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The romantic Broadway musical for all generations, NETworks presentation of DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, returns to Chicago! Based on the Academy Award- winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. Hailed by the Chicago SunTimes as “warm and winning performances, a tuneful score, and real heart,” the classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE

BEAST!

Photo Flash: First Look at Megan McGinnis and More in Chicago Shakespeare's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY World PremierePhoto Flash: First Look at Megan McGinnis and More in Chicago Shakespeare's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents the highly anticipated world premiere of Sense and Sensibility, a musical adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel, with book, music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated composer Paul Gordon. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

THE FRIDAY FIVE: Boman, Delaney & Walker-Hill from SINGIN' IN THE RAINTHE FRIDAY FIVE: Boman, Delaney & Walker-Hill from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 24, 2015

Inspired by BroadwayWorld.com's Friday Six, welcome to BroadwayWorld Nashville's latest installment of The Friday Five: five questions designed to help you learn more about the talented people you'll find onstage throughout the Volunteer state. This week the spotlight shines on Danny Boman, Jake Delaney and Katherine Walker Hill- the stars of Singin' in the Rain, opening tonight at Crossville's Cumberland County Playhouse, directed by Britt Hancock. (more...)

Blumenthal Performing Arts Announces 4th Annual High School Musical Theater Awards NomineesBlumenthal Performing Arts Announces 4th Annual High School Musical Theater Awards Nominees
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Blumenthal Performing Arts is pleased to announce the 72 nominees - six each in 12 categories - competing in the 4th Annual High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as The Blumey Awards, presented by Wells Fargo on Sunday, May 17, in Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. (more...)

Inland Pacific Ballet to Present BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, 4/25-5/16Inland Pacific Ballet to Present BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, 4/25-5/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Southern California's premiere professional ballet company, Inland Pacific Ballet (IPB), celebrating its 20th season, presents Beauty and the Beast, a breathtaking full-length ballet based on the time honored fairy tale with 10 performances taking place from April 25 through May 16, 2015 in theaters within the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire. A creative interpretation of this universal story of inner beauty, IPB's encore presentation promises a visual feast full of romance and drama. Stunning sets, brilliant dancing, gorgeous costumes and a stirring musical score that will transport audiences to an enchanted fairy tale world filled with fanciful characters, a charming village, an enchanted forest and the Beast's magnificent castle, all vividly illustrating the drama and romance of this beloved story and the transformative power of love. (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars-  HAND TO GOD's Marc KudischTHE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- HAND TO GOD's Marc Kudisch
by BWW Staff - Apr 24, 2015

In this week's edition, we caught up with Marc Kudisch, who stars in Hand to God, currently playing at the Booth Theatre. (more...)

Newlyweds Colin Donnell and Patti Murin to Lead Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at The Muny This Summer!Newlyweds Colin Donnell and Patti Murin to Lead Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at The Muny This Summer!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

Colin Donnell and Patti Murin, who recently starred opposite each other in Encores! LADY, BE GOOD, will return to the stage in Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at The Muny in St. Louis beginning July 6, just one week after they tie the knot! (more...)

Cancer Victim Kylie Myers Keeps Broadway Smiley on Times Square BillboardCancer Victim Kylie Myers Keeps Broadway Smiley on Times Square Billboard
by Danielle Ashley Dias - Apr 23, 2015

Kylie Myers, a 12-year-old aspiring actress form Georgia, was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, on April 9, 2014. Since then, Broadway stars, companies, and thousands of people around the world quickly adopted her. And even though she had to miss her walk-on Broadway role, Kylie still made her Broadway debut this week on a billboard in Times Square. (more...)

JPAS to Present Glyn Bailey's ONE GREAT MOMENT IN TIME, 5/1-3JPAS to Present Glyn Bailey's ONE GREAT MOMENT IN TIME, 5/1-3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

Join JPAS Composer-in-Residence, Glyn Bailey, in this not-to-be-missed show ONE GREAT MOMENT IN TIME, featuring the original music of Glyn Bailey, with guest stars Ariel Assaf, Jennifer DeLatte, Micah Desonier and Larry Larkin. Featuring Donna Clavijo (Keyboards), Kevin 'Q' Estoque (Percussion), Becky Hicks (Bass) and Karen Ray (Cello). (more...)

