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BWW Reviews: Counter-Productions Stages Intense, Captivating RICHARD IIIBWW Reviews: Counter-Productions Stages Intense, Captivating RICHARD III
by Veronica Bruscini - May 9, 2015

Counter-Productions Theatre Company's excellent staging of William Shakespeare's RICHARD III is a performance not to be missed. CPTC's RICHARD comes to life in AS220's Black Box theater, a cozy, intimate space utilized brilliantly by the company. (more...)

A MARVIN HAMLISCH SONGBOOK Begins 6/4 at Theo UbiqueA MARVIN HAMLISCH SONGBOOK Begins 6/4 at Theo Ubique
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

Theo's summer cabaret will feature favorites and lesser-known gems by the Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-Tony winning composer Theo Ubique's summer cabaret of 2015 will turn to the songs of one of the best-loved composers of the 20th Century's later decades when it showcases the songs of Marvin Hamlisch from June 4 - July 12, 2015 at the No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. in Rogers Park. Music Director Aaron Benham (recently honored with three Jeff nominations for the 2014-15 season, including one for last summer's A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters by Theo) is providing new arrangements for a program representing the full body of Hamlisch's work. Benham and a cast of six will perform numbers ranging from standards like 'The Way We Were' and 'Nobody Does It Better' through selections from his Broadway musicals (A Chorus Line, They're Playing Our Song, Sweet Smell of Success, The Goodbye Girl and Smile) and film scores (The Sting, Sophie's Choice). Courtney Crouse (of Theo Ubique's Chess) is the stage director and Chris Logan (of Theo's A Cole Porter Songbook and Bailiwick Chicago's Murder Ballad) is the choreographer. The press opening will be Saturday, June 6 at 8 p.m., following previews Thursday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, June 5 at 8 p.m. (more...)

Breaking News: Beth Leavel, Bryan Batt, Heather Headley & More Sign on for The Muny's 2015 Season!Breaking News: Beth Leavel, Bryan Batt, Heather Headley & More Sign on for The Muny's 2015 Season!
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

The Muny announced today several principal cast members for the seven shows in its spectacular 97th season, which opens on June 15 with My Fair Lady. Full casts and companies will be announced throughout May. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company to Present DETROIT, 6/19-7/19Aurora Theatre Company to Present DETROIT, 6/19-7/19
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

Aurora Theatre Company closes its 23rd season with the Bay Area Premiere of Lisa D'Amour's (Anna Bella Eema, Airline Highway) wicked Obie-winning satire about our uncertain economic times, DETROIT. Josh Costello (Wittenberg) directs this explosive dark comedy, featuring Amy Resnick (Body Awareness, Collapse), Jeff Garrett, Luisa Frasconi, and Patrick Kelly Jones (Metamorphosis), that brilliantly captures our current economic moment. DETROIT plays June 19 through July 19 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($32-60) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. (more...)

BWW Review: Sondheim's Storytelling Shines in Winter Park Playhouse's PUTTING IT TOGETHERBWW Review: Sondheim's Storytelling Shines in Winter Park Playhouse's PUTTING IT TOGETHER
by Matt Tamanini - May 6, 2015

Stephen Sondheim is the greatest writer that the musical theatre has ever known. Now, obviously, intelligent minds can disagree, but if you do, I'm sorry, you're wrong. From story integration, to compelling characterizations, to insightful and witty lyrics, to complex and engaging melodies, no one has ever done it better than the man that many call "The Master." Sondheim's genius comes from the fact that every syllable he writes, and every note he composes, is in service of the story that he is telling; which is why I am always apprehensive of seeing one of the numerous revues of his work. Though he has been intimately involved in such shows as SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, MARRY ME A LITTLE, and PUTTING IT TOGETHER, which is running through May 9th at The Winter Park Playhouse, it often feels slightly disingenuous to see his songs, which fit so seamlessly amidst their original works, shoe-horned into completely contrived circumstances. Fortunately, under the direction of Roy Alan (who also choreographed), WPP's production makes each of Sondheim's beloved songs feel fresh, exciting, and (nearly) wholly original. (more...)

