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FROM PAGE TO STAGE Announces Casting for New Musical Readings
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

The From Page to Stage season of new musical theatre has announced the casting for its three semi-staged readings: Whatsonstage Award nominee Beverley Klein (Platonov, Ivanov, National Theatre; Candide; ENO), Ian Reddington (EastEnders; Coronation Street), Gerard McCarthy (Beautiful Thing; Hollyoaks), Jodie Jacobs (Rock of Ages, Shafetsbury Theatre; Legally Blonde, Kilworth House) and Union J's Jaymi Hensley are all taking part in the season at Tristan Bates Theatre this autumn. (more...)

Meet THE ADDAMS FAMILY of Athens Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

This weekend will be the first of Athens Theatre's run of 'The Addams Family: A New Musical', and here are just a few of the reasons they're so proud of the show: their cast! On Friday, September 30, the audience can join the company for their traditional - and  free! - Opening Night champagne toast. Sparkling cider will be available for those who are underage. (more...)

Photo Flash: Lin-Manuel Miranda Visits Chicago's Hubbard Street Dance Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

On Monday, September 26, 2016, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago was honored to welcome Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and original star ofHamilton: An American Musical, to its West Loop facility, the Hubbard Street Dance Center, located at 1147 West Jackson Boulevard. More than 160 invited guests included students and families participating in Hubbard Street's Youth Dance Programs; members of Hubbard Street's Junior Ensemble, Hubbard Street 2 and the artists of its world-renowned main company; staff members and special guests; individual and foundation supporters of its Education Programs; and Season 38 Spotlight Ball attendees who made donations at the organization's annual gala. (more...)

Harlem Rep to Stage Jazzy THE WIZARD OF OZ for Young Audiences
by BroadwayWorld JR - Sep 27, 2016

Harlem Repertory Theatre will stage 'The Wizard of Oz,' co-produced by the Yip Harburg Foundation, for young (and young-at-heart) audiences October 8 to December 13 at Tato Laviera Theatre at Harlem Prep Elementary School, 240 East 123rd Street (at 3rd Ave.), Manhattan. (more...)

Taylor Louderman, Alex Wyse and More Join Original Chicago Stars in RIDE THE CYCLONE at MCC Theater; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

MCC Theater today announced casting and full creative team for its thrilling New York City premiere of the new musical Ride the Cyclone, which marks just the third musical in MCC's now-iconic 30-year history of producing new works for the American theater. (more...)

Rob Guest Endowment Committee Announces Finalists for 2016 Award
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

The Rob Guest Endowment Committee is delighted to announce the 2016 Rob Guest Endowment Grand Final Concert will take place on Monday 14 November at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. The concert will be a night of exhilarating musical entertainment as six young musical theatre artist perform live and compete to win the $20,000 cash prize in this grand final event. Supported by a live professional orchestra, they will perform alongside some of Australia's most loved stars as the industry come together for an incredible night not to be missed. (more...)

MISS GULCH RETURNS! to Ride Into Roxy Regional Theatre's theotherspace This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Who was the Wicked Witch of the West?  Did you ever wonder what might have made Almira Gulch so bitter? (more...)

Main Street Theater Announces Theater for Youth Accommodations Performances
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Main Street Theater's professional Theater for Youth program produces plays based on children's literature for families and school groups and reaches over 130,000 audience members yearly. MST strives to be a theater for all youth and is launching its first ever accommodations performances. Families who need such accommodations as Sensory Friendly performances (including a Quiet Room) for children on the autism spectrum; American Sign-Language Interpreted performances for hearing-impaired children; and Audio Descriptive performances for children with low vision or blindness can now add MST to groups of Houston arts organizations providing such opportunities. (more...)

Don't Tell Mama Announces October Guest Stars for BROADWAY 'BOOZY' BRUNCH
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Restaurant Row's beloved piano bar, Don't Tell Mama, has announced the first Broadway 'Boozy' Brunch's special guest lineup for October!  (more...)

