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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS' Christopher Wheeldon Set for Reddit AMA This WeekAN AMERICAN IN PARIS' Christopher Wheeldon Set for Reddit AMA This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

In celebration of Bastille Day, Tony Award-winning AN AMERICAN IN PARIS director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will be featured on Reddit.com's "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) on Thursday, July 14 at 12:00pm EST. Mr. Wheeldon will be standing by on www.Reddit.com and available to answer questions about the hit musical and his body of work in the dance world. The hit musical AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is now playing at the Palace Theatre (47th Street and 7th Avenue). (more...)

They Can't Take That Away... AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Sets Broadway Closing; Looks Ahead to U.S. Tour, LondonThey Can't Take That Away... AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Sets Broadway Closing; Looks Ahead to U.S. Tour, London
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

Just announced, the Tony Award-winning musical An American in Paris will close on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Since the first performance at Broadway's Palace Theatre on March 13, 2015, An American in Paris will have played 719 regular performances and 29 previews. (more...)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS to Celebrate 1st Anniversary on Broadway with 'Cake Boss' TreatAN AMERICAN IN PARIS to Celebrate 1st Anniversary on Broadway with 'Cake Boss' Treat
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

The Tony Award-winning hit musical AN AMERICAN IN PARIS celebrates its first year on Broadway tonight, Tuesday, April 12. Since it opened on April 12, 2015 at the Palace Theatre, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS has played 416 regular performances and 29 previews and has been seen by over 650,000 people. Following the performance on April 12, the cast will be treated to a special anniversary cake provided by Carlo's Bakery. (more...)

Garen Scribner and Sara Esty to Lead AN AMERICAN IN PARIS on Tour; Robert Fairchild to Depart Broadway Show This SpringGaren Scribner and Sara Esty to Lead AN AMERICAN IN PARIS on Tour; Robert Fairchild to Depart Broadway Show This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

Just in, Broadway's AN AMERICAN IN PARIS has announced new stars for its leading lineup, who will also be traveling with the show's upcoming national tour this fall. (more...)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Launches Digital Lottery TomorrowAN AMERICAN IN PARIS Launches Digital Lottery Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

The hit new Broadway musical AN AMERICAN IN PARIS will launch a digital lottery beginning Tuesday, January 26. A limited number of tickets will be available through the lottery which will open at 8:00am for matinees / 10:00am for evening performances and will remain open until 11am / 3pm when winners are drawn. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stage & Screen Vet JK Simmons Visits Broadway's AN AMERICAN IN PARISPhoto Flash: Stage & Screen Vet JK Simmons Visits Broadway's AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is now playing at the Palace Theatre (Broadway at 47th Street). The production opened on April 12, 2015 to widespread critical acclaim. Stage and screen vet JK Simmons attended the musical Wednesday night. Scroll down for photos of him with the cast! (more...)

CRITIC'S CHOICE: Get Ahead of the Holiday RushCRITIC'S CHOICE: Get Ahead of the Holiday Rush
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 13, 2015

Turkeys are on-sale at your local supermarket, so there's no better way to know Thanksgiving is just around the corner - yep, less than two weeks away! - which means that local theater companies will be unleashing their holiday season productions with enough productions of A Christmas Story (both the musical and the play), It's A Wonderful Life and Ebenezer Scrooge-led shows that you could shake a stick at! (more...)

CRITICS CHOICE: We Could Make BelieveCRITICS CHOICE: We Could Make Believe
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 6, 2015

Halloween's all done in, there are still three weeks ahead before we officially give thanks, and Christmas - and all its accompanying frenzy and frivolity - is about seven weeks away! So what's there to do for all the theatrical types jonesing for a trip to make believe? Plenty! Theater companies all over middle Tennessee are showing off their best and brightest, with a number of eagerly anticipated shows opening this weekend and/or continuing from their earlier opening nights and next Tuesday there's a sparkling new Broadway musical swinging through Music City to entertain you… (more...)

THE FRIDAY FIVE: MARY POPPINS' Clements and WillisTHE FRIDAY FIVE: MARY POPPINS' Clements and Willis
by Jeffrey Ellis - Nov 6, 2015

Things are sure to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious this weekend, as Mary Poppins - the practically perfect in every way nanny - flies over the housetops of London, lading in Woodbury at The Arts Center of Cannon County. Directed by Allison Hall, the award-winning musical runs for three weekends at ACCC, starring Alice Matlock Clements as Mary Poppins and Scott Willis as Bert, the nimble-footed chimney sweep. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Opening Night of ANNIE National Tour at the Pantages TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at Opening Night of ANNIE National Tour at the Pantages Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

