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219 W. 49th St.

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



CYBER MONDAY Roundup: A Guide to Online Theatre Discounts Around the Country!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2016

The rush of Black Friday is behind us, but tomorrow companies will turn to digital deals and sales hoping to reel in holiday customers-and the entertainment industry is no exception! BroadwayWorld's rounded up 25 of the most exciting Cyber Monday deals from across the country, so you can save on live theatre, cabaret, dance, and classic music from the comfort of your couch. Check out the deals below, and let us know in the comments and on social media which ones we missed-and which ones you end up using! (more...)

Limited Run Alert! Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins Set for CAROUSEL at English National Opera
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins will star for the first time together in the West End as Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Fourth and Final Extension for IN THE HEIGHTS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In The Heights, now playing through Saturday, Dec.31, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Directed and co-choreographed by Brenda Didier, co-choreographed by Chris Carter, music directed by Diana Lawrence and assistant directed by Adrian Abel Azevedo, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The regular scheduled performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $55 - 75. Single tickets may be purchased at 773.327.5252 or at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org. (more...)

BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE FROM BROADWAY at The Overture Center
by Scott Rawson - Nov 25, 2016

  As a haze envelopes, The Overture Center for the Arts a drum beat begins, followed shortly by screaming electric guitar licks. The energy in the theater is palpable as dancers move and gyrate across the stage. A curtain drops over a cage suspended far above the stage and nearly immediately falls away to reveal…The Illusionists! (more...)

Stars Set for Traverse Theatre's CLASS ACT Schools Playwriting Project
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

The actors who will perform in this year's brand new set of plays written by young people from across Edinburgh have been announced today and include award-winning actors, from both TV and stage. (more...)

Class Act Books Announces November Titles
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

This month Class Act Books presents the first entry in a new Science Fiction/Space Opera series and the sixth novel in a continuing series. 'The Story of a Peace-Loving Man' by Toni V. Sweeney, is the first title in the new Adventures of Sinbad series which begins this month. The initial story, asking the question 'How are Conscientious Objectors treated 300 years in the future?' deals with the story of Allan McAllister, a Paxist or Peace-Lover, and what happens when he protests the Earth's involvement in its first intergalactic war. The series, comprising eight novels, will be released monthly by Class Act Books. Covers will be designed by veteran artist, James Robinson. Ms. Sweeney is a long-standing Class Act Books author, having been first published by the company in 2010. She currently has twenty-eight novels under the Class Act Books logo, including several sequels and a trilogy. She was recently named a professional reader by Netgalley, and when not writing, reviews novels for the New York Journal of Books Online and the Paranormal Romance Guild. Last year, her novel 'NEBRASKA: Walk the Shadow Trail' placed second in the Top Ten Best General Novels of 2015 by the Annual Preditors & Editors Readers Poll. She was also voted one of the Top Ten Authors of 2015 by the same poll. She has also been recognized by the Maryland Romance Writers, and the National Writers Association. The Past Returns is Linda J. Burson's sixth venture in the best-selling Marcy series of romantic suspense novels. A former book editor, Ms. Burson is A Class Act Books debut author, having signed with the company late last year. Her novel, 'Rage,' first in the Marcy series, was voted third in the Top Ten Thrillers of 2015 by the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll for that year. Class Act Books came under new ownership in mid-2013 and is now celebrating its third year as a publisher of all fiction genres. It proudly includes many award-winning authors and prize-winning titles in its lists. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Broadway Show Choir Welcomes THE BODYGUARD's Deborah Cox to Paper Mill with Whitney Houston Medley
by Stage Tube - Nov 15, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse just announced the addition of two Friday matinee performances to its run of THE BODYGUARD: THE MUSICAL due to the show's popularity among ticket buyers. Below, watch Paper Mill's Broadway Show Choir welcome Deborah Cox and the company to Millburn, NJ, with a Whitney Houston medley! (more...)

THE BODYGUARD, Starring Deborah Cox, Adds Two Shows at Paper Mill Before Tour Launch
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, in association with Michael Harrison, David Ian and Nederlander Presentations, Inc., has announced the addition of two Friday matinee performances due to the show's popularity among ticket buyers. (more...)