Bid in Playwrights Horizons' Online Auction, Go Backstage at THE KING & I and More, Now thru 5/19Bid in Playwrights Horizons' Online Auction, Go Backstage at THE KING & I and More, Now thru 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

Acclaimed Off-Broadway theater company Playwrights Horizons has announced details for its 2015 special online Auction.  Bidding for the auction, which will feature an eclectic array of items and unique opportunities, begins today, Tuesday, May 5 at www.CharityBuzz.com/PlaywrightsHorizons. Online bidding will continue through Tuesday, May 19.  (more...)

TONY FEVER! Parte 1: i Tony Awards 2015 e i candidati a 'migliore performance di un'attrice e di un attore protagonista'TONY FEVER! Parte 1: i Tony Awards 2015 e i candidati a 'migliore performance di un'attrice e di un attore protagonista'
by Valeria Venturelli - May 5, 2015

Pochi giorni fa (martedi 28 aprile, per l'esattezza), sono state finalmente annunciate le candidature ai Tony Awards 2015, premi che si terranno domenica 7 giugno al Radio City Music Hall (New York). Si tratta della sessantanovesima edizione dei premi che portano indelebile il nome di Antoinette Perry (da cui 'Tony'), attrice e leader dell'American Theatre Wing. I premi saranno presentati dal dinamico duo Alan Cumming ('Cabaret', 'Macbeth') e Kristin Chenoweth (nota soprattutto per aver interpretato il ruolo di Glinda nel cast originale di 'Wicked'). (more...)

Carol Kane, Rachel Dratch & More Set for CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY in JuneCarol Kane, Rachel Dratch & More Set for CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY in June
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

New York's funniest show Celebrity Autobiography is celebrating Broadway and the upcoming Tony Awards with two performances on Monday, June 1 at 7pm and Saturday, June 6 at 9:30pm at The Triad (Stage 72 -- 158 West 72nd Street). (more...)

Brooke Shields, Jackie Hoffman & Sasheer Zamata Join CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY's June ShowsBrooke Shields, Jackie Hoffman & Sasheer Zamata Join CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY's June Shows
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

New York's funniest show Celebrity Autobiography has added Brooke Shields, Jackie Hoffman, SNL's Sasheer Zamata and a show on June 8 at 7pm at The Triad (Stage 72 -- 158 West 72nd Street) following its scheduled shows on 6/1 at 7pm and 6/6 at 9:30pm which will celebrate Broadway and the upcoming Tony Awards. In June the production will also welcome familiar faces of Broadway, Film & TV  including Tony Award-winner Roger Bart (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Producers), Tony Award-nominee Mario Cantone (Laugh Whore, Assassins, Sex and the City), Oscar-nominee Carol Kane (Broadway in Wicked, Harvey), Rachel Dratch (SNL), Tate Donovan (Broadway in Amy's View, Good People, TV's 24, Damages), comedy legend and Tony Award-winner Alan Zweibel (Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me),  Tim Kazurinsky (SNL, Police Academy,  Broadway's An Act of God) and Drama Desk-winners Eugene Pack & Dayle Reyfel. (more...)

Jon Tracy to Direct FIDDLER ON THE ROOF This Summer at Berkeley PlayhouseJon Tracy to Direct FIDDLER ON THE ROOF This Summer at Berkeley Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Berkeley Playhouse at the historic Julia Morgan Theater closes its seventh season with Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Jon Tracy (Berkeley Playhouse: Guys and Dolls, The Pirates of Penzance; Aurora Theatre Company, Shotgun Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, NY Fringe, San Francisco Playhouse) and choreographed by Matthew McCoy (Berkeley Playhouse: Shrek The Musical, The Music Man; Sixth Street Playhouse, Bay Area Musicals). (more...)

