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Get Your Golden Ticket to Broadway's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Starting Next WeekGet Your Golden Ticket to Broadway's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Starting Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions announced today that tickets for the new musical Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle, will go on sale exclusively for MasterCard Cardholders beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 10am EST through Friday, September 16, 2016. (more...)

Julie Andrews Reacts to MARY POPPINS RETURNS CastingJulie Andrews Reacts to MARY POPPINS RETURNS Casting
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2016

Emily Blunt can officially add the approval of the original Mary Poppins herself to a growing list of accolades. According to Entertainment Weekly, when Rob Marshall, the director of the upcoming film, first told Julie Andrews the top-secret news that Emily Blunt would be playing the titular character in the highly-anticipated sequel, her reaction was, 'Oh, wonderful!' (more...)

Matthew Broderick Will Be Honored at Friends of Hudson River Park Gala 2016Matthew Broderick Will Be Honored at Friends of Hudson River Park Gala 2016
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

Gala Co-Chairs Mia Jung & Scott M. Lawin, Sukey & Michael E. Novogratz Megan Walsh Shaoul & Ben Shaoul, and Diana L. Taylor have announced the Friends of Hudson River Park Gala 2016, hosted by Harry Connick, Jr. (more...)

Sandra Bernhard and More to Gather in Celebration of Mx Justin Vivian BondSandra Bernhard and More to Gather in Celebration of Mx Justin Vivian Bond
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

Iconic performer, writer, artist and activist Mx Justin Vivian Bond will close out an epic yearlong retrospective of v's 25 year career at Joe's Pub at The Public with a new show called The Golden Age of Justin Vivian Bond, September 7-10 at 9:00PM, and a tribute concert, Trans/Art/Family: The VIVification of NYC, on September 11 at 8:00PM. (more...)

Photo Flash: WAITRESS Star Jessie Mueller Mentors Kids at Broadway Artists AlliancePhoto Flash: WAITRESS Star Jessie Mueller Mentors Kids at Broadway Artists Alliance
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

On Friday, August 5th, the students of Broadway Artists Alliance received a visit from Tony Award winner, Jessie Mueller. She charmed them from the first moment when she sat down for her interview and rescued an eyelash from Artistic Director Jennifer Johns' cheek so that she could make a wish. Mueller's down-to-earth insight and wisdom was welcomed by the students of Broadway Artists Alliance in a Q&A that seemed to fly by. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

BWW TV: Wonka Arrives in NYC- Watch New Trailer for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY!BWW TV: Wonka Arrives in NYC- Watch New Trailer for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 22, 2016

Wonka has touched down in New York! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle, just announced the show will begin performances Tuesday, March 28, 2017 and officially opens Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street). (more...)

VIDEO: NBC Unveils First Promo for HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Featuring All-Star Cast in Costume!VIDEO: NBC Unveils First Promo for HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Featuring All-Star Cast in Costume!
by TV News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

NBC today unveiled the highly anticipated HAIRSPRAY LIVE! first-look promo — featuring the all-star cast in costume for the first time! (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering Fyvush FinkelPhoto Flash: Remembering Fyvush Finkel
by Walter McBride - Aug 17, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this week, star of stage and screen  Fyvush Finkel just passed away at 93 years of age. Fyvush Finkel began his career over 80 years ago playing the numerous Jewish theatres along Second Avenue. When he was 43 he began touring in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF playing the Innkeeper, then the Butcher and eventually Tevye. (more...)

Top 10 Screen To Stage Musical AdaptationsTop 10 Screen To Stage Musical Adaptations
by Marianka Swain - Aug 17, 2016

The path from screen to stage hasn't always been a smooth one, and celluloid success is no guarantee of musical triumph (just ask the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark team). But London is currently awash with popular medium-jumpers, from Aladdin and The Bodyguard to new musical Groundhog Day, which opened last night at the Old Vic. Here are 10 of the best screen to stage adaptations. (more...)

