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Holborn end of Shaftesbury Avenue

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Aladdin is a soaring magic carpet ride through Agrabah, the City of Enchantment. In the heart of the city lives a street urchin named Aladdin whose whole life changes when he discovers a magic lamp and unleashes a fun-loving, larger-than-life Genie who grants him three wishes. Aladdin sees this as his opportunity to be with the beautiful, free-spirited Princess Jasmine, who is only allowed to marry a prince. When the evil Jafar steals the lamp and tries to get the three wishes for himself, Aladdin must find a way to save the kingdom. Through his adventures, Aladdin learns that he is a prince where it truly matters most -- on the inside. Aladdin is a celebration of finding everlasting love and being true to oneself no matter what the circumstances. The thrilling score of this classic family production includes Disney favorites "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me."

BWW Exclusive: Matthew Ford Sings from Daniel and Laura Curtis' OVERTURE Album!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2016

Composers Daniel and Laura Curtis have pulled together an array of Broadway and West End stars for their OVERTURE album- now available for pre-order and released 24th October. (more...)

Planes, Trains & Magic Carpets Set for Freeform's Funday Programming Event
by TV News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Hop on a plane, a dragon, a spaceship, a magic carpet or even a flying elephant and land yourself in front of Freeform's Funday weekend, featuring the network premieres of “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Shrek Forever After,” (more...)

Disney Inspires Fans to Think Outside the Toy Box in Celebration of MOANA
by Movies News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Disney is inspiring fans to think outside the toy box and help protect the planet in celebration of Walt Disney Animation Studios' MOANA, a film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people in theaters November 23. (more...)

Listen to Musicals 24/7 with New UK Station ENCORE RADIO
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

If you love songs from the musicals then you'll be in Musical Theatre heaven this week with the launch of ENCORE RADIO, a brand new 24-hour 7-day-a-week radio station playing hits from musicals and films. (more...)

Courtney Reed, Ektor Rivera, and More Broadway Stars Dance to Make a Difference 10/22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

R.Evolucion Latina's 4th Annual Dance-A-Thon, that raises funds in order to provide free arts programing for adults and children throughout the year, will take place on Saturday, October 22nd at a new location SLATE NYC. (more...)

BC/EFA's Gypsy of the Year Will Be Held December 5 & 6 at the New Amsterdam Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Six weeks of dedicated fundraising begins today and will culminate in a spectacular showcase of Broadway's brightest talents when the 28th Annual Gypsy of the Year competition takes the stage Monday, December 5 (4:30 pm) and Tuesday, December 6 (2 pm), produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (more...)

BC/EFA's Gypsy of the Year Will Take Place on December 5 & 6, 2016
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Six weeks of dedicated fundraising begins today and will culminate in a spectacular showcase of Broadway's brightest talents when the 28th Annual Gypsy of the Year competition takes the stage Monday, December 5 (4:30 pm) andTuesday, December 6 (2 pm), produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (more...)

Photo Flash: Liz Callaway, Mark Lamos, J. Barclay Collins and More at The Acting Company's 2016 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

The Acting Company honored legendary theatrical director Mark Lamos and distinguished patron of the arts J. Barclay Collins at its annual gala Monday, October 17, at New York's Metropolitan Club, One East 60th St. The event featured cocktails, silent auction, dinner, entertainment and award ceremony. Scroll down for photos from the festivities! (more...)

Northlight Theatre Continues 2016-17 Season with The World Premiere of MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS IN PEMBERLEY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, presents the World Premiere of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon and directed by Jessica Thebus, runs November 10 - December 18, 2016 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. The press opening is scheduled for Friday, November 18 at 8 pm. (more...)

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Will Celebrate New York & London Theatre in CURTAIN UP Exhibition
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

New York's Broadway and London's West End have long been the biggest destinations for live theater, and now, a new exhibition opening at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts honors the rich creative talent and award-winning productions in both cities. Co-curated by The Library for the Performing Arts and the V&A, where the exhibition debuted earlier this year, in partnership with the Society of London Theatre (SOLT), Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London highlights how the theatre districts of both cities have flourished and developed since 1976. The exhibition, which opens at The Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center onOctober 31, 2016  and is on display through June 30, 2017. (more...)

Cherry Jones to Make West End Debut in John Tiffany's THE GLASS MENAGERIE with Michael Esper, Brian J. Smith, and Kate O'Flynn
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

John Tiffany returns to the West End for the first time since the international critical hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, to bring his acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie to the Duke of York's Theatre for a limited season. (more...)

Broadway Weekly Buying Guide, Powered by SeatGeek: October 20, 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - Oct 20, 2016

Looking to buy last minute tickets to a Broadway show? Don't know what to see? Trying to find a theater? (more...)

