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BWW Interview: Roger Bart Hopes SPEECH & DEBATE Full Of Broadway References Resonates With His Daughter
by Leigh Scheps - Mar 31, 2017

While Roger Bart is known for his comedic chops in shows like Disaster!, Young Frankenstein and The Producers, he knows how to make people laugh even in some of his more serious roles. (more...)

Mark Ballas to Return as 'Frankie Valli' When JERSEY BOYS Hits Los Angeles
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2017

Casting has been announced for the Los Angeles engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical 'Jersey Boys,' the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, previewing May 16 and 17, opening May 18 continuing through June 24, 2017, at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse presents KING OF THE ROAD: THE ROGER MILLER STORY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2017

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce the fifth show in the Laguna Playhouse 2016-2017 season, a world premiere musical KING OF THE ROAD: THE ROGER MILLER STORY, written by Cort Casady & Mary Arnold Miller, music by Roger Miller, musical direction by Omar D. Brancato and directed by Andrew Barnicle. "We are delighted to be bringing our subscribers and audiences this world premiere musical based on the life of one of country's most iconic characters, Roger Miller," comments Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard.  (more...)

Bekah Brunstetter's THE CAKE to Close La Jolla Playhouse's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

La Jolla Playhouse announces The Cake, a new play by Bekah Brunstetter (TV's This is Us), as the final production of its 2017/2018 season, running in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre February 6 - March 4, 2018. (more...)

Kyle Scatliffe and Lora Nicolas to Lead Upcoming Reading of REGINALD: From Baltimore to Billionaire!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

Kyle Scatliffe and Lora Nicolas will lead the upcoming industry reading of Reginald: From Baltimore to Billionaire (Based on the first African American Billionaire Reginald F. Lewis) written by Kevin Ray Johnson (The Unpredictable Times; Off Broadway - Before it got 'Unpredictable: Short Plays by Kevin Ray Johnson; The Next Day at New York Theater Festival) this May at Shetler Studios Penthouse 1. The Executive Producer is Allen DeWane. (more...)

Cast Set for CTG's Block Party, Featuring 'FAILURE', 'CITIZEN' and DRY LAND
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

Casting is finalized for three local productions being presented as part of Center Theatre Group's inaugural Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre. (more...)

FROM THE BODONI COUNTY SONGBOOK ANTHOLOGY: A MUSICAL REVIEW (OF SORTS) Continues Its Journey with a Stage Reading
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

SandRico Productions will present a musical theatre work-in-development with a public reading of "From the Bodoni County Songbook Anthology:  A Musical Review (of sorts)" with original text and lyrics by Frank Gagliano and music by the late Claibe Richardson.  This free reading, featuring a cast of seven and directed by Melissa Martin, will be held on Monday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Stage (off the WALL productions), 25 West Main Street, Carnegie, PA 15106. (more...)

South Bend Civic Theatre to Stage BIG RIVER This May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Mark 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.   (more...)

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Sailing to Haiti to Find Broadway Lead; Dates Set!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

Producers Ken Davenport and Hunter Arnold have announced that Once On This Island, the Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated Best Musical, is returning to Broadway this fall. (more...)

BWW Review: Cole Porter Meets Jimmy Durante as Encores! Reconstructs THE NEW YORKERS
by Michael Dale - Mar 26, 2017

The authors who wrote the books for even the most successful Broadway musical comedies of the 1920s and 30s often get a bum rap for the flimsiness of their plots and the nonsensical nature of their gags. (more...)

VIDEO: Samantha Massell, Emily Padgett and Carrie St. Louis Sing 'C'est la Vie' by B*Witched
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2017

Last weekend, a company of Broadway favorites gathered at Feinstein's/54 Below for '54 Sings One-Hit Wonders,' a concert celebrating those pop songs you can sing every lyric to but don't know anything else by that artist/group. Below, watch Samantha Massell (Fiddler on the Roof), Emily Padgett (Bright Star, Sweet Charity) and Carrie St. Louis (Wicked, Rock of Ages) sing 'C'est la Vie' by B*Witched! (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World - 3/24; SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 24, 2017

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature SPRING AWAKENING in Maine, A RAISIN IN THE SUN in Charlotte, and BUS STOP in Denver, just to name a few. Check out our top features below! (more...)

