Winnie Holzman News

Chandra Lee Schwartz and Etai BenShlomo to Join WICKED National Tour in Salt Lake City, July 29
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

The company of the first North American tour of WICKED will be welcoming Chandra Lee Schwartz as Glinda and Etai BenShlomo on Tuesday, July 29 in Salt Lake City, UT. (more...)

Kerry Ellis to Return to West End's WICKED; Willemijn Verkaik Will Play Final Performance this Saturday
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

WICKED, the award-winning musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is proud to welcome back the original British Elphaba, Kerry Ellis, who will recreate her celebrated performance from Monday 4 August until Saturday 25 October 2014*. Willemijn Verkaik will play her final performance as Elphaba this Saturday (19 July 2014 at 7.30pm**). She departs the production in order to have surgery to address an ongoing back condition. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WICKED at the Capitol Theatre is as Crowd-Pleasing as Ever
by Tyler Hinton - Jul 11, 2014

The first national tour of WICKED is back at the Capitol Theatre, and it is as crowd-pleasing as ever. Tickets are still available for every performance of the show in Salt Lake City, so whether you have never heard of it or have seen it many times before, you should jump on the opportunity to see it now. (more...)

Capitol Theatre's WICKED Announces Drawing for $25 Seats, 7/9-8/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 02, 2014

A day-of-performance drawing for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED, which is returning to the Capitol Theatre with performances from July 9 - August 24. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Capitol Theatre box office will have their names placed in a drawing drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This drawing is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Drawing participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets. (more...)

Nikki Davis-Jones, Liza Sadovy and Philip Childs to Join West End's WICKED in October; Ashleigh Gray & More Join UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

WICKED, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has just announced that Ashleigh Gray (Elphaba), Samuel Edwards (Fiyero), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Richard Vincent (Boq) and Jacqueline Hughes (Standby Elphaba) will join the record-breaking UK Tour from Tuesday 16 September 2014 at Liverpool Empire Theatre. (more...)

Kyra Sedgwick to Star in John Patrick Shanley's New Play THE DANISH WIDOW at Powerhouse, 7/16-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

New York Stage and Film and Vassar College, this summer celebrating the 30th year of their Powerhouse Theater collaboration, announced that Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Kyra Sedgwick will lead the cast of Academy Award and Tony Award winner John Patrick Shanley's new play The Danish Widow, which will premiere July 16-27, 2014 at Hallie Flanagan-Davis Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College. Shanley also directs the cast which also includes multitalented Broadway vets Craig Bierko and Matt McGrath, as well as stage and screen actress Annika Boras. (more...)

New Tickets Released for WICKED in Sydney
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

Due to extraordinary demand, new tickets will be released today for the Sydney season of the award-winning musical theatre blockbuster WICKED. The new seats are for performances from 31 October to 16 November. WICKED Australian Co-Producer John Frost said, "Audiences are flocking to WICKED in Melbourne, and bookings are very strong for the return of WICKED to Sydney - it really is the most successful Broadway musical of the past decade. Audiences can't wait to see this glorious show back at the beautiful Capitol Theatre in September." (more...)

Showtime to Load in ROADIES With Creators of WICKED, LOST and More
by TV News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

SHOWTIME has given a pilot production order to ROADIES, a comedy that follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of music's unsung background players - the crew members who help get the show on the road. Cameron Crowe, who won an Oscar(R) for brilliantly chronicling the highs and lows of rock and roll life as witnessed by a Rolling Stone magazine cub reporter in his semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous, wrote and will direct the one-hour pilot (for a potential half-hour series). Crowe will executive produce with Emmy(R) and Tony(R) nominee Winnie Holzman (Huge, My So-Called Life, Wicked), who will serve as showrunner, as well as Emmy winners J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe, Person of Interest) and Bryan Burk (Lost, Fringe, Person of Interest). Kathy Lingg (Person of Interest, Revolution) is co-executive producer. ROADIES is produced by Bad Robot Productions, Vinyl Films and Dooley & Company Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. (more...)

Photo Flash: Actors Fund Honors The Edwin Forrest Society for Shakespeare's 450th
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

As a pre-cursor to the Actors Fund's highly anticipated and recently record-breaking successful TONY Awards party, the organization that has been meeting the various needs of those within the field of entertainment, gathered to pay homage to the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare and arguably the first true star of the American theatre - Edwin Forrest. (more...)

