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Edward Kleban was the Tony-winning lyricist for the Broadway classic, A CHORUS LINE. Upon his death in 1978, a trunkful of songs from never-produced musicals was found by his friends and A CLASS ACT was born. Featuring songs in the classic-Broadway style and characters from his life including his A CHORUS LINE writing partner, Marvin Hamlisch and the show's creator, Buffalo's own Michael Bennett, A CLASS ACT tells the story of a remarkable man and the ups and downs of his life and career in the theatre.


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Broadway Love Story: The Tale of Rebecca Luker & Danny Burstein
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2016

Whether you consider it more of a reason for being alive, a way to measure the year, or proof of an enchanted evening, love is everywhere on Broadway...including offstage. In this first edition of Broadway Love Story, fall hard for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Danny Burstein and FUN HOME's Rebecca Luker, who explain their personal joys and trials of being a couple in the Broadway spotlight. (more...)

Marilyn Maye, Howard McGillin & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Jennifer Ellis, Ciaran Sheehan and Leigh Barrett to Lead Reagle's CAROUSEL This June
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston will open its 48th consecutive summer season with Rodgers and Hammerstein's masterpiece CAROUSEL from June 9-19, 2016.  (more...)

Barn Stage Company Announces Cast of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2016

Presented by The Barn Stage Company, the 2016 Summer Series opens in July with the Tony Award-winning play, Peter And The Starcatcher! The show runs Thursday-Sunday for three weekends at The Truax Building in Old Town Temecula. This production comes to Temecula for the first time! An Inland Empire Premiere! Peter And The Starcatcher will be directed by J. Scott Lapp, with Movement by Chelsea Nicole and Musical Direction by Leigh Sutherlin. (more...)

Jed Resnick, Katie Thompson & More Set for WOODY - A NEW FAIRY TALE Industry Reading
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

'Woody - A New Fairytale' will be given an industry reading at Signature Theatre this Tuesday, May 31st. The reading will feature a cast of 13 starring: (more...)

SCHOOL OF ROCK Stars to Teach Workshop with A Class Act NY in June
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

A Class Act NY, Manhattan's award-winning acting studio for kids and teens, is hosting a SCHOOL OF ROCK workshop with stars of the Broadway cast. In this special session, John Hemphill (MAMMA MIA!, SCHOOL OF ROCK) and Shahadi Wright Joseph (THE LION KING, SCHOOL OF ROCK) will work with students of all skill levels, ages 7-24, on a song and dance combination from the musical. Hemphill will teach the "Guitar Hero" sequence, and Joseph, a student of A Class Act NY and a child star of SCHOOL OF ROCK, will teach a song and dance cut of "Stick it to the Man!" (more...)

Photo Coverage: Meet the Nominees- FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Danny Burstein
by Walter McBride - May 20, 2016

On May 4, the 2016 Tony nominees flocked to the Paramount Hotel, where they met with the press for the first time since getting the big news. BroadwayWorld will be bringing you coverage from the epic day over the next month (so watch out for lots more), but for now, check out photos of Best Performance by an Actor in Leading Role in a Musical nominee for Fiddler on the Roof, Danny Burstein, as captured by Walter McBride! (more...)

Tony Winner Sara Ramirez Exits ABC's GREY'S ANATOMY After 10 Seasons
by TV News Desk - May 20, 2016

On last night's GREY'S ANATOMY on ABC, Sara Ramirez, who has portrayed orthopedic surgeon Dr. Callie Torres for the past ten years, made her exit from the long-running series. (more...)

Photo Flash: A Class Act NY Presents Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, JR.
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

This past weekend, May 14-15, A Class Act NY, the award-winning acting studio for kids and teens, presented Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, JR. The double-cast production of 7-18 year-olds sold out six flawless shows at the beautiful Off Broadway Five Angels Theater. Scroll down for a look at the cast in action! (more...)

Photo Flash: Ariana DeBose, Joe Iconis & More Perform the Songs of Edward Kleban at Feinstein's/54 Below!
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

On May 15, Feinstein's/54 Below hosted an exploration of Kleban songs that range from hilariously funny to heart tugging to outrageous, all models of his impeccable craft. Check out photos below! (more...)

Tamra Hayden to Take LOVE IS ... to Feinstein's/54 Below This July
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

On July 6th, Tamra Hayden, who stellar career includes originating the role of Cosette in LES MISERABLES on Broadway, takes 'Love Is ...' to Feinstein's/54 Below. (more...)

