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BWW Review: IF/THEN, In Spite of Wonderful Score and Strong Cast, Confuses Some at Connor PalaceBWW Review: IF/THEN, In Spite of Wonderful Score and Strong Cast, Confuses Some at Connor Palace
by Roy Berko - Feb 12, 2016

I happened to be in D.C. on November 5, 2013 when IF/THEN opened its preview run. I was fortunate enough to get tickets to opening night. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

Original Broadway Cast member†Jackie Burns†(If/Then, Wicked,†Hair),†Tamyra Gray†(American Idol Season One Finalist,†Rent), and†Matthew Hydzik†(Side Show,†West Side Story,†Grease) have joined Original Broadway Cast member†Anthony Rapp†(Rent,†Six Degrees of Separation,†You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and the rest of the previously announced cast in the National Tour of†IF/THEN. The tour is now playing at the†Connor Palace Theatre†in Cleveland through Sunday, February 21. BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the new cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: Refuge Theatre's HIGH FIDELITY Spins a Scruffily, Beautifully Universal StoryBWW Review: Refuge Theatre's HIGH FIDELITY Spins a Scruffily, Beautifully Universal Story
by Patrick O'Brien - Feb 8, 2016

Don't change a thing, HIGH FIDELITY; you make the list. (more...)

Paramount TV's GREASE: LIVE Tops 17 Million Viewers WorldwideParamount TV's GREASE: LIVE Tops 17 Million Viewers Worldwide
by TV News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Paramount Television's highly-acclaimed, breakthrough hit GREASE: LIVE delivered more than 17 million total viewers worldwide since it originally aired this past Sunday, Jan. 31. (more...)

BWW Reviews: IF/THEN at Aronoff features great talent, but loses its wayBWW Reviews: IF/THEN at Aronoff features great talent, but loses its way
by Kate Elliott - Feb 4, 2016

IF/THEN begins well enough with a compelling musical number. The song 'What If?' weaves a tapestry of tight harmonies and interesting staging. It immediately establishes the premise: a woman paralyzed by the song's title question proceeds to live out two possible life paths for the audience. Think 'Sliding Doors,' but with more supporting characters and a lot more songs. Unfortunately, this ambitious multi-layered premise proves too much for the authors, and the show ultimately loses its way. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Sunday for IF/THEN at Detroit's Fisher Theatre This SpringTickets on Sale Sunday for IF/THEN at Detroit's Fisher Theatre This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

The National Tour of IF/THEN, which was named the 'Best Musical of the Year' by New York Magazine, will perform a limited engagement at Detroit's Fisher Theatre, March 29 - April 10, 2016. (more...)

Like Lightning! GREASE: LIVE Brings Record Audience to CTVLike Lightning! GREASE: LIVE Brings Record Audience to CTV
by TV News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Like greased lightning!†CTV's very big January concluded last night with 1.7 million viewers for GREASE: LIVE preliminary overnight data from Numeris reveals, making it the #1 entertainment program Sunday with total viewers and all key demos. The special peaked with 2.37 million viewers, tuning in to Sandy and Danny's dance solo during 'Born To Hand Jive'. (more...)

IF/THEN National Tour Coming to Fabulous Fox in MarchIF/THEN National Tour Coming to Fabulous Fox in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Original Broadway Cast member Jackie Burns (If/Then, Wicked, Hair), Tamyra Gray (American Idol Season One Finalist, Rent), and Matthew Hydzik (Side Show, West Side Story, Grease), will join Original Broadway Cast member Anthony Rapp (Rent, Six Degrees of Separation, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and the rest of the previously announced cast in the National Tour of IF/THEN, playing at the Fabulous Fox Theatre March 15 - 27. (more...)

GREASE: LIVE Official Soundtrack Album Debuts at #5 on iTunes!GREASE: LIVE Official Soundtrack Album Debuts at #5 on iTunes!
by TV News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Adding to the news that last night's broadcast of GREASE: LIVE was a ratings bonanza, Showbiz 411 reports that the soundtrack to FOX's live musical has debuted at number 5 on iTunes (more...)

BWW Review: GREASE: LIVE Reinvents What a Live TV Musical Can/Should Be!BWW Review: GREASE: LIVE Reinvents What a Live TV Musical Can/Should Be!
by Matt Tamanini - Jan 31, 2016

Leave it to the network that reinvented television with AMERICAN IDOL and created SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, one of the most artistically significant shows in recent memory, to figure out the proper balance in merging musical theatre and live television. FOX's GREASE: LIVE learned from three years of live, middling musicals on NBC (the satisfying WIZ LIVE! notwithstanding) and produced the best, most thrilling live TV musical in half a century. (more...)

Prepare For GREASE: LIVE By Tracking Those Magic Changes On A Handy GREASE Flow ChartPrepare For GREASE: LIVE By Tracking Those Magic Changes On A Handy GREASE Flow Chart
by Michael Dale - Jan 29, 2016

Trace the evolution of Grease's score from Chicago to Broadway to Hollywood and back to Broadway. (more...)

