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Update to Yesterday's Big Announcement

What, you missed yesterday's BIG announcement? Well, either scroll down (and then back up) or click here to read all about BWW's new revolutionary *personalized* Database, now both bigger than ever AND offering custom news feeds just about YOUR favorite shows and stars AND an iTunes Genius/Netflix/Amazon style recommendation engine to help you find more of what you like.

We got a ton of positive responses yesterday to the new service as well as several thousand BWW readers already playing with it (thank you!). Amongst the most requested 'Day One' features was the ability to get Daily Email Updates instead of just the Weekly version that we launched. 

Well, we jumped into quick action and you can now change your alerts to daily, by clicking here. MUCH more to come. Next stop, mobile!

Posted on: Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 08:50 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments


BWW Unveils Revolutionary BWDB Upgrade

The BroadwayWorld DB, launched back in 2005 is by far the largest theatre database on the net, covering the world of Broadway and beyond, including theatre in more than 150 cities, 275,000+ performers, 300,000+ photos, 60,000+ productions and growing by the minute.

Back in 2011, we unveiled complete regional listings featuring shows in every market in addition to BWW DB Pro, which empowers theatre professionals to enter themselves into the BWW Internatioanl Theatre Database, add/update credits and bios, post photos and videos, promote events, list management info, maintain their information and lots more.

Now, while the eyes of the world are on the theatre scene for next weekend's 2012 Tony Awards, BWW is excited to announce that we've taken our biggest leap forward yet - introducing the brand-new personalized BroadwayWorld DB.  

Click here to visit the new BroadwayWorld DB homepage, register and login to get started. All throughout the site's extensive show and performer listings are new 'Become a Fan' buttons. Clicking those buttons for the shows and performers you enjoy will allow you to begin to build your personal BWW DB homepage.

Hereafter, your new custom BWW DB homepage will start to form and populate with recommendations of other related stars/shows, a custom news feed featuring BWW content JUST about your favorites, personalized email newsletters and more. 

Additional special features and mobile access will be annnounced shortly! 

Click here to get started!

Posted on: Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 08:44 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

2012 Awards Season Scorecard

Just a quick update here that we've launched our first ever Awards Season Scorecard right here with the Outer Critics Circle Awards already in. For analysis on how the Outer Critics Circle nominations usually compare to the Tony Awards, click here.  

Posted on: Monday, April 23, 2012 @ 02:17 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

New BWW TV Show Coming in 2012!

BroadwayWorld.com is very excited to announce a new partnership, and the fourth member of BWW TV’s family of exclusive, engaging, and unmatched online theatre video programming. Joining the popular and critically acclaimed SUBMISSIONS ONLY, BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge and CHEWING THE SCENERY WITH Randy Rainbow will be its newest offering and first reality show, BEHIND THE CURTAIN, premiering later in 2012.

Behind the Curtain is a brand new, fascinating, fast paced web series that explores what it takes to make it on the world's biggest stage, Broadway. Created by seasoned entertainment industry vets Danny Jordan (The Biggest Loser, MasterChef, American Idol Underground) and Andrew Spires (American Idol, Trading Spaces, Real Time With Bill Maher) the show will pull viewers inside the real world and harsh reality of what it’s like to be a performer pursuing their Broadway dreams.  With unprecedented access and some of the hottest up and coming stars on board, the show will share the inside world of Broadway in a riveting new way.

The new documentary series is currently on the popular financing site Kickstarter (click here for a preview and for more information) which opens up a unique opportunity for Broadway fans to play a part in developing this wonderful new series. Getting in at the ground floor, donors will have the unique, and thrilling opportunity to watch as their show evolves, and matures into a dazzling program recognized the world over!

“When I saw the original sizzle reel for the show,” said Robert Diamond, CEO of BroadwayWorld.com, “it felt like the perfect fit for our audience and it’s being developed in a way that will fully exploit not only the newest technologies, but insider access like never before. Basically, it’s everything we believe in here on the site.”