Welcome to the '60's! First Look at HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Edna & Tracy in CostumeWelcome to the '60's! First Look at HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Edna & Tracy in Costume
by TV News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

PEOPLE has shared an exclusive first look at Harvey Fierstein and newcomer Maddie Baillio in costume in their iconic roles as Edna and Tracy Turnblad in NBC's upcoming HAIRSPRAY LIVE!. (more...)

BWW Interview: Northwest High School Welcomes New Drama Teacher Zoe BurkeBWW Interview: Northwest High School Welcomes New Drama Teacher Zoe Burke
by Alison Bridget Chambers - Aug 17, 2016

BWW Interviews: Northwest High School Welcomes New Drama Teacher (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/15/16- HAIRSPRAYSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/15/16- HAIRSPRAY
by Stage Tube - Aug 15, 2016

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...)

NBC Reveals Starry New Poster Art for HAIRSPRAY LIVE!NBC Reveals Starry New Poster Art for HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

NBC has revealed new poster art for HAIRSPRAY LIVE! featuring the names of the all-star cast members and the tagline 'We all dance to the same beat!'  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Cape Rep Theatre's HAIRSPRAYPhoto Flash: First Look at Cape Rep Theatre's HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Cape Rep Theatre presents the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Hairspray, book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman; based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, August 3rd thru September 3rd, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

VIDEO: Wonka is Coming! Watch Two New Teasers for Broadway-Bound CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORYVIDEO: Wonka is Coming! Watch Two New Teasers for Broadway-Bound CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

The factory is almost open! As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle, just announced the show will begin performances Tuesday, March 28, 2017 and officially opens Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street). Check out two new teasers for the show below! (more...)

The Gates Are Almost Open! CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, Starring Christian Borle, Sets Spring Broadway BowThe Gates Are Almost Open! CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, Starring Christian Borle, Sets Spring Broadway Bow
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

The factory is almost open! Producers for Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle, just announced the show will begin performances Tuesday, March 28, 2017 and officially opens Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street). (more...)

BWW Review: Shake It to the Sound of HAIRSPRAY at Cape RepBWW Review: Shake It to the Sound of HAIRSPRAY at Cape Rep
by Kristen Morale - Aug 7, 2016

With a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman and now directed by Scott Ripley, Cape Rep's production of Hairspray: The Broadway Musical has already imaginably caused quite the stir since its opening on Wednesday. This musical has a little bit of everything that creates a whole lot of joy that will have audiences dancing on their feet even after the show has ended. From the diverse styles (and sheer amount) of dance to an eclectic bunch of characters and costumes that would make any other production of this musical turn green with envy, to the unbelievable talent of the cast and crew and the show's happy ending such a controversial topic as race segregation can bring forth, others aside from myself will assuredly be find themselves wearing a constant smile on their faces throughout. (more...)

Harvey Fierstein Reveals Which Show-Stopping HAIRSPRAY Number Was Almost Cut from ShowHarvey Fierstein Reveals Which Show-Stopping HAIRSPRAY Number Was Almost Cut from Show
by TV News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

In a new interview in The Hollywood Reporter, HAIRSPRAY LIVE!'s Harvey Fierstein and Jennifer Hudson spoke to reporters about the upcoming live broadcast on NBC. F (more...)

Photo Flash: Kristin Chenoweth & Cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE Appear at Summer Press TourPhoto Flash: Kristin Chenoweth & Cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE Appear at Summer Press Tour
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 3, 2016

The cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE, Derek Hough, Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein, Maddie Baillio, Jennifer Hudson, and Ariana Grande appeared at the NBCUniversal Summer Press Tour. (more...)

Sean Hayes and Rosie O'Donnell Join Cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!Sean Hayes and Rosie O'Donnell Join Cast of NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

It was announced Tuesday that Broadway vets, Sean Hayes and Rosie O'Donnell would be joining the cast of NBC's Hairspray Live! as Mr. Pinky and Tracy Turnblad's gym teacher. This news comes hot on the heels of yesterday's announcement that Disney channel star, Dove Cameron, and Garrett Clayton would be joining the cast as Amber von Tussle and Link Larkin, respectively.  (more...)

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