BWW Interviews: KAY COLE Directs Love Again at Group RepBWW Interviews: KAY COLE Directs Love Again at Group Rep
by Don Grigware - May 14, 2015

production of A Chorus Line, which garnered the Tony, Pulitzer Prize, Drama Desk, and Theatre World awards -among others.  Other credits include:  director/choreographer: 22%, Love Songs, Spelling Bee, Rose Bowl Queens, Bark! No Strings, Desperate Writers (Off-B'way/LA), Flunky, The Dining Room, Nuncrackers, Judy's Scary Little Christmas, Frog & Toad, A Chorus Line, choreographer: Hunger, Nightmare Alley, Atlanta, Great Expectations, Triumph of Love, Dancing at Lughnasa. Pasadena Playhouse: 110 in the Shade, Do I Hear A Waltz. Hollywood Bowl: Mame, Bernstein's Mass, My Fair Lady, Music Man, Camelot, Reprise!, Three Penny Opera, City of Angels, Company, 20th Century, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Most Happy Fella. Other Los Angeles: Atlanta, Paint Your Wagon (Geffen); Grave White Way (Hudson Theatre); Dogeaters, Gaytino (Kirk Douglas Theatre); Six Dance Lessons (Falcon, Geffen, B'way); Snoopy, Blockheads (London West End). Film/TV: Country Rules, Santa Clause 3, Six Dance Lessons…  Website: www.kaycole.net (more...)

Kate Fleetwood Leads HIGH SOCIETY, Beginning Tonight at the Old VicKate Fleetwood Leads HIGH SOCIETY, Beginning Tonight at the Old Vic
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Cole Porter's classic feel-good musical HIGH SOCIETY comes to The Old Vic in a glittering new production staged in the round. Kate Fleetwood will star as socialite 'Tracy Lord' in the show, to be directed by Olivier-winning director and musical star Maria Friedman (Merrily We Roll Along). HIGH SOCIETY started previews April 30 with an official opening tonight, May 14, 2015. (more...)

BWW Recap: ARROW Season Finale Saves Starling City and Sets Up Season Four EventsBWW Recap: ARROW Season Finale Saves Starling City and Sets Up Season Four Events
by Jeffrey Walker - May 13, 2015

Putting another arrow in my own quiver, I am jumping from my usual duties recapping GOTHAM (season is over anyway) and serving as tonight's shot for shot commentator for ARROW as its third season comes to a close. I do watch ARROW and I am a fan so I am not jumping in totally cold. I do know that main man Oliver Queen – aka the Arrow – took the bait offered by the shady league all so he could work from the inside. Some of his allies thought he really turned on them so there are suspicions galore. (more...)

Stephen Sondheim Will Appear at Arden Theatre to Accept Master Storyteller Award; Performers Set!Stephen Sondheim Will Appear at Arden Theatre to Accept Master Storyteller Award; Performers Set!
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Arden Theatre Company announces participating performers for the Master Storyteller Award ceremony and concert on Monday, June 1, 2015. Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim will be present to accept the award at a ticketed ceremony and concert, which is a fundraising benefit for the Arden's extensive educational and outreach programs. (more...)

Dori Jacob Joins MTC as Casting Director, Associate ProducerDori Jacob Joins MTC as Casting Director, Associate Producer
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

 Today, Marin Theatre Company announced that Dori Jacob will be the new Casting Director and Associate Producer for the 48-year-old LORT-D theater company. For the past 4 seasons, she served as the Director of New Play Development for Magic Theatre in San Francisco and dramaturged the world premieres of Octavio Solis' Se Llama Cristina, Linda McLean's Every Five Minutes, Christina Anderson's pen/man/ship and John Kolvenbach's Sister Play. As the resident producer for Magic Theatre's developmental programming, Jacob's credits include 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 Virgin Play Series, the 2012 Asian Explosion Reading Series and the 2013 Costume Shop Festival. (more...)

Roundabout Hosts First Annual Casino Night Fundraiser TonightRoundabout Hosts First Annual Casino Night Fundraiser Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

Tonight, May 11, Roundabout Theatre Company will host their first annual Casino Night, at the American Airlines Theatre (227 W. 42nd St). All proceeds will benefit Roundabout Theatre Company's Education programs and the Musical Theatre Fund. (more...)

