DCASE's 'OnEdge' Live Performance Series Begins Next WeekDCASE's 'OnEdge' Live Performance Series Begins Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) presents the third annual OnEdge, the experimental live performance series, February 19 - March 4, 2016.  The FREE admission series will feature Chicago and world premieres from national and international artists and companies at venues including the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.), the Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph St.) and Links Hall (3111 N. Western Ave.).  (more...)

Electronic Artist Challenges 'Greedy Record Labels' With Viral Music VideoElectronic Artist Challenges 'Greedy Record Labels' With Viral Music Video
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

Plait?, an Independent Musician from Australia is championing a movement on social media this week against the exploitation of artists by 'greedy record labels'. (more...)

Marlee Matlin Talks Performing with Lady Gaga at Super Bowl, Return to Theater & MoreMarlee Matlin Talks Performing with Lady Gaga at Super Bowl, Return to Theater & More
by TV News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

Matlin speaks with ET about the thrilling pre-Super Bowl experience and her recent starring role in Broadway's SPRING Awakening. (more...)

Alex Dinelaris, Charlie Rosen & More Round Out TEDxBroadway Speakers LineupAlex Dinelaris, Charlie Rosen & More Round Out TEDxBroadway Speakers Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

Today, the organizers of the fifth annual TEDxBroadway announced the final line up of speakers and performers who will be taking the stage on Monday, February 22, 2016 at New World Stages in New York City. (more...)

Take Your Youngsters to the Theatre! KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY Is TonightTake Your Youngsters to the Theatre! KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY Is Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

Give your kids an unforgettable experience this winter with the 20th Anniversary of KIDS' NIGHT ON BROADWAY! The event takes place in New York City tonight, February 9th, 2016, and this year's National Ambassadors for the program are Kelli O'Hara (The King and I) and Marlee Matlin (Spring Awakening). (more...)

SPRING AWAKENING, ALLEGIANCE & AMAZING GRACE Casts to Reunite at Feinstein's/54 BelowSPRING AWAKENING, ALLEGIANCE & AMAZING GRACE Casts to Reunite at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

On February 25th, Feinstein's/54 Below will present 'In Memoriam,' a concert celebration of this season's Broadway and off-Broadway shows that have closed too soon. Original cast members from Allegiance, Amazing Grace, Gigantic, and Spring Awakening will be performing songs from their shows, and sharing some behind the scenes stories and photos. (more...)

Barbara Huntress Tresness Releases New Memoir BEYOND A CHARMED LIFEBarbara Huntress Tresness Releases New Memoir BEYOND A CHARMED LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

What Happens When You Search for Hope? 'Beyond a Charmed Life, A Mother's Unconditional Love' is an inspirational memoir about a mother's love for her special needs son with heartfelt stories and a triumphant spirit of overcoming insurmountable challenges. From caretaker to advocate role, author Barbara Huntress Tresness wants to share 'you are not alone and hope does exist.' This is a story of tenacity, triumph and a spiritual Awakening to the universal forces that help mother and child have an unbroken bond that transcends everything. 'Sharing our stories out loud helped me and helped others. It got easier as I began to tell some of what had happened to us,' says Barbara Huntress Tresness. 'I kept many journals and wrote about my feelings good and bad because I never wanted Graham to think he was difficult for us to care for. I wanted him to know he was loved unconditionally.' 'Beyond A Charmed Life, A Mother's Unconditional Love' is available in both print and ebook formats. Book Details: Beyond A Charmed Life, A Mother's Unconditional Love By Barbara Huntress Tresness Publisher: Divine Phoenix Published: December 1, 2015 ISBN: 978-1941859438 ASIN: B01AIGC80A Pages: 206 Genre: Memoir, Family, Parenting, Special Needs About The Author: Barbara Huntress Tresness is an author, disability advocate and founder of CHAT Collective. Her son Graham serves as the inspiration for writing this book and helps teach us with his wisdom. Also written by Barb: Everyone Communicates: Learn How to Talk to Me! - The guidebook to communicating and socializing with Non Verbal Communicators (NVC's) and Limited Communicators (LC's). She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont, and currently lives with her husband and three sons in Manlius, New York. You can connect with Barb at www.barbarahuntresstresness.com and learn more at www.chatcollective.com For review copies, author interviews, or more information please contact: Divine Phoenix Email: divinephoenixbooks (at) gmail.com Website: http://www.barbarahuntresstresness.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barbara.tresness (more...)

