BWW Review: Iyona Blake Shines in CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at Creative Cauldron
by Barbara Johnson - May 9, 2016

Change takes many forms in Caroline, or Change: dramatic historical change, personal change, pocket change. The word itself is used frequently in Tony Kushner's Tony-nominated musical, which takes place in 1963 amidst the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Matt Conner directs Creative Cauldron's production, an apt choice given the piece's enduring thematic significance and a phenomenal turn by Iyona Blake as the unflappable Caroline Thibodeaux. (more...)

Ben Platt & Alana Arenas Will Receive Equity Foundation's Clarence Derwent Award; Bill Camp and Lois Smith Win Richard Seff Award
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

The Actors' Equity Foundation's 2016 Clarence Derwent Awards for most promising female and male performers on the New York metropolitan scene have gone to Alana Arenas (Head of Passes) and Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen). The announcement was made by Arne Gundersen, president of the Foundation, which administers the awards. (more...)

Roger Rees Awards Announce 2016 NYC Student Nominees
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance (formerly the Gershwin Awards), has announced the 2015-2016 student performers who will compete for the title of Best Actress and Best Actor in a licensed high musical presented by high schools located in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and Westchester. (more...)

Veanne Cox & Laurel Harris Set for Playhouse on Park's Musical Theatre Preparatory Program
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Registration for the Young Actor Musical Theater Preparatory Program at Playhouse on Park is now open! Running from July 11-July 22, each day is jam packed with classes and rehearsals. Broadway artists Veanne Cox and Laurel Harris will be visiting the program to lead students in master classes. (more...)

Tony Kushner, Michael Frayn and Beth Steel Announced for Hampstead Theatre Autumn Season
by Marianka Swain - May 27, 2016

The Hampstead Theatre has announced its Autumn season 2016 for the Main Stage. Leading off in September is the world premiere of Beth Steel's compelling new thriller LABYRINTH, directed by Anna Ledwich. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: New Web Series SO YA WANNA BE A BROADWAY STAR? Will Premiere at Sheen Center on 6/6; Watch the Trailer!
by So Ya Wanna Be a Broadway Star - May 27, 2016

So Ya Wanna Be A Broadway Star? will air the entire first season at the downtown venue Monday, June 6th at 7:30 PM with talkback hosted by comedian Jenny Jaffe (MTV, VH1, & College Humor). (more...)

Stephen Schwartz & Jeanine Tesori to Lead Fundraiser Combating North Carolina's 'Bathroom Law'
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

On June 13th at The Cutting Room in New York City, over a dozen native North Carolina Broadway performers will join renowned composers Stephen Schwartz and Jeanine Tesori for Broadway Voices for NC: a concert and fundraiser aimed at combatting HB2, North Carolina's much publicized 'Bathroom Law.' The evening will feature an array of proud North Carolinians on a mission to celebrate tolerance and acceptance to prove that #WeAreNotThis. (more...)

Laurel Harris, Rob Marnell and More Join Stephen Schwartz and Jeanine Tesori for Concert in NYC to Fight HB2 Law, 6/13
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

On June 13th at The Cutting Room in New York City, over a dozen native North Carolina Broadway performers will join renowned composers Stephen Schwartz and Jeanine Tesori for Broadway Voices for NC: a concert and fundraiser aimed at combatting HB2, North Carolina's much publicized 'Bathroom Law'. The evening will feature an array of proud North Carolinians on a mission to celebrate tolerance and acceptance, and prove that #WeAreNotThis.  (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes SPRING AWAKENING's Boniello, Mientus, Rodriguez
by Theater People Podcast - May 23, 2016

On Monday, May 23 the Theater People podcast welcomes Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, and Alex Boniello. The three sit down to discuss the Tony nominated Deaf West Theater production of SPRING AWAKENING in which they all starred. Topic discussed include how they each came to the production, the unique and exciting challenges of working in a Deaf West production, and how it feels for their show to have been nominated for a Tony Award. (more...)

