FROM PAGE TO STAGE Announces Casting for New Musical Readings
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

The From Page to Stage season of new musical theatre has announced the casting for its three semi-staged readings: Whatsonstage Award nominee Beverley Klein (Platonov, Ivanov, National Theatre; Candide; ENO), Ian Reddington (EastEnders; Coronation Street), Gerard McCarthy (Beautiful Thing; Hollyoaks), Jodie Jacobs (Rock of Ages, Shafetsbury Theatre; Legally Blonde, Kilworth House) and Union J's Jaymi Hensley are all taking part in the season at Tristan Bates Theatre this autumn. (more...)

Ann Emery, Original 'Grandma' in West End's BILLY ELLIOT, Passes Away
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that actress Ann Emery, who originated the role of 'Grandma' in the West End's Billy Elliot - THE MUSICAL, has died.  (more...)

The Evergreen Chorale Presents MY FAIR LADY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

The Evergreen Chorale presents 'My Fair Lady' September 16 through October 9 at Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen, CO, 80439. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $26 Adults; $22 seniors (62+)/Students, $16 children (12&under), $20 groups of 10 or more and available by phone 303-674-4002 or online at (more...)

Children's Castle Theater to Present BILLY ELLIOT - THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Children's Castle Theater, a youth focused, inter-generational 501(c)(3) theater organization with a mission of Education, Experience and Entertainment, announces its fall production of 'Billy Elliot - The Musical,' running October 14 through 23, 2016. (more...)

American Monarch Theatre Company to Open Inaugural Season with THE LAST FIVE YEARS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Easton's American Monarch Theatre Company (AMTC) will open its 2016-2017 inaugural season with the musical, The Last Five Years. Performances are October 15th at 8 p.m. and October 16th at 3 p.m. in the Gold Room of the Grand Eastonian Hotel in Easton, PA. Tickets are $20. (more...)

Photo Flash: Netflix Releases New Images & Trailer for THE CROWN
by TV News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

On Friday, November 4th, audiences around the world will be introduced to the Netflix original series THE CROWN and given a sneak behind the curtain on the personal, political and deeply private world of Queen Elizabeth II (more...)

The Highland Park Players Presents BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Highland Park Players will soon present the non-equity Chicago area premier of the 10-time Tony Award winning show, Billy Elliot the Musical. Asher Alcantara of Wilmette and Cade Pearlman of Highland Park will be alternating the role of the iconic character, Billy. The musical that has won hearts of millions will be performed at the Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Avenue, from October 21st through November 6th. Performances are: October 21, 22, 28, 29 and November 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 pm and October 23, 30 and November 6 at 2 pm. (more...)

Production Begins on Stephen Frears' VICTORIA AND ABDUL, Starring Judi Dench
by Movies News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Production has begun on Working Title Films' VICTORIA AND ABDUL, to which Focus Features holds worldwide rights as part of the company's renewed global initiative. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Living Legend Chita Rivera
by Broadway's Backbone - Sep 26, 2016

The Legendary Chita Rivera got her musical theatre start at the age of 17 on the 1st national tour of 'Call Me Madam' and every step since then has paved the way to making her Carnegie Hall debut on Monday Nov. 7th 2016 at 8:00 in Chita: Nowadays. Chita refers to herself as an eternal gypsy, talks about how dancing is acting without words, and that listening is the best way to learn the craft. With ten Tony nominations and two wins, and with consummate wisdom and skill, Chita shares that many of the disciplines that made her a star, she learned from dancing in the chorus. When the universe opens a door, Chita Rivera always peeks in.  (more...)

Jemima Rooper to Feature in First New Musicals Network SNAPPY TITLE SPOTLIGHT Concert Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2016

New Musicals Network (NMN) are proud to announce three exciting concerts coming up soon under the generic title Snappy Title Spotlight. (more...)

Initial Casting Announced for FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, 10/27; Hannah Elless, Mamie Parris, Jonah Platt and More!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

New York, New York: National Alliance for Musical Theatre (Betsy King Militello, Executive Director) is thrilled to announce the first round of casting for the 28th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28, 2016 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The Festival will kick off on Wednesday, October 26 with its celebrated concert, The 46th Minute, which features songs from Festival shows you will not get to hear in the 45-minute presentation. (more...)

BWW Review: BILLY ELLIOT Dances Into Audience Hearts at the Fulton
by Marakay Rogers - Oct 6, 2016

The miner's son who just wants to dance flies high on the Fulton stage. (more...)