J. Bernard Calloway to Return in Title Role of 'THE GRINCH' at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe's 19th annual production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (more...)

Photo Flash: Grand Theatre Launches Biggest Pantomime Ever- ALADDIN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

On Tuesday 18 October, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre launched its biggest pantomime to date, Aladdin, which opens in seven weeks' time on Saturday 10 December. (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Candle Chronicles - GCIT International Thespian Society Troupe 5480 Inductions
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - Oct 19, 2016


Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Michael Cusumano
by Broadway's Backbone - Oct 19, 2016

In this episode: Broadway's Michael Cusumano won the World's top medal for ballet at the age of 14 in Bulgaria, and at 15 was the youngest company member of ABT. In this episode, Michael talks about his transition from the ballet world to the world of musical theatre, how he confronted male body issues and learned to not hate his body, and says that teaching is what currently fills his heart. He has dealt with bullying and self-doubt, but has made brave decisions about his career because he now follows his inner-voice. (more...)

Listen: Austin Colby, David Rowen & Vishal Vaidya Sing a Cappella Version of ALADDIN Tune
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

The latest release from new YouTube series, davidrowen/creative, is an a cappella arrangement of the short tune, 'One Jump Ahead (Reprise),' written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice for the 1992 Disney animated classic, Aladdin. (more...)

BWW Review: The Dream is Impossible with 5th Ave's MAN OF LA MANCHA
by Jay Irwin - Oct 19, 2016

Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh, and Joe Darion's "Man of La Mancha" is a bona fide classic. It's a sweeping epic filled with power, pathos, romance, and tragedy … when it's done right. The show is by no means bulletproof. I've seen incredible productions and I've seen mediocre productions. And after the current production at the 5th Avenue Theatre now I can say I've seen an atrocious production. Not only does it do no honor to the beauty of the original but it also does no honor to basic tenets of good musical theater. And for a musical theater nerd such as myself, that makes for an offensive evening. (more...)

VIDEO: MOANA's Lin-Manuel Miranda & The Rock Warn Moviegoers About Texting in Theaters!
by Movies News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

In an all-new PSA, MOANA's Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dwayne Johnson warn patrons about using their cell phones while at the movies. And believe us, you don't want to mess with 'The Rock'!  (more...)

Photo Flash: Adam Jacobs, Derek Klena and More Hold Court at THE BROADWAY PRINCE PARTY at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

After six sold-out 'Broadway Princess Parties,' the time has come for Broadway's favorite leading men to stand in the spotlight in The Broadway Prince Party at Feinstein's/54 Below. Hosted by Aladdin's Adam Jacobs, Anastasia's Derek Klena and produced by The Broadway Princess Party's Laura Osnes and music director Benjamin Rauhala, the very first BROADWAY PRINCE PARTY was an unforgettable manly evening of heroism, bravura, and macho magic. The all-star cast sang the most beloved 'prince' songs of stage and screen.  (more...)

VIDEO: Tony-Award Winner James Monroe Iglehart Featured in NYFA Movie Musical
by Movies News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Tony-Award winner, James Monroe Iglehart is featured in New York Film Academy movie musical and BWW has a first look below! (more...)

Scoop: ONCE UPON A TIME on ABC - Sunday, October 23, 2016
by - Oct 18, 2016

Get all the scoop on ONCE UPON A TIME, airing on ABC on Sunday, October 23, 2016! (more...)

BWW Interview: Derrick Davis of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Bass Performance Hall
by Sarah Comley Caldwell - Oct 18, 2016

If you ask a musical theatre lover to name one of their favorite shows, there's a high likelihood they will mention Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic, The Phantom of the Opera, a staple on Broadway, around the world and on tour. I was honored and thrilled to chat with actor Derrick Davis, who is in rehearsal for the national tour and will step into the role of the Phantom in Fort Worth, TX at the Bass Performance Hall, beginning October 20th. We discussed his historic ascent into the role {as only the third African-American to star as the Phantom and the first to star in the national tour}, his dream roles, tricks of the trade and, of course, his favorite flavor of cake - check out our conversation below! (more...)

Arlene Phillips to Make Pantomime Debut in DICK WHITTINGTON at Wimbledon Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

First Family Entertainment are delighted to announce that renowned choreographer Arlene Phillips will be making her pantomime debut as Fairy Bowbells in New Wimbledon Theatre's Christmas Pantomime, Dick Whittington, from Friday 9 December 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017, with a press night on Tuesday 13 December. (more...)

What's Playing on Broadway: October 17-23, 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - Oct 17, 2016

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you this weekly listing of Broadway shows and their show times for the week of October 17-23, 2016. (more...)

