one-week engagement from February 3-8, 2015 at Jacksonville's Times-Union Center . Tickets will be available at the FSCJ Artist Series' Box Office (501 W. State Street, Ste. #109, Jacksonville, FL 32202), by visiting www.artistseriesjax.org, or by calling (904) 442-2929. (more...)

Breaking News: So Long to the Big Top- Broadway's PIPPIN Will Play Final Performance in JanuaryBreaking News: So Long to the Big Top- Broadway's PIPPIN Will Play Final Performance in January
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

The producers of Tony Award winning Best Revival of a Musical Pippin have announced that the Broadway production will play its final performance at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street, NYC) on Sunday, January 4, 2015 after 709 performances and 37 previews. The Pippin national tour is now playing in cities across the US and future productions are planned for London, Australia and Amsterdam. For more information, visit www.PippinTheMusical.com. (more...)

Tickets to THE BOOK OF MORMON at Marcus Center On Sale 12/5Tickets to THE BOOK OF MORMON at Marcus Center On Sale 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

The producers of the national tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, and BMO Harris Bank Broadway at the Marcus Center Series announced today that single tickets will go on sale Friday, December 5 at 12:00 pm. Tickets will be available at the Marcus Center box office (929 North Water Street), all Ticketmaster outlets, by visiting MarcusCenter.org, or by calling 414-273-7206. Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 414-273-7121 ext. 210. (more...)

And the Verdict Is... Meet the Full Cast of Broadway's IT'S ONLY A PLAY!And the Verdict Is... Meet the Full Cast of Broadway's IT'S ONLY A PLAY!
by Meet the Cast - Nov 2, 2014

The star-studded Broadway production of the backstage comedy It's Only A Play, by 4-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, opened on October 9, 2014, at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the full cast and watch interviews with the company below! (more...)

Kyle Dean Massey to Remain with PIPPIN National Tour for Washington DC EngagementKyle Dean Massey to Remain with PIPPIN National Tour for Washington DC Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

The producers of the Tony-winning revival of PIPPIN have announced that Kyle Dean Massey will assume the role of Pippin beginning November 4 at the Hollywood Pantages in Los Angeles. PIPPIN makes its Washington, D.C., premiere at the National Theatre December 16 through January 4, with Massey in the role. (more...)

Kyle Dean Massey to Join Cast of PIPPIN National Tour in Los Angeles Straight from BroadwayKyle Dean Massey to Join Cast of PIPPIN National Tour in Los Angeles Straight from Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2014

The Nederlander Organization and the producers of the Tony Winning revival of PIPPIN have announced that Kyle Dean Massey will assume the role of Pippin beginning Tuesday, Nov 4th at the Hollywood Pantages in Los Angeles. He will be replacing Matthew James Thomas who takes his final bow on Sunday, November 2nd. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Extraordinary Tony-Winning Revival of PIPPIN Somersaults into SoCalBWW Reviews: Extraordinary Tony-Winning Revival of PIPPIN Somersaults into SoCal
by Michael L. Quintos - Oct 28, 2014

Arguably, director Diane Paulus' greatest triumph to date is the spectacular new production of PIPPIN, the 2013 Tony-winning revival of Stephen Schwartz's trippy but winsome musical about the angst-riddled but hyper-aspirational young son of King Charlemagne, and his erratic, sometimes frustrating journey of self-discovery. In her marvelously inventive, re-imagined update---now playing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through November 9---Paulus brilliantly orients the topsy-turvy machinations of the entire story within the canvas-lined confines of a big-top circus. Here, the over-the-top performance troupe that 'guides' our hero's search for self-fulfillment aren't merely just actors (or 'players') but are also all agile, athletic circus performers that tumble, leap, and balance themselves for our (and Pippin's) entertainment pleasure. As expected, both Pippin and the audience are equally lulled into submission. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON Comes to Chicago in Feb; Tickets On Sale Nov 16THE BOOK OF MORMON Comes to Chicago in Feb; Tickets On Sale Nov 16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played a record breaking 43 week run in 2012-2013, returns to Chicago for a limited engagement February 24 through May 17, 2015 at Broadway In Chicago's Bank of America Theatre (18 W Monroe). 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 performance capacity during its 2012-2013 engagement. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Newest Broadway Revival of PIPPIN Provides Spills and Thrills at the PantagesBWW Reviews: Newest Broadway Revival of PIPPIN Provides Spills and Thrills at the Pantages
by Don Grigware - Oct 23, 2014

In 1972 Pippin opened on Broadway and became one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history, closing in 1977. Stephen Schwartz's bubbling optimistic tunes made the surreal and sensual mood of the piece an ultra-pleasant experience for theatre goers. One actually left the theatre humming the score. Throughout the dreamlike texture of Pippin's quest for his 'Corner of the Sky', however, there blooms a simplistic, timeless message that reverberates to this day. So, even though this brand new revival set in a circus big top is visually more opulent with high swinging artists and feats of magic, the pieces of the puzzle do fit into place - original director Bob Fosse would approve - and the play's substance is untarnished. Director Diane Paulus may take a bow for her simply stunning ambition of embellishment. I prefer the simplicity of the original, which allows your imagination to take flight, but must own up to enjoying most of the new version. How can you not, as the Fosse-esque style with acrobatics added on make for a visually splendid evening of dance and action. (more...)

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