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BWW Review: Lost Nation's HAIRSPRAY is a Non-Stop DelightBWW Review: Lost Nation's HAIRSPRAY is a Non-Stop Delight
by Erin McIntyre - Apr 28, 2016

Lost Nation Theater opened a high-energy production of the musical HAIRSPRAY last week at Montpelier's City Hall Arts Center. With music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, and book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, HAIRSPRAY opened on Broadway in 2002 and went on to win eight Tony Awards. (more...)

VIDEO: DANCING WITH THE STARS Recreates HAIRSPRAY's 'You Can't Stop the Beat'VIDEO: DANCING WITH THE STARS Recreates HAIRSPRAY's 'You Can't Stop the Beat'
by TV News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Opening the night was celebrity contestant Kim Fields and her partner Sasha Farber who danced a Jive to 'You Can't Stop The Beat' from HAIRSPRAY. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mercury Theater Chicago's THE PRODUCERSPhoto Flash: First Look at Mercury Theater Chicago's THE PRODUCERS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Mercury Theater Chicago presents the award winning musical comedy sensation THE PRODUCERS, running now through June 26, 2016. It is truly a "boffo" hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night. The production is led by Jeff-Award winners L. Walter Stearns (Director), Eugene Dizon (Musical Director), and Brigitte Ditmars (Choreography). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Mercury Theater Chicago Celebrates Opening Night of THE PRODUCERSPhoto Flash: Mercury Theater Chicago Celebrates Opening Night of THE PRODUCERS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2016

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue, presents the award winning musical comedy sensation THE PRODUCERS, from April 14 to June 26, 2016. It is truly a "boffo" hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night. The production will be led by Jeff-Award winners L. Walter Stearns (Director), Eugene Dizon (Musical Director), and Brigitte Ditmars (Choreography). Scroll down to see photos from the company's opening night celebration! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/21/16- ANNIESTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/21/16- ANNIE
by Stage Tube - Apr 21, 2016

Today in 1977, Annie opened at the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre), where it ran for 2377 performances. Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical's songs 'Tomorrow' and 'It's the Hard-Knock Life' are among its most popular musical numbers. (more...)

Broadway's an Open Book: Bookwriters From ON YOUR FEET!, TUCK EVERLASTING, ALADDIN, SOMETHING ROTTEN!, JERSEY BOYS and DISASTER! Talk About Creating MusicalsBroadway's an Open Book: Bookwriters From ON YOUR FEET!, TUCK EVERLASTING, ALADDIN, SOMETHING ROTTEN!, JERSEY BOYS and DISASTER! Talk About Creating Musicals
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016

Writers seeking fame and recognition are generally advised to steer clear of the task of writing books for Broadway musicals. Regarded by theatre insiders to be perhaps the most vital, yet most underappreciated element of a successful musical, the book oftentimes receives the least credit when a musical's a hit, but is the first thing blamed if it's a flop. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/19/16- THE PRODUCERSSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/19/16- THE PRODUCERS
by Stage Tube - Apr 19, 2016

Today in 2001, The Producers opened at the St. James Theatre, where it ran for 2502 performances. The Producers is a musical adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks' 1968 film of the same name, with lyrics written by Brooks and music composed by Brooks and arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman. As in the film, the story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, it won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards. It spawned a successful London production running for three years, national tours, many productions worldwide and a 2005 film version. (more...)

Players Club of Swarthmore's HAIRSPRAY to Open 4/22Players Club of Swarthmore's HAIRSPRAY to Open 4/22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

The Players Club of Swarthmore will present the musical comedy Hairspray, April 22 to May 7 for ten performances at The Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Ave. in Swarthmore.  Buy tickets online at www.pcstheater.org (more...)

Arvada Center to Stage Regional Premiere of DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY, 4/26-5/15Arvada Center to Stage Regional Premiere of DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY, 4/26-5/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities will open the regional premiere of Death Takes a Holiday directed by Arvada Center Artistic Producer, Rod A. Lansberry in the Main Stage Theatre on April 26, running through May 15, 2016. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m., Previews are April 22 - 24 at 7:30 p.m. nightly.  Moderated Talk Backs are scheduled on Friday, May 6 following the 7:30 p.m. performance and Wednesday, May 11 following the 1:00 p.m. performance. For additional details and to purchase tickets go to arvadacenter.org/on-stage/death-takes-a-holiday-2016  or call 720-898-7200. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for all of its patrons.   (more...)