Terrace Plaza Playhouse to Present Shrek the Musical Beginning June 10th
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

The Family Favorite Shrek the Musical will open on June 10th at the Terrace Plaza Playhouse. This feel good show is set to be performed June 10th - July 30th Monday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm. This production brings to life all of your favorite characters from the Animated Movie 'Shrek.' With huge dance numbers, a cast of over 75, amazing costumes, sets, and music this show is not to be missed! Bring the whole family to the SUMMER SPECTACULAR!  (more...)

JASPER IN DEADLAND World Premiere Cast Recording Released Today
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

?Ghostlight Records releases the world premiere recording of the acclaimed musical Jasper in Deadland online and in stores today, Friday, May 20. The show - with music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver and book by Oliver and Hunter Foster - was hailed as "a playful, silly-smart, new musical" by The New York Times, which called the score "buoyant and wide-ranging, with rich harmonies." The recording is produced by Ryan Scott Oliver and John Clancy. To order the album, please visit www.sh-k-boom.com/jasper-in-deadland. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes BRIGHT STAR Tony-Nominee Carmen Cusack; Listen HERE!
by Theater People Podcast - May 16, 2016

On Monday, May 16 the Theater People podcast welcomes BRIGHT STAR's Tony nominated leading lady, Carmen Cusack. (more...)

Warehouse Theatre to Present Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Warehouse Theatre is pleased to announce the next production in its 2016 Season, Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner and directed by Kristofer Green. (more...)

Andrew Rannells, James Lecesne, Ravi Coltrane and More Coming to Birdland This June
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its June 2016 schedule, featuring: Bill Charlap Trio, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Mike Stern and Bill Evans Quartet, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ravi Coltrane, ShowBiz After Hours with Frank DiLella, Birdland Big Band, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Honors George C. Wolfe with Monte Cristo Award!
by Walter McBride - May 10, 2016

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center celebrated the 16th annual MonteCristo Award ceremony with a presentation of the honor to award-winning stage and film director, playwright, and actor George C. Wolfe on Monday night at the Edison Ballroom. The O'Neill annually bestows its Monte Cristo Award on a prominent theater artist whose lifetime work has had an extraordinary impact on American theater. The gala event supports the Center's commitment to developing new work and new artists for the stage.  (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch the Premiere Episode of New Web Series- SO YA WANNA BE A BROADWAY STAR?
by So Ya Wanna Be a Broadway Star - Jun 8, 2016

'SO YA WANNA BE A BROADWAY STAR?' is an awesomely awkward comedic satire that follows Micki Manuel Minnelli ( Jamison Daniels), an overnight YouTube Celebrity searching for Broadway stardom wherever he can find it. A German documentary team follows him around on his daily journey with his fan-girl/make-up artist Sandy ( Patricia McCarthy) forever by his side. Will Micki become famous or infamous - and does he even know the difference? Check out the premiere episode below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Nothing Short of Miraculous: A Conversation with E. Faye Butler
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Jun 7, 2016

'What they did is nothing short of miraculous! I know because I was there as a friend, a colleague, an artist. I was there in that room as the magic was happening!' Award-winning actress E. Faye Butler is speaking of the Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre, of her old friends from their Rockford, Illinois days, Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark, and of the entire creative team and cast of the new chamber music version of the musical Ghost in which she now stars. The Bruce Joel Rubin-Glen Ballard-Dave Stewart show which opens at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick on Thursday, June 9, is a reprise (and New England premiere) of the newly minted chamber adaptation presented at Lancaster's Fulton Theatre on April 21, 2016, after a year-long development process. One can feel the excitement and electricity in Butler's presence and her comments about this play with music which, she believes has given new life to both the original 1990 Jerry Zucker movie starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, and Whoopi Goldberg and the 2011 stage version. 'E. Faye is a force of nature!' MSMT Managing Director Stephanie Dupal proclaimed when she saw her in the premiere. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes AMERICAN PSYCHO's Jennifer Damiano
by Theater People Podcast - Jun 6, 2016

On Monday, June 6, the Theater People podcast welcomes Tony nominee Jennifer Damiano. She made her Broadway debut at the age of 15 in the groundbreaking and Tony Award-winning musical SPRING AWAKENING. She went on to originate the role of Natalie in the Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt musical NEXT TO NORMAL, for which she earned a Tony Award nomination. (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...)