Red Bull Theater to Continue Season with THE ROMAN ACTOR with Patrick Page & MoreRed Bull Theater to Continue Season with THE ROMAN ACTOR with Patrick Page & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

Red Bull Theater today announced that their Twelfth Season will continue with Philip Massinger's The Roman Actor, directed by Louisa Proske, on Monday February 15th at 7:30 PM, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson).  Featured in the cast will be Oberon Adjepong, Mamoudou Athie, Tina Benko, Clifton Duncan, Ben Horner, Jennifer Ikeda, Patrick Page, Paul Lazar, Carolyn Smith, Sam Underwood, Adina Verson, and more, with live music performed by percussionist Satoshi Takeishi.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.redbulltheater.com or by phone at (212) 352-3101. (more...)

Will Swenson, Jessica Phillips, Jenni Barber, and Andrew Mueller Sing Bacharach & Sater's SOME LOVERS for LC Originals; Watch Live Stream at 7:30!Will Swenson, Jessica Phillips, Jenni Barber, and Andrew Mueller Sing Bacharach & Sater's SOME LOVERS for LC Originals; Watch Live Stream at 7:30!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

Tonight at 7:30PM, some of Broadway's top talent including Will Swenson, Jessica Phillips, Jenni Barber, and Andrew Mueller perform songs from Some Lovers, the new musical from legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach and Tony Award-winning playwright Steven Sater (Spring Awakening). This event is part of LC Originals, where artists share new works and demystify the creative process. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Catching up with Michael Crawford on His Return to the West End in THE GO-BETWEEN; Broadway Possibilities & MoreBWW Exclusive: Catching up with Michael Crawford on His Return to the West End in THE GO-BETWEEN; Broadway Possibilities & More
by Robert Diamond - Feb 8, 2016

I wasn't surprised when the reaction to the announcement that Michael Crawford would return to the stage, immediately started to trend on Twitter in the UK and to generate internet traffic across the globe. Here, in his own words Michael Crawford, brings us up to date. (more...)

Steep Theatre Extends POSH Through 3/12Steep Theatre Extends POSH Through 3/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

?Steep Theatre's critically acclaimed production of Laura Wade's Posh has been playing to enthusiastic sold-out houses since its opening in January. In response to enormous ticket demand, Posh has been extended through March 12th, adding 8 new opportunities to see what Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune called "a bevy of talent" perform in "a dynamic, often shocking little storefront show guaranteed to make you fume anew at the ongoing inequality of the most mature democracies.' (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Broadway's Bombshell Megan HiltyThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes Broadway's Bombshell Megan Hilty
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 8, 2016

On Monday, February 8th, the Theater People podcast welcomes stage and television star Megan Hilty. Shemade her Broadway debut in 2004 as the Glinda stanby in the Broadway production of WICKED, before she eventually took over the role full time. She also played the role on the First National Tour before creating the role for the Los Angeles sit down production. (more...)

Victoria T. Morris, Bruce Daitch & Nanci Lewis Elected to Broadway Dreams Foundation's Board of DirectorsVictoria T. Morris, Bruce Daitch & Nanci Lewis Elected to Broadway Dreams Foundation's Board of Directors
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

The Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF), a premier non-profit organization dedicated to training, mentoring and providing career opportunities to the next generation of musical theater performers, announced that Victoria T. Morris, CEO of Lexikat Artists; Bruce Daitch, Head of Strategy, Planning and Operations for DreamWorks SKG; and Nanci Lewis, of The Vanderblue Team, have been elected to the BDF's Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2016. (more...)

VIDEO: Lady Gaga Sings the National Anthem at SUPER BOWL 50, Marlee Matlin SignsVIDEO: Lady Gaga Sings the National Anthem at SUPER BOWL 50, Marlee Matlin Signs
by Stage Tube - Feb 7, 2016

AMERICAN HORROR STORY's Lady Gaga sang the National Anthem at tonight's Super Bowl 50, dressed in an all-American red suit and American flag heels. Also on the field was Marlee Matlin, who signed the whole song. Check out the full performance below! (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Picks for February 9-16, Featuring Kyle Dean Massey, Matt Doyle, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Picks for February 9-16, Featuring Kyle Dean Massey, Matt Doyle, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Feb 7, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: The Songs of Tor & Lisa, ft. Brandon Victor Dixon, and more; New Musicals at 54: Fallout by Kyle Jarrow and Nick Blaemire; Kyle Dean Massey at 54 Below; Jasper In Deadland CD Release Concert; and Broadway Couples Sing I Do! I Do! For Valentine's Day. (more...)

