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Photo Flash: First Look at Cape Rep Theatre's HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Cape Rep Theatre presents the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Hairspray, book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman; based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, August 3rd thru September 3rd, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Alex Newell, Sasha Allen, Mykal Kilgore and More Join BAPTIZED BY BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Following two sold-out performances of their debut show last fall, Nick Rashad Burroughs (Kinky Boots) and Marisha Wallace (Something Rotten!) are back and bigger than ever. BAPTIZED BY BROADWAY: Live at BB King on Sunday, August 28th at 8pm. (more...)

RUTHLESS! to Take Final Bow Off-Broadway This Fall; Tour in the Works
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

The Off-Broadway smash Ruthless! The Musical will end its 14-month run on September 10th, prior to a national tour which will kick off in November -- finalized dates will be announced soon. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 8/2/2016 - 8/9/2016
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Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 8/2/2016 - 8/9/2016. (more...)

Mac-Haydn Theatre to Raise Its Voice with SISTER ACT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Mac-Haydn is raising its voice with SISTER ACT. (more...)

PHOTO FLASH: Cover Art Revealed For Kristin Chenoweth's 'The Art of Elegance'
by Michael Dale - Aug 9, 2016

Kristin Chenoweth's new album, 'The Art of Elegance,' will have a will have a digital release September 23rd and a physical release on September 30th, 2016. (more...)

BWW Interview: ISA BRIONES Opens Up About NEXT TO NORMAL
by Don Grigware - Aug 19, 2016

ISA BRIONES was born Isabella Camille Briones in London, England. Her parents, Jon Jon Briones and Megan Johnson Briones are both actors and singers, and her younger brother, Teo Briones is also an actor. She began modeling in New York at the age of 3, and started acting when her family moved to Los Angeles in 2006. She is best known for her role in the film Takers, playing Matt Dillon's daughter. Isa is entering her senior year of high school, and is excited to be making her professional theater debut in this production of Next to Normal. School theater credits include: Velma in Hairspray, Brooke in Legally Blonde and Abigail in The Crucible. TV and film: "Takers," "Cutthroat", "Lonely Boy".  (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 8/19/2016 - AUBERGINE, MEN ON BOATS and More!
by Jessica Khan - Aug 19, 2016

This weekend's big news: AUBERGINE begins previews tonight, and MEN ON BOATS plays its final show Off-Broadway this Sunday! (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 8/18/2016 - Joe Iconis, WEST SIDE STORY and More!
by Jessica Khan - Aug 18, 2016

Next up in our series of stars introducing BWW's morning feature is Joe Iconis (portrait by Walter McBride), whose BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER is currently premiering in Boston! (more...)

BWW Review: ALL SHOOK UP Lightens Up A Rainy August
by Joni Lorraine - Aug 18, 2016

ALL SHOOK UP is just the right antidote for all the rain, politicking and back to school mayhem at the moment. Go see. It's fun. (more...)


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Kristin Chenoweth Explains the Wacky Release Timing of Her and Idina Menzel's New Albums
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Kristin Chenoweth's 'The Art of Elegance,' will have a will have a digital release September 23rd, but she's not the only Broadway superstar who will drop an album that day. Her Wicked costar Idina Menzel will release 'Idina.' on the same day, but the timing was not planned. 'I'm guessing she was as surprised as me,' Chenoweth told App.com. (more...)

Contra Costa Civic Theatre to Open 2016-17 Season with MY FAIR LADY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) begins its 2016-17 season with the Diamond Anniversary production of the beloved musical My Fair Lady, based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, and music by Frederick Loewe. (more...)

VIDEO: Everybody Say Yeah For The Sparkling New West End KINKY BOOTS Trailer
by Michael Dale - Aug 17, 2016

Matt Henry, who received the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, is extending his acclaimed performance as Lola, and is joined by David Hunter, who takes on the role of Charlie Price. (more...)

Boston Landmarks Orchestra and CSC Present Rodgers and Hart's THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Boston Landmarks Orchestra closes their 2016 Free Wednesday Concerts at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell on August 31 (7 pm)* with another extraordinary collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC).  A concert performance  -  with music and dance - of The Boys from Syracuse, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, and a new adaptation of the George Abbott book by Larry ( and Jennifer Hart with consultation by 3-time Tony Award librettist (Annie, co-librettist of The Producers and Hairspray) Tom Meehan.  The concert is free and open to the public. *If it is raining on August 31, the concert will be postponed to September 1 at the Hatch Shell. If it is also raining September 1st, the concert will be moved to Symphony Hall on the 1st. For more information visit landmarksorchestra.org. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth at MPAC This September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth returns to Mayo Performing Arts Center for their opening night celebration on Friday, September 23, 2016 and Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 8 pm. Tickets are $79 - $149 (more...)