BWW TV Exclusive: SO YA WANNA BE A BROADWAY STAR?- Watch Episode 6
by So Ya Wanna Be a Broadway Star - Jun 29, 2016

Check out Episode 6 (Let's Do This), Micki learns the worst way to get an agent is through Craigslist. In an unexpected twist, his new agent is not what he bargained for and also has personal boundary issues. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes L5Y, BULLETS, FROZEN Star Betsy Wolfe
by Theater People Podcast - Jun 27, 2016

On Monday, June 27th, the Theater People podcast welcomes Broadway favorite Betsy Wolfe. She made her Broadway debut in the 2007 production of 110 IN THE SHADE, and in 2010, she returned to Broadway in EVERYDAY RAPTURE. (more...)

Capathia Jenkins Set for Trent Armand Kendall's Broadway Download on 6/29
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2016

Capathia Jenkins is a Brooklyn-born actress who most recently starred as 'Medda' in the hit Disney production of Newsies' on Broadway. She made her debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, where she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of 'Turn Back, O Man'. She returned to Broadway in The Look of Love and was critically acclaimed for her performances of the Bacharach/David hits. Ms. Jenkins then created the roles of 'The Washing Machine' in Caroline, or Change and 'Frieda May' in Martin Short-Fame becomes me where she sang 'Stop the Show' and brought the house down every night. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 6/25-6/26/2016
by - Jun 26, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, June 26, 2016 - Sunday, June 26, 2016. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: SO YA WANNA BE A BROADWAY STAR?- Watch Episode 5 Guest Starring Capathia Jenkins
by So Ya Wanna Be a Broadway Star - Jun 24, 2016

Below, check out Episode 5, featuring Broadway's Capathia Jenkins! In the latest installment, Micki learns the best way to get an agent is through Craigslist. His agent has worked with Randy Jackson (she's very good). (more...)

PlayMakers Summer Youth Conservatory to Present VIOLET, 7/20-31
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

A cast of student actors from 14 Triangle-area schools will perform the award-winning Broadway musical "Violet" July 20-31 for the PlayMakers Summer Youth Conservatory (SYC). High school actors began work on the production June 20, with their backstage counterparts starting technical training last week. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: SO YA WANNA BE A BROADWAY STAR?- Watch Episode 4
by So Ya Wanna Be a Broadway Star - Jun 22, 2016

'SO YA WANNA BE A BROADWAY STAR?' is an awesomely awkward comedic satire that follows Micki Manuel Minnelli ( Jamison Daniels), an overnight YouTube Celebrity searching for Broadway stardom wherever he can find it. A German documentary team follows him around on his daily journey with his fan-girl/make-up artist Sandy ( Patricia McCarthy) forever by his side. Will Micki become famous or infamous - and does he even know the difference? (more...)

Creative Cauldron's Summer Cabaret Series to Kick Off This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Creative Cauldron's 7th Annual Summer Cabaret Series will be held on Fridays and Saturdays from July 1st through September 19th at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Avenue. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winner Alice Ripley
by Theater People Podcast - Jun 20, 2016

On Monday, June 20th, the Theater People Podcast welcomes Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley. For the episode, Ripley discusses her work in the recent AMERICAN PSYCHO, why this was the right role to bring her back to Broadway after a nearly five year-break, and why she thinks the show struggled to find an audience. (more...)

Celebration Theatre Extends THE BOY FROM OZ
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Celebration Theatre at the Lex and Bruce W. Zisterer in association with Nicholas Caprio, Michael C. Kricfalusi, Todd Milliner and Jack Morrissey presents, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, and thrilled to announce that their critically-acclaimed (LA Times Critic's Choice) Smash-Hit, West Coast premiere of THE BOY FROM OZ, music and lyrics by Peter Allen, book by Martin Sherman, original book by Nick Enright, choreography by Janet Roston, musical direction by Bryan Blaskie, produced by Andrew Carlberg and directed by Celebration Theatre co-artistic director Michael A. Shepperd is EXTENDING through SUNDAY, JULY 31 at the Celebration Theatre's new home, Celebration at the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

