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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.

Make your move now and book for the must-see musical event of the year!

SEE ROCK CITY AND OTHER DESTINATIONS to Make UK Debut at the Union Theatre, Aug 15-30
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

For the first time, the critically acclaimed off-Broadway musical See Rock City and Other Destinations, will be introduced to the UK for a two-week strictly limited run at the Union Theatre. Previews start on Friday 15 August and press night on Tuesday 19 August at 7.30pm, it was announced today. On sale now. (more...)

Roy Arauz Named New Artistic Director of Seattle Musical Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Seattle Musical Theatre has announced the appointment of Artistic Director Roy Arauz. (more...)

TeliaSonera Acquires Tele2's Norwegian Operations and Accelerates Nationwide 4G Roll-out
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

TeliaSonera acquires Tele2's operations in Norway at an enterprise value of SEK 5.1 billion on a cash and debt free basis. The company has also committed itself to a 98 percent population coverage for 4G by 2016, two years ahead of its obligations. (more...)

West End & Broadway Stars Join Forces to Celebrate the Work of Writing Team Charles Miller & Kevin Hammonds
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2014

Making Records & Strike Up The Band announce the launch on iTunes of IT'S JUST THE BEGINNING: The Songs Of Charles Miller & Kevin Hammonds A 'must buy' for all lovers of musical theatre, this collection of 18 tracks, featuring over 50 artists and musicians, showcases the songs of the Transatlantic writing team Charles Miller (Music – UK) and Kevin Hammonds (Lyrics – USA). (more...)

Brooklyn Chess Festival-Great Family Summer Fun!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ The first annual Brooklyn Chess Festival takes place on Saturday, August 9th at Dr. Ronald McNair Park on Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. (more...)

Clarence Brown Theatre to Host 40th Anniversary Plaza Party, 8/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

The Clarence Brown Theatre will host a 40th Anniversary Season Plaza Party on Saturday, August 9 from 4:00-7:00pm. A family-friendly event, the party will feature door prizes, music, games, food carts, backstage tours, a special season ticket package price, and info on the new season. The party is free and open to the public. (more...)

Houchen, Maitland, Naaman & More In MORE WORDS SHARED WITH FRIENDS, Leicester Square Theatre Lounge, Aug 10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

BWW reports on MORE WORDS SHARED WITH FRIENDS, an evening of new songwriting at the Leicester Square theatre Lounge, featuring songs with lyrics by Robert Gould performed by a cast of West End & Off West End vocalists. (more...)

BWW Recap: AGATHA CHRISTIE's BIG FOUR Strike Again in Poirot Mystery
by Elizabeth Peterson-Vita - Jul 30, 2014

PBS' Masterpiece Mystery raises the curtain on the final episodes of their adaptations of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot adventures, starring David Suchet, with their 90 minute version of THE BIG FOUR, based on a novel originally penned by Christie in 1927. However, anyone familiar with the novel should be prepared for significant plot changes and a sentimentally-tinged (but underused) cast of characters in this production, which is indeed theatrically over the top. And for one key SPOILER ALERT: despite the episode's initial framing, Poirot does not die, though anyone worth their Christie salt should be able to see through this from the outset. (more...)

P.J. Benjamin and More to Star in Penguin Rep Theatre's THE FABULOUS LIPITONES, 8/8-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Penguin Rep Theatre presents the New York premiere of The Fabulous Lipitones, a musical comedy by John Markus (head writer for The Cosby Show) and Mark St. Germain (Freud's Last Session, Becoming Dr. Ruth), directed by Peter Flynn, and starring Broadway veterans P.J. Benjamin (Wicked, Chicago), Scott Mikita (Phantom of the Opera), and Joe Ricci (A View from the Bridge), joined by Rachid Sabitri, from August 8 through August 31 in Stony Point, New York. (more...)

Musical Stars Michael Falzon and Bobby Fox Perform Legendary Costello and Bacharach Album 'Painted From Memory'
by Jillian Gaier - Jul 28, 2014

In the late 1990's, music legends Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello united to create the timeless album Painted From Memory. Such was the significance of these legendary artists collaborating that a documentary (Because it's a Lonely World) was made to commemorate the occasion. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Perfectly Entertaining Mystery at 2nd Story Theatre's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
by Robert Barossi - Jul 27, 2014

If there was an award for Rhode Island's current busiest man in show business, one of the nominees would absolutely have to be 2nd Story Theatre's Ed Shea. The company's Artistic Director is currently performing in the Downstage production of Freud's Last Session. Last night, in the Upstage space, he made an appearance and gave the curtain speech for Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, which he directed. During his visit upstairs, Shea spoke about summer stock theaters and how they once dotted the landscape in these parts. No longer as much of a presence as they once were, they featured a certain kind of theater experience, something lighter, more whimsical and fun than the weighty, thought-provoking works seen throughout the winter months. That sense of offering something entertaining and fun permeates his entire production of Christie's play, a perfect summertime treat of mystery and murder, tempered with the right amount of wit and whimsy. (more...)

