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Lyric Stage Continues 24th Season with OF THEE I SING!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

Lyric Stage continues its 24th season with George and Ira Gershwin, George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind's Pulitzer Prize winning political satire musical OF THEE I SING in concert November 3-6, 2016. (more...)

FROM PAGE TO STAGE Announces Casting for New Musical Readings
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

The From Page to Stage season of new musical theatre has announced the casting for its three semi-staged readings: Whatsonstage Award nominee Beverley Klein (Platonov, Ivanov, National Theatre; Candide; ENO), Ian Reddington (EastEnders; Coronation Street), Gerard McCarthy (Beautiful Thing; Hollyoaks), Jodie Jacobs (Rock of Ages, Shafetsbury Theatre; Legally Blonde, Kilworth House) and Union J's Jaymi Hensley are all taking part in the season at Tristan Bates Theatre this autumn. (more...)

Quest Theatre Ensemble 2016-17 Season Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

Quest Theatre Ensemble, the innovative company that has been offering free theatre to Chicago audiences for approaching fifteen seasons will bring its unique blend of pageantry, puppetry and music to a season of three distinctly different types of theatre. (more...)

Goodspeed Musicals Announces THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, OKLAHOMA, and RAGS for 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Today Michael Gennaro, Goodspeed's Executive Director, announced the six sensational shows set for next season. Gennaro explained, '2017 is going to be an exciting year at Goodspeed.  We're producing a classic musical comedy, bold new musicals, a completely reinvented musical from some of the finest creative minds in musical theatre and holiday show for all ages.  Goodspeed's rich history is filled with spectacular seasons, and this is one that will stand out.  Our audiences expect only the best from Goodspeed, and we plan to give them exactly what they want: interesting, entertaining and inspiring stories along with plenty of song and dance.' (more...)

Shanghai Acrobats to Appear at Spencer Theater This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

The multi-award winning Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China takes center stage at Spencer Theateron Friday, October 7 at 7 p.m., presenting a night of mind boggling twists and turns and daring-do. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Theatre Group at SBCC Continues 2016/17 Season with OTHER DESERT CITIES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

The Theatre Group at SBCC will continue the 16/17 season with the compelling drama, OTHER DESERT CITIES by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by R. Michael Gros, October 12-29, 2016 in the Garvin Theatre (more...)

Adam Szymkowicz, Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen and Josefina Lopez Tapped for Dramatists Guild Fund's Traveling Masters Program
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Dramatists Guild Fund President Andrew Lippa and Executive Director Rachel Routh announce three additional Traveling Masters events for the fall: Adam Szymkowicz (Clown Bar), Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen (Tuck Everlasting), and Josefina Lopez (Real Women Have Curves). (more...)

Actor Bryan Cranston Appears in Santa Monica to Discuss His Life in Acting
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2016

TONY AND EMMY AWARD-WINNING ACTOR BRYAN CRANSTON TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW MEMOIR WITH NOTED DIRECTOR JAY ROACH (more...)

Shanghai Acrobats to Appear at Spencer Theater This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

The multi-award winning Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China takes center stage at Spencer Theateron Today, October 7 at 7 p.m., presenting a night of mind boggling twists and turns and daring-do. (more...)

Emmy Winner Bryan Cranston to Discuss New Memoir With Noted Director Jay Roach
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Bryan Cranston, best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as Walter White in AMC's 'Breaking Bad,' will discuss his new memoir A Life in Parts with director Jay Roach, Thursday, October 13, 8pm at Live Talks Los Angeles at Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High School. (more...)

Josh Rhodes and More to Take Part in GUYS AND DOLLS Panel at Asolo Rep
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2016

Asolo Rep presents the first Inside Asolo Rep of the season on Wednesday, November 9 at 11am. This insightful panel discussion will feature GUYS AND DOLLS Director Josh Rhodes, Lighting Designer Paul Miller and Set Designer Lee Savage. The artists will share their creative processes and what it takes to bring this iconic masterpiece to life. (more...)

Flash, Bang! Chichester's HALF A SIXPENCE to Transfer to the West End This October
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2016

Following rave reviews and a record-breaking run in Chichester, Cameron Mackintosh has announced the West End transfer of the critically acclaimed hit musical 'HALF A SIXPENCE' - which he co-produced with Chichester Festival Theatre - introducing the sensational new star Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps. (more...)

