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A superb cast of West End stars including James Fox (Fame Academy, Jesus Christ Superstar), Shona White (Wicked), Tam Mutu (Love Never Dies), Rebecca Lock (The Phantom of the Opera, Avenue Q), James Graeme (The Phantom of the Opera), David Erik (Dirty Dancing, The Phantom of the Opera) and Steve Varnom (The Woman in White) lead a cast of 30 actors and musicians in this unmissable production.



Written by Tim Rice and ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, CHESS has one of the greatest musical theatre scores of all time including One Night In Bangkok, Pity The Child, Anthem, You And I and, of course, I Know Him So Well.



Two of the world's greatest chess masters battle it out at the world chess championships but their greatest contest is for the love of one woman. Amidst political intrigue and international conspiracies, the American and the Russian fight to win the heart of Florence Vassy in a romantic triangle that mirrors the heightened passions of the Cold War all set to an explosive score by the composers of Mamma Mia and the lyricist of Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.



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BWW EXCLUSIVE: 5 SONGS BY... Michael Friedman On THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDEBWW EXCLUSIVE: 5 SONGS BY... Michael Friedman On THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 30, 2015

Today we are continuing the 5 SONGS BY... series by talking to a noted composer of many Off-Broadway musicals and special events including SAVED, THE BLUE DEMON, IN THE BUBBLE and more all about his latest musical offering, the Itamar Moses collaboration THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE. Based on the celebrated novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem, THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE provided Friedman with rich dramatic fodder with which to craft a spectacular musical score overflowing with melody and displaying a wide swath of influences befitting of the coming of age story and 1970s milieu, ranging from traditional musical theatre to rock, pop, R&B, rap, world music and beyond, which he describes in detail via his personally chosen selections from the show in today's show-focused discussion. (more...)

Australian LES MISERABLES Star Simon Gleeson to Release Debut Album in JulyAustralian LES MISERABLES Star Simon Gleeson to Release Debut Album in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

'ELEMENTS', the eagerly anticipated debut album from Musical Theatre star Simon Gleeson will be released July 10th, 2015. (more...)

BARBARA DICKSON: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL CD/DVD Set Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 8/14BARBARA DICKSON: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL CD/DVD Set Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 8/14
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 30, 2015

A West End diva takes center stage at the Royal Albert Hall! (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Jeremy Jordan, Lorna Luft & More Coming to 54 Below in Coming WeeksChristine Ebersole, Jeremy Jordan, Lorna Luft & More Coming to 54 Below in Coming Weeks
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

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

Celebrate 100 Years of Willie Dixon Tomorrow at Blues Haven FoundationCelebrate 100 Years of Willie Dixon Tomorrow at Blues Haven Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

July 1, 2015 would have been Willie's 100th birthday. To honor this brilliant songwriter, producer, musician, and to celebrate his life and accomplishments, Blues Heaven Foundation is holding a free concert featuring Chicago's phenomenal blues guitarist, Melvin Taylor & the Taylor Made Band from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Garden Area.  (more...)

Off-Broadway's CHURCHILL Enters Final Weeks at New World StagesOff-Broadway's CHURCHILL Enters Final Weeks at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Off-Broadway's hit play CHURCHILL is set to reopen where it began its phenomenal journey, with performances beginning July 17th at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center. The show will conclude its current smash engagement at New World Stages July 12th, where it opened on February 18th. Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. (more...)

Usdan Center Kicks Off 2015 Festival Concerts Series and MoreUsdan Center Kicks Off 2015 Festival Concerts Series and More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (www.usdan.com), the renowned Long Island summer arts day camp whose 48th season kicked off today, features award-winning and fast-rising professional artists of music, dance and theater on its unique Festival Concerts series. (more...)

Star of Australia's LES MISERABLES Simon Gleeson to Debut ELEMENTS Album, July 10Star of Australia's LES MISERABLES Simon Gleeson to Debut ELEMENTS Album, July 10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

?'ELEMENTS', the eagerly anticipated debut album from Musical Theatre star Simon Gleeson will be released July 10th, 2015. (more...)

