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SOUND OFF Special Edition: Something Rotten! 10 Surprising Shakespeare-Inspired Theatrical ThingsSOUND OFF Special Edition: Something Rotten! 10 Surprising Shakespeare-Inspired Theatrical Things
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 15, 2015

Today we are shining a spotlight on some rarely discussed and unusual connections between the world of William Shakespeare and theatrical pop culture at large. Given the wide breadth of material contained within the canon of the Bard, it is certainly no understatement to claim that the connections are virtually endless between many modern tropes, terms, themes and ideas that derive in his classic plays - whether they be tragedies, comedies, histories or latter plays - yet the intriguing aspects of many of the lesser-known theatrical connections between Shakespeare and modern theatre are illuminating and fascinating to unearth. Ranging from the influence of Shakespeare on some of our greatest musical theatre masters - Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and William Finn included - through to the inspiration behind both Broadway's most lucrative production in history (THE LION KING) and the longest-running show in NYC to date (THE FANTASTICKS), the impact of Shakespeare on Broadway is impossible to accurately calculate - and, now, with the lovable and hilarious Shakespeare paean SOMETHING ROTTEN! poised to open later this month, the Bard is about to get a fresh jolt of electricity, buzz and excitement from the theatre community at large. Fear no more, indeed. (more...)

Breaking News: Jake Gyllenhaal Will Make Musical Debut in Encores! LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS This Summer!Breaking News: Jake Gyllenhaal Will Make Musical Debut in Encores! LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS This Summer!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal, Chuck Cooper and Taran Killam will join the previously announced Ellen Greene in the Encores! Off-Center concert production ofHoward Ashman and Alan Menken's Little Shop of Horrors, running July 1-2, 2015. NOTE: A third performance has been added at 2pm on Thursday, July 2 in order to meet ticket demand. The production will be directed by Dick Scanlan, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox. Jeanine Tesori is the Artistic Director of Encores! Off-Center, and Chris Fenwick is Music Director. The show will mark the musical theater debuts of both Gyllenhaal and Killam. (more...)

Who's in the Wedding Party? Meet the Full Cast of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, Opening Tonight on Broadway!Who's in the Wedding Party? Meet the Full Cast of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, Opening Tonight on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Apr 14, 2015

Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly, Tony Award winner Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess and Lisa Howard head an outstanding cast in It Shoulda Been You, the hilarious and heartwarming new musical comedy that proves when it comes to wedding day insanity, everything is relative. It Shoulda Been You, which had a sold-out premiere at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse, officially opens tonight, April 14, 2015 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Scroll down to learn more about the cast, plus watch interviews with the company! (more...)

Jenny Schwartz's IOWA Opens Tonight at Playwrights HorizonsJenny Schwartz's IOWA Opens Tonight at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The Playwrights Horizons world premiere of IOWA, a new musical play written by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Jenny Schwartz (God's Ear, Somewhere Fun), music by Todd Almond (Stage Kiss at PH, Kansas City Choir Boy, The Tempest, On the Levee) and lyrics by Mr. Almond and Ms. Schwartz, opens tonight, April 13, 2015. (more...)

Centenary College Theatre Department Reveals New Musical Theatre ConcentrationCentenary College Theatre Department Reveals New Musical Theatre Concentration
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

The Centenary College Theatre Department launches its new musical theatre concentration this spring with the wildly funny and entertaining Broadway smash musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, April 30-May 10 in the Lackland Performing Arts Center, Hackettstown NJ. Winner of the TONY and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee features the fast-paced book by Rachel Sheinkin and a lively and witty score by William Finn. (more...)

New Musicals Inc. Names 2015 New Voices Project FinalistsNew Musicals Inc. Names 2015 New Voices Project Finalists
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

The new kids on the musical theatre block are here! Five really promising (and really young - under the age of 26!) have just won New Musical Inc.'s 2015 New Voices Project. (more...)

Barrington Stage Adds New Musical A LITTLE MORE ALIVE & ENGAGEMENTS World Premiere to 2015 SeasonBarrington Stage Adds New Musical A LITTLE MORE ALIVE & ENGAGEMENTS World Premiere to 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, announces additions to its 2015 season schedule. (more...)

BWW Invite: Attend SAG Foundation Career Conversations with Jonathan Groff!BWW Invite: Attend SAG Foundation Career Conversations with Jonathan Groff!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and BroadwayWorld have partnered for a filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. On April 10 (2-4PM) join us for a career Conversations with Jonathan Groff and moderated by BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge of 'Backstage with Richard Ridge', at NYIT-Auditorium on Broadway (1871 Broadway). (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Tickles Brisbane's F-U-N-N-Y B-O-N-EBWW Reviews: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Tickles Brisbane's F-U-N-N-Y B-O-N-E
by Bonny Loo - Apr 4, 2015

The ability to spell is the unlikely subject of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a 2005 Broadway musical by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin now playing to hysterical audiences at the 150-seat Brisbane Arts Theatre. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Lin-Manuel Miranda Gives Jonathan Groff a Belated Birthday PresentSTAGE TUBE: Lin-Manuel Miranda Gives Jonathan Groff a Belated Birthday Present
by Stage Tube - Mar 27, 2015

HAMILTON's Lin-Manuel Miranda gave co-star Jonathan Groff a belated (and hilarious) birthday Vine today - check it out below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Nevada Theatre's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKEPhoto Flash: Nevada Theatre's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2015

The final two performances of the Sierra Stages production of the Tony Award winning comedy VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE play on Friday & Saturday March 27 & 28 at 8 PM at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the show below! (more...)

