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Photo Flash: First Look at Porchlight Music Theatre's Chicago Premiere of FAR FROM HEAVENPhoto Flash: First Look at Porchlight Music Theatre's Chicago Premiere of FAR FROM HEAVEN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

Porchlight presents the critically acclaimed new musical based on the 2002 film hit starring Julianne Moore. In 1957 suburban Connecticut, Cathy Whitaker seems to be the picture-perfect wife and mother. But boiling beneath the surface, secret longings and forbidden desires cause her world to unravel, with incendiary consequences. Featuring a lush score from Tony Award-nominated (Grey Gardens and Finding Neverland) songwriters Frankel and Korie and a book by Tony Award-winner Greenberg (Take Me Out) that is both jazz-inflected and hauntingly lyrical, FAR FROM HEAVEN is a powerful story of romance, betrayal and intolerance, as a woman grapples with her identity in a society on the verge of upheaval.  (more...)

BWW Column: How Can GALAVANT Improve if Renewed for Unlikely Third Season?BWW Column: How Can GALAVANT Improve if Renewed for Unlikely Third Season?
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 7, 2016

The second season of ABC's medieval musical comedy GALAVANT opens with a song entitled 'A New Season,' a direct response to the nearly unanimous opinion that it would be cancelled after its initial eight-episode run. However, despite middling numbers, ABC brought the quirky show from Dan Fogelman, Alan Menken, and Glenn Slater back this January. While I thought the sophomore season's comedy and storytelling were far superior to the often meandering first season's, Season 2 has struggled to find an audience, rarely able to garner even half the rating's share of Season 1. So, while it is looking extremely unlikely that ABC will roll the dice on the show again, if they do, I have some suggestions for Team GALAVANT that I think will give them a fighting chance in Season 3. (more...)

Official: FUNNY GIRL with Sheridan Smith Extends Booking Into OctoberOfficial: FUNNY GIRL with Sheridan Smith Extends Booking Into October
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Due to unprecedented demand, the critically acclaimed production of Funny Girl, which is fast selling out its run, extends booking for a further 4 weeks until 8 October 2016. Tickets for the extension of Michael Mayer's "exhilarating embrace of a production - Independent" starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress and "phenomenal talent - Independent" Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice go on sale from 10am on 8 February. (more...)

FUNNY GIRL with Sheridan Smith Extends Through October at the SavoyFUNNY GIRL with Sheridan Smith Extends Through October at the Savoy
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

FUNNY GIRL, starring Sheridan Smith, is now running Menier Chocolate Factory through March 5 before transferring to the West End's Savoy Theatre from April 9. According to the Daily Mail, the smash hit production, marking the musical's 50th anniversary year and helmed by Michael Mayer, has just extended its run at the Savoy by four weeks through October 8, 2016. (more...)

Sonia Friedman Named Producer of the YearSonia Friedman Named Producer of the Year
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Acclaimed West End and Broadway producer, Sonia Friedman, has been named Producer of the Year for the second year running at The Stage Awards 2016 held today (29 January) at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Sian Thomas will be taking on the role of Mrs Fox in the Donmar's production of Welcome Home, Captain Fox! replacing Francesca Annis who regrettably has had to withdraw from the production for personal reasons. (more...)

BWW Review: GALAVANT's Renaissance Comedy Troop is Even Better in Season 2BWW Review: GALAVANT's Renaissance Comedy Troop is Even Better in Season 2
by Matt Tamanini - Jan 3, 2016

No one is ever going to confuse ABC's medieval song and dance event GALAVANT for top-notch musical comedy, but after a promising, yet uneven, first season, this delightfully silly show has hit its stride in Season 2 capitalizing on what made it a modest, surprise success in 2015. The second season, which premieres tonight at 8:00pm ET, seems to have found a far more consistent sense of humor allowing it to fully realize the RIDICULOUSNESS that each character and actor is capable of bringing to the table. For the next five weeks, ABC will air two 30-minute episodes every Sunday, each featuring original songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. While this is not exactly the typical Sunday night prestige programming, it is a delightful diversion before TV gets back to being serious for February Sweeps. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 12/15/2015 - 12/22/2015Hottest Articles on BWW 12/15/2015 - 12/22/2015
by - Dec 22, 2015

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 12/15/2015 - 12/22/2015. (more...)

Review Roundup: FUNNY GIRL, Starring Sheridan Smith, Opens in London- UPDATED!Review Roundup: FUNNY GIRL, Starring Sheridan Smith, Opens in London- UPDATED!
by Review Roundups - Dec 17, 2015

FUNNY GIRL returns to the London stage for the first time since its 1966 premiere in a sold-out run, led by Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress Sheridan Smith as 'Fanny Brice'. The multi award-winning Michael Mayer directs the production, opening tonight, 2 December, at Menier Chocolate Factory before a West End transfer. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Cast Announced for FAR FROM HEAVEN Chicago PremiereCast Announced for FAR FROM HEAVEN Chicago Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to present the Chicago premiere of Far From Heaven, book by Richard Greenberg, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie and starring multi-Jeff Award-winner Summer Naomi Smart with Brandon Springman and Evan Tyrone Martin. The production is directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Rob Lindley, music directed by Chuck Larkin and choreographed by William Carlos Angulo, February 5 - March 13, 2016. Previews are Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and opening night is Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The regular performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with the exception of no performances February 11 or March 3 and an added performance Thursday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. Single tickets may be purchased at porchlightmusictheatre.org or 773.327.5252. Groups of ten or more may receive discounts on tickets purchased via Group Theater Tix at 312.423.6612 or grouptheatertix.com. (more...)