Williamston Theatre to Stage THE ART OF MURDER, 7/16-8/23Williamston Theatre to Stage THE ART OF MURDER, 7/16-8/23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Mid-Michigan's award winning professional theatre company, Williamston Theatre, located at 122 S. Putnam Street in downtown Williamston, ends their 2014-2015 Season with The Art of Murder by Joe DiPietro. Performances begin Thursday, July 16 and run through Sunday, August 23. (more...)

Jeremy Jordan & More Set for 54 Below This WeekJeremy Jordan & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

This week at 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for June 29-July 5, Featuring Lindsay Mendez, Lauren Pritchard, and More!Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for June 29-July 5, Featuring Lindsay Mendez, Lauren Pritchard, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Jun 28, 2015

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Steve Washington at the Metropolitan Room; Songbird in Concert by Lauren Pritchard & Michael Kimmel, Love Don't Need a Reason: A Benefit for Callen-Lorde; Ryan Scott Oliver and Lindsay Mendez's Actor Therapy; and 54 Sings 1776. (more...)

Jim Loucks' New Solo Show THE BISCUITEATER Heads to Electric Lodge, 7/24-8/9Jim Loucks' New Solo Show THE BISCUITEATER Heads to Electric Lodge, 7/24-8/9
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

Solo performer Jim Loucks brings his Southern storytelling style to the Electric Lodge with his new show The Biscuiteater July 24 - Aug 9 (1416 Electric Ave, Venice, CA 90291). The Biscuiteater is directed by Lisa Chess. (more...)

Josh Groban Exclaims 'Bravo!' & Visits Michael Cerveris Backstage At FUN HOMEJosh Groban Exclaims 'Bravo!' & Visits Michael Cerveris Backstage At FUN HOME
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 26, 2015

Josh Groban Visits Michael Cerveris Backstage At FUN HOME (more...)

Off-Broadway's CHURCHILL Sets July 4th ScheduleOff-Broadway's CHURCHILL Sets July 4th Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Off-Broadway's hit play CHURCHILL will play a special 4th of July schedule next week at New World Stages. There will be no evening performance on Saturday the 4th and a special holiday matinee has been added on Friday, July 3rd at 2:30 PM. (more...)

Usdan Names New Executive DirectorUsdan Names New Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the renowned summer arts day camp, announces that Lauren Brandt Schloss will become Usdan¹s third Executive Director this fall. She will be Usdan¹s first female Executive and the first whose background is in the visual arts. Ms. Schloss will join the staff in June following her tenure as Executive Vice President at New York¹s Studio in a School and her previous position as Director of Education at the Queens Museum. She will succeed Dale Lewis, who following 36 years at Usdan will be leaving in September to direct the new Arts Reach Fund at Long Island Community Foundation. (more...)

CHURCHILL to End Off-Broadway Run in JulyCHURCHILL to End Off-Broadway Run in July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Off-Broadway's hit play CHURCHILL is set to reopen where it began its phenomenal journey, with performances beginning July 17th at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center. The show will conclude its current smash engagement at New World Stages July 12th, where it opened on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by CBS Radio which declared, 'Ronald Keaton evokes a transcendent greatness that was Winston Churchill!' The production recently recouped its entire investment well before completing its New York run. Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. (more...)

ePawn Launches Its Connected Board for Gamers on KickstarterePawn Launches Its Connected Board for Gamers on Kickstarter
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

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Liberty Science Center Names Fabiano Caruana, Highest Rated American Chess Player Ever and Third Highest Rated Player in History, as LSC Visiting GrandmasterLiberty Science Center Names Fabiano Caruana, Highest Rated American Chess Player Ever and Third Highest Rated Player in History, as LSC Visiting Grandmaster
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

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NYC Parks Cuts Ribbon on Second Phase of Renovations to Paerdegat ParkNYC Parks Cuts Ribbon on Second Phase of Renovations to Paerdegat Park
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

NYC Parks Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey today joined City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, children and counselors from the East Flatbush Village summer camp, Barrington Barrett of Community Board 17, Vice President of Operations for Pathmark Roy Halpern, Assemblyman Nick Perry and local community members to cut the ribbon on the second phase of renovations to Paerdegat Park. (more...)