Natalie Weiss, Drew Gasparini, and More Lead BROADWAY ROCKS KELLY CLARKSON at Feinstein's/54 BelowNatalie Weiss, Drew Gasparini, and More Lead BROADWAY ROCKS KELLY CLARKSON at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2016

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Broadway Rocks Kelly Clarkson a one-night concert featuring Broadway and up-and-coming performers singing their favorite songs by the first American Idol. (more...)

Tickets to JUDAS KISS with Rupert Everett in Toronto on Sale TomorrowTickets to JUDAS KISS with Rupert Everett in Toronto on Sale Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

David Mirvish will present Rupert Everett starring in the North American premiere of Neil Armfield's production of David Hare's The Judas Kiss. This production began at London's Hampstead Theatre in 2012, where it received unanimous raves and broke the theatre's box office record. Due to popular demand, it transferred to London's West End, where it also had a brilliant engagement. (more...)

Official: Newton Faulkner Joins Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour as 'Johnny', May 2016Official: Newton Faulkner Joins Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour as 'Johnny', May 2016
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Double Platinum selling artist Newton Faulkner joins the cast of Green Day's explosive Tony Award ® winning musical, American Idiot, on it's UK Tour. Newton will be taking on the role of Johnny from May 2016 after Matt Thorpe, who will open the role from 19 March at the Curve Theatre, Leicester until 7 May at the New Theatre, Oxford.  One of the UK's finest contemporary singer-songwriters, Newton's unique style of guitar playing and soaring vocals have made him a worldwide success since he burst onto the music scene back in 2007.  (more...)

Rebecca Luker, Alysha Umphress & More Set for York's Developmental Reading of AFTERLANDRebecca Luker, Alysha Umphress & More Set for York's Developmental Reading of AFTERLAND
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director) and its acclaimed NEO Developmental Reading Series presents the new musical Afterland, with music and lyrics by Benjamin Velezand book and lyrics by Kathryn Hathaway for one performance only, Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).  The readings are open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.00.  (more...)

Liliane Montevecchi, JASPER IN DEADLAND & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next WeekLiliane Montevecchi, JASPER IN DEADLAND & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/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/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Up on the Marquee: AMERICAN PSYCHOUp on the Marquee: AMERICAN PSYCHO
by Walter McBride - Feb 5, 2016

AMERICAN PSYCHO, the American premiere of a new musical based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis -- which celebrates the 25th anniversary of its publication this March -- will begin performances on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) on Thursday, March 24, 2016. The Opening Night is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Check out photos of the marquee below! (more...)

BWW Review: AUS Premiere of THE WHALE Gives Hungry Audiences Something New at Old Fitz TheatreBWW Review: AUS Premiere of THE WHALE Gives Hungry Audiences Something New at Old Fitz Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - Feb 5, 2016

It would be best not to use the phrase 'whale of a time' when discussing the potential enjoyment of Red Line Productions' 'The Whale' showing at Old Fitz Theatre. Chiefly because puns do not usually denote a refined critic. Rest assured, this one's a good one. (more...)

Official: FUNNY GIRL with Sheridan Smith Extends Booking Into OctoberOfficial: FUNNY GIRL with Sheridan Smith Extends Booking Into October
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Due to unprecedented demand, the critically acclaimed production of Funny Girl, which is fast selling out its run, extends booking for a further 4 weeks until 8 October 2016. Tickets for the extension of Michael Mayer's "exhilarating embrace of a production - Independent" starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress and "phenomenal talent - Independent" Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice go on sale from 10am on 8 February. (more...)

Complete Cast, Creative Team Set for Broadway's AMERICAN PSYCHO; Rehearsals Begin Next Week!Complete Cast, Creative Team Set for Broadway's AMERICAN PSYCHO; Rehearsals Begin Next Week!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

AMERICAN PSYCHO, the American premiere of a new musical based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis -- which celebrates the 25th anniversary of its publication this March -- has welcomed Theo Stockman (American Idiot, Hair) and Brandon Kalm (American Idiot on tour) to the cast, it was announced today. (more...)