Maria Rizzo and Rachel Zampelli to Star in THE GULF World Premiere This Fall at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Virginia's Tony-Award winning Signature Theatre presents the world premiere of The Gulf by DC playwright Audrey Cefaly. Directed by Signature's Director of New Works Joe Calarco (Signature Theatre's The Flick, Gypsy), The Gulfcontinues Signature Theatre's commitment to producing regional and local premieres of important new plays. The production stars Maria Rizzo (Signature's Gypsy, West Side Story) and Rachel Zampelli (Signature's The Fix, Dying City), and runs September 13 - November 6 in Signature Theatre's intimate ARK Theatre. (more...)

Welcome to the '60's! First Look at HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Edna & Tracy in Costume
by TV News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

PEOPLE has shared an exclusive first look at Harvey Fierstein and newcomer Maddie Baillio in costume in their iconic roles as Edna and Tracy Turnblad in NBC's upcoming Hairspray LIVE!. (more...)

Boston Landmarks Orchestra and CSC Present THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE Free Concert, 8/31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Boston Landmarks Orchestra closes their 2016 Free Wednesday Concerts at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell on August 31 (7 pm)* with another extraordinary collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC).  A concert performance  -  with music and dance - of The Boys from Syracuse, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, and a new adaptation of the George Abbott book by Larry ( and Jennifer Hart with consultation by 3-time Tony Award librettist (Annie, co-librettist of The Producers and Hairspray) Tom Meehan.  The concert is free and open to the public. *If it is raining on August 31, the concert will be postponed to September 1 at the Hatch Shell. If it is also raining September 1st, the concert will be moved to Symphony Hall on the 1st. For more information visit landmarksorchestra.org. (more...)

Breaking: Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Mel Johnson Jr. and James Ludwig Join the World Premiere of ON THE RAILS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Algonquin Theater Productions and Jason Hewitt have announced Broadway actors Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Lysistrata Jones, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), Mel Johnson Jr. (Jekyll & Hyde, Hot Feet, The Lion King, Big Deal, The Rink, Eubie!, On the Twentieth Century), and James Ludwig (Spamalot, Little Shop of Horrors) have joined the cast of the world premiere of ON THE RAILS, a new musical with book by Tony Sportiello (Second Chance, National Pastime), music and lyrics by Al Tapper (Sessions, An Evening at the Carlyle), arrangements and musical direction by David Wolfson, and directed by Misti B. Wills (In Search of Euphoria). (more...)

Top 10 Screen To Stage Musical Adaptations
by Marianka Swain - Aug 17, 2016

The path from screen to stage hasn't always been a smooth one, and celluloid success is no guarantee of musical triumph (just ask the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark team). But London is currently awash with popular medium-jumpers, from Aladdin and The Bodyguard to new musical Groundhog Day, which opened last night at the Old Vic. Here are 10 of the best screen to stage adaptations. (more...)

BWW Interview: Northwest High School Welcomes New Drama Teacher Zoe Burke
by Alison Bridget Chambers - Aug 17, 2016

BWW Interviews: Northwest High School Welcomes New Drama Teacher (more...)

Cindy Crawford, Fred Willard and More to Present at 2016 Fifth Star Awards
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will honor four Chicago artists and arts advocates and one iconic cultural institution at the 3rd annual Fifth Star Awards presented by Allstate Insurance Company on Wednesday, September 14 at 7pm-at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. (more...)

Photo Coverage: SISTER ACT at Mac-Haydn Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Mac-Haydn is raising its voice with SISTER ACT. The Mac-Haydn Theatre heads back to the 1970s with this hysterical hit, based on the blockbuster movie starring Whoopie Goldberg. (more...)

Gala Celebration Show from Broadway Under the Stars Sept. 9-11
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Transcendence Theatre Company will conclude their 2016 season of spectacular outdoor Broadway concerts in Sonoma Wine Country with a special Gala Weekend of performances at Jack London Stare Historic Park runningSeptember 9, 10 and 11. Transcendence Theatre Company was named by USA Today's 10BEST as the #2 'Outdoor Concert Venue You Shouldn't Miss' in the United States. At the conclusion of this season, Transcendence performances in Sonoma County will have been seen by over 75,000 people and will have raised over $263,000 to benefit the Jack London State Historic Park. This is the fifth season for Transcendence Theatre Company shows presented at the Park. GALA CELEBRATION CONCERT - September 9-11-the climax of the Transcendence season-is a celebration of the highlight moments from the summer's performances plus community tributes and reflections. A fundraiser for Transcendence Theatre Company, the event also includes a silent auction, raffle and more. (more...)