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Continues at PCSTHE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Continues at PCS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2015

Well, they can spell, but can they get a life? The Players Club of Swarthmore Theater invites audiences to laugh at the nerdy antics of some quirky spelling contestants, in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by Chaz Meyers. These serious spellers hit the Players Club of Swarthmore stage for 10 performances: March 20th to April 4th. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Jonathan Groff Duets with Mary-Mitchell Campbell for International Day of Happiness!STAGE TUBE: Jonathan Groff Duets with Mary-Mitchell Campbell for International Day of Happiness!
by Stage Tube - Mar 20, 2015

In celebration of the third annual International Day of Happiness at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the NGO Relations and Advocacy Section of DPI held an expert global panel yesterday, exploring scientifically proven data that demonstrates the inverse relationship that wealth (both national and personal) can have on happiness. Broadway Conductor and Composer Mary-Mitchell Campbell, currently serving as musical director of Finding Neverland, and Founder of Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) served as the event's Moderator. Campbell called upon her friend Jonathan Groff, who is currently appearing onstage in Hamilton, to celebrate the special occasion on Good Day New York. Below, watch as they perform 'Happy Days are Here Again' and 'Get Happy.' (more...)

Photos: THE HEIDI CHRONICLES' Opening Night Red Carpet!Photos: THE HEIDI CHRONICLES' Opening Night Red Carpet!
by Walter McBride - Mar 20, 2015

The first Broadway revival of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Wendy Wasserstein play The Heidi Chronicles officially opened last night, March 19, 2015, at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street). BroadwayWorld was there for all the festivities and you can check out photos from the red carpet arrivals below! (more...)

IOWA Begins Previews Tomorrow at Playwrights HorizonsIOWA Begins Previews Tomorrow at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Previews begin tomorrow, today, March 20 for the Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) world premiere of IOWA, a new musical play written by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Jenny Schwartz (God's Ear, Somewhere Fun), music by Todd Almond (Stage Kiss at PH, Kansas City Choir Boy, The Tempest, On the Levee) and lyrics by Mr. Almond and Ms. Schwartz. Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Ken Rus Schmoll (Red Dog Howls, Middletown, What Once We Felt; next season's Antlia Pneumatica at PH), the musical play will be the fifth production of the theater company's 2014/2015 Season. (more...)

Jonathan Groff Set to Lead HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Concert in LondonJonathan Groff Set to Lead HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Concert in London
by Danielle Ashley Dias - Mar 13, 2015

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, as part of a new series of musical concert performances at the Royal Festival Hall, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING makes its London concert debut on May 19. Now according to Whatsonstage, Jonathan Groff, Hannah Waddingham and Clive Rowe are set to lead the concert, as J. Pierrepont Finch, Hedy La Rue and Twimble respectively. (more...)

THE MEMORY SHOW Cast Album, Featuring Leslie Kritzer & Catherine Cox, Now OnlineTHE MEMORY SHOW Cast Album, Featuring Leslie Kritzer & Catherine Cox, Now Online
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

YELLOW SOUND LABEL has released the Off-Broadway cast recording of the new musical The Memory Show today online via Amazon.com, Spotify and other digital outlets. (more...)

VIDEO: Jonathan Groff Talks HAMILTON on 'Today': 'It's a Phenomenal Piece of Theater'VIDEO: Jonathan Groff Talks HAMILTON on 'Today': 'It's a Phenomenal Piece of Theater'
by TV News Desk - Mar 6, 2015

Multitalented performer Jonathan Groff, known as Jesse St. James on 'Glee' and the voice of Kristoff in 'Frozen,' stopped by this morning's Kathie Lee and Hoda and calls his role of 'Patrick' on the provocative HBO series 'Looking' his 'dream job.' (more...)

Players Club of Swarthmore Theater to Present THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 3/20-4/4Players Club of Swarthmore Theater to Present THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 3/20-4/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Well, they can spell, but can they get a life? The Players Club of Swarthmore Theater invites audiences to laugh at the nerdy antics of some quirky spelling contestants, in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by Chaz Meyers. These serious spellers hit the Players Club of Swarthmore stage for 10 performances: March 20th to April 4th. (more...)

Arkansas Repertory Theatre Sets 2015-16 Season: 'BRIDGES,' 'SPELLING BEE,' 'STARCATCHER' & MoreArkansas Repertory Theatre Sets 2015-16 Season: 'BRIDGES,' 'SPELLING BEE,' 'STARCATCHER' & More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Arkansas Repertory Theatre, the state's largest nonprofit professional theatre, is proud to announce its 40th Season. Beginning in September, the new season will include Tony Award-winning artistic experiences and family favorites that exemplify The Rep's mission of producing diverse work of the highest artistic standards for its Arkansas audience. (more...)

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