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Date of Birth: August 30, 1947 (68)
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Photo: First Look - Will Swenson Is DISASTER!'s New Tony Delvecchio!Photo: First Look - Will Swenson Is DISASTER!'s New Tony Delvecchio!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Disaster! co-writer and star Seth Rudetsky took to Facebook today to share a first look at Swenson at his DISASTER put-in rehearsal (more...)

Tony Nominee Will Swenson Joins DISASTER! TonightTony Nominee Will Swenson Joins DISASTER! Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will assume the role of Tony Delvecchio for nine performances only in Broadway's critically acclaimed musical comedy Disaster! beginning performances tonight, April 29, through Friday, May 6 at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). (more...)

Grant Thornton to Serve as Official Professional Services Partner of the Tony AwardsGrant Thornton to Serve as Official Professional Services Partner of the Tony Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

The Tony Awards have announced that professional services firm Grant Thornton LLP will serve as the “Official Professional Services Partner” for the Tony Awards. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. (more...)

The 2016 Drama Desk Nominations- SHE LOVES ME, AMERICAN PSYCHO & BRIGHT STAR Lead!The 2016 Drama Desk Nominations- SHE LOVES ME, AMERICAN PSYCHO & BRIGHT STAR Lead!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Drama Desk, Tony®, and Emmy® Award nominee and Theater World Award and NAACP Image Award winner Vanessa Williams (Into The Woods, The Trip to Bountiful, 'Ugly Betty') and Drama Desk, Tony®, Emmy, Golden Globe, and Drama League Award Nominee and SAG & TV Land Award winner Matthew Morrison (Finding Neverland, Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza, 'Glee') just announced the nominations for the 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards. (more...)

BWW Review: Fall Head-Over-Glass-Heels in Love with CINDERELLA at Segerstrom CenterBWW Review: Fall Head-Over-Glass-Heels in Love with CINDERELLA at Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 27, 2016

Adorable, utterly romantic, and thoroughly winsome, this stage adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is, admittedly, a wonderful surprise---filled with dazzling stage ingenuity; a dreamy, sweeping classic score by two legendary titans of musical theater; a revised, 21st-Century-tinged new book by playwright Douglas Carter Beane; magical Tony Award-winning costumes from the great William Ivey Long that will have you wondering 'how'd they do that?' and, lastly, an ensemble cast of terrific actor-singers that will have you cheering its inevitable happy-ever-after. And, if you're anything like me, you too will be easily swept up by its visual and musical loveliness and its endearing, sweet love story.The Broadway musical's Equity National Tour---now in its last weeks---has finally winded itself back to So. Cal., this time for a two-week stay at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through May 1, 2016 (the tour then moves on from here to its final scheduled week-long stop at San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre through May 8). (more...)

Tony Nominee Will Swenson to Join DISASTER! On Broadway for 9 ShowsTony Nominee Will Swenson to Join DISASTER! On Broadway for 9 Shows
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will assume the role of Tony Delvecchio for nine performances only in Broadway's critically acclaimed musical comedy Disaster! beginning performances on Friday, April 29through Friday, May 6 at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). (more...)

BWW Review: CABARET National Tour at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: CABARET National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - Apr 20, 2016

Based on John Van Druten's play I Am a Camera which was adapted from Christopher Isherwood's short story Goodbye to Berlin, Cabaret is based in the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub as the Nazis were rising to power in Berlin back in 1931. The action is overseen by a Master of Ceremonies with the club serving as a metaphor for some of the ominous political developments in late Weimar Germany. The story revolves around 19-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with the young American writer Clifford Bradshaw. A sub-plot involves a doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fraulein Schneider and her suitor Herr Schultz. (more...)

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Tour Coming to Providence Performing Arts Center, 5/31-6/5BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Tour Coming to Providence Performing Arts Center, 5/31-6/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Bringing musical comedy back with a bang! Tickets are on sale now for the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC)'s engagement of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, May 31 - June 5, 2016. In Providence, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is a part of the Encore Series and is sponsored by Coastway Community Bank. (more...)

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY National Tour Coming to Memphis in MayBULLETS OVER BROADWAY National Tour Coming to Memphis in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

The national tour of the new musical comedy BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath (Beautiful) for the 1994 film, will play in Memphis beginning Monday, May 16 and running through Sunday, May 22. (more...)

BWW Interview: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY's Emma StrattonBWW Interview: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY's Emma Stratton
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Apr 8, 2016

Emma Stratton is a Minnesota native who'd taking the stage as Helen Sinclair in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, the Midwest premiere of the musical based on the Woody Allen film. She answers 6 Questions but keeps the plug a secret in this interview. (more...)

VIDEOS: CHICAGO's Jason Danieley Holds A Note For Longer Than It Takes Danny Kaye To Sing TchaikovskyVIDEOS: CHICAGO's Jason Danieley Holds A Note For Longer Than It Takes Danny Kaye To Sing Tchaikovsky
by Michael Dale - Apr 8, 2016

A lot can happen in 35.5 seconds, whether it's one note or an entire song. (more...)

Tony Awards Administration Committee Rules on Eligibility for FIDDLER, SHE LOVES ME, COLOR PURPLE & More!Tony Awards Administration Committee Rules on Eligibility for FIDDLER, SHE LOVES ME, COLOR PURPLE & More!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

The Tony Awards Administration Committee met today for the third time this season to determine the eligibility of 11 Broadway productions for the 2016 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards®, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The Tony Awards Administration Committee will meet a total of four times throughout the 2015-2016 season to decide the eligibility for the 70th Annual Tony Awards.   (more...)