Joe Cassidy and Constantine Maroulis to Lead Gopnik & Shire's New Musical 'THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ROOM' at Long Wharf Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

Long Wharf Theatre, under the director of Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein and Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, presents the world premiere of The Most Beautiful Room in New York, a new musical with book and lyrics by Adam Gopnik and music by David Shire, directed by Edelstein. (more...)

Tony-Winning Play ALL THE WAY Opens This Friday at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

???????Political intrigue takes center stage at Actors' Playhouse in the Tony Award-winning drama All The Way by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Slow Burn's BIG RIVER is A Joyous Musical Ride
by Trevor Durham - Mar 19, 2017

Fitzwater has finally gotten his chance to deliver Big River, a production dazzling in its music and performances, showcasing a wild range of talents that give this American musical the most American feel a show could hope for. (more...)

Gettysburg Community Theatre Announces 9th Annual Gala Concert Hooray For Hollywood
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

Gettysburg Community Theatre, the non-profit 501c3 organization located in the original Elks Lodge building at 49 York Street within the first block of Lincoln Square in historic downtown Gettysburg, announces their 9th Annual Gala Concert Hooray For Hollywood to be held this Saturday, March 18th, 2017 with doors opening to the red carpet at 6:30pm at the Gettysburg College Union Ballroom located on campus near Lincoln and College Avenues in Gettysburg. (more...)

Piehole's SKI END and Our Voices' SOOT AND SPIT to Hit New Ohio Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

The Archive Residency, a collaboration between New Ohio Theatre and IRT Theater (likeminded neighbors in the historic Archive Building in the West Village), is a vital incubator for New York City's most electrifying independent theater companies. (more...)

Signature Theatre Announces Full Cast for JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

Signature Theatre is proud to announce full casting for Jesus Christ Superstar directed by Signature Theatre Director of New Works Joe Calarco (Gypsy, The Flick). (more...)

Better Yourself by Getting to Know the Cast of WAR PAINT- Opens Tonight!
by Stephanie Wild - Apr 6, 2017

War Paint, a new musical, opens tonight at the Nederlander Theatre. Two-time Tony Award-winning legends Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole join forces to portray the trailblazing cosmetic icons who built empires in a business world ruled by men. Get to know the cast before they take their opening bows! (more...)

South Bend Civic Theatre Announces BIG RIVER Musical 5/5-21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Mark 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.   (more...)

Eric Samuelsen's THE ICE FRONT Gets Readings at Pioneer Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Pioneer Theatre Company concludes its 2016-2017 Play-by-Play season with readings of Eric Samuelsen's new play, The Ice Front. The staged readings will take place at the Dumke Auditorium of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) on Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15, 2017.  (more...)

Ashley D. Kelley & Britton Smith to Lead New Musical BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE at Playwrights Horizons; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

Playwrights Horizons has announced complete casting for BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE, the co-world premiere of a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Obie Award winner Kirsten Childs (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin at Playwrights, Miracle Brothers).  (more...)

NEXT TO NORMAL, Starring Christiane Noll, Extends Again at TheaterWorks
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

TheaterWorks announced today that NEXT TO NORMAL will extend again through May 14, 2017. (more...)

Annaleigh Ashford, Danny Burstein, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Nikki M. James and More to Channel the Bard for 2017 Shakespeare in the Park Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

The Public Theater announced initial casting today for the 2017 Free Shakespeare in the Park season, beginning Tuesday, May 23 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, continuing a 55-year tradition of free theater in Central Park. (more...)

Patrick Cassidy and Andrea McArdle Sign on for HAMMERSTEIN IN HOLLYWOOD Benefit at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

Bucks County Playhouse's Executive Producer Robyn Goodman, Producing Director Alexander Fraser and Producers Stephen Kocis and Joshua Fiedler announced additional casting for the Oscar Hammerstein Festival's Benefit concert, 'Hammerstein in Hollywood,' at Bucks County Playhouse on Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 pm. (more...)

LUFT GANGSTER Extends at the Sheen Center Through April 30
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

NYLON FUSION THEATRE COMPANY and CLOVERLEAF COLLECTIVE have announced a two-week Off-Broadway extension for the run of  Lowell Byers' LUFT GANGSTER, directed by Tony Award winning director Austin Pendleton (Broadway's The Little Foxes, The Runner Stumbles, Shelter, Spoils of War). (more...)