Two River Theater's 2015 CROSSING BORDERS Festival to Spotlight Cuban Writers; Lineup Announced!Two River Theater's 2015 CROSSING BORDERS Festival to Spotlight Cuban Writers; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2015

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces the lineup for its fifth annual Crossing Borders festival of new plays by Latino writers. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Stage SPAMALOT, 9/9-10/11Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Stage SPAMALOT, 9/9-10/11
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is pleased to present Monty Python's Spamalot from September 9 - October 11, 2015 in the Margeson Theater. Directed by Artistic Director Jim Helsinger with musical direction by Steve MacKinnon and choreography by Billy Sprague, Jr., the production will headline the Theater's upcoming 27th Season Signature Series. Tickets to Monty Python's SPAMALOT 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...)

Hayes Theatre Co Sets Full Cast of HIGH SOCIETYHayes Theatre Co Sets Full Cast of HIGH SOCIETY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2015

The brand new production of the beloved musical HIGH SOCIETY presented by Hayes Theatre Co from the 4th of September, today announced the full cast and that the season will be extended - now running until Saturday 3 October. (more...)

Adam Pascal Returns To 54 Below With New Solo Show, 11/22Adam Pascal Returns To 54 Below With New Solo Show, 11/22
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 5, 2015

An iconic RENT rocker returns to 54 Below! (more...)

Musical Theatre Factory to Stage WE ARE THE TIGERS Next WeekMusical Theatre Factory to Stage WE ARE THE TIGERS Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2015

Musical Theatre Factory (MTF) will present a developmental presentation of WE ARE THE TIGERS with book, lyrics and music by Rebekah M. Allen. (more...)

Alice Ripley, Will Swenson, NEWSIES Reunion & More Set for 54 Below in August & SeptemberAlice Ripley, Will Swenson, NEWSIES Reunion & More Set for 54 Below in August & September
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2015

This August and September, 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at 54 Below and to purchase tickets, visitwww.54Below.com.  (more...)

Free Dance at Socrates Sculpture Park to be Held in AugustFree Dance at Socrates Sculpture Park to be Held in August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2015

 Norte Maar, a committed international think-tank dedicated to the creation, promotion, and presentation of collaborations in the disciplines of the visual, literary, and the performing arts, presents the Dance at Socrates choreographic and performance residency, August 3- 27. In it's third season, and in collaboration with Socrates Sculpture Park, this summer dance series brings New York-based choreographers and their dancers to the East River waterfront to develop a site-specific dance on a newly constructed stage within the park. This year's choreographers include Randy James (10 Hairy Legs Projects), Edisa Weeks (DELIRIOUS Dances), Christopher Rudd (RudduR Dance), Gierre Godley (Project 44), Laura Gemitti and Katharine Morales (L & K Dance), Meagan Woods, Julia K. Gleich (Gleich Dances), BOOMERANG, and Brynt Beitman. (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Classic Roles Ready For Gender-BendingSOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Classic Roles Ready For Gender-Bending
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 29, 2015

Lines are blurring. Gender-bending is seemingly everywhere these days, from high fashion ads to news coverage to I AM CAIT, Queen Latifah as The Wiz and beyond. Furthermore, one of the most provocative and popular stories of last week was the news of a Canadian regional production of A CHORUS LINE casting a male actor in the leading role of Cassie, renamed Casey. With the additional angle of Broadway currently being abuzz with the appearance of stage and screen star Taye Diggs stepping into the iconic high heels of the titular character in the recently multi-Tony Award-winning musical HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH - itself centered on a transsexual character - it seems as though now would be the ideal time to consider some other musical theatre mainstays and how they could be re-purposed and refreshed with a gender-bended twist. Although certain roles seems tailor-made to such treatment, it is illuminating to consider the rich possibilities that could potentially be afforded in the experience of witnessing the right performer of perhaps the perceivably wrong sex tackling a role normally associated with the opposite gender. Who knows, maybe a female Phantom or a make Elphaba are not that wildly spurious or far-fetched to consider given the compelling performances that have been given by unlikely actors in roles traditionally portrayed in a certain way. Theatre is nothing without reinvention and these are my top 10 picks for musicals I would like to see taken on with fresh eyes and a new outlook. (more...)