BWW Review: Wicked Good WICKED at PPAC
by Andria Tieman - Sep 23, 2016

The musical WICKED is officially 12 years old, but it isn't showing its age in the slightest.  If anything, in the current political climate, the far away Land of OZ feels more real than ever, and the political issues that drive Elphaba to become The Wicked Witch, draw a spooky parallel with current news stories.  That's not to say that this show is all doom and gloom, but rather just an incredibly smart prequel to the much-loved Wizard of Oz with some of the catchiest and most powerful songs ever.  Marry an excellent story with a phenomenally talented cast, fantastic sets and a powerful orchestra and you have a production that continues to amaze even through multiple viewings.  The national tour of Wicked has resulted in nearly 17 million people watching this show, and it's a pretty safe bet that most of those people would like to see it again. (more...)

Detroit Public Theatre Opens Season with MURDER BALLAD
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Detroit Public Theatre is proud to announce the cast for Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash, September 28 - October 23 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in downtown Detroit. The explosive rock musical is the first production in the theatre company's 2016-17 season and marks the US Debut for Italian pop sensation Arianna Bergamaschi. (more...)

Imelda Staunton to Go Toe to Toe with Conleth Hill in West End Revival of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

The Daily Mail has confirmed that Imelda Staunton will be taking on another very strong personality on the London stage. The GYPSY star has signed on to play the infamous 'Martha' in Edward Albee's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Casting for END OF THE RAINBOW
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the Chicago premiere of End of the Rainbow, November 4 - December 4,  featuring music from the songbook of Judy Garland, written by Peter Quilter, starring Angela Ingersoll as "Judy Garland," direction by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Director Michael Weber, music direction by Jon Steinhagen, who also appears as "Anthony," at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.  (more...)

Millbrook Playhouse Will Once Again Thrill and Chill You with THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Live
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

The Board of Directors and Artistic Director, David E. Leidholdt, are pleased to announce the stage adaptation of the the cult classic The Rocky Horror Show on the Ryan Main Stage. (more...)

IVEY AWARDS: 2016 Minneapolis Honorees Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

?The Twin Cities theater community honored Graydon Royce, long-time theater critic for the Star Tribune, with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and costume designer Trevor Bowen with the Emerging Artist Award at the 12th annual Ivey Awards. The yearly celebration was held Monday, September 19, at the Historic State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. (more...)

Tori Bates Cast as First Bi-Racial Actress in ANNIE; Full National Tour Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

After touring the production to over 100 cities across the nation and recently overseas to Jakarta and Singapore, Troika Entertainment LLC is pleased to announce the casting for the 2016-2017 season. (more...)

Westchester Broadway Theatre Presents SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