Danny Jordan, series creator says  "Since day one -- In October 2009 -- our objective has been to reveal the real story of the countless actors, singers, and dancers who pick up their lives, and move to the harsh world that is New York City in pursuit of making their Broadway dreams a reality. Additionally, retaining the integrity of this historic industry is paramount. As such, partnering with the largest Broadway and theatre themed site in the world is not only a huge victory, but the perfect fit. “

Behind the Curtain will premiere exclusively on BroadwayWorld.com in late 2012.

About the Creative Team:

Danny Jordan's career in entertainment began in 2000. Jordan has created, produced, and hosted major media content for some of the most recognized networks, brands, and TV programs. Credits include: The Biggest Loser (Producer), MasterChef (Producer), Losing It with Jillian (Producer), Great American Road Trip (Producer), High Society (Producer), American Idol Underground (Host), KIIS FM (Host). In 2009, Jordan started Pronus Productions; partnering with long-time friends and colleagues, Andrew Spires and Raul Colindres. Jordan currently resides in New York City, and serves as SVP of Branded Media and Development.

Andrew Spires grew up in Philadelphia before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. After graduating from art school, he went on to work with Oscar winner Vilmos Zsigmond, before taking a position with CBS. While with CBS he worked on “The Price is Right”, “Real Time” with Bill Maher, and “The Young and the Restless” among others. Andrew later went on to work for juggernaut “American Idol” before returning to the East Coast to Produce “Trading Spaces”. Spires spent a year producing content for BBC before leaving forming Pronus Productions with friends Danny Jordan and Raul Colindres.

Mr. Spires’ shows are aired in over 40 countries and seen by more then 65 million viewers annually. He currently residents in New York City with his wife and their Great Dane, Gracie.

Featured cast members: 

Rachel Potter is currently appearing as the Mistress in this season's buzz worthy Broadway revival, Evita. She appears alongside Ricky MartinElena Roger, and Michael Cerveris at the Marquis Theater. Rachel made her Broadway debut as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family starring Brooke Shields, following a tour with Stephen Schwartz's smash hit musical, Wicked (Glinda u/s). Rachel has also performed the roles of Ariel, Belle, and Nemo, among others, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Her debut Country album is to be released May 2012, following an EP release concert at Joe's Pub on May 13th, 9:30 pm. For tickets visit http://bit.ly/GUexAv or www.rachelpottermusic.com for more info. @therachelpotter  

Sara Jean Ford  Broadway credits include How to Succeed -- Smitty; The Phantom of the Opera -- Christine Daae; A Little Night Music -- Petra & MrS. Anderson; Finian's Rainbow. Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks -- Louisa (Original Revival Cast). National Tours: Wicked, Phantom. BFA, Carnegie Mellon. www.sarajeanford.com

For PR Inquiries:

Kirsten Holguin

Posted on: Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 10:50 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Broadway Online in 2012

I came out of my time imposed interview 'retirement' for a quick chat about one of my favorite topics -- the online world of Broadway (pun intended). Sara Fitzpatrick is the Director of Interactive for SpotCo, a leading full-service entertainment advertising and branding agency, working with Broadway and film productions to oversee the development and strategy of their interactive operations. We last spoke to her about the 'State of Broadway on the Web' back in 2010 so with two years having gone quickly by -- it seemed the perfect time to check back in for her latest take.

Click here to read...

Posted on: Thursday, March 22, 2012 @ 12:23 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Fascinating Listen - Mike Daisey Opens Up

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I've just spent an hour GLUED to the podcast in which THIS AMERICAN LIFE's Ira Glass reveals how they discovered the falsehoods in Daisey's THE AGONY & ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS on material that makes up both the play and broadcasts that they did based upon it. 

Click Here to Listen

The Public Theater issued a statement as well today, here.

It's a fascinating case in which material was presented as fully factual and up to levels of journalistic integrity that simply was not. 

 

Posted on: Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 02:38 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Follow BroadwayWorld on Pinterest

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Are you one of the legions already following BroadwayWorld.com, the biggest theatre site on the net via social media? 

If not, you're missing out on instant updates of the biggest stories, special offers and more as they happen! Clcik below to follow BWW on:

Twitter

Facebook

Google +

Now, BWW is excited to announce that our content is now available on Pinterest as well! CLICK HERE  to follow BWW on Pinterest- the latest social media craze that organizes and shares all the latest BroadwayWorld news on our very own virtual pin boards!