A Noise Within's THE THREEPENNY OPERA and JULIUS CAESAR Enter Final WeeksA Noise Within's THE THREEPENNY OPERA and JULIUS CAESAR Enter Final Weeks
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2015

A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, presents the final weeks of its 2015 Spring repertory season with The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's groundbreaking theatrical work in Michael Feingold's translation (which has become the most popular production in the history of A Noise Within), now playing through May 27, the Los Angeles Times Critic's Choice Figaro by Charles Morey, freely adapted from Le Mariage de Figaro by Beaumarchais in its West Coast premiere now through May 10, and the Ovation-Recommended Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, in its final extension through May 24. (more...)

West End's AMERICAN IDIOT Taps X FACTOR's Amelia Lily to Lead ShowWest End's AMERICAN IDIOT Taps X FACTOR's Amelia Lily to Lead Show
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2015

X Factor star, Amelia Lily (playing Whatshername), will star in Green Day's explosive, award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot, as it blasts into the UK for its West End premiere from the 17 July at The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square. Running until 27 September 2015, with press night on 22 July, American Idiot - The Musical features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. The musical is being directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with sound by Chris Whybrow, design by Sara Perks and lighting by Tim Deiling. Further casting will be announced in due course. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Jamie Parker, Talking HIGH SOCIETY, ASSASSINS And His Cabaret!BWW Interviews: Jamie Parker, Talking HIGH SOCIETY, ASSASSINS And His Cabaret!
by Carrie Dunn - Apr 30, 2015

Jamie Parker talks about the Old Vic, the Chocolate Factory, Stephen Sondheim, and being charming in a 1950s way... (more...)

N.C. Symphony to Perform A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, 5/7-9N.C. Symphony to Perform A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, 5/7-9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2015

North Carolina Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn will lead the orchestra, members of UNC-Chapel Hill's Carolina Choir, and an outstanding cast of actors, directed by University of North Carolina School of the Arts Dean of Drama Carl Forsman, in a theatrical / symphonic presentation of William Shakespeare's most popular comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream. The performances will take place Thursday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m., in Memorial Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and again on Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, at 8 p.m., in Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 29th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 29th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 29, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The Jeff Awards stir things up, 'Louis & Keely' and 'Sounds So Sweet' evoke mid-century entertainment, Waa-Mu takes on the Berlin Olympics, a new Chicago-based revue in Edgewater, 'Chaperone' and 'Music Man' in the suburbs, 'The Boy From Oz' in a local production, 'Matilda' will tour, 'Amazing Grace' sets a Broadway run, and Circle Theatre re-emerges. Whew! (more...)

BWW Recap: The Rise of Darth Ollie on ARROWBWW Recap: The Rise of Darth Ollie on ARROW
by Misha Davenport - Apr 29, 2015

Ollie (aka ARROW, played by Stephen Amell) finishes out new hire training in the League of Assasins while Laurel (aka Black Canary, played by Katie Cassidy) asks Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Diggle (David Ramsey) help Nyssa (Katrina Law) fend off her father and the rest of the League. Keep your eye on the target, we'll get you caught up. (more...)

Lauren Blumenfeld to Star in RICH GIRL at The Old Globe; Full Cast Announced!Lauren Blumenfeld to Star in RICH GIRL at The Old Globe; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of an exciting new American play, Rich Girl, by acclaimed playwright Victoria Stewart, continuing the Globe's 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. Rich Girl will be directed by James Vasquez (Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show), and will play May 23 - June 21, 2015, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. (more...)

Stoneham Theatre to Stage HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, 5/14-6/7Stoneham Theatre to Stage HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, 5/14-6/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

This spring, Stoneham Theatre closes its 15th Mainstage season with the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Performances run from May 14 - June 7, 2015. (more...)

