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BWW Exclusive Interview: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Discuss BOMBSHELL, THE WIZ, Returning to Broadway and More; Plus a Career in PicturesBWW Exclusive Interview: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Discuss BOMBSHELL, THE WIZ, Returning to Broadway and More; Plus a Career in Pictures
by Richard Ridge - Aug 27, 2015

Earlier this month, BroadwayWorld.com sat down with the very busy dynamic duo of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to discuss... well, everything. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in PicturesBWW Exclusive: Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - A Career in Pictures
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are two of the most renowned producers working in the industry today. They are best known for their work on the past three Academy Awards ceremonies, The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live! and Smash. Their Broadway credits include Promises, Promises and How to Succeed in Buisness Without Really Trying. Film credits include Hairspray, Chicago, A Raisin in the Sun and Footloose. Upcoming projects include The Wiz Live!, the movie adaptation of Pippin and much more. (more...)

Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman Release LET ME BE YOUR STAR!Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman Release LET ME BE YOUR STAR!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2015

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Photo Flash: HAIRSPRAY's Marissa Perry Teaches NYC Master ClassPhoto Flash: HAIRSPRAY's Marissa Perry Teaches NYC Master Class
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015

On August 22nd from 2PM to 4:30PM in New York City, Robert Peterpaul Productions produced a special 'Musical Theatre Audition Technique Class with Marissa Perry.' The event was a part of RPP's 'Personable', a series of workshops that aims to assist aspiring talent in honing their craft and polishing their audition skills. (more...)

BWW Feature: Escape the Dog Days of Summer w/ Our Favorite Animal ShowtunesBWW Feature: Escape the Dog Days of Summer w/ Our Favorite Animal Showtunes
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 23, 2015

While August is quickly winding down, much of the country is still engulfed in an oppressive summer heat. Whether or not it's global warming (it's global warming), there is no escaping the Dog Days of Summer. So, for our monthly feature, Jeff Walker and I made the only tangentially related leap to take a look at our favorite showtunes about animals, dogs or otherwise. Take a look at what we came up with, and share yours in the comments below. (more...)

Marc Shaiman Serenaded Backstage By Rahway HAIRSPRAY CastMarc Shaiman Serenaded Backstage By Rahway HAIRSPRAY Cast
by Michael Dale - Aug 19, 2015

Composer/lyricist Marc Shaiman took a drive to Rahway, New Jersey Tuesday evening to do a Q&A with the cast of the Vanguard Theatre Company's production of Hairspray. (more...)

Circle Theatre to Conclude Season with CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Next MonthCircle Theatre to Conclude Season with CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

Circle Theatre closes the 2015 season in September with CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, a splashy musical spectacle that follows the high-flying adventures of a globe-trotting con-artist. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/15/15- HAIRSPRAYSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/15/15- HAIRSPRAY
by Stage Tube - Aug 15, 2015

Today in 2002, Hairspray opened at the Neil Simon Theatre, where it ran for 2642 performances. Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s. (more...)

(mostly)musicals Asks What's Your LUCKY NUMBER? 8/24 at the E Spot Lounge(mostly)musicals Asks What's Your LUCKY NUMBER? 8/24 at the E Spot Lounge
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2015

Following their most successful show to date in July, (mostly)musicals will return to the E Spot Lounge on Monday, August 24 with LUCKY NUMBER, the company's 13th entry in a series of themed cabarets. (more...)

TUTS Extends OLIVER! and HAIRSPRAY by One WeekTUTS Extends OLIVER! and HAIRSPRAY by One Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2015

Due to overwhelming demand, Theatre Under the Stars' (TUTS) critically acclaimed and celebrated summer hits Oliver! The Musical and Hairspray -- The Broadway Musical, will extend their runs by one week. The seven newly added performances will see the shows continue to run at Stanley Park's picturesque Malkin Bowl (on alternating evenings) through to August 29, 2015 as the second official hold over in TUTS' more than 70-year history. (more...)

Patti LuPone's MATTERS OF THE HEART Set For Re-Issue, 9/18Patti LuPone's MATTERS OF THE HEART Set For Re-Issue, 9/18
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 6, 2015

A dynamite diva re-releases a seminal recording! (more...)

NJPAC & NJTV to Present AMERICAN SONGBOOK in OctoberNJPAC & NJTV to Present AMERICAN SONGBOOK in October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an evening with American Songbook - a words-and-music series co-presented by NJPAC and NJTV - returns for a third season! (more...)

The Ziegfeld Theater to Stage HAIRSPRAY, 8/14-9/5The Ziegfeld Theater to Stage HAIRSPRAY, 8/14-9/5
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Continuing a successful season of plays, The Ziegfeld Theater is pleased to bring audience favorite, HAIRSPRAY, to its stage, running August 14 - September 5, 2015. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Must See HAIRSPRAY Leaves 'em Dancing in the Aisles at Porthouse TheatreBWW Reviews: Must See HAIRSPRAY Leaves 'em Dancing in the Aisles at Porthouse Theatre
by Roy Berko - Aug 3, 2015

The farcical yet message-loaded 'Hairspray' is the type of musical that in a bad production falls flat, but in a good production leaves the audience energized and dancing in the aisles. Fortunately the must see production at Porthouse Theatre is dynamic, creative, full of joy! (more...)


by Marina Kennedy - Jul 29, 2015

Andy Donald is the Producer of Artistic Development and Community Program for New Jersey Performing Arts Center. We recently interviewed him to learn a little more about his career and the upcoming season at the Center. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at Uptown PlayersBWW Reviews: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at Uptown Players
by Kyle West - Jul 27, 2015

Famous con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. managed to pass himself off as a pilot, an ER doctor and a lawyer between the ages of 15-21 before finally getting caught. Although he never tried his hand as an actor, Frank Jr.'s biography, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, created dramatic opportunities for two other young stars, first on-screen with Leonardo DiCaprio, and later on Broadway with Aaron Tveit. Although the Broadway producers failed to find the financial (and critical) success that Abagnale and the film producers celebrated (closing after only 6 months), the musical launched a non-union production, which toured the US for another 7 months before rights were released to regional theatres. Now, marking its local debut, Uptown Players' new production is here - and it definitely makes the most of the musical's victories to create a fantastic opportunity for another star in our midst. (more...)

BWW Reviews: New Compact HAIRSPRAY A Rousing Winner at OC's Chance TheaterBWW Reviews: New Compact HAIRSPRAY A Rousing Winner at OC's Chance Theater
by Michael L. Quintos - Jul 27, 2015

Bravo to Chance Theater for taking on this mainstream hit and making it actually feel like a fresh, awesome little indie. Now playing through August 9, the latest offering from Orange County's bold, award-winning regional theater company is their own 'intimate' theater re-staging of HAIRSPRAY, the 2002 hit Tony Award-winning musical comedy. The results? Quite simply a more compact production that is an absolutely undeniable, all-around rousing winner. Under the direction of Kari Hayter, the celebratory production's immersive, semi-theater-in-the-round minimalist approach actually thrusts the show's outstanding music and comedy out front, wonderfully blanketing the audience in the show's pro-integration, pro-acceptance storyline about a rotund young lady with big hair and big dreams who sets off to change the world. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY's Marissa Perry to Teach NYC Musical Theatre Audition ClassHAIRSPRAY's Marissa Perry to Teach NYC Musical Theatre Audition Class
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2015

Robert Peterpaul Productions announced that it will present a special 'Musical Theatre Audition Technique Class with Marissa Perry' on August 22nd from 2PM to 4:30PM in New York City. (more...)

Stage Scene & Song's Summer Youth Theater Collaborative to Present CATCH ME IF YOU CANStage Scene & Song's Summer Youth Theater Collaborative to Present CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

Stage Scene & Song Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit Bergen County, NJ youth theater arts company, is thrilled to present their Summer Youth Theater Collaborative 2015 production of Catch Me If You Can, the high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Well, almost. (more...)

Uptown Players' CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Begins 7/24Uptown Players' CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Begins 7/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

Uptown Players continues its 2015 season with the 2011 Tony nominated musical Catch Me If You Can. Based on the hit film and the incredible true story that inspired it, (Book by Terrence McNally and a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman), Catch Me If You Can, is the high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught, at the Kalita Humphreys Theater from July 24 to August 9, 2015. (more...)

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