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Behind the Limelight explores the life and art of Charlie Chaplin, one of the world’s most beloved performers, with one of history’s most turbulent careers. Featuring three actors as Chaplin—the child, the tramp and the old man—[the show] takes us from his vaudeville days to his groundbreaking work behind and in-front of the camera, his first wife to his third, his American naturalization to the exile brought about by Hollywood’s gossip mill and the House Un-American Activities Committee.

La Jolla Playhouse Presents Charlie Chaplin Musical LIMELIGHT, 9/7-10/17
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2010

The La Jolla Playhouse presents a new musical about Charlie Chaplin entitled LIMELIGHT: THE STORY OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN. The show will have its world premiere at the Mandell Weiss Theatre beginning September 7 and running through October 17. (more...)

NYMF to Offer Free Concerts of New Musicals, Sept. 6-25
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2006

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) will present a series of free concert events in partnership with the Times Square Virgin Megastore (1540 Broadway, between 45th & 46th Streets), giving audiences a sneak peek of the shows opening each week of the Festival (more...)

Lewis and Jones Team Up For 'Fela!' at 37 Arts
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2008

Ruth & Stephen Hendel and Roy Gabay present the world premiere of Fela!, a new musical based on the life of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. (more...)

Bergen, Buonopane, Etc. Set for 'Typed Out II' Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2006

Young theatre stars will come together to put on a benefit concert for Shifting Ground Productions, the not-for-profit organization that performs at metropolitan children's hospitals (more...)

Review - Chaplin
by Ben Peltz - Sep 25, 2012

While nobody ever said musical theatre was easy – at least, nobody with any real knowledge of the art – you would think that in writing a musical about the first worldwide beloved figure of the 20th Century there wouldn't be too much trouble establishing empathy.  But the surprisingly dry and emotionless Chaplin, presented in a respectably strong Broadway production, tries to cram so many facts into its two acts that there's Little Room left for feeling. (more...)

FELA! Arrives On Broadway At The Eugene O'Neill Theatre 10/19, Casting Complete
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2009

As previously announced, Fela!, the new musical based on the life and music of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, will arrive on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street) where performances will commence on Monday, October 19 with an official opening set for Monday, November 23. (more...)

'Singing Nun' Ends 9/22; NYMF Musical to Transfer?
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2006

There may be a commercial future for the NYMF hit The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun, which ends its run on 9/22 (more...)

Warren Carlyle Joins LIMELIGHT Musical Team
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2010

The La Jolla Playhouse will soon open a new musical about Charlie Chaplin entitled LIMELIGHT: THE STORY OF Charlie Chaplin. Now Warren Carlyle has joined the creative team as co-director with Michael Unger. Carlyle's past directing/choreographing credits include Broadway's FINIAN'S RAINBOW and A TALE OF TWO CITIES. The show will have its world premiere at the Mandell Weiss Theatre beginning September 7 and running through October 17. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Third NYMF Concert
by Ben Strothmann - Sep 16, 2006

On September 13th, the third of six free NYMF concerts was presented at the Times Square Virgin Megastore, who is partnering with the New York Musical Theatre Festival to give audiences a sneak peek of shows opening each week of the Festival (more...)

Fela! Will Extend Its Off-Broadway Run Through 10/4
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2008

Ruth & Stephen Hendel and Roy Gabay announced today that, due to overwhelming popular demand, the world premiere of Fela!, a new musical based on the life of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, has extended its run through Saturday, October 4 at 37 Arts (450 West 37th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues (more...)

Fela! Concludes Extended Off-Broadway Run Today, 10/5
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2008

The world premiere of Fela!, a new musical based on the life of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, will play the final performance of its extended run Sunday, October 5th at 37 Arts (450 West 37th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues. (more...)

Behind The Limelight: Romance In Modern Times
by Michael Dale - Oct 4, 2006

Christopher Curtis' extremely promising musical explores the life and career of the 20th Century's first world famous person (more...)

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'Singing Nun'
by Ben Strothmann - Oct 3, 2006

The NYMF musical The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun ran from September 14th through September 22nd at St. Clements Theatre (more...)

FELA! Set For Broadway's O'Neill, Previews Begin 10/19, Opens 11/23
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2009

Fela!, the critically acclaimed musical that had audiences on their feet during its world premiere last summer at Off-Broadway's 37 Arts, will arrive on Broadway this fall where it begins performances at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street) on Monday, October 19. The official opening is set for Monday, November 23. This new musical, based on the life of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, is directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Bill T. Jones (Spring Awakening), with a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones. Sahr Ngaujah will return in the title role for which he received universal acclaim, while the world renowned Antibalas and other members of the NYC Afrobeat community, under the direction of Aaron Johnson, will again perform Kuti?s rousing music live onstage. Winner of this year?s Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, Fela! was conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Steve Hendel. (more...)

Lillias White Joins Bdwy's FELA!, Previews 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2009

Tony® Award-winner Lillias White will join the cast of Fela!, the new Broadway musical based on the life and music of African composer and performer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, playing the role of the iconic artist's mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. (more...)

HAIR's Saycon Sengbloh Will Join Bdwy's FELA!, Previews Begin 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2009

Fela!, the critically acclaimed musical that had audiences on their feet during its world premiere last summer at Off-Broadway?s 37 Arts, will arrive on Broadway this fall where it begins performances at the Eugene O?Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street) on Monday, October 19. The official opening is set for Monday, November 23. (more...)

FELA! Arrives On Broadway At The Eugene O'Neill Theatre 10/19, Casting Complete
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2009

As previously announced, Fela!, the new musical based on the life and music of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, will arrive on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street) where performances will commence on Monday, October 19 with an official opening set for Monday, November 23. (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse Closes Charlie Chaplin Musical LIMELIGHT, 10/17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2010

The La Jolla Playhouse presents a new musical about Charlie Chaplin entitled LIMELIGHT: THE STORY OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN. The show will have its world premiere at the Mandell Weiss Theatre beginning September 7 and running through October 17. (more...)

Rush Tickets Available For FELA!, Policies Announced For Preview And Regular Run
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2009

The producers of Fela!, the new musical based on the life and music of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, have announced the policy for general rush tickets to this new musical which will begin performances at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street) on Monday, October 19. (more...)

Scott Kerns & Kevin Spirtas Star in Loaded at Theatre Row, 11/7 - 1/23
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2009

Loaded, a new play written by Elliot Ramón Potts, is set for a limited engagement from November 7, 2009 through January 23, 2010 at Theatre Row. Directed by Michael Unger, this production will have its Official Opening on Sunday, November 15 at 3:00PM. (more...)

Scott Kerns & Kevin Spirtas Star in Loaded at Theatre Row, 11/7 - 1/23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2009

Loaded, a new play written by Elliot Ramón Potts, is set for a limited engagement from November 7, 2009 through January 23, 2010 at Theatre Row. Directed by Michael Unger, this production will have its Official Opening on Sunday, November 15 at 3:00PM. (more...)

SF Cast Announced For 'THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA', Plays at Orpheum Starting 11/26
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO (November 6, 2008)…Casting has been announced for the international smash hit, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. This multi-award winning musical returns to San Francisco for the holidays and will play the Orpheum Theatre beginning Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, January 4. (more...)

'THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA' Returns to SF, Begins Run at Orpheum Starting 11/26
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2008

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, This multi-award winning musical returns to San Francisco for the holidays plays the Orpheum Theatre beginning Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, January 4. (more...)

FELA! Set For Broadway's O'Neill, Previews Begin 10/19, Opens 11/23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2009

Fela!, the critically acclaimed musical that had audiences on their feet during its world premiere last summer at Off-Broadway's 37 Arts, will arrive on Broadway this fall where it begins performances at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street) on Monday, October 19. The official opening is set for Monday, November 23. This new musical, based on the life of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, is directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Bill T. Jones (Spring Awakening), with a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones. Sahr Ngaujah will return in the title role for which he received universal acclaim, while the world renowned Antibalas and other members of the NYC Afrobeat community, under the direction of Aaron Johnson, will again perform Kuti?s rousing music live onstage. Winner of this year?s Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, Fela! was conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Steve Hendel. (more...)

Scott Kerns & Kevin Spirtas Star in Loaded at Theatre Row, Runs Through 1/23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2009

Loaded, a new play written by Elliot Ramón Potts, is set for a limited engagement through January 23, 2010 at Theatre Row. Directed by Michael Unger, this production will have its Official Opening on Sunday, November 15 at 3:00PM. (more...)

Casting for 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' At McCarter Theater 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2008

McCarter Theatre Center announces casting for 28th ANNUAL PRODUCTION OF CHARLES DICKENS'A CHRISTMAS CAROL.' (more...)

Cudia, Moldovan, Barisich to Star in San Francisco Phantom of the Opera for Holiday Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2008

Casting has been announced for the international smash hit, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. This multi-award winning musical returns to San Francisco for the holidays and will play the Orpheum Theatre beginning Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, January 4. (more...)