Christian De Gre to Bring 'Burton-Esque' A DRINK WITH DEATH to Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents 2016 New York Innovative Theater Award Nominee Christian De Gre (Fatty Fatty No Friends) and award winning company Mind The Art Entertainment (Beware the Chupacabra & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg) in a dark and twisted new song cycle about the horrors and wonders of death. (more...)

Jason Graae, Harley Jay and Rebecca Ann Johnson to Star in RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET at Rubicon
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company has announced the complete cast of RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET, a fabulously campy send up of 'Forbidden Planet' and other sci-fi film and TV shows of the 1950s which melds plot elements from The Tempest with language from multiple plays by Shakespeare. (more...)

La Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao abre temporada con un tributo al Teatro Musical
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Oct 6, 2016

Hoy y ma√Īana la BOS presentara en el Palacio Euskalduna un concierto homenaje al Teatro Musical con la participacion de artistas del West End (more...)

2016 Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards to Honor Donna McKechnie, ABT Star and More; Performers Set!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

October 24th from 7pm at Stage 48, 605 West 48th Street, HIV HERO will present the third annual HIV HERO Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards. (more...)

Marquee Productions to Stage HAIRSPRAY This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Marquee Productions will present the popular rousing musical smash hit Hairspray December 2 through 11 at the historic Montgomery Theater (271 Market Street, downtown San Jose). (more...)

Ocean State Theatre Company to Launch 2016-17 Piano Bar Series
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), which recently opened its fifth season in its comfortable stadium-style theatre in Warwick, has announced the kick-off of this season's Piano Bar Series, which will be held following select Friday and Saturday evening performances of the company's current production of the ten-time Tony Award-winning musical, Billy Elliot: The Musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the 20th Anniversary Production of RENT
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Broadwayworld took a first look inside rehearsals for the upcoming 20th anniversary production of RENT that will be touring the UK until June 2017 and playing the St. James Theatre in London over Christmas.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Marc Baron Ginsburg of EVITA at Cabrillo Music Theatre
by Cary Ginell - Oct 4, 2016

In Cabrillo Music Theatre's new production of Evita, the role of Che, the narrator figure based on Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, is played by Marc Baron Ginsburg. A Philadelphia native, Ginsburg has enjoyed a varied career on both coasts prior to coming to Cabrillo. His favorite roles include Aaron (First Date,) Lord Farquaad (Shrek), Lawrence Jameson (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), and Quixote/Cervantes (Man of La Mancha), among many others. He also played Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh's First National Tour of Oliver! Marc and his wife Liza, who is also a performer, are recent parents of a son, Phoenix, who was born in June. We talked to Marc about his career and his approach to the key role he is playing in Evita. (more...)

Musical, FLOYD COLLINS Runs for Final Fortnight at Wilton's Music Hall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

The musical, Floyd Collins, has just two weeks left of its run in the atmospheric East End gem, Wilton's Music Hall, with just 14 performances up until 15th October. The critically acclaimed musical, set in Kentucky in 1925, tells the extraordinary true story of a cave explorer who dreams of finding fame and fortune deep underground. When the unthinkable happens and he becomes trapped, it is a desperate race against time as Collins' friends and family fight to set him free and keep his spirits up through a dark and dangerous time. Above ground, his plight catches the eye of the local press, and as the days and weeks pass, the whole country is riveted by his story and the media circus that surrounds it. (more...)

Andre De Shields and More Headed to Yale Rep's SEVEN GUITARS; Cast, Creatives Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

Yale Repertory Theatre presents August Wilson's SEVEN GUITARS, directed by Timothy Douglas, at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street) November 25 through December 17. Opening Night is Thursday, December 1. (more...)

Jeff McCarthy, James Ludwig and Ta'Rea Campbell to Lead NC Theatre's SPAMALOT; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

North Carolina Theatre has announced complete casting for Monty Python's Spamalot, the first show of their 2016/17 Season. (more...)

Pulitzer Prize-Winner DOUBT: A PARABLE To Open at Ocean State Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its fifth season in its comfortable stadium-style theatre in Warwick is proud to present the Regional Professional Premiere of John Patrick Shanley's riveting play, Doubt: A Parable from November 2 - 20. (more...)

Presentato oggi alla 'Casa Argentina' di Roma il Musical 'Evita'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

Presentato oggi alla 'Casa Argentina' di Roma (Sede Culturale Ambasciata Argentina in Italia) il Musical  'Evita' con Malika Ayane, regia di Massimo Romeo Piparo. (more...)

BWW Interview: Gillian Bevan On Playing The Title Role in CYMBELINE
by Marianka Swain - Oct 24, 2016

Gillian Bevan has done everything from Holby City and Teachers on TV to RSC productions and extensive musical theatre, including Into the Woods, Billy Elliot and Grand Hotel. She's currently starring in the RSC's Cymbeline - the first woman to play the title role for the company. The production comes to the Barbican next week. (more...)

The Maltz Jupiter to Present THE AUDIENCE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2016

For more than sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has held private weekly meetings with each Prime Minister, from Churchill to Cameron. In these intimate and sometimes explosive conversations, we see glimpses of the woman who wears the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. Go behind the walls of Buckingham Palace and into the private chambers of Queen Elizabeth II for the audience in Peter Morgan's riveting new play that swept Broadway last season. Sponsored by the John McDonald Company. Learn More (more...)

Killian Donnelly to Lead KINKY BOOTS on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

After originating the role on the West End, Killian Donnelly is headed across the pond to lead the Broadway company of Kinky Boots as Charlie Price. First reported by journalist Baz Bamigboye, and confirmed by the actor via Twitter, Donnelly will take over from Aaron C. Finley on December 6th, and is expected to stay for a six-month run through late May. (more...)

Hannah Elless, Nikki M. James, Brynn O'Malley and More Set for NAMT's THE 46TH MINUTE Concert
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) will kick off the 28th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS with The 46th Minute. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 10/21; HAMILTON in Chicago, BILLY ELLIOT in New Zealand and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Oct 21, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Chicago, South Bend, New Zealand and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include the opening of HAMILTON in Chicago, SWEENEY TODD in South Bend, and Billy Elliot in New Zealand, just to name a few. (more...)

Boyd Gaines and More Board Irish Rep's Immersive THE DEAD, 1904; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Irish Repertory Theatre and Dot Dot Productions, in association with The American Irish Historical Society, have announced full casting for the world premiere of THE DEAD, 1904 - an immersive adaptation of James Joyce's classic story, 'The Dead,' adapted by the Pulitzer Prize winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon (Moy Sand and Gravel) and novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz (Admission, You Should Have Known). (more...)

Cherry Jones to Make West End Debut in John Tiffany's THE GLASS MENAGERIE with Michael Esper, Brian J. Smith, and Kate O'Flynn
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

John Tiffany returns to the West End for the first time since the international critical hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, to bring his acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie to the Duke of York's Theatre for a limited season. (more...)

VIDEO: Netflix's THE CROWN 'Personal Relationships' Trailer Reveals Impact of Being Queen
by TV News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

With Great Britain reeling from the devastation of war, young Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen and finds relationships with her loved ones changing forever.  Netflix's THE CROWN exposes the complications of being Queen in this 'Personal Relationships'  trailer below. (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: BROADWAY'S BACKBONE with Michael Cusumano
by Broadway's Backbone - Oct 19, 2016

In this episode: Broadway's Michael Cusumano won the World's top medal for ballet at the age of 14 in Bulgaria, and at 15 was the youngest company member of ABT. In this episode, Michael talks about his transition from the ballet world to the world of musical theatre, how he confronted male body issues and learned to not hate his body, and says that teaching is what currently fills his heart. He has dealt with bullying and self-doubt, but has made brave decisions about his career because he now follows his inner-voice. (more...)

Corey Cott, Nicholas Christopher, Samantha Massell and More Sign on for NAMT's 28th Annual Festival of New Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

National Alliance for Musical Theatre (Betsy King Militello, Executive Director) has announced the full cast for the 28th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS. The Festival will take place on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28, 2016 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). (more...)

Arts Theatre to Present FOLLOW THE FAUN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Follow The Faun brings its unique blend of ancient Bacchanalian rite and participatory theatre to the West End's Arts Theatre. Guided by swirling projections and a banging electronic soundtrack, the audience travel through new worlds and dimensions to experience ecstasy, transformation, and a serious attack of the giggles. Dress to dance. Expect to sweat. (more...)

Hollywood's Classic Musical SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Splashes onto Stage at Village Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

What a glorious feeling! This holiday season, Village Theatre brings to the stage one of Hollywood's most beloved classics,Singin' in the Rain. Based on the MGM film, which is widely lauded as one of the greatest movie musicals of all time, Singin' in the Rain is a faithful adaptation by the original award-winning screenplay team, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, with songs by Nacio Herb Brown andArthur Freed. The production will be helmed by much of the same creative team that launched last season's hit musical, Billy Elliot, with Artistic Director Steve Tomkins once again in the director's chair. (more...)