From MAME to BLITHE SPIRIT- Revisit Angela Lansbury's Tony Award-Winning Roles!From MAME to BLITHE SPIRIT- Revisit Angela Lansbury's Tony Award-Winning Roles!
by Sally Henry - Apr 22, 2015

In last week's Olivier Awards- translation, the British version of the Tony Awards, or for film fans, it's the British stage version of the Oscars- an acting legend won the first Olivier of her career, but she's certainly no awards novice. So in celebration of her newest award, take a look back at this acting legend's Tony Award-winning roles! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 4/22/2015 - SOMETHING ROTTEN!, Spring Cleaning and More!WAKE UP with BWW 4/22/2015 - SOMETHING ROTTEN!, Spring Cleaning and More!
by Jessica Showers - Apr 22, 2015

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: SOMETHING ROTTEN! brings 'the world's first musical' to life on Broadway tonight! (more...)

Making the World's First Musical! Meet the Full Cast of SOMETHING ROTTEN!, Opening Tonight on BroadwayMaking the World's First Musical! Meet the Full Cast of SOMETHING ROTTEN!, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 22, 2015

The new musical comedy Something Rotten!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O'Farrell, officially opens on Broadway tonight, April 22, 2015 at the St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the company and watch interviews with the cast! (more...)

Andrea McArdle Stars in Media Theatre's HELLO DOLLY, Opening TonightAndrea McArdle Stars in Media Theatre's HELLO DOLLY, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

She's back where she belongs! 'Hello Dolly' starring Andrea McArdle is at The Media Theatre tonight, April 22 to May 24. Andrea McArdle returns to the award-winning professional music theatre venue after winning accolades as 'Mame' two years ago. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Finds Lumiere- Listen to Ewan McGregor Sing!STAGE TUBE: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Finds Lumiere- Listen to Ewan McGregor Sing!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

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On Site Opera's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE to Run 6/9-13On Site Opera's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE to Run 6/9-13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

This summer, On Site Opera (OSO) will present a new production that exemplifies the company's mission to stage operas in non-traditional locations ideally suited to the stories they tell. OSO will offer an immersive site-specific staging of Giovanni Paisiello's The Barber of Seville at the opulent Fabbri Mansion (House of the Redeemer) on New York City's Upper East Side. Conducted by the company's newly appointed Music Director, Geoffrey McDonald and directed by OSO's Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Eric Einhorn, the production will be updated to the early decades of the twentieth century (when the Fabbri Mansion was built) and staged in themansion's outdoor courtyard and library. (more...)

GLEE's Jenna Ushkowitz to Lead Pittsburgh CLO's THE WEDDING SINGER; 2015 Summer Season Casts SetGLEE's Jenna Ushkowitz to Lead Pittsburgh CLO's THE WEDDING SINGER; 2015 Summer Season Casts Set
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

Pittsburgh CLO's 2015 Summer Season will be highlighted by stand-out performances from Broadway's best and distinguished stars of film and television, including Jenna Ushkowitz from Fox's hit series "Glee" and the dynamic duo of Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman from 'Guiding Light.' (more...)

Tickets to Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID at TUTS on Sale 5/3Tickets to Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID at TUTS on Sale 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Back by popular demand, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) invites you to take a trip back under the sea for the return engagement of Disney's The Little Mermaid! This fun-filled, timeless tale will play for five performances only September 10 - 13 at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

ALL EYES ON: JOSH GROBAN Richard Jay-Alexander Talks with the Multi-Platinum Artist About STAGES... and MORE!ALL EYES ON: JOSH GROBAN Richard Jay-Alexander Talks with the Multi-Platinum Artist About STAGES... and MORE!
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Apr 21, 2015

