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Based on the novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop

Faust meets professional baseball in this Broadway classic! Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. Includes such memorable tunes as "Whatever Lola Wants," "Heart" and "Those Were the Good Old Days."


Opening Night of Circle Players' PICNIC Set for 3/26Opening Night of Circle Players' PICNIC Set for 3/26
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 4, 2015

In its 65th season, Middle Tennessee's oldest community theater company presents an exciting and challenging new revival of playwright William Inge's seminal 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about repressed desires and haunting recriminations: Picnic. Opening Thursday, March 26, at Hillsboro High School Theatre in Nashville, Picnic runs through April 4. (more...)

Jess Goldstein, Douglas W. Schmidt & More to Receive 2015 TDF/Irene Sharaff AwardsJess Goldstein, Douglas W. Schmidt & More to Receive 2015 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

Tony Award-winning costume designer, JESS GOLDSTEIN (currently represented on Broadway with Jersey Boys and On the Town), and scenic designer DOUGLAS W. SCHMIDT are among the 2015 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards recipients. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, May 1, at 6:30pm, at the Hudson Theatre (145 West 44th Street). Mr. Goldstein was selected to receive the 2015 TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award for costume design and Mr. Schmidt will receive the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatrical Design. (more...)

Photo Flash: ON GOLDEN POND Celebrates Opening at Theatre at the CenterPhoto Flash: ON GOLDEN POND Celebrates Opening at Theatre at the Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

Considered one of the Midwest's leading, professional equity theaters that presents both regional and world premieres featuring the area's finest artists, Theatre at the Center kicks off its 25th Anniversary 2015 season with the beloved classic, Ernest Thompson's ON GOLDEN POND. The touching, funny, and warmly insightful story, which went from a Tony Award-winning play on Broadway to an Oscar winning film starring Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda, runs now through March 29, with a press opening on Sunday, March 1. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

John Dossett and Charlotte d'Amboise to Board Broadway's CHICAGO This MonthJohn Dossett and Charlotte d'Amboise to Board Broadway's CHICAGO This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2015

This month, Broadway's Tony Award-winning, record-breaking musical smash CHICAGO is pleased to welcome Tony Award nominee John Dossett in his debut engagement as Billy Flynn, joined by two-time Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise in a special return engagement as Roxie Hart. (more...)

SHE LOVES ME Comes to the Landor Theatre This FebruarySHE LOVES ME Comes to the Landor Theatre This February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2015

With music and lyrics from the talent behind Fiddler on the Roof (Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock), the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical She Loves Me comes to the Landor this February (4 Feb - 7 March 2015; Press night: 9 Feb). Fall in love with this charming tale of mistaken identity based on the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo. (more...)

Full Cast & Creative Team Announced for TACT's ABUNDANCEFull Cast & Creative Team Announced for TACT's ABUNDANCE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2015

TACT/The Actors Company Theatre is pleased to announce the cast and creative team for Abundance, the 1990 play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart). An epic tale of friendship set against the backdrop of the sweeping American West, Abundance will be directed by TACT Co-Artistic Director Jenn Thompson, who directed last season's production of William Inge's Natural Affection. Performances begin at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre (410 West 42nd Street - between 9th & 10th Avenues) on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Opening night is set forSunday, March 1 at 6:00pm. Performances will continue through March 28, 2015. (more...)

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Opens 1/22 at The EngemanVANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Opens 1/22 at The Engeman
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

The John W. Engeman Theater has announced the cast and creative team for VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. Performances begin on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 8:00pm and run through March 8, 2015. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Alysha Umphress & Jeff Blumenkrantz Celebrate Album Release at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Alysha Umphress & Jeff Blumenkrantz Celebrate Album Release at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 6, 2015

Alysha Umphress, currently starring in the new Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN, and Tony Award-nominated composer and performer Jeff Blumenkrantz just celebrated their new album, I've Been Played: Alysha Umphress Swings Jeff Blumenkrantz with a concert at Birdland (315 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036). Check out photos from te special night below! (more...)