Rehearsals Begin Monday for Broadway's WAITRESS, Starring Jessie MuellerRehearsals Begin Monday for Broadway's WAITRESS, Starring Jessie Mueller
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

Rehearsals begin Monday, February 8 for the spring Broadway production of Waitress, following its sold-out limited engagement at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.  (more...)

FUNNY GIRL with Sheridan Smith Extends Through October at the SavoyFUNNY GIRL with Sheridan Smith Extends Through October at the Savoy
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

FUNNY GIRL, starring Sheridan Smith, is now running Menier Chocolate Factory through March 5 before transferring to the West End's Savoy Theatre from April 9. According to the Daily Mail, the smash hit production, marking the musical's 50th anniversary year and helmed by Michael Mayer, has just extended its run at the Savoy by four weeks through October 8, 2016. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 2/4/2016 - New Fantine, SMOKEFALL, A BRONX TALE and More!WAKE UP with BWW 2/4/2016 - New Fantine, SMOKEFALL, A BRONX TALE and More!
by Jessica Khan - Feb 4, 2016

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: LES MIZ gets a new Fantine, SMOKEFALL begins off-Broadway, and A BRONX TALE starts up in New Jersey! (more...)

SPRING AWAKENING's Marlee Matlin to Sign National Anthem at SUPER BOWL 50SPRING AWAKENING's Marlee Matlin to Sign National Anthem at SUPER BOWL 50
by TV News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Oscar winner and recent star of Broadway's SPRING Awakening, Marlee Matlin will perform the National Anthem in American Sign Language on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf during SUPER BOWL 50's pre-game events. (more...)

The Wallis & The Miracle Project Partnering for New Education ProgramsThe Wallis & The Miracle Project Partnering for New Education Programs
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

The Miracle Project, a performing arts nonprofit for all abilities and disabilities, is partnering with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to present two education programs, The Miracle Project Live! and The Intimidation Game. The collaboration, which launched on Jan. 11, offers fully inclusive performing arts workshops that culminate in public performances at The Wallis in May 2016. (more...)

Andy Garcia & More Join Cast of Netflix's TRUE MEMOIRS OF AN INTERNATIONAL ASSASSINAndy Garcia & More Join Cast of Netflix's TRUE MEMOIRS OF AN INTERNATIONAL ASSASSIN
by TV News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Netflix announces the cast of the upcoming action/comedy original film TRUE MEMOIRS OF AN INTERNATIONAL ASSASSIN, directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2) and starring Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2) . (more...)

BBC America to Premiere BAFTA-Nominated Series PREY, 2/25BBC America to Premiere BAFTA-Nominated Series PREY, 2/25
by TV News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

The gripping BAFTA-nominated series, PREY, plays out as two three-part stories that straddle two intense cases - with down-but-not-out Detective Sergeant (more...)

Playwrights Horizons Now Accepting Lottery Entries for FAMILIAR's First PreviewPlaywrights Horizons Now Accepting Lottery Entries for FAMILIAR's First Preview
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

  Playwrights Horizons begins accepting entries today, Wednesday, February 3, for the LIVEforFIVE online lottery for $5 tickets to their New York premiere of FAMILIAR, a new play by Obie Award winner Danai Gurira (the Broadway-bound Eclipsed, In the Continuum, The Convert, Michonne on AMC's "The Walking Dead").  Directed by Rebecca Taichman (Stage Kiss, Milk Like Sugar at PH; The Oldest Boy; Marie Antoinette; Luck of the Irish; Orlando), the play is the fourth production of the theater company's 2015/2016 Season.    (more...)

Will Swenson, Jessica Phillips, Jenni Barber, and Andrew Mueller Will Sing Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater's SOME LOVERS for LC OriginalsWill Swenson, Jessica Phillips, Jenni Barber, and Andrew Mueller Will Sing Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater's SOME LOVERS for LC Originals
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

On February 8,  some of Broadway's top talent including Will Swenson, Jessica Phillips, Jenni Barber, and Andrew Mueller perform songs from Some Lovers, the new musical from legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach and Tony Award-winning playwright Steven Sater (Spring Awakening). This event is part of LC Originals, where artists share new works and demystify the creative process. (more...)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Launches 20-City North American Tour, Tonight; Lincoln Center Season Opens 6/8Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Launches 20-City North American Tour, Tonight; Lincoln Center Season Opens 6/8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world's most popular dance companies, will share its inspiring artistry with audiences during a 20-city North American tour starting tonight at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The tour will take the Company to major cities including Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, and will culminate at the Prudential Hall of the New Jersey Performing in Newark on May 8th. (more...)

