Charles Busch, Lorna Luft & More Coming to Feinstein's/54 Below in June
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

This June, 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...)

Photo Flash: (mostly)musicals Returns to the E Spot Lounge with IT'S ABOUT TIME
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

After a two-month absence, (mostly)musicals returned to the E Spot Lounge on Monday, April 25, with IT'S ABOUT TIME, the company's 17th entry in their series of themed cabarets. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

The Huntington to Welcome Author & Actor Martin Moran for Book Reading
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

The Huntington Theatre Company presents a free reading, performance, and discussion with author and actor Martin Moran (Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Huntington) at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA on Thursday, June 9 at 7:30pm.  (more...)

Tony Winner Kelli O'Hara to Headline Long Wharf Theatre's 2016 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Broadway's Anna is headed to Connecticut this summer! Long Wharf Theatre will welcome Tony Award-winning THE KING AND I star Kelli O'Hara at its annual Gala on Monday, June 6, 2016. (more...)

'70s Tidal Wave! Meet the Full Cast of DISASTER!, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Mar 8, 2016

Broadway's new musical comedy DISASTER! opens tonight, March 8, at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street), directed by Jack Plotnick with a book by three-time Emmy Award nominee and Grammy Award nominee Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick. DISASTER! will play a limited engagement through Sunday, July 3, 2016. Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch footage of the cast onstage below! (more...)

Nathan Lee Graham, Robin De Jesus, Jason Tam Lead Industry Readings of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS This Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

The workshop of award-winning composer/lyricist/playwright/performer Max Vernon's new musical THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, directed by Scott Ebersold and with choreography by Spencer Liff and music direction by Matt Aument, will hold their industry presentations this week, starting today, March 31st, and continuing tomorrow, Friday, April 1st, in New York City. (more...)

Porchlight Revisits Staged Concert Series to Close with CHESS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final production in the third smash season of Chicago's "lost" musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits Chess, music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus and book by Tim Rice, with direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber, choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music direction by Jimmy Morehead. Porchlight Revisits Chess is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, May 3 through Thursday, May 5 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Dreamgirls (previews begin April 8) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets for Chess are $30 in advance and $35 at the door the night of the performance. All tickets include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multi-media presentation, created and hosted by Weber, that discusses that evening's production including the show's creative history, juicy backstage gossip and more. Single tickets to Chess are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252.  (more...)

Anna-Jane Casey to Star in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN at the Crucible This Winter
by Jessica Khan - Mar 3, 2016

Just after her appearance in FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS at the Crucible this summer, Anna-Jane Casey will return to the stage -- this time as sharpshooter 'Annie Oakley' in Irving Berlin's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. (more...)

Broadway Love Birds Andrew Samonsky & Kate Reinders Will Say I Do!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

Wedding Bells Are Ringing! Broadway couple Andrew Samonsky (The Bridges of Madison County) and Kate Reinders (Something Rotten!) just got engaged. BroadwayWorld sends our congratulations to the happy couple! (more...)

Phylicia Rashad Returns to The Public in HEAD OF PASSES, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

The Public Theater presents the New York premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, written by TarellAlvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau. Part of Oskar Eustis' 10th anniversary season, HEAD OF PASSES officially opens tonight, March 28, in the Newman Theater and runs through Sunday, April 17, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: BROADWAY BACKWARDS, Featuring White, Rivera, Johnson, Brooks and More, Raises Record $480K for BC/EFA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

The sold-out audience at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre was dazzled last night, March 21, 2016, by this year's stirring edition of Broadway Backwards. The annual celebration, where men sing songs originally written for women and vice versa offering this audience the chance to see LGBT stories told through the great songs of musical theatre, set a new fundraising record. The evening raised an incredible $480,287 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. Scroll down for stunning shots from the evening! (more...)

TWITTER WATCH: HAMILTON's Sydney Harcourt Photographed In Costume Using 1839 Lens
by Michael Dale - Mar 21, 2016

The ensemble member's portrayal of James Reynolds is the latest subject in HAMILTON's series of vintage portraits taken by photographer Josh Lehrer. (more...)

Max Vernon's THE VIEW UPSTAIRS Begins Workshop Rehearsals; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2016

The workshop of award-winning composer/lyricist/playwright/performer Max Vernon's new musical THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, directed by Scott Ebersold and with choreography by Spencer Liff and music direction by Matt Aument, began rehearsals last week in New York City and will culminate in three industry presentations on March 31st and April 1st. THE VIEW UPSTAIRS is produced by Invisible Wall Productions, and they are proud to announce the cast and creative team. (more...)