Disney's 101 DALMATIONS Returns to the Children's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

A large part of The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre's goal has been to bring entertainment for all ages to the Frederick stage.  The area's only year-round producing theatre has done just that with its popular Children's Theatre.  Opened in 1996, Way Off Broadway's Children's Theatre produces shows the entire family can enjoy.  In the beginning, it produced original musical stage adaptations of classic fairytales.  (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winning Producer Kevin McCollum
by Theater People Podcast - Aug 15, 2016

On Monday, August 15, the Theater People podcast welcomes three-time Tony-winning producer Kevin McCollum. Best known for producing Broadway mega-hits RENT, AVENUE Q, and, IN THE HEIGHTS, McCollum is also know for taking chances on smaller shows and shepherding them to Broadway. He brought THE DROWSY CHAPERONE to Broadway in 2006--it would go on to win five Tony Awards--and [TITLE OF SHOW] to Broadway in 2009. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/15/16- HAIRSPRAY
by Stage Tube - Aug 15, 2016

Today in 2002, Hairspray opened at the Neil Simon Theatre, where it ran for 2642 performances. Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s. (more...)

Lyric Stage Announces Cast, Creative Team for COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces the cast & creative team for COMPANY, with Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM and Book by GEORGE FURTH. Directed by Spiro Veloudos with music director Catherine Stornetta and choreography & musical staging by Rachel Bertone, COMPANY will run September 2 - October 9, 2016. (more...)

VIDEO: Marissa Jaret Winokur Teases HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Cameo; Praises New Tracy Turnblad
by TV News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Tony Award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur teased that she may be returning to Baltimore for a cameo appearance in NBC's Hairspray LIVE! (more...)

VIDEO: ON YOUR FEET!'s Child Wrangler Felicia Velasco Takes Us Through Her Nightly Routine
by Michael Dale - Aug 15, 2016

This is Velasco's eleventh show taking care of Broadway's smallest stars. (more...)

LIZARD BOY THE MUSICAL to Make San Diego Debut at Diversionary Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Three best friends from Washington got together and decided to make a musical. The rest is history - or at least it will be when the cast of LIZARD BOY makes their San Diego debut at Diversionary Theatre this September. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Chats with Cast Album Producer Bruce Yeko
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 14, 2016

Bruce Yeko is one of the most fascinating men in show business. If it wasn't for Bruce we wouldn't have the original cast recordings of such musicals as THE BAKER'S WIFE, IN TROUSERS, PRETTYBELLE, and countless other musicals that no commercial record company would have produced. Selling off his massive baseball card collection, Bruce used those funds to  produce over 300 cast recordings, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. (more...)

BWW Interview: In Sunshine or in Shadow: Peter Cormican, Charis Leos, and Cary Michele Miller in McCourt's IRISH
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Aug 13, 2016

'There are two kinds of people in the world, as ye very well know,' Peter Cormican asserts in a lilting accent, 'those that are Irish and those that want to be.' The English-born actor, son Irish parents - a Protestant mother from Belfast and a Catholic father from Galway - is currently in Maine to make his Maine State Music Theatre/Portland Stage debut in Frank McCourt's play The Irish and How They Got That Way, directed by Marc Robin, which opens in Portland August 19th. The production, a bold new collaboration between two of Maine leading Equity companies, marks an exciting new chapter for both theatres and promises to be one of the season's biggest hits, as it has been in every town its played. Cormican is joined in our conversation by two of the other four principals from the a small cast that also stars Curt Dale Clark [see BWW interview 5/24/16], Charis Leos and Cary Michele Miller, (and features Cameron Wright and Emily Davis, Ernest Sauceda (fiddler) and two other musicians). Both Leos and Miller are MSMT veterans, but new to McCourt's play. 'This is my debut at Portland Stage,' Miller says with anticipation. 'I always look forward to working with Curt and Charis and Marc, and I am enjoying getting to know Peter. And I am always excited to learn new material and new music.' (more...)

ELF THE MUSICAL to Spread Christmas Cheer to 36 Cities on 2016 Holiday Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

ETworks Presentations, LLC and WarnerBros. Theatre Ventures are thrilled to announce that the Broadway musical ELF will perform across the country once again this holiday season beginning in November 2016. (more...)

Ryann Redmond and Kristy Cates Join THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Producer/Directors Tom and Michael D'Angora are thrilled to announce the new cast members for the current Off-Broadway revival of The Marvelous Wonderettes!  (more...)

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST to Open Birmingham Rep's Autumn 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

A brand new production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest launches Birmingham Repertory Theatre's exciting 2016 Autumn season. (more...)

