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New Morgan James Single, 'Call My Name', Now Available
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 30, 2014

MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL standout, notable rising Broadway player and recording artist Morgan James recently released a new studio single titled 'Call My Name' and the track is now available to download on iTunes. (more...)

Melissa Rivers Opens Up: 'My Mother Would be Touched by the Tributes and Prayers'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Joan Rivers' daughter, Melissa Rivers, has spoken out today after news broke that her mother been rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital yesterday after she stopped breathing during a minor throat operation. The 81 year-old comedienne was having surgery on her vocal chords. (more...)

Los Musicales que vendrán: 20 obras imprescindibles
by Jerónimo Carmona - Aug 29, 2014

Por eso, es el momento propicio para repasar algunos de los estrenos mas importantes que llegaran a lo largo de esta nueva temporada musical. Nos esperan musicales en cantidades ingentes y para todos los gustos, con espectaculos nuevos, otros que se reponen, los que llevan años triunfando en la cartelera y una larga lista de propuestas que conforman un catalogo de gran variedad (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 8/29- Lea Michele
by Stage Tube - Aug 29, 2014

Happy Birthday, Lea Michele! Best known to theatre audiences for her role as 'Wendla' in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Spring Awakening, Michele was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance. She also starred in the Broadway productions of Les Miserables, Ragtime and Fiddler on the Roof. For her work on GLEE, Michele was honored with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Actress - Comedy or Musical and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Brynn O'Malley Talks About Playing Dot in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
by Charles Shubow - Aug 29, 2014

Broadway awaits O'Malley to star in her first original role in HONEYMOON AND VEGAS. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 8/29/14 - It's Labor Day Weekend!
by Jessica Showers - Aug 29, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: It's Labor Day weekend! Go do something artsy! (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Preview of INSIDE ACT: HOW TEN ACTORS MADE IT AND HOW YOU CAN TOO- with Richard Portnow!
by Ken Womble - Aug 29, 2014

Why do some actors make it and others don't? Ken Womble sets out to find the answer to this question, one that has fascinated and tormented him for years, in his new book, INSIDE ACT: How Ten Actors Made it and How You Can Too (Hansen Publishing Group, 373 pages, $24.99). To celebrate the release, BroadwayWorld will be featuring chapter previews from the new book. Today, hear from Richard Portnow! (more...)

New Featurette Showcasing The Final Lottery For NEWSIES
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 29, 2014

Disney's popular screen-to-stage adaptation of NEWSIES ended its run on Broadway this weekend after more than 2 years on the Great White Way and a new video featurette focusing on the final lottery is now available to view. (more...)

Winternitz Continues Opposite Ronan Keating In ONCE, From November!
by Carrie Dunn - Aug 29, 2014

Today (29 August 2014), the producers of Once announce that Jill Winternitz will be continuing in the role of Girl opposite the previously announced Ronan Keating as Guy. Keating will be joining the Olivier award-winning musical on 17 November 2014, with press night on Tuesday 25 November 2014. Once is currently booking at the Phoenix Theatre to 4 July 2015. (more...)

Simon Paisley Day Returns As Full Cast Announced For URINETOWN!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Simon Paisley Day (Musketeers, Doctor Who, Titanic, Sherlock, Spartacus, Being Human) will be reprising his critically-acclaimed role as the tyrannical Caldwell B. Cladwell, the machiavellian Head of UGC (Urine Good Company) in the West End transfer of Jamie Lloyd's ground breaking, splash hit production of URINETOWN The Musical. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Abrahamse and Meyer's Marcel Meyer Gets ONE ARM Around Tennessee Williams
by David Fick - Aug 29, 2014

Previews for Abrahamse & Meyer's production of ONE ARM started last night at the Artscape Arena, with company founders Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer returning to the work of Tennessee Williams in their latest collaboration. (more...)

Jason Gotay Directs Narrows Community Theatre's Youth Production of SHREK, Begin. This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Narrows Community Theater brings the talent of Bay Ridge youth to the stage as it presents its fourth annual summer youth show, Shrek The Musical. Directed by Broadway star Jason Gotay, this stage adaptation is based on the 2001 DreamWorks film Shrek and William Steig's 1990 book Shrek. (more...)

