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RUNAWAYS is composed by Elizabeth Swados and premiered at the Public Theather NYC, 1978. This excellent show which spans multiple musical styles featured such performers as Diane Lane, Trini Alverado, Jossie de Guzman, and Karen Evans.

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Elizabeth Swados Inspiration Grant Launches with Help from Diane Lane
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

Academy Award nominee and soon-to-be Broadway lead Diane Lane has committed $20,000 towards a four-year, $5,000 annual grant for NYC-based female educators vested in music in honor of composer Elizabeth Swados. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 5/26/2016 - Outer Critics Circle Awards and More!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - May 26, 2016

TODAY'S BIG NEWS: The Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony will take place this afternoon.  Check out the list of nominees and winners! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Meet the Diverse 'Wolfpack' of Encores! Off-Center's RUNAWAYS - MJ Rodriguez, Sophia Anne Caruso & More!
by Stage Tube - May 25, 2016

New York City Center today announced the cast of the Encores! Off-Center production of Runaways, Elizabeth Swados' landmark musical about the stories, fears, and fantasies of runaway children. Cast largely from an open call attended by over 300 teenagers of 'all ethnicities, body types, gender identification, and ability levels,' the 'wolfpack' of 25, as director Sam Pinkleton affectionately calls them, embody the ferocious kinetic energy of today's New York-just as the original cast reflected the New York of 1978. (more...)

Contra Costa Civic Theatre to Conclude 56th Season with Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) concludes its 56th season with the two-time Tony award-winning musical, American Idiot, directed and choreographed by Alex Perez, who returns to CCCT following his acclaimed Bay Area premiere production of The Addams Family, with music direction by Kevin Roland, who helmed CCCT's recent productions of The Secret Garden and The Sound of Music. American Idiot plays from June 10 through July 17; performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm at the theatre. (more...)

EMPIRE's Jussie Smollett to Guest Star on WGN America's Hit Series UNDERGROUND, 3/30
by TV News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

EMPIRE's Jussie Smollett will guest star in WGN America's critically acclaimed hit series UNDERGROUND, marking the first time in 20 years that Smollett will appear in the same series as his younger sister Jurnee Smollett-Bel (more...)

BWW Feature: Girl Power! Before Waitress' Debut, Check Out Amazing Female-Driven Broadway Teams
by Alexa Spiegel - Mar 20, 2016

WAITRESS, which begins performances at the Brooks Atkinson on March 25th, is making history! It will be the first show in Broadway history to have four top creative spots in a show filled by four separate women. The team includes music and lyrics by Sara Barellies, book by Jessie Nelson, choreography by Lorin Latarrom and direction by Diane Paulus. While this is definitely a landmark, other Broadway shows have had a significant number of female creatives, or a completely female creative team - driven by one person! So embrace your inner girl power, and celebrate the amazing female driven shows that came before! (more...)

Children's Theatre of Cincinnati to Presnet SHREK THE MUSICAL JR
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

Everyone's favorite ogre is back in SHREK THE MUSICAL JR., the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film. The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati brings this production to life on the Taft Theatre stage April 8-10, 16-17, 2016. (more...)

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Gary Allan and More Added to Luther Burbank Center for the Arts' 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

Today, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (The Center) announced the addition of four new performances to its 2016-2017 lineup. (more...)

Robin de Jesus, Tony Sheldon, Frenchie Davis & More Set for Orlando Benefit Performance of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

Frenchie Davis (Rent, American Idol), Gideon Glick (Spider Man, Spring Awakening), Robin de Jesus (Two-time Tony nom. La Cage Aux Folles & In the Heights), Jay Armstrong Johnson (On the Town, Hands on a Hardbody) Ben Mayne (South Pacific tour), Doreen Montalvo (On Your Feet, In the Heights), MJ Rodriguez (Runaways, Rent), Tony Sheldon (Tony nom. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Jason Tam (If/Then, A Chorus Line), Clarke Thorell (The Front Page, Annie) and more are set to perform a concert version of Max Vernon's musical THE VIEW UPSTAIRS to raise money for the victims of the Pulse Orlando massacre. It will be directed by Scott Ebersold with Music Director James Dobinson. (more...)

