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Village Theatre's Festival of New Musicals to Run 8/8-17; Lineup Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Over one jam packed weekend, August 8 -10, six new musicals will be brought to life with help from more than 100 artists and one dozen directors and authors from across the country. (more...)

Christopher Chew and Amelia Broome to Star in SWEENEY TODD at The Lyric Stage; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's 2014-15 Season begins September 5 with Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece SWEENEY TODD, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The musical thriller runs September 5 through October 11, 2014. The opening is set for September 7 at 3 p.m. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Krysta Rodriguez Talks New Web Series, 'Smash' & What's Ahead!
by Caryn Robbins - Jul 9, 2014

Today the talented actress spoke exclusively to BWW about why she believes web series such as 'Ian' are 'the next frontier of entertainment,' and what's on tap for her busy showbiz career. (more...)

Universal Pictures to Release Scarlett Johansson's LUCY to International IMAX Theaters 8/8
by Movies News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

IMAX Corporation, Universal Pictures, a division of Comcast Corp. and EuropaCorp today announced that Lucy, the new thriller from acclaimed filmmaker Luc Besson. (more...)

Jennifer Damiano, Barrett Wilbert Weed lead A TAYLOR SWIFT LOVE STORY at 54 Below 7/22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Jennifer Damiano, Barrett Wilbert Weed and more in A Taylor Swift Love Story. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: NYMF's THE SNOW QUEEN Cast Performs 'Flying!'
by Stage Tube - Jul 8, 2014

The cast of THE SNOW QUEEN recently flew into Fox 5 New York to heat up for The New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) with a performance of the musical's hit tune 'Flying!' Watch the interview and performance below! (more...)

Sundance Institute Selects Acting Company and Creative Advisors for 2014 THEATRE LAB
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Sundance Institute today announced the acting company and creative advisors that are participating in its 2014 Theatre Lab, which is now taking place and runs through July 27 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. The Lab is the centerpiece of the Institute's year-round work with the theatre community and is one of 10 residential Labs hosted by Sundance Institute this summer, collectively representing 15 weeks of residency support and mentorship for the most promising new independent theatre and film projects from the United States and around the world. (more...)

GLEE's Lea Michele to Attend Italy's Giffoni Children's Festival
by TV News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Multi-talented star of stage, screen and television, Lea Michele will visit the Cittadella del Cinema on July 20 to kick-off the Giffoni Experience 2014 (July 18-27). (more...)

CAUGHT and More Set for Sundance Institute's 2014 Theatre Lab, Now thru 7/27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

Sundance Institute today announced the nine projects selected to participate in its 2014 Theatre Lab, July 7-27 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. The Lab is the centerpiece of the Institute's year-round work with the theatre community and is one of 10 residential labs the Institute will host for artists this summer, collectively representing the most promising new independent theatre and film projects. (more...)

ME AND MY GIRL Opens This Week at Reagle, 7/10-20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2014

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston will present Me and My Girl from July 10-20, 2014 as part of its 46th Annual Summer Season at the Robinson Theatre (617 Lexington St. Waltham, MA). Me and My Girl is the joyously funny story of an unrefined cockney gent who must choose between love or money. The mixture of cockney and nobility results in a rollicking, hilarious Downton Abbey with engaging song and dance. (more...)

Fair Oaks Actor Richard Spierto Rouses Audiences at California Stage as the Marquis de Sade
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2014

Fair Oaks actor and community organizer Richard Spierto plays the infamous Marquis de Sade in California Stage Theater Company's upcoming production of Marat/Sade, opening July 19thSpierto leads California Stage's illustrious cast as it reveals what happens when the '1%' goes too far and takes too much in Peter Weiss' provocative play-within-a-play. (more...)

New Summer Series Presents the Tony-Winning Rock Musical SPRING AWAKENING at The Merc, 8/8-11
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2014

Cabaret at The Merc's new 2014 Summer Series follows up Next to Normal with the Tony Award-winning musical sensation, Spring Awakening, book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik, based on the play by Frank Wedekind, musical direction by Cris O'Bryon, choreography by Evan D'Angeles and directed by J. Scott Lapp. Spring Awakening will play Friday, August 8, 2014 and runs for one weekend through Monday, August 11, 2014, at The Merc in Temecula, 42051 Main St. Temecula, California 92590 (more...)

BWW Reviews: Kooman and Dimond's DANI GIRL
by Jude Cartalaba - Jul 22, 2014

DANI GIRL, a musical about a nine-year-old cancer-stricken girl Dani Lyons, created by the writing team of Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond, is not to be missed. (more...)