Robert Sean Leonard, Ken Ludwig, Josh Rhodes Slated for The Old Globe's 2017 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the remaining productions in its 2017 Summer Season, including a brand-new comedy, Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood!, and a Summer Shakespeare Festival lineup featuring Robert Sean Leonard in the title role of the towering history play Richard II, directed by Erica Schmidt. Shakespeare's exhilarating tragedy Hamlet follows, directed by Old Globe Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, one of the leading American authorities on the works of Shakespeare. (more...)

BWW Review: TOMMY Brings Sound and Fury at Pittsburgh Playhouse
by Greg Kerestan - Oct 27, 2016

Director/choreographer Zeva Barzell stages a flashy and energetic show, despite not having the strongest material to work with. (more...)

Helen Welch Dazzles Audiences and Listeners Alike with her Newest Album 'Spellbound'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

Critically-acclaimed vocalist Helen Welch is known for her live stage performances which explore a diverse range of musical compositions, starting with the 1930s up through present-day. (more...)

Helen Welch Dazzles Audiences And Listeners Alike With Her Newest Album Spellbound
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

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Westport Country Playhouse Family Festivities Series Presents THE MIXED-UP FAIRY TALE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

Westport Country Playhouse's Family Festivities Series will present "The Mixed-Up Fairy Tale," combining storytelling, familiar fairy tale characters, and circus skills, on Sunday, November 20, for two performances, at 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.   Running time is approximately one hour.Produced by Page Turners' Adventures, a presentation of Theatreworks USA, the show is recommended for ages 4 to 8.  Tickets are $20.  (more...)

Keith Greer to Helm Staged Reading of A COLD DECEMBER
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

Director Keith Greer has begun working on A COLD DECEMBER. Casting is nearly complete for the premiere staged-reading on Monday, November 14, at The Bernie Wohl Center at 7pm. (more...)

Datalink 2016 Third Quarter Operating Results Conference Call
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

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Josh Rhodes-Helmed GUYS AND DOLLS to Launch 2016-17 Season at Asolo Rep
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

GUYS AND DOLLS, hailed as one of the greatest musical comedies of all time, kicks off Asolo Rep's highly anticipated 2016-17 season, the fifth and final of its celebrated American Character Project. (more...)

Jared Grimes, Hayley Podschun, Donna McKechnie and More to Sway in CAREFREE: DANCIN' WITH FRED AND GINGER Tryout Tour
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and RKO Stage announce the cast for the world premiere of Carefree: Dancin' with Fred & Ginger, an all-new tribute to American cinema's most iconic pair, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Tony Award-winner Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs this original musical spectacular. (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast of HALF A SIXPENCE Surprises Sir Cameron Mackintosh on Birthday
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Sir Cameron Mackintosh's 70th birthday began with a 'Flash Bang Wallop' as the cast of HALF A SIXPENCE surprised him with an impromptu performance as he inspected works at the Noel Coward Theatre, ahead of their first performance later this month. Check out the photos below! (more...)

Cast Complete for Broadway-Bound AMELIE, Starring Phillipa Soo, in L.A.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Casting has been set for Center Theatre Group's production of "Amelie, A New Musical" at the Ahmanson Theatre which begins previews December 4, 2016, opens December 16 and continues through January 15, 2017. (more...)

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents CIRCUS XTREME, Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Prepare to be astonished and amazed by artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying traditional elements of the circus and combining these elements with never-before-seen spectacles, original, fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments. Children Of All Ages can let their imaginations go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers that add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience. Join us at TD Garden, New England's Premier Sports and Entertainment arena in Boston, Mass. from October 13 - 16 as we explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you've never seen before. Purchase tickets for your family to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME® today. (more...)

Actor Bryan Cranston Appears in Santa Monica to Discuss His Life in Acting
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

TONY AND EMMY AWARD-WINNING ACTOR BRYAN CRANSTON TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW MEMOIR WITH NOTED DIRECTOR JAY ROACH (more...)

Photo Flash: The Theatre Group at SBCC Continues 2016/17 Season with OTHER DESERT CITIES
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

The Theatre Group at SBCC will continue the 16/17 season with the compelling drama, OTHER DESERT CITIES by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by R. Michael Gros, October 12-29, 2016 in the Garvin Theatre (more...)