10 on Tuesday with Patrick Rooney10 on Tuesday with Patrick Rooney
by Misha Davenport - Feb 2, 2016

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STAGE TUBE: HAMILTON's Jonathan Groff Sings from A NEW BRAIN at CurranSTAGE TUBE: HAMILTON's Jonathan Groff Sings from A NEW BRAIN at Curran
by Stage Tube - Feb 2, 2016

Jonathan Groff, currently back on Broadway dazzling audiences in HAMILTON, recently appeared at Curran for its Groundbreakers series to to discuss the intricacies of his boundary-crossing career in film, television, and theatre. Watch below as he sings a personal favorite, 'I'd Rather Be Sailing,' from William Finn's A NEW BRAIN! (more...)

Bryce Pinkham, Alysha Umphress & More Set for CHARLIE ROSEN'S BROADWAY BIG BAND, 2/20Bryce Pinkham, Alysha Umphress & More Set for CHARLIE ROSEN'S BROADWAY BIG BAND, 2/20
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Following multiple sold out engagements, Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band returns to the intimate Manhattan venue Feinstein's/ 54 Below on Saturday February 20th to continue an official residence for 2015. The 9:30 PM concert, helmed by director Max Friedman, features guest vocalists Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening, American Idiot), Nicholas Christopher (Motown The Musical, Lazarus), Matt Doyle (The Book of Mormon, Spring Awakening), Tony Award Nominee Bryce Pinkham (Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, The Heidi Chronicles), Alysha Umphress (On The Town, American Idiot), and more TBA. Friedman and Rosen co-produce the series. (more...)

Shakespeare & Company to Host Workshops in Los Angeles, New York & BostonShakespeare & Company to Host Workshops in Los Angeles, New York & Boston
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Shakespeare & Company's Center for Actor Training is now accepting applications for three different Master Workshops taking place this winter. Upcoming programs include the Los Angeles Weekend Intensive, February 19 through 21; the New York Weekend Intensive, February 26 through 28; and the Boston Weekend Intensive, March 11 through 13. (more...)

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with SILENCE! THE MUSICAL's Ryan London LevinBWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with SILENCE! THE MUSICAL's Ryan London Levin
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Feb 12, 2016

Minneapolis Musical Theatre and its co-founder Steven Meerdink & Bitter Boy Productions united to bring the Twin Cities area premiere of NYC Fringe hit SILENCE! The Musical to Minneapolis' Lab Theater. Ryan London Levin (Buffalo Bill) took time from his on-stage murderous spree to answer 6 Questions & a Plug. (more...)

Photo Flash: Natalie Weiss, Robin De Jesus & More Take Part in BROADWAY ROCKS KELLY CLARKSON!Photo Flash: Natalie Weiss, Robin De Jesus & More Take Part in BROADWAY ROCKS KELLY CLARKSON!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, just presented Broadway Rocks Kelly Clarkson a one-night concert featuring Broadway and up-and-coming performers singing their favorite songs by the first American Idol. The show was was directed/produced by Brandon Beynon and Music Directed/Arrangements by Joshua Zecher-Ross, with Micah Burgess (Guitar), Lorenzo Wolff (Bass), Kenny Hildebrandt (Drums). (more...)

Houston Ballet to Present THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, 2/25-3/6Houston Ballet to Present THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, 2/25-3/6
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

?From February 25 - March 6, 2016, in celebration of Artistic Director Emeritus Ben Stevenson's 80th birthday, Houston Ballet will revive his spectacular staging of The Sleeping Beauty. The ballet is a flagship work for the company and a piece that is recognized as one of the supreme achievements of classical ballet. The Sleeping Beauty is based on the classic French fairy tale by Charles Perrault: a beautiful princess is cursed by an evil fairy and doomed to sleep for 100 years - only to be awakened by the kiss of the handsome prince who loves her. Desmond Heeley's spectacular designs beautifully evoke the magic, drama and whimsy of this great work. Houston Ballet will give nine performances of The Sleeping Beauty at Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston. Tickets may be purchased by calling 713 227 2787 or by visiting www.houstonballet.org. (more...)