Photo Coverage: IT'S ONLY A PLAY Stars Greet Fans at Schoenfeld Theatre Stage Door!
by Jennifer Broski - Aug 29, 2014

The star-studded Broadway production of the backstage comedy It's Only A Play, by 4-time Tony® Award winner Terrence McNally, began preview performances last night at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) with an opening night set for Thursday, October 9, 2014. As previously announced, Academy Award® winner F. Murray Abraham, Tony® Award winner Matthew Broderick, Emmy® and Tony® Award winner Stockard Channing, international film sensation Rupert Grint, Tony® Award winner Nathan Lane, Emmy® Award winner Megan Mullally, and newcomer Micah Stock star in It's Only a Play. 3-time Tony® Award winner Jack O'Brien directs. The cast greeted fans outside of the stage door and BroadwayWorld was there for all of the excitement. Check out photos below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Shapiro Sisters Celebrate CD Release at 54 Below
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Aug 29, 2014

The Shapiro Sisters' debut album LIVE OUT LOUD: LIVE AT 54 BELOW will be released on September 9th, 2014. The Shapiro Sisters, 11-year old Milly Shapiro (Matilda, Original Broadway Cast of Matilda The Musical) and older sister, 14-year-old Abigail Shapiro (Cindy Lou Who, How The Grinch Stole Christmas), recorded the album live at the famed 54 BELOW over a series of three performances this past May and June. The Shapiro Sisters are returned to 54 BELOW last night, August 28th at 7:00 PM, for an encore performance to celebrate the launch of their new CD. Check out photos from the special event below! (more...)

Tune In! Idina Menzel and the Cast of IF/THEN to Guest on Sirius XM, Beginning This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Starting this weekend, tune in to "Broadway Names with Julie James" on SiriusXM ON Broadway for a special edition with Idina Menzel and the cast of IF/THEN, featuring LaChanze, Anthony Rapp and James Snyder. (more...)

VIDEO: Ariana Grande Rocks TODAY SHOW Plaza
by TV News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Broadway fans have known about her talent for years, but now the entire world is aware of just how special Ariana Grande is, and today she drew enormous crowds to Rockefeller Plaza as part of the TODAY SHOW's Summer Concert Series. In the videos below, the pint-sized Grande chats with Matt Lauer, performs her hit 'Problems,' has a special message for her fans, sings 'Bang...Bang,' and has a dance party with Al Roker after trying to steal his job (prepare yourself for that one). (more...)

Off-Broadway's Hit THEY CALL ME Q Now on Sale Through 10/18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Due to overwhelming demand, the hit Off-Broadway play THEY CALL ME Q today put a new block of seats on sale through October 18th. The award-winning THEY CALL ME Q opened on June 4th to unanimous rave reviews, led by the Village Voice which lauded the emotionally charged comedy for delivering "a winning tale thanks to author and actor Qurrat Ann Kadwani's dead-on impersonations of New Yorkers and some unselfconscious spoofing of her own immigrant iterations growing up tough in the Bronx." (more...)

Photo Flash: THE LION KING Celebrates 7000 Performances; Meet the New Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Disney's landmark musical event, THE LION KING, will play its 7,000th Broadway performance at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 3rd. Only three shows in Broadway history have reached this milestone. (more...)

Tom Stoppard's ARCADIA to Launch UK Tour in January 2015
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

English Touring Theatre & Theatre Royal Brighton Productions announced today its spring tour of Tom Stoppard's masterpiece, Arcadia, which will open at the Theatre Royal Brighton on 30 January 2015 before touring the UK. The production will be directed by Blanche McIntyre. Full tour dates and casting to be announced. (more...)

Helaine Levy to Receive Georgy Award at Arizona Theatre Company's 2014 Gala, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Helaine Levy, Executive Director of the Diamond Family Philanthropies, will receive the Georgy Award from Arizona Theatre Company in recognition of the foundation's consistent support of ATC, her personal ongoing support of Tucson's not-for-profit community and her role in establishing the Non-Profit Loan Fund that assists not-for-profits with cash flow. (more...)