Video: Michael Crawford Chats 30th PHANTOM Anniversary Celebration and More with Neil Sean 18 Oct.
by Stage Tube - Oct 12, 2016

As reported by BroadwayWorld, the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera recently made history on its 30th anniversary as the first production to broadcast directly to Facebook from a West End stage. On October 18th, fans have the chance to meet original Phantom, Michael Crawford, and see him chat with Neil Sean about his most iconic role, along with past projects and the upcoming The Go Between. (more...)

State Theatre to Hold Food Drive in Conjunction with Shanghai Acrobats
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

After more than 50 years, the Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China has become one of the most influential and competitive acrobatic companies in China and has won numerous awards at acrobatic and circus competitions at home and abroad. The Shanghai Acrobats will perform "Shanghai Nights" at the State Theatre on Friday, November 11th. (more...)

LIFE IS FOR LIVING World Premiere to Celebrate Noel Coward at 59E59 Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

59E59 Theaters will host the world premiere of LIFE IS FOR LIVING: CONVERSATIONS WITH COWARD, co-created by Simon Green and David Shrubsole. Starring Mr. Green with musical direction by Mr. Shrubsole, LIFE IS FOR LIVING: CONVERSATIONS WITH COWARD was researched by Jason Morell. Produced by Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, LIFE IS FOR LIVING: CONVERSATIONS WITH COWARD begins performances on Tuesday, December 13 for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 1. Press opening is Sunday, December 18 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

Josh Rhodes and More to Take Part in GUYS AND DOLLS Panel at Asolo Rep
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

Asolo Rep presents the first Inside Asolo Rep of the season today, November 9 at 11am. This insightful panel discussion will feature GUYS AND DOLLS Director Josh Rhodes, Lighting Designer Paul Miller and Set Designer Lee Savage. The artists will share their creative processes and what it takes to bring this iconic masterpiece to life. (more...)

J.B. Priestley's BENIGHTED Extended Due to Phenomenal Public Demand
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2016

After an opening weekend of record breaking ticket sales, Benighted has been extended at the Old Red Lion due to phenomenal public demand - now closing on Saturday 7th January 2017. (more...)

Joe Kinosian to Host Second IN THE WORKS Concert at the Duplex This Month
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Honeck-Moss Productions will present "In The Works,' an exciting new series conceived as an opportunity for composers to try out new work in front of an audience and see how it plays in a supportive environment.   (more...)

Insight Enterprises to Acquire Datalink
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

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11th Hour Theatre Company to Present FIVE POINTS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2016

11th Hour Theatre Company continues its 12th season with its second Next Step Concert Series performance. This time the series features a brand-new musical by three up and coming writers. Five Points, comes to the Next Step Concert Series, November 18-20. Five Points features Music written by Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar, Lyrics by Douglas Lyons, and a Book by Harrison David Rivers.  The concert will be at The Arden's Studio Theatre at the Hamilton Family Arts Center. 62 N. Second Street.  Tickets cost $19-34 and are available online at www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org or by phone 267-987-9865. (more...)

Two Time Tony Award Winner Michael Blakemore to Direct the UK Premiere of THE LIFE Starring Sharon D. Clarke & Cornell S. John
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

Arriving in the UK for the first time, hit musical The Life makes its long awaited London debut, directed by the show's original Broadway director Michael Blakemore. (more...)

Sheena Easton To Make West End Debut In 42ND STREET
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

Sheena Easton - the Grammy Award winning artist who has sold over 20 million records around the world - is to make her West End debut in the forthcoming production of 42nd Street. (more...)

Jared Grimes, Hayley Podschun, Donna McKechnie and More Sway in CAREFREE: DANCIN' WITH FRED AND GINGER Tryout Tour, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and RKO Stage present the world premiere of Carefree: Dancin' with Fred & Ginger, an all-new tribute to American cinema's most iconic pair, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Tony Award-winner Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs this original musical spectacular. (more...)

La Mirada Theatre to Present BUBBLEMANIA: SCIENCE, ART & COMEDY for Young Audiences Series
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts kicks off its 2016-17 Programs for Young Audiences series with Casey Carle, comic bubbleologist, performing his amazing one-man show, BubbleMania: Science, Art, and Comedy! on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (more...)

