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Photo Flash: THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL Cast & Creatives Meet the Press in Chicago!Photo Flash: THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL Cast & Creatives Meet the Press in Chicago!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

Yesterday, May 19, the cast and creative team of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL arrived in Chicago for a press conference. Check out a look at the big day below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Director Tina Landau Talks THE SPONGEBOB MUSICALSTAGE TUBE: Director Tina Landau Talks THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL
by Stage Tube - May 20, 2016

On Thursday, May 19, the cast and creative team of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL arrived in Chicago - and BroadwayWorld.com was on hand to meet the team! Today's entry: director, co-conceiver, and hometown Steppenwolf Ensemble member Tina Landau discusses the world premiere. Keep an eye on BroadwayWorld.com all week for SPONGEBOB updates from local contributors Misha Davenport and M. William Panek. (more...)

Rachel Tucker Returns To West End WICKED! New Cast Announced!Rachel Tucker Returns To West End WICKED! New Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is proud to announce that, from Monday 5 September 2016, the new cast that will lead the award-winning show through its 10th birthday celebrations at the Apollo Victoria Theatre will include: Rachel Tucker, who will return to the London production direct from a triumphant run on Broadway to play Elphaba; Suzie Mathers, who joins from the Australian production to star as Glinda; Oliver Savile, who continues as Fiyero; Anita Dobson, who joins to play Madame Morrible; Mark Curry, who continues as The Wizard; original cast member Martin Ball, who returns to play Doctor Dillamond; original cast member Katie Rowley Jones, who continues as Nessarose and Idriss Kargbo, who joins to play Boq. (more...)

Jennifer DiNoia Will Fly Back Into Broadway's WICKED This Summer!Jennifer DiNoia Will Fly Back Into Broadway's WICKED This Summer!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Beginning Monday, August 1, JENNIFER DiNOIA will assume the role of Elphaba in the Broadway company of WICKED.  Jennifer has performed the role of Elphaba in seven companies across four countries, more than any other actress in the show's history.   (more...)

All In! Second Annual Broadway Bets Raises $247,800 for BC/EFAAll In! Second Annual Broadway Bets Raises $247,800 for BC/EFA
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

Theatre fans and Broadway's biggest behind-the-scenes players went 'all in' last night, May 16, 2016, at the second annual edition of BROADWAY BETS, Broadway's official poker tournament, raising a spectacular $247,800 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (more...)

American Theater Company's 2016-17 Season to Feature World Premieres & MoreAmerican Theater Company's 2016-17 Season to Feature World Premieres & More
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

American Theater Company (ATC) proudly announces Season 32, led by its newly appointed Artistic Director Will Davis and continuing the theater's dedication to developing new works. (more...)

American Theater Company Announces 2016-17 SeasonAmerican Theater Company Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

American Theater Company (ATC) proudly announces Season 32, led by its newly appointed Artistic Director Will Davis and continuing the theater's dedication to developing new works. The 2016-17 season kicks off this September with the world premiere of Dan Aibel's T., an exploration of the competitive ice skating saga between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, directed byMargot Bordelon, Sept. 23-Oct. 30, 2016. In the New Year, ATC presents Jaclyn Backhaus' Men On Boats, making its regional premiere at ATC Jan. 6-Feb. 12, 2017, under Will Davis' direction after he remounts his acclaimed New York production Off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons this summer. Next spring brings another world premiere at ATC, Basil Kreimendahl's We're Gonna Be Okay, March 17-April 23, 2017. The production is directed by Bonnie Metzgar and was originally developed at ATC in collaboration with The Araca Group during AracaWorks: Chicago 2015. The final production of ATC's 2016-17 Season is a reimagined classic, Pulitzer Prize winner Picnic by William Inge, under Davis' direction May 19-June 25, 2017. Season subscriptions are on sale now and range from $60-$150, with special pricing available for advance purchases before July 31, 2016. To purchase a subscription or for more information, visit www.atcweb.org or call the ATC Box Office at 773-409-4125. (more...)

Theater J to Close Season with Ziegler's ANOTHER WAY HOME, 6/23-7/17Theater J to Close Season with Ziegler's ANOTHER WAY HOME, 6/23-7/17
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Theater J will bring playwright Anna Ziegler back to DC with the insightful, wry drama, Another Way Home, which plays June 23 through July 17, 2016. Another Way Home, directed by Shirley Serotsky, follows the Nadelman parents (Rick Foucheux and Naomi Jacobson) at summer camp visiting day which quickly turns into a family emergency. Their son Joey (Chris Stinson), is nowhere to be found and they are left wondering - where has he gone, why is their marriage lacking, and what might have happened if they had taken a different path. Join us as we transform Theater J into Camp Kickapoo and discover a little bit more about the strangers we all live with - our family. (more...)

WICKED Announces UK/International Tour Cast - Jacqueline Hughes, Carly Anderson, Bradley Jaden and More; Opens at Alhambra Theatre, July 20WICKED Announces UK/International Tour Cast - Jacqueline Hughes, Carly Anderson, Bradley Jaden and More; Opens at Alhambra Theatre, July 20
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

WICKED, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to announce that Jacqueline Hughes (Elphaba), Carly Anderson (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Kim Ismay (Madame Morrible), Iddon Jones (Boq), Emily Shaw (Nessarose) and Jodie Steele (Standby for Elphaba) will lead the cast at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford from Wednesday 20 July 2016 (and on its subsequent international tour). (more...)