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Continuity Expert Adam-Michael James Publishes THE BEWITCHED CONTINUUMContinuity Expert Adam-Michael James Publishes THE BEWITCHED CONTINUUM
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Bewitched, the classic supernatural sitcom that ran from 1964 to 1972 and revolved around Darrin Stephens, a mortal man who married Samantha, a beautiful witch, is still popular five decades after its premiere - so much so, that NBC has green-lit a continuation that is slated to air later this year. For all that, Bewitched, which has legions of fans all over the world, has never had a proper reference guide. Continuity expert Adam-Michael James recently corrected this pop culture oversight by releasing The Bewitched Continuum: The Ultimate Linear Guide to the Classic TV Series. James has tackled matters of entertainment-related continuity for Hollywood studios and soapcentral.com. In The Bewitched Continuum, he tapped into that expertise to compare and contrast the 254 episodes of the series, plus explore its world of witchcraft. 'There are quite a few wonderful Bewitched books out there that cover the behind-the-scenes aspects of the show,' James points out, 'but it's the fiction and characters and magic that people really love. So my focus is on that, the storyline's overall consistencies and inconsistencies; it's meant to carry the celebration of Bewitched past its 50th anniversary and inspire people to look at the show in a fun new way.' The Bewitched Continuum has been praised by leading radio shows Pop Culture Tonight and TV Confidential, and Bewitched director Richard Michaels calls the book 'a great companion for every Bewitched fan, with insights even we didn't realize.' Chris York, son of Dick York, who played Darrin for the show's first five seasons, adds that James' offering is a 'must-read.' On top of cataloging each episode, James reveals that his 600-page book contains show photos and running totals of key Bewitched moments, as well as his concept for the finale the series never had. Noted pop culture expert Herbie J Pilato, whose literary output ranges from Bewitched Forever to Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door, provided The Bewitched Continuum's foreword and served as James' editor. As to the enduring popularity of Bewitched, James told entertainment blog Cinephiled that 'the show got me to believe in magic - a feeling we can all have within ourselves that anything is possible.' That's a quality James did his best to pour into The Bewitched Continuum, which is available on Amazon and CreateSpace. Other works by Adam-Michael James include the musical drama The Nine Lives of L.M. Montgomery, background actor how-to Extra Extra, and Undo the Deed, a time travel story with a child abuse theme. He also enjoys writing songs and performing on stage, his favorite role being Lumičre in Beauty and the Beast. James currently makes his home in Prince Edward Island, Canada, where he pens commentaries about daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful on soapcentral.com. Visit adammichaeljames.com for more information and a media kit. (more...)

Be His Guest- Ewan McGregor Joins BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Film as Lumiere!Be His Guest- Ewan McGregor Joins BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Film as Lumiere!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Set for a release on March 17, 2017, the beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Emma Watson andDan Stevens will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, and Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston.Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice. Josh Gad will take on the role of Le Fou, and six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will play Garderobe. Stage and screen legend Ian McKellen is set to take on Cogsworth, and he recently wrote about his first day in rehearsal in London. Check out his full diary entry below! (more...)

Stage and Screen Star Stanley Tucci Boards BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Film as 'Cadenza'Stage and Screen Star Stanley Tucci Boards BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Film as 'Cadenza'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast continues to add to its ranks! According to Variety, Stanley Tucci has joined the star-studded cast as 'Cadenza', a new character -- a grand piano described as 'a neurotic maestro.' (more...)

ALL ABOUT THAT FACE Set for Stage 72 at The Triad This FridayALL ABOUT THAT FACE Set for Stage 72 at The Triad This Friday
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Friday, April 24 at 9:00 pm there will be a special performance at Stage 72 at The Triad, 158 West 72 Street (just off Broadway) of a new musical entertainment: "All About That Face".  The show stars Courtney Cheatham, Amelia Hart, Roxy Reynolds, and Eva Richards. The evening is a fresh cabaret about love, the guys who didn't text, and the prince who did! A night of Showtunes and pop favorites. Created by Phil Hall, who is also the musical director and accompanist.   (more...)