WICKED's Roscioli Goes Solo at Birdland 6/28
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2010

Jim Caruso has announced that Broadway's Dee Roscioli will be performing 'Decidedly Dee,' her cabaret debut, at Birdland on Monday, June 28 at 7pm. This concert will be part of the Broadway at Birdland concert series. (more...)

BABY CASE, GROOVE FACTORY, et al. Added to 2012 NYMF Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2012

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has announced the full slate of 34 musical productions and special events for its ninth annual festival. This year's Festival will begin July 9th and continue through July 29th. An additional slate of free events, including 12 staged readings and several educational panel discussions, will be announced shortly. (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse Presents Charlie Chaplin Musical LIMELIGHT, 9/7-10/17
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2010

The La Jolla Playhouse presents a new musical about Charlie Chaplin entitled LIMELIGHT: THE STORY OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN. The show will have its world premiere at the Mandell Weiss Theatre beginning September 7 and running through October 17. (more...)

Blackfriar's Theatre Presents David Mamet's A LIFE IN THE THEATRE, 2/25-3/10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2013

Reality meets make-believe in Blackfriars Theatre's production of David Mamet's hilarious play, A Life in the Theatre. This classic comedy takes us into the lives of two actors; Robert, a self-important, but insecure theatre veteran, and John, an eager and young up-and comer. Through a series of unrelenting comical scenes, we see the estrangement of youth from age and the wider, inevitable and endless cycle of life, in and out of theatre. (more...)

WICKED's Roscioli Goes Solo at Birdland 6/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2010

Broadway's Dee Roscioli will be performing 'Decidedly Dee,' her cabaret debut, at Birdland on Monday, June 28 at 7pm. This concert will be part of the Broadway at Birdland concert series. (more...)

Bill T. Jones to Direct New Musical 'Fela!'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2008

Ruth & Stephen Hendel and Roy Gabay present the world premiere of Fela!, a new musical based on the life of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award winner Bill T. Jones (Spring Awakening) with a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones, Fela! will feature Kuti's rousing music performed live onstage by Antibalas and other members of the New York Afrobeat community. (more...)

NYMF Announces the 'NYMF Hub' Centralized Ticket Sales
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2012

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has announced that single tickets for the 2012 festival will go on sale to the general public on June 18th and that the centralized NYMF Hub, located at 330 W. 42nd Street will open that day from 10-6pm with coffee and donuts provided by Dunkin' Donuts and live performances throughout the day from upcoming Festival shows. (more...)

FELA! Opens 11/23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2009

Fela!, the critically acclaimed musical that had audiences on their feet during its world premiere last summer at Off-Broadway's 37 Arts, will arrive on Broadway this fall where it begins performances at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street) on Monday, October 19. The official opening is set for Monday, November 23. This new musical, based on the life of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, is directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Bill T. Jones (Spring Awakening), with a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones. Sahr Ngaujah will return in the title role for which he received universal acclaim, while the world renowned Antibalas and other members of the NYC Afrobeat community, under the direction of Aaron Johnson, will again perform Kuti?s rousing music live onstage. Winner of this year?s Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, Fela! was conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Steve Hendel. (more...)

BroadwayWorld.com's On This Day - July 21, 2010
by - Jul 21, 2010

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 21 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: Dee Roscioli Soars To Broadway In WICKED
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2009

Beginning tonight Tuesday, July 21th, Dee Roscioli assumes the role of Elphaba in the hit musical WICKED. Ms. Roscioli is making her Broadway debut after playing the role of Elphaba for the final two years of the record-breaking Chicago production of WICKED. Dee joins a cast which includes Alli Mauzey as Glinda, Tony Award-winner Rondi Reed as Madame Morrible, P.J. Benjamin as The Wizard, Kevin Kern as Fiyero, Alex Brightman as Boq, Cristy Candler as Nessarose, and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond. (more...)

Dee Roscioli Takes Over Elphaba on Broadway on July 21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2009

Beginning performances Tuesday, July 21, DEE ROSCIOLI will assume the role of Elphaba in the musical blockbuster WICKED. Ms. Roscioli is making her Broadway debut after playing the role of Elphaba for the final two years of the record-breaking Chicago production of WICKED. Dee joins a cast which includes Alli Mauzey as Glinda, Tony Award-winner Rondi Reed as Madame Morrible, P.J. Benjamin as The Wizard, Kevin Kern as Fiyero, Alex Brightman as Boq, Cristy Candler as Nessarose, and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond. (more...)