Capathia Jenkins, Alton Fitzgerald White & More Set for Birdland, Week of 6/27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for June 27-July 3, featuring Ravi Coltrane, Capathia Jenkins and Alton Fitzgerald White in "Dream Suite: Songs In Jazz and Blues", Matt Baker Quartet, and more! (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: SO YA WANNA BE A BROADWAY STAR?- Watch Episode 3
by So Ya Wanna Be a Broadway Star - Jun 17, 2016

Check out Episode 3 (Hungry, Hungry Micki) below! Micki is so desperate to lose weight that he turns to his #1 fan/stalker Sandy for help. The crew learns a vital lesson about using the word "Glee" in Micki's presence. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: SO YA WANNA BE A BROADWAY STAR?- Watch Episode 2!
by So Ya Wanna Be a Broadway Star - Jun 15, 2016

'SO YA WANNA BE A BROADWAY STAR?' is an awesomely awkward comedic satire that follows Micki Manuel Minnelli ( Jamison Daniels), an overnight YouTube Celebrity searching for Broadway stardom wherever he can find it. A German documentary team follows him around on his daily journey with his fan-girl/make-up artist Sandy ( Patricia McCarthy) forever by his side. Will Micki become famous or infamous - and does he even know the difference? Check out Episode 2 (Archie Nemesis) below! (more...)

BWW TV: HAMILTON's Paul Tazewell Wins Tony for Best Costume Design of a Musical
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 12, 2016

Paul Tazewell received the 2016 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical for Hamilton. Tazewell's other Broadway credits include Doctor Zhivago, Side Show, A Streetcar Named Desire, Magic/Bird, Jesus Christ Superstar, Memphis, The Miracle Worker, The Color Purple, In the Heights, On The Town, Caroline, or Change, Guys and Dolls, Drowning Crow, A Raisin in the Sun, Elaine Strich at Liberty, Def Poetry Jam, and Noise/Funk. Check out what he had to say on the honor below! (more...)

HAMILTON's Paul Tazewell Wins 2016 Tony Award for Best Costume Design - Musical
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2016

Paul Tazewell has won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical for HAMILTON.  (more...)

Showtime Orders Limited Series PURITY Starring Daniel Craig
by TV News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

SHOWTIME announced the pick-up of the new limited series PURITY, based on the novel of the same name from best-selling author Jonathan Franzen, and starring and executive produced by internationally-acclaimed actor Daniel Craig. T (more...)

VIOLET, SWEENEY TODD & More Set for Skylight Music Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Skylight Music Theatre Artistic Director Viswa Subbaraman today announced Skylight Music Theatre's 2016-17 Season. (more...)

Creative Cauldron to Stage Award-Winning Musical CAROLINE, OR CHANGE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Creative Cauldron presents the award-winning musical Caroline, or Change, with book and lyrics by Tony Kushner (Pulitzer Prize, Angels in America), score by Jeanine Tesori (Tony Award, Fun Home), and directed by Creative Cauldron Artistic Associate Matt Conner. Caroline, or Change was nominated for six Tony Awards in 2004 and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2007. Tesori's Drama Desk Award-Winning score combines spiritual music with blues, Motown, classical and Jewish klezmer music. The production will run from May 5th through May 29th, 2016 at ArtSpace Falls Church. Press Night is May 7th, 2016 at 8 PM. (more...)

Lea Salonga Reveals New Promo Poster for Philippine Production of FUN HOME
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Tony Award-winning actress Lea Salonga will star as Helen Bechdel in the Philippines premiere of FUN HOME later this year.   (more...)

Married Couple Dylan & Becky Ann Baker Join Cast of John Doyle-Helmed PEER GYNT at CSC
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Managing Director Jeff Griffin, today announced that acclaimed actors (and married couple) Becky Ann Baker (currently featured on "Girls") and Dylan Baker (currently featured on "The Americans") have joined the cast of its upcoming production of Henrik Ibsen's PEER GYNT, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, who becomes the company's new Artistic Director in July.  (more...)

Celebration Theatre to Stage West Coast Premiere of THE BOY FROM OZ
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Celebration Theatre at the Lex in association with Nicholas Caprio, Michael C. Kricfalusi, Todd Milliner and Jack Morrissey presents, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, the West Coast premiere of THE BOY FROM OZ, music and lyrics by Peter Allen, book by Martin Sherman, original book by Nick Enright, choreography by Janet Roston, musical direction by Bryan Blaskie, produced by Andrew Carlberg and directed by Celebration Theatre co-artistic director Michael A. Shepperd. THE BOY FROM OZ will begin previews on Friday, April 22 at 8pm; will open on Friday, April 29 at 8pm and perform through Sunday, June 19 at the Celebration Theatre's new home, Celebration at the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

BWW Review: George C. Wolfe's SHUFFLE ALONG, An Exhilarating Demand For Recognition
by Michael Dale - Apr 29, 2016

The director/bookwriter tells the story of a groundbreaking 1921 musical that has since been reduced to a footnote. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes FIDDLER's Danny Burstein
by Theater People Podcast - Apr 18, 2016

On Monday, April 18, the Theater People podcast welcomes Five-time Tony Award-nominee, Danny Burstein. Burstein, currently staring as Tevye in the Broadway revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, began his career on Broadway in the early 1990s working mostly as an ensemble member and understudy. After making the decision to turn down work that didn't challenge him artistically, Burstein would go on to become one of the most celebrated leading men of his generation, earning Tony nominations for his work in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, SOUTH PACIFIC, FOLLIES, GOLDEN BOY, and CABARET. (more...)

Tony Winner Anika Noni Rose to Star in BET Drama Pilot THE YARD
by TV News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Anika Noni Rose has nabbed the lead role in BET's 2-hour scripted pilot THE YARD. (more...)

SpeakEasy to Stage Boston Professional Premiere of DOGFIGHT; Performances Begin in May
by Louisa Brady - Apr 17, 2016

From May 7 - June 4, 2016, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly present the Boston Professional Premiere of DOGFIGHT, a powerful new musical about unexpected love, loss, and brotherhood, based on the 1991 film starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor.  (more...)

Fulton Theatre to Present Re-Invented GHOST: THE MUSICAL, 4/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

 The "nationally regarded" Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of Ghost: The Musical through May 14 (Performances at Maine State Music Theatre are June 8 - June 25, 2016). The romantic and heart-wrenching story will feature a cast of 10, focusing on the central characters of the original story, with a 6 piece orchestra. New acoustic versions of the songs from the original Broadway production will include, "Unchained Melody," "Here Right Now,"  "Suspend My Disbelief - I Had a Life," and more! (more...)

JASPER IN DEADLAND World Premiere Recording to Hit Stores, Online This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Ghostlight Records will release the world premiere recording of the acclaimed musical JASPER IN DEADLAND online and in stores on Friday, May 20. (more...)

NextStop Theatre Company Announces CITY OF ANGELS Cast
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

NextStop Theatre Company's third professional season comes to a close in May 2016 with the DC area regional professional premiere of the film noir jazz musical, City of Angels. NextStop's production will open May 12 and run through June 5, 2016. (more...)

James Lecesne's THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY Coming to Bay Street This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Bay Street Theater will welcome THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY as a Special Mainstage Bonus Production this summer. The one-man play will run one week only from July 18 through July 24. (more...)

Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews Will Present a Workshop of THE FAMILY PROJECT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, the Award Winning writers of Invisible Thread (Second Stage and ART) will present a workshop of their new musical THE FAMILY PROJECT in May. The new piece was written as a commission for Los Angeles Center Theater Group. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes ON YOUR FEET's Andrea Burns in New Episode
by Theater People Podcast - Apr 11, 2016

On Monday, April 4, the Theater People podcast welcomes ON YOUR FEET star Andrea Burns. Burns made her professional New York debut in Jason Robert Brown's groundbreaking 1995 musical SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. She then made her Broadway debut in 1996 as a replacement in the role of Belle in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and went on to co-star in the Broadway productions of THE FULL MONTY and THE RITZ. (more...)

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