Vineyard Theatre Adds BILLY & RAY to 2014-15 Season; Garry Marshall to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Legendary director/writer/producer Garry Marshall will direct the Vineyard Theatre's New York debut of Mike Bencivenga's comedy BILLY & RAY this fall, with performances set to begin October 2 and an opening night scheduled for October 20 at The Vineyard, it has been announced by Douglas Aibel, Artistic Director, and Sarah Stern, Co-Artistic Director. (more...)

Transcendence Theatre Company to Present Carrie Manolakos & Morgan Karr in Concert, 8/1-2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

The Transcendence Theatre Company will present Carrie Manolakos and Morgan Karr in concert at Landmark Vineyards as the second offering from the Transcendence Artist Series on August 1st and 2nd. (more...)

BWW Reviews: PILOBOLUS Delights Audiences
by Jessica Abejar - Jul 22, 2014

There are no limits to what wonders Pilobolus can create. And as evidenced by the opening of their summer season at the Joyce Theater, the company's creativity transcends beyond imagination, revolutionizing dance and the human experience. (more...)

BoHo Theatre to Present DOGFIGHT, ORDINARY DAYS & More in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Following up the success of its landmark 10th anniversary season, BoHo Theatre has announced its lineup for its 11th Season. BoHo has gained widespread acclaim for the quality and range of its programming, including leading Chicago with the most non-Equity Jeff Award nominations for the past two years. In choosing its next season, BoHo continues its commitment to celebrating the Bohemian Pillars of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love and exploring them through the lens of human relationships. (more...)

Derek Klena, Liz Callaway & More to Lead Industry Reading of New Musical THE DANCE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Northwest Inkwell has announced the reading of a new WWII musical, The Dance. This production was conceived and written by James Langston Drake and will be held in New York City this August with music written by a yet to be announce double Grammy Award winner. (more...)

Hillbarn Theatre to Kick Off 2014-15 Season with FUNNY GIRL, 8/28-9/21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Hillbarn Theatre, the Peninsula's premier community theatre company, kicks off its 2014-15 season opener with one of Broadway's musical theatre cornerstones, Funny Girl. (more...)

Jackie Evancho Releases New Album Awakening On September 23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

NEW YORK, July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Platinum-selling, 14-year-old vocal sensation Jackie Evancho will release her third studio album, Awakening, on September 23 coinciding with an international tour. Produced by Nick Patrick, Awakening is Evancho's first album under her recent worldwide recording agreement with Sony Music Masterworks imprint Portrait. In August, she will film a new PBS Special which is set to air in December. (more...)

STANDALONE Original Online Cast Recording Released Digitally Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Joel B. New's musical theatre podcast, 'Something New', releases the premiere studio recording of his song cycle, STANDALONE. (more...)

Everyman & Playhouse Names Nick Bagnall as New Associate Director, Lindsey Alvis as Producer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse have appointed director Nick Bagnall as their first permanent Associate Director. Bagnall joins the company following the success of The Last Days of Troy at Royal Exchange, Manchester and Shakespeare's Globe. The theatre's artistic team will also be bolstered by the appointment of Lindsey Alvis, who was previously with Headlong, as Producer. (more...)

Theater People Podcast Welcomes Two-Time Tony Nominee Robin De Jesus
by Matt Tamanini - Jul 20, 2014

On Monday, July 21st the Theater People Podcast welcomes two-time Tony-nominee Robin de Jesus. De Jesus discusses making his professional acting debut in the cult-hit indie film CAMP, making his Broadway debut as an understudy in RENT, creating the role of Sonny in the groundbreaking IN TH EHEIGHTS, co-starring as Jacob in the 2010 revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES alongside Kelsey Grammer, and receiving Tony nominations for the latter two roles. (more...)

Kyle Riabko Comes to Joe's Pub, 7/21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2014

Musician Kyle Riabko performs his original songs along with selections from the Bacharach catalogue which were featured in his acclaimed Off Broadway show "What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined" earlier this year. (more...)

First Look At Andrew Rannells In HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 18, 2014

A first look at Broadway leading man and multi-media crossover star Andrew Rannells in the gender-bending title role of multi-Tony Award-winning rock musical HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH is now available to view. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Julie Atherton and Paul Spicer Talk Onstage Acts!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Julie Atherton and Paul Spicer have a long and varied history with new and contemporary musical theatre, both as individuals and as a pair. Together they co-founded Notes from New York, a concert series designed with the intention of introducing London to new musical theatre and making it cool, and celebrated its 5 year anniversary with a fully staged production of Jason Robert Brown's cult musical The Last 5 Years. They were also the original team behind Taking Notes, a summer course developed to share their skills with aspiring actors. This summer, they continue their mission to inspire a new generation of musical theatre performers with Onstage Acts, a week long enrichment programme in new and contemporary musical theatre featuring masterclasses with casting directors, agents, composers and directors, as well as performers currently working in the West End and beyond. Ahead of the course's launch on August 4th, Julie and Paul shared some of their favourite contemporary musical theatre moments from the careers which made them West End theatre's reigning experts on the subject. (more...)