Albee-Inspired MR. LANDING TAKES A FALL Begins 9/12 at The Flea
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Slightly Altered States Theater Company presents the World Premiere of MR. LANDING TAKES A FALL, an absurdist comedy by Sari Caine, directed by Sherri Eden Barber. Inspired by Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the play was a PlayPenn 2013 semi-finalist and short-listed for both the 24/7 (UK) and the Ronald Duncan Award (UK). Previews begin September 12 at The Flea Theater with opening slated for Monday, September 22. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Swing...and a Near-Miss for TARZAN the Musical at the Arvada Center
by Michael Mulhern - Jul 24, 2014

The Arvada Center presents the Colorado stage debut of TARZAN® The Stage Musical (with music and lyrics by British pop icon Phil Collins and written by David Henry Hwang) playing now through August 3rd. Familiar to families over several generations, TARZAN tells the story of an infant boy orphaned in a shipwreck on the shores of west Africa. The child is taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas. He becomes a man, thriving in this primitive environment, until the arrival of a hunting expedition and his realization of the world beyond his jungle home. TARZAN® The Stage Musical is based on the Disney animated film. (more...)

Adam Pascal to Join Seth Rudetsky for Broadway @ The Art House Series, 7/26-27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Tony-nominee and Obie and Theatre World Award winner Adam Pascal, has created some of the most memorable roles in recent Broadway history. He shot to stardom for originating the role of Roger in the Broadway blockbuster 'Rent,' as well as the London production, and starred in the film version. On July 26 and 27 he returns to the acclaimed, original Broadway @ The Art House series, where he joins pianist and host Seth Rudetsky for an unforgettable evening of conversation and song. This marks his first return to Provincetown stages since debuting with the Art House series in its inaugural season of 2011. Adam also originated the role of Radames in Elton John and Tim Rice's 'Aida,' and was featured as the Emcee in the critically acclaimed revival of 'Cabaret' directed by Sam Mendes. Most recently he's starred on Broadway in 'Memphis' and in 'Chicago.' For tickets please visit The Art House website, or call 508-487-9222. (more...)

Fallen Beloved and An Angel From Above are Released
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Elizabeth, NJ (more...)

Tim Quartier, Lianne Marie Dobbs & More Join Cast of Orlando Shakespeare Theater's LES MISERABLES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF has announced partial casting for LES MISERABLES. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Brilliant GOD OF CARNAGE at American Stage
by Peter Nason - Jul 20, 2014

What do you get when you mix a great script, a perfect ensemble and Karla Hartley's exemplary direction? A show that is nothing short of a masterpiece. (more...)

Kritzerland at Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal presents THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG: A TRIBUTE TO SOME GREAT FEMALE LYRICISTS!, 8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

For our 48th Kritzerland show we're proud to present a salute to some incredible female lyricists of the musical theatre, mostly Carolyn Leigh, the brilliant lyricist of such Broadway shows as Little Me, Wildcat, Peter Pan and others, as well as such classic pop songs as 'Witchcraft' and 'The Best Is Yet to Come,' as well as other great female lyricists like Lynn Ahrens (Once on this Island, Ragtime, Seussical), Carol Hall (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden), Gretchen Cryer (I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road), Fran Landesman (The Nervous Set, 'Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most'), Amanda McBroom ('The Rose', Heartbeats) and Carole Bayer Sager (They're Playing Our Song). Kritzerland's Bruce Kimmel has recorded many of the lyricists above and has chosen the usual Kritzerland colorful and eclectic program, a mix of the well- known and the unknown. As always, we've assembled a stellar cast. So, come join us for some amazing songs by some amazing women. (more...)

PAGEANT - THE MUSICAL Extends Through Sept 21 Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

PAGEANT - THE MUSICAL announced on its Facebook page today that it will be extending through September 21, 2014 in its Off-Broadway return engagement at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street). (more...)

BREAKING DOWN THE MOVES: Natalie Weiss Recaps SYTYCD featuring Broadway's Warren Carlyle, Tyce Diorio
by Breaking Down the Riffs - Jul 17, 2014

I am so honored and thrilled to be the first guest So You Think You Can Dance recapper for BWW! It is now 2:15 A.M. and I am putting together my A.D.D. notes into cohesive sentences after watching tonight's episode on DVR. (I got home at midnight from judging the semi-finals of the weekly competition, 'So You Think You Can Belt' at the West End Theatre uptown) It's pretty ironic that they're on the same night of the week. (more...)