TROIKA Entertainment LLC and the Nederlander Organization are pleased to announce that the eagerly anticipated L.A. engagement of ANNIE has begun performances at Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a limited three-week engagement through Sunday, November 1, 2015. Tickets are are available for purchase at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-982-2787, and at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Boulevard). The box office opens daily at 10am except for Holidays. Check out a first look at the opening night below! (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: Whole Lotta Theatre Goin' OnCRITICS' CHOICE: Whole Lotta Theatre Goin' On
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 23, 2015

Theater in Tennessee has never been busier nor has it been more diverse than what you'll find onstage this weekend throughout the Volunteer State. From frothy and fun summer musicals that are sure to make you think - like All Shook Up at Chaffin's Barn and A Chorus Line at Cumberland County Playhouse - to new plays from Shawn Whitsell (his latest, Songs For Our Sons, premieres at Darkhorse Theatre on Friday night) and emerging playwright Che Pieper (his new script based on the book The Man With the Light in His Window debuts at The Theater Bug this weekend)…the magic of live theater is all around you…even in this heat and humidity! So pull your seersucker suits and sundresses out of the closet, get all gussied up and make your way to the relative cool of a darkened theater for some midsummer magic! (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: It's A Big Weekend OnstageCRITICS' CHOICE: It's A Big Weekend Onstage
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 16, 2015

And Sondra Morton, Jayme Smith and co. (that would be Act Too) stages their company's latest work at the historic Franklin Theatre - The Sound of Music - starring Kimberly Rye as Maria, Cameron Bortz as Rolf and the inimitable Matt Baugher as Georg Von Trapp. Check it out! (more...)

BWW Reviews: BRING IT ON, THE MUSICAL at Arts Center of Cannon CountyBWW Reviews: BRING IT ON, THE MUSICAL at Arts Center of Cannon County
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jul 13, 2015

Truth be told, one of my favorite movies is Bring It On, the story of competitive cheerleading starring Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford and Gabrielle Union - and if I had a dollar for every time I've uttered the phrase 'Brrr…it's cold in here, there must be some Toros in the atmosphere' to my dog following a particularly frigid winter stroll at nighttime...well, I'd be rich. That should give you some indication of how much I love the movie, which has gone on to inspire several sequels and one Broadway musical. (more...)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Receives AEA's 'ACCA' Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus TodayAN AMERICAN IN PARIS Receives AEA's 'ACCA' Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

Actors' Equity Association ('AEA' or 'Equity') recently announced that An American in Paris will receive the ninth annual 'ACCA' Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus. The award will be presented today, June 16 at 4 p.m. during Equity's National Council meeting in New York. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Robert Fairchild, Leanne Cope, and AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Company Celebrate Album Release at Barnes and NoblePhoto Coverage: Robert Fairchild, Leanne Cope, and AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Company Celebrate Album Release at Barnes and Noble
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jun 13, 2015

The company celebrated the release yesterday, June 12th, 2015 at Barnes & Noble and cast members Robert Fairchild,Leanne Cope, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitzand Max von Essen from the 2015 Tony-nominated musical performed songs from and signed copies of the newly released album. Check out photos from the event below! (more...)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Cast Set for CD Signing at Barnes & Noble TodayAN AMERICAN IN PARIS Cast Set for CD Signing at Barnes & Noble Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

Masterworks Broadway just released the Original Broadway Cast Recording of An American in Paris, produced by Rob Fisher and Scott Lehrer. Join the company today, June 12th, 2015 at Barnes & Noble (click here for exact store location) as cast members Robert Fairchild, Leanne Cope, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitz and Max von Essen from the 2015 Tony-nominated musical perform songs from and sign copies of the newly released album! (more...)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Receives AEA's 'ACCA' Award for Outstanding Broadway ChorusAN AMERICAN IN PARIS Receives AEA's 'ACCA' Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2015

Actors' Equity Association ('AEA' or 'Equity') today announced that An American in Paris will receive the ninth annual 'ACCA' Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus. Presented by Equity's Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA), the ACCA Award is the only industry accolade of its kind to honor the distinctive talents and contributions made by the original chorus members of a Broadway musical. (more...)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS' Christopher Wheeldon Wins Tony for Best ChoreographyAN AMERICAN IN PARIS' Christopher Wheeldon Wins Tony for Best Choreography
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2015

Christopher Wheeldon has won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Choreography for AN AMERICAN IN PARIS.  (more...)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS' Natasha Katz Wins Tony for Best Lighting Design - MusicalAN AMERICAN IN PARIS' Natasha Katz Wins Tony for Best Lighting Design - Musical
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2015

Natasha Katz has won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical for AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. (more...)

BWW's 'Brush Up On Your Tony Nominees' Guide: Best MusicalBWW's 'Brush Up On Your Tony Nominees' Guide: Best Musical
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 4, 2015

Leading up to Broadway's biggest night, the 2015 TONY AWARDS, BWW will be bringing you an overview of this year's nominees in the top categories. Next up, the nominees for Best Musical. (more...)

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