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Paper Mill Playhouse Announces 2016 Rising Star Award Nominations!
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

As one of the nation's leading regional theaters and producing partners for Broadway, Paper Mill Playhouse has a well-earned reputation for launching both performers and shows for the Great White Way. (more...)

University of Michigan Graduates Set for BROADWAY SESSIONS Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

BROADWAY SESSIONS is described as an evening of musical performances, games and open mic featuring a new Broadway guest each week. The show is created and hosted by Ben Cameron (Bway Wicked, Aida and Footloose) and features musical director Joshua Stephen Kartes on piano.  This week Broadway Sessions is offering a special TUESDAY night show featuring '16 MT grads from University of Michigan as well as notable Michigan alums. The evening will be hosted by  Michigan alum Todd Buonpane (Spelling Bee, Cinderella, 30 Rock) and will feature Jen Perry (Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia!) and more. (more...)

Children's Theatre of Cincinnati Welcomes New Associate Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

- Eric Byrd is joining the staff of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati as the company's new Associate Artistic Director. (more...)

Jennifer Hudson to Play Final Performance as Shug Avery in THE COLOR PURPLE Today
by Louisa Brady - May 8, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson will take her final bow as Shug Avery in the acclaimed revival of THE COLOR PURPLE today, May 8th, 2016. This performance marked Hudson's Broadway debut. (more...)

Frankie Grande, Mallory Hagan, and Antoine L. Smith Set to Judge Rising Star Competition on 5/8
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2016

RISE BAR is seeking its next RISING STAR! Hosted by Broadway's Marty Thomas (Xanadu, The Secret Garden, Wicked), the RISING STAR competition begins Sunday March 6! The contestants will be competing in a 10 week elimination style contest for a $1000 cash prize and paid bookings at RISE Bar with their respective solo show. In addition to its cash and prize package, RISING STAR is offering networking opportunities with guest celebrity judges, fantastic exposure and valuable live stage experience. The winner will receive a headshot package by Claire Buffie photography. They will also receive a demo package provided by Yasuhiko Fukuoka. Competition judges Courtney Reed and Jelani Remy also donated generous prize packages from THE LION KING And ALADDIN on Broadway.  (more...)

Reverend Mary to Celebrate New Album THE MUSEMENTS in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Singer Mary Elizabeth Micari (a.k.a. Reverend Mary and her M Band) begins a series of live performances culminating with the release of her new album, The Musements. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Deborah Cox & More in World Premiere of JOSEPHINE at Asolo Rep
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Asolo Rep, in collaboration with Tony Award® winner Kenneth Waissman (Grease, Torch Song Trilogy) presents the world premiere of the new, Broadway-bound musical JOSEPHINE. Opening tonight, Friday, May 6 at 8pm, the production runs at the Mertz Theatre, located in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, through May 29. Grammy® nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist Deborah Cox (Broadway's Aida, Jekyll & Hyde; vocals for the Whitney Houston Lifetime movie Whitney) stars as the legendary African-American performer Josephine Baker. Check out a first look at the cast on stage below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Juan Carlos, Tatiana, & Sandra Cantu of IN THE HEIGHTS at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
by Cary Ginell - May 6, 2016

In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about community and family in a Dominican-American neighborhood in New York City, has a multi-layered meaning for its talented cast. The production, which is currently being presented at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, features veteran television actor Juan Carlos Cantu, returning to the stage after more than 30 years, to act besides his two daughters, Tatiana and Sandra. All three play major roles in the show, bringing the three together on stage for the first time. (Our review is in this week's Moorpark Acorn. http://www.mpacorn.com/news/2016-05-06/On_The_Town/Cast_takes_musical_to_the_highest_level.html) We visited with the girls and their proud father before a Sunday matinee performance. (more...)

Company Profile for Virtualware
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

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THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD, AIDA and More Set for Hale Centre Theatre's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Hale Centre Theatre, Utah's professional family theater, officially unveiled its 2017 entertainment season that will begin a new era of year-round, non-stop productions in its new 130,000 square-foot performing arts center in Sandy City. (more...)

Photo Flash: Edie Falco and Aida Turturro Visit Bill Bower's ALL OVER THE MAP at Theatre Row
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Edie Falco and Aida Turturro (who co-starred with Edie in The Soprano's) stopped by to have some laughs at Bill Bower's acclaimed show ALL OVER THE MAP, presented by All For One at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. Scroll down for photos of them backstage! (more...)

Tickets to WICKED at Ohio Theatre on Sale 5/22
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Broadway's biggest blockbuster and Columbus' most popular musical, will return to the Ohio Theatre August 17-September 4. Tickets for the return engagement go on sale Sunday, May 22. (more...)