Cast Announced for PARADE at White Plains Performing Arts Center, 8/8-10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

PARADE comes to White Plains Performing Arts Center, August 8 - 10, 2014. (more...)

New Short Story, I WILL SURVIVE, is Released
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

Bronxville, NY (more...)

Remastered CHESS Concept Recording With Bonus Material & DVD Set For November Release
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 16, 2014

A newly remastered edition of the 1984 international hit concept recording of Chess by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice is set for release in November according to a new interview with Andersson. (more...)

Green Way Pavements Donates Environmentally Friendly Outdoor Checkerboard to Children's Discovery Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

BINGHAMTON, N.Y., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Can children play checkers or Chess and learn how to protect our environment at the same time? Many of you would say 'Absolutely!' and Green Way Pavements of Binghamton, NY has helped make it possible. (more...)

PAGEANT - THE MUSICAL Opens Off-Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

After a sold-out benefit run for BC/EFA this February, PAGEANT - THE MUSICAL returns in a limited Off-Broadway engagement at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street). Previews began Sunday, June 29, 2014, and the show will officially open tonight, July 14, 2014. The cast of tiara-crazed beauties includes Nick Cearley ('The Skivvies'),Nic Cory (Signs of Life), Alex Ringler (West Side Story), Marty Thomas (Wicked, Xanadu), Seth Tucker (Our Kiki), and Curtis Wiley (Motown), with John Bolton (A Christmas Story, 'Gossip Girl') as the host. (more...)

Williamston Theatre Announces 2014-2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2014

The Williamston Theater, mid-Michigan's award winning professional theatre company located at 122 S. Putnam in downtown Williamston, celebrates its 9th Season with a mix of comedies, dramas, murders, World Premiers and Michigan Premiers. The 2014-2015 Season will include: The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein Story by Joseph Zettelmaier, Miracle on South Division Street by Tom Dudzik, The Best Brothers by Daniel MacIvor, Sirens by Deborah Zoe Laufer, Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley and The Art of Murder by Joe DiPietro. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Promos for IT'S JUST THE BEGINNING: The Songs Of Charles Miller & Kevin Hammonds
by Stage Tube - Jul 13, 2014

Making Records & Strike Up The Band announce the launch on iTunes of IT'S JUST THE BEGINNING: The Songs Of Charles Miller & Kevin Hammonds A 'must buy' for all lovers of musical theatre, this collection of 18 tracks, featuring over 50 artists and musicians, showcases the songs of theTransatlantic writing team Charles Miller (Music - UK) and Kevin Hammonds (Lyrics - USA). (more...)

Photo Flash: THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT Opens at the Odyssey Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2014

Never underestimate the power of designer shoes on matters of the heart. Theatre Planners presents a romantic comedy by Emmy Award-winning writer Peter Lefcourt. Terri Hanauer directs the world premiere of The Way You Look Tonight, opening tonight as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre. (more...)

Claybourne Elder & Brynn O'Malley to Lead Signature Theatre's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Signature Theatre is proud to announce the cast of Sunday in the Park with George, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning musical (more...)

The Production Company to Open SHOWBOAT Aug 16 at Arts Centre Melbourne
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

SHOW BOAT, the first great contemporary musical opens on August 16 in Arts Centre Melbourne's State Theatre for 10 performances. (more...)

Stephen Lee Anderson, Stephen Bogardus, Patti Cohenour and More to Lead Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR at The Old Globe; Walter Bobbie Directs!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

The Old Globe today announced the full cast and creative team for the World Premiere of Bright Star, a new American musical featuring music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, lyrics by Brickell, and book by Martin, based on an original story by Martin and Brickell. Directed by Walter Bobbie, Bright Star will run September 13 - November 2, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run September 13 - September 27. Opening night is Sunday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Single tickets go on sale on Friday, August 8 at noon. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, August 4 2014
by Gary Naylor - Aug 5, 2014

Gary Naylor enjoys an adaptation of a classic that stretches both the running time and the whimsy , but delivers on the spectacle and the humour. Do wrap up warm though! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Devastating, Exhilarating ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at freeFall
by Peter Nason - Aug 4, 2014

It's unfair to call this version of the beloved classic a mere play; it's so much more than that. It's a total theatrical experience. And it's not to be missed. (more...)

BWW Reviews: August's KRITZERLAND at Sterling's Upstairs Celebrates Some Great Female Lyricists
by Shari Barrett - Aug 4, 2014

On the first Sunday of each month, Bruce Kimmel hosts the KRITZERLAND show at Sterling's at The Federal in the heart of the NoHo Arts District. The evening starts with a variety of dinner selections, full bar service, and lots of time to mingle and chat with old and new friends. Starting at 7pm, each revue has its own theme, with a variety of performers taking to the stage to entertain the enthusiastic crowd who loves show tunes. The 48th KRITZERLAND show on 8-3-14 presented a salute to some incredible female lyricists of the musical theatre (more...)