Alysha Umphress & Jeff Blumenkrantz Release New Album 'I'VE BEEN PLAYED' TodayAlysha Umphress & Jeff Blumenkrantz Release New Album 'I'VE BEEN PLAYED' Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2015

Alysha Umphress, currently starring in the new Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN, and Tony Award-nominated composer and performer Jeff Blumenkrantz celebrate the release of their new album, 'I've Been Played: Alysha Umphress Swings Jeff Blumenkrantz.' The pair appeared in a release concert at Birdland last night. (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson to Perform at GRAMMY AWARDS Premiere Ceremony to Be Streamed LiveCheyenne Jackson to Perform at GRAMMY AWARDS Premiere Ceremony to Be Streamed Live
by TV News Desk - Jan 29, 2015

The GRAMMY AWARDS Premiere Ceremony will take place at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. PT and will be streamed live internationally at GRAMMY.com/live and CBS.com. (more...)

Michael Arden, Patrick Page, Ciara Renee and More to Return in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Paper Mill This Spring; Full Cast Announced!Michael Arden, Patrick Page, Ciara Renee and More to Return in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Paper Mill This Spring; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2015

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced the full cast for its production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (which first played to rave reviews in La Jolla). Inspired by the classic Victor Hugo novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame has a book by Peter Parnell, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is directed by Scott Schwartz and choreographed by Chase Brock. (more...)

DAMN YANKEES, THE LITTLE MERMAID & More Set for Cabrillo Music Theatre's 2015-16 SeasonDAMN YANKEES, THE LITTLE MERMAID & More Set for Cabrillo Music Theatre's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

Cabrillo Music Theatre announces the 2015-2016 season of shows. Three shows new to Cabrillo and to the Civic Arts Plaza, and a returning classic last performed here in 1996, 'A Season for All Seasons' has a show for every season of the year, and all are crowd-pleasers that everyone will enjoy! All of Cabrillo's productions are locally produced, auditioned and rehearsed in Southern California, and performed exclusively at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. (more...)

Stephen Flaherty & Christopher Gattelli's IN YOUR ARMS Coming to Old Globe Theatre?Stephen Flaherty & Christopher Gattelli's IN YOUR ARMS Coming to Old Globe Theatre?
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Composer Stephen Flaherty just revealed in a recent interview with Aussietheatre.com, that his recent dance musical IN YOUR ARMS, which premiered last year as at part of the summer season at Vassar's Powerhouse Theatre, will soon get a regional run. (more...)

Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Announces Creative Teams for 2015 SeasonFinger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Announces Creative Teams for 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2015

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival 2015 season will feature a slate of top-notch directors, choreographers, musical directors and designers. The flagship theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, will house West Side Story, The Light in the Piazza (Regional Premiere), Saturday Night Fever (US Regional Premiere), Sweeney Todd, the all new The Calamari Sisters' Big Fat Italian Wedding, and the first ever holiday show at the Playhouse -- Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings. The season also brings the hilarious comedy, Late Nite Catechism, downtown to Auburn Public Theater. And for the fourth consecutive year, the new-works series, The PiTCH, returns with new writing teams from all over the country presenting their new musicals in development. The PiTCH will run from June 11 - August 1. (more...)

Theatre at the Center to Open 25th Anniversary Season with ON GOLDEN PONDTheatre at the Center to Open 25th Anniversary Season with ON GOLDEN POND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2015

Considered one of the Midwest's leading, professional equity theaters that presents both regional and world premieres featuring the area's finest artists, Theatre at the Center kicks off its 25th Anniversary 2015 season with the beloved classic, Ernest Thompson's ON GOLDEN POND. (more...)

Broadway Sings For Pride & Rebecca Larkin Set for  Metropolitan Room's Guinness World Record AttemptBroadway Sings For Pride & Rebecca Larkin Set for Metropolitan Room's Guinness World Record Attempt
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2015

Broadway Sings for Pride and Broadway's Rebecca Larkin (Lincoln Center's Tony-wining South Pacific Revival & Avenue Q) will be part of the over 200 performers trying to start off the new year off by trying to break a Guinness World Record! History will be made! (more...)

Chase Peacock and Jeff McKerley to Lead Atlanta Lyric Theatre's CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, 2/13-3/1Chase Peacock and Jeff McKerley to Lead Atlanta Lyric Theatre's CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, 2/13-3/1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2015

Atlanta Lyric Theatre, the metro area's only professional musical theatre company, presents the high-­flying hit musical CATCH ME IF YOU CAN February 13 - March 1, 2015 at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre (548 S. Marietta Pkwy., Marietta). (more...)

