Full Casting Announced for Music Circus Season - Lauren Zakrin in LEGALLLY BLONDE, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan in HELLO, DOLLY! and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, California Musical Theatre has confirmed casting for all six shows in the 66th Music Circus season. The stellar cast for the season is loaded with Broadway veterans--some of whom are making their Music Circus debuts--Tony nominees, and audience favorites from previous Music Circus productions. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE BITE with Katie Lynch and BRIGHT STAR's Lizzie Klemperer
by Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch - Jun 7, 2016

BroadwayWorld is thrilled to add to our roster of exclusive talent and programing, Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch. Come into Katie's kitchen with some of Broadway's brightest as they eat, drink and merrily mix it up in this new cooking show. See your favorite stars out of their element as they whip up dishes inspired by their Broadway show. Watch what happens when these actors trade belting for baking! Today, we are excited to bring you the latest episode, featuring Bright Star's Lizzie Klemperer! (more...)

BWW Reviews: BIG RIVER at Musical Theater Heritage
by Alan Portner - Jun 6, 2016

MTH's 'Big River' Soars (more...)

Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theater Picks - Salt Lake City
by Tyler Hinton - Jun 6, 2016

1. THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Tuacahn in Ivins, July 29 to October 15, www.tuacahn.org 2. Disney's NEWSIES at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City, June 7 to 12 and August 25 to 28, www.broadwayinutah.com 3. ROCK OF AGES at the Ziegfeld Theater in Ogden, June 3 to 25, www.theziegfeldtheater.com 4. Big River at Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City, May 26 to July 3, www.halecentretheatre.org 5. CABARET produced by Utah Repertory Theater at Sorenson Unity Center in Salt Lake City, August 26 to September 11, www.utahrep.org 6. SCERA Outdoor Season at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre in Orem, June 3 to September 5, www.scera.org (more...)

Photo Flash: MAN OF LA MANCHA Celebrates Opening Night at The Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

Deemed one of the greatest musicals of all time and winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, MAN OF LA MANCHA rides into The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, running through August 14 with a press opening last night, June 29. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Lynne Wintersteller, Stuart Marland, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan and More in Music Circus's HELLO, DOLLY
by Stage Tube - Jun 30, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the delightful and enduing musical Hello, Dolly!, Jerry Herman's award-winning tale of vivacious matchmaker Dolly Levi. Performances began June 28 through Sunday, July 3 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Virginia Repertory Theatre to Present DREAMGIRLS This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of Dreamgirls on June 24 at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street. The production runs through August 7, 2016. With music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen, this megawatt Broadway crowd-pleaser electrifies the stage with Motown dreams and powerhouse voices. Loosely based on Diana Ross and the Supremes, the story follows the turbo-charged rise to fame of the Dreams. (more...)

Photo Flash: American Theater Company Presents XANADU
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

American Theater Company (ATC) opens musical comedy Xanadu, the final production of its Legacy Season, this Sunday, June 5. Presented as a tribute to ATC's late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli-a not-so-secret fan of this camp classic-Xanadu is directed by Lili-Anne Brown and runs at ATC now through July 17, 2016. The production has music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar and a book by Douglas Carter Beane, based on the 1980 Universal Pictures film of the same title. (more...)

Dan Fingerman's BOYS OF A CERTAIN AGE to Premiere at The Wild Project
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

ELR Productions is proud to present the world premiere of BOYS OF CERTAIN AGE from the acclaimed team of playwright Dan Fingerman and director Dan Dinero. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Lynne Wintersteller, Stuart Marland, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan and More in Music Circus's HELLO, DOLLY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the delightful and enduing musical Hello, Dolly!,Jerry Herman's award-winning tale of vivacious matchmaker Dolly Levi. Performances began last night, June 28 through Sunday, July 3 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Adelaide's THE SOUND OF MUSIC Announces Cast of Children
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Producers Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian, John Frost and the Really Useful Group today announced the 12 Adelaide children who have been cast in the world's favourite musical, The Sound of Music. There will be two different casts alternating in the roles of the six youngest von Trapp children during the Adelaide season. (more...)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Tour Sets Children's Cast; Plays Adelaide This August
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Producers Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian, John Frost and the Really Useful Group today announced the 12 Adelaide children who have been cast in the world's favourite musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC. (more...)