 

Posted on: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 @ 02:34 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Fun FLASH on PETER...STARCATCHER Cast Page

The web geek in me generally HATES the (over)use of Flash on any web site, and especially those for Broadway shows. It's often unneeded, slow loading and also makes the site behave crankily on all Apple mobile devices. 

All that said, after an eagle-eyed BWW Message Board-er spotted this VERY clever usage on the PETER AND THE STARCATCHER web site, well, it's excellent.


Click Here...

Posted on: Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 01:14 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

What Christine Pedi Could Teach Kristen Wiig

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'nuff said.

 

Posted on: Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 01:37 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Cranky Sondheim?

Sondheim-West-End-Sad-20010101Talking to the London Times, Stephen Sondheim sounds off about much of the current state of commercial theatre, noting that while he can appreciate hits such as The Book of Mormon as a "fun college show", in response to the idea that this perceived trend could be permanent, Sondheim remarks: "I think so. Commercial theatre will only get more narrow as time goes on. There are so many forms of entertainment, theatre is becoming more marginalised. It's become ‘an event': you see Wicked on your anniversary. I don't think commercial theatre can fulfil a function as a constant feeding ground for emotions and thoughts."

For more of his thoughts, click here

Do you think he's cranky, overly critical or spot on?

Posted on: Monday, March 05, 2012 @ 02:23 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Don't Cry for Elena Roger...

I had the good fortune to catch her performance in the London production of EVITA back in 2006, and can NOT wait to see her again on Broadway... Video preview below. 

 

Posted on: Sunday, March 04, 2012 @ 09:25 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

A New Sondheim Musical?!?

The digital theatre world lit up earlier today (as did our live traffic meters) with the news, first reported by the London Evening Standard that Stephen Sondheim and David Ives have teamed up on a new musical, which is currently in the earliest phases of composition. According to the Standard: "Sondheim speaks of pushing forward and says he has "20 or 30 minutes" written of a new musical that he is collaborating on with American playwright David Ives, a New York regular little known in London."

We reached the legend himself who told us that "it's an idea I've had for a long time and that it springs indirectly from a moment in a play of David's."

What could this mean? Join our message board discussion on the subject here. 

Posted on: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 @ 07:51 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Why PIPE DREAM at Encores!?

Production ImageTheatre has more than its share of armchair quarterbacks who enjoy prognosticating (bitching) about...well...everything, ESPECIALLY the how and why of the show selection at the very popular Encores! series at City Center. 

Next up for the series is Rodgers and Hammerstein's PIPE DREAM, which will star Leslie Uggams, Will Chase, James Clow, James Moye, Laura Osnes, Steve Routman, Leslie Uggams, Stephen Wallem and Tom Wopat.

So, how and why did they select PIPE DREAM?

Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel explains exactly why ... here

Posted on: Monday, February 27, 2012 @ 11:27 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Beautiful Tribute to Howard Kissel

Long-time no blog, as my every free waking computer minute has been devoted as of late to some recent and upcoming site updates on both the back and front end. (If you haven't admired our new article, people and show pages - check 'em out, and there's MUCH more on the way including other features coming to those three). We've also more than quadrupled our server speed and capabilities to prepare for some other new features and our ever-expanding traffic. 

Back to today's blog, I'd often disagreed with his reviews, but I was still saddened on Friday evening to learn of the passing of longtime theatre critic Howard Kissel, most known for his long tenure at the New York Daily News. His well-known biography of David Merrick - The Abominable Showman has long been amongst my favorite theatre reads; I even re-read (and re-purchased) it on the Kindle a couple of years back. If you haven't read it yet, you're missing out. 

Critics are generally an unsung breed, but David Rooney has written a lovely piece, singing Kissel's praises over here @ the Hollywood Reporter

Posted on: Sunday, February 26, 2012 @ 05:38 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

BWW Launches Non-Equity Audition Center with Free Listings

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We've been running Equity audition notices on BroadwayWorld.com for more than a year now, and not a day goes by that we haven't gotten a slew of requests from both readers and from casting directors to start posting notices for other audition opportunities, both large and small.