BWW Review: MEMPHIS at Theatre Three
by Kyle Christopher West - May 4, 2016

By 2009, when the musical MEMPHIS opened on Broadway, America had nearly 60 years since the Civil Rights Movement began in the 1950s. But, despite significant progress, headlines even today continue to affirm our society's failings in the areas of discrimination and prejudice. Monday night, when the house lights faded for opening night of MEMPHIS at Theatre Three, the crowd cheered. Although I was just as eager to support the company's newest production, I'd not considered how moved I would be by the historic, but still timely themes. (more...)

Scoop: MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC - Tuesday, May 17, 2016
by TV Scoop - May 2, 2016

Get all the scoop on MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., airing on ABC on Tuesday, May 17, 2016! (more...)

Rory O'Malley & NERDS Cast Set for This Week's BROADWAY SESSIONS
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

This Thursday, May 5th, BROADWAY SESSIONS welcomes Rory O'Malley (Bill Gates), Bryan Fenkart (Steve Jobs) and cast members from the ill-fated Broadway musical to be, NERDS. Cast members will perform material from the show and more. (more...)

New Tickets for THE SOUND OF MUSIC in Adelaide Released Today
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Due to extraordinary demand, new tickets have been released today for the Adelaide season of the world's favourite musical, The Sound of Music. The lavish London Palladium production will commence in Adelaide at the Festival Theatre on 9 August this year. Tickets are on sale for performances until 2 September 2016. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre's Final Installment of NEW FACES SING BROADWAY Set for 6/7
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

? Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final 2015 - 16 installment of Chicago's hit new musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway. This edition, conceived and directed by Michael Weber and Chris Carter with music direction by Nick Sula, hosted by James Earl Jones II and featuring a cast of Chicago's hottest emerging artists, takes a journey through the best of Broadway's 1949 musical season via rare multi-media visuals, songs, trivia games and sing alongs in New Faces Sing Broadway 1949, Tuesday, June 7 at 8 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway. Tickets are $22, with no drink minimum and are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling 773.777.9884. (more...)

BRIGHT STAR Cast Members Set for BROADWAY SESSIONS, 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

BROADWAY SESSIONS is described as an evening of musical performances, games and open mic featuring a new Broadway guest each week. The show is created and hosted by Ben Cameron (Bway Wicked, Aida and Footloose) and features musical director Joshua Stephen Kartes on piano.  This Thursday night, May 19th, Broadway Sessions welcomes cast members from the Tony nominated Best Musical, Bright Star and more (more...)

iTheatrics to Launch First Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento, 2/10-12
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

iTheatrics, the Junior Theater Group and the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) will collaborate on the first-ever Junior Theater Festival West (JTF West), February 10-12, 2017 in Sacramento, CA (#JTFWest), it was announced today by Timothy Allen McDonald, founding chairman of iTheatrics and the Junior Theater Group and Julie Theobald, EdTA Executive Director.   (more...)

PANCAKES, PANCAKES! to Make World Premiere at Alliance Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

The Alliance Theatre is pleased to announce a world premiere production of PANCAKES, PANCAKES!, written by Alliance favorite Kenneth Lin (Warrior Class, playwright); directed by another Alliance favorite, David de Vries (Scrooge, A Christmas Carol; Dr. Spivey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, among others); with original music by a third Alliance favorite, Phillip DePoy (Edward Foote, playwright). (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE to Welcome Gayle King, Michael Riedel & More for Series of Talkbacks Next Week
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

THE COLOR PURPLE will be hosting a special talk back series with cast members following four select performances, Tuesday, May 17 through Thursday, May 19. (more...)

Greendale Community Theatre to Stage Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

The Greendale Community Theatre (GCT) invites you to become 'part of their world' as it presents the Milwaukee area premier of Disney's The Little Mermaid. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its unforgettably singable songs like 'Under the Sea,' 'Kiss the Girl,' and of course, 'Part of Your World.' (more...)

Cast Announced for Fiddlehead's SHOW BOAT at Shubert Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Meg Fofonoff and Stacey Stephens, Producing Artistic Directors of Fiddlehead Theatre Company, announced today the cast of Show Boat, the company's first production in partnership with the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont Street, Boston. Show Boat will run for twelve performances from June 22-July 3, 2016. Co-Directed by Fofonoff and Stephens, Show Boat will feature a cast of 50 starring seasoned international and off-Broadway performers including Kim Corbett (West Side Story, Les Miserables) as Magnolia Hawks, Jeremiah James (The Fantasticks) as Gaylord Ravenal, Lindsay Roberts (The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess) as Queenie, and Brian Kinnard (Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story) as Joe. Show Boat is Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's epic of life on the Mississippi River with some of the most beautiful and influential music ever written for the stage including 'Ol'Man River,' 'Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man' and 'Bill.' Show Boat will be choreographed by Wendy Hall, with a 27-piece live orchestra under the direction of Charles Peltz. (more...)