Tony-Winning SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Comes to Los Altos Hills; Opens February 19 at Lohman TheatreTony-Winning SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Comes to Los Altos Hills; Opens February 19 at Lohman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2015

Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. Inspired by the iconic pointillist painting 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte' by Georges Seurat, this funny, heartfelt musical delves into the inner-lives of both the artist and his subjects. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Cheyenne Jackson Talks EYES WIDE OPEN, State of Broadway and MoreSTAGE TUBE: Cheyenne Jackson Talks EYES WIDE OPEN, State of Broadway and More
by Stage Tube - Jan 16, 2015

Cheyenne Jackson stopped by HuffPost Live today to discuss 'Eyes Wide Open,' his new show at New York's famed Carlyle Cafe. Watch the interview, in which he also talks about the state of Broadway, below! (more...)

THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: Whatever Lola Wants! Gwen Verdon's 90th BirthdayTHEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: Whatever Lola Wants! Gwen Verdon's 90th Birthday
by Pat Cerasaro - Jan 15, 2015

Today we are celebrating one of the most memorable leading ladies in Broadway history in honor of her birth 90 years ago this week, the one and only Gwen Verdon. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Brings EYES WIDE OPEN to Cafe CarlylePhoto Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Brings EYES WIDE OPEN to Cafe Carlyle
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 14, 2015

Cheyenne Jackson, with stage credits including The Performers, 8, Finian's Rainbow, Damn Yankees and Xanadu; television appearances on 30 Rock, Glee, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Ugly Betty; and film work including Love is Strange, United 93, Price Check and Lola Versus, just made his debut at Cafe Carlyle, continuing through January 24. The two-week engagement, entitled Eyes Wide Open, takes a personal and humorous look at loss, love, revelation and recovery with music ranging from Louis Armstrong to Lady Gaga. Check out photos from his opening night below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: With His 'Eyes Wide Open,' Broadway's CHEYENNE JACKSON Gets His Feet Wet in Cabaret at the Café CarlyleBWW Reviews: With His 'Eyes Wide Open,' Broadway's CHEYENNE JACKSON Gets His Feet Wet in Cabaret at the Café Carlyle
by Alix Cohen - Jan 14, 2015

The extremely personable Cheyenne Jackson landed in Cafe Carlyle last night as if on the moon. A hardscrabble, Ohio childhood and late start in the business explain the artist's astonishment at finding himself in the prestigious nightclub. While Jackson's resume includes leading roles in Broadway musicals such as All Shook Up (2004), Xanadu (2007), Damn Yankees (2008), and Finian's Rainbow (2010), he took the Carlyle stage with only one cabaret appearance under his belt so the genre is as unfamiliar to the vocalist as the venue. (more...)

John Cariani's LOVE / SICK Begins Next Month at Royal Family Performing Arts SpaceJohn Cariani's LOVE / SICK Begins Next Month at Royal Family Performing Arts Space
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Almost Maine is one of the countries most produced plays, this February; Royal Family Productions (Katie Avebe, Mary Bernardi, Chris Henry and Andy Theodorou, Founders) will present the New York premiere of John Cariani's follow-up play LOVE / SICK. Directed by Chris Henry and featuring choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, LOVE / SICK will begin performances on February 6 and open on February 9 through February 26, 2015 at Royal Family's new home in Times Square at Royal Family Performing Arts Space (145 West 46th St.). Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by visiting royalfamilyproductions.org or by calling Ovation Tickets at (866)811-4111. (more...)

Marlene VerPlanck Announces 2015 UK Touring ScheduleMarlene VerPlanck Announces 2015 UK Touring Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Marlene VerPlanck has announced her 2015 UK live touring schedule, showcasing tunes from her new CD I GIVE UP, I'M IN LOVE. Details below! (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson to Cover Lady Gaga at the Carlyle TomorrowCheyenne Jackson to Cover Lady Gaga at the Carlyle Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

Cheyenne Jackson, with stage credits including The Performers, 8, Finian's Rainbow, Damn Yankees and Xanadu; television appearances on 30 Rock, Glee, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Ugly Betty; and film work including Love is Strange, United 93, Price Check and Lola Versus, will make his debut at Cafe Carlyle to open the winter season this week, January 13-24. The actor just posted an Instagram video of himself rehearsing Lady Gaga's 'The Edge of Glory,' along with the caption: 'Facing my fears and playing #Gaga live tomorrow night in new show'. (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson Begins Cafe Carlyle Residency TomorrowCheyenne Jackson Begins Cafe Carlyle Residency Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

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The John W. Engeman Theater Announces Cast of VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKEThe John W. Engeman Theater Announces Cast of VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2015

The John W. Engeman Theater has announced the cast and creative team for VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. Performances begin on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 8:00pm and run through March 8, 2015. (more...)