Breaking News: Tom Sturridge, Olivia Wilde & Reed Birney Will Lead 1984 on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

Producers Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin announced today that Tony® Award nominee Tom Sturridge, Olivia Wilde in her Broadway debut, and Tony® Award winner Reed Birney will lead the cast of the Broadway Premiere of the new stage adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984.  The trio, who will portray the novel's classic characters Winston Smith, Julia and O'Brien, respectively, will be joined by Wayne Duvall (Parsons), Carl Hendrick Louis (Martin), Nick Mills (Syme), Michael Potts (Charrington), and Cara Seymour (Mrs. Parsons).  (more...)

Ed Hoopman, Maritza Bostic and Jared Troilo to Lead CAMELOT at Lyric Stage; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

A love triangle for the ages meets a new adaptation for today in Lerner & Loewe's CAMELOT at Lyric Stage. (more...)

Laurie Metcalf, John Goodman & More Set for Revival of TV's ROSEANNE?
by TV News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

An eight-episode limited revival of the hit 1990's comedy series ROSANNE is in the works. Cast members Roseanne Barr, John Goodman Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalf are expected to reprise their iconic roles (more...)

Casting Announced for Industry Reading of REGINALD: FROM BALTIMORE TO BILLIONAIRE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

Casting has been announced for the upcoming Industry reading of Reginald: From Baltimore to Billionaire (Based on the first African American Billionaire Reginald F. Lewis) written by Kevin Ray Johnson (The Unpredictable Times; Off Broadway - Before it got 'Unpredictable: Short Plays by Kevin Ray Johnson; The Next Day at New York Theater Festival). The reading will take place on May 22nd in Manhattan. The Executive Producer is Allen DeWane. (more...)

Paul Rudnick's New Play BIG NIGHT and More Slated for 2017-18 at CTG's Kirk Douglas Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie has set the 2017-2018 season at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. (more...)

Kenny Leon to Host 9th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition; Judges Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

The 9th Annual National August Wilson Monologue Competition, hosted by Tony Award Winning Director, Kenny Leon, with special musical performance by blues guitarist and storyteller, Guy Davis, will take place on Monday, May 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street). (more...)

Nobody Can Swing Like Them! Meet the Full Cast of BANDSTAND, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 26, 2017

The brand new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) with music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, opens tonight, April 26, at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45 Street). Scroll down to get to know the company before tonight's opening bows! (more...)

THE GUN SHOW on Tour to USA and Edinburgh
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

Following a sold out run last fall in Portland with CoHo Season 21, this hit co-production of The Gun Show by E.M. Lewis starring Vin Shambry will travel to the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival for 3 weeks this summer. (more...)

WOODY SEZ and THE ARAN ISLANDS Slated for Summer at Irish Rep
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

Irish Repertory Theatre has announced its Summer 2017 Season. On the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage will be WOODY SEZ: THE LIFE & MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE, directed by Nick Corley (Kissing Jessica Stein). (more...)

Elena Shaddow and Mark Evans to Lead MARY POPPINS at Paper Mill; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced casting for the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes, new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. Bank of America is the Major Sponsor of Mary Poppins. (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for April 25, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 25, 2017

Meanwhile, you can cast your eyes toward today's photogenic cover models, the lovely and talented Cooper and his human, Nashville actress/designer Ashley Wolfe - both of them are pretty swell, in our estimation (even deserving of a Tony Award), and while we worry about them taking selfies while driving and while catching up on the theatrical news every morning, we are assured they were at a full stop when this photo was snapped. In fact, according to the human member of the duo she hadn't yet turned her key to the on position. (more...)

Broadway Noire to Celebrate African American Culture in MAKE THEM HEAR YOU at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

Derrick Byars and the cast of Make Them Hear You will bring their celebration of African American culture in musical theatre to Feinstein's/54 Below! Broadway's Supper Club, presents Broadway Noire on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. Directed and Produced by Byars, Make Them Hear You follows the musical journey from the 1920's through the present and shows how we have made them hear us!  (more...)