BWW Review: These New DREAMGIRLS in La Mirada Will Make You HappyBWW Review: These New DREAMGIRLS in La Mirada Will Make You Happy
by Michael L. Quintos - Apr 1, 2016

Now playing at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, the new McCoy/Rigby Entertainment production of the Tony Award-winning 1981 Broadway musical DREAMGIRLS is pretty much a faithful carbon-copy of the recent 2009 national touring production---which happens to also be directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom. La Mirada's offering---which continues through April 17---repurposes almost all of the visual and technical aspects of that tour, from the use of moving LED screens that set up different scenes and environments to William Ivey Long's lavishly exquisite costumes. It even taps that tour's original Effie played by the extraordinary Moya Angela, who has since matured wonderfully into the role. When your lead actress incites a boisterous standing ovation after slaying with an incredible performance of the musical's iconic 'And I Am Telling You (I'm Not Going)'---even as the show is still in the midst of that act one ending---you know you've got something great here. (more...)

Michael Yeargan and Susan Tsu Among 2016 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards RecipientsMichael Yeargan and Susan Tsu Among 2016 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards Recipients
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

Legendary scenic and costume designer, MICHAEL YEARGAN (currently represented on Broadway with Fiddler on the Roof and The King and I), and costume designer SUSAN TSU are among the 2016 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards recipients. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, May 20, at 6:30pm, at the Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street).  Ms. Tsu was selected to receive the 2016 TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award for costume design and Mr. Yeargan will receive the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatrical Design. The awards are presented through Theatre Development Fund's Costume Collection. (more...)

BWW Review: CABARET A Dark Glistening GemBWW Review: CABARET A Dark Glistening Gem
by Frank Benge - Mar 30, 2016

Based on Christopher Isherwood's novella Goodbye to Berlin (1939) and the subsequent 1951 play by John Van Druten entitled I Am a Camera, CABARET is a musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb with a book by Joe Masteroff that opened on Broadway in 1966. The production was a hit that was subsequently made into the 1972 film by Bob Fosse. In 1993, Sam Mendes re-imagined the material for a new production in London's West End. Mendes' conception was very different from any previous revival. This production was the basis for Roundabout Theatre Company's 1998 and subsequent 2014 revivals, the latter of which is the version currently on tour and being presented at Bass Concert Hall by Lexus Broadway In Austin. (more...)

BWW TV: CHICAGO Stars Reunite to Celebrate Two Decades of Razzle Dazzle!BWW TV: CHICAGO Stars Reunite to Celebrate Two Decades of Razzle Dazzle!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 23, 2016

CHICAGO, Broadway's longest running American musical, just held a celebratory cocktail reception yesterday at New York City's The Palm Restaurant West Side location to officially launch the show's 20th anniversary year. Lead producer Barry Weissler addressed the crowd to toast the occasion and announce initiatives taking place over the next year in the lead-up to the official anniversary celebration and performance this November. BroadwayWorld was there for the special celebration and you can check out interviews with CHICAGO stars of past and present below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: CHICAGO Stars of Past and Present Celebrate 20 Razzle Dazzle Years!Photo Coverage: CHICAGO Stars of Past and Present Celebrate 20 Razzle Dazzle Years!
by Jennifer Broski - Mar 23, 2016

CHICAGO, Broadway's longest running American musical, just held a celebratory cocktail reception yesterday at New York City's The Palm Restaurant West Side location to officially launch the show's 20th anniversary year. Lead producer Barry Weissler addressed the crowd to toast the occasion and announce initiatives taking place over the next year in the lead-up to the official anniversary celebration and performance this November. BroadwayWorld was there for the special celebration and you can check out photos from the festivities below! (more...)

Photo Flash: CHICAGO to 'Kill It Worldwide' for 20th Anniversary with New Artwork, Costumes and MorePhoto Flash: CHICAGO to 'Kill It Worldwide' for 20th Anniversary with New Artwork, Costumes and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

CHICAGO, Broadway's longest running American musical, just held a celebratory cocktail reception today at New York City's The Palm Restaurant West Side location to officially launch the show's 20th anniversary year. Lead producer Barry Weissler addressed the crowd to toast the occasion and announce initiatives taking place over the next year in the lead-up to the official anniversary celebration and performance this November. Check out those initiatives -- plus some killer new promo shots for the show -- below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at CABARET, Heading to the Adrienne Arsht Center This SpringPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at CABARET, Heading to the Adrienne Arsht Center This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

CABARET, the musical masterpiece comes direct from Broadway to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, April 12 - 17, 2016. As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to announce casting for the national tour of Sam Mendes (Spectre, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall's (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award-winning production of CABARET. Currently celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season, the Arsht Center, along with Broadway Across America and presenting sponsor Bank of America, are proud to close the 2015-2016 Broadway in Miami season with the hit musical. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in action below! (more...)

VIDEO: Celebrate John Kander's Birthday With Kander & Ebb Performing CHICAGO's 'All That Jazz'VIDEO: Celebrate John Kander's Birthday With Kander & Ebb Performing CHICAGO's 'All That Jazz'
by Michael Dale - Mar 18, 2016

The great composer of Cabaret, Chicago and so many beloved Broadway songs turns 89 today. (more...)

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