American Spiritual Ensemble Returns to Sarasota Opera Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

The critically acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble will return to the William E. Schmidt Opera Theatre at the Sarasota Opera House on Saturday, September 6th at 7pm for a one night only performance celebrating the life of William E. Schmidt. The concert will be free and open to the public. (more...)

Cumberland County Playhouse's DAMN YANKEES Begins 9/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Beginning September 12, Cumberland County Playhouse promises audiences a devilishly good time as they present Damn Yankees, the Tony Award-winning musical that's all about America's favorite pastime, baseball! Middle-aged Joe Boyd (Jim Crabtree) will do anything to see his beloved Washington Senators win the pennant-even sell his soul to the Devil. So when charming Mr. Applegate (Jason Ross) offers him the chance to dethrone the Yankees and lead his team to the pennant, Joe can't resist the temptation. But when transformed into the baseball sensation of the year, young Joe Hardy (Blake Graham) must decide if the life he gave up is more important than youth and fame. Only with the help of the Devil's sultry seductress Lola (Leila Nelson) does Hardy have a chance at redemption. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Lakewood Theatre Company's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

IT'S ALIVE! From Mel Brooks and the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers comes the new monster musical comedy Young Frankenstein, opening September 12 at Lakewood Theatre Company. Performances continue through October 19, 2014. Young Frankenstein features story by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks. It is based on the 1974 comedy film of the same name written by Brooks and Gene Wilder and directed by Brooks, who has described it as his best film. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Country Star Dolly Parton Does the Ice Bucket Challenge
by Stage Tube - Aug 29, 2014

Country singer Dolly Parton just accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Even though the star says in the video the feat is 'not on her bucket list', she passes with flying colors, with the help of two of her nieces. Watch below! (more...)

Jason Mraz & Sara Bareilles Duet On Carole King's 'Beautiful' At Pantages
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 29, 2014

Paying tribute to their musical theatre training, internationally celebrated pop stars Jason Mraz and Sara Bareilles teamed up for a heart-lifting duet of a current Broadway showstopper byway of Carole King's 'Beautiful'. (more...)

Photo Flash: Tony Danza Tweets First Look at HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Marquee!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

HONEYMOON IN VEGAS will play Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street) with previews beginning Tuesday, November 18, 2014 for a Thursday, January 15, 2015 opening night. Tony Danza just took to Twitter with photos of 'the newest marquees on Broadway'. Check out the artwork for Honeymoon in Vegas below! (more...)

Photo Flash: HEDWIG's Lena Hall Surprises Broadway Artists Alliance Summer Intensive Students
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Lena Hall, 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), recently surprised students of Broadway Artists Alliance'a Summer Intensive. Hall spoke of the start of her career, auditioning for her award winning role, and making time for her rock band, The Deafening. Hall also participated in a Q&A with students, answering questions and offering advice for young performers. Get a look at her appearance below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Ute Lemper Previews 54 Below Return!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Back by popular demand, 54 Below presents renowned international chanteuse and star of Broadway's Chicago Ute Lemper for a return engagement, running September 2-6. (more...)

Premiere Reading of BLUEBIRDS by Joe Brondo Set for John Drew Theater, 9/9
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

The premiere reading of Bluebirds by Joe Brondo will be held as part of the John Drew Theater Lab (JDTLab) on Tuesday, September 9 at 7:30pm at the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY. For more information, visit http://www.guildhall.org/events/?id=605&mode=id. (more...)

Staged! to Present PARADE by Jason Robert Brown, 9/20-10/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Staged! and Tony Award-winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown go way back. For the past three years the company has been delighting musical theatre audiences with top-notch production of the composer's work and has the awards and accolades to show for it. This time, Staged! presents JRB's dark and ambitious musical Parade, September 20 through October 12. A dark and compelling look at American justice and racism, Parade won two Tony Awards for its sweeping score and powerful message. (more...)