Miles G. Jackson to Star in MY NAME IS ASHER LEV at George Street Playhouse; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

George Street Playhouse today announced the cast of Aaron Posner's MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, which runs April 12 through May 1 at the New Brunswick theatre. Miles G. Jackson (4000 Miles) will portray the titular Jewish artist Asher Lev, who must be a painter despite his faith and the will of his family. Bob Ari (Frost/Nixon, GSP's Red) and Lena Kaminsky (Law & Order, GSP's The Pillowman) both return to George Street to round out the cast.  MY NAME IS ASHER LEV will be directed by George Street Playhouse Director of Education and Outreach, Jim Jack. (more...)

Phylicia Rashad Returns to The Public in HEAD OF PASSES, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

The Public Theater presents the New York premiere of HEAD OF PASSES, written by TarellAlvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau. Part of Oskar Eustis' 10th anniversary season, HEAD OF PASSES begins previews tonight, March 17, in the Newman Theater and runs through Sunday, April 17, with an official press opening on Monday, March 28. (more...)

BWW Review: SING OUT SISTER! at Quality Hill Playhouse
by Alan Portner - Mar 11, 2016

A cast of three plus Kent offers a memorable evening of song (more...)

Jamil Khoury's MOSQUE ALERT to Premiere at Silk Road Rising This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

Silk Road Rising and Executive Director Malik Gillani are proud to announce the World Premiere of MOSQUE ALERT, a new play written by Jamil Khoury and directed by Edward Torres. MOSQUE ALERT runs March 24 - May 1, 2016, in Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington St, Lower Level, in Chicago. Press opening is Saturday, April 2 at 4:00 pm. (more...)

Broadway Veterans to Lead Pittsburgh CLO's CHICAGO
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Set inside the sensationalized female murderess craze that swept 1920s Chicago, CHICAGO draws its audience into a world of crime and glitz against the vivid backdrop of the jazz age. A first time production for Pittsburgh CLO, CHICAGO is sure to be 'all that jazz' and more! (more...)

SOMETHING ROTTEN's Will Chase May Still Appear on Next Season of NASHVILLE
by TV News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

Discussions are now underway to bring Chase back for a few select episodes next season in order to wrap up his storylines. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for June 27-July 3, Featuring Rob McClure and More!
by Louisa Brady - Jun 26, 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: Little Shop of Horrors Reunion Concert; Blood Brothers in Concert; 54 Celebrates The Neil Simon Theatre; Rob McClure at 54 Below; and 54 Celebrates Prince. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s New Shakespeare Will Chase in HIGH FIDELITY
by Michael Dale - Jun 24, 2016

He can play the suave leading man when called upon, but Will Chase is one of Broadway's leading rock star performers. (more...)

Rob McClure, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Reunion & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, 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...)

Where There's a Will Chase There's a Way- SOMETHING ROTTEN! Finds Next Shakespeare!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

Broadway's ten-time Tony Award-nominated hit musical comedy Something Rotten! will welcome 'Nashville' star and Tony Award-nominated Broadway favorite Will Chase (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rent, High Fidelity,The Full Monty) as 'Shakespeare' on Monday, July 18. (more...)

Anna Jane Casey Joins Annette Badland & Abigail Matthews for Arion Productions' Masterclasses
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Arion Productions has announced West End leading lady, Anna Jane Casey, as the latest artist to join the line-up of extraordinary performers and industry professionals providing expert 'one day only' training in much-sought-after specialist fields.  These masterclasses take place at Diorama Arts Studios on various Sunday afternoons throughout 2016. (more...)

John Bolton, Ryan Cavanaugh & More to Star in Pittsburgh CLO's DAMN YANKEES!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Batter up! Just in time for the thick of baseball season comes the muscular musical about baseball super-fan Joe Boyd. Joe is transformed into a star slugger after he makes a deal with the devil and his sexy associate, Lola, for a chance to lead his home team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh CLO's CHICAGO!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Set inside the sensationalized female murderess craze that swept 1920s Chicago, CHICAGO draws its audience into a world of crime and glitz against the vivid backdrop of the jazz age. A first time production for Pittsburgh CLO, CHICAGO is sure to be 'all that jazz' and more! (more...)

Lauren Molina and Bri Sudia to Star in WONDERFUL TOWN at Goodman Theatre; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

The cast and creative team is set for Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman's revival of WONDERFUL TOWN - Leonard Bernstein's classic musical that with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov. (more...)

Broadway's Sydney James Harcourt, Matt Morrison and Melissa Errico to Sing National Anthem for NY Empire World TeamTennis Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

The New York Empire presented by Citi today unveiled a diverse star-studded lineup of National Anthem singers for its inaugural Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO season at the venerable Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club, the home of the US Open for over 60 years. The Empire season will open on Sunday, July 31, against the five-time defending champion Washington Kastles, with six total home dates on the schedule. (more...)