Lonny Price to Direct World Premiere of COLLABORATION: WARHOL & BASQUIAT at HERE Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2016

Staged Dreams is pleased to announce the world premiere of COLLABORATION: WARHOL & BASQUIAT, a new American play written by Tony Award nominee, Calvin Levels and directed by Tony Award nominee, Lonny Price. The play will be presented at Here's MainStage Theatre, located in New York's SoHo district. It runs December 2 thru 22, 2016 (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse to Collect Coats for Needy NJ Families, Jersey Cares
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is joining JERSEY CARES as a collection site for new and gently used coats to benefit to at-risk men, women, children and infants in our area.  (more...)

Tickets for Broadway's THE BODYGUARD Starring Deborah Cox Go on Sale 11/18
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

The New Orleans Theatre Association is delighted to announce the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play the Saenger Theatre from April 4 - 9, 2017 as part of the East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans 2016 - 2017 season. (more...)

THE BABYLON LINE Begins Tonight at Lincoln Center Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

Lincoln Center Theater presents Richard Greenberg's new play THE BABYLON LINE this fall in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65th Street). The production, directed by Terry Kinney, features Maddie Corman, Randy Graff, Julie Halston, Michael Oberholtzer, Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Reaser, and Frank Wood, and begins performances tonight, November 10. Opening night is Monday, December 5. (more...)

US National Tour of THE BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL to Play Columbus Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

CAPA and Broadway in Columbus are is delighted to announce that the first US national tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD, will play the Ohio Theatre February 14-19. Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox will star as Rachel Marron. (more...)

Porchlight's New Faces Sing Broadway Returns with SONGS OF 2001 and UPTOWN UNDERGROUND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the second performance in its 2016 - 2017 season of Chicago's hit musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway 2001, hosted by Keely Vasquez, is Monday, Jan. 23 at Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie and Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway at 7:30 p.m.  In tribute to the original New Faces series that ran on Broadway and on film from 1934 - 1968, Porchlight Music Theatre last year created this Chicago musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway, as a showcase for the best emerging musical talent now performing on Chicago stages.  (more...)

Celeste Oliva and Alexander Platt to Reunite in STAGE KISS at the Lyric Stage; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl, winner of the 2016 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award and a MacArthur 'genius' grant, will be directed by Courtney O'Connor at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, opening February 26 and running through March 26, 2017. Previews begin February 24.  (more...)

A Class Act NY's December 2016 Shows
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

On Saturday and Sunday, December 17-18, 2016,  A Class Act NY, the award-winning acting studio for kids and teens, proudly presented Urinetown and Annie Jr. at the beautiful Off Broadway Five Angels Theater. Talented young actors, ages 7-20, started rehearsing in October, and they pulled off outstanding performances! (more...)

SCHOOL OF ROCK's Alex Brightman Will Give Master Classes at A Class Act NY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2017

Tony Nominee Alex Brightman will give one day master classes through A Class Act NY. (more...)

Matt Crowle to Star in Porchlight Revisits' LITTLE ME
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the continuation of the fourth season of Chicago's hit "lost" musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits Little Me, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and book by Neil Simon based on the novel by Patrick Dennis, with direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber, musical direction by Linda Madonia, choreography by Craig Miller with special guest choreography by veteran Bob Fosse dancer Jane Lanier and starring Jeff Award-winner Matt Crowle.  (more...)

Michele Ragusa to Play Title Role in Riverside Theatre's MAME
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

After playing Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello Dolly! to great critical and popular acclaim last season, Michele Ragusa returns to Riverside Theatre in another iconic role, that of Mame Dennis in Mame. (more...)

THE BODYGUARD at Atlanta's Fox Theatre On Sale 1/29
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta is delighted to announce that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD will play at Atlanta's Fox Theatre from March 28 - April 2 as part of the 2016/2017 season. (more...)

Pushcart Payers to Bring STONE SOUP...AND OTHER STORIES to Union County PAC
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

Pushcart Players, New Jersey's Emmy nominated and award-winning touring theater for young audiences presents "Stone Soup…and other stories" at 10:30 am on Wednesday, February 8 at Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway NJ. (more...)

Photo Flash: Opening Night of THE BODYGUARD US Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

The U.S. National tour of the hit musical, THE BODYGUARD, launched on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis as part of Hennepin Theatre Trust's 2016-2017 Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin Season. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Palm Springs Awards Winners Announced - Vincent Ortega, Phylicia Mason Win 2!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 12, 2017

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 75 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2016 Palm Springs winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

Broadway Stars Courtney Reed and Lauryn Ciardullo Teach an ALADDIN Workshop in NYC, 4/1
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

A Class Act NY, the acting studio for kids and teens, offers the opportunity to work with Broadway Stars Courtney Reed and Lauryn Ciardullo in a one-day ALADDIN workshop. Courtney and Lauryn can both be seen in ALADDIN on Broadway! (more...)