The Circus Playhouse Presents SEMINAR, 5/29-6/21The Circus Playhouse Presents SEMINAR, 5/29-6/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2015

Four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing lessons with Leonard, a once celebrated literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon, and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious, as innocence collides with experience in this sharp comedy. (more...)

Winners of Inaugural ALSO RECOGNISED AWARDS AnnouncedWinners of Inaugural ALSO RECOGNISED AWARDS Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

The full list of winners are announced today in the inaugural Also Recognised Awards, the new audience-voted, industry accolade set up by theatre commentators Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock to celebrate lesser-known but equally worthy talent in fields overlooked by other awards bodies. Over a month's voting, more than 15,000 people took part. (more...)

Union Theatre to Present World Premiere of DUNCTON WOODUnion Theatre to Present World Premiere of DUNCTON WOOD
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

London's UNION THEATRE is to produce the World Premiere of a brand new British Musical - DUNCTON WOOD - playing 27th May to 20th June 2015. Already acclaimed for innovative revivals and reinventions of well-known pieces and rarities, the Union Theatre now produces this ambitious work staged by award-winning director Michael Strassen. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Brant's GROUNDED a Chilling Drama of Drone WarfareBWW Reviews: Brant's GROUNDED a Chilling Drama of Drone Warfare
by Michael Dale - Apr 27, 2015

Anne Hathaway is excellent in Julie Taymor's striking production. (more...)

Nikki Reed & Ian Somerhalder Tie the Knot in Malibu!Nikki Reed & Ian Somerhalder Tie the Knot in Malibu!
by TV News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

PEOPLE reports that Twilight star Nikki Reed has tied the knot with Vampire Diaries actor Ian Somerhalder. The wedding took place yesterday, April 26th in Malibu, California.  (more...)

Breaking: Chicago's Non-Equity Jeff Awards Disqualify 'The Hypocrites' and Rescind NominationsBreaking: Chicago's Non-Equity Jeff Awards Disqualify 'The Hypocrites' and Rescind Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2015

Sean Graney, who recently returned to Chicago to resume his post as Artistic Director of The Hypocrites, informed the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee that he just learned the theater company had been operating under an Equity CAT-N contract for the duration of the 2014-2015 Non-Equity season.  Over the past year, requests for judging its productions were made to the Non-Equity Wing without the committee having knowledge of the company's Equity status. The Jeff Committee was aware that two of the productions had Equity performers (as indicated in the program); however, the committee has now confirmed that these were not guest contracts.  As such, the company's productions are not eligible for consideration in the Non-Equity Wing, and all related Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations have been rescinded.  The productions in question will be shifted to the Equity Wing for awards consideration during its current season, which commenced on August 1, 2014 and will end on July 30, 2015. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 4/24 - INTO THE WOODS in Dallas, THE CRUCIBLE in Minneapolis, THE SOUND OF MUSIC in China & More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 4/24 - INTO THE WOODS in Dallas, THE CRUCIBLE in Minneapolis, THE SOUND OF MUSIC in China & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 24, 2015

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Dallas, Minneapolis, Portland, China and more.  Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include INTO THE WOODS in Dallas, THE CRUCIBLE in Minneapolis, and TWELFTH NIGHT in Portland, just to name a few. (more...)

THE JEFF AWARDS Nominations Announced - THE HYPOCRITES, Griffin Theatre, and More!THE JEFF AWARDS Nominations Announced - THE HYPOCRITES, Griffin Theatre, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

The Jeff Awards Committee today announced 118 nominations in 24 categories for the 42nd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 133 productions offered by 56 Non-Equity producing organizations. The Jeff Committee recommended 62 of those shows, making them eligible for Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations. Of the 62 Jeff Recommended productions, 46 received nominations, representing 23 theatre companies. (more...)