BWW Interview: Star Ben Forster On PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's 30th Anniversary
by Marianka Swain - Oct 18, 2016

Ben Forster became a household name when he won Andrew Lloyd Webber's Superstar TV competition and went on to lead the UK arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. His West End work includes Evita and Elf: The Musical, and he's currently starring as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Stephen Daldry's AN INSPECTOR CALLS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Clive Francis (The Crown, Netflix), Barbara Marten (Casualty) and Liam Brennan (Diary of a Madman - winner of a Stage Edinburgh Award) will lead a dynamic cast in the much-anticipated return of Stephen Daldry's multi award-winning production of JB Priestley's An Inspector Calls.  (more...)

BWW Review: BILLY ELLIOT at ASB Waterfront Theatre
by Monica Moore - Oct 17, 2016

Billy Elliot is the first production in the new ASB Waterfront theatre. Auckland Theatre Company's new home is a stunning venue with acoustics second to none. (more...)

BWW TV: Go Behind the Scenes with the Cast of RENT's 20th Anniversary UK Tour
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 14, 2016

Robert Mackintosh and Idili Theatricals Limited, in association with Theatr Clwyd, present the new 20th Anniversary production of Jonathan Larson's ground-breaking Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical RENT. Rehearsals started on Monday 12 September, under the direction of Bruce Guthrie. Click below to watch the company of the brand-new 20th Anniversary production of RENT singing 'Seasons of Love,' along with some interviews with the cast! (more...)

Emily Skinner to Star in Reimagined INTO THE WOODS at TUTS; Robert Longbottom to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

In a monumental move, Tony Award nominee Robert Longbottom will serve as director and choreographer for a newly conceptualized production of Into The Woods at Theatre Under The Stars this holiday season. (more...)

VIDEO: Go Behind-the-Scenes of Netflix's THE CROWN in All-New Featurette
by - Oct 13, 2016

The cast and creators of Netflix's THE CROWN take you behind-the-scenes of the production, giving audiences a  never-before-seen look into the private lives of the infamous ?royal family? in 'The Weight Of The Crown' featurette, released by Netflix today.  (more...)

Michael Feinstein Among Honorees for Harlem School of the Arts' 2016 Gala Masquerade Ball
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) today announced that its annual gala benefit-hosted to support the organization's year-round visual and performing arts programming and initiatives-will be transformed into a Masquerade Ball held on the evening of Halloween (Monday, October 31st) in the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel. (more...)

Jennifer Allen and Steven Blanchard Featured in Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID in Seattle; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

A spectacular new production of Disney's The Little Mermaid kicks off at The 5th Avenue Theatre this holiday season. Featuring the critically acclaimed work of Director Glenn Casale, this beloved tale of a young mermaid's coming-of-age adventure is told like never before. Previously announced casting includes Seattle's own Diana Huey as Ariel and Matthew Kacergis as Prince Eric, with Broadway's Jennifer Allen as Ursula andSteven Blanchard as King Triton. Melvin Abston, Connor Russell and Jamie Torcellini join the cast as Sebastian, Flounder and Scuttle. The 5th Avenue's production will go on to play engagements in cities including Orlando, Cincinnati,Atlanta and Louisville, among others. (more...)

BWW Review: Heartwarming BILLY ELLIOT at Ocean State Theatre Company
by Andria Tieman - Oct 11, 2016

Billy Elliot, the musical based on the movie of the same name, follows the development of a dance prodigy in Northern England during the 1984 miner's strike.  The story examines the juxtaposition between the working class world of mining and the posh world of dancing, along with traditional masculine ideals and family sacrifice.  The musical version features some truly fantastic dancing and standout vocal performances that create a show that is both dazzling and heartwarming to watch. (more...)

Walnut Street Theatre Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

Walnut Street Theatre continues its landmark 208th season with an exciting stage adaptation of the all-time classic musical THE WIZARD OF OZ. Directed by Glenn Casale, with choreography by Patti Colombo, THE WIZARD OF OZ begins previews on November 8th, opens on November 16th and runs through January 8th on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

Broadway's Santino Fontana Boards Indie Rom-Com GALILEO
by Movies News Desk - Oct 10, 2016

According to Deadline, Broadway's Santino Fontana and Dania Ramirez have signed on to star in director Jay Silverman's upcoming indie romantic comedy GALILEO. (more...)

Antici...pation! Kevin Cahoon to Lead THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016

Just in time for Halloween, Bucks County Playhouse's popular production of Richard O'Brien's 'The Rocky Horror Show' makes its return to New Hope for a limited run beginning Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 30 with special late night showings. (more...)

BABY BUMPS, a New Musical, Presents Industry Reading 10/7 in NYC
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2016

Evan Pappas directs an industry reading of the new musical, BABY BUMPS, Friday, October 7th at 2pm at Ripley-Grier Studios. (more...)

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