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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!

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...)

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...)

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 - THE BOOK OF MORMON
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 30, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. The craziness is almost upon us, but 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 BOOK OF MORMON below! (more...)

VIDEO: Judges FACE OFF in Syfy Special
by TV News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

On 'Face Off: Judge Match,' past contestants return to help the judges in a Ve vs. Neville vs. Glenn showdown. Watch the preview below, as well as the morphs clip from episode six. (more...)

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Off West End Premiere Pushed to 2015
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

The Off West End premiere of the six-time Tony Award-winning tap dancing musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie is being postponed to 2015. (more...)

Kathryn Rossetter to Join Adam LeFevre in MR. LANDING TAKES A FALL, Begin. 9/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

Kathryn Rossetter, who appeared on Broadway opposite Dustin Hoffman in Death Of a Salesman and is currently head of the MFA Acting Program at the New School for Drama, will join Adam LeFevre (Broadway's Footloose, Mamma Mia, Guys and Dolls) in the World Premiere of MR. LANDING TAKES A FALL, an absurdist comedy by Sari Caine. 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). It is produced by Slightly Altered States Theater Company and directed by Sherri Eden Barber. Previews begin September 12 at The Flea Theater with opening slated for Monday, September 22. (more...)

Fortify Software and WhiteHat Veteran Application Security Experts Join Contrast Security
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Contrast Security, a pioneer in application security solutions, today announced the addition of John M. Jack, former CEO of Fortify Software (now HP) and Brian Chess, founder and CTO of Fortify and currently SVP of infrastructure and security at a publicly traded company, as company advisors. The company has also brought on Mark Hodgson, a veteran of WhiteHat Security, as vice president of marketing. (more...)

SecondStory Rep to Open Season 16 with CHESS, 8/29-9/14
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

SecondStory Rep presents Chess, running August 29-September 14, 2014, featuring music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and lyrics by Tim Rice, based on an idea by Tim Rice. (more...)

Test Your Wits with BoxPop, the Addictive New Puzzle Game from FreshPlanet
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

BoxPop, the addictive, new puzzle game is now available, from the makers of SongPop. (more...)

Enoch Chang Releases SECRET INTELLIGENCE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Shows - MOTOWN
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 24, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With 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 MOTOWN below! (more...)

JD McPherson Comes to the Fox Theatre, 11/12; Tickets on Sale Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present JD McPherson at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014. (more...)

Wordlines, an Innovative Word Building Game for iPhone and iPad, is Already in the AppStore
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Fed up with boring word searches and Scrabble? Meet Wordlines, a fresh mix of classic Lines board arcade and word games. Wordlines invites players to build the words themselves by moving letters across the game field. It is as simple as everything of genius. Just align letters scattered on the board to make a new word and clear it from the game field. Sounds easy, but it can be tricky, with various mission tasks that challenge players to create longer words or combos or to respect tight move time limits. Be strategic; think several moves ahead. It's like Chess, only with letters on the board! (more...)

2014 Sinquefield Cup to Become Strongest Chess Tournament in History
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ The 2014 Sinquefield Cup will be the highest-rated tournament in the history of Chess, bringing six of the world's top-nine Grandmasters together at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL). (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits -MAMMA MIA!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 20, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With 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 MAMMA MIA! below! (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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