BWW Review: Cirque du Soleil Attempts An Original Book Musical With PARAMOUR
by Michael Dale - May 26, 2016

While the artists of Cirque du Soleil splendidly do what they're famous for, the writers of this lavish musical seriously underachieve. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Paper Mill Playhouse's WEST SIDE STORY Gives Sneak Peek!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - May 26, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse will present Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's classic musical West Side Story, directed by Paper Mill Playhouse's Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee and Jerome Robbins' original choreography recreated by Alex Sanchez. West Side Story is based on a conception by Jerome Robbins and features a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernsteinand lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. (more...)

BWW TV: Meet the Sharks and Jets of Paper Mill Playhouse's WEST SIDE STORY!
by TV - On the Road - May 26, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse will present Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernsteinand Stephen Sondheim's classic musical West Side Story, directed by Paper Mill Playhouse's Producing Artistic DirectorMark S. Hoebee andJerome Robbins' original choreography recreated by Alex Sanchez. West Side Story is based on a conception by Jerome Robbins and features a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. (more...)

BWW TV: Keep it Cool with a Performance Preview from Paper Mill Playhouse's WEST SIDE STORY!
by TV - On the Road - May 25, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse will present Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernsteinand Stephen Sondheim's classic musical West Side Story, directed by Paper Mill Playhouse's Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee andJerome Robbins' original choreography recreated by Alex Sanchez. West Side Story is based on a conception by Jerome Robbins and features a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernsteinand lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. (more...)

Kristin Kontrol Announces Headline Tour in Support of Debut Album 'X-Communicate'
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Kristin Kontrol will kick off an East Coast tour on June 15 at BSP in Kingston, NY. After the short headline run, which will wrap up on June 22 at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, NY, she'll be opening for Garbage. (more...)

Janine di Giovanni Wins 'Courage in Journalism Award'
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

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I. L. Brown Pens THE EARLS OF ALABAMA
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

I. L. Brown, a retired business executive, has completed his new book 'The Earls of Alabama': an engrossing and captivating story of family Caught in a difficult time and a hard place, as told through the eyes of an old mulatto man to the grieving son. (more...)

Scoop: LIFE IN PIECES on CBS - Thursday, June 2, 2016
by TV Scoop - May 24, 2016

Get all the scoop on LIFE IN PIECES, airing on CBS on Thursday, June 2, 2016! (more...)

Ely Finishing to Run 50 Marathons for Wheelchairs
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Kevin Ely from Geneva, IL, will cross the finish line in Traverse City, MI, at the Bayshore Marathon on May 28, which will mark the completion of his 50th marathon for mobility. He has been running a marathon in every state to raise awareness and funds for Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM), a humanitarian, faith-based nonprofit that distributes a low-cost, free wheelchair to people in developing countries. In February, 2014, Ely traveled to Huntington Beach, CA, for the Surf City Marathon. Walking through the expo before the race, the Free Wheelchair Mission booth Caught his attention. The organization transforms lives through the gift of mobility - a gift Ely and his family already have. That day he was focused on running 26.2 miles and FWM was focused on lifting lives off the ground. Ely and his wife, Sarah, have two daughters, Olivia and Evelyn. Evelyn was born 10 ½ weeks premature. Despite many physical, neurological and visual challenges, she is moving around quite well. Ely says, 'I am blessed to have a job, insurance, doctors, therapists, etc. to get Evelyn to where she is today. Thanks to the amazing support available to us, she has the gift of mobility.' In many countries, those resources aren't available. Over 100 million people in the world do not have access to a wheelchair. Ely said, 'I have been given so much and it is time for me to pay it forward, or in my case, run it forward. When I get tired on the race course, I remember those who can't run, what they would give to have this simple gift that I take for granted, and I run harder for them.' To date, FWM has distributed over 910,000 wheelchairs in 91 different countries and Ely has personally raised $42,850 to ship container of wheelchairs (550 chairs). About Free Wheelchair Mission: Free Wheelchair Mission is a humanitarian, faith-based non-profit headquartered in Irvine, Calif. It provides wheelchairs at no cost to people with disabilities in developing nations. In collaboration with a network of like-minded partners, FWM has been providing wheelchairs to those in need around the world since 2001 providing dignity, independence and hope through the gift of mobility. (more...)

Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Concert Production
by TV News Desk - May 24, 2016

Gyllenhaal has signed on to star in a one-night-only performance of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE to benefit New York City Center. (more...)

NYMF Adds Works by Zoe Sarnak, Richard Allen & More to 2016 Slate; Full Lineup Set!
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF), previously known as The New York Musical Theatre Festival, confirmed the complete slate of programming and venues for NYMF 2016, taking place from July 11 through August 7 in Midtown Manhattan. (more...)

Scoop: 20/20: IN AN INSTANT on ABC - Saturday, June 18, 2016
by TV Scoop - May 24, 2016

Get all the scoop on 20/20: IN AN INSTANT, airing on ABC on Saturday, June 18, 2016! (more...)

Annie Apple Named ESPN Sunday NFL COUNTDOWN Contributor
by TV News Desk - May 24, 2016

Annie Apple, the mother of New York Giants 2016 first round pick Eli Apple, is joining ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown this fall as a contributor. Beginning in September, she will offer player profiles and other stories for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown pregame show. (more...)

Alessandra Belloni to Bring FEAST OF THE TARANTATI to Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 6/29
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Alessandra Belloni and her performance troupe, I Giullari di Piazza, will return June 29 to Cathedral of St. John the Divine with 'Feast of the Tarantati' (Feast of Apulia), an ancient healing tradition with Tarantella trance dances and healing chants for the Black Madonna.  In Italy, the ritual is traditionally celebrated in a church in Apulia. This will be the first time that Alessandra Belloni and I Giullari Di Piazza will reenact the ceremony inside a church in New York.  At the conclusion of the performance, the audience will be invited to join in 'releasing the poison and venom from our bodies and souls.' I Giullari di Piazza is a resident company of Cathedral of St. John the Divine. (more...)

Aptitude Software Presents a Preview of FSN's Future of Finance Function 2016 Survey
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

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BWW Review: Verge Theater Company's Beautifully Acted SKINLESS
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 24, 2016

Johnna Adams is a consummate storyteller: employing fantasy and fiction, conjecture and supposition, she weaves together a tale that is at once intensely intriguing and enormously off-putting, using her skill as a writer to transport her audience to an otherworldly place that exists only in her imagination and, perhaps, in the woods and hollows of north Georgia. (more...)

Cincinnati May Festival's THE ORDERING OF MOSES Recording Now Available
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

The Cincinnati May Festival is proud to announce the release of a new recording on Bridge Records. Under the leadership of Music Director James Conlon, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus (Robert Porco, director) recorded R. Nathaniel Dett's oratorio, The Ordering of Moses, live at Carnegie Hall in May 2014 during the beloved invitational Spring for Music Festival. (more...)

Scoop: ROSEWOOD Season Finale on FOX - Wednesday, May 25, 2016
by - May 23, 2016

Get all the scoop on ROSEWOOD Season Finale, airing on FOX on Wednesday, May 25, 2016! (more...)

PlayCo to Present Christopher Chen's CAUGHT, 8/17-9/18
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

The Play Company (PlayCo), led by Founding Producer Kate Loewald and Executive Producer Lauren Weigel, closes its 15th Anniversary season with the New York premiere of Caught (August 17-September 18). In this irreverent new genre-bending piece, theatre makers Christopher Chen and Lee Sunday Evans apply their playful imaginations to the work of a Chinese dissident artist. This hybrid work instigates an exploration into the nature of authority and authenticity, inviting you to navigate the labyrinthine relationships between truth and perception, illusionary art and real jeopardy. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jemma Alexander on THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL
by Jenny Ell - May 23, 2016

Having opened Off-Broadway in 2005, The Great American Trailer Park Musical has been performed across the US, Australia and Europe. It's had a bit of a hiatus over the last couple of years but Garry Lake and Waterloo East Theatre have brought the show to London where it is currently enjoying a limited run. BWW:UK recently Caught up with cast member Jemma Alexander to talk about the show. (more...)

FIMPRO Guadalajara Announces Expanding Music Conference and Showcase Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

In Guadalajara's beautiful venues and welcoming public squares, a new hub for musical exchange and professional collaboration throughout the Americas has emerged. (more...)

BWW Review: Opulent AMADEUS Revival Fancies Up South Coast Rep Stage
by Michael L. Quintos - May 23, 2016

To close out its current season, Orange County's Tony-winning regional theater South Coast Repertory has chosen to mount an opulent, high-caliber revival of Peter Shaffer's 1979 play AMADEUS, which continues performances in Costa Mesa through June 5, 2016. The recipient of the 1981 Tony Award for Best Play, AMADEUS most notably became the basis for Milos Forman's Academy Award-winning (and, yes, arguably, much more readily known) 1984 film of the same name. For SCR's season-ender---engagingly directed by Kent Nicholson---the rather lengthy play is presented with much of the visual grandness one expects from an antiquated period piece, particularly from this particular theater company. And as an added bonus, the play is performed by a cast of incredible, seasoned actors that winningly transports its audience to a time and place centuries ago. So is it worth revisiting the tug-of-war between Salieri and Mozart? If it is South Coast Rep's visually-stunning production, then the answer is an enthusiastic 'yes.' (more...)

BWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's CAUGHT Examines Twisting Truth
by Jay Irwin - May 23, 2016

Absolute truth is an elusive thing. In our daily lives we lie to get what we want. We lie to be polite and spare someone's feelings. We lie by not telling all the facts. And sometimes we lie by manipulating the facts so they're true to us. Seattle Public Theater's current production "Caught" by Christopher Chen walks a treacherous tightrope between truth and lies on multiple levels with a thoughtful and humorous show. And even as engaging as it was, ultimately it felt a little long winded and I question what its own truth really was. (more...)

ODETTE Productions Presents Its Inaugural Production Of SEX As Part Of 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2016

Odette Productions boards the 20th Century Limited bound for New York City as it presents the world premiere comedy SEX, loosely based on the scandalous affairs of infamous socialite Peggy Hopkins Joyce. Sex will be playing nine performances at The Hudson Theatres as part of the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival. (more...)

BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at Runway Theatre
by Kyle Christopher West - May 22, 2016

In 2007, Dunken Sheik and Steven Sater's rock musical SPRING AWAKENING took home eight of the eleven Tony Awards it was nominated for, including the coveted Best Musical award. It was bold, new, edgy - and it Caught the hearts and minds of everyone who saw it. Although the current local production at Runway Theatre is unlikely to be held to the same standards, the audience reaction to the company's opening night performance was every bit as excited about the show as the audiences in New York. (more...)

BWW Review: SEX CELLS Explores Many Aspects Of Motherhood And Families
by Barry Lenny - May 22, 2016

There are lots of laughs, but also drama and tragedy in Longaretti's script. (more...)

Hagan Dominates at Topeka, Scores Back-to-Back Wins in Mopar Express Lane Dodge
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2016

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BWW Review: THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE Is A Sure Fire Success
by Barry Lenny - May 21, 2016

Andrew Bovell has provided another of his powerful and captivating scripts. (more...)

MARX IN SOHO, SPRING AWAKENING and More Set for Spotlighters Theatre's 55th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

This season holds a wealth of 'theatre magic' for you! A little frightening, and a lot of fun! Spotlighters tackles a variety of genres, and takes our audiences on some dark travels into the world of politics, feuding families and neighbors, gossipy friends, crime, murder and Dungeon & Dragons. (more...)

BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Goes Great Guns at The Memphis Orpheum
by Caroline Sposto - May 20, 2016

The lights come up, jazz age gangsters rush the stage and fire at the backdrop with their machine guns, and the words BULLETS OVER BROADWAY appears in lights--a perfect intro for a madcap caper. Let the fun begin! (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- A BETTER PLACE's Rob Maitner
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

In this week's edition, we Caught up with Rob Maitner, who stars as 'Les' in A BETTER PLACE, playing at The Duke on 42nd Street. (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- HADESTOWN's Chris Sullivan
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

In this week's edition, we Caught up with Chris Sullivan, who stars as 'Hermes' in HADESTOWN, playing at New York Theatre Workshop. (more...)

BWW Review: WAR OF THE WORLDS at Scena Theatre Will Have You On the Edge of Your Seat
by Jeffrey Walker - May 20, 2016

Taking a trip to the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street will also transport you to a time when radio was king and one of the princes of the medium was the maverick actor-director Orson Welles. Welles and his Mercury Theatre Company on the Air produced a series of classic dramas on CBS Radio in the 1930s. Their most infamous broadcast was their adaptation of the H.G. Wells scifi classic "The War of the Worlds, sent over the airwaves on October 30, 1938 from New York City. That historic and iconic radio play has been translated to a new medium - the stage - by Scena Theatre in a riveting adaptation by Robert McNamara who also directed the production. Crackling with the excitement of live radio, Scena captures the ingenuity, talent and drama of that night. (more...)

BWW Interview: Gemma Sutton Of THE GO-BETWEEN!
by Carrie Dunn - May 19, 2016

We Caught up with Gemma Sutton as she rehearses new show The Go-Between. She stars alongside Michael Crawford and Issy van Randwyck. (more...)

Scoop: BRAINDEAD on CBS - Monday, June 13, 2016
by TV Scoop - May 19, 2016

Get all the scoop on BRAINDEAD, airing on CBS on Monday, June 13, 2016! (more...)

Photo Flash: Go Inside Rehearsals for THE GO-BETWEEN, with Michael Crawford
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Michael Crawford will return to the London Stage in a new musical, based on the famed novel The Go-Between this spring. Joining the previously announced Michael Crawford - with the multi Olivier and Tony-award winning starreturning to London's West End to play Leo Colston - will be Issy Van Randwyck. Renowned for her starring role in the celebrated cabaret groupFascinating Aida, Issy will play the role of Mrs Maudsley. (more...)

Telemundo Begins Production of Hit Super Series SENORA ACERO 3, LA COYOTE
by TV News Desk - May 19, 2016

“Señora Acero 3, La Coyote” narrates the story of Mexican immigrants and their struggle to reach the American Dream. In their journey, they will need to avoid getting Caught by Border Patrol, or even worst, by gangs of drug traffickers who kidnap them and use them as slaves in the illegal narcotics business. (more...)

A Theatre Lover's Guide To Visiting NYC Like A New Yorker
by Kyle Christopher West - May 19, 2016

Although we haven't met, I already know we'd get along swimmingly. You see, you're on BroadwayWorld.com and you're browsing a travel article, so I can already tell we have so much in common. And while I'm currently writing to you from Dallas, Texas, it feels like only yesterday I was juggling jobs to cover the rising rent on my New York City apartment. Although I'll forever miss the energy of a busy life in the city, a visit or two a year is all I need to feel at home again in the Big Apple. (more...)

VIDEO: Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie Discuss HBO's Adaptation of ALL THE WAY
by TV News Desk - May 19, 2016

Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie were live in Times Square this morning to discuss their roles in the new HBO film, ALL THE WAY. (more...)