Dust off your hip-hugging flares, your platform shoes and warm up your disco dance moves! Saturday Night Fever is one of the most loved dance stories of all time. A stage version of the extraordinarily successful movie, It is a jam-packed, dance-crazed, fuel-injected show. Based on Nik Cohn's 1975 New York Magazine article 'Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night' and Norman Wexler's 1977 screenplay it inspired, it focuses on Tony Manero, a Brooklyn youth whose weekend is spent at the local discotheque. His very ordinary life is transformed when he steps on to the dance floor There he luxuriates in the admiration of the crowd and a growing relationship with Stephanie Mangano, and can temporarily forget the realities of his life, including a dead-end job in a paint store and his gang of deadbeat friends. Packed with over twenty legendary hits from The Bee Gees including the classics; Stayin' Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talking, You Should Be Dancing and How Deep is Your Love. Directed by WBT favorite, Richard Stafford and the Musical Director is Ryan Edward Wise. Our production stars: Jacob Tischler as Tony Manero, Alexandra Matteo as Stephanie Mangano, Gianna Yanelli as Annette, Chris Collins-Pisano as Bobby C., Pat McRoberts as Monty, Raynor Rubel as Gus, Joe Moeller as Double J., Chris Hlinka as Joey, Sandy Rosenberg as Flo Manero, Ray DeMattis as Frank Manero. Isabella D'Erasmo & Hannah Moore will alternate as Linda Manero, Featuring: Anthony Alvino, Josh Bates, Lauren Dalal, Michelle Dawson, Christopher DeAngelis, Walter Filmore IV, Brian Lego, Joe Moeller, Natalie Perez-Duel, Frankie Paparone, Kristyn Pope, Audrey Tesserot, Charity Van Tassel. Set & Costume design by Michael Bottari and Ronald Case, Lighting Design is by Andrew Gmoser, Sound Design is by Jonathan Hatton and Mark Zuckerman, Steve Loftus is the Technical Director. Wig & hair design by Gerard Kelly. The Production Stage Manager is Victor Lukas, and properties are by Grumpy Props. Lisa Tiso is the Associate Producer. Richard Stafford (Director/Choreographer) Returning to WBT, having directed and choreographed Show Boat, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, Guys & Dolls, Fiddler On The Roof, Can-Can, George M!, Hairspray, Singin' In The Rain, A Wonderful Life, Beauty And The Beast, Gypsy, The Full Monty and Cats in past seasons. On Broadway, Mr. Stafford was the choreographer for In My Life (Music Box Theatre), the associate choreographer for Aspects Of Love (Broadhurst Theatre), and dance supervisor for Cats (Winter Garden Theatre). Off-Broadway credits include choreography for A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (St. Clements). Internationally he was director/choreographer for The Full Monty, Joseph...Dreamcoat (Mexico City), choreographer for Jesus Christ Superstar (Mexico City), Evita (Sydney), Cats (Mexico City, Buenos Aires) and director/choreographer for Cats (Copenhagen, Sao Paulo,Rio). National Tours include Cats (director/ choreographer), My Fair Lady (choreographer), Joseph...Dreamcoat (choreographer) and numerous Regional Theatre Productions. Reservations: Call (914)-592-2222. Also at: Group Reservations: Discounts for Groups of 20 or More: Call 592-2225. Luxury Boxes: Call 592-8730, for private parties of 6 to 22. Enjoy dining and theatre in an elegant private box. Additional features include an expanded dinner menu, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, private powder room, and Luxury Box reserved parking. Show Times: Wednesday & Thursday & some Friday Matinees: Lunch: 11:30 am & Show 1 pm. Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Evenings: Dinner: 6:30 pm & Show: 8 pm. Sunday Matinees: Lunch: 12 pm & Show: 1:30 pm Sunday Evenings: Dinner: 5:30 pm & Show: 7 pm. Ticket Prices Dinner & Show range between $56.00 and $84.00 PLUS TAX depending on the performances chosen. Beverage Service & Gratuities are not included in the ticket price. Discounts are available for children, students, and senior citizens at selected performances. Also check the website for on-going Special Offers! More news at: (more...)

Sharron Matthews - NAKED at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Sharron Matthews in Sharron Matthews NAKED on Friday, October 28th, 2016.  Named the "Redheaded Canadian Goddess of Cabaret" by the Scotsman Newspaper, "Best Cabaret Performance of 2015" (BroadwayWorld), "Best Cabaret Performer" (Toronto's NOW Magazine), and the "#1 Cabaret in New York City in 2010" (NiteLife Exchange and WPAT Radio), Sharron returns to NYC, six years after her exciting, SOLD-OUT, two-night debut at Joe's Pub.   (more...)

UC-CCM Musical Theatre's RUNAWAYS Heads to Know Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Know Theatre will welcome University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music students to come and play at Your Theatrical Playground with a special co-production of Elizabeth Swados' Runaways. (more...)

Photo Flash: Imani Enterprises Presents SHE SAID/ HE SAID
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Imani Enterprises presents the Toronto premiere of She Said/He Said, created and directed by award-winning artist Anne-Marie Woods (aka Amani). She Said/He Said is a play where spoken word, theatre, conflict and comedy join hands for a tragi-comic and complex look at relationships. The female/male rapport is laid bare in this battle of wits with the multi-talented Woods starring as SHE and Dora Mavor Moore Award winner Matthew G Brown as HE. She Said/He Said runs Wednesday, September 14 through Sunday, September 18 (with Media Night September 15) at Native Earth's AKI Studio (inside Daniels Spectrum) in Regent Park. (more...)