Nominations for 6th Annual High School Music Awards, Presented at The Orpheum, Announced!Nominations for 6th Annual High School Music Awards, Presented at The Orpheum, Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

On Monday, May 11th at 7:00 p.m., students and supporters from 30 participating schools across the Mid-South will gather at The Orpheum for the 6th Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards. Modeled after the Tony Awards, the High School Musical Theatre Awards recognize achievements in all areas of high school musical theatre. This year, the Orpheum is proud to welcome Broadway and television star Kyle Dean Massey as this year's awards show host. (more...)

Magical Music for Life Foundation Presents TUNES IN TIMES SQUARE Benefit ConcertMagical Music for Life Foundation Presents TUNES IN TIMES SQUARE Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

Magical Music for Life Foundation will present its fourth annual TUNES IN TIMES SQUARE benefit concert Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on the Broadway Pedestrian Plaza between 46th & 47th Streets in Times Square. This event will be a continuous sing-a-thon, with members of the Broadway community, talented children & groups from the tri-state area, and the Magical Music singing groups taking turns on the stage. (more...)

David Adkins, Kate Baldwin, Greg Edelman, Alison Fraser and More Set for Berkshire Theatre Group's 2015 Summer Season; Casting Announced!David Adkins, Kate Baldwin, Greg Edelman, Alison Fraser and More Set for Berkshire Theatre Group's 2015 Summer Season; Casting Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director/CEO, Kate Maguire, are thrilled to announce the casting for Berkshire Theatre Group's 87th summer season. (more...)

Frances Chung & Tiit Helimets Set for Allen Civic Ballet/Allen Philharmonic's SWAN LAKE ACT III, 5/1Frances Chung & Tiit Helimets Set for Allen Civic Ballet/Allen Philharmonic's SWAN LAKE ACT III, 5/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

FRANCES CHUNG and TIIT HELIMETS, principal dancers of the San Francisco Ballet, will appear as guest artists in the Allen Civic Ballet/Allen Philharmonic's joint production of Swan Lake Act III on May 16, 2015 at the Performing Arts Center at Allen High School in Allen, Texas. Ms. Chung and Mr. Helimets will be dancing the Black Swan Pas de Deux as part of this production. Ms. Chung and Mr. Helimets will also teach master classes prior to this performance. (more...)

MATILDA, NEWSIES, and More to Lead Fabulous Fox Theatre's 2015-2016 U.S. Bank Broadway SeriesMATILDA, NEWSIES, and More to Lead Fabulous Fox Theatre's 2015-2016 U.S. Bank Broadway Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2015

The Fabulous Fox Theatre is thrilled to announce its remarkable 2015-2016 U.S. Bank Broadway Series featuring five new hits that are making their St. Louis debuts. (more...)

Photo Flash: Original Mary Poppins Broadway Performer Ashley Brown Surprises Students at Walt Disney World ResortPhoto Flash: Original Mary Poppins Broadway Performer Ashley Brown Surprises Students at Walt Disney World Resort
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2015

Actress Ashley Brown from the Broadway production of Mary Poppins surprised the Franklin School for the Performing Arts Show Choir (Franklin, Mass.) as they attended a Disney Performing Arts workshop on Saturday, April 18. Ashley discussed her successful career, including her Broadway debut as Belle in the Disney hit Beauty and the Beast, and took time to answer questions and offer advice before a special vocal performance of Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins. Check out photos below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: I HATE HAMLET (Or Do I?)BWW Reviews: I HATE HAMLET (Or Do I?)
by Christine Swerczek - Apr 17, 2015

The minute you walk into the Omaha Community Playhouse and look at the stage, you know you are in for an unusual experience. I HATE HAMLET, opening April 17, is a wonderful playground somewhere between the Hollywood days of the legendary John Barrymore and today. Directed by Ablan Roblin and Assistant Director Noah Diaz, seasoned actors intertwine the serious with the farcical, the real with the surreal. It's a delicious bit of theater that even those who really do hate Hamlet have to love. (more...)