Tony Awards Close-Up: Has Tevye Proved Danny Burstein's Most Difficult Role? The Six-Time Nominee Explains!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 12, 2016

In the past ten years, Danny Burstein has wooed audiences with his Tony nominated performances as some of Broadway's most beloved characters- Buddy, Aldopho, Billis... the list goes on. Now he has taken on perhaps musical theatre's most iconic character- a milkman from Anatevka called Tevye. How does this role (for which he is nominated as Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical) compared to his others? Find out below! (more...)

A Class Act NY to Present Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

This Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, A Class Act NY, the award-winning acting studio for kids and teens, is proud to present Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR. at the beautiful Off Broadway Five Angels Theater, part of the 52nd Street Project, 789 10th Ave, NYC. (more...)

Bay Street Theater to Host April All Star Comedy Show
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that Joseph Vecsey is back again to host an all new ALL STAR COMEDY SHOW on Friday, April 1 at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of the event and available online at www.baystreet.org, or by calling the Bay Street Theater Box Office at 631-725-9500. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 5 pm. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 3/9/2016 - THAT PHYSICS SHOW, PIPPIN in Amsterdam!
by Jessica Khan - Mar 9, 2016

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: THAT PHYSICS SHOW, featuring David Maiullo, opens tonight off-Broadway, and PIPPIN heads to Amsterdam! (more...)

Pushcart Players to Present ELLIS ISLAND at The Grand Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

?Pushcart Players, New Jersey's renowned touring theater for young audiences presents "Ellis Island: Gateway to America" at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE on Wednesday, March 6 at 9:30 am and 12:00 noon. (more...)

Porchlight Revisits Staged Concert Series to Close with CHESS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final production in the third smash season of Chicago's "lost" musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits Chess, music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus and book by Tim Rice, with direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber, choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music direction by Jimmy Morehead. Porchlight Revisits Chess is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, May 3 through Thursday, May 5 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Dreamgirls (previews begin April 8) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets for Chess are $30 in advance and $35 at the door the night of the performance. All tickets include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multi-media presentation, created and hosted by Weber, that discusses that evening's production including the show's creative history, juicy backstage gossip and more. Single tickets to Chess are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252.  (more...)

Jeff Blumenkrantz, Randy Graff and More to Sing the Songs of Edward Kleban at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Join us at Feinstein's/54 Below for an exploration of Kleban songs that range from hilariously funny to heart tugging to outrageous, all models of his impeccable craft. Expect a slew of Broadway performers including those who knew Ed and originated his work and new artists who grew up loving his songs. You'll even hear some cut songs from A Chorus Line, in a rare live performance! (more...)

Pushcart Players to Present ALICE IN WONDERLAND as Part of NTJA Stages Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

Pushcart Players, New Jersey's Emmy-nominated and award-winning theater for young audiences performs "Alice in Wonderland" at multiple locations during the month of March as part of the NJ Theatre Alliance's "Stages Festival 2016." Performances offered free to the public will take place at the Ocean County Library branches of Toms River (Weds, March 9 at 6:30 pm), Brick (Mon, March 21 at 6:30 pm), Stafford (Sat, March 26 at 2:00 pm), and Point Pleasant Beach (March 30 at 3:00 pm). (more...)

Broadway Siblings Adam Jacobs and Arielle Jacobs to Lead Audition Workshop for A Class Act NY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Broadway stars and siblings Adam Jacobs (ALADDIN) and Arielle Jacobs (WICKED), alongside Broadway's Kat Nejat (WEST SIDE STORY), will teach a workshop in Audition Technique for A Class Act NY on Saturday, May 7 in NYC. (more...)

BWW Review: Brilliant GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Rocks Ahmanson
by Don Grigware - Mar 28, 2016

Winner of 4 Tony Awards in 2014, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is a devilishly clever musical sendup of the British aristocracy circa 1909. Production-wise it's A Class Act all the way, and for its adult audiences, it's a delicious odyssey of. nonstop laughter. Now at the Ahmanson through May 1, the infectiously broad satire will have you on the edge of your seat throughout its two and a half hours. Skillfully executed by director Darko Tresnjak and his awe-inspiring cast, it's a surefire knock 'em dead hit. (more...)

Whoa, Mama! Meet the Full Cast of BRIGHT STAR, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Mar 24, 2016

With direction by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreography by Josh Rhodes, BRIGHT STAR began performances on February 25th and opens officially tonight, March 24th, 2016 at at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the cast and watch interviews with the company! (more...)

Tamra Hayden to Bring LOVE IS . . . to Feinstein's/54 Below This May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Tamra Hayden's 'Love Is . . .' celebrating the many facets of love with sexy jazz tunes such as: 'Fever' and 'Something's Gotta Give,' rousing Broadway anthems such as: 'It All Fades Away' from 'Bridges of Madison County' and plenty of spontaneous hilarity to make for a perfect date night out. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll fall in love all over again! (more...)

Skylight Theatre Company to Premiere THE END TIMES
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

Skylight Theatre Company is proud to announce that they will be co-producing the World Premiere of Jesse Mu-En Shao's THE END TIMES, in collaboration with Jon Lawrence Rivera's Playwrights' Arena. This marks Jesse's first produced work. The collaboration between the two companies is a longtime in planning. Both companies pride themselves on nurturing and developing new works. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 3/11/16- A CLASS ACT
by Stage Tube - Mar 11, 2016

Today in 2001, A Class Act opened at the Ambassador Theatre, where it ran for 105 performances. A Class Act is a musical with a book by Linda Kline and Lonny Price and music and lyrics by Edward Kleban. The musical is based on the life of composer-lyricist Ed Kleban, who died at the age of 48 in 1987. The musical uses flashbacks and the device of time running backwards to retrace the high and low points of Kleban's personal and professional life. (more...)

Norman Shabel's A CLASS ACT to Premiere at The Playroom Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

A Class Act, the inaugural and relevant new play by attorney and playwright Norman Shabel will have its world premiere atThe Playroom Theater (151 West 46th Street - just east of Broadway).  Performances will begin on Friday, Monday, March 21 at 8pm and continue in a limited engagement through April 13. **This is an Equity Approved Showcase. (more...)

BWW Blog: Jeff Blumenkrantz - The Tonys!
by Guest Blogger: Jeff Blumenkrantz - Jun 9, 2016

After any given performance of Bright Star, we typically have between 20-40 people waiting at the stage door for autographs. It's interesting to observe how differently the people in our cast (and casts everywhere) deal with greeting fans at the stage door. Over the years, I've isolated a few categories: (more...)

Laura Osnes & Corey Cott to Teach Audition Technique Masterclass at A Class Act NY, 8/6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

Broadway stars Laura Osnes (CINDERELLA, BONNIE AND CLYDE) and Corey Cott (NEWSIES, GIGI) are teaching a musical theatre audition technique masterclass to advanced students of A Class Act NY, the award-winning acting studio for kids and teens, on August 6 in NYC. (more...)

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL & More Added to Hollywood Pantages Theatre 2016-2017 Winter Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

The Hollywood Pantages, a Nederlander Theatre, is proud to announce the addition of four new productions, all with strictly-limited engagements, during the 2016/2017 Winter season. The new lineup will include three Hollywood Pantages return engagements and one L.A. Premiere. (more...)

Photo Flash: THADDEUS AND SLOCUM: A VAUDEVILLE ADVENTURE at Lookingglass Theatre Company!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

Lookingglass Theatre Company continues its 28th Season with Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure, written by Ensemble Member Kevin Douglas, and co-directed by Ensemble Member J. Nicole Brooks and Krissy Vanderwarker. Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure runs June 1 - August 14, 2016 at Lookingglass Theatre Company, located inside Chicago's historic Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. at Pearson. The Press Opening is Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.   (more...)

A Class Act NY Sets Upcoming Summer Classes
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

?For the eleventh summer in a row, A Class Act NY is offering a half-dozen unique acting camps for young actors, ages 5-18.  (more...)

A CLASS ACT to Open at New World Stages in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

After enjoying its World Premiere engagement earlier this spring at the Playroom Theater, A Class Act, the inaugural and relevant new play by attorney and playwright Norman Shabel, will now hold court at New World Stages  - Stage 5(340 West 50th Street - between 8th & 9th Avenues) for a summer run.  Produced by Eric Krebs, performances will begin on Saturday, July 9 at 8pm and continue through Sunday, September 4. (more...)

Megan McGinnis to Star in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The Old Globe has announced the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of Paul Gordon's delightfully romantic new musical SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, developed with Rick Boynton and presented in association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where it was commissioned and had its world premiere in April 2015. (more...)

Lorna Luft to Return for IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS 2016 National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The producers of IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS, the stage adaptation of the beloved classic film, have announced today that Lorna Luft will reprise her role as Martha Watson in the upcoming National Tour. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

VIDEO: HAMILTON's Ariana DeBose Premieres 'Shoes,' Cut From A CHORUS LINE, at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Michael Dale - Jun 20, 2016

The talented HAMILTON ensemble member recently gave a world premiere performance of a lost Kleban/Hamlisch song. (more...)

ALMOST ELTON JOHN & Atlanta Pops Orchestra Set for Fred Amphitheater, 6/18
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Craig A Meyer is considered to be the best Elton John tribute artist in the market. His strong vocals, striking resemblance and amazing talent on the piano are captivating audiences everywhere! (more...)