Windmill Theatre Co and State Theatre Spin Gold with RUMPELSTILTSKIN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

The creative team that spun theatrical gold with the Helpmann Awardwinning Pinocchio in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and New York reunite with Rumpelstiltskin, starring multi-award-winning actor and singer Paul Capsis. This brand new production based on the tale by the Brothers Grimm is a rocking family musical full of twists and turns for audiences aged 8 - 108. (more...)

Rose Theatre, Kingston Announces Full Cast for Arthur Miller's Masterpiece, ALL MY SONS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Rose Theatre Kingston today announced the full company for its new production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons. Award-winning Michael Rudman directs David Horovitch as Joe Keller and Penny Downie as Kate Keller with Alex Waldmann (Chris Keller), Grace Carter (Lydia Lubey), Edward Harrison (George Deever), William Meredith (Frank Lubey), Alison Pargeter (Sue Bayliss), David Partridge (Jim Bayliss) and Francesca Zoutewelle (Ann Deever). The production opens on 2 November, with previews from 28 October, and runs until 19 November. (more...)

Rufus Bonds, Jr. Replaces Norm Lewis in MAN OF LA MANCHA at 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Broadway's Rufus Bonds, Jr. will be tilting at windmills on The 5th Avenue Theatre stage when he takes over the role of Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. Bonds was recently seen as Porgy in The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess in London's West End, and was a member of the original Broadway casts of RENT and Parade. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for Seattle Rep's A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Seattle Repertory Theatre today announced the full ensemble cast of its season opening production, A Raisin in the Sun, a classic Lorraine Hansberry's drama, directed by Timothy McCuen Piggee. (more...)

The McKittrick's Supercinema Parties to Channel CLUE, Tim Burton & MOULIN ROUGE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

New York's most dynamic dance party, Supercinema, announces its next wave of film-inspired costume parties hosted by The McKittrick Hotel (530 W 27th Street, New York, NY), home of the immersive theater spectacle Sleep No More. (more...)

Alan Cumming, Betty Buckley and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its nightly performances for September 14-25, 2016. Scroll down or visit for a complete list of shows! (more...)

IF/THEN's Anthony Rapp to Attend Reeling Film Festival in Chicago
by Movies News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Chicago Filmmakers and Showtime Networks have announced that Broadway legend Anthony Rapp, from the original casts of Rent and If/Then, will attend the 34th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: Johanna Allen Pays Tribute To The Man Behind The Music, Harold Arlen, In THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY
by Jade Kops - Sep 13, 2016

Johanna Allen brings her one woman tribute to Harold Arlen, THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY, back to Sydney to treat Northern Beaches audiences to a night of history and fabulous music. (more...)

PLASTIC FIGURINES, Play About Life with Autism, Comes to London This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Celebrating a decade of new theatre making, Box of Tricks is thrilled to announce the transfer of Ella Carmen Greenhill's movingly funny and touching play PLASTIC FIGURINES to New Diorama Theatre in London from 27 September - 22 October 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Northern Broadsides & York Theatre Royal's WHEN WE ARE MARRIED
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

The Northern Broadsides and York Theatre Royal production of J.B.Priestley's When We Are Married is currently playing York Theatre Royal before heading out on tour. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

CHICAGO to Bring the Cell Block to Marlowe Theatre This October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin: Chicago comes to The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, next month. (more...)

Photo Flash: Canadian Prime Minister and Family Attend MATILDA, THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2016

On Saturday, October 8, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and family attended a performance of MATILDA, THE MUSICAL, at Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre. (more...)

