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Ambassador Theatre (New York, NY)
219 W. 49th St.

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Based upon the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and others, the musical follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called "The Dreams", who become music superstars. It was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, and won six. It was later adapted into a motion picture from DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures in 2006.


BET Star Tiffany Mann Set for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's DREAMGIRLS
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

 Tiffany Mann, of BET Network's "It's a Mann's World," joins Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's upcoming production of Dreamgirls as Effie White. Tiffany is the daughter of Tamela Mann, gospel music singer and star of TNT's "Meet The Browns", BET's "It's A Mann's World," and Bounce TV's "Mann and Wife." (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of Porchlight's CHESS
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final production in the third smash season of Chicago's 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits Chess, music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus and book by Tim Rice, with direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber, choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music direction by Jimmy Morehead. Porchlight Revisits Chess is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, May 3 through Thursday, May 5 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Dreamgirls (previews begin April 8) on nights when there are no performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets for Chess are $30 in advance and $35 at the door the night of the performance. All tickets include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multi-media presentation, created and hosted by Weber, that discusses that evening's production including the show's creative history, juicy backstage gossip and more. Single tickets to Chess are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Original DREAMGIRLS Jennifer Holliday and Sheryl Lee Ralph Grab Breakfast, Talk 'UNDER THE STARS' Concert
by Stage Tube - May 5, 2016

Original Dreamgirls Jennifer Holliady and Sheryl Lee Ralph grabbed breakfast and chatted on Facebook Live about their upcoming concert in Los Angeles. Check out what they had to say in the video below! (more...)

Euan Morton, Danny Gardner, Kacie Sheik and More to Lead NEW YORK SPECTACULAR at Radio City
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

BroadwayWorld is excited to confirm principal casting for Madison Square Garden Company's upcoming production of NEW YORK SPECTACULAR STARRING THE RADIO CITY ROCKETTES, presented by Chase, at Radio City Music Hall. (more...)

Production Underway for Season 2 of Crackle's Scripted Drama THE ART OF MORE
by TV News Desk - May 4, 2016

Crackle, Sony's free streaming network, is now in production on season two of the network's first original scripted drama series, THE ART OF MORE. (more...)

Photo: First Look - Rory O'Malley Appears in New Feature Comedy MOTHER'S DAY
by TV News Desk - May 4, 2016

Rory O'Malley appears in Garry Marshall's new feature film MOTHER'S DAY, starring Julia Roberts. The HAMILTON star turned to Facebook to share a first look at his appearance in the comedy. (more...)

Photo Flash: (mostly)musicals Returns to the E Spot Lounge with IT'S ABOUT TIME
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

After a two-month absence, (mostly)musicals returned to the E Spot Lounge on Monday, April 25, with IT'S ABOUT TIME, the company's 17th entry in their series of themed cabarets. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Bobby Slayton Coming to Comedy Works Larimer Square, 5/19-21
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

A true 'comic's comic,' Bobby Slayton, often referred to as 'The Pitbull of Comedy,' has been performing his own intense style of stand-up comedy for over 20 years, becoming one of the best known, respected, and energetic comics working today. Acclaimed as 'Armed and Dangerous' by the NY Daily News and voted the 'Funniest Male Stand-up Comic of the Year' by the American Comedy Awards, his show is worth a special trip. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Porchlight Revisits CHESS, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present the final production in the third smash season of Chicago's 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, PORCHLIGHT REVISITS CHESS, music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus and book by Tim Rice, with direction by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber, choreography by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music direction by Jimmy Morehead. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

BWW Blog: Bob Marks - The Importance of Posture in Your Singing
by Guest Blogger: Bob Marks - May 20, 2016

If you have ever attended a classical voice recital, you probably saw an elegantly dressed performer situated near the crook of a grand piano for the duration of the performance.  Traditionally, recitalists remain standing with "noble" posture throughout their program, and only gesture with their hands and body for extreme emphasis.  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Bobby Smith Transform Into Zaza for Signature Theatre's LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
by Stage Tube - May 20, 2016

Signature Theatre will soon stage La Cage aux Folles, directed and choreographed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner. With an iconic score by Jerry Herman(Hello, Dolly; Mame), featuring 'I Am What I Am' and 'The Best of Times,' and a book by Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Newsies), this musical comedy will run from May 31 - July 10 inSignature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre. (more...)

Off-Broadway's TRIP OF LOVE Welcomes New Cast Members to Company
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

Trip of Love, New York's high-voltage 1960's Pop Music Spectacular, proudly welcomes Bahiyah Hibah to the company.  Starting May 24, Hibah assumes the role of 'Jennifer.' Hibah's Broadway credits include The Color Purple, The Little Mermaid, Rock of Ages, Memphis, Pal Joey, Evita, Chicago (Velma), After Midnight, and On The Twentieth Century. (more...)

Cabrillo Music Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID to Swim into TOCAP This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Now Cabrillo Music Theatre brings this amazing story to life with THE LITTLE MERMAID, live on stage! This is not simply a children's show - it's a brand-new fully-developed Broadway musical, in the spirit of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE LION KING, and MARY POPPINS, and Cabrillo Music Theatre's production will be the first in the region! (more...)

Bobby Smith & Brent Barrett to Lead Signature Theatre's LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Signature Theatre has announced the cast of La Cage aux Folles directed and choreographed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre's Final Installment of NEW FACES SING BROADWAY Set for 6/7
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

? Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final 2015 - 16 installment of Chicago's hit new musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway. This edition, conceived and directed by Michael Weber and Chris Carter with music direction by Nick Sula, hosted by James Earl Jones II and featuring a cast of Chicago's hottest emerging artists, takes a journey through the best of Broadway's 1949 musical season via rare multi-media visuals, songs, trivia games and sing alongs in New Faces Sing Broadway 1949, Tuesday, June 7 at 8 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway. Tickets are $22, with no drink minimum and are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling 773.777.9884. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Josh Gad Have a DREAMGIRLS Sing-Off with Jennifer Hudson
by TV News Desk - May 18, 2016

On last night's TONIGHT SHOW, guest Josh Gad showed a brief video of him attempting to go note-for-note with Jennifer Hudson singing Dreamgirls' 'You're Gonna Love Me,' (more...)

ABC Unveils 2016-17 Programming Slate Including Nine New Series
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2016

ABC continues its commitment to distinctive storytelling with the announcement of its 2016-17 slate of programming, including the addition of nine new series. Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, will unveil the network's new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall, in New York City. (more...)

I WANNA BE A PRODUCER Author John Breglio Set for Book Discussion, Signing at Drama Book Shop
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Acclaimed producer John Breglio will be discussing his new book, I Wanna Be A Producer: How To Make a Killing on Broadway... or Get Killed at Drama Book Shop, 250 W. 40th St. on Monday, May 23rd at 5:00pm. Joining John in conversation will be fellow producer Barry Weissler. (more...)

Dallas Theater Center to Open DREAMGIRLS in June; Tickets Now on Sale!
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Dallas Theater Center announced today complete details for the award-winning hit musical Dreamgirls. This modern-day classic is led by director and DTC Associate Artistic Director Joel Ferrell. Dreamgirls will begin with a Pay-What-You-Can performance on Friday, June 10 and will run through Sunday, July 24. Press Night will be Friday, June 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets to Dreamgirls are on sale now at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org and by phone at (214) 880-0202. (more...)

Sneak Peek - Seth Rudetsky & Christine Ebersole Perform on AMERICAN SONGