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Photo Flash: Jemma Rix Flies Into Sydney for WICKED Run at the Capitol Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

The Wicked Witch of the West from the award-winning musical theatre blockbuster WICKED flew into Sydney today, ahead of the first performance at the Capitol Theatre on September 20 and an exciting summer season. Landing by helicopter at Macquarie lighthouse at South Head, Elphaba 'The Wicked Witch' was greeted by the Winky Prince Fiyero, munchkin Boq and citizens of the Emerald City in Oz. Scroll down for photos of her grand entrance! (more...)

Jay Sullivan, Jeffrey Bean and James Black to Lead DRACULA at the Alley Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for Dracula, the Original Vampire Play, the second production in the 'Alley Theatre @ UH' season. Featuring iconic costume and set designs by Edward Gorey, the Alley's production is based on the original 1927 adaptation of the classic thriller that marvelously balances the menace of the horror tale with sophisticated satire. (more...)

Second Annual Buffer Festival Celebrates YouTube Filmmakers in Toronto
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Buffer Festival, the only one of its kind, comes to Toronto from October 17-19 to honour the greatest in YouTube videos. Created by Canadian talent Corey Vidal and ApprenticeA Productions, last year's inaugural festival opened to thousands of fans lining up for the first glance at some of their favourite filmmaker's latest creations. This year is sure to be just as action-packed tickets are only $15 and are available at www.bufferfestival.com. (more...)

Jason Bourne to Return to the Big Screen?
by Movies News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

Deadline writes that Universal Pictures is in talks with star Matt Damon and helmer Paul Greengrass to come together for another Jason Bourne film. The project is aiming for a July 16, 2016 release. (more...)

Todd Bell Join Cast of West End's BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

This week 11 year old Todd Bell from Whitehaven, Cumbria, joins the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre to play Billy Elliot's best friend Michael, alternating the role with current Michaels Zach Atkinson (12 years old from Manchester) and Tomi Fry (11 years old from Swindon). Todd Bell will join the adult cast led by Ruthie Henshall (Mrs Wilkinson), Deka Walmsley (Dad), Chris Grahamson (Tony), Ann Emery (Grandma), Howard Crossley (George) and Barnaby Meredith (Older Billy) alongside current Billy Elliots Elliott Hanna (11 years old from Liverpool), Ollie Jochim (12 years old from Chelmsford, Essex Bradley Perret (12 years old from Juan les Pins, France) and Matteo Zecca (12 years old from Buckinghamshire) who alternate the title role. (more...)

50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL PARODY Will Return to Chicago in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

Broadway In Chicago has announced that with sold-out audiences across the country begging for more, 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL PARODY returns to Chicago for a limited one-week engagement at the Broadway Playhouse (175 East Chestnut) January 13 - 18, 2015. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Kristin Chenoweth, J-Lo Star in New Thriller THE BOY NEXT DOOR
by Movies News Desk - Sep 08, 2014

Below, watch the official trailer for Universal Pictures' new psychological thriller THE BOY NEXT DOOR, starring Jennifer Lopez and Kristin Chenoweth. (more...)

MultiStages to Present TEMPLE OF SOULS at Theater for the New City, 9/16-28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

MULTISTAGES has announced the new musical by award-winning Anita Velez-Mitchell, platinum-winning composers Dean Landon and Anika Paris, TEMPLE OF THE SOULS, with musical direction by Bruce Baumer and directed by Artistic Director Lorca Peress. TEMPLE OF THE SOULS will play a limited engagement at Theater for the New City - Johnson Theater (155 First Avenue, btw 9th/10th, NYC). Performances begin Tuesday, September 16 and continue through Sunday, September 28. Opening Night is Thursday, September 18 (8 p.m.). (more...)

MULTISTAGES to Present TEMPLE OF THE SOULS 9/16-9/28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

MULTISTAGES is pleased to announce the new musical by award-winning Anita Velez-Mitchell, platinum-winning composers Dean Landon and Anika Paris, TEMPLE OF THE SOULS, with musical direction by Bruce Baumer and directed by Artistic Director Lorca Peress. TEMPLE OF THE SOULS will play a limited engagement at Theater for the New City - Johnson Theater (155 First Avenue, btw 9th/10th, NYC). Performances begin Tuesday, September 16 and continue through Sunday, September 28. Opening Night is Thursday, September 18 (8 p.m.). (more...)

