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WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Monday, April 7, 2014 - Atlantic's THREEPENNY OPERA Opens, Signature Honors Tunick and More!
by Jessica Showers - Apr 07, 2014

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: Atlantic Theater opens THE THREEPENNY OPERA tonight, and D.C.'s Signature Theatre honors Jonathan Tunick at its annual gala! (more...)

Theater Fans Petition to Bring LES MISERABLES to Manila
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 27, 2014

In August last year, about 700 Filipino theater fans' Facebook-based petition to bring the smash Broadway musical 'Wicked' to Manila was deemed successful; the 'Ozian' stage spectacle opened at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) five months later, which ran 42 performances. Apparently, these fans are at it again: a newly created Facebook-based petition page to bring the critically-acclaimed reimagined production of Sir Cameron Mackintosh's LES MISERABLES to Manila is up and running--engaging every visitor to like its cause! (more...)

Meet the Cast of West End's MISS SAIGON; Returns May 3, 2014
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Miss Saigon, currently booking for performances through to Saturday 25th October 2014, will make its highly anticipated return to the West End on Saturday 3 May 2014 at the Prince Edward Theatre, in the musical's 25th anniversary year. Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's epic musical has played in 300 cities in 15 different languages, winning awards around the world since the sensational record-breaking run at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane 25 years ago. This epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI Chris--but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. Meet the full company below! (more...)

From Dastardly to Demure, Resolute to Revolutionary, BWW Profiles LES MISERABLES' Standout Roles
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 23, 2014

In honor of Les Miserables' opening tonight, BroadwayWord brings you the actors who've taken on the many complex and vocally challenging roles of Victor Hugo's world, from the unscrupulous Thenardiers to innocent Cosette, or principled Javert against the compassionate and strong-willed Jean Valjean. From Fantine and Eponine, unfortunate in life and romance, to Enjolras and Marius, the fiery young leaders of the French Revolution. (more...)

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Friday, March 21, 2014 - Maybe This Time! CABARET Revival Begins Tonight, LES MIS Opens Sunday and More!
by Jessica Showers - Mar 21, 2014

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: CABARET begins previews tonight, Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J. Block are set to sing with The New York Pops, and looking ahead to Sunday, LES MIS returns to Broadway! (more...)

Helena Bonham Carter to Reprise Role as 'Red Queen' in Disney's THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
by Movies News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Variety writes that Helena Bonham Carter will be heading THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, reprising her role as the Red Queen in Disney's upcoming 'Alice in Wonderland' sequel, directed by James Bobin. (more...)

LES MISERABLES Broadway Revival with Ramin Karimloo, Caissie Levy & Will Swenson Begins Performances Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece LES MISERABLES begins previews on Broadway tomorrow, today, March 1 at the Imperial Theatre. The official opening night for LES MISERABLES is Sunday, March 23. (more...)

Richard Fleeshman, Jenna Russell & More Star in URINETOWN at St. James Theatre, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2014

Jamie Lloyd is directing the UK premiere of URINETOWN The Musical, with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. The musical runs at the St James Theatre from tonight, 22 February until 3 May 2014, with opening night on 11 March 2014. (more...)

Amadeus Designs Architectural Acoustics for 'Creative Sound' Studios
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ The recent unveiling of Creative Sound showcases Amadeus' extraordinary expertise in architectural acoustic design. Located at the heart of the 15th Arrondissement in Paris, Creative Sound is one of the largest, most versatile full-service post-production facilities in France, providing creative solutions for all cinematic and TV sound needs. Paris-based Amadeus was tasked with all of the interior acoustical and architectural design, including sound isolation, noise and vibration control engineering, and acoustic treatments for each of the ten studios. At Creative Sound, Amadeus also designed one of the first mixing studios to be fitted with the revolutionary Dolby Atmos audio technology, which hosts the first ultra-large-format Harrison MPC5 digital film-mixing console manufactured by Harrison. (more...)

Sollars and Jenkins To Star In UK Tour Of 20TH CENTURY BOY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

West End and Musical theatre star Warren Sollars (Mamma Mia!, From Here To Eternity) will lead the cast of the musical 20th Century Boy, playing the Glam Rock legend Marc Bolan. He will be joined by TV stars Sue Jenkins (Brookside, Coronation Street) and Luke Bailey (Waterloo Road, Casualty). (more...)

InDepth InterView: Randy Graff Talks New 54 Below Show MADE IN BROOKLYN, Plus LES MISERABLES, Broadway Memories & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 12, 2014

Today we are talking to a legendary leading lady famous for a few of the most iconic roles in some of the most memorable musicals of the 1980s and 1990s as well as a versatile vocalist and concert performer set to make her cabaret debut later this month - the ingratiating and amusing Randy Graff. Looking back at originating the role of Fantine in the original Broadway production of mega-hit mega musical LES MISERABLES and singing the unforgettable 'I Dreamed A Dream' eight times a week (and on the best-selling cast recording) as well as recounting her Tony Award-winning work in the endlessly entertaining Cy Coleman/David Zippel musical comedy CITY OF ANGELS, Graff share stories from behind the scenes and gives us a rare look at theatrical history in the making and her elemental role in both productions. Additionally, Graff opens up about some of her other most fondly remembered work, including her fantastic turn in Ed Kleban's A CLASS ACT, William Finn's FALSETTOS, Cole Porter's HIGH SOCIETY, the stage play and documentary MOON OVER BUFFALO co-starring Carol Burnett, the most recent revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and much more. Most importantly, Graff generously outlines what we can expect from her upcoming solo shows at NYC hotspot 54 Below titled MADE IN BROOKLYN, in what will actually be the stalwart star's solo show premiere. In addition to all of that, Graff also touches upon some of her big screen and small screen work, ranging from LAW & ORDER to RENT, as well as recounts some theatrical tales involving theatre greats such as Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, John Simon and more. All of that and much, much more awaits in this rich resume recounting retrospective with one of Broadway's best! (more...)