Rifco Sets Full Cast of LAILA: THE MUSICALRifco Sets Full Cast of LAILA: THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

Rifco Artistic Director Pravesh Kumar today announces the full cast for the world premiere of Laila: The Musical. Kumar directs Reece Bahia, Ravin J Ganatra, Mona Goodwin, Kush Khanna, Sami Lamine, Sheena Patel, Vedi Roy, Shin and Yinka Williams in the production which opens at Watford Palace Theatre on 7 April. Laila then tours to The New Wolsey Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Warwick Arts Centre, Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, Theatre Royal Windsor and The Lowry. (more...)

Breaking News: Disney's FROZEN Sets Out-of-Town Tryout for Denver Center; Full Season Announced!Breaking News: Disney's FROZEN Sets Out-of-Town Tryout for Denver Center; Full Season Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the nation's largest non-profit theatre organization, announced the 2016/17 Broadway season featuring the pre-Broadway debut of FROZEN. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Bonnie Milligan, Natalie Weiss & More Rock Kelly Clarkson at Feinstein's/54 Below!STAGE TUBE: Watch Bonnie Milligan, Natalie Weiss & More Rock Kelly Clarkson at Feinstein's/54 Below!
by Stage Tube - Feb 11, 2016

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, just presented Broadway Rocks Kelly Clarkson a one-night concert featuring Broadway and up-and-coming performers singing their favorite songs by the first American Idol. The show was was directed/produced by Brandon Beynon and Music Directed/Arrangements by Joshua Zecher-Ross, with Micah Burgess (Guitar), Lorenzo Wolff (Bass), Kenny Hildebrandt (Drums). (more...)

BRUTE by Izzy Tennyson to Hit the Soho TheatreBRUTE by Izzy Tennyson to Hit the Soho Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

After a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015, Izzy Tennyson's BRUTE comes to Soho Theatre. BRUTE (winner of the 2015 IdeasTap Underbelly Award) is an exciting piece of new writing based on the true story of a rather twisted, horrible schoolgirl. Tennyson's truthful writing is fearless, laced with a deliciously scabrous humour. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Robin De Jesus and Jen Brissman Mashup 'Disaster/Beautiful Disaster' at BROADWAY ROCKS KELLY CLARKSONSTAGE TUBE: Robin De Jesus and Jen Brissman Mashup 'Disaster/Beautiful Disaster' at BROADWAY ROCKS KELLY CLARKSON
by Stage Tube - Feb 10, 2016

Last weekend, Feinstein's/54 Below presented BROADWAY ROCKS KELLY CLARKSON, featuring Broadway and up-and-coming performers singing their favorite songs by the first American Idol. As part of the evening, Tony nominee Robin De Jesus joined The Mashup Project's Jen Brissman for a mashup of 'Disaster/Beautiful Disaster.' Check it out below! (more...)

AMERICAN PSYCHO to Unleash London Cast Album; Broadway Recording Also on the Way!AMERICAN PSYCHO to Unleash London Cast Album; Broadway Recording Also on the Way!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

With just over a month until AMERICAN PSYCHO's first performance on Broadway, it now appears the Duncan Sheik musical will receive not one, but two, cast recordings. (more...)

Update: AMERICAN PSYCHO Original London Cast Recording Track List Revealed!Update: AMERICAN PSYCHO Original London Cast Recording Track List Revealed!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier today, GRAMMY and Tony Award-winning musician Duncan Sheik's American Psycho: Original London Cast Recording will be available on March 25, 2016 via Concord Records. The album's release will coincide with the show's U.S. premiere on Broadway, with previews beginning March 24 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater at 236 West 45th Street in New York City. (more...)

Director/Choreographer Katharine Pettit Featured on Latest Episode of SOMETHING NEW PodcastDirector/Choreographer Katharine Pettit Featured on Latest Episode of SOMETHING NEW Podcast
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

In Episode 403 of 'Something New' -- a podcast that interviews theatre artists and premieres original songs -- award-winning musical theatre writer Joel B. New sat down with director/choreographer Katharine Pettit. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes SCHOOL OF ROCK's Alex BrightmanThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes SCHOOL OF ROCK's Alex Brightman
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 1, 2016

On Monday, February 1st, Theater People Podcast welcomes SCHOOL OF ROCK star Alex Brightman. Before being cast in the leading role in the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Brightman made his Broadway debut as an understudy in GLORY DAYS (the show that infamously closed on its opening night). He went on to replace in the role of  Boq in the Broadway company of WICKED, Michael Wormwood in the Broadway company of MATILDA, and then joined the original Broadway company of BIG FISH. (more...)

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