Imago Premieres their Adaptation LA BELLE, LOST IN THE WORLD OF THE AUTOMATION
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

It was 2013 when creators Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad, Artistic Directors of Imago, began to adapt Beauty and the Beast. Imago will premiere their adaptation La Belle, Lost in the World of the Automaton December 9 through January 8 at Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th. See calendar and ticket prices below for details. (more...)

Take a Journey with EPAC's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Ephrata Performing Arts Center's 2017 season is all about journeys. Whether the journey is about love or loss, self-discovery or humanity, much can be learned by following the characters through their life-changing stories. (more...)

Young Artists of America Announces 2016-2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Young Artists of America at Strathmore (YAA) is proud to announce its 2016-2017 season, beginning this fall with The Wizard of Oz in Concert, featuring narration by WETA and SiriusXM's Robert Aubry Davis on October 29th. The fully orchestrated concert is based on the 1900 novel by L. Frank Baum, with music and lyrics from the 1939 MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. (more...)

2016 Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards to Honor Donna McKechnie, ABT Star and More; Performers Set!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

October 24th from 7pm at Stage 48, 605 West 48th Street, HIV HERO will present the third annual HIV HERO Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards. (more...)

American Classics Announces 2016-2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

For their 2016-2017 season, American Classics takes a novel approach, drawing all three programs on great literature.  They open with Shakespeare in Song, in honor of the 400th anniversary of his death, with songs from The Boys From Syracuse (Rodgers & Hart, based on The Comedy of Errors), Kiss Me Kate (Cole Porter, based on The Taming of the Shrew), West Side Story (Bernstein and Sondheim, based on Romeo and Juliet), The Lion King (Tim Rice and Sir Elton John, based on Hamlet), and some unusual songs from drawn from Shakespeare.  Caroline Musica, Cynthia Mork, Eric Bronner make up the quartet of singers, with Bradford Conner presiding at the keyboard.   (more...)

Young Artists of America at Strathmore Announces its 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Young Artists of America at Strathmore (YAA) is proud to announce its 2016-2017 season, beginning this fall with The Wizard of Oz in Concert, featuring narration by WETA and SiriusXM's Robert Aubry Davis on October 29th. The fully orchestrated concert is based on the 1900 novel by L. Frank Baum, with music and lyrics from the 1939 MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Next, on March 12th, 2017, YAA will present the world premiere production of The Circle of Life: The Songs of Tim Rice in Concert, created specifically for YAA by Hugh Wooldridge with special participation by Sir Tim Rice. In the spring, YAAjunior, YAA's new program for middle school singers, dancers and actors, will present Disney's The Lion King Experience on May 20th, 2017. (more...)

BWW Interview: My Dance Selfie with Reed Kelly of Broadway's PARAMOUR
by Bob Rizzo - Oct 5, 2016

The new Broadway production of Paramour marks dancer Reed Kelly's fourth Broadway show. No stranger to the Lyric Theatre, he last flew around that stage in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. He also took flight as a monkey in Broadway's Wicked and danced in The Addams Family. In addition to performing, Reed continues to interact with a legion of reality show fans from his stint on CBS's Survivor: San Juan Del Sur in 2014. (more...)

Staunton on Stage: Celebrating Imelda Staunton's Marvelous Stage Career
by Nora Dominick - Oct 4, 2016

To celebrate the great Imelda Staunton, BroadwayWorld has decided to look back at some of her finest stage work.  (more...)

Paul Capsis to Star in New Australian Production of CABARET
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

Winner of 12 Tony Awards, 8 Academy Awards and 7 BAFTA Awards, CABARET wows audiences and critics alike time and time again sky-rocketing the careers its starts.  Fifty years ago in 1966 the original Broadway production made a household name of Joel Grey who shook audiences as The Emcee.  Two years later an unassuming Judi Dench stole the show as Sally Bowles on London's West End.  Arguably the most iconic movie musical of all time made a star of Liza Minnelli when she brought Sally Bowles to the silver screen directed by Bob Fosse. (more...)