Scoop: BONES on FOX - Friday, August 8, 2014
by TV Scoop - Aug 4, 2014

Get all the scoop on BONES, airing on FOX on Friday, August 8, 2014! (more...)

CHESS, NOISES OFF, THE PILLOWMAN and More Set for SecondStory Rep's Season 16 Mainstage Series
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2014

SecondStory Repertory has announced its MainStage Series for Season 16. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - MATILDA!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 18, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's MATILDA below! (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 17, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA below! (more...)

Avis-Marie Barnes, James Beaman & More Set for Orlando Shakespeare Theater's 26th Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF announces partial casting for the seven productions in its 2014-2015 Signature Series. Following an extensive nationwide search, Artistic Director Jim Helsinger has handpicked a talented group of Broadway veterans and local favorites to bring the Theater's 26th Season to life. (more...)

Molly Marie Walsh to Star Opposite Russell Grant in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE in London This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

American Molly Marie Walsh is to play the title role of Millie Dillmount alongside Russell Grant as the mysterious and sinister Mrs Meers in the Off West End premiere of the six-time Tony Award-winning tap dancing musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. (more...)

Mike Reiss Joins Bruce Vilanch and Jerry Adler in RUBBLE at The Provincetown Theater Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

EMMY Award-Winner Bruce Vilanch stars in a staged reading of RUBBLE, a new comedy by 4 time EMMY Award-Winning 'The Simpsons' writer, Mike Reiss at The Provincetown Theater. 'The Sopranos' star and Broadway veteran Jerry Adler also joins the cast. The staged reading of RUBBLE will be directed by James Valletti for one night only to benefit The Provincetown Theater. All proceeds go directly to support The Provincetown Theater. (more...)

Long Island Music Students Receive Opportunity To Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Five Long Island musicians have received the opportunity to both study and perform at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, as part a program that was developed by the Usdan Center. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits- CINDERELLA!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 13, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's CINDERELLA below! (more...)

Aaron Sidwell & Louise English Join Cast of BLOCKBUSTER - The Musical
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Aaron Sidwell and Louise English are joining Suzanne Shaw and Paul Nicholas to star in the world premiere of BLOCKBUSTER The Musical, which features the chart- busting hits of the legendary song-writing team Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, who dominated the pop world in the 1970s and 1980s. (more...)

Syfy to Premiere New Original Special FACE OFF: JUDGE MATCH, 9/2
by TV News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

On Tuesday, September 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Syfy debuts Face Off: Judge Match, an all-new original special showcasing the incredible talents of Face Off's Ve Neill, Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page (more...)

Canstruction 2014 Begins August 23 in DC With 'Play With Your Food'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC - Canstruction is back in the District! The nationwide event which is presented in DC by the Washington Architectural Foundation challenges teams of architecture, engineering, and other design professionals to 'play with their food' and construct themed sculptures using stacked canned goods. The cans are then donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Hunter Foster Talks About AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at Bucks County Playhouse
by Kelli Curtin - Aug 11, 2014

AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', the musical revue that celebrates the music of Fats Waller, is the next show that will open at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Hunter Foster is directing this production, and he is no stranger to directing shows at Bucks County Playhouse (BCP). In the 2013 season at BCP, Foster directed THE SUMMER OF '42 and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. In addition, Foster, is known for roles such as Bobby Strong in URINETOWN, Benny Perkins in HANDS ON A HARDBODY, as well as many others took the time to speak with me about directing AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' and the importance of live theatre. (more...)

HBO to Debut Scorsese's THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT, 9/29
by TV News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT, directed by Oscar® winner Martin Scorsese and longtime documentary collaborator David Tedeschi, will debut MONDAY, SEPT. 29 (more...)

Usdan Partners with BAM on New Poetic Drama MY FAMILY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Creative writing students ages 12 to 16 from Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the acclaimed summer arts day camp whose alumni include Natalie Portman, Mariah Carey, Jane Monheit and Broadway playwright Michele Lowe, joined for the second season with students of the same age from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Summer Youth Program in a unique two-week joint workshop from July 21 to August 1. (more...)

BWW Reviews: World Premiere Play LUIGI Offers Slow-Paced Episodic Character Study
by Shari Barrett - Aug 1, 2014

When the patriarch of an Italian family is in his last days, his relatives gather in Tuscany to celebrate life, love, and to rediscover the bonds that hold them together. Among the crowd is Luigi's young American niece, Anna, who soon discovers that her uncle is the key to a world of freethinking and a familial relationship that she has always longed to have. Woven with poetry and memories, the reunion unveils the intergenerational connection of family. (more...)

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