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'Twilight in Manchego' To Be Presented at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2008

he New York Musical Theatre Festival, Laura Brandel and Patrice Miller have announced Broadway and R&B star Billy Porter to direct a cast that includes Tony-Award Winner Chuck Cooper (The Life, Caroline or Change), Natalie Venetia Belcon (Avenue Q, The Glorious Ones, TV's Johnny and the Sprites) and Adam Halpin (Glory Days) in the world premiere musical Twilight in Manchego. The show, with music, lyrics and book by Jonathan Larson Award Winner Matt Gould, will play six performances at the ATA Theater (314 W. 54th Street) September 25th - October 4th, 2007. (more...)

Billy Porter To Make Appearance Promoting 'Billy Porter: At The Corner Of Broadway + Soul' At Tower Records on September 28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2005

Billy Porter celebrates his solo CD with performance at Tower Records, Lincoln Center on September 28th. (more...)

Reprise Theatre Co Presents 'Once On This Island' 9/2
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2008

Director Billy Porter and Grammy nominee Ledisi mark their debuts with Reprise Theatre Company in the 1990 musical 'Once on This Island,' opening the 2008-2009 season, September 2 to 14 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. The press opening is September 3. (more...)

'Make Me A Song' Music of William Finn Opens Off-Bway 10/30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2007

Make Me A Song, The Music of William Finn will open off Broadway at New World Stages, on Tuesday, November 12 with previews starting on October 30. This musical revue with a cast of four, showcases the songs of composer-lyricist William Finn. (more...)

SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE begins October 11th at The Public With Menzel And Kudisch
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2005

The Public Theaters Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Mara Manus announce the New York premiere of SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE, a musical with words and music by Michael John LaChiusa. (more...)

San Diego Rep to Present 'Princess and the Black-Eyed Pea'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2008

SAN DIEGO REPERTORY THEATRE is proud to present, by special arrangement with producer CHRIS BENSINGER, the world premiere of THE PRINCESS AND THE BLACK-EYED PEA, a soulful musical comedy inspired by Hans Christians Andersen's cherished fairy tale. (more...)

'Damn Yankees' Reprise! to Star Derricks, Taylor, White
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2007

Jason Alexander, new artistic director of Reprise! Broadway's Best, announced that Cleavant Derricks, Meg Gillentine, Amelia McQueen, Ken Page, Ty Taylor, Lillias White and Jackee Harry would head up the cast of Damn Yankees. Damn Yankees will perform Tuesday, November 6 through Sunday, November 25 (opening November 7) at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. (more...)

Lillias White Joins Bdwy's FELA!, Previews 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2009

TonyŽ Award-winner Lillias White will join the cast of Fela!, the new Broadway musical based on the life and music of African composer and performer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, playing the role of the iconic artist's mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. (more...)

Finn Revue 'Make Me a Song' Begins Off-Bway 10/30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2007

Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn is coming off Broadway and will open at the New World Stages on Monday, November 12 with previews commencing on Tuesday, October 30. (more...)

Billy Porter Turns Corner of Broadway & Soul at Joe's Pub, Nov. 28
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2005

Billy Porter will perform songs from his new CD At the Corner of Broadway and Soul at Joe's Pub on November 28th (more...)

Eden Espinosa Makes Solo Debut at Upright Cabaret Starting 12/15
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2008

Eden Espinosa, star of WICKED (currently at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles) makes her solo debut directed by Billy Porter at L.A.'s renowned Upright Cabaret at Mark's Restaurant, 861 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069. She will perform Monday evenings, Mon, Dec 15, 22, 29, 2008 and Jan 5, 2009 at 9pm (more...)

Billy Porter Returns to Joe's Pub December 7 and 8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2008

Billy Porter returns to Joe's Pub for an evening of song, featuring new American Broadway standards, gospel, and soulful originals. (more...)

Casting Announced for Atlanta 'The Color Purple'
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2008

Casting announced for the Atlanta date of 'The Color Purple' National Tour. (more...)

'On The Wheels of A Dream', Kennedy Center's RAGTIME Looks to Bdwy
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2009

Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Terrence McNally's RAGTIME, which is selling out at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. is looking to bring it's 'new music' to Broadway, reports The Washington Post. While there is no official word or comment, sources told the paper that there are reportedly 'serious negotiations for a move to Broadway.' (more...)

Eden Espinosa Makes East Coast Solo Debut with 'ME' at Joe's Pub 3/22 - 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2009

After three sold out standing room only engagements at Upright Cabaret in Los Angeles, Chris Isaacson and Shane Scheel proudly present Broadway star and Los Angeles native Eden Espinosa (Broadway: Wicked, Brooklyn, Rent) in her hit solo debut entitled Eden Espinosa - Me. (more...)

Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn Postponed
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2007

Junkyard Dog Productions and Larry Hirschhorn announced today that the New York premiere of Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn will be postponed until the 2007-2008 theatre season, due to scheduling conflicts (more...)

Kennedy Center RAGTIME Announces 1 Week Extension
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2009

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced a one week extension for its production of RAGTIME. The musical will now run in the Eisenhower Theater April 18 through May 17, 2009. Based on a 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, the production features book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and will be directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge. The musical is part of the Kennedy Center?s Broadway: The Third Generation, a series celebrating the current generation of Broadway musical composers. The official press night will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

RIALTO CHATTER: Kennedy Center's RAGTIME Looks Set For Broadway Bow
by Rialto Chatter - Jun 11, 2009

Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Terrence McNally's RAGTIME, which was a critically acclaimed sell out at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. now looks set to bring it's 'new music' to Broadway. While there is no official word or comment an Equity casting notice has been posted to Backstage for a Broadway/Production contract for RAGTIME. The notice states rehearsal and performance dates are to be announced. Equity principal auditions will be held June 22, 24 and 25 while Equity chorus calls are June 26 for dancers and June 23 for singers. (more...)

Porter's At the Corner of Bway & Soul Released July 26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2005

Billy Porter's new album At the Corner of Broadway and Soul, released on Sh-k-Boom Records, will be available in stores beginning today, July 26th (more...)

Cassidy, Heller, Etc. to Star in CT William Finn Revue
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2006

Joe Cassidy, Adam Heller, Sally Wilfert and Sandy Binion will star in the new revue Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn, which will be presented by Hartford, CT's TheatreWorks in Sept. (more...)

Reprise Theatre Co Presents 'Once On This Island' 9/2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2008

Director Billy Porter and Grammy nominee Ledisi mark their debuts with Reprise Theatre Company in the 1990 musical 'Once on This Island,' opening the 2008-2009 season, September 2 to 14 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. The press opening is September 3. (more...)

THE BEST IS YET TO COME: THE MUSIC OF CY COLEMAN With Burnham, Graae, Mayes & More Runs Through 8/2 At Rubicon
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2009

Rubicon Theatre Company has announced the cast and creative team for the World Premiere of THE BEST IS YET TO COME: THE MUSIC OF CY COLEMAN, which began previews July 9 at Rubicon's intimate 200-seat home at 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura's Downtown Cultural District. The show continues Wednesdays through Sundays through August 2, 2009. (more...)

Lillias White Joins Off-Broadway Blind Lemon Blues
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2007

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director) and Documentary Arts in association with Central Track Productions have announced that Tony Award winner Lillias White will join the cast of the Off-Broadway premiere of Blind Lemon Blues. (more...)

Bohmer, Darrington, Noll To Star In Kennedy Center's RAGTIME
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2009

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced casting for its production of RAGTIME in the Eisenhower Theater April 18 - May 10, 2009. Based on a 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, the production features book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and will be directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge. The musical is part of the Kennedy Center's Broadway: The Third Generation, a series celebrating the current generation of Broadway musical composers. The official press night will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

CBST Presents 'AN EVENING WITH WILLIAN FINN' 1/26/09
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2009

An Evening With William Finn- CBST Presents the New York Premiere of William Finn's Songs of Innocence and Experience, Monday, January 26th, 2009 at 8:00pm. (more...)

Ted Sperling Named Director of The Musical Theater Initiative at The Public
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2008

Ted Sperling has joined The Public as Director of The Musical Theater Initiative. (more...)