Tom Vendafreddo and Marya Grandy to Perform NIGHT OF BROADWAY at Saugatuck Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Join us for a "Night of Broadway" as seasoned Equity actors Tom Vendafreddo and Marya Grandy perform Broadway classics during a "bonus" performance at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts' (400 Culver Street) Summer in the Studio concert series on August 1 at 8:00 p.m.  (more...)

SOUTH PACIFIC Opens August 5 at Pittsburgh CLO
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Travel to Bali Ha'i with Billis and his crew in Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC, starring Broadway's Ben Davis, James Snyder and Erika Henningsen August 5-14 at the Benedum Center. Tickets are now available and can be purchasedonline, by visiting the Theater Square Box Office or calling 412-456-6666. (more...)

Kate Baldwin and Graham Rowat to Star in CONSTELLATIONS at Berkshire Theatre Group
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Berkshire Theatre Group will welcome the Tony Award-nominated drama CONSTELLATIONS, featuring Tony Award-nominated Kate Baldwin and Broadway and television actor, Graham Rowat. CONSTELLATIONS runs from August 3 through August 27, at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA. (more...)

BWW Review: Dani Stoller Presents AWKWARD at Creative Cauldron's 2016 Summer Cabaret Series
by Barbara Johnson - Jul 25, 2016

In an evening featuring classic musical favorites and unexpected gems, longtime DC performer Dani Stoller presents "Awkward: A Musical Ode to the Funny Best Friend" as part of Creative Cauldron's 2016 Summer Cabaret Series. (more...)

AIDA Sets Pittsburgh CLO Debut at the Benedum Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

A gripping tragedy of love that transcends all, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA follows a courageous Nubian princess as she is forced to choose between passion and allegiance.  This poignant musical features HAMILTON's own Emmy Raver-Lampman as Aida and Broadway's Mark Evans as Radames. (more...)

BWW Interview: Faith Prince of FANCY FAITH at Hudson Stage Company
by Kathryn Kitt - Jul 11, 2016

Tony award winner FAITH PRINCE in concert to benefit Hudson Stage Company. All proceeds directly benefit the upcoming season of Hudson Stage Company - a non-profit professional theatre dedicated to producing provocative, affordable and transformative theatre to its audiences. (more...)

Understudy Trio Steps in for Aaron Burr This Month; Meet HAMILTON's New Leading Men!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, two-time Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, who continues his Tony nominated role in SHUFFLE ALONG through July 24, will begin performances mid-August (date TBA) as Aaron Burr in Hamilton on Broadway. Dixon takes over for Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr., who played his final performance on Saturday, July 9.  (more...)

Angela Robinson and Kenita Miller Set for BROADWAY DOWNLOAD This Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

Angela Robinson and Kenita Miller will appear on Trent Armand Kendall's BROADWAY DOWNLOAD radio show tomorrow, August 31. (more...)

WONDERFUL TOWN at Center of Weeklong Leonard Bernstein Celebration at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Goodman Theatre kicks off its 2016/2017 Season with a major revival of Wonderful Town, Leonard Bernstein's timeless musical composition of hope and adventure, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov. (more...)

BWW Review: Jeff Harnar Dazzles A Sold-Out Metropolitan Room With An Engaging Revival of His '1959 Broadway Songbook'
by Victoria Ordin - Aug 23, 2016

When a show at the Metropolitan Room starts over thirty minutes late because the staff is frantically trying to find chairs and room for the better part of New York's cabaret community, you know you're in store for something truly special. And unless there's a chair thief on the loose in Flatiron who doesn't like Broadway, someone clearly oversold this show and/or lost track of comps; this was extremely vexing with a heat advisory in effect. Still, the mood was festive in anticipation of Jeff Harnar's 1959 Broadway Songbook, the 12th installment in Stephen Hanks' impressive (and increasingly well-known) New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits series. Harnar's show premiered 25 years ago at the Algonquin's Oak Room. Two years later, PBS filmed the collaboration with musical director Alex Rybeck, whose arrangements honor the original compositions but reimagine them in sometimes astonishing ways, making them genuinely creative acts. (more...)

CHICK FLICK THE MUSICAL to Premiere This Fall in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

Grab your friends and head out for an evening of humor, heart, and harmony as Chick Flick the Musical comes to The Royal George Theatre Cabaret, 1641 N. Halsted Street in Chicago. This uniquely female-positive new musical begins previews November 1, and opens November 10 for an open run. (more...)