Netflix to Premiere Original Documentary KEITH RICHARDS: UNDER THE INFLUENCE, 9/18Netflix to Premiere Original Documentary KEITH RICHARDS: UNDER THE INFLUENCE, 9/18
by TV News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, will premiere Academy Award? winning director Morgan Neville's (20 Feet from Stardom, Best of Enemies) original documentary, Keith Richards: Under the Influence (more...)

Usdan Center & BAM Performances to be Held 7/30-31Usdan Center & BAM Performances to be Held 7/30-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

Creative writing students ages 12 to 16 from Long Island¹s Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the acclaimed summer arts day camp whose alumni include Natalie Portman, Mariah Carey, Jane Monheit, Taylor Dayne, Jackie Hoffman and Broadway playwright Michele Lowe, have joined for the third season with students of the same age from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Summer Youth Program in a unique two-week joint workshop through July 31. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM: Same Dance, Different DayBWW Reviews: THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM: Same Dance, Different Day
by Nancy Grossman - Jul 27, 2015

Superlative acting, intense staging, and timeless themes are the hallmarks of THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM, Enda Walsh's 2010 Obie Award-winning play now receiving its New England Premiere at Gloucester Stage Company under the direction of Interim Artistic Director Robert Walsh. Its setting in a small fishing village on the west coast of Ireland permeates the story with indigenous peculiarities, but resonates with the realities of life in any little coastal community where gossip and fish tales are the order of the day. (more...)

Christine Ebersole, 54 Sings Lady Gaga & More Set for 54 Below This WeekChristine Ebersole, 54 Sings Lady Gaga & More Set for 54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

This week at 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Will Barratt And Guests To Launch CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER at Hippodrome Casino, Aug 9Will Barratt And Guests To Launch CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER at Hippodrome Casino, Aug 9
by Robert Gould - Jul 26, 2015

Robert Gould reports for BWW on the album release and launch concert of Will Barratt's Confessions Of A Justified Sinner. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Sheena Easton, Scott Coulter and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME at SF SymphonyBWW Reviews: Sheena Easton, Scott Coulter and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME at SF Symphony
by Harmony Wheeler - Jul 24, 2015

Singer Scott Coulter joked that those sitting in the Terrace sections had the "view to kill" at Thursday's San Francisco Symphony concert, but truly all who attended enjoyed a "killer" evening of action-packed, sensual scores and vocals. (more...)

Sophie-Louise Dann, Sally Ann Triplett and Keith Ramsay to Lead Jerry Mitchell's BECOMING NANCY WorkshopSophie-Louise Dann, Sally Ann Triplett and Keith Ramsay to Lead Jerry Mitchell's BECOMING NANCY Workshop
by Jessica Showers - Jul 23, 2015

Jerry Mitchell is currently developing a musical based on Terry Ronald's book, BECOMING NANCY, and the Daily Mail writes that Sophie-Louise Dann, Sally Ann Triplett (pictured, left) and newcomer Keith Ramsay have been tapped to a lead a workshop of the coming-of-age tale. (more...)

GUYS & DOLLS, INTO THE WOODS and TORTOISE & HARE Set for Summer Stock Austin's 11th SeasonGUYS & DOLLS, INTO THE WOODS and TORTOISE & HARE Set for Summer Stock Austin's 11th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway… turns out, they're just as bright in the Rollins Studio Theatre, where Summer Stock Austin will play its 11th summer season with Great White Way favorites Into the Woods and Guys & Dolls, in addition to the world premiere of Allen Robertson and Damon Brown's newest family musical, Tortoise & Hare. Tickets are now on sale and start at $25, with a special $17 ticket for students. (more...)