Resorts World Manila To Hold Auditions for ANNIE This WeekendResorts World Manila To Hold Auditions for ANNIE This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Resorts World Manila's (RWM) Full House Theater Company will hold open auditions this Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10, for its seventh major production, the hit Broadway musical ANNIE, which is set to premiere in September at RWM's Newport Performing Arts Theatre. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER & More Set for Cape Rep Theatre's 2016 SeasonHAIRSPRAY, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER & More Set for Cape Rep Theatre's 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Cape Rep Theatre is celebrating its 31st season with an exciting line up of plays and musicals, including two Cape Cod premieres, one fresh from Broadway. (more...)


by Iris Moebius - Mar 29, 2016

Es ist wieder Zeit fur ein Roundup die letzten Neuigkeiten aus dem Londoner West End. Im Mittelpunkt stehen dabei dieses Premieren von einigen Shows, die kurzlich angelaufen sind, darunter MOTOWN und MISS ATOMIC BOMB. Außerdem berichten wir von neuen Shows, die demnachst auf den Londoner Buhnen zu sehen sein werden, darunter die neue Saison des Charing Cross Theatre, die Ruckkehr von BODYGUARD und mehr. Lest selbst: (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Tisch New Theatre's HAIRSPRAYPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of Tisch New Theatre's HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

Tisch New Theatre will present HAIRSPRAY, the musical based on the 1988 film written and directed by John Waters, April 1-4 at the NYU Skirball Center. With music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, HAIRSPRAY the musical premiered on Broadway in 2002 and won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the stars in character below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 3/26/16- ANNIESTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 3/26/16- ANNIE
by Stage Tube - Mar 26, 2016

Today in 1997, Annie opened at the Martin Beck Theatre (now the Al Hirschfeld Theatre), where it ran for 239 performances. Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre). It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical's songs 'Tomorrow' and 'It's the Hard-Knock Life' are among its most popular musical numbers. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Ft. Myers/Naples - Week of 3/20/2016Now Playing Onstage in Ft. Myers/Naples - Week of 3/20/2016
by BWW - Mar 20, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/20/2016 for Ft. Myers/Naples (more...)

National Tour of ANNIE Gets Heckled at DC's National TheatreNational Tour of ANNIE Gets Heckled at DC's National Theatre
by Louisa Brady - Mar 19, 2016

According to the Washington Post, the national touring cast of ANNIE got heckled this week at DC's National Theatre. The heckler attended the show Tuesday night, and is said to have yelled, 'That was terrible!' from his seat, following the number 'We'd Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover.' There were no reported reactions from the cast or the other audience members during the incident. (more...)

Cast Announced for IN THE SECRET SEA Off-Broadway, Directed by Martin CharninCast Announced for IN THE SECRET SEA Off-Broadway, Directed by Martin Charnin
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Full casting was announced today for In The Secret Sea, a new American play by Cate Ryan (The Picture Box) and directed by Tony Award© winner Martin Charnin (Annie). The cast will feature Shelly Burch (original company of Nine, 'One Life to Live'), Paul Carlin (Temporal Powers at the Mint), Malachy Cleary (The Field at Irish Repertory Theatre), Glynnis O'Connor (TV's Our Town, 'The Boy in the Plastic Bubble'), and Adam Petherbridge (Da at Irish Repertory Theatre). (more...)

RENT, THE BODYGUARD & More Set for Orpheum's 2016-17 Broadway SeasonRENT, THE BODYGUARD & More Set for Orpheum's 2016-17 Broadway Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

On Saturday, March 12th, the Orpheum Theatre announced its highly-anticipated 2016-2017 Broadway Season. The year's subscription series includes DIRTY DANCING - The Classic Story On Stage, ANNIE, THE BODYGUARD, BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical, and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Season options include a return engagement of JERSEY BOYS, and a special weekend-only engagement of the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour. The 2016-2017 Broadway Season is generously sponsored by Bank of America and Memphis Area Honda Dealers. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY Announces Second UK Tour in 2017/18HAIRSPRAY Announces Second UK Tour in 2017/18
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

Today, producer Mark Goucher has confirmed that following the phenomenal success of the current UK tour, the new production of Hairspray will return at the end of summer 2017 to once again tour the UK. This second tour of the smash hit musical will visit venues across the country until the spring of 2018. Casting, dates and locations for the 2017/18 tour will be announced in due course. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Ft. Myers/Naples - Week of 3/13/2016Now Playing Onstage in Ft. Myers/Naples - Week of 3/13/2016
by BWW - Mar 13, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/13/2016 for Ft. Myers/Naples (more...)

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