Photo Flash: World Premiere of KING OF THE ROAD Rolls into Laguna Beach
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2017

Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce the fifth show in the Laguna Playhouse 2016-2017 season, a world premiere musical KING OF THE ROAD: THE ROGER MILLER STORY, written by Cort Casady & Mary Arnold Miller, music by Roger Miller, musical direction by Omar D. Brancato and directed by Andrew Barnicle. (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for April 21, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 21, 2017

A big GOOD MORNING shout-out to today's eye-poppingly gorgeous cover models - the beautiful and talented Tosha Pendergrast and her equally dreamy husband Benjamin Pendergrast, who start off their morning by catching up on the latest theatrical dish while listening to the score of Legally Blonde, Tosha's next choreographic assignment for Pull-Tight Players before she heads off to teach dance, among other things, at Christ Presbyterian Academy. (more...)

BIG RIVER Comes to Old Sturbridge Village
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

This summer Old Sturbridge Village - in partnership with Brian Clowdus Experiences - brings Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to the shores of the Quinebaug River, from June 14 - July 9, 2017. (more...)

Meet the Cast of Broadway's INDECENT- Opens Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Indecent opens tonight, April 18 at the Cort Theatre. Meet the cast before their opening bows! (more...)

FROM THE BODONI COUNTY SONGBOOK ANTHOLOGY: A MUSICAL REVUE (OF SORTS) to Continue Journey with Stage Reading
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

SandRico Productions will present a musical theatre work-in-development with a public reading of 'From the Bodoni County Songbook Anthology:  A Musical Revue (of sorts)' with original text and lyrics by Frank Gagliano and music by the late Claibe Richardson.  (more...)

Palm Beach Dramaworks Welcomes Bruce Linser as Manager of The Dramaworkshop
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Palm Beach Dramaworks is pleased to announce that educator, director, and actor Bruce Linser has joined the staff as Manager of The Dramaworkshop, the company's lab for developing new plays. (more...)

GROUNDED, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, BAD JEWS and More Set for Season 21 at Mad Cow Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

Voyages of discovery - of places and people, of others and of self - will captivate, entertain and transform audiences in Mad Cow Theatre's Season 21, which downtown Orlando's resident professional theatre company will open Sept. 22, 2017 in Mad Cow's home at 54 W. Church St., Orlando. (more...)

Actors Co-Op presents Ahrens and Flaherty's LUCKY STIFF
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

Actors Co-op (Ovation Award-Winner 2014 Best Intimate Theatre Musical for110 in the Shade) presents the fifth and final show in its celebratory 25th Silver Anniversary season, the killer musical from the writers of Ragtime and Once On This Island, LUCKY STIFF, book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, choreography by Julie Hall, musical direction by Taylor Stephenson and directed by Stephen Van Dorn.  LUCKY STIFF will preview on Wednesday, May 10 & Thursday, May 11 at 8pm and will open on Friday, May 12 at 8pm and run through Sunday, June 18 at the Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood. (more...)

Broadway Gets Diplomatic- Meet the Cast of OSLO!
by Marissa Sblendorio - Apr 13, 2017

Following its sold-out Off-Broadway run, OSLO is finally opening on Broadway tonight, April 13th, so it's time to meet the cast! (more...)

Broadway-Bound ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE to Lounge a Little Longer at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Due to incredible demand, La Jolla Playhouse announces a week-long extension for its world-premiere production of Escape to Margaritaville, now scheduled to run May 9 - June 25. Individual tickets for the show went on sale to the public Sunday, March 26, shattering box office records. (more...)

True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theaters Announce 9th Annual National August Wilson Monologue Competition
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

True Colors Theatre Company (Kenny Leon, Co-Founding Artistic Director) and Jujamcyn Theaters (Jordan Roth, President; Paul Libin, Executive Vice President; Jack Viertel, Senior Vice President) are proud to announce the 9th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition will take place on Monday, May 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street).   (more...)

Photo Flash: Photo Coverage: LUFT GANGSTER Begins Performances at Sheen Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2017

NYLON FUSION THEATRE COMPANY and CLOVERLEAF COLLECTIVE are excited to share a first look at Lowell Byers' LUFT GANGSTER, directed by Tony Award winning director Austin Pendleton (Broadway's The Little Foxes, The Runner Stumbles, Shelter, Spoils of War). LUFT GANGSTER began performances Friday, March 31  at the Sheen Center (18 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012) for a limited run through Sunday, April 16. Opening Night is Saturday, April 1 at 8:00pm. (more...)

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