2016 Jimmy Award Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

The winners of the eighth annual NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS (NHSMTA)/JIMMY AWARDS were determined and announced last night, Monday, June 27, 2016, at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. This one-of-a-kind-event was hosted by Tony Award-nominee Zachary Levi, currently starring on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company's She Loves Me at Studio 54. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from MAN OF LA MANCHA at The Marriott Theatre
by Stage Tube - Jun 28, 2016

Deemed one of the greatest musicals of all time and winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, MAN OF LA MANCHA rides into The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, running through August 14 with a press opening tomorrow, June 29 at 8 p.m. Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at MAN OF LA MANCHA at The Marriott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

Deemed one of the greatest musicals of all time and winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, MAN OF LA MANCHA rides into The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, running through August 14 with a press opening on Wednesday, June 29 at 8 p.m. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

New Jimmy Buffett Musical Titled ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE; Creative Team Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

Paradise has a name! (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Set for Ayad Akhtar's JUNK: THE GOLDEN AGE OF DEBT at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt, by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee Ayad Akhtar (Broadway's Disgraced; Playhouse's The Who & The What), directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Outside Mullingar, Doubt). The recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt runs in the Mandell Weiss Theatre July 26 - August 21. Tickets are available at LaJollaPlayhouse.org or by calling (858) 550-1010. (more...)

Gordon Connell, BIG RIVER's Original Mark Twain, Dies at 93
by Michael Dale - Jun 24, 2016

A frequent performer on and off Broadway, Connell was married to actress Jane Connell. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Goodspeed's BYE, BYE BIRDIE, Opening 6/24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

The exuberant cast of BYE BYE BIRDIE will 'spread sunshine all over the place' in this summertime sensation directed by Jenn Thompson. Ms. Thompson's new take on this youthful classic includes two new songs, 'BYE BYE BIRDIE' from the 1963 film and 'A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore' from the 1995 television presentation along with crisp new dance arrangements by accomplished composer of Broadway, film and television David Krane.  Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of LEGALLY BLONDE at California Music Circus
by Stage Tube - Jun 23, 2016

With a cast featuring Broadway veterans and Music Circus audience favorites, the musical comedy Legally Blonde makes its Music Circus premiere to kick off the 66th season. Performances are Tuesday, June 14 through Sunday, June 19 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Gavin Creel, Karen Olivo, Eden Espinosa & More Will Mentor Students at 2016 Jimmy Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS (NHSMTA)/JIMMY AWARDS have announced the industry coaches for the eighth annual awards ceremony on Monday, June 27th at 7:30PM at the Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street in Manhattan. (more...)

BEAUTIFUL's Josh Davis to Star in THE GOLD at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The New York Musical Festival and Laura Yosowitz, Vital Arts Collaborative are pleased to announce Josh Davis (Beautiful) will play Joseph in THE GOLD, a new musical about one man's fight for love, family and country, with book by Andrea Lepcio and Phil Yosowitz, music and lyrics by Phil Yosowitz, music supervision by Steven Jamail and direction by Spiro Veloudos. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 6/20/2016 - Elly Awards and More!
by Jessica Khan - Jun 20, 2016

Today's big news: The 6th annual Elly Awards luncheon will honor HAMILTON's Phillipa Soo and more! (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...)

HELLO, DOLLY! Opens 6/28 at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the delightful and enduing musical Hello, Dolly!, Jerry Herman's award-winning tale of vivacious matchmaker Dolly Levi. Performances are Tuesday, June 28 through Sunday, July 3 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. (more...)

Theatre at the Center Sets 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Theatre at the Center is announcing its first season under the leadership of new Artistic Director Linda Fortunato.   Theatre at the Center's 2017 season is comprised of a variety of works ranging from Broadway musicals to a Chicagoland premiere play and a holiday classic.  The season opens with My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, followed by Kander and Ebb's Tony Award winning Cabaret.  Next will be the Chicagoland premiere of The Tin Woman by Sean Grennan, then Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and closing the season is A Wonderful Life: The Musical.  Jeff award-winner Fortunato will direct three of the five productions.   William Underwood will serve as music director for the season. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Lauren Zakrin, James Michael Lambert and More in LEGALLY BLONDE at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

With a cast featuring Broadway veterans and Music Circus audience favorites, the musical comedy Legally Blonde makes its Music Circus premiere to kick off the 66th season. Performances are Tuesday, June 14 through Sunday, June 19 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks - New Orleans!
by Heidi Scheuermann - Jun 14, 2016

Theatre is always a fun outing during the summer months, especially in New Orleans (can you say air conditioner?).  Let's look at some of our top picks for shows to see around the Big Easy in June and July… (more...)

Applications Now Available for CTG's Block Party at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

Applications are now available for Center Theatre Group's inaugural Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre, which will highlight some of the remarkable work being done on other stages throughout Los Angeles by fully producing three previously staged productions. (more...)

TWITTER WATCH: SPRING AWAKENING's Michael Arden Explains Tony Telecast Mishap
by Michael Dale - Jun 13, 2016

Where was Michael Arden when Christopher Fitzgerald's face was on camera while his name was announced? (more...)

Spiro Veloudos to Direct THE GOLD at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

The New York Musical Festival and Laura Yosowitz, Vital Arts Collaborative are pleased to announce THE GOLD, a new musical about one man's fight for love, family and country, with book by Andrea Lepcio and Phil Yosowitz, music and lyrics by Phil Yosowitz and direction by Spiro Veloudos (more...)

VIDEO: Cast of SPRING AWAKENING Reunite for Medley of Songs on the TONY AWARDS
by TV News Desk - Jun 12, 2016

The cast of SPRING AWAKENING reunited for an epic medley of 'Mama Who Bore Me' and 'Bitch of Living' on the 70th Annual TONY AWARDS. Watch the performance below! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 11, 2016
by - Jun 11, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 11 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Blog: Annalise Prentiss - Summer Shows and Camps in Central PA
by Guest Blogger: Annalise Prentiss - Jun 10, 2016

Over the summer is a great time to visit local theatres and watch some enjoyable musicals and plays. However, this summer there are also many opportunities to participate in fun filled, summer theatre camps. Listed below are some of the theatres that I have performed and/or attended camp and the shows that they are performing over the summer, along with some possible theatre camps. (more...)

Who Will Win at the 2016 Tony Awards? We Compare Year By Year!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 10, 2016

The 70th Annual Tony Awards are this Sunday June 12th at 8/9c hosted by James Corden. It's the biggest award show of the Broadway season and it closes out a long awards season for Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals and plays. We can't help but wonder what chances this year's Best Musical and Best Play nominees have of taking home the ultimate prize. (more...)

Chester Theatre Company and Israeli Stage to Present OH GOD
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

Chester Theatre Company (CTC) and Israeli Stage are proud to partner in presenting the Regional Premiere of Oh God by Anat Gov at the historic Town Hall,15 Middlefield Road in Chester, MA, from July 14 through July 24, 2016. (more...)

Sharon Playhouse to Stage BIG RIVER, 7/21-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, proudly presents the Tony Award-winning musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with performances July 21 through July 31 at Sharon Playhouse (49 Amenia Road). Opening Night is Thursday, July 21 at 7:00pm. (more...)

Craft Beer Leader Gordon Biersch Helps Guests Create The Perfect Match With Debut Of New Beer And Food Pairing Guide
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Gordon Biersch, the brewery restaurant specializing in handcrafted lagers and ales brewed in-house, recently unveiled an easy-to-follow beer and food pairings guide designed to help guests learn more about the brand's five different beer styles and the flavors that perfectly complement each. Available now through August 28 at restaurants nationwide, craft beer fanatics can turn up the heat on their summer fun and enhance their dining experience by creating the ideal beer and food match with the help of this informational menu tool. The guide includes a descriptive infographic with beer and food icons to make the pairing process interactive, educational and simple. (more...)