To that end, we've unveiled a Non Equity Auditions section of the site which now contains free listings for audition opportunities around the country with all the same features that our Equity center includes like our instant search, chart views, regional browsing, daily and instant email alerts and lots more. 

Posted on: Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 11:15 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

BWW Joins Google +

Are you one of the legions already following BroadwayWorld.com, the biggest theatre site on the net via social media? 

If not, you're missing out on instant updates of the biggest stories, special offers and more as they happen!

BroadwayWord.com's Main Twitter Feed:
http://www.twitter.com/broadwayworld

Facebook Group:
http://www.facebook.com/broadwayworld

Now, BWW is excited to announce that our content is now available on Google Plus as well!

Click Here or on the image below to Follow BWW on Google Plus! To celebrate our launch, we'll be giving away tickets weekly all month to some of the hottest Broadway shows! 


Posted on: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 10:30 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

2012 Regional Expansion - Find Shows, Restaurants & More

We announced this news late last week on the site itself, but wanted to share my excitement here as well... Since then, we've already made more improvements including restaurant menus for all of our listings! More to come, very soon...

BroadwayWorld.com, the largest theatre site on the Internet is excited to unveil the first in a series of massive 2012 expansion plans - complete and expanded coast to coast show listings.

Complete show listings are now available for all of BroadwayWorld.com's 100 regional U.S., and 20 International markets (with additional 20 launches planned for January), allowing theater goers for the first time ever to easily browse, and search globally for Musicals, Plays, Concerts, Cabarets, Special Theatrical Events, Opera, Dance, and other live stage productions.

Updated daily, this whopping listing of over 25,000 current and upcoming productions in more than 10,000 theatres includes professional productions, amateur productions, school productions (both high schools and colleges), and more!

All show listings are linked in to the site's unsurpassed content system to provide links to news stories, cast features, photos, videos & more for each show. And speaking of content, you can also contribute by clicking on a show title and uploading media (including links, photos, videos and cast lists) using the forms located on right of the listing. 

That's not all though...We know that nothing goes together with a good show like an equally good meal - so all regional listings now including the ability to find, display and make reservations at more than 20,000 neighboring restaurants. All restaurant listings include such useful information on the average price of meals, cuisine types, menu descriptions and innovative mapping that shows its distance and a direct route to the theatre. 

While users can browse regional shows both through the site's dedicated regional homepages, they may also use our Pick-a-Show feature. Users can now enter their zip code to find regional shows (musicals, plays, opera, dance, comedy, concerts, amateur and school productions and more) near them across the country. 

Posted on: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 09:00 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Today's BWW Upgrade - Audition Center

Ok, ok, so I 'lied' yesterday when I said that we were done unveiling sneak peeks at our January 2012 site upgrades in 2011, but, here we go!

In this case though, we know how hard it is for performers to book a job, so anything we can do to lessen the struggle of knowing what auditions are coming up, is the least we can do. 

We've just unveiled a snazzy (if I do say so myself) revamp of our popular Auditions Center for all your Equity audition needs including a faster and more accurate search, a new chart view, the ability to browse by region and date added/updated, to see when a notice was posted, and to email a notice to yourself and/or friends when you see it along with some other bells and whistles. 

Anything else you'd like to see? Let us know!

ps - Bonus points to those readers who emailed me noticing that hours after announcing yesterday's Grosses Update, we kept adding new features -- well, we couldn't help ourselves. :-)

Posted on: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @ 01:28 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Upgraded BWW Grosses Features

We weren't planning on unveiling any of the (many) new features & updates cooking in the BWW kitchens until 2012, but ... patience was never on the short list of things that I'm good at. The ever-popular Broadway Grosses section of the site just got several major upgrades including some visual enhancements, iPad/iPhone compatibility, many new chart & graph types, year by year comparisons and other nifty features that are too numerous to list. 

Check 'em out right here

Posted on: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 03:57 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Scarlett Johansson on Bio

I for one loved Scarlett Johansson's Broadway debut last season opposite Liev Schrieber in their explosive production of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE. While we're all eagerly anticipating whatever she does on stage next -- a new BIOGRAPHY Channel profile (with an appearance by BWW's own Pat Cerasaro) -- covers her career on stage and off to date. Check for upcoming listings here.  

Posted on: Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 09:19 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

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