MAW's SUMMER SHORTS to Run 6/26-29 at Town Hall Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2014

Three dedicated directors take six hilarious plays and nine delightful actors and shake them up for 26 days to produce SUMMER SHORTS, an evening of six miniature theatrical confections guaranteed to satisfy the appetite for a summer evening of roguery and fun. (more...)

BWW TV: 2014 Lilly Awards Celebrate Kelli O'Hara, Winnie Holzman, Rebecca Naomi Jones & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 03, 2014

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on the red carpet to chat with the recipients and some of the guests about the big night! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Mary Mitchell Campbell, Rebecca Naomi Jones & More Honored with 2014 Lilly Awards
by Jennifer Broski - Jun 03, 2014

Just last night, the Lilly Awards celebrated women of distinction in musical theater at Playwrights Horizons. As previously announced, the 2014 Lilly Award winners include Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Susan Bernfield, Johanna Day, Winnie Holzman, Joyce Ketay, Mary Mitchell Campbell, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Dominique Morrisseau, Kelli O'Hara, Jen Silverman, Jeanine Tesori and Liesl Tommy. The 2014 Lilly Award presenters include Neena Beber, John Doyle, Branden Jacobs Jenkins, Julia Jordan, Anne Kaufman, Lisa Kron, Tony Kushner, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Justin Levine, Audra McDonald, Marsha Norman, Steven Pasquale, Stephen Schwartz and Stacey Mindich. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the red carpet below! (more...)

WICKED Becomes West End's 10th Longest Running Show
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2014

WICKED, the multi award-winning musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is now the West End's 10th longest running show. Currently in its 8th year at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre, this "wickedly good" (Sunday Express) original new musical has now been seen by over 5.5 million people since its London premiere in September 2006 and played over 3000 performances. (more...)

Kelli O'Hara, Rebecca Luker, Jason Robert Brown & More to Perform at 2014 Lilly Awards, 6/2
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

This year the Lilly Awards will celebrate women of distinction in musical theater in a special cabaret at West Bank Cafe (407 W 42nd Street, NYC), following the awards ceremony, which is set for Monday, June 2, at Playwrights Horizons. The cabaret will feature Kelli O'Hara, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Rebecca Luker, Kate Baldwin, Kenita Miller, The Broadway Boys, Graham Rowat, Katie Thompson, Lauren Pritchard, Taylor Noble, Jay Armstrong Jonson, The Skivvies (Lauren Molina & Nick Cearley) and Jason Robert Brown. (more...)

Broadway's WICKED Flies Into Sacramento Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in 2012, Wicked, Broadway's biggest blockbuster, will return to Sacramento Community Center Theater from tonight, May 28 through June 15 as part of the Broadway Sacramento series. (more...)

WICKED Announces Lottery Policy for Sacramento Community Center Theater Run, 5/28-6/15
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED, which is returning to Sacramento Community Center Theater with performances from May 28 - June 15. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Convention Center Box Office, 1301 L 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...)

STAGE TUBE: WICKED's Jemma Rix Performs 'Defying Gravity' on SUNRISE
by Stage Tube - May 21, 2014

The 10th Anniversary Australian tour of the international musical theatre blockbuster Wicked opened May 10 at Melbourne's Regent Theatre. WICKED stars Lucy Durack as Glinda and Jemma Rix as Elphaba, both reprising the roles which shot them to stardom during the original Australian tour. Click below to watch a clip of Rix perform 'Defying Gravity' on Sunrise! (more...)

Josh Radnor, TR Knight, Robert Morse, Leslie Bibb and More Join Powerhouse's 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

New York Stage and Film and Vassar College, this summer celebrating the 30th year of their Powerhouse Theater collaboration, are thrilled to reveal the first round of casting for the upcoming Powerhouse Theater Season, running from June 20 to July 27 at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, New York). (more...)

Kelli O'Hara, Jeanine Tesori, Kristen Anderson-Lopez & More Win 2014 Lilly Awards; Ceremony Set for 6/2
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

The 2014 winners of the Lilly Awards, honoring women of distinction in American theater, were announced today by the Lilly Awards Foundation. The winners will be celebrated at the 5th Annual Lilly Awards Ceremony set for Monday, June 2, 2014 beginning at 5 p.m. at Playwrights Horizons (416 W 42nd Street, NYC). (more...)

WICKED Opens 5/28 at Sacramento Community Center Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

WICKED, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman ("My So Called Life," "Once And Again" and "thirtysomething") based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, opens on Wednesday, May 28, for a three-week engagement at Sacramento Community Center Theater. (more...)

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