Romance, Betrayal, Revenge... Meet the Full Cast of THE VISIT, Opening Tonight on Broadway!Romance, Betrayal, Revenge... Meet the Full Cast of THE VISIT, Opening Tonight on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Apr 23, 2015

The Visit, the final musical ever by legendary Tony Award-winning duo John Kander and Fred Ebb, celebrates its official opening tonight, April 23, 2015 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the company and watch a sneak preview of the show! (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Ah Sah-Him' Episode of The CW's ARROW VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Ah Sah-Him' Episode of The CW's ARROW
by - Apr 23, 2015

On the next episode of The CW's ARROW titled "Ah Sah-Him", Oliver (Stephen Amell) goes through a rigorous transformation. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/22/15- ASSASSINSSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/22/15- ASSASSINS
by Stage Tube - Apr 22, 2015

Today in 2004, Assassins opened at Studio 54, where it ran for 101 performances. Assassins is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr. It uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to produce a revue-style portrayal of men and women who attempted (successfully or otherwise) to assassinate Presidents of the United States. The music varies to reflect the popular music of the eras depicted.The musical first opened Off-Broadway in 1990, and the 2004 Broadway production won five Tony Awards. (more...)

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Jason LewisWHERE ARE THEY NOW? Jason Lewis
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 22, 2015

Today, our focus is on one of our favorites: Jason Lewis, who's been in New York City for the past several years but has been able to maintain his connection to Music City through a variety of successful projects, some of which have brought him back to Nashville for another stint. (more...)

Playhouse on the Square to Present KISS ME, KATE, 5/8-31Playhouse on the Square to Present KISS ME, KATE, 5/8-31
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

Kiss Me, Kate is Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew set to Cole Porter's greatest score. Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi, two divorced and flamboyantly egocentric performers, find themselves starring opposite each other in this fun, melodious, and sophisticated musical that is a tribute to theatre in all its greasepaint and glory. The score features famous songs such as "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Too Darn Hot," and "Always True to You in My Fashion." This classic musical adventure is sure to be something that everyone can enjoy. (more...)

West End's MISS SAIGON Announces Cast Additions, Including Chris Peluso & Natalie MendozaWest End's MISS SAIGON Announces Cast Additions, Including Chris Peluso & Natalie Mendoza
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2015

Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce key cast changes for Boublil and Schonberg's legendary musical "MISS SAIGON" as the show enters its second triumphant year at the Prince Edward Theatre. (more...)

Family Portrait! Meet the Full Cast of FUN HOME, Opening Tonight on BroadwayFamily Portrait! Meet the Full Cast of FUN HOME, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 19, 2015

Fun Home, the highly-anticipated, Award-winning American musical, with music by four-time Tony Award nominee Jeanine Tesori, a book and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Lisa Kron and direction by Drama Desk nominee Sam Gold, officially opens on Broadway tonight, April 19th. Scroll down to learn more about the cast and watch interviews with the company! (more...)

Mendoza and Dillon Join Cast Of MISS SAIGON - Noblezada and Briones Extend!Mendoza and Dillon Join Cast Of MISS SAIGON - Noblezada and Briones Extend!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

From Monday 11 May 2015 Chris Peluso, direct from the Tony award-winning musical 'Beautiful', will star as 'Chris'; Siobhan Dillon as 'Ellen'; Natalie Mendoza as 'Gigi' and Sangwoong Jo as 'Thuy'. (more...)

New Graphic Novel TERRORIST is LaunchedNew Graphic Novel TERRORIST is Launched
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

From Graphic Universe, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, comes 'Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip, the Assassin Who Ignited World War I,' a new graphic novel that imagines the life of one of history's most infamous Assassins. Combining historical sources with educated guesses, author and illustrator Henrik Rehr has created an edgy, gripping portrayal of radicalization that resonates both in today's world and in Princip's world. (more...)

Who's in the Wedding Party? Meet the Full Cast of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, Opening Tonight on Broadway!Who's in the Wedding Party? Meet the Full Cast of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, Opening Tonight on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Apr 14, 2015

Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly, Tony Award winner Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess and Lisa Howard head an outstanding cast in It Shoulda Been You, the hilarious and heartwarming new musical comedy that proves when it comes to wedding day insanity, everything is relative. It Shoulda Been You, which had a sold-out premiere at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse, officially opens tonight, April 14, 2015 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Scroll down to learn more about the cast, plus watch interviews with the company! (more...)

