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Top Stories of the Day - Tuesday June 30, 2015

Here's some of the most popular stories posted on BroadwayWorld.com in the last 24 hours!

Andre De Shields, Haven Burton, Lillias White & More Will Lead Broadway-Bound Musical GOTTA DANCE in Chicago
by Tyler Peterson - The new musical GOTTA DANCE will take its first steps with an all-star cast.


Jane Kaczmarek, Reed Birney & More Set for 2015 National Playwrights Conference
by BWW News Desk - Staged readings for the 2015 National Playwrights Conference begin this week at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Under leadership from Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg in her 11th season, the famed conference will develop eight new plays, selected from a pool of 1,300 submissions, with support from an award-winning slate of actors and directors.


VIDEO: Ariana Grande Performs Houston/Madonna Mash-up at NYC's GAY PRIDE
by BWW News Desk - Ariana Grande performed a mashup of Whitney Houston's 'I'm Every Woman' and Madonna's 'Vogue' at NYC Gay Pride's Dance on the Pier. Check out the appearance below!


BWW TV Exclusive: YouTube Star Michael Buckley Gives Sex Tips to Broadway Characters!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, the hit comedy written by Matt Murphy, based on the best-selling book by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman, will soon welcome comedian and YouTube star Michael Buckley ('What The Buck?')  as Dan, for two weeks only - July 2-4 and 9-11 - at The 777 Theatre (777 Eighth Avenue, between 47th and 48th Streets). Buckley, making his Off-Broadway debut in Sex Tips, will also perform in the show's upcoming week-long run at The Provincetown Theater from August 3 - 8. To prepare for the role, Buckley is sharing some hilarious tips with some of our favorite Broadway characters. Check out the exclusive video below! 


Michael Cerveris, Christian Borle, Judy Kuhn, Andy Karl & More Join Lineup for 17th Annual BROADWAY BARKS!
by BWW News Desk - BROADWAY BARKS announces their 17th annual star-studded dog and cat adoption event to benefit New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. Founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, this event features celebrities from the hottest shows on Broadway.  The event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will take place on Saturday, July 11 in Shubert Alley (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). The festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. where you meet all the adoptable dogs and cats; celebrity presentations of adoptable pets will take place between 5:00-6:30 p.m. This year's event will be co-hosted by Bernadette Peters and Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, HBO's "Girls"). The event is free and open to the public.


BWW Review: Toronto Says 'YEAH' To Kinky Boots
by Alan Henry - There's a party happening every day at The Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto - and that party is the Canadian production of Kinky Boots which opened Sunday night. The mostly Canadian cast, save for American newcomer Alan Mingo Jr. as Lola earned a standing ovation from the opening night audience.


2015 Jimmy Award Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - The seventh annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards / Jimmy Awards were held tonight, June 29, 2015, at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. This one-of-a-kind-event was hosted by two-time Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris, currently on Broadway in this year's Best Musical Fun Home at Circle in the Square.


Gift Theatre Welcomes Nine New Ensemble Members
by BWW News Desk - The Gift Theatre's artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton, co-founder William Nedved and associate artistic director Paul D'Addario are proud to announce nine artists have joined the company ensemble: playwrights Will Eno and Laura Marks; directors Marti Lyons and Erica Weiss; and actors Cyd Blakewell, Darci Nalepa, Keith Neagle, Mary Ann Thebus, and Kyle Zornes. Conceived in 1997 by Michael Patrick Thornton and William Nedved, The Gift's mission was to grow and nurture an ensemble while laying roots in an artistically underserved Chicago neighborhood. Today, The Gift Theatre thrives in Jefferson Park as Chicago's most intimate Equity theater and is home to a nationally respected acting ensemble.


Photo Flash: Behind-the-Scenes of HAIRSPRAY at The Muny!
by BWW News Desk - The Muny presents Hairspray, winner of the 2003 Tony® Award for Best Musical, featuring music by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittmanwith a book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan. The Muny's production of Hairspray is directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges and music directed by Charlie Alterman. Check out a behind-the-scenes look at the production below!


Tina Fey, Kristin Chenoweth, Tituss Burgess & More Set for Foster Kids Benefit 'VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS' Tonight at the St. James
by BWW News Desk - Tina Fey, Tituss Burgess, Kristin Chenoweth, Rachel Crow, Antwone Fisher, Sutton Foster, Megan Hilty, Janice Huff, Jane Krakowski, Alec Mapa, Andrea McArdle, Patina Miller, Rosie O'Donnell, Caroline Rhea, Charlene Tilton are among the names who will take the stage to support youth in foster care at a special benefit show, VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS: Stars For Foster Kids. The event will take place tonight, June 29th at 7PM at The St. James Theatre, 246 West 44th Street.


Posted on: Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 10:41 AM Posted by: Robert Diamond



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