Writers Theatre Extends Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces a one-week extension to Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Orchestral Reductions by Ian Weinberger, music direction by Tom Vendafreddo and choreography by Brock Clawson. The show, originally slated to run through July 31, 2016, will add an additional week, through August 7, in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

St. Luke's United Methodist Church to Present BIG RIVER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel-the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck's partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck's drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana. Music by Roger Miller | Lyrics by Roger Miller | Book by William Hauptman | Directed by Steve McKinnon Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain (more...)

MATILDA THE MUSICAL Opens in Toronto, Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

Starring a cast of acclaimed Canadian musical theatre performers in principal roles and three exciting young talents sharing the title role, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is produced by The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers presented in Toronto by David Mirvish as part of his 2015-16 Main Subscription Season. Performances begin Tuesday July 5 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, with the media night scheduled forThursday, July 7 at 6:45 PM. Tickets are now available for performances until October 16, 2016. (more...)

BWW Interview: Chicago Native Anthony Norman Discusses Life on NEWSIES National Tour
by Kailey Hansen - Jul 25, 2016

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Broadway's favorite newsboys are dancing their way into the heart of the Windy City. With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and book by Harvey Fierstein, Newsies has become a popular success across North America (not to mention it has a few Tony Awards in its back pocket). Cast member and Chicago native, Anthony Norman, discusses being part of a national tour and the magic of this beloved story. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 24, 2016
by - Jul 24, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 24 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Welcome to the Renaissance! Meet the New Company of SOMETHING ROTTEN!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Everything is changing at the St. James Theatre! As BroadwayWorld previously announced, the smash hit musical comedy Something Rotten! has recently welcomed a slew of new principal cast members for its second year on Broadway.  The production now stars  Will Chase (Shakespeare), Catherine Brunell (Portia), Josh Grisetti (Nigel Bottom) and Leslie Kritzer (Bea), who were welcomed to the Renaissance yesterday July 18, and Rob McClure (Nick Bottom), who joined the cast just last month. Get to know the new cast below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Maureen Keiller and Will Lyman in OH GOD
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Chester Theatre Company (CTC) and Israeli Stage are proud to partner in presenting the Regional Premiere of Oh God by Anat Gov at the historic Town Hall,15 Middlefield Road in Chester, MA, from July 14 through July 24, 2016.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

THE GATHERING to Open at Berkeley's Live Oak Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

The West Coast revival of the critically acclaimed Broadway play THE GATHERING by playwright Arje Shaw, directed by Joy Carlin, opens on Saturday July 23 at 8pm at the Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at DREAMGIRLS at Virginia Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Virginia Repertory Theatre's DREAMGIRLS opened June 24 at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street. The production runs through August 7, 2016. With music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book byTom Eyen, this megawatt Broadway crowd-pleaser electrifies the stage with Motown dreams and powerhouse voices. Loosely based on Diana Ross and the Supremes, the story follows the turbo-charged rise to fame of the Dreams. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Kecia Lewis & Rebecca Naomi Jones Will Lead MARIE AND ROSETTA at Atlantic Theater Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce that Kecia Lewis (Mother Courage, Once on This Island) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) will star in the world premiere production of George Brant's play with music, Marie and Rosetta, directed by Atlantic Artistic DirectorNeil Pepe this fall. (more...)

More Revolting Children! MATILDA THE MUSICAL Extends Through November in Toronto
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

With performances only beginning last week, David Mirvish and The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers are delighted to announce that popular demand for the Canadian premiere production of MATILDA THE MUSICAL is once again forcing them to extend its run, this time through November 27, 2016.  (more...)

VIDEO: Zachary Levi Talks Wrapping SHE LOVES ME: 'It Was a Wonderful Experience'
by TV News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Zachary Levi took over hosting duties for Hoda Kotb on this morning's TODAY on NBC. The Tony nominated actor opened the show by speaking with co-host Kathie Lee Gifford about his experience starring in Roundabout Theater Company's SHE LOVES ME on Broadway. (more...)

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