Updated FUN HOME Cast Recording Set for Release Next Month; Now Available for Pre-Order!Updated FUN HOME Cast Recording Set for Release Next Month; Now Available for Pre-Order!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

Fun Home, the Award-winning new musical that began previews on Broadway on March 27, announced today that an updated and expanded Broadway version of the cast recording will be released next month on PS Classics. (more...)

The Vancouver Opera Presents SWEENEY TODD, 4/25-5/3The Vancouver Opera Presents SWEENEY TODD, 4/25-5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

A massive 12,000-pound moving steel platform – and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra – will dominate the Queen Elizabeth theatre stage for VO's innovative new production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, opening April 25, 2015 for only 6 performances through May 3. (more...)

Sam Willmott & Sam Carner Receive 25th Annual Kleban Prizes for Musical TheatreSam Willmott & Sam Carner Receive 25th Annual Kleban Prizes for Musical Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

The Kleban Foundation is pleased to announce that the 25th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre lyricist has been awarded to Sam Willmott and the 25th annual Kleban Prize for the most promising musical theatre librettist has been awarded to Sam Carner. The 2015 prizes will be presented on Monday, June 22, 2015, in a private ceremony (by invitation only) hosted by ASCAP and BMI at ASCAP. (more...)

Full Cast Confirmed For THE VOTE At DonmarFull Cast Confirmed For THE VOTE At Donmar
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

The Donmar Warehouse has confirmed the full cast for The Vote. Joining the previously announced cast, Eddie Arnold, MyAnna Buring, Stavros Demetraki, Tommy French, Joanna Griffin, Gerard Horan, Chukwudi Iwuji, Stephen Kennedy, Beverley Longhurst, Andrew McDonald, Bhasker Patel, Penny Ryder and Michael Shaeffer complete an ensemble of actors who will represent the team of polling station volunteers, polling officers, and the diverse array of characters that are the voting public. (more...)

Jenny Schwartz's IOWA Opens Tonight at Playwrights HorizonsJenny Schwartz's IOWA Opens Tonight at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The Playwrights Horizons world premiere of IOWA, a new musical play written by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Jenny Schwartz (God's Ear, Somewhere Fun), music by Todd Almond (Stage Kiss at PH, Kansas City Choir Boy, The Tempest, On the Levee) and lyrics by Mr. Almond and Ms. Schwartz, opens tonight, April 13, 2015. (more...)

BWW Review: THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION is a Treasure Trove for All Theatre Fans; Available 4/14BWW Review: THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION is a Treasure Trove for All Theatre Fans; Available 4/14
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 13, 2015

Tomorrow is a day for celebration, musical theatre fans, as Image Entertainment releases THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION. This collection includes some of the most glorious productions of the musical theatre icon's works. Ranging from original Broadway casts to starry-concerts, THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION includes DVDs of five of Sondheim's most influential shows, and a sixth disc of the master's 80th Birthday Concert. (more...)

Roundabout to Host First Annual Casino Night Fundraiser; Stephanie J. Block, Danny Burstein & More to AppearRoundabout to Host First Annual Casino Night Fundraiser; Stephanie J. Block, Danny Burstein & More to Appear
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

On Monday, May 11, Roundabout Theatre Company will host their first annual Casino Night, at the American Airlines Theatre (227 W. 42nd St). All proceeds will benefit Roundabout Theatre Company's Education programs and the Musical Theatre Fund. (more...)

Dare to Defy Productions Announces 2015-16 SeasonDare to Defy Productions Announces 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2015

Dare to Defy Productions announces the company's 2015-16 season today. Featuring six productions presented in either the Mathile Theatre in the Schuster Center or the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton, the season includes Into the Woods, Godspell, Footloose, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Wild Party and American Idiot! (more...)

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