Long Wharf Theatre to Kick Off 50th Season With OUR TOWN, Feb 26
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Using a cast entirely comprised of alumni and members of the community, Long Wharf Theatre begins its 50th anniversary season with Our Town by Thornton Wilder, directed by Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein, from October 8 through November 2, 2014 on the Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre. (more...)

Tony-Winning Band Red Clay Ramblers to Release New Album Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

The Red Clay Ramblers, the celebrated, Tony Award-winning American folk music band, will release a new album, Carolina Jamboree, on Monday, September 1 on the Longleaf Pine label. The recording will be available on CD and download from amazon.com and cdbaby.com, also by download on iTunes. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: PIPPIN's Broadway Cast Gets Drenched for ALS!
by Stage Tube - Aug 29, 2014

The Broadway cast of PIPPIN accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Broadway's ONCE - check out their acrobatic submission below! PIPPIN has nominated the company of IT'S ONLY A PLAY, PIPPIN team member Gypsy Snider, and the cast of a show in Montreal. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Open Season with LES MISERABLES, 9/10-10/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF will present Les Miserables from September 10 - October 12, 2014 in the Margeson Theater. Featuring a talented mix of Broadway veterans and Orlando Shakes favorites, the production will be the largest musical in the Theater's history. Single tickets to Les Miserables ($15 - $55) are available now by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, visiting www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). (more...)

Lesli Margherita & Alexis Fishman to Join Patty & Emily at The Laurie Beechman
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

After two successful shows in the winter, Patty & Emily are bringing their special brand of fangirl enthusiasm to The Laurie Beechman! Join in the obsessive Broadway chat with this late night talk show. Patty & Emily, along with their music director Jeremy Robin Lyons, will welcome Broadway guests Lesli Margherita, Alexis Fishman, and more for performances and interviews, all the while gushing over them embarrassingly. There will be gasping, laughing, probably a lot of tears, and a whole lot of Broadway love. (more...)

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Natalie Weiss Coming to St. James Theatre, 2 November
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

On Sunday 2nd November Natalie Weiss, Broadway Performer and Creator of 'Breaking Down The Riffs' (BDTR), will showcase her insane vocal talent in her UK solo concert debut at St James Theatre, London. The concert will feature Natalie singing an array of songs ranging from pop to musical theatre including some of her biggest YouTube hits. This is guaranteed to be a fierce night of vocals, anecdotes, and riffing not to be missed as, for one night only, the YouTube sensation and American Idol semi-finalist takes to the West End stage. Concert starts at 7pm. Tickets are now on sale starting from £20 at www.stjamestheatre.co.uk (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: August 23-29
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 29, 2014

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'this week in pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more. Highlights this week include Milly and Abigail Shapiro at 54 Below, the red carpet at the Emmy Awards, NEWSIES final curtain call, and more! (more...)

SHOW ME THE TAP! SHOW ME THE SOUL! Set for Red Door, 9/28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Tap Soul Productions in collaboration with Acute Inflections present the concert version of the new tap dance musical "Show me the TAP! Show me the SOUL!" at Red Door 140 west 24th Street NY, NY 10011 Sunday September 28th at 7PM. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: BC/EFA's Tom Viola & Company Get Soaked for ALS!
by Stage Tube - Aug 29, 2014

The ALS Ice Bucket frenzy is winding down, but Broadway is still getting soaked for the cause! Below, check out the video from Tom Viola and the staff of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. (more...)

Liam Bailey Visits NPR's 'Morning Edition', mtvU's 'The Freshmen'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

UK soul/rock singer Liam Bailey sings with a raw expressiveness that has drawn comparisons to Jimi Hendrix, Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age and Cody ChesnuTT. Co-written and produced by Bailey, and Executive Produced by Flying Buddha label head and Executive VP of A&R Salaam Remi (Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, Nelly Furtado), his debut album Definitely Now is out now via Flying Buddha/Sony Masterworks. (more...)