Salt Lake Acting Company's NPSS to Continue with HOW TO STEAL A PICASSO, 2/16Salt Lake Acting Company's NPSS to Continue with HOW TO STEAL A PICASSO, 2/16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC) continues its 20th season of the New Play Sounding Series (NPSS) with a free reading of William Missouri Downs' newest play HOW TO STEAL A PICASSO on Monday, February 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Directed by Teresa Sanderson, the reading will feature local actors Daniel Beecher, Terence Goodman, Elise Groves, Jesse Peery, and Susan Dolan Stevens. The NPSS provides an essential testing ground where playwrights see and hear their works in progress and receive insightful feedback from the audience members during a post-play discussion. (more...)

Symphony Space Gala to Honor Harold Prince in Musical Tribute; Danny Burstein Will HostSymphony Space Gala to Honor Harold Prince in Musical Tribute; Danny Burstein Will Host
by Anna Bencivengo - Feb 4, 2015

Symphony Space's 2015 gala will celebrate Broadway impresario Harold Prince with a star-studded musical tribute to the legendary 21 time Tony AwardŽ winning producer/director at 6:30 on May 18 at Capitale. (more...)

Theatre at the Center Presents ON GOLDEN POND, Thru 3/29Theatre at the Center Presents ON GOLDEN POND, Thru 3/29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

Considered one of the Midwest's leading, professional equity theaters that presents both regional and world premieres featuring the area's finest artists, Theatre at the Center kicks off its 25th Anniversary 2015 season with the beloved classic, Ernest Thompson's ON GOLDEN POND. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look- ON GOLDEN POND at Theatre at the CenterPhoto Flash: First Look- ON GOLDEN POND at Theatre at the Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

Considered one of the Midwest's leading, professional equity theaters that presents both regional and world premieres featuring the area's finest artists, Theatre at the Center kicks off its 25th Anniversary 2015 season with the beloved classic, Ernest Thompson's ON GOLDEN POND. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the show below! (more...)

Anthony Roach, Nancy Anderson, and More Lead Goodspeed's GUYS AND DOLLS- Full Cast Announced!Anthony Roach, Nancy Anderson, and More Lead Goodspeed's GUYS AND DOLLS- Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its 2015 season at the Goodspeed Opera House with the Broadway classic Guys and Dolls. Roll the dice on this winning musical comedy running April 10 - June 20 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 2/21-2/22/2015Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 2/21-2/22/2015
by - Feb 22, 2015

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, February 22, 2015 - Sunday, February 22, 2015. (more...)

April Nixon Stars in World Premiere of TRUTH The Musical; Musical to Be Streamed from DCApril Nixon Stars in World Premiere of TRUTH The Musical; Musical to Be Streamed from DC
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2015

APRIL NIXON (OLIVIER AWARD nominee, B'way/National Tour: Cats, Tommy, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Damn Yankees, 9 to 5, Fosse, The Wiz, Sweet Charity, Dreamgirls, Caroline or Change), ASHLEY WARE JENKINS (Celie; Color Purple National Tour) and THADDEUS MCCANTS (TV: Boardwalk Empire - co-star, Young & Restless - lead) head the cast of TRUTH the musical, by Keni Fine and music by Keni Fine & Tony Small, directed by Oscar Blustin. Opening out of town at THEARC Theater in Washington, D.C. Feb 26 - 28, 2015. (more...)

Mary Callanan and Alison Ewing Are MAMMA MIA!'s Newest Dynamos; Both Join Cast Tonight!Mary Callanan and Alison Ewing Are MAMMA MIA!'s Newest Dynamos; Both Join Cast Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2015

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! welcomes new 'Dynamos' Mary Callanan and Alison Ewing to the Broadway cast as 'Rosie' and 'Tanya', beginning performances this evening, February 2, 2015 at The Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44 Street). (more...)

INSIDE OUT to Play Grove Theatre Center, 2/12-3/22INSIDE OUT to Play Grove Theatre Center, 2/12-3/22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2015

The critically acclaimed New York, Off-Broadway hit musical Inside Out will celebrate its 20-year anniversary at the Grove Theatre Center in Burbank, CA February 12th - March 22nd, it was announced today by Kritzerland Entertainment and PlayWorks Music. Veteran TV/Film/Theatre/Actor/ Author/Performer/Playwright and CEO of Kritzerland Records Bruce Kimmel has been set to direct the musical by Doug Haverty (book and lyrics) and Adryan Russ (lyrics and music). An all-star female ensemble/cast of six features Sandy Bainum, Cynthia Ferrer, Stephanie Fredricks, Dana Meller, Leslie Stevens and Adrienne Visnic. Preview performances are February 12th and 13th with the show's official opening scheduled for February 14th. (more...)

