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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...)

Cristin Milioti, GOODFOLK, Dan Band and More Set for Joe's Pub, 7/8-19Cristin Milioti, GOODFOLK, Dan Band and More Set for Joe's Pub, 7/8-19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2015

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances from July 8-19, 2015. Scroll down for details, or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

Hot Story: Marc Shaiman on Equality, Facebook, Daily News HAIRSPRAY Story & More!Hot Story: Marc Shaiman on Equality, Facebook, Daily News HAIRSPRAY Story & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2015

Today, The New York Daily News featured an article on Shaiman's remarks and shared Fortier's response to Shaiman from an email she had written to him. Following the article, Marc Shaiman posted the following comments on his official Facebook page (more...)

Composer Marc Shaiman & HAIRSPRAY Star Clash Over  Marriage EqualityComposer Marc Shaiman & HAIRSPRAY Star Clash Over Marriage Equality
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 6, 2015

HAIRSPRAY composer Marc Shaiman used Facebook to 'unfriend' actress and longtime friend Fortier following her recent disapproval on social media of a marriage between two mutual male friends. (more...)

BOMBSHELL to Make a 'Smash' Onstage; BWW Looks Back on How It All BeganBOMBSHELL to Make a 'Smash' Onstage; BWW Looks Back on How It All Began
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 3, 2015

BWW has put together a SMASH retrospective, from inception to TV series to benefit concert to stage! Travel back in time with a look back on how it all began! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Tony Maudsley, Freya Sutton & More Cast of UK Tour's HAIRSPRAYPhoto Flash: First Look at Tony Maudsley, Freya Sutton & More Cast of UK Tour's HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

Hairspray will star Tony Maudsley (ITV1's Benidorm) as Edna Turnblad, TV and stage actress and presenter Claire Sweeney (Educating Rita, Guys and Dolls) as Velma Von Tussle, Olivier Award nominated actor and much-loved Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan (BBC1 Tumble) as Wilbur Turnblad and British singer and West End performer Brenda Edwards (Chicago, We Will Rock You, The X Factor) as Motormouth Maybelle. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 6/23/2015 - 6/30/2015Hottest Articles on BWW 6/23/2015 - 6/30/2015
by - Jun 30, 2015

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 6/23/2015 - 6/30/2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: Ryann Redmond, Bryan Batt & More Backstage at HAIRSPRAY at The Muny!Photo Flash: Ryann Redmond, Bryan Batt & More Backstage at HAIRSPRAY at The Muny!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

The Muny presents Hairspray, winner of the 2003 Tony® Award for Best Musical, featuring music by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittmanwith a book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan. The Muny's production of Hairspray is directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges and music directed by Charlie Alterman. Check out a first look at the production below! (more...)

Cristin Milioti, Bridget Everett, Canada Day and More Set for Joe's Pub This JulyCristin Milioti, Bridget Everett, Canada Day and More Set for Joe's Pub This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its upcoming nightly performances, July 1 - July 12, 2015. Scroll down for details, or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows! (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: June 20-26THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: June 20-26
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 26, 2015

Still reeling from the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announcement? Getting ready for Broadway in Bryant Park? Didn't have time check in on all of the latest Broadway news? Well don't worry BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the biggest stories from this week from Broadway and beyond with BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures.' (more...)

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Celebrates Second Year on the West End Tonight!CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Celebrates Second Year on the West End Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

The award-winning West End production of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes, will mark its second anniversary tonight with a gala performance and party for cast, crew and special guests. (more...)

BWW TV: Bryan Batt on Heading to The MUNY in HAIRSPRAY, His Broadway Career & MoreBWW TV: Bryan Batt on Heading to The MUNY in HAIRSPRAY, His Broadway Career & More
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 24, 2015

The Muny is currently presenting Hairspray, winner of the 2003 Tony® Award for Best Musical, featuring music by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman with a book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan. The Muny's production of Hairspray is directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges and music directed by Charlie Alterman. Starring as Edna Turnblad is stage and screen vet Bryan Batt, who recently sat down the executive producer and artistic director Mike Isaacson and opened up about his career and taking on the role - check out the interview below! (more...)

BWW TV: Welcome to The Muny! Check Out Highlights from the Starry Summer Production of HAIRSPRAYBWW TV: Welcome to The Muny! Check Out Highlights from the Starry Summer Production of HAIRSPRAY
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 24, 2015

The Muny is currently presenting Hairspray, winner of the 2003 Tony® Award for Best Musical, featuring music by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman with a book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan. The Muny's production of Hairspray is directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges and music directed by Charlie Alterman. Check out a first look at the cast of the starry summer production below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: HAIRSPRAY is a Blast at The MUNYBWW Reviews: HAIRSPRAY is a Blast at The MUNY
by Chris Gibson - Jun 24, 2015

The MUNY continues its season with an exuberant and colorful staging of HAIRSPRAY, the musical based on filmmaker and author John Waters' most accessible, and mainstream, movie. Of course, the master of bad taste allowed some of the rougher edges to get smoothed over in the process, but the core messages of understanding and acceptance in the face of prejudice and intolerance is still present, and that's what's truly important. Get out while the weather is gorgeous and take in the MUNY's fabulous production of HAIRSPRAY! (more...)

HAIRPSRAY to Run 7/22-8/2 at the CovedaleHAIRPSRAY to Run 7/22-8/2 at the Covedale
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Avenue announces the Cincinnati Young People's Theatre's 34th annual summer musical - Hairspray running Wednesday, July 22 through Sunday, August 2, 2015! (more...)

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