Public Theater's A SECOND CHANCE Original Cast Recording Out Online, In Stores Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Ghostlight Records will release the original cast recording of The Public Theater's production of A SECOND CHANCE online and in stores August 5. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at NYMF's THE SNOW QUEEN with Eryn Murman, Jane Pfitsch and John Michael Presney
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

The audiences have warmed up to THE SNOW QUEEN, a rousing new musical in The New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF). Photos from the New York City premiere at the Alice Griffin theater tell the wondrous and fantastical story. (more...)

Mid-Year Highlights in the Art World: Koons, Donovan, Minkisi and More
by Barry Kostrinsky - Jul 17, 2014

Half of 2014 is behind us. What was new and different, exciting and outrageous, unpredictable and surprising in the NY art world? That's right, not much. Like a large yacht the art world turns slowly. As usual, it seems like money is at the helm captaining the course of art history. This is not new; Leo and Peter Paul worked for the moneyed men of the day. In the past this would mean Princes, Kings and Popes. Now, money has let go of it's need for a title ( except for Sir Paul) and huddles around businessmen. Entertainment and luxury good CEO's, corrupt hedge fund a-holes that pay almost $2Billion in fines and drug dealers dress up their persona with art, cocktails parties and world class trips to stay firmly footed as the top dog in the art world. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at SOUTH PACIFIC at California Music Circus
by Stage Tube - Jul 16, 2014

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic South Pacific, a universally acclaimed musical theatre masterpiece, is the third show in the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances are currently running through July 27. Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Beth Malone, John Cudia and More in SOUTH PACIFIC at California Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic South Pacific, a universally acclaimed musical theatre masterpiece, is the third show in the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances take place July 22 - 27. (more...)

Ciara Renee, Natalie Weiss & More Set for Broadway Gets GLAAD Benefit Concert at Joe's Pub, 8/4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

On Monday, August 4th, eleven emerging and established Broadway performers will star in Broadway Gets GLAAD, a concert to benefit GLAAD, the leading organization in support of a positive LGBT image in the entertainment industry. (more...)

Music Circus' SOUTH PACIFIC Begins 7/22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic South Pacific, a universally acclaimed musical theatre masterpiece, is the third show in the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances take place July 22 - 27. (more...)

Duncan Sheik & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's AMERICAN PSYCHO Musical to Get US Premiere at Second Stage Theatre in February; Rupert Goold to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) just announced the U.S. premiere of the new musical, AMERICAN PSYCHO, featuring a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (2ST's Good Boys and True, 'Glee,' Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark), music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony-Award Winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), directed by Rupert Goold (Broadway's Macbeth with Patrick Stewart, ENRON). AMERICAN PSYCHO is based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis. (more...)

Theater People Podcast Welcome's Tony-Winner Tonya Pinkins from HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME
by Matt Tamanini - Jul 14, 2014

On Monday, July 7th, the Theater People Podcast welcomes Tony Award-winner Tonya Pinkins. Pinkins is currently co-starring on Broadway in HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, a mostly rapped-through musical featuring the music, lyrics, and poetry of Tupac Shakur. (more...)

Lillias White, Lindsay Mendez & Derek Klena and More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

DARK PROPHET COMIC BOOK at COMIC-CON Premieres
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

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Jack Boice, Melanie Brook, Alexis Field & Zach Kononov to Join the Cast of Off-Broadway's 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL PARODY, 7/22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

50 Shades! The Musical Parody at The Elektra Theatre (300 W. 43rd Street) has announced that beginning July 22nd, Jack Boice (Phantom of the Opera International Tour), Melanie Brook (Tony and Tina's Wedding), Alexis Field (Angelina Ballerina The Musical) and Zach Kononov (Spring Awakening) will join the cast replacing Chris Grace, Ashley Ward, Kaitlyn Frotton and David Andino respectively. Directed by Al Samuels and Rob Lindley, 50 Shades! The Musical Parody is produced by Emily Dorezas, Al Samuels, Andrew Asnes, Rob Kolson, Brett McDonald and 50 Shades Tour LLC. (more...)