Circle Players' PICNIC Poster Art UnveiledCircle Players' PICNIC Poster Art Unveiled
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 19, 2015

Initial artwork for Circle Players' upcoming production of William Inge's Picnic, with art by Arthur Henry Kirkby IV and graphic design by David Arnold, has been released just as rehearsals get under way for the show's March 26-April 4 run at Nashville's Hillsboro High School. (more...)

Gulfshore Playhouse to Stage World Premiere of THE BUTCHER, 2/28-3/22Gulfshore Playhouse to Stage World Premiere of THE BUTCHER, 2/28-3/22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

Gulfshore Playhouse will produce their second World Premiere in as many years with The Butcher by Gwydion Suilebhan, playing February 28th through March 22nd with $30 preview performances on February 25th, 26th and 27th. Playwright talkbacks will take place following each preview performance and following the 3pm matinee performance on Sunday, March 1st. The Butcherwas featured as a finalist in Gulfshore Playhouse's 1st Annual New Works Festival in August 2013. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Chase Peacock, Jeff McKerley, and More Lead CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at Atlanta LyricSTAGE TUBE: Chase Peacock, Jeff McKerley, and More Lead CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at Atlanta Lyric
by Stage Tube - Feb 15, 2015

Atlanta Lyric Theatre, the metro area's only professional musical theatre company, presents the high-­flying hit musical CATCH ME IF YOU CAN February 13 - March 1, 2015 at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre (548 S. Marietta Pkwy., Marietta). Below, watch stars Chase Peacock, Jeff McKerley, and more in a new promo for the show! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look- Chase Peacock, Jeff McKerley, and More Lead CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at Atlanta Lyric TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look- Chase Peacock, Jeff McKerley, and More Lead CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2015

Atlanta Lyric Theatre, the metro area's only professional musical theatre company, presents the high-­flying hit musical CATCH ME IF YOU CAN February 13 - March 1, 2015 at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre (548 S. Marietta Pkwy., Marietta). Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the show! (more...)

Jarrod Emick, Matthew Hydzik, Charlotte d'Amboise & Tony Roberts Join Lyric Opera of Chicago's Starry CAROUSELJarrod Emick, Matthew Hydzik, Charlotte d'Amboise & Tony Roberts Join Lyric Opera of Chicago's Starry CAROUSEL
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago announced casting for the remaining principal roles in its new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. Matthew Hydzik will portray Enoch Snow alongside Tony Award winner Jarrod Emick as Jigger Craigin, two-time Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise as Mrs. Mullin, and two-time Tony Award nominee Tony Roberts as the Starkeeper. Carousel will run April 10 to May 3 at the Civic Opera House (opening night April 11). (more...)

Karen Ziemba, Brent Barrett & More Set for AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS at Schimmel Center, 3/6Karen Ziemba, Brent Barrett & More Set for AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS at Schimmel Center, 3/6
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

On Friday, March 6, noted arranger Fred Barton will bring the music of Broadway and the American Songbook showmanship to the Schimmel Center at Pace University in American Showstoppers: An Evening of Irving Berlin. Hailed by George Gershwin as 'the greatest songwriter that has ever lived,' the legendary Irving Berlin composed some of the most influential and widely-known songs ever written, many of which have come to form the Great American Songbook. Fred Barton now brings the power of Berlin's Broadway sound front and center, with a hot 14-piece orchestra and a cast of 17 Broadway singers and dancers, and direction and choreography by Jason Wise. (more...)