La Mirada Theatre Presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE 2/5/2010
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2010

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment are t-h-r-i-l-l-e-d to present the third production of La Mirada Theatre's 2009-2010 season of shows, the Tony Award-winning musical THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, additional material by Jay Reiss, choreography by DJ Gray, musical direction by David O and directed by Jeff Maynard. (more...)

Frances Ruffelle to Star in UK Premiere of 'Make Me A Song'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2008

Make Me a Song, a hit Off-Broadway, will receive its British premiere at the New Players Theatre, where it will run from March 6th to April 6th 2008 (previews from March 3), performed by an accomplished British cast including Frances Ruffelle and Ian H Watkins (aka 'H' from Steps). Ahead of the New Players season, Ruffelle will be giving a sneak peek of music from the show in the inaugural Whatsonstage.com Year on Year Concert at the West End's Lyric Theatre on Sunday 24 February. (more...)

William Finn Revue Make Me a Song Set for Off-Bway Run
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2007

Junkyard Dog Productions and Larry Hirschhorn will present the New York premiere of Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn, a theatrical revue showcasing the songs of one of the most acclaimed composer-lyricists currently writing for the musical theatre. (more...)

Eden Espinosa Makes East Coast Solo Debut with 'ME' at Joe's Pub 3/22 - 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2009

After three sold out standing room only engagements at Upright Cabaret in Los Angeles, Chris Isaacson and Shane Scheel proudly present Broadway star and Los Angeles native Eden Espinosa (Broadway: Wicked, Brooklyn, Rent) in her hit solo debut entitled Eden Espinosa - Me. (more...)

See What I Wanna See Coming to CD Mid-February
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2006

The world premiere recording of See What I Wanna See is now available for pre-order on Sh-k-boom records. Their web site reports a release date for the album of mid-February. (more...)

New Live CD from Billy Porter Released in February
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2005

Sh-k-boom Records announced today the release of Billy Porter's CD entitled 'At The Corner of Broadway and Soul -- Live at Joe's Pub' to coincide with the opening of his new one-man show, GHETTO SUPERSTAR at The Public Theater in New York in February 2005. (more...)

La Mirada Theatre Presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE 2/5/2010
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2010

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment are t-h-r-i-l-l-e-d to present the third production of La Mirada Theatre's 2009-2010 season of shows, the Tony Award-winning musical THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, additional material by Jay Reiss, choreography by DJ Gray, musical direction by David O and directed by Jeff Maynard. (more...)

La Mirada Theatre Presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE 2/5/2010
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2009

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment are t-h-r-i-l-l-e-d to present the third production of La Mirada Theatre's 2009-2010 season of shows, the Tony Award-winning musical THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, additional material by Jay Reiss, choreography by DJ Gray, musical direction by David O and directed by Jeff Maynard. (more...)

CBST Presents 'AN EVENING WITH WILLIAN FINN' 1/26/09
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2008

An Evening With William Finn- CBST Presents the New York Premiere of William Finn's Songs of Innocence and Experience, Monday, January 26th, 2009 at 8:00pm. (more...)

Billy Porter's Ghetto Superstar Begins Previews February 10th at Joe's Pub
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2004

GHETTO SUPERSTAR (THE MAN THAT I AM), WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY BILLY PORTER BEGINS PREVIEWS FEBRUARY 10th (more...)

Testa, Burgess, Fleshler, LeFevre, Ortlieb, Rosen & More Join GUYS & DOLLS Cast
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2008

Producer Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group and co-producers Tulchin/Bartner/Jenkins, Bill Kenwright, Northwater Entertainment, Darren Bagert, and Tom Gregory announced the complete cast and design team for the new Broadway production of the greatest musical comedy GUYS AND DOLLS. The first joint Broadway project by two-time Tony Award winning director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo since their collaboration on the Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys, GUYS AND DOLLS will begin previews on February 3, 2009 at Broadway's newly refurbished Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). Opening Night is March 1, 2009. (more...)