Broadway San Jose presents THE BODYGUARD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Broadway San Jose, a Nederlander Presentation, is delighted to announce that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARDwill play San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts (255 S. Almaden Blvd.) from April 25-30, 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Music Theatre Presents THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the Chicago premiere of the Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys, February 3 - March 12, featuring music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson, direction by Samuel G. Roberson, Jr, music direction by Doug Peck and choreography by Florence Walker-Harris with Breon Arzell as associate choreographer, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The performance schedule is Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is an added matinee performance Thursday, March 2 at 1:30 p.m. NOTE: *There are no Thursday 7:30 p.m. performances February 9 and March 2. Tickets for previews are $38 and for the regular run $45 - $51. Single tickets may be purchased at 773.327.5252 or at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre's 2016-2017 Season Concludes With Stephen Sondheim's MARRY ME A LITTLE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final mainstage production it its 2016 - 2017 season Marry Me a Little starring Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and originally conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, with direction by Jess McLeod and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Cook.  (more...)

Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas to Lead MARRY ME A LITTLE at Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the final mainstage production it its 2016 - 2017 season Marry Me a Little, starring Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and originally conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, with direction by Jess McLeod and music direction by Porchlight Artistic Associate Cook. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Feb. 19
by Audition Roundup - Feb 19, 2017

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, February 19, 2017 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)

Class Act Books Announces February Romance Novels
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

This month, Class Act Books is releasing another entry in the Space Opera Romance series Adventures of Sinbad by veteran author Toni V. Sweeney and a standalone World War 2 romance by Bob Young. Sinbad's Pride is Book #4 in the series and is lighter in tone than the preceding novels. Determined to return his planet to its pre-war glory, Sinbad sh'en Singh finds a loophole in the treaty with Terra, and uses it to open a smuggling base on Felida. When two pride leaders wish an affiliation with his operation and offer their daughters as concubines, Sin finds himself with a very angry wife and has to do a great deal of verbal maneuvering to keep his marriage and his plans from falling apart. With his usual supreme confidence, the half-feline is certain he can handle it, however. Author Toni V. Sweeney recently celebrated her 74th birthday and is now publishing her 74th novel. She's been A Class Act author since 2010. Julia's Bombardier by Bob Young chronicles the story of a young British girl during World War 2. Having lost the man she loved in the war, the last thing young Julia wants is to fall for an American flyer stationed near her village, especially one who's a bombardier. Love, however, doesn't seem to listen to reason in cases like this. Bob Howard is also a veteran Class act Books author. He specializes in historical fiction, circa 1942-1954. Class Act Books is a small press publisher, offering novels and novellas in all genres. This year, the company will be celebrating its fourth year under new ownership. (more...)

Photo Flash: SCHOOL OF ROCK's Alex Brightman Leads Audition Workshop at A Class Act NY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

A Class Act NY, the award-winning acting studio for kids and teens, hosted Tony-Nominated Broadway star Alex Brightman (SCHOOL OF ROCK, WICKED, MATILDA) for an audition technique workshop. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

THAT PHYSICS SHOW Marks 200th Performance Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

That Physics Show, recipient of the 2016 Drama Desk Award for 'Unique Theatrical Experience,' written and performed by lifetime physics demonstrator David Maiullo (and his alternate, fellow physics demonstrator Andrew Yolleck), celebrated its 200th performance yesterday, Wednesday, February 16th. (more...)

NORMA JEANE AT THE PAYNE WHITNEY PSYCHIATRIC CLINIC Set for 2017 WinterFest
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

From acclaimed writer/director, Nancy McClernan comes NORMA JEANE AT THE PAYNE WHITNEY PSYCHIATRIC CLINIC, premiering at the 2017 WinterFest. (more...)

THE BIG BROADCAST! Returns to Mount Holyoke College's Chapin Auditorium on 3/5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College present the 12th edition of The Big Broadcast! on Sunday, March 5 at 2PM & 7PM at Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley, MA. Created and directed by Mark Gionfriddo, who is also onstage as "Matt Morgan", The Big Broadcast!  is a re-creation of a live 1940's radio show featuring the Mount Holyoke College Big Band, Vocal Jazz, and Chamber Jazz Ensembles performing well-known tunes from the swing era and the American songbook. WWLP-TV meteorologist Brian Lapis is emcee "Fred Kelley" for his 10th consecutive season. (more...)