VIDEO: Dwayne Johnson Featured in All-New Clip from Disney's MOANA
by Movies News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Today, Walt Disney Animation Studios has debuted a new clip for MOANA, featuring Dwayne Johnson's Maui. The highly anticipated film, featuring original music from Lin-Manuel Miranda, opens in theaters on November 23. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Roleystone Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

ONE of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time - an affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies and musical comedies - comes to Roleystone Theatre this November and December. (more...)

Photo Flash: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Dante Hall Theater: Behind the Scenes!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

"Little Shop of Horrors," the musical hit, will 'plant' itself at Atlantic City's historic Dante Hall for a limited run of performances starting Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m., just in time for the Halloween holiday. (more...)

Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 10/16/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Grosses for all the Broadway shows for the week ending 10/16/2016. (more...)

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 10/17
by BWW Special Coverage - Oct 17, 2016

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS! Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 10/16/2016. (more...)

New Jimmy Buffett Musical, SOMETHING ROTTEN! and More Set for Broadway In Chicago's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Broadway In Chicago has just announced its next season line-up: a new Pre-Broadway musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, Tony Award-winning AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Tony Award-winning RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S THE KING AND I, the completely original new musical comedy SOMETHING ROTTEN! and LES MISERABLES. (more...)

BWW Interview: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at The HopeBox Theatre
by Blair Howell - Oct 17, 2016

While LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is a charming, kooky and hilarious musical cult classic about a man-eating plant from outer space, Brandon Stauffer sees the show a little bit differently. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Broadway Favorite Jay Armstrong Johnson
by Theater People Podcast - Oct 17, 2016

On Monday, October 17 the Theater People podcast welcome's Broadway favorite Jay Armstrong Johnson. Armstrong made his Broadway debut in 2009 in HAIR. He next stood-by for Aaron Tveit in CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. He originated the role of Greg Wihote in the 2013 Broadway production of HANDS ON A HARDBODY and then starred as chip in the critically acclaimed 2014 revival of ON THE TOWN. For the episode, Johnson talks about how discovering theater at a young age changed his life for the better, how he was able to make Broadway producers take him seriously as a leading man, and shares some of the music from his new album 'Jay Armstrong Johnson: Live at Feinstein's / 54 Below.' (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek- Meet Jasmine & Aladdin on Next ONCE UPON A TIME
by - Oct 17, 2016

On the next episode of ONCE UPON A TIME on ABC, enter a whole new world of magic and adventure. At the heart of a wondrous quest, lie the answers this savior is seeking. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Krysta Rodriguez Sings from Daniel and Laura Curtis' OVERTURE Album!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Composers Daniel and Laura Curtis have pulled together an array of Broadway and West End stars for their OVERTURE album- now available for pre-order and released 24th October. (more...)

SOUND OF MUSIC Tour to Make Sacramento Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2016

Tickets are on sale now for the brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O'Brien. This lavish new production will make its Sacramento premiere Oct. 26 - Nov. 6 at the Community Center Theater as part of a North American tour. For more information, please visit (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Broadway Stage Managers Sound Off About What They Do and How They Do It!
by Cara Joy David - Oct 16, 2016

It is 7:04pm on a Thursday. To the average audience member of THE COLOR PURPLE, the most important person waiting backstage is one of the above-the-title stars (Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Holliday or Danielle Brooks). But those in the industry know that, at this particular moment, the most important person is a woman sitting stage right in front of three monitors. That woman, with a headset on and binder in front of her, is Stage Manager Sharika Niles. She is the one who will soon give the word to start the show. She is the one who tonight is in charge of 'calling the show.' She is the one who will dictate the show the audience sees by giving the word for a spotlight, sound effect, set movement, etc.. (more...)

Lee Fields & The Expressions to Release SPECIAL NIGHT Next Month; Tour Dates Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

After close to 47 years of music, Lee Fields, backed by The Expressions and their incomparable soul-sound musicianship, will release Special Night on November 4 via Big Crown Records.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Alistair Brammer Talks MISS SAIGON 25th Anniversary Broadcast
by Marianka Swain - Oct 14, 2016

Actor Alistair Brammer played the lead role of Chris in the acclaimed West End revival of Miss Saigon. During his run, the show celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala performance recently broadcast in the US, and appearing in UK cinemas for one night only on 16 October. (more...)

Lee Fields & The Expressions Announce Tour Dates, New Track
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

After close to 47 years of music, Lee Fields, backed by The Expressions and their incomparable soul-sound musicianship, will release Special Night on November 4 via Big Crown Records. (more...)