BWW Review: IF/THEN at Winspear Opera HouseBWW Review: IF/THEN at Winspear Opera House
by Kyle Christopher West - Jan 29, 2016

When IF/THEN debuted on Broadway in March 2014, it reunited original RENT stars Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp with RENT director Michael Grief. Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, whose 2008 rock musical NEXT TO NORMAL had received the Pulitzer Prize, wrote the much-anticipated show, and New York celebrated the team's brisk New York return. Although the show received mostly mixed-to-positive reviews, it lasted a mere 430 performances, despite mother-daughter duos flocking to see Menzel upon the icy heels of FROZEN's success. (more...)

Maya Hakvoort und Rob Fowler sind Next to Normal (Fast normal) in DortmundMaya Hakvoort und Rob Fowler sind Next to Normal (Fast normal) in Dortmund
by Marcel Konrath - Jan 28, 2016

Als Next to Normal 2008 am New Yorker Broadway uraufgefuhrt wurde, war die Sensation perfekt: Zwar ist auch in der Gattung Musical langst nicht mehr alles nur reine Unterhaltung, doch nie zuvor wurde das sensible und auch bei uns immer noch tabuisierte Thema der psychischen Erkrankungen so realistisch, einfuhlsam und intensiv auf der Musiktheater-Buhne gezeigt. Es war das erklarte Ziel der beiden Autoren Brian Yorkey und Tom Kitt, dass das Publikum nicht nur zuschauen, sondern auch mitfuhlen sollte. Dies ist ihnen gelungen durch ein gut recherchiertes, zuweilen irrwitziges Libretto, das Tom Kitt nahezu vollstandig durchkomponiert hat. Er verknupft dabei virtuos verschiedene Musikstile und sorgt dafur, dass man trotz der Ernsthaftigkeit des Stoffes immer mal wieder befreit lachen darf. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 1/27/2016 - IF/THEN Tour Greets New Faces!WAKE UP with BWW 1/27/2016 - IF/THEN Tour Greets New Faces!
by Jessica Khan - Jan 27, 2016

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: IF/THEN gets fresh faces on tour, three shows begin off-Broadway and more! (more...)

Jackie Burns, Tamyra Gray & Matthew Hydzik Join IF/THEN Tour Tomorrow in DallasJackie Burns, Tamyra Gray & Matthew Hydzik Join IF/THEN Tour Tomorrow in Dallas
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Original Broadway Cast member†Jackie Burns†(If/Then, Wicked,†Hair),†Tamyra Gray(American Idol Season One Finalist,†Rent), and†Matthew Hydzik†(Side Show,†West Side Story,†Grease), will join Original Broadway Cast member†Anthony Rapp†(Rent,†Six Degrees of Separation,†You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and the rest of the previously announced cast in the National Tour of†IF/THEN, starting†tomorrow,Wednesday, January 27†at the†Winspear Opera House†in Dallas. (more...)

VIDEO: Tom Kitt Takes You Behind the Music of FOX's GREASE: LIVE!VIDEO: Tom Kitt Takes You Behind the Music of FOX's GREASE: LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Below, GREASE: LIVE! music supervisor Tom Kitt takes you behind-the-scenes of the iconic music from this Sunday's live broadcast on FOX. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Artwork for THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL!Photo Flash: First Look at Artwork for THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday,†The SpongeBob Musical just announced casting for the Chicago engagement.†Ethan Slater†will make his Chicago debut in the role of the iconic SpongeBob Squarepants andLilli Cooper†will play SpongeBob's close friend Sandy Cheeks. The cast will also feature†Gaelen Gilliland,†Curtis Holbrook,†Stephanie Hsu, L'ogan J'ones, Emmy Raver-Lampman,†Mark Ledbetter,†Kelvin Moon Loh,†Vasthy Mompoint,†JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Jason†Michael Snow. The SpongeBob Musical will begin performances on Tuesday, June 7th at Broadway in Chicago's Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, July 3, 2016. Check out the just-released artwork for the show below! (more...)

SWEAT at Arena Stage - World Premiere Co-Production with Oregon Shakespeare Festival is Riveting TheaterSWEAT at Arena Stage - World Premiere Co-Production with Oregon Shakespeare Festival is Riveting Theater
by Charles Shubow - Jan 25, 2016

Playwright Lynn Nottage notches another feather in her cap of outstanding work. (more...)

Ethan Slater, Lilli Cooper & More Will Lead THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL in Chicago!Ethan Slater, Lilli Cooper & More Will Lead THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL in Chicago!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

The SpongeBob Musical†just announced casting for the Chicago engagement.†Ethan Slater†will make his Chicago debut in the role of the iconic SpongeBob Squarepants and†Lilli Cooper†will play SpongeBob's close friend Sandy Cheeks. The cast will also feature†Gaelen Gilliland, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, L'ogan J'ones, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Mark Ledbetter, Kelvin Moon Loh, Vasthy Mompoint, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Jason Michael Snow. (more...)

GREASE: LIVE Soundtrack Release to Coincide with Live Event; Pre-Order Now!GREASE: LIVE Soundtrack Release to Coincide with Live Event; Pre-Order Now!
by TV News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Republic Records, Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) and Paramount Television have announced†exciting news about the†release of the GREASE: LIVE Official Soundtrack Album. (more...)

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