SUNSET BOULEVARD's Glenn Close Among Honorees for Theatre Forward's Chairman's Awards Gala
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Theatre Forward and Chairman James S. Turley will lead a celebration to support American theatre at the annual Chairman's Awards Gala on Monday, April 3rd, at The Pierre New York (2 East 61st Street at Fifth Avenue). (more...)

UniverSoul Circus Returns to Philadelphia for 20th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

UniverSoul Circus announces its return to Philadelphia for its 20th anniversary season in Fairmount Park (next to Mann Center) with 47 grand shows from tonight, November 3, through November 27, 2016. Philadelphia will serve as the ultimate finale and serve as UniverSoul's final stop for their 2016 tour. (more...)

Tellient Presenting at the 4th Annual Internet of Things Summit...
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

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2017 Winter/Spring Cleveland Theater Calendar
by Roy Berko - Nov 29, 2016

Here's a list of some of the offerings of local theatres through the winter and spring seasons (January-May). SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL THEATRES! (more...)

Full Casting Announced for the World Premiere of Dan Gillespie Sells & Tom Macrae's New Musical EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2016

Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres Robert Hastie today announces the cast for the world premiere of Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae's new musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie. (more...)

Guest Blog: Composer Luke Bateman on MR POPPER'S PENGUINS
by Guest Blog: Luke Bateman - Nov 24, 2016

I like to write tunes. By tunes I mean real hummable melodies. Some people scoff at this as if 'that's easy' or 'not exactly art', but I thoroughly disagree. Lots of songwriters write both music and lyrics, and I've given lyrics a go, but I like to stick to the music. In my opinion, my job is to serve a lyric. A great melody can carry a poor lyric, but a good lyric sure as hell ain't gonna carry a bad tune. When you combine both a great lyric and a great melody then you've hit the jackpot. (more...)

HALF A SIXPENCE Extends Booking To April 2017
by Marianka Swain - Nov 24, 2016

Following rave reviews for both the show and its leading man Charlie Stemp, Cameron Mackintosh announced today that booking for the Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre production of HALF A SIXPENCE at the Noel Coward Theatre has been extended to 22 April 2017. Tickets are priced from £12.50 to £77.50. A limited number of £20 seats are released each day from 10am in person at the box office. (more...)

Original Broadway Cast Member Louis Hobson to Star in Showtunes Theatre Company's LEAP OF FAITH
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Showtunes Theatre Company has announced their highly anticipaeted holiday concert musical LEAP OF FAITH. The talented cast of local musical theatre professionals will 'rise up' gospel-style for two performances at Benaroya Hall on December 3 at 8pm and December 4 at 2pm. Louis Hobson, who performed in the original Broadway cast, will star as Jonas. Matt Giles directs with Nathan Young working as the music director. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Josh Rhodes-Helmed GUYS AND DOLLS at Asolo Rep
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

GUYS AND DOLLS, hailed as one of the greatest musical comedies of all time, kicks off Asolo Rep's highly anticipated 2016-17 season, the fifth and final of its celebrated American Character Project. GUYS AND DOLLS opens tonight, November 18, and runs through Sunday, January 1, in association with The Old Globe. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Terrence Mann to Lead CRT's Nutmeg Summer Series
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) is pleased to announce that three-time Tony Award nominee Terrence Mann will return to CRT as the Artistic Director of the theatre's popular Nutmeg Summer Series. (more...)

BWW Review: Lance Horne Unveils New Work (With a Little Help From His Friends) in First Show of His Residency at Joe's Pub
by Troy Frisby - Dec 3, 2016

Sitting in my seat watching Lance Horne and his many friends perform at NEW WORK NEW WORK I: EXTRAORDINARY DAYS at Joe's Pub, I couldn't help but feel like I was at a really great dinner party (if I were invited to dinner parties with some of the most talented artists in the city). The seats---and, in this case, the songs---were assigned, but the host didn't try and force conversation, and the whole affair was better for it. The purpose of the November 21 show, the first in a year-long residency, was for the successful composer and musical director to showcase his recent work, and, for new material, Horne's songs were quite polished. (more...)

Sweet Can Productions Presents MITTENS AND MISTLETOE: A WINTER CIRCUS CABARET
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

Savor the season with something a little sweet (but oh so good for you)! The Bay Area's homegrown Sweet Can Productions presents an intimate theatrical circus experience for the holidays with the seventh edition of MITTENS AND MISTLETOE: A WINTER CIRCUS CABARET. (more...)

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