Bets Malone Leads La Mirada's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE World Premiere, Beginning TonightBets Malone Leads La Mirada's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE World Premiere, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment present their first-ever World Premiere musical and the fourth show of their 2014-2015 season, the runaway hit of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, JANE AUSTEN'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE A Musical, with music, lyrics and book by Lindsay Warren Baker & Amanda Jacobs, based on the novel 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen, with music direction by Timothy Splain, choreography by Jeffry Denman, and directed by Igor Goldin. JANE AUSTEN'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE A Musical will preview tonight, April 17, 2015 (with a press opening on Saturday, April 18) and run through Sunday, May 10, 2015 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada. (more...)

ALADDIN Showcases Unique Recipes In New 'Around The World In Four Courses' Video FeaturetteALADDIN Showcases Unique Recipes In New 'Around The World In Four Courses' Video Featurette
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 17, 2015

ALADDIN is about to dig in! (more...)

Thom Sesma, J. Elaine Marcos & Bie Sukrit to Join Emily Padgett in World Premiere of Richard Maltby Jr. & David Shire's WATERFALLThom Sesma, J. Elaine Marcos & Bie Sukrit to Join Emily Padgett in World Premiere of Richard Maltby Jr. & David Shire's WATERFALL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

The 5th Avenue Theatre joins with producing partner Pasadena Playhouse in announcing that Emily Padgett (Broadway: Side Show, Rock of Ages), Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Times They are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha), J. Elaine Marcos (Broadway: Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and Thai superstar Bie Sukrit will lead the cast of the world premiere of Waterfall, an epic new Broadway bound musical love story, featuring a distinguished international creative team and a cast of 20. (more...)

Connecticut Playmakers to Present DINNER WITH DISNEY, Begin. 5/8Connecticut Playmakers to Present DINNER WITH DISNEY, Begin. 5/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Connecticut Playmakers' production of Dinner with Disney at the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich in May is the sixth collaboration for the theatre company of a long-time creative partnership of director Michele Grace of Fairfield and jazz pianist Chris Coogan of Weston. (more...)

Australian Stage Star Patrice Tipoki to Release Debut Album in MayAustralian Stage Star Patrice Tipoki to Release Debut Album in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

One of Australia's emerging leading ladies and star of stage, Patrice Tipoki, has announced the release of her debut album A Musical Heart on Friday 1 May, celebrating Patrice's journey across a broad range of musical genres. (more...)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 42ND STREET, 'JOSEPH' and More Set for 2015-16 Fred Meyer Broadway In Boise SeasonTHE SOUND OF MUSIC, 42ND STREET, 'JOSEPH' and More Set for 2015-16 Fred Meyer Broadway In Boise Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

The Morrison Center, in collaboration with MagicSpace Entertainment, is proud to announce its exciting Fred Meyer Broadway In Boise 2015-2016 Season. This season's lineup includes something for everyone. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Carly Hughes, George Salazar, Ryan Worsing and More for TAKE THE STAGE WITH BROADWAY STARS at Carnegie HallPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal with Carly Hughes, George Salazar, Ryan Worsing and More for TAKE THE STAGE WITH BROADWAY STARS at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

This Saturday, April 18 at 3:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) joins musical director and co-host Leslie Stifelman and director and choreographer Melissa Rae Mahon from Chicago: The Musical, co-host Thomas Cabaniss, and The Broadway All-Star Chorus-comprising top performers from the Great White Way-for a fun, interactive Carnegie Hall Family Concert that gives parents and their children the opportunity to sing and dance along with their favorite Broadway numbers. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal! (more...)

Romeo & Juliet, Beauty & The Beast, Trayvon Martin and More Set for MITF's SHORT PLAY LAB, 4/25-26Romeo & Juliet, Beauty & The Beast, Trayvon Martin and More Set for MITF's SHORT PLAY LAB, 4/25-26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

MITF: Year Sweet 16 continues with another installment of John Chatterton's SHORT PLAY LAB on Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, April 26, 2015. Join us for another New Works Weekend at Roy Arias Theaters, 300 W. 43rd Street, Fourth Floor, NYC. (more...)

Getting To Know You! Meet the Full Cast of THE KING AND I, Opening Tonight on BroadwayGetting To Know You! Meet the Full Cast of THE KING AND I, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 16, 2015

Lincoln Center Theater presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, led by Kelli O'Hara (as Anna Leonowens) and Ken Watanabe (as the King of Siam), directed by Bartlett Sher. The production opens tonight, April 16, 2015 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Universal Beats Out Disney for Musical Comedy Featuring Josh Gad & Music by Menken & SchwartzUniversal Beats Out Disney for Musical Comedy Featuring Josh Gad & Music by Menken & Schwartz
by Movies News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

Universal Studios has beat out Paramount and Disney for the previously reported untitled musical comedy starring Josh Gad and featuring original songs by the award-winning composer lyricist team of Alan Menken (ALADDIN) and Stephen Schwartz. (PIPPIN) (more...)

Bay Street Theater to Present Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, 5/9Bay Street Theater to Present Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, 5/9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts and Divaria Productions are pleased to announce a shortened, LIVE version of Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA on Saturday, May 9 at 8 pm. The evening will highlight Verdi's most famous opera with the most important numbers linked by compelling narrative. (more...)

B Street Presents 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Tales' by Mark TwainB Street Presents 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Tales' by Mark Twain
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

B Street Theatre's Family Series, California's only fully professional, resident theater for children, is pleased to present The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Tales by Mark Twain. The production features a collection of stories originally written by prolific American author and humorist Mark Twain. These classic tales have been transformed into an outrageously fun and fast- paced adaptation for the stage by Buck Busfield, Greg Alexander and David Pierini (more...)

BWW Interviews: BROADWAY SONGBOOK's Kersten Rodau, PhD in Twin Cities Theatre?BWW Interviews: BROADWAY SONGBOOK's Kersten Rodau, PhD in Twin Cities Theatre?
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Apr 15, 2015

Kersten Rodau is a well-known performer in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul theatre scene with countless shows to her credit, but perhaps she's earned her PhD in musical theatre by being a cast member of seven of the Ordway Center's BROADWAY SONGBOOK series. (more...)

Ian McKellen Writes About BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Rehearsal- 'It's the First Time I've Heard Applause at a Read-Through'Ian McKellen Writes About BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Rehearsal- 'It's the First Time I've Heard Applause at a Read-Through'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Set for a release on March 17, 2017, the beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Emma Watson andDan Stevens will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, and Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston.Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice. Josh Gad will take on the role of Le Fou, and six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will play Garderobe. Stage and screen legend Ian McKellen is set to take on Cogsworth, and he recently wrote about his first day in rehearsal in London. Check out his full diary entry below! (more...)

We're All Made of Stars! Meet the Full Cast of FINDING NEVERLAND, Opening Tonight on BroadwayWe're All Made of Stars! Meet the Full Cast of FINDING NEVERLAND, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 15, 2015

The new Broadway musical Finding Neverland, starring Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and Laura Michelle Kelly, began previews on March 15 and officially opens tonight, April 15, 2015 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the cast, plus watch interviews with the company! (more...)

Chris Montan, Alexandre Desplat to Be Honored at BMI Film & TV AwardsChris Montan, Alexandre Desplat to Be Honored at BMI Film & TV Awards
by Movies News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, will present the BMI Icon Award for outstanding career achievement to prolific composer Alexandre Desplat at the organization's 2015 Film & Television Awards. (more...)

Who's in the Wedding Party? Meet the Full Cast of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, Opening Tonight on Broadway!Who's in the Wedding Party? Meet the Full Cast of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, Opening Tonight on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Apr 14, 2015

Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly, Tony Award winner Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess and Lisa Howard head an outstanding cast in It Shoulda Been You, the hilarious and heartwarming new musical comedy that proves when it comes to wedding day insanity, everything is relative. It Shoulda Been You, which had a sold-out premiere at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse, officially opens tonight, April 14, 2015 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Scroll down to learn more about the cast, plus watch interviews with the company! (more...)

New Production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Six Debuts Set for TPAC's 2015-16 SeasonNew Production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Six Debuts Set for TPAC's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a storybook lineup that blends long-awaited returns with six of the hottest Broadway titles in its upcoming 2015-16 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series and Broadway special engagements. (more...)

Center for Puppetry Arts Sets 2015-16 SeasonCenter for Puppetry Arts Sets 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

In the midst of a highly anticipated expansion and renovation project, the Center for Puppetry Arts announces its 2015-2016 performance season, filled with classic tales, memorable characters and plenty of puppet fun for the entire family! The 16-show lineup features a brand new Center-produced show, a few returning favorites and a number of notable new and returning guest artist engagements. (more...)

Twitter Watch: Josh Gad Takes Selfie with BEAUTY AND THE  BEAST Cast!Twitter Watch: Josh Gad Takes Selfie with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Cast!
by BWW Staff - Apr 14, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Josh Gad wrote ' that stage veteran and film star Ian McKellen has joined Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast as 'Cogsworth'. Set for a release on March 17, 2017, the beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Emma Watson and Dan Stevens will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, and Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston. Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice. As BWW announced previously, Josh Gad will reportedly take on the role of Le Fou, with six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald playing Garderobe. Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic, will score the new Beauty and the Beast, which will feature new recordings of the original songs in addition to several new songs written by Menken and Sir Tim Rice. Bill Condon will direct from a script by Stephen Chbosky, and the film will be produced by Mandeville Films' David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Production begins in May at Shepperton Studios in London. Disney also recently announced it will be creating live-action versions of MULAN and PINOCCHIO, joining reboots of THE JUNGLE BOOK, PETE'S DRAGON and WINNIE THE POOH. The live-action adaptation of CINDERELLA, starring Lily James, just hit the big screen this winter. McKellen was last seen on the big screen as 'Gandalf' in THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (a role he originated in THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) and will soon appear in MR. HOLMES and THE DRESSER. He is also well known for his role as 'Magneto' in the X-MEN movies. The Olivier-winning, classically trained actor last starred on Broadway in NO MAN'S LAND and WAITING FOR GODOT opposite Patrick Stewart. Before that, he appeared in DANCE OF DEATH, IAN MCKELLEN: A KNIGHT OUT AT THE LYCEUM, WILD HONEY, IAN MCKELLEN: ACTING SHAKESPEARE, AMADEUS -- which earned him a Tony Award in 1981 -- and THE PROMISE. McKellen was a member of the Old Vic and has performed at the Chichester Festival, in the West End, and with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre and more. 1991's Beauty and the Beast was an animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the traditional French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont,Beauty and the Beast is the 30th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Additionally, it is third in the Disney Renaissance period. Starring Paige O'Hara and Robby Benson, Beauty and the Beast focuses on the relationship between the Beast (Benson), a prince who is magically transformed into a monster as punishment for his arrogance, and Belle (O'Hara), a young woman who he imprisons in his castle. The film also features the voices of Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, and Angela Lansbury, who occupy supporting roles. The film was a box office success, and has since garnered over $424 million worldwide. Beauty and the Beast was nominated for several awards, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Beauty and the Beast became the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture; it also received five additional Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Score, Best Sound, and three separate nominations for Best Original Song. Ultimately, the film won Best Original Score, while Best Original Song was awarded to its title song. In 2002, Beauty and the Beast was deemed 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant' by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In April 1994, Beauty and the Beast became Disney's first animated film to be adapted into a Broadway musical. ' (more...)

Casting Set for Music Theatre Wichita's 2015 SeasonCasting Set for Music Theatre Wichita's 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

Casting is announced today for Music Theatre Wichita's 44th Season, which includes Elton John and Tim Rice's "Aida," the professional premiere of Disney's "My Son Pinocchio," the area debuts of "Billy Elliot - The Musical" and "Big Fish," and the return of "Hello, Dolly!" after a 21 year absence. (more...)

The CW Reveals 2015 Summer Schedule of New & Returning ShowsThe CW Reveals 2015 Summer Schedule of New & Returning Shows
by TV News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

Continuing to bolster its schedule with more year-round original programming, The CW Network has set its summer premiere dates, including the series debuts of SIGNIFICANT MOTHER, DATES and A WICKED OFFER (more...)

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