Bristol Riverside Theatre to Open 28th Season with THE 39 STEPS, 9/30-10/26
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, the hilarious whodonit opening Bristol Riverside Theatre's season on September 30-October 26. Directed by Gus Kaikkonen, the ensemble cast features Dan Hodge, Matt Leisy, Karen Peakes, and Adam Sowers. (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Jeremy Jordan, Sierra Boggess & More Set for 54 Below in Coming Months
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

This September and October 54 BELOW presents a lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54thStreet. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at 54 Below and to purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com. (more...)

Sheet Music For 'Try' From Michael Mott's WHERE THE SKY ENDS Now Available
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 29, 2014

Select sheet music for the material represented on hot new songwriter Michael Mott's debut compilation album WHERE THE SKY ENDS is now available to purchase. (more...)

Photo Flash: Publicity Shots for A Contemporary Theatre's THE INVISIBLE HAND
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

A Contemporary Theatre announces the west coast premiere of writer/actor Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand, about an American investor kidnapped by a militant group in Pakistan. Akhtar won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for his play Disgraced, which opens on Broadway this fall. The Invisible Hand premiered at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis studio series in 2012. Since then, Akhtar has continued development on the script, added a character, and he will participate in the creative process as the show develops in Seattle, spending time in the rehearsal room and audience preview process. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Hablamos con la cantante Innocence
by Roberto Rodríguez - Aug 29, 2014

Nuestro reportero Javier Gabrielssön pudo entrevistar recientemente con la actriz y cantante Innocence, antes de que ella se marchase a México para promocionar allí su último álbum, 'This is Love'. Entre otros temas, la artista habló de sus futuros proyectos, del público méxicano, del llamativo vestuario de sus conciertos, y de compaginar su vida profesional con la maternidad. (more...)

Jason Robert Brown & Kelli O'Hara to Open Up About THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY on Sirius XM
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Tune in to SiriusXM Radio 'On Broadway' Channel 72 on Labor Day (Monday, September 1) at 12:00 pm EST for an exclusive broadcast on the Original Broadway Cast Recording of this year's 'Best Score' Tony Award winner, The Bridges of Madison County from Ghostlight Records. The special program will feature never-before-heard song-by-song commentary from the show's three-time Tony-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown and leading lady Kelli O'Hara. An encore presentation will air at 8:00 pm EST. SiriusXM is available on radios, in vehicles, online and via apps for mobile devices. A free listening trial is available at www.siriusxm.com. (more...)

WICKED's Carla Stickler, Jennifer DiNoia & Jason Yarcho Set for Broadway Fantasy Camp, 10/18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

WICKED pros appear at Broadway Fantasy Camp's All Day Broadway: WICKED. Carla Stickler, currently appearing as 'Elphaba Understudy' in WICKED at The Gershwin Theatre, will meet with Broadway Fantasy Camp participants on Saturday, October 18, 2014 in Manhattan. Joining Stickler is Jennifer DiNoia, who is rejoining the Broadway company as 'Elphaba Standby.' The Musical Director is Jason Yarcho, previous Conductor for the first National Tour of WICKED. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Off-Broadway's OLYMPICS UBER ALLES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Franaleo Productions will present the Off-Broadway premiere of Samuel J. Bernstein and Marguerite Krupp's Olympics Über Alles, opening a limited engagement Thursday September 4th at St. Luke's Theater (308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). Debra Whitfield directs a cast that features Jim DiMunno Tim Dowd, Michael Engberg, Amy Handra, Darrell Purcell, Joshua Quat, and Stewart A. Schneck. This limited run continues through September 21st only. Olympics Über Alles will have scenic and lighting design by Duane Pagano with costume design by Janice O'Donnell and sound and projections design by Paul Bourgeois. The performance runs two hours including intermission. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at TimeLine's MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, Now Playing Through 10/18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

TimeLine Theatre Company opens its 2014-15 season-the company's 18th season-with the Chicago premiere of MY NAME IS ASHER LEV by Aaron Posner, based on the best-selling novel by Chaim Potok. MY NAME IS ASHER LEV is directed by Kimberly Senior, the Chicago-based director who after this production next directs Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning play DISGRACED on Broadway. MY NAME IS ASHER LEV runs at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago through October 18, 2014 (previews August 22 - 27). Press Opening was last night, Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

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