BWW Preview: The Palm Springs Area has a 'Cool' Summer Lineup
by Audrey Liebross - Jun 15, 2016

Coachella Valley performing arts fans who stay in town this summer will not be bored; there are many cabarets, staged readings, and full-fledged theatrical productions to keep everyone occupied. (more...)

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival to Open with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet & Juan Siddi Flamenco, 6/22-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2016 opens its 84th annual season with exciting contemporary dance company Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presenting a diverse program, June 22-26 in the Ted Shawn Theatre. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is dually-based in New Mexico and Colorado and led by Artistic Director Tom Mossbrucker and Executive Director Jean-Philippe Malaty. Exhibiting masterful technique and powerful performances, the company brings stirring works by a roster of esteemed choreographers including Alejandro Cerrudo's Silent Ghost, Fernando Melo's Re:play, and Cayetano Soto's Huma Rojo. (more...)

Erika Rolfsrud & More to Join Robert Cuccioli in MAGICAL THINKING Reading
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

ERIKA ROLFSRUD Joins ROBERT CUCCIOLI & B'way Veterans Mimi Turque & Kristie Dale Sanders in MAGICAL THINKING, by Carrie Robbins for 29th Street Playwrights Collective's NEW WORKS SERIES (more...)

Married Couple Dylan & Becky Ann Baker Join Cast of John Doyle-Helmed PEER GYNT at CSC
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Managing Director Jeff Griffin, today announced that acclaimed actors (and married couple) Becky Ann Baker (currently featured on "Girls") and Dylan Baker (currently featured on "The Americans") have joined the cast of its upcoming production of Henrik Ibsen's PEER GYNT, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, who becomes the company's new Artistic Director in July.  (more...)

Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, David Yazbek and More Set for May at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

This May, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. Scroll down for the full lineup! (more...)

Pushcart Players to Bring PETER AND THE WOLF to Landmark on Main Street
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Pushcart Players, New Jersey's renowned touring theatre for young audiences performs their beloved 'Peter and the Wolf' on Saturday, May 5 at 3:00 p.m. at Landmark on Main Street - Jeanne Rimsky Theatre in Port Washington NY. (more...)

Sellersville Theater to Stage STONE SOUP
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Sellersville Theater 1894 in Sellersville PA will present Pushcart Players in 'Stone Soup and other Stories' on from Tuesday, May 3 through Friday, May 6, 2016 at 10:00 am. Pushcart is the Emmy-nominated educational theater for young audiences, now in its 43rd year of bringing something special to schools and theaters nationwide. The Sellersville Theater, connected to the Sellersville Hotel and Restaurant, is an historic, intimate performing arts venue for live music, comedy shows and family entertainment by local and national acts. (more...)

Who's on the Wheel of Life? Meet the Full Cast of TUCK EVERLASTING, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 26, 2016

TUCK EVERLASTING, the new musical based on Natalie Babbitt's beloved best-selling novel of the same name, with direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten!, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon), officially opens tonight, April 26, 2016 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Ed Hoopman, Erica Spyres and Mark Pierre to Lead Lyric Stage's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's 2015-16 season closes with an acclaimed new play (partly inspired by the theatricality of Nicholas Nickleby) that uses ingenious stagecraft, the talents of a dozen of our favorite actors, and the limitless possibilities of your imagination to create theatrical magic. (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Announced for THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at the John W. Engeman Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

The John W. Engeman Theater announces the cast and creative team for THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE.  Performances begin on Thursday, May 26 at 8:00pm and run through July 10, 2016. (more...)

Check Out The Complete Video Playlist For The Hit Concert Series IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016

How many of these great songs do you know from underappreciated musicals? (more...)

Photo Flash: Andrew Chappelle Hosts HAMILTON Workshops for A Class Act NY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

After hosting sold-out Hamilton-themed workshops in the Tri-State Area, award-winning Manhattan acting studio A Class Act NY and Hamilton star Andrew Chappelle (HAMILTON, MAMMA MIA!) are now bringing workshops all over the northeast. Scroll down for a look at Chappelle's most recent workshop! (more...)

Broadway's Matt Doyle & Belinda Allyn Will Lead WEST SIDE STORY at Paper Mill Playhouse; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced complete casting for Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's classic musical West Side Story, directed by Paper Mill Playhouse's Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee and Jerome Robbins' original choreography recreated by Alex Sanchez. West Side Story is based on a conception by Jerome Robbins and features a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. (more...)

Jen Cody, Hunter Foster, Josh Grisetti, Ann Harada, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Julia Murney, Ken Page and More Headed to The Muny's 98th Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

BroadwayWorld is excited to report that The Muny has announced a star-stuffed first round of principal cast members for its spectacular 98th season! (more...)

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