Lauren Molina, Julia Murney, P.J. Griffith & More Sign on for Yale Rep's ASSASSINS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

YALE REPERTORY THEATRE (James Bundy, Artistic Director; Victoria Nolan, Managing Director) continues its 50th Anniversary Season with a new production of ASSASSINS, book by John Weidman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed by James Bundy, March 17-April 8, at the University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is March 23. (more...)

Ruth Page Center to Host Porchlight Music Theatre's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced that its 2017 - 2018 season will be performed at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Ave. as one of Ruth Page Center's Artists In-Residence. (more...)

THE BIG BROADCAST! to Return to Mount Holyoke This March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College present the 12th edition of The Big Broadcast! on Saturday, March 4 at 2PM & 7PM at Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley, MA.  (more...)

Winter Workshops at A Class Act NY Acting Studio
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

One-Day Winter Workshops Hamilton Stars to Tony Nominees and L.A. and NYC Agents and Casting Directors, we have something in store for everyone this winter and we're adding new programs all the time!  (more...)

Cast Complete for Kander & Ebb's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS at Porchlight Music Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre announces the Chicago premiere of the Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys, February 3 - March 12, featuring music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson, direction by Samuel G. Roberson, Jr, music direction by Doug Peck and choreography by Florence Walker-Harris with Breon Arzell as associate choreographer, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

Towne Street Theatre Seeks Submissions for 9th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

It's only 24 days from the deadline to submit your play to The Towne Street Theatre 9th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival that will take place in April 2017 at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, CA. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre Hires Jillian Abbinanti as First Education Director
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre's Executive Director Jeannie Lukow is proud to announce the hiring of the organization's first education director, Jillian Abbinanti. Abbinanti begins Monday, Dec. 12 in this new position that is charged with creating and building integrated education offerings for children, teens, professionals and hobbyists. In addition to creating and directing the new Education Outreach program and Summer Camp program, she will oversee the established School at Porchlight's professional and hobbyist class offerings, ensuring all education activities align with Porchlight's strategic goals. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for A Class Act NY's URINETOWN and ANNIE JR.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

On Saturday and Sunday, December 17-18, A Class Act NY, the award-winning acting studio for kids and teens, is proud to present Urinetown and Annie Jr. at the beautiful Off Broadway Five Angels Theater. Talented young actors, ages 7-20, have been rehearsing since October, and in two weeks, the shows will go up! (more...)


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"We Are… ON BROADWAY!" A Concert Celebrating Penn State Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

After a sold-out performance last year, alumni from the Penn State School of Theatre return to State College for 'We Are... ON BROADWAY!', a one-night-only concert. (more...)

THE BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL to Come to the Fox Theatre: Tickets on Sale 1/22
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta is delighted to announce that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD will play at Atlanta's Fox Theatre from March 28 - April 2 as part of the 2016/2017 season. (more...)

THE BODYGUARD to Arrive at Fox Cities P.A.C. This January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will welcome the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD. The show will play Fox Cities P.A.C. from January 17-22.  (more...)

SHIFTING THE SPOTLIGHT: The Star Understudies of Michael Arden's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
by Maeve Riley - Dec 15, 2016

These two unassuming understudies got the roles of a lifetime right before opening night. (more...)

Jeff Coon to Bring Summer Club to Venice Island Performing Arts Center in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Get ready to kick off your Monday nights with the sounds of some of the region's most popular musical theater stars, accompanied by a 17-piece big band orchestra. Philly's favorite musical theater star Jeff Coon is bringing his Summer Club to Manayunk's Venice Island Performing Arts Center for a series of swinging shows throughout 2017. (more...)

Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS to Be Presented Live Onstage at Community Center Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS, the stage adaptation of the beloved classic film, is coming to the Community Center Theater this holiday season. Bring your loved ones for a heart-warming celebration of Americana from Dec. 27, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017, at the Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street, Sacramento. (more...)

Porchlight's IN THE HEIGHTS Extends for Fourth and Final Time
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the final extension of Porchlight's 22nd season opener, the multi-Tony Award-winning In The Heights, now playing through Saturday, Dec. 31, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. (more...)

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