AMERICAN IDIOT, Starring Amelia Lily, Opens Tonight in the West EndAMERICAN IDIOT, Starring Amelia Lily, Opens Tonight in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

Green Day's explosive award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot blasts into the UK, opening tonight 22 July at The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square. (more...)

ON RECORD: Sarah Stiles' Five Favorite Cast Albums- It Was Terrifying and Thrilling and I Wanted to Be a Part of ItON RECORD: Sarah Stiles' Five Favorite Cast Albums- It Was Terrifying and Thrilling and I Wanted to Be a Part of It
by On Record - Jul 21, 2015

Ever wonder which Broadway tunes have inspired your favorite performers? Check back every Tuesday for ON RECORD- to find out which cast recordings have made an impact on Broadway's brightest stars. In this week's edition, we hear from Sarah Stiles, who is currently starring as 'Jessica' in Hand to God- playing at the Booth Theatre. Read on to find out her top five picks! (more...)

54 Below Set To Tribute Tina Turner With SIMPLY THE BEST On 7/29 With Cheryl Freeman & Jack Noseworthy54 Below Set To Tribute Tina Turner With SIMPLY THE BEST On 7/29 With Cheryl Freeman & Jack Noseworthy
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 21, 2015

54 Below is ready to show Tina Turner what Broadway's got to do with her! (more...)

National Tour Stars Join Re-Imagined CHESS at White Plains Performing Arts Center Next MonthNational Tour Stars Join Re-Imagined CHESS at White Plains Performing Arts Center Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Stage 2 at the White Plains Performing Arts Center presents Chess the Musical. The smash hit rock musical of the 1980s has been re-imagined and updated to reflect today's explosive political climate between the United States and the Middle East. (more...)


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Nevada Conservatory Theatre to Premiere New Musical ACE in Concert, 8/22-23Nevada Conservatory Theatre to Premiere New Musical ACE in Concert, 8/22-23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

The Nevada Conservatory Theatre (NCT) will present the new musical "ACE" in a fully-staged concert setting for two performances only on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23, 2015 at 1 p.m. in the Judy Bayley Theatre.  This special concert presentation is a benefit for the NCT with all proceeds going to help fund the ongoing work of the prestigious cultural institution. (more...)

CHESS THE MUSICAL to Play White Plains Performing Arts Center, 8/7-9CHESS THE MUSICAL to Play White Plains Performing Arts Center, 8/7-9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

White Plains Performing Arts Center STAGE 2 presents Chess, the smash hit rock musical of the 1980s is back in a re-imaged production updated to today's explosive political climate between the United States and the Middle East. (more...)

Romance, Rebellion, Redemption! Meet the Full Cast of AMAZING GRACE, Opening Tonight on BroadwayRomance, Rebellion, Redemption! Meet the Full Cast of AMAZING GRACE, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Jul 16, 2015

Broadway's new musical Amazing Grace officially opens tonight, July 16, at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). The show stars Tony Award nominee Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper, Tom Hewitt, Chris Hoch, Stanley Bahorek, Harriett D. Foy, Laiona Michelle, Rachael Ferrera and Elizabeth Ward Land. Scroll down to learn more about the cast, plus check out interviews with the company! (more...)