Maxamoo Podcast's July Preview Discusses NYMF, Encores' Off-Center, OSLO, THE GOLDEN BRIDE, More
by Maxamoo - Jun 29, 2016

Jack, David, and Lindsay discuss what we're looking forward to this month at the theater beyond Broadway. Runaways, Off-Center Jamboree! and Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater at Encores! Off-Center (We also get to hear about Jack's stage debut in a production of Runaways at age 11!) (more...)

Photo Coverage: SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS Company Gets Centered in Rehearsal!
by Walter McBride - Jun 29, 2016

Small Mouth Sounds, written by Bess Wohl, will return to New York this summer for a strictly limited engagement. Directed by Obie Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), Small Mouth Sounds begins previews for a commercial run at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street) on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 7:30pm, with an official opening night set for Wednesday, July 13, 2016. The limited engagement will run through September 25, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: BROADWAY KIDS FOR ORLANDO: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE Honors Orlando Victims
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

On Monday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Don't Tell Mama, several young past and present performers from Broadway joined forces in a benefit cabaret to raise money and show support for the victims, survivors and those suffering as a result of the mass shooting in Orlando this month. The benefit was entitled Broadway Kids for Orlando: All You Need is Love. One hundred percent of the proceeds are being donated to the GLBT Center of Central Florida, and all 49 victims of The Pulse Nightclub shooting were honored in the program. BroadwayWorld has photos and footage from the show below! (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 6/23/2016 - The Rockettes' NEW YORK SPECTACULAR and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jun 23, 2016

Today's big news: The Rockettes celebrate the grand opening of their NEW YORK SPECTACULAR at Radio City! (more...)

Bernadette Peters & Gloria Estefan Will Host 18th Annual BROADWAY BARKS in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

BROADWAY BARKS has announced their 18th annual star-studded dog and cat adoption event to benefit New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of Encores! First Off-Center Show of the Season- RUNAWAYS
by Nora Dominick - Jun 22, 2016

New Your City Center's Encores! Off-Center series is back and better than ever! The series will present Runaways from July 6-9th. Before the production goes up, BroadwayWorld has your first look behind the scenes at rehearsals this past weekend.  (more...)

Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron & More Set for Encores! Off-Center's Lobby Project
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

The Lobby Project, a series of free pre-show events presented in conjunction with New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center season, will take place July 6-9 & 27-30. These events provide an insightful exploration of the topics and themes presented in the season's musicals through performances, conversations with artists and experts, workshops, and a Menken Mixtape contest in which the winners will perform their Alan Menken remixes for Menken himself. The Lobby Project events take place in City Center's Grand Tier lobby one hour before curtain and are free for that evening's ticket holders. (more...)

Review Roundup: Broadway-Bound THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL in Chicago
by Review Roundups - Jun 20, 2016

The SpongeBob Musical just opened at Broadway in Chicago's Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL), where it will run through Sunday, July 10, 2016.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway Youth Perform 'Imagine' for Peace in Orlando
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

On Saturday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m., a group of more than 60 children, including Broadway performers and friends, joined together in New York City in Times Square to raise their voices for peace in hopes to help end gun violence. They created a peaceful sing-in demonstration in front of the Walgreen's on West 42 Street and Broadway. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Bess Wohl's SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS at Pershing Square Signature Center
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2016

Producer Eva Price announced the complete cast for the critically acclaimed production of Small Mouth Sounds, written by Bess Wohl, which will return to New York this summer for a strictly limited engagement. Directed by Obie Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), Small Mouth Sounds begins previews for a commercial run at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street) on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 7:30pm, with an official opening night set for Wednesday, July 13, 2016. The limited engagement will run through September 25, 2016 (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Young Broadway Performers and Friends Sing in Solidarity for Orlando Victims and Their Loved Ones
by Stage Tube - Jun 19, 2016

On Saturday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m., a group of over 60 children including Broadway performers and friends joined together in New York City in Times Square to raise their voices for peace in hopes to help end gun violence.  They created a peaceful sing-in demonstration in front of the Walgreen's on West 42 Street and Broadway. (more...)

Broadway Kids Join Forces in a Benefit for Orlando Victims and Loved Ones on 6/27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2016

On Monday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Don't Tell Mama at 343 West 46th Street in NYC, several young past and present performers from Broadway will join forces in a benefit cabaret to raise money and show support for the victims, survivors and those suffering as a result of the mass shooting in Orlando this month. The benefit is entitled Broadway Kids for Orlando: All You Need is Love. All of the proceeds will be donated to the GLBT Center of Central Florida. (more...)