World Premiere of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL Extends Chicago RunWorld Premiere of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL Extends Chicago Run
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Broadway In Chicago and The SpongeBob Musical have announced a one-week extension through Sunday, July 10. Performances will begin on Tuesday, June 7 at Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL). (more...)

THE HUMANS, Jujamcyn, Disney & More to Sponsor BC/EFA's 2016 BROADWAY BETS BenefitTHE HUMANS, Jujamcyn, Disney & More to Sponsor BC/EFA's 2016 BROADWAY BETS Benefit
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Broadway's biggest behind-the-scenes players - from major theatre owners and advertisement agencies to production companies and producers - have grabbed seats at the table for Broadway Bets, Broadway's official poker tournament, on Monday, May 16, 2016. The evening is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (more...)

Her Universe & Hot Topic Team Up for New STAR WARS CollectionHer Universe & Hot Topic Team Up for New STAR WARS Collection
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Groundbreaking fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand, Her Universe, and leading specialty retailer, Hot Topic, announced today an all-new Star Wars: The Force Awakens fashion collection featuring dresses, cardigans, jackets and leggings available only at select Hot Topic stores and online at HotTopic.com. The Force Awakens-inspired line features designs by the winners of last year's Her Universe 'Geek Couture' Fashion Show held at Comic-Con International in San Diego where finalists Leetal Platt and Kelly Cercone wowed the audience with their original, handmade creations on the runway and took top honors at the event. As part of the grand prize, Platt and Cercone were rewarded the exciting professional opportunity to design an exclusive Star Wars fashion collection with Her Universe founder, Ashley Eckstein, for Hot Topic. To celebrate the hit film, The Force Awakens, and this brand new collection, Her Universe and Hot Topic have gone all out to create dynamic, stylish, high-quality fashions to awaken any fangirl's geeky wardrobe. (more...)

HOW ARE THESE SONGS (AND WHY?): THE MUSIC (?) OF MIKE HADGE Set for Bar Lubitsch, 5/2HOW ARE THESE SONGS (AND WHY?): THE MUSIC (?) OF MIKE HADGE Set for Bar Lubitsch, 5/2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

It's comedy and music (together at last) at the Los Angeles venue, Bar Lubitsch, on Monday, May 2nd as award-winning comedy songwriter Mike Hadge hosts a concert of his work,  HOW ARE THESE SONGS (AND WHY?): THE MUSIC (?) OF MIKE HADGE. (more...)

Photo Flash: Britain's Got Talent Singing Sensation Beau Dermott Visits WICKEDPhoto Flash: Britain's Got Talent Singing Sensation Beau Dermott Visits WICKED
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2016

WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, was delighted to welcome Beau Dermott and her family to the Apollo Victoria Theatre last night (Friday 15 April), where she met the cast after the show. 12 year old Beau's rendition of Wicked's hit song 'Defying Gravity' wowed the judges on ITV's Britain's Got Talent, winning her the 'Golden Buzzer' and immediately securing herself a place in the live semi-finals. (more...)

WICKED Becomes 8th Longest-Running Show in West EndWICKED Becomes 8th Longest-Running Show in West End
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has become the 8th longest-running show currently playing in the West End*, following the closure on Saturday 9th April 2016 of Billy Elliot The Musical after an incredible run of 11 years. Wicked, which is now in its 10th year, is already the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history*.  *Information verified by The Society of London Theatre. (more...)

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL Nets its Mr. Krabs; Complete Cast Announced for Pre-Broadway Premiere!THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL Nets its Mr. Krabs; Complete Cast Announced for Pre-Broadway Premiere!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Broadway In Chicago and The SpongeBob Musical have set complete casting for the Chicago engagement, announcing that Carlos Lopez has joined the cast as Mr. Krabs. (more...)

Calling All Designers! Submit a Fashion Collection with Her Universe for Retailer Hot TopicCalling All Designers! Submit a Fashion Collection with Her Universe for Retailer Hot Topic
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

The Her Universe Fashion Show, the ultimate runway for fangirl fashion, returns to the world's premiere comic book and popular arts convention, San Diego Comic-Con, July 21st 6:00pm at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. (more...)

UK's WICKED to Play 4000th Performance, TodayUK's WICKED to Play 4000th Performance, Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, will play its landmark 4000th performance at 2.30pm today (Wednesday 30 March 2016). The award-winning production is currently the9th longest-running show in the West End* and already the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history*.  *Information verified by The Society of London Theatre. (more...)

BC/EFA Doubles Down on BROADWAY BETS; Second Annual Poker Tournament to be Held in MayBC/EFA Doubles Down on BROADWAY BETS; Second Annual Poker Tournament to be Held in May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is doubling down on Broadway Bets, Broadway's official poker tournament, which will return for its second edition on Monday, May 16, 2016. The spirited annual event will welcome celebrities, industry insiders and poker-faced theatre fans to Sardi's Restaurant (234 West 44th Street), New York City's iconic theatre district restaurant. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mark Curry as The Wizard in the West End's WICKEDPhoto Flash: First Look at Mark Curry as The Wizard in the West End's WICKED
by Marianka Swain - Mar 29, 2016

West End musical phenomenon WICKED, which tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has released the first pictures of Mark Curry as The Wizard. Actor and presenter Curry took over the role on March 25, alongside Emma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Sean Kearns (Doctor Dillamond), Daniel Hope (Boq) and Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose). (more...)

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