Advocacy for the Elderly: “Last Will and Embezzlement” - a documentary film showing in Mishawaka, Indiana
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

“Last Will and Embezzlement”, which takes on the ever-burgeoning problem of elder financial exploitation, is being brought to the Michiana Region on September 23. The screening is free, open to the public and includes a panel discussion following the screening. (more...)

Twenty-Seven Billy Elliots to Take the Stage in BILLY ELLIOT MUSICAL Live Special Mash-Up Finale on 9/28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

Twenty-seven former and current Billy Elliots will unite on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale onSunday 28 September when Billy Elliot the Musical is broadcast live from the Victoria Palace Theatre to cinemas across the UK and around the world. All three original Billy Elliots - James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower - will take part in the spectacular finale. In addition, as previously announced, Liam Mower will play the role of Older Billy at this performance. (more...)

THE PURGE: ANARCHY Coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack & Digital HD, 10/21
by Movies News Desk - Sep 03, 2014

For one night each year, any and all crime is legal and violence rules in The Purge: Anarchy, coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray , DVD, Digital HD & Ultraviolet on October 21, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE BOOK OF MORMON
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 30, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. The craziness is almost upon us, but there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's THE BOOK OF MORMON below! (more...)

The Sweat Girls to Debut New Show at Heartland Studio, 9/26-10/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

Solo-performance group Sweat Girls have announced their latest stand-alone production, The Sweat Girls are ...21 and Finally Legal!, playing at the Heartland Studio, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave., September 26 - October 12. Celebrating their 21st solo-performance anniversary, the Sweat Girls consist of writer-performers Caroline Andres, Cindy Hanson, Dorothy Milne, Clare Nolan, Martie Sanders and Pamela Webster. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling 630.414.3939 or e-mailing tickets@sweatgirls.org. For more information, please visit www.sweatgirls.org. (more...)

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boon Isaacs Joins Chapman's Dodge College
by Movies News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President and respected veteran motion picture marketing executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been named the Fall 2014 O.L. Halsell Filmmaker-in-Residence at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premier film schools in the United States. The announcement was made today by Dodge College Dean Bob Bassett. (more...)

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: The Signal
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Lured to a mysterious location by a shadowy hacker, a trio of college students uncovers a mystery of epic proportions in The Signal, coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, and DIGITAL HD with Ultraviolet on September 23, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on DIGITAL HD two weeks early on September 9, 2014. A classic sci-fi thriller with a surprise ending, Joey Paur of Geek Tyrant calls The Signal 'a mind-bending experience.' The Signal is 'not a movie you'll forget anytime soon,' raves www.Bloody-Disgusting.com. (more...)

Walden Media And Weinstein Company Partner With NEA's Read Across America To Launch 'Ticket To A Better World' Benefitting Children's Literacy
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ As part of its continuing efforts to promote literacy and in order to provide books to those children in America most in need, Walden Media and the Weinstein Company (TWC) have partnered with the National Education Association'sRead Across America to launch the 'Ticket to a Better World' initiative. Fifty cents of eachThe Givermovie ticket sold during Labor Day Weekend will be donated to the Ticket to a Better World initiative to raise up to a quarter of a million dollars to buy books for those children most in need. (more...)

Universal Pictures Signs on as Producer for Broadway's SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

The upcoming Broadway reimagining of Side Show , which opens on Broadway this fall, has just gained a new producer. According to Deadline, Universal Pictures has just joined the producing team for Academy Award® winner Bill Condon's theatrical debut as director. (more...)

WICKED Announces Lottery Policy for Run at Ed Mirvish Theatre
by Alan Henry - Aug 27, 2014

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED, which is returning to the Ed Mirvish Theatre for a nine-week engagement September 3 through November 2. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Ed Mirvish Theatre box office, 244 Victoria 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...)

Tickets to WICKED at Detroit Opera House On Sale 9/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in 2011, WICKED, Broadway's biggest blockbuster, will return to the Detroit Opera House, December 10 - January 4. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 12 at 10 AM at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.ticketmaster.com/wicked or www.broadwayindetroit.com and at the Fisher Theatre and Detroit Opera House box offices. (more...)

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