The Araca Group News

NNPN Unveils Twelve Productions of Three Rolling World Premieres
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

The NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK (NNPN), the country's alliance of non-profit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces its 44th, 45th, and 46th Rolling World Premieres: Nathan Alan Davis' Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea, Andrew Hinderaker's Colossal, and William Missouri Downs' Women Playing Hamlet will receive a total of 12 productions through the Network's Continued Life of New Plays Fund in the 2014/15 season. (more...)

West End's WICKED Welcomes 6 Millionth Theatregoer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

WICKED, the award-winning musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, welcomed its 6 millionth theatregoer to London's Apollo Victoria Theatre last night, Thursday 24 July. Owen Thomas attended the performance with Stephanie Willingham, both from Bury St. Edmonds, and enjoyed a backstage visit with the cast after the show. (more...)

The Araca Project Announces Seven Original Productions
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

The Araca Group has announced the seven shows that will comprise the 2014 Araca Project season, lasting from September 7th until November 2nd at the American Theatre of Actors. Led by Matthew Rego, Michael Rego, and Hank Unger, The Araca Group is a New York City-based Broadway production and merchandising that has served, among others, Wicked, Urinetown, Rock of Ages, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. In addition, Araca is now the largest screen printing and merchandising company on Broadway. Learn more at www.araca.com. (more...)

2014 HELPMANN AWARDS NOMINATIONS Announced
by Barry Lenny - Jul 15, 2014

The 2014 Helpmann Awards Nominees were announced simultaneously at events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth. (more...)

Chandra Lee Schwartz and Etai BenShlomo to Join WICKED National Tour in Salt Lake City, July 29
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

The company of the first North American tour of WICKED will be welcoming Chandra Lee Schwartz as Glinda and Etai BenShlomo on Tuesday, July 29 in Salt Lake City, UT. (more...)

Kerry Ellis to Return to West End's WICKED; Willemijn Verkaik Will Play Final Performance this Saturday
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

WICKED, the award-winning musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is proud to welcome back the original British Elphaba, Kerry Ellis, who will recreate her celebrated performance from Monday 4 August until Saturday 25 October 2014*. Willemijn Verkaik will play her final performance as Elphaba this Saturday (19 July 2014 at 7.30pm**). She departs the production in order to have surgery to address an ongoing back condition. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HELPMANN AWARDS 2014 NOMINATIONS Announced Across Australia
by Jade Kops - Jul 14, 2014

The Helpmann Awards are Australia's version of Broadway's Tony Awards and London's Olivier Awards. The annual awards recognise achievement in live performance including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre. (more...)

Jenna Russell, Jonathan Slinger & Marc Elliott to Reprise Roles in West End Transfer of URINETOWN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Olivier Award winning Jenna Russell, star of the RSC, Jonathan Slinger, and EastEnders' Marc Elliott, reprise their acclaimed roles, Penelope Pennywise, Officer Lockstock and Mr. McQueen respectively, in the West End transfer of Jamie Lloyd's ground breaking, splash hit production of Urinetown The Musical. (more...)

Capitol Theatre's WICKED Announces Drawing for $25 Seats, 7/9-8/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 02, 2014

A day-of-performance drawing for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED, which is returning to the Capitol Theatre with performances from July 9 - August 24. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Capitol Theatre box office will have their names placed in a drawing drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This drawing is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Drawing participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets. (more...)

URINETOWN Transfers To Apollo Theatre From Sept 29, 2014!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

Director Jamie Lloyd's critically acclaimed, sell-out production of Urinetown The Musical, will transfer to the Apollo Theatre, running from 29 September 2014. (more...)

New Tickets Released for WICKED in Sydney
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

Due to extraordinary demand, new tickets will be released today for the Sydney season of the award-winning musical theatre blockbuster WICKED. The new seats are for performances from 31 October to 16 November. WICKED Australian Co-Producer John Frost said, "Audiences are flocking to WICKED in Melbourne, and bookings are very strong for the return of WICKED to Sydney - it really is the most successful Broadway musical of the past decade. Audiences can't wait to see this glorious show back at the beautiful Capitol Theatre in September." (more...)

Tony-Winning A RAISIN IN THE SUN Closes Tonight on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2014

Broadway's critically acclaimed production of Denzel Washington in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun closes tonight at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It was directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon and originally opened on April 3 for a limited engagement. (more...)

Tony-Winning A RAISIN IN THE SUN Revival Recoups on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

Broadway's critically acclaimed production of Denzel Washington in Lorraine Hansberry's A RAISIN IN THE SUN is celebrating a big week. Not only did it take home three 2014 Tony Awards (Best Revival of a Play, Best Director of a Play -- Kenny Leon, and Best Featured Actress in a Play -- Sophie Okonedo) on Sunday night, it has also recouped its entire capitalization. The production, which began previews Saturday, March 8, officially opened on Thursday, April 3 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47 Street), where it will end its limited engagement run this Sunday, June 15. (more...)

Pulitzer Prize-Winning DISGRACED to Open on Broadway at Lyceum Theatre in Fall 2014; Previews Begin 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

Producers confirmed today that the Pulitzer Prize winning play DISGRACED by Ayad Akhtar will have a Broadway production this fall, beginning previews onSeptember 27 and opening on October 23 at the Lyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th Street. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, DISGRACED received Obie and Joseph Jefferson Awards. (more...)

WICKED Becomes West End's 10th Longest Running Show
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2014

WICKED, the multi award-winning musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is now the West End's 10th longest running show. Currently in its 8th year at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre, this "wickedly good" (Sunday Express) original new musical has now been seen by over 5.5 million people since its London premiere in September 2006 and played over 3000 performances. (more...)

Broadway's WICKED Flies Into Sacramento Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in 2012, Wicked, Broadway's biggest blockbuster, will return to Sacramento Community Center Theater from tonight, May 28 through June 15 as part of the Broadway Sacramento series. (more...)

WICKED Announces Lottery Policy for Sacramento Community Center Theater Run, 5/28-6/15
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED, which is returning to Sacramento Community Center Theater with performances from May 28 - June 15. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Convention Center Box Office, 1301 L Street, will have their names placed in a lottery drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: WICKED's Jemma Rix Performs 'Defying Gravity' on SUNRISE
by Stage Tube - May 21, 2014

The 10th Anniversary Australian tour of the international musical theatre blockbuster Wicked opened May 10 at Melbourne's Regent Theatre. WICKED stars Lucy Durack as Glinda and Jemma Rix as Elphaba, both reprising the roles which shot them to stardom during the original Australian tour. Click below to watch a clip of Rix perform 'Defying Gravity' on Sunrise! (more...)

GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE, HEDWIG, Neil Patrick Harris & More Win at the 80th Annual Drama League Awards!
by BWW Special Coverage - May 16, 2014

The 80th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon is being held this afternoon, May 16, at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, where winners will be announced for Distinguished Production of a Play, Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and the much coveted Distinguished Performance Award. This year's event, which began at noon, is hosted by Broadway veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson. BroadwayWorld is updating the winners live! Check back in to find out who took home the big awards! (more...)

Fran Drescher Extends Run in CINDERELLA Through 6/29
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

The Emmy and Golden Globe nominated star Fran Drescher ('The Nanny') will extend her engagement an additional three weeks until June 29 in Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA on Broadway, it has been announced by the Tony Award-winning musical's producers Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman and Stephen Kocis. Ms. Drescher - making her Broadway debut this season as Cinderella's wicked stepmother - joined the production in February and, while an extension through June 8 was previously announced, it has been determined anew that Ms. Drescher will remain with the CINDERELLA company through June 29. (more...)

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