CHURCHILL to End Off-Broadway Run TodayCHURCHILL to End Off-Broadway Run Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2015

Off-Broadway's hit play CHURCHILL is set to reopen where it began its phenomenal journey, with performances beginning July 17th at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center. The show will conclude its current smash engagement today (Sunday) at 3 PM at New World Stages, where it opened on February 18th. Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century. (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: Top 10 Raddest & Baddest Rap Songs In Broadway HistorySOUND OFF Special Edition: Top 10 Raddest & Baddest Rap Songs In Broadway History
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 5, 2015

Musical theatre is not generally known for being an early adopter of up-to-the-minute trends in popular music, particularly since the advent of rock n roll and the great divide between popular music and theatre music began in the 1950s. Nevertheless, the presence of modern music idioms in contemporary musicals is a fascinating and often wildly entertaining element to assess when analyzing the great pantheon of scores that have graced the Great White Way. With the predominance of rap music in popular music for the majority of the last 30 years, it comes as no surprise that many musicals have employed the genre in the storytelling and song styling designed specifically for the shows, but the level of success as storytelling devices, character showpieces and as authentic rap music itself varies. Of course, with HAMILTON set to open on Broadway later this month, all of New York City is talking about the persuasive power of the scores of Lin-Manuel Miranda, he who was responsible for multiple rap showstoppers in his self-penned Tony Award-winning musical IN THE HEIGHTS as well as the hip hop tunes in the screen-to-stage adaptation of BRING IT ON, so now is a perfect time to take a look back at some of the most memorable and revolutionary uses of rap music on Broadway to date. (more...)

Usdan Center's August 5th Gala to Honor Dale LewisUsdan Center's August 5th Gala to Honor Dale Lewis
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the renowned summer arts day camp now in its 48th season, will present its annual Gala tomorrow, August 5, at 6 PM at the McKinley Amphitheater on the Center's 200-acre woodland campus. There will be a 6 PM concert, followed by a 7:30 PM Gala Patron Dinner honoring Executive Director Dale Lewis; after 36 years at the Center, he is stepping down in the fall to direct the new Arts Reach Fund at Long Island Community Foundation. (more...)

New SISTER ACT UK Tour to Play King's Theatre Glasgow in 2016New SISTER ACT UK Tour to Play King's Theatre Glasgow in 2016
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

Jamie Wilson has announced a national tour of an all new production of the hit musical comedy SISTER ACT, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical supervision and arrangements by Tony award-winning Sarah Travis. SISTER ACT UK tour opens at Curve, Leicester on Saturday 30 July 2016, coming to the King's Theatre Glasgow from Tuesday 4 until Saturday 8 October 2016. Tour schedule attached with further dates and casting to be announced soon. (more...)

New UK Tour of SISTER ACT, Directed by Craig Revel Horwood, to Launch in 2016New UK Tour of SISTER ACT, Directed by Craig Revel Horwood, to Launch in 2016
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Jamie Wilson has announced a national tour of an all new production of the hit musical comedy SISTER ACT, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical supervision and arrangements by Tony award-winning Sarah Travis. SISTER ACT will open at Curve, Leicester on Saturday 30 July 2016. Tickets go on sale Monday 10 August 2015. Tour schedule attached with further dates and casting to be announced soon. (more...)

Jeffrey Foucault to Release 'SALT AS WOLVES' in OctoberJeffrey Foucault to Release 'SALT AS WOLVES' in October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

A show played perfectly to an empty bar. A singer with life and death on his shoulders, swinging a microphone like Samson swung a jawbone. The real ones who die with nothing half the time. With Salt As Wolves - his fifth collection of original songs - Jeffrey Foucault gives us what poet and author Chris Dombrowski calls in the album's liner notes, “that rare artistic combination of a voice and a world:” a tough, spare collection of darkly rendered blues and ballads, like a field recording of a place that never existed. In a series of letters to lovers, friends, heroes, and family, Foucault deftly weaves together disparate strands of sound and experience, raw love, and hard wisdom. Jeffrey Foucault will release Salt As Wolves on October 16 via Blueblade Records (more...)

Curve Theater's SISTER ACT to Launch UK TourCurve Theater's SISTER ACT to Launch UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Jamie Wilson is delighted to announce a national tour of an all new production of the hit musical comedySISTER ACT, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical supervision and arrangements by Tony award-winning Sarah Travis. SISTER ACT will open at Curve, Leicester on Saturday 30 July 2016. Tickets go on sale Monday 10 August 2015. Tour schedule attached with further dates and casting to be announced soon. (more...)

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