Jaguar Announces Three Renowned Actors to Appear in its First Super Bowl Commercial Launching 'British Badboys' Campaign for New F-TYPE Coupe
by BWW News Desk - Feb 04, 2014

LONDON, February 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ (more...)

LES MISERABLES Finds Its Little People! Young Cosette, Eponine and Gavroche Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2014

The 'MIZ Kids' have been announced for Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece LES MISERABLES, which returns to Broadway beginning Saturday, March 1 at the Imperial Theatre. The official opening night isSunday, March 23. (more...)

Cameron Mackintosh Becomes First British Producer Inducted into Theater Hall of Fame Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2014

Cameron Mackintosh, widely considered to be the most successful theatrical producer of all-time, becomes the first British producer ever to be inducted into The Theater Hall of Fame at a ceremony this evening Monday, January 27 at the Gershwin Theatre in New York. Mackintosh is joined by this year's fellow inductees actors Cherry Jones and Ellen Burstyn; directors Jerry Zaks,George C. Wolfe and Lynne Meadow; designer David Hays; and, posthumously, playwright Lorraine Hansberry. Shubert Organization Co-CEO and President, Robert Wankel, will accept the honor on Mackintosh's behalf, who is unable to attend due to a long-planned trip to Myanmar. (more...)

Jaguar Announces Three Renowned Actors To Appear In Its First Super Bowl Commercial Launching 'British Villains' Campaign For New F-TYPE Coupe
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2014

MAHWAH, N.J., Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ (more...)

Rehearsals for Broadway Revival of LES MISERABLES with Ramin Karimloo & Caissie Levy Begin Monday
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2014

Rehearsals begin Monday, January 13 in New York for Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece LES MISERABLES, which returns to Broadway beginning Saturday, March 1 at the Imperial Theatre. The official opening night for LES MISERABLES is Sunday, March 23. The cast of the new LES MIZ features Ramin Karimloo (West End and current acclaimed Toronto star of LES MISERABLES, and The Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies in London) as Jean Valjean; Will Swenson (Tony Award-nominated star of Broadway's Hair and Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Javert; Caissie Levy (West End and Broadway star of Ghost and Hair and Elphaba in Broadway's Wicked) as Fantine; Nikki M. James (Tony Award winner for The Book of Mormon) as Eponine; Andy Mientus (who captured the hearts of TV viewers with his portrayal of Kyle Bishop on the NBC series 'Smash') as Marius; talented newcomer Charlotte Maltby as Cosette; acclaimed Canadian actor Cliff Saunders (The 39 Steps) as Thenardier; Tony Award-nominee Keala Settle (Hands on a Hardbody) as Madame Thenardier and Kyle Scatliffe, (the West End production of The Scottsboro Boys) as the revolutionary Enjolras. (more...)

Marc Elliott Joins Fleeshman, Jenna Russell & More in URINETOWN THE MUSICAL - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 06, 2013

Marc Elliott (EastEnders, the National's The History Boys, Royal Shakespeare Company's The Lord of the Flies), playing Mr. McQueen, joins the previously announced Richard Fleeshman (Ghost, Legally Blonde, Coronation Street) as Bobby Strong,Jenna Russell (Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George) as Penelope Pennywise and Jonathan Slinger (RSC's Hamlet, Richard II) as Officer Lockstock in the multi Tony Award-winning URINETOWN The Musical, directed by Jamie Lloyd (Macbeth, The Hothouse, The Pride) at the St James Theatre. (more...)

Elliott Joins Cast Of St James Theatre's URINETOWN
by BWW News Desk - Dec 06, 2013

Marc Elliot, playing Mr. McQueen, joins the previously announced Richard Fleeshman as Bobby Strong, Jenna Russell as Penelope Pennywise and Jonathan Slinger as Officer Lockstock in the multi Tony Award-winning URINETOWN The Musical, directed by Jamie Lloyd (Macbeth, The Hothouse, The Pride) at the St James Theatre. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for LES MISERABLES on Broadway; 24 Join the Ensemble
by BWW News Desk - Dec 02, 2013

Additional casting was announced today for Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece LES MISERABLES, which returns to Broadway beginning Saturday, March 1 at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). The official opening night for LES MISERABLES is Sunday, March 23. (more...)

The Weinstein Company Collaborates With eBay Giving Works Around The Release Of 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' For An Exclusive 27 Day Charity Auction Series
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2013

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ The Weinstein Company (TWC) and eBay, the world's largest online marketplace and a leading platform for charitable giving, have teamed up this holiday season to offer VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind items for the 27 days following the Thanksgiving release of TWC's highly anticipated film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The packages, including meet & greets, curated experiences, original signed memorabilia and more,will be auctioned through eBay's Giving Works platform with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support the legacy work of Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Foundation a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting its Founder's work in the promotion of social justice and democracy. (more...)

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