Curtain Call Lounge at the Fabulous Fox Theatre to Welcome Stars of The Muny This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Curtain Call Lounge at the Fabulous Fox Theatre has announced it will present the summer series "Curtain Call Presents Stars of The Muny." (more...)

ESC & YHF to Present I HEAR AMERICA SINGING: THE IMMIGRANT'S JOURNEY Musical Revue
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Responding to the heightened mood of this election year, SUNY's Empire State College (ESC) Metropolitan Center and The Yip Harburg Foundation (YHF) aim to inspire existing and prospective students with the power of songs of conscience as part of their educational/entertainment partnership.  (more...)

PRiMA Theatre to Welcome Broadway's Stephen Schwartz
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

During the past several years, PRiMA Theatre, a non-profit organization that produces theatrical experiences at a variety of venues in the region, has brought some of musical theatre's top actors and vocalists to the area. This upcoming season boasts a bevy of Broadway's biggest stars. (more...)

On Site Opera's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO to Run 6/14-17
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Just four years into its existence, On Site Opera (OSO) has established itself as one of New York City's most imaginative, nimble opera companies by doing more than simply staging musically and dramatically rich works outside of the opera house. (more...)

54 SINGS FOREIGNER Set for Feinstein's/54 Below, 6/6
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents 54 Sings Foreigner on Monday, June 6th at 7pm. Children of the '80s rejoice and join Broadway's brightest stars as we celebrate Foreigner in an evening of screaming guitar riffs, skin-tight jeans, and unforgettable power ballads. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Heather Headley Takes Opening Night Bows in THE COLOR PURPLE!
by Walter McBride - May 11, 2016

Beginning last night, Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley stepped into the role of 'Shug Avery' in John Doyle's critically acclaimed production of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple. This is Ms. Headley's first appearance on Broadway since winning the 2000 Tony Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance in Aida. BroadwayWorld is taking you inside her opening night bows below! (more...)

Up on the Marquee: Heather Headley Joins THE COLOR PURPLE
by Walter McBride - May 11, 2016

Beginning last night, Tony and Grammy Award winner HEATHER HEADLEY stepped into the role of 'Shug Avery' in John Doyle's critically acclaimed production of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple. This is Ms. Headley's first appearance on Broadway since winning the 2000 Tony Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance in Aida. (more...)

BWW Dance Interview: Jeremy McQueen
by Barnett Serchuk - May 11, 2016

Founder and Artistic Director of The Black Iris Project, Jeremy McQueen is an award-winning emerging choreographer. A 2013 recipient of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago's Choreographers of Color Award and two-time finalist of the Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence, McQueen's work has appeared at Jacob's Pillow Dance's Inside/Out series (in 2012 & 2013), Dancers Responding to AIDS' Fire Island Dance Festival, the Young Choreographer's Festival, and more. McQueen has appeared in the Broadway National Tours of 'Wicked' and 'The Color Purple', in addition to the Metropolitan Opera's productions of 'Die Fledermaus', 'Aida', 'Les Contes d'Hoffmann', and 'Don Giovanni'. McQueen currently teaches ballet for ABT's and Ailey's educational outreach programs. A graduate of The Ailey School/Fordham University B.F.A Program, he's trained as a scholarship recipient with American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, and Alonzo King's LINES Ballet. (more...)

Ann Harada and More Set for FUNKED UP FAIRY TALES as Part of New Musicals at 54
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

The NEW MUSICALS AT 54 series will present FUNKED UP FAIRY TALES by Kirsten Childs at Feinstein's/54 Below on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. (more...)

Michelle DeYoung to Replace Eric Owens with the New York Philharmonic
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung will replace The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Eric Owens, who has withdrawn due to illness, on advisement from his doctor, in selections from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn, led by John Storga?rds in his Philharmonic debut, Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Elena Shaddow, Jason Gotay, PJ Benjamin, Kevin Cahoon & More Join The Muny's 98th Season!
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Following its initial casting announcement in April, The Muny announced today additional principal cast members for its spectacular 98th season. The 2016 Muny season opens with The Wizard of Oz followed by 42nd Street and The Music Man. The season includes the premieres of the popular Mel Brooks comedy, Young Frankenstein and world-wide megahit, Mamma Mia!, and closes with Fiddler on the Roof and Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: THE COLOR PURPLE Cast Sends Off Jennifer Hudson with 'That's What Friends Are For'
by Stage Tube - May 10, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson took her final bow as Shug Avery in the acclaimed revival of THE COLOR PURPLE on Sunday. Below, watch as the cast sends her off with a touching post-curtain call performance of 'That's What Friends Are For.' (more...)