Paul Capsis to Star as 'The Emcee' in All-New Australian Production of CABARET
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

The Kit Kat Club is returning to Sydney in all its decadence for a new Australian revival of CABARET at Hayes Theatre Co. from 9 January 2017 starring Paul Capsis as The Emcee.  CABARET will then play the Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne from 27 April 2017. (more...)

SHARON MATTHEWS NAKED to Play NYC, Toronto This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

Sharron Matthews, named the 'Redheaded Canadian Goddess of Cabaret' by the Scotsman Newspaper, 'Best Cabaret Performance of 2015' by BroadwayWorld, 'Best Cabaret Performer' by Toronto's Now Magazine, and the '#1 Cabaret in New York City in 2010' by NiteLife Exchange and WPAT Radio, is touring her new show: SHARRON MATTHEWS NAKED to Feinstein's/54 Below in NYC for ONE NIGHT ONLY and Buddies in Bad Times for three glorious nights. (more...)

Photo Flash: Saturday Night Fever at Westchester Broadway Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2016

Dust off your hip-hugging flares, your platform shoes and warm up your disco dance moves! Saturday Night Fever is one of the most loved dance stories of all time. A stage version of the extraordinarily successful movie, It is a jam-packed, dance-crazed, fuel-injected show. (more...)

Yorktown Stage Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2016

Dorothy Gale is swept away to the magical land of Oz in a tornado.  She embarks on a quest to the Emerald City to see the Wizard in who can help her return home.  On her way she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. They travel together to The Wizard of Oz  with hopes he will help them.  On the way, they encounter the Wicked Witch of the East who tries to put a halt to the friends' journey. (more...)

Shows Announced for TUTS' 15th Annual Tommy Tune Awards
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) shares the production titles from the schools participating in the 15th Annual Tommy Tune Awards. The awards this year will be held on April 18, 2017. (more...)

Collegiate Theatrics: Belmont University's KYLE CARESS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 12, 2016

It's only October, but the 2016-17 school year is already off to a frenzied start for Belmont University's Kyle Caress, who this week gets a respite from the halls of academia to spend fall break in New York City with some of his musical theater classmates/comrades/friends, taking in some of the hottest shows on Broadway before returning to Nashville to put the finishing touches on the department's fall musical offering. (more...)

Jennifer Allen and Steven Blanchard Featured in Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID in Seattle; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

A spectacular new production of Disney's The Little Mermaid kicks off at The 5th Avenue Theatre this holiday season. Featuring the critically acclaimed work of Director Glenn Casale, this beloved tale of a young mermaid's coming-of-age adventure is told like never before. Previously announced casting includes Seattle's own Diana Huey as Ariel and Matthew Kacergis as Prince Eric, with Broadway's Jennifer Allen as Ursula andSteven Blanchard as King Triton. Melvin Abston, Connor Russell and Jamie Torcellini join the cast as Sebastian, Flounder and Scuttle. The 5th Avenue's production will go on to play engagements in cities including Orlando, Cincinnati,Atlanta and Louisville, among others. (more...)

Walnut Street Theatre Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

Walnut Street Theatre continues its landmark 208th season with an exciting stage adaptation of the all-time classic musical The Wizard of Oz. Directed by Glenn Casale, with choreography by Patti Colombo, The Wizard of Oz begins previews on November 8th, opens on November 16th and runs through January 8th on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

BWW Review: CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ at Goodspeed Opera House
by Joseph Harrison - Oct 11, 2016

It's probably hard to find anyone around today who is not familiar with Judy Garland. Older generations may have grown up with her in "Easter Parade" or "Meet Me in St. Louis". Others might remember her fondly as a powerhouse entertainer and singer who hosted her own television variety show. But at the very least, even the youngest among us know Judy as the unmistakable and indefatigable Dorothy Gale in the timeless MGM classic movie The Wizard of Oz. But a lot happened on "the Road to Oz", those formative years that put "Baby" Frances Gumm on the path to becoming Judy Garland and a super-star. And that journey is what brilliantly comes to life on the Goodspeed Opera House stage in the latest Goodspeed Musicals production CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ. (more...)

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