Cool Off This Summer with NYC Theatre - A Complete Guide of the Hottest Shows of the Season!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2016

Where better to escape the New York City heat than in the comfort of a theatre? Below, we're rounding up some of the hottest shows of the summer- brought to you by The New York City Spectacular! (more...)

York Theatre Company to Stage Elizabeth Swados' NIGHTCLUB CANTATA, 6/28-29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director; David McCoy, Chairman of the Board), as part of The York Theatre's Musical Theatre Training Program, and in association with Rosita Sarnoff andCraig Zehms, presents The Marymount Manhattan College Student Workshop Presentation of Nightclub Cantata  with music by Elizabeth Swados and words by Swados and David Avidan, Nazim Hikmet, Nancy Larrick, Isabella Leitner, Eve Merriam, Pablo Neruda, Frank O'Hara, Sylvia Plath, Muriel Rukeyser, and Delmore Schwartz, at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just East of Lexington Avenue).  (more...)

The First-Timers Club: Hats Off to the New Tony Nominees of 2016!
by Marissa Sblendorio - Jun 10, 2016

From royalty, to rockers; revolutionaries to refugees- check out who's new to the Tony block this year, below! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 9, 2016
by - Jul 9, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 9 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 7/8/2016 - CHERRY ORCHARD, Brian Dennehy and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jul 8, 2016

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? (more...)

Review Roundup: Encores! Off-Center's RUNAWAYS
by Review Roundups - Jul 8, 2016

Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

BWW Review: Elizabeth Swados' RUNAWAYS, The Anti-ANNIE
by Michael Dale - Jul 8, 2016

Encores! Off-Center brings back a 1978 musical inspired by interviews with runaway children. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the Kids of Encores! Off-Center's RUNAWAYS!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

New Your City Center's Encores! Off-Center series is back and better than ever! The series will kick off the 2016 season with Runaways through July 9th. Runaways is set in 1977 when Liz Swados spent several months observing and interviewing childRunaways before shaping their stories, fears, and fantasies into a musical. A deeply unconventional work in its day, Runaways feels like the funkiest, most heartbreaking mixtape ever to come out of a 1970s boom box, packed with reggae anthems, hip-hop, soul-food lullabies, and spoken-word poetry. The Encores! Off-Center production will honor a theater visionary who was ferocious, inspiring, and left us far too soon. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 7/7/2016 - Broadway in Bryant Park and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jul 7, 2016

Today's big news: BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK kicks off today, and Matthew Morrison and Megan Hilty join the New York Pops in concert tonight! (more...)

BWW TV: RUNAWAYS Takes Over the NY City Center Stage for Encores! Off-Center- Watch Highlights!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 6, 2016

New Your City Center's Encores! Off-Center series is back and better than ever! The series will kick off the 2016 season with Runaways from July 6-9th. Runaways is set in 1977 when Liz Swados spent several months observing and interviewing child Runaways before shaping their stories, fears, and fantasies into a musical. A deeply unconventional work in its day, Runaways feels like the funkiest, most heartbreaking mixtape ever to come out of a 1970s boom box, packed with reggae anthems, hip-hop, soul-food lullabies, and spoken-word poetry. The Encores! Off-Center production will honor a theater visionary who was ferocious, inspiring, and left us far too soon. (more...)


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BWW's On This Day - July 4, 2016
by - Jul 4, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 4 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 3, 2016
by - Jul 3, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 3 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: Film & TV Star Jennifer Grey Visits SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Last night, film and television star Jennifer Grey came to see the quietest show in New York City, the hit Ars Nova production of SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, which opened last Wednesday at the Pershing Square Signature Center/Linney Theatre and is playing a limited engagement through September 25th. Scroll down for photos of Grey with the cast! (more...)

Zeb Wells and Elizabeth Porter Join Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the company behind recent Emmy® nominated series “Robot Chicken” (Adult Swim) and “SuperMansion” (Sony/Crackle), amongst numerous others, today announced that longtime collaborator and Emmy® and Annie Award winner Zeb Wells has joined the company as an exclusive in-house producer, and longtime Comedy Central executive Elizabeth Porter has been hired as Head of Development. (more...)