BROADWAY SESSIONS to Welcome Syracuse University Alums, 5/12
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

BROADWAY SESSIONS is described as an evening of musical performances, games and open mic featuring a new Broadway guest each week. The show is created and hosted by Ben Cameron (Bway Wicked, Aida and Footloose) and features musical director Joshua Stephen Kartes on piano.  This Thursday night, May 12th, Broadway Sessions welcomes '16 graduates from the Drama Department at Syracuse University alongside notable Syracuse alums. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 5/10/2016 - Heather Headley Joins COLOR PURPLE & More!
by Jessica Khan - May 10, 2016

Today's big news: Heather Headley takes her first bows in Broadway's THE COLOR PURPLE, and the stars gather for CUTTING EDGE COMPOSERS at Feinstein's/54 Below! (more...)

Heather Headley Returns to Broadway as THE COLOR PURPLE's 'Shug Avery' Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Beginning performances tonight, May 10, Tony and Grammy Award winner HEATHER HEADLEY will assume the role of 'Shug Avery' in John Doyle's critically acclaimed production of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple. (more...)

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour Concludes Latest Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Opera Australia's magnificent production of Turandot for the 2016 Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour season came to a close on Sunday night, almost 90 years to the day since it debuted in Milan in 1926. (more...)

William Youmans, Matt Shingledecker & More to Star in Staged Reading of BLISSFUL THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Blissful Entertainment has announced a staged reading of BLISSFUL THE MUSICAL, written by Peter Copani, directed by Daniel Goldstein, and featuring musical direction by Doug Katsaros. BLISSFUL THE MUSICAL will be presented at the Davenport Theatre (354 W. 45th Street, New York, NY 10036) on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 12:30pm and 3:30pm. A limited amount of tickets are available to the public free of charge. To RSVP, email info@blissfulthemusical.com or call (646) 892-4911. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Celebrates Opening Night with Christina Bianco and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

The Marvelous Wonderettes are back! The long-running Off-Broadway hit musical celebrated its opening night at New York's Theatre Row last night, April 28th. The show, featuring such classic fifties and sixties hits as 'Lollipop,' 'Dream Lover,' 'Stupid Cupid,' 'Son of a Preacher Man,' 'Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,' and 'It's My Party,' stars Christina Bianco as Missy, Kathy Brier as Suzy, Jenna Leigh Green as Cindy Lou, and Sally Schwab as Betty Jean. Laura Woyasz also stars as the 'Wonderstudy'. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below! Photos by Jason Russo (more...)

RENT's Anthony Rapp & Adam Pascal to Perform at John W. Engeman Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

On October 17, 2016 the John W. Engeman Theater will host stars of Broadway's RENT, Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp as they perform their new concert "Adam & Anthony LIVE." (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change for Tonight's OTELLO
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Francesco Anile will sing the title role in this evening's performance of Verdi's Otello, replacing Aleksandrs Antonenko, who is ill. (more...)

Simply Full of Jazz! Meet the Whole Cast of 'SHUFFLE ALONG', Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 28, 2016

A re-imagined version of the 1921 musical SHUFFLE ALONG, one of the earliest stage hits starring, written and directed by African-Americans, opens tonight, April 28, on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. SHUFFLE ALONG has a new book and is directed by George C. Wolfe, choreographed by Savion Glover. Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch SUNDAY MORNING's recent behind-the-scenes look at the show! (more...)

Omotenashi Journey Performs at New York's Got Talent Finals Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

'OMOTENASHI Journey' is a brand new musical-in-progress, presenting featured songs at the New York's Got Talent competition at The Elektra Theater tonight on Tuesday, April 26th. (more...)

JESSICA LANG DANCE Announces 5th Season - Three New York Premieres and More!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Jessica Lang Dance, under the artistic direction of choreographer Jessica Lang, will celebrate its 5th Anniversary season with a week-long engagement at The Joyce Theater on June 14 – 19, 2016, featuring five pieces, including three New York premieres. There will be a post-performance Curtain Chat discussion with Lang and dancers from the company following the performance on June 15. (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the WAITRESS Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
by Walter McBride - Apr 26, 2016

WAITRESS is officially serving it up on Broadway! Earlier this week, the company of the new musical took their first bows at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the whole evening, starting with the sacred Gypsy Robe ceremony. Below, check out photos of gypsy robe recipient Charity Angel Dawson with the company! (more...)

Scott Coulter and Jessica Hendy to Headline THE QUENTIN TARANTINO SONGBOOK at BB Kings
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Scott Coulter and Jessica Hendy headline 'The Quentin Tarantino Songbook, Vol. 1: Music from Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown' on Wednesday, May 4 at 8 p.m. at BB Kings Blues Club & Grill. (more...)

ELTON JOHN Announces October 2016 and February 2017 Performance Dates for 'The Million Dollar Piano' at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to Present Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will present Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto from the opening theme to its grand finale on April 28 and 30 at Music Hall. (more...)

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