BWW Review: Kate Baldwin & Graham Rowat Chart Out CONSTELLATIONS at Berkshire Theatre Group
by Justin J Sacramone - Aug 11, 2016

Nick Payne's Constellations uses the hypothetical existence of a multiverse and applies it to the coupling of Marianne and Roland over and over again. A multiverse is the scientific theory that challenges physics and suggests all consequences of our lives are living symmetrically on a plane and the outcome is an endless roll of the dice. We witness the action progressing them forward in life as it consistently resets, skews or diverts dramatically. Boy meets girl is no longer a simple narrative. What sounds like a storytelling gimmick, expediently becomes throbbing unsuspecting drama that is as intimate as is it vast. Perhaps I would have paid attention in high school science if it was taught to me this way. (more...)

We're So in Love! Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase to Star in Roundabout's KISS ME, KATE Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Roundabout Theatre Company has just announced a one-night only Benefit Concert Reading of Kiss Me, Kate by Sam and Bella Spewack with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, starring Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase. (more...)

BWW Interview: Bob Ari in MY NAME IS ASHER LEV at GSP
by Marina Kennedy - Apr 6, 2016

Broadwayworld.com interviewed Bob Ari who will star in 'My Name is Asher Lev' at George Street Playhouse from April 12th to May 1st. The hit show is directed by Jim Jack and also starts Miles G. Jackson and Lena Kaminsky. (more...)

Marc Kudisch Will Fly to FINDING NEVERLAND as the Next Captain Hook
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Emmy and Golden Globe award winner Kelsey Grammer recently took his final bow as Charles Frohman/Hook in Broadway's Finding Neverland on April 3rd. Grammer returned to the role on January 19th of this year after a brief hiatus. Paul Slade Smith will take over the role temporarily beginning this week. Sources have told us that Broadway favorite Marc Kusdisch will take on the role next, officially joining the company on April 12. (more...)

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Broadway's Reigning Funny Lady Faith Prince is Back in Action in DIASTER!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Apr 3, 2016

She has already taken on some of musical theatre's funniest characters- Adelaide, Audrey, Miss Hannigan... and the list goes on. Now she's back in action at the Nederlander Theatre as a part of the gut-busting DISASTER! ensemble. In the show, Tony winner Faith Prince plays Shirley, an ailing 70s housewife who finds herself in the middle of a series of earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos aboard the Barracuda casino and discotheque. In this latest episode of Backstage with Richard Ridge, Prince reveals why she is having the time of her life in the new show, plus watch as she tells stories of some of her iconic past roles! (more...)

Krysta Rodriguez, Jennifer Ashley Tepper & More to Judge 2016 Joci Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Celebrity judges for the 2016 Joci Awards include director/producer and actors from stage television and film. (more...)

The Filling Makes the Pie! Meet the Full Cast of WAITRESS, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 24, 2016

Broadway's WAITRESS began performances on Friday, March 25 with a bang, setting a house record for a single performance the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and announcing a new block of tickets on sale through January 1, 2017. WAITRESS opens today, April 24, 2016. Get ready for tonight's opening bows by scrolling down to learn more about the company, plus watching highlights from the show! (more...)

Bid To Meet DISASTER!'s Faith Prince, Support New York Pops
by Michael Dale - Apr 18, 2016

Charitybuzz's new online auction helps benefit the New York Pops. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/12/16- BELLS ARE RINGING
by Stage Tube - Apr 12, 2016

Today in 2001, the first Broadway revival of Bells Are Ringing opened at the Plymouth Theatre (now the Gerald Shoenfeld Theatre), where it ran for 68 performances. Bells Are Ringing is a musical with a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Jule Styne. The story revolves around Ella, who works at an answering service and the characters that she meets there. The original Broadway production, directed by Jerome Robbins and choreographed by Robbins and Bob Fosse, opened on November 29, 1956 at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for slightly more than two years, and starred Judy Holliday as Ella and Sydney Chaplin as Jeff Moss. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre to Revisit CHESS as Part of Ongoing Series, 5/3-5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final production in the third smash season of Chicago's "lost" musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits Chess, music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus and book by Tim Rice, with direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber, choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music direction by Jimmy Morehead. Porchlight Revisits Chess is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, May 3 through Thursday, May 5 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Dreamgirls (previews begin April 8) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets for Chess are $30 in advance and $35 at the door the night of the performance. All tickets include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multi-media presentation, created and hosted by Weber, that discusses that evening's production including the show's creative history, juicy backstage gossip and more. Single tickets to Chess are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252.  The 2016 - 2017 season subscriptions to Porchlight Revisits includes The Rink (October 4 - 6), Little Me (February 28 - March 2, 2017) and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (May 9 - 11, 2017) are also available at porchlightmusictheatre.org.  (more...)

HEAD OF PASSES, Starring Phylicia Rashad, Extends Again at the Public
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

The Public Theater announced an additional one-week extension today for the New York premiere of Head of Passes, part of Oskar Eustis' 10th anniversary season. (more...)

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