BWW Review: Four Humors Brings the Classic THE INGENIOUS GENTLEMAN DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA to Life in a Delightful Way with a Clever Adaptation and Inventive Design
by Jill Schafer - May 18, 2016

When the ingenious gentlemen of Four Humors apply their unique, clever, and hilarious storytelling style to a classic such as THE INGENIOUS GENTLEMAN DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA, it's a thing not to be missed. And even though I've experienced many such unique adaptations by Four Humors, as well as original work, last night's world premiere opening night still gave me something unexpected. As the play points out, everyone knows Don Quixote, even if you're never read the book or heard the name Miguel de Cervantes. Four Humors tells the classic story about honor, chivalry, and madness in a unique way using puppetry projection and by making Cervantes a character in the play, allowing the characters to step outside the story and comment on it. I believe this is Four Humors' debut at the Guthrie, which will no doubt expose a new audience to their often accomplished mission 'to create art that celebrates the humor, stupidity, and beauty of our world by letting the artist connect with the audience in a vulnerable and honest way.' (more...)

Comedian Steven Wright Returning to The Orleans Showroom, 6/17-18
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

?Steven Wright, the Academy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated comedian known for his trademark satire, absurdist one-liners, monotone voice and deadpan delivery, will return to The Orleans Showroom June 17 and 18. (more...)

Champion Technology Company releases DarkLight 2.3; Adds Director of Cybersecurity
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

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BWW Review: LONE RIDERS Explores the Wild West in Austin, TX
by Amy Bradley - May 18, 2016

Trinity Street Players invites audiences to slow down and admire the old west in their latest production, LONE RIDERS, within the quaint blackbox at the First Austin Baptist Church. This original work, written by Carol Wright Krause and directed by Manuel Zarate, hopefully will survive its first workshop unscathed. Traditionally, during workshop productions, the writing and direction are experimental  - meaning quite possibly audiences can only see this original work in its current form once. During this preliminary malleable phase of any show, daring production companies like Trinity Street Players introduce something that literally has never been seen before. This sense of adventure is linked to the spirit and theme of LONE RIDERS. The intimate cast of players and the wonderful guitar stylings of Walker Lyle, take you on their adventure forcing self-reflection of individuals' motives and point of view. (more...)

Disney Hyperion to Launch Serafina Sequel, 7/12
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C., May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ The highly anticipated sequel to the bestselling mystery-thriller Serafina and the Black Cloak is set for nationwide release on July 12. (more...)

Scoop: BLUE BLOODS on CBS - Friday, June 3, 2016
by TV Scoop - May 17, 2016

Get all the scoop on BLUE BLOODS, airing on CBS on Friday, June 3, 2016! (more...)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour Coming to The Smith Center in August
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

?Tickets go on sale for the brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien on May 20 at 10AM. This lavish new production will make its Las Vegas premiere August 2 - 14 at The Smith Center as part of a North American tour.  Tickets can be purchased at www.TheSmithCenter.com. For more information, please visit www.TheSoundOfMusicOnTour.com. (more...)

BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Has a Whole Lotta Music Going at Dutch Apple
by Marakay Rogers - May 17, 2016

Rockabilly, country, and blues fans, rejoice. Elvis fans, look sharp. The greatest recording event in history is happening at Dutch Apple through June 19, and you can be there. (more...)

Lifetime Celebrates 2016 Summer Olympics with New Docuseries GOLD MEDAL FAMILIES
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2016

The road to the Olympics starts at home, where extraordinary athletes and their families sacrifice everything for their dreams of glory in the new Lifetime docuseries, GOLD MEDAL FAMILIES (more...)

BWW's 'Some Like It Pop' Goes Deep on Tony Nominations, Superheroes, Kidnapped Cats
by Some Like It Pop - May 16, 2016

Hello Pop Culture Illuminati! On this episode of BroadwayWorld's Some Like It Pop Podcast we discuss the recent Tony nominations from the perspective of theatre lovers that live thousands of miles from Broadway, our unique approaches to theatre and TV, 'Captain America: Civil War', and 'Keanu.' And, as always, we wrap up the episode with 'Show and Tell.' (more...)

BWW Interview: Co-Stars Rachel Hemphill Dickson and Steve Scott Talk The Ensemble Theatre's PLENTY OF TIME
by Katricia Lang - May 16, 2016

It's barely May and The Ensemble Theatre stage is steamier than Houston in July because of John Shevin Foster's contemporary romantic comedy PLENTY OF TIME. (more...)

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