FOR TONIGHT to Play Special Concert at NYMF, 7/18
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

For Tonight, by creators Shenelle Williams, Spencer Williams and Whitney Rhodes, has extended its run at The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). This will be the first time in the history of the festival that a reading will add an additional performance to its run. They will be performing a concert version of this new original musical on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 9pm at Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036). (more...)

Midlake, Allen Toussaint, Erin Markey, Lady Rizo and More Set for Joe's Pub, 7/16-27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its shows for the next two weeks, July 16 - July 27, 2014. Details below! (more...)

Eryn Murman, Jane Pfitsh, and John Michael Presney Open THE SNOW QUEEN at NYMF, 7/14-7/20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2014

A new musical THE SNOW QUEEN is icing up New York City for their opening tomorrow 7/14 in The New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF). The Snow Queen had its World Premiere at the San Jose Rep in 2013 and today will have their New York City Premiere at the Alice Griffin theater. (more...)

BWW TV: Highlights de 'Per sobre de totes les coses'
by Nuria Frutos - Jul 13, 2014

El pasado jueves empezaron las previas del musical 'Per sobre de totes les coses' que se estrenará el próximo miércoles en el Teatre Gaudí de Barcelona. BroadwayWorld Spain estuvo allí y os trae algunos de los mejores momentos del musical. (more...)

The Village Theatre Will Premiere Six Brand New Musicals in Development, 8/8-17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2014

The Village Theatre is the birthplace of new works such Next to Normal and Million Dollar Quartet. And now, it has announced its lineup for the 14th Annual Village Originals Festival of New Musicals, which runs from Aug 8 to 17. They will be showcasing six new musicals which have been under development. (more...)

ArtReach Educational Theatre Presents SPRING AWAKENING, 8/1-3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2014

ArtReach Educational Theatre in partnership with Spotlite Theatrix Production Company is staging Spring Awakening. Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik, Based on the play by Frank Wedekind. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Mitchell Jarvis and Wesley Taylor Preview IT COULD BE WORSE Concert at 54 Below
by Walter McBride - Jul 11, 2014

Broadway vets Mitchell Jarvis and Wesley Taylor's critically-acclaimed "IT COULD BE WORSE," was a humble yet cherished web series amongst our community. After winning a slew of online indie awards and raising over 70K on Kickstarter to shoot a second season, the "awesomely addictive" dark comedy was acquired for cable television.The Washington Post said ICBW was "what Smash might have been…had it found a looser and sharper-witted footing." (more...)

This Week at Bookworks Includes Jane Lindskold, Brinn Colenda and More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

This week at Bookworks includes author Jane Lindskold, the 16th Annual Taos Writers Conference, and more. There are also events for kids like Jenny Ruden and American Girl Book Club. For more information visit bkwrks.com/event. (more...)

EVITA National Tour Coming to Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 8/12-17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today that it will kick off its 2014-2015 season with the Tony Award-winning musical EVITA, Aug. 12-17. Tickets start at $36 and can be purchased online at www.ordway.org, by phone at 651-224-4222 or in person at the Ordway ticket office. (more...)

ArtReach Educational Theatre & Spotlite Theatrix to Present SPRING AWAKENING, 8/1-3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

ArtReach Educational Theatre in partnership with Spotlite Theatrix Production Company is staging Spring Awakening. Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik, Based on the play by Frank Wedekind. (more...)

The UUA Bookstore Presents Titles From the General Assembly 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

General Assembly (GA) 2014 was a resounding success. More than 4,700 Unitarian Universalists came together in Providence, RI, for insightful workshops and a chance to connect with our larger faith community. A number of books by prominent Unitarian Universalist authors were popular at this GA. In case you missed getting yours, we offer you a selection here. (more...)

Kelly McCormick, Beth Malone, Jason Graae, Brent Barrett and More Set for Music Circus' 2014 Season; Casting Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

California Musical Theatre released casting for the remaining shows in the 64th Music Circus season, a roster of actors including Broadway veterans, Tony nominees and audience favorites from previous Music Circus seasons, as well as actors with Sacramento-area ties. The five-show season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion includes the Music Circus premiere of the beloved Disney classic Mary Poppins, which runs through July 13, as well as other Tony Award-winning shows including Rodgers and Hammerstein's lush South Pacific, Lerner and Loewe's mystical Brigadoon, Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein's hilarious La Cage aux Folles, and the singular sensation A Chorus Line, which ended its week-long run on June 29. Music Circus casting for the season is determined after auditions are held in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento. (more...)

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