Review Roundup: Bess Wohl's SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS
by Review Roundups - Jul 20, 2016

Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Ruthie Ann Miles, Patrick Page and More to Bring 'BROADWAY VILLAINS' to Life at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Feeling maligned? Misunderstood? Decidedly,...un-perky? The villains of Broadway are here to cure your woes - with cobwebs, hexes, and a bevy of songs in minor keys. Grab your trustiest minion, join in the revelry with an incredible cast of your favorite baddies, and celebrate with those of us who simply haven't had our sides of the story told. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 2, 2016
by - Jul 2, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 2 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Coverage: SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS Celebrates Opening Night!
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 14, 2016

SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, written by Bess Wohl, returns to New York this summer for a strictly limited engagement. Directed by Obie Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS officially opened last night, July 13, for a run at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street) through September 25, 2016. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the big night below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, Opening Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, written by Bess Wohl, returns to New York this summer for a strictly limited engagement. Directed by Obie Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS officially opens tonight, July 13, for a run at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street) through September 25, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Ruthie Ann Miles & More Set for THE ONE BEFORE as Part of New York City Center's Lobby Project
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Prior to their breakthrough musicals, many writers had extraordinary early-career shows hit the stage that you may not have heard of. From Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty's Lucky Stiff to Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart's Poor Little Ritz Girl to William Finn's In Trousers, these pieces of work represent our best Broadway writers.... before Broadway knew their names. Join us to hear auspicious songs from the influential shows that shaped careers and lives, just as Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater shaped the futures of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. (more...)

Photo Flash: Encores! Off-Center's RUNAWAYS Hosts Closing Night Party
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center series kicked off the 2016 season with Runaways, beginning July 6th. With Book, Lyrics, and Music by Elizabeth Swados, choreography by Ani Taj, music direction by Chris Fenwick and directed by Sam Pinkleton, Runaways played its final performance on July 9th. BroadwayWorld has photos from the closing night festivities below! (more...)

Stop Sex Slaving: i-SAFE Launches Teen Awareness Campaign on Dangers of U.S. Underage Sex Trafficking
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

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Diane Lane Will Return to Broadway This Fall in Stephen Karam's Adaptation of THE CHERRY ORCHARD
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) has just announced Academy Award nominee Diane Lane will return to Broadway to play 'Ranevskaya' in a new production of The Cherry Orchard. Ms. Lane made her Broadway debut as a child, in the 1977 revival of The Cherry Orchard. (more...)

Official: Composer-Lyricist Michael Friedman Will Take Over City Center's Encores! Off-Center Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Just announced, Obie Award-winning BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON composer and lyricist Michael Friedman will take over as artistic director of New York City Center's popular Encores! Off-Center summer musical theater series. (more...)

Hulu Acquires Exclusive Rights for AwesomenessTV's FREAKISH
by TV News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Hulu will be the exclusive streaming home to FREAKISH, a new 10-episode horror series created under the AwesomenessTV banner. The series is currently in production and will premiere on Hulu later this year. (more...)

Dael Orlandersmith's SOME OF THE THINGS INSIDE Will Premiere at Joe's Pub Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Waterwell today announced a special command performance at Joe's Pub of its 2016 New Works Lab commission Some of the Things Inside, a bracingly honest play by one of the most singular and significant voices in the American theater: Pulitzer Prize finalist and OBIE Award winner Dael Orlandersmith (Forever, Yellowman, Beauty's Daughter). This year's installment of the annual developmental workshop series for the senior Drama class at the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS), Some of the Things Inside is directed by Allison Talis and will play Joe's Pub Monday, April 18th at 7:00pm. (more...)

Ars Nova's Production of Bess Wohl's SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS to Return to NYC for Limited Run This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Producer Eva Price announced today the critically acclaimed production of Small Mouth Sounds, written by Bess Wohl, will return to New York, playing a strictly limited engagement this summer. Small Mouth Sounds, directed by Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), begins previews for a commercial run at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street) on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 7:30pm, with an official opening night set for Wednesday, July 13, 2016. The show is set to run through September 25, 2016 (more...)

Exclusive: Broadway Siblings Sydney and Jake Lucas, Arielle and Adam Jacobs, and the Keenan-Bolgers on National Siblings Day and More!
by Alan Henry - Apr 10, 2016

Today is National Siblings Day and to celebrate BroadwayWorld tracked down three sets of Broadway siblings to chat about how performing and producing has affected their sibling dynamic! We sat down with Broadway's Sydney and Jake Lucas, Adam and Arielle Jacobs, and performing trio Andrew, Maggie, and Celia Keenan-Bolger. (more...)

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