Casting Announced for Salisbury Playhouse's ALADDIN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Casting has been announced for Salisbury Playhouse's family pantomime, Aladdin, which runs from Saturday 3 December to Saturday 7 January. Director Ryan McBryde and writer Andrew Pollard return following their hit Cinderella last year. (more...)

DREAMGIRLS Starring Amber Riley Extends in London; Announces Lottery!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Sonia Friedman Productions is delighted to release more tickets for the long-awaited UK premiere of Dreamgirls.  With the first few weeks selling out fast, the new booking period will extend performances at the Savoy Theatre until 6 May 2017. These tickets will go on sale at 10am on Friday 14 October 2016. (more...)

Broadway Weekly Buying Guide, Powered by SeatGeek: October 13, 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - Oct 13, 2016

Looking to buy last minute tickets to a Broadway show? Don't know what to see? Trying to find a theater? (more...)

Aspire Community Theatre Presents LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Meet Aspire Community Theatre, the newest theatrical company in town! Aspire Community Theatre, with the tag 'for the next generation of characters,' is producing their first main stage production!  (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Bring On The Men: Celebrating The Men Of Broadway will play The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street) on Monday, October 17th at 7 p.m., featuring composer and pianist Yasuhiko Fukuoka and seven incredible Broadway performers. (more...)

MASTERS OF ILLUSION Star Jason Bishop to Bring STRAIGHT UP MAGIC to New Victory Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Jason Bishop, award-winning illusionist and one of the stars of CW's Masters of Illusion, debuts Straight Up Magic at The New Victory Theater from November 18-27, 2016. Combining multiple styles of magic in one thrilling performance, Bishop will also premiere a brand new illusion created specifically for the New Victory stage. (more...)

Lyrics Hammersmith Announces Full Cast for SHOPPING AND F***ING
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

The Lyric Hammersmith today announces full casting for Shopping and Fucking. Alex Arnold will be playing Robbie, Ashley McGuire will be playing Brian, David Moorst will be playing Gary, Sam Spruell will be playing Mark, Sophie Wu will be playing Lulu. (more...)

Evolution Productions Announces 2016 Panto Line-Up
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

Over the past eleven years family-run pantomime producers, Evolution Productions have built up a reputation for being the UK's number-one creators of bespoke high-quality pantos. The 2016 line up does nothing to disprove this.  The company, which is run by husband and wife team, former TV presenter Paul Hendy and Oxford graduate and former film production manager Emily Wood, will be presenting a festive banquet of seasonal shows across the country from then end of November 2016 to mid-January 2017.  The line up comprises Dick Whttington starring Stephen Mulhern (ITV's Catchphrase, Big Star Little Star) as Billy at The Marlowe in Canterbury, Peter Pan starring Emma Barton (Honey Mitchell - Eastenders) as Tinkerbell and Shaun Williamson(Barry Evans - Eastenders and himself in Extras) at The Hawth in Croydon, Sleeping Beauty at Lichfied Garrick Theatre starring Rebecca Keatley (CBeebies) as Fairy Moonbeam and the great dame himself Sam Rabone as Nurse Nellie, Snow White at The Lyceum Theatre Sheffield starring Wendi Peters (Coronation Street - Cilla Battersby- Brown) and Phil Gallagher(CBeebies - Mister Maker), Snow White at The Alban Arena St Albans starring Rita Simons(Eastenders - Roxy Mitchell) and Ian Kirkby (Dick & Dom In Da Bungalow), Cinderella at Theatre Severn Shrewsbury with panto favourite Brad Pitt and Peter Pan at the Octagon Theatre Yeovill starring supervillain Andrew Fettes as Captain Hook.  (more...)

Jennifer Allen and Steven Blanchard Featured in Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID in Seattle; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

A spectacular new production of Disney's The Little Mermaid kicks off at The 5th Avenue Theatre this holiday season. Featuring the critically acclaimed work of Director Glenn Casale, this beloved tale of a young mermaid's coming-of-age adventure is told like never before. Previously announced casting includes Seattle's own Diana Huey as Ariel and Matthew Kacergis as Prince Eric, with Broadway's Jennifer Allen as Ursula andSteven Blanchard as King Triton. Melvin Abston, Connor Russell and Jamie Torcellini join the cast as Sebastian, Flounder and Scuttle. The 5th Avenue's production will go on to play engagements in cities including Orlando, Cincinnati,Atlanta and Louisville, among others. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Rachel John Sings from Daniel and Laura Curtis' OVERTURE Album!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

Composers Daniel and Laura Curtis have pulled together an array of Broadway and West End stars for their OVERTURE album- now available for pre-order and released 24th October. (more...)

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