BWW TV: Upright's West Side Stories: 'Princess and the Black Eyed Pea'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 13, 2008

Featuring talent from the Great White Way to the sandy beaches of LA, 'Upright's West Side Stories' takes you up close and personal with some of your favorite entertainers in show business. This webisode finds Chris and Shane in beautiful San Diego interviewing the incredibly talented cast for the world premiere of PRINCESS AND THE BLACK EYED PEA which is currently performing through December 21, 2008 at the Lyceum Theatre. (more...)

Porter Joins Espinosa Solo Debut as Special Guest at Upright Cabaret Starting 12/15
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2008

Upright Cabaret producers/hosts Chris Isaacson and Shane Scheel proudly present Broadway star and Los Angeles native Eden Espinosa in her first solo effort entitled EDEN ESPINOSA - ME to be directed by Broadway & recording star Billy Porter with Ben Toth taking over Music Direction. During the last month of Wicked's run at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, where she is currently starring as Elphaba, Espinosa will take off the green to perform four solo concerts which will feature a different special guest each night. Special guests T.B.A. (more...)

'Twilight in Manchego' To Be Presented at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2008

he New York Musical Theatre Festival, Laura Brandel and Patrice Miller have announced Broadway and R&B star Billy Porter to direct a cast that includes Tony-Award Winner Chuck Cooper (The Life, Caroline or Change), Natalie Venetia Belcon (Avenue Q, The Glorious Ones, TV's Johnny and the Sprites) and Adam Halpin (Glory Days) in the world premiere musical Twilight in Manchego. The show, with music, lyrics and book by Jonathan Larson Award Winner Matt Gould, will play six performances at the ATA Theater (314 W. 54th Street) September 25th - October 4th, 2007. (more...)

Porter Turns Corner of Bway & Soul at Joe's Pub, Nov. 28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2005

Billy Porter will perform selections from his CD At the Corner of Broadway and Soul at Joe's Pub on November 28th (more...)

Photo Flash: Once On This Island at Freud Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2008

Director Billy Porter and Grammy nominee Ledisi mark their debuts with Reprise Theatre Company in the 1990 musical 'Once on This Island,' opening the 2008-2009 season, September 2 to 14 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. The press opening is September 3. Bradley Rapier, founder of the Groovaloos, choreographs and Darryl Archibald is the music director. Reprise Theater Company is led by Artistic Director Jason Alexander and Producing Director Susan Dietz. (more...)

THE BEST IS YET TO COME: THE MUSIC OF CY COLEMAN With Burnham, Graae, Mayes & More Runs Through 8/2 At Rubicon
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2009

Rubicon Theatre Company has announced the cast and creative team for the World Premiere of THE BEST IS YET TO COME: THE MUSIC OF CY COLEMAN, which began previews July 9 at Rubicon's intimate 200-seat home at 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura's Downtown Cultural District. The show continues Wednesdays through Sundays through August 2, 2009. (more...)

Lillias White Joins Bdwy's FELA!, Previews 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2009

TonyŽ Award-winner Lillias White will join the cast of Fela!, the new Broadway musical based on the life and music of African composer and performer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, playing the role of the iconic artist's mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. (more...)

Drumstruck Comes to Dodger Stages Beginning May 12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2005

DRUMSTRUCK, the world's first interactive drum-theatre experience, direct from sold-out engagements in Johannesburg, South Africa and Sydney, Australia, makes its American debut off-Broadway at Dodger Stages Stage 2 (340 West 50th Street, NYC) directed by David Warren. DRUMSTRUCK begins preview performances on May 12, 2005 and the official opening date will be announced soon. (more...)

Bohmer, Darrington, Noll To Star In Kennedy Center's RAGTIME
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2009

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced casting for its production of RAGTIME in the Eisenhower Theater April 18 - May 10, 2009. Based on a 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, the production features book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and will be directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge. The musical is part of the Kennedy Center's Broadway: The Third Generation, a series celebrating the current generation of Broadway musical composers. The official press night will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Dale, Malick, Moses and Williams Join Burliegh Grimes
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2006

James Badge Dale ('24'), Emmy and Golden Globe Nominee Wendie Malick ('Just Shoot Me'), Mark Moses ('Desperate Housewives') and Ashley Williams ('Huff,' 'Good Morning Miami') will star in the U.S. premiere of BURLEIGH GRIME$. (more...)

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