The Main Thing: Cabaret Series Kicks Off Friday, August 19 at Toby's Dinner Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

In response to the mounting needs of individuals and numerous organizations impacted by the Saturday, July 31st flood in Old Ellicott City, MD, Toby's Dinner Theatre will join with Glenelg Country School's Performing Arts Chair, Carole Graham Lehan, to present The Main Thing: Cabaret Series. The first two events will harken back to a time-honored "post-show" tradition in which talented actors provide a NY-style Broadway experience in late-night entertainment for one hour after the main show concludes. On selected dates, the evening's theatre-goers will be able to join walk-up guests for a cash-only cover charge of $10 per person. Proceeds and bar sales will go to EC Partnership relief fund.   (more...)

BBT's HAIRSPRAY Opens at the Riverwalk Center August 26th!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire - to dance.  And dance she does through her downtrodden neighborhood, through the harsh put-downs of her schoolmates, and through the racial barriers dividing 1960s Baltimore.  When she gets the chance to be a dancer on the "Corny Collins TV Show," Tracy ignites a rock 'n roll revolution among her friends, defuses racial tensions, and finds love against all odds.  Big heart...big hair...and a great big hit!  Winner of 2003 Ton Awards including Best Musical! (more...)

Deaf Actor to Play Quasimodo in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME's Los Angeles Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment will present the first show of its 2016-2017 season, the Los Angeles premiere production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Peter Parnell, musical direction by Dennis Castellano, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Glenn Casale. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 8/11/2016 - REBECCA, FIDDLER's New Fruma-Sarah & More!
by Jessica Khan - Aug 11, 2016

Today's big news: Broadway's REBECCA scandal appears on CNBC's AMERICAN GREED, the stars of SOMETHING ROTTEN! visit Bryant Park, and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF welcomes a new 'Fruma-Sarah' tonight! (more...)

Norm Lewis to Star as 'Don Quixote' in MAN OF LA MANCHA at 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Just announced, Norm Lewis will star in the iconic dual roles of Cervantes/Don Quixote in the legendary Broadway musical, Man of La Mancha at The 5th Avenue Theatre. (more...)

Nick Cearley, Gina Milo, Jamison Stern Set for LITTLE SHOP at Portland Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Portland Center Stage at The Armory's 2016-2017 season kicks off with the hilarious and rockin' sci-fi musical, Little Shop of Horrors, based on the film by Roger Corman, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. The demonic plant will take over the U.S. Bank Main Stage with preview performances beginning September 10; an opening night on September 16; and performances running through October 16. Bill Fennelly directs a cast featuring Nick Cearley, Gina Milo, Jamison Stern, Chaz Rose, David Meyers, Ebony Blake, Johari Nandi and Alexis Tidwell. (more...)

PHOTO: Ariana Grande Teases New Look as HAIRSPRAY LIVE's 'Penny Pingleton'
by TV News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Music superstar and stage and television actress Ariana Grande turned to Snapchat last night to tease a preview of her new look as Penny Pingleton, Tracy Turnblad's incorrible best friend in NBC's upcoming Hairspray LIVE. (more...)

NBC Reveals Starry New Poster Art for HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by TV News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

NBC has revealed new poster art for Hairspray LIVE! featuring the names of the all-star cast members and the tagline 'We all dance to the same beat!'  (more...)


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Exclusive Podcast: 'Behind the Curtain' Discusses James Lipton's SHERRY, Ricky Ian Gordon's 'Bright Eyed Joy'
by Behind the Curtain - Aug 10, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and underappreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This Week: James Lipton writes a musical & Kevin extols the virtues of having three names!  (more...)

Gregory Linington and Isabel Keating Join Marg Helgenberger in THE LITTLE FOXES at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

There are people who eat and there are those who get eaten. This fall, Arena Stage serves up Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, a delicious drama about family greed and betrayal. Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Marg Helgenberger, known for her 12 seasons as Catherine Willows on CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, stars as Regina Giddens under veteran director Kyle Donnelly, who has directed more than 20 productions at Arena Stage. The Little Foxesruns September 23-October 30, 2016 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Starry PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT Starts Tonight at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life with the hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the Oscar-winning film on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse tonight, August 10 to September 3. (more...)

Andre De Shields' New Work CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. Comes to Victory Gardens This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Dennis Zacek and Grippo Stage Co., Inc., will present Confessions of a P.I.M.P., written and performed by Andre De Shields, and directed by Samuel G. Roberson and Dennis Zacek. The cast also includes Kimberly Lawson and Donica Lynn. Confessions of a P.I.M.P. runs August 26, 27 at 8pm and August 28 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, located at 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. (more...)

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