VIDEOS: FUNNY GIRL Fever Hits Record High This Sunday on Michael Urie's Cocktails And ClassicsVIDEOS: FUNNY GIRL Fever Hits Record High This Sunday on Michael Urie's Cocktails And Classics
by Michael Dale - Dec 4, 2015

Omar Sharif Jr. is the special guest as Urie and company dish and delight over this classic flick. (more...)

FUNNY GIRL Now Booking Into September 2016FUNNY GIRL Now Booking Into September 2016
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

Following a critically acclaimed opening at the Menier Chocolate Factory this week, the smash hit production of Funny Girl extends its booking period at the Savoy Theatre due to popular demand. Michael Mayer's "exhilarating embrace of a production - Independent" will now run until 10 September 2016 - marking the musical's 50th anniversary year. Tickets for the extended booking period production starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress and "phenomenal talent - Independent" Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice go on sale today. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 12/4/2015 - CHINA DOLL, SCHOOL OF ROCK and More!WAKE UP with BWW 12/4/2015 - CHINA DOLL, SCHOOL OF ROCK and More!
by Jessica Khan - Dec 4, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: Al Pacino returns to Broadway in CHINA DOLL tonight, and SCHOOL OF ROCK brings down the house this Sunday! (more...)

Sheridan Smith-Led FUNNY GIRL to Land on Broadway in 2017?Sheridan Smith-Led FUNNY GIRL to Land on Broadway in 2017?
by Jessica Khan - Dec 3, 2015

Earlier today, BroadwayWorld reported that West End-bound FUNNY GIRL star Sheridan Smith would love to bring the musical to Broadway. Now the Daily Mail reveals rumors that director Michael Mayer and Smith could take the show to the Great White Way in 2017. The site's Baz Bamigboye writes that for now it's 'Purely rumour, at the moment, but a lot of people would like to see it happen.' (more...)

Sheridan Smith on Bringing Her FUNNY GIRL to Broadway: 'That's My Dream'Sheridan Smith on Bringing Her FUNNY GIRL to Broadway: 'That's My Dream'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

Fanny's back. Michael Mayer's Funny Girl just began its pre-West End run at Menier Chocolate Factory and star Sheridan Smith already has her sights on the show's life beyond London. When asked if she's like to bring the show to Broadway, she told the BBC: 'I'd be daft if I said no. I would love to, that's my dream. But would they take a Lincolnshire girl to do a New York-Brooklyn girl? (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 12/2/2015 - FUNNY GIRL, INVISIBLE THREAD, BRIGHT STAR and More!WAKE UP with BWW 12/2/2015 - FUNNY GIRL, INVISIBLE THREAD, BRIGHT STAR and More!
by Jessica Khan - Dec 2, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: FUNNY GIRL opens tonight in London, INVISIBLE THREAD bows off-Broadway, and BRIGHT STAR begins in D.C.! (more...)

FUNNY GIRL, Starring Sheridan Smith, Opens Tonight at Menier Chocolate FactoryFUNNY GIRL, Starring Sheridan Smith, Opens Tonight at Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

FUNNY GIRL returns to the London stage for the first time since its 1966 premiere. The sold-out run, led by Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress Sheridan Smith as 'Fanny Brice', will play through March 5, 2016 before transferring to the Savoy Theatre in the West End from 9 April. The multi award-winning Michael Mayer directs both productions; the first opens tonight 2 December 2015. (more...)

Donmar Warehouse Announces 2016 Spring Season - World Premiere of ELEGY, Revival of FAITH HEALER and More!Donmar Warehouse Announces 2016 Spring Season - World Premiere of ELEGY, Revival of FAITH HEALER and More!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

Donmar Warehouse Announces the 2016 Spring Season! (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: November 13-20THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: November 13-20
by Nora Dominick - Nov 20, 2015

Highlights from this week include MISERY opens on Broadway, BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY gets ready to hit the road, THE WIZ LIVE gets ready to hit TV screens, LAURA BENANTI ties the knot and SO much more! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 11/20/2015 - FIDDLER, FUNNY GIRL, THESE PAPER BULLETS and More!WAKE UP with BWW 11/20/2015 - FIDDLER, FUNNY GIRL, THESE PAPER BULLETS and More!
by Jessica Khan - Nov 20, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: FIDDLER returns to Broadway, FUNNY GIRL arrives in London, Billie Joe Armstrong's new musical lands off-Broadway and more! (more...)

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