BWW Previews: D'Arco, Novak Lead Circle's PICNIC CastBWW Previews: D'Arco, Novak Lead Circle's PICNIC Cast
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 10, 2015

Gina D'Arco and Taylor Novak will lead the cast of William Inge's Picnic, in a revival of the classic play helmed by Jeffrey Ellis, for Nashville's Circle Players, which this season celebrates its 65th year of bringing live theater to audiences throughout Middle Tennessee. Picnic will run March 27 through April 4, and will be performed at the theater at Hillsboro High School. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 12/31/14 - Bebe NeuwirthSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 12/31/14 - Bebe Neuwirth
by Stage Tube - Dec 31, 2014

Happy Birthday, Bebe Neuwirth! Neuwirth made her Broadway debut in the role of Sheila in A Chorus Line in 1980. She later appeared in revivals of Little Me (1982) Sweet Charity (1986), for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, and Damn Yankees (1994). 1996 saw her play the role of Velma Kelly in the Broadway revival of Chicago. That role brought her her greatest stage recognition to date, and several awards including the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Neuwirth would later return to the still-running revival of Chicago in 2006, this time in the role of Roxie Hart.She will next return to the musical as 'Mama Morton' in January 2014. (more...)

CABARET LIFE NYC: My Second Half of 2014 Cabaret Journey or One Reviewer's Long Procrastination Special as We Bid Farewell to Another Year of Show HoppingCABARET LIFE NYC: My Second Half of 2014 Cabaret Journey or One Reviewer's Long Procrastination Special as We Bid Farewell to Another Year of Show Hopping
by Stephen Hanks - Dec 26, 2014

If you've been a regular reader of this particular reviewer's musings, you know that every year there are long stretches of time where I just haven't been able to critique all the shows I've seen that deserve commentary. So I end up playing what they call in sports, 'Catch-up ball,' and post a mash up of belated reviews from past shows. It's kind of like a critic's version of the song 'Six Months Out of Every Year,' from Damn Yankees. Give or take a month or two, that's usually the time period during which I store unpublished reviews in my fevered brain and then unload them all in one seemingly endless column-like this one is going to be. If my cabaret-show reviewing days will be over (as chronicled here), I might as well go out with a bang-and relieve my procrastination guilt during holiday season. Now I can scratch one New Year's resolution off the list. (more...)

BWW Reviews: GRIGWARE Picks His Best in LA Theatre for 2014BWW Reviews: GRIGWARE Picks His Best in LA Theatre for 2014
by Don Grigware - Dec 26, 2014

The Best in LA Theatre for 2014 (alphabetical listings; Equity, Equity-waiver & Non-Equity productions are mixed) (artists performing outside LA may be included in performance categories) (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Open HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN, Jan 10Laguna Playhouse to Open HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN, Jan 10
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2014

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are thrilled to present the Orange County premiere of HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN, written and performed by Hershey Felder and directed by Trevor Hay. (more...)

Alysha Umphress & Jeff Blumenkrantz to Celebrate Release of New Album at BirdlandAlysha Umphress & Jeff Blumenkrantz to Celebrate Release of New Album at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Alysha Umphress, currently starring in the new Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN, and Tony Award-nominated composer and performer Jeff Blumenkrantz will celebrate their new album, I've Been Played: Alysha Umphress Swings Jeff Blumenkrantz with a concert at Birdland (315 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036) on January 5, 2015 at 7pm. Tickets are available now at www.birdlandjazz.com. (more...)

Lora Lee Gayer & More Join Broadway-Bound DOCTOR ZHIVAGO; Complete Cast Announced!Lora Lee Gayer & More Join Broadway-Bound DOCTOR ZHIVAGO; Complete Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Tam Mutu, who is making his Broadway debut as the passionate Doctor and poet Yurii Zhivago, Kelli Barrett (Wicked), Tony Award nomineeTom Hewitt (Rocky Horror Show), and Paul Nolan (Jesus Chris Superstar) will be joined by Lora Lee Gayer as Tonia Gromeko, Zhivago's devoted wife, in the new Broadway musical DOCTOR ZHIVAGO. Based on Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning 20th-century epic Russian masterpiece, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO will feature Jacqueline Antaramian and Jamie Jackson, with Heather Botts, Wendi Bergamini, Melody Butiu, Josh Canfield, Julian Cihi, Briana Carlson-Goodman, Bradley Dean, Michael Brian Dunn, Drew Foster, Kira Guloien, Robert Hager, Ericka Hunter, Denis Lambert, David McDonald, Joseph Medeiros, Pilar Millhollen, Gary Milner, Spencer Moses, Julius Sermonia, Jacob L. Smith and Jesse Wildman in a cast of 32. (more...)

Music Theatre International Executive John Prignano Appointed to National BoardMusic Theatre International Executive John Prignano Appointed to National Board
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

John Prignano, senior operations officer for theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) has been appointed to the Educational Theatre Association Board of Directors (EdTA), a professional organization with approximately 100,000 members nationwide with the mission of shaping lives through theatre education. (more...)

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