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WICKED Sets Lottery Policy for Smith Center Run
by BWW News Desk - Oct 01, 2014

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED, which is returning to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts with performances from Wednesday, Oct. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 9. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at The Smith Center box office 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...)

Netflix, Arad Animation And 41 Entertainment Announce Kong - King of the Apes'', A New Original Series For Kids
by BWW News Desk - Oct 01, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) and 41 Entertainment announced today, Kong - King of the Apes, an original animated TV series for kids from Executive Producer Avi Arad. Arad has been a producer of iconic superhero stories like Spider-Man franchise movies, the X-Men franchise movies, the Iron-Man films, and The Incredible Hulk. He has also executive produced kids TV with the extremely popular Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures series which began in 2013. Netflix members around the world will be introduced to KONG first through a full length feature film that will be followed by 12 half hour episodes beginning in 2016. (more...)

VIDEO: First Trailer for Russell Crowe's THE WATER DIVINER
by Movies News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Below, check out the first trailer for Russell Crowe's directorial debut THE WATER DIVINER (in which he also stars)! The movie will hit theaters on December 26 in Australia. (more...)

Production Begins on Juan Antonio Bayona's A MONSTER CALLS
by Movies News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Production has begun on A Monster Calls, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, Goya Award-winning director of the worldwide smash The Impossible. (more...)

WICKED Adds Six Weeks of Performances to 2015 Hollywood Pantages Run
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

The producers of WICKED, Broadway's biggest blockbuster, announced today that due to "Popular" demand, six additional weeks of performances will be added through Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Hollywood Pantages. Individual tickets for this new block of performances will go on sale to the general public on (more...)

Kim Zimmer Rejoins Cast of WICKED First North American Tour Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

The company of the first North American tour of Wicked will welcome back Kim Zimmer as 'Madame Morrible' tonight, September 30 in Albuquerque, NM. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL Live Broadcast Tops UK Box Office; Encore Screenings Set
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

This weekend saw a record breaking twenty-five former and current Billy Elliots come together on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale of Billy Elliot the Musical. This unique performance was broadcast live to eight countries from the show's West End home at the Victoria Palace Theatre. All three original Billy Elliots - James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower - took part in a spectacular finale as the broadcast, the widest ever cinema release of a live event, hit number one at the UK box office. (more...)

Photo Coverage Special: 25 Billy Elliots Unite in Special Finale of BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL for Live Taping!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2014

This weekend saw a record breaking twenty-five former and current Billy Elliots come together on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale of Billy Elliot the Musical. At a unique performance, broadcast live to eight countries from the show's West End home at the Victoria Palace Theatre, all three original Billy Elliots - James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower - took part in the spectacular finale. Two special screenings of Billy Elliot the Musical Live also took place at the historic Easington Social Welfare Centre, formerly the Easington Colliery Miners' Institute, one of the settings for Billy's inspiring story. (more...)

City Circle to Present XANADU at the CCPA, Begin. 10/10
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will present the Broadway hit musical Xanadu for six performances October 10-19 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

WICKED Will Conclude Mexican Run This December
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

According to Terra, the Mexican production of Wicked, which bgean performances in October 2013, will end its run in December 2014. The show has played over 300 performances. (more...)

Adam Fogelson Set To Join Robert Simonds' Next Gen Studio As Chairman Of The Motion Picture Group
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Former Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson will be named Chairman of the Motion Picture Group for the new, next generation film and television studio being led by Robert Simonds, the studio announced today. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Emma Hunton Gets Green for WICKED Tour!
by Stage Tube - Sep 24, 2014

Emma Hunton is currently starring as 'Elphaba' in the the first North American tour of Wicked, which is currently playing at Albuquerque's Popejoy Hall. KOB Eyewitness News 4 got a behind the scenes look at the star of the show as she prepared for a show in the make-up chair. Check out her full process of getting greenified below! (more...)

WICKED to Return to DPAC in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in 2010 and 2012, WICKED, Broadway's biggest blockbuster, will return to the Triangle at DPAC, January 7-25, 2015. Tickets for the return engagement go on sale Saturday, October 4 at 10a.m. (more...)

Emerson Theatre Collaborative to Present HOUR FARTHER, 10/3-4
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Emerson Theatre Collaborative (ETC), in association with Black Stars of the Great White Way - a Chapman Roberts and Richard Allen Center for Art & Culture, announces its production of the play, Hour Farther written by David Horace Greer, directed by Camilla Ross, and starring renowned stage and screen actor and singer, Kirk Taylor. Most recently, Mr. Taylor had the honor of working alongside the late Robin Williams and Mila Kunis in the film, The Angriest Man In Brooklyn directed by Phillip Alden Robinson. (more...)

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...)

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