Dee Roscioli Takes Over Elphaba on Broadway on July 21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2009

Beginning performances Tuesday, July 21, DEE ROSCIOLI will assume the role of Elphaba in the musical blockbuster WICKED. Ms. Roscioli is making her Broadway debut after playing the role of Elphaba for the final two years of the record-breaking Chicago production of WICKED. Dee joins a cast which includes Alli Mauzey as Glinda, Tony Award-winner Rondi Reed as Madame Morrible, P.J. Benjamin as The Wizard, Kevin Kern as Fiyero, Alex Brightman as Boq, Cristy Candler as Nessarose, and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond. (more...)

Blackfriar's Theatre Presents David Mamet's A LIFE IN THE THEATRE, 2/25-3/10
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2013

Reality meets make-believe in Blackfriars Theatre's production of David Mamet's hilarious play, A Life in the Theatre. This classic comedy takes us into the lives of two actors; Robert, a self-important, but insecure theatre veteran, and John, an eager and young up-and comer. Through a series of unrelenting comical scenes, we see the estrangement of youth from age and the wider, inevitable and endless cycle of life, in and out of theatre. (more...)

Blackfriar's Theatre Presents David Mamet's A LIFE IN THE THEATRE, 2/25-3/10
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2013

Reality meets make-believe in Blackfriars Theatre's production of David Mamet's hilarious play, A Life in the Theatre. This classic comedy takes us into the lives of two actors; Robert, a self-important, but insecure theatre veteran, and John, an eager and young up-and comer. Through a series of unrelenting comical scenes, we see the estrangement of youth from age and the wider, inevitable and endless cycle of life, in and out of theatre. (more...)

Casting for 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' At McCarter Theater 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2008

McCarter Theatre Center announces casting for 28th ANNUAL PRODUCTION OF CHARLES DICKENS'A CHRISTMAS CAROL.' Adapted by DAVID THOMPSON Directed by MICHAEL UNGER Featuring Lisa Altomare, Richard Gallagher, Karron Graves, Stephen James King, James Ludwig, Janet Metz, Ned Noyes, John O'Creagh, Anne O'Sullivan, Karen Pittman, Nikki E. Walker with renowned Irish Actor Dermot Crowley as Ebenezer Scrooge Previews begin Sunday, December 7, 2008 (more...)

McCarter Theater's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Plays Through 12/28
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2009

McCarter Theatre Center announces casting for 28th ANNUAL PRODUCTION OF CHARLES DICKENS'A CHRISTMAS CAROL.' Adapted by DAVID THOMPSON Directed by MICHAEL UNGER Featuring Lisa Altomare, Richard Gallagher, Karron Graves, Stephen James King, James Ludwig, Janet Metz, Ned Noyes, John O'Creagh, Anne O'Sullivan, Karen Pittman, Nikki E. Walker with renowned Irish Actor Dermot Crowley as Ebenezer Scrooge Previews begin Sunday, December 7, 2008 (more...)

McArdle, Moriber & More Star in NYMF's Behind the Limelight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2006

The New York Musical Theatre Festival and the Chaplin Corporation present Behind the Limelight, a new musical about the life and art of Charlie Chaplin by Christopher Curtis. Directed by Michael Unger, Behind the Limelight features a distinguished cast that includes Luther Creek (Rent, Urinetown) as Chaplin, as well as Andrea McArdle (Tony Award nominee for Annie, Beauty and the Beast), Janet Metz (Falsettoland, Bingo:The Musical) and Garrett Long (The Spitfire Grill), among others. (more...)

HAIR's Saycon Sengbloh Will Join Bdwy's FELA!, Previews Begin 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2009

Fela!, the critically acclaimed musical that had audiences on their feet during its world premiere last summer at Off-Broadway?s 37 Arts, will arrive on Broadway this fall where it begins performances at the Eugene O?Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street) on Monday, October 19. The official opening is set for Monday, November 23. (more...)

Zbornik, Hunsaker, Etc. Set for NYMF 'Singing Nun' Musical
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2006

Casting has been announced for The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun, which will be presented at the New York Musical Theatre Festival from September 14th through 22nd (more...)

Lewis and Jones Team Up For 'Fela!' at 37 Arts
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2008

Ruth & Stephen Hendel and Roy Gabay present the world premiere of Fela!, a new musical based on the life of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. (more...)

NYMF Tix Now On Sale to Members; General Sale Starts 9/1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2006

Starting today, tickets to NYMF shows are available to NYMF members; they go on sale to the general public on September 1st (more...)

Full New York Musical Theatre Festival Schedule Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2006

Complete scheduling information has been announced for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (more...)

Lillias White Joins Bdwy's FELA!, Previews 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2009

Tony® Award-winner Lillias White will join the cast of Fela!, the new Broadway musical based on the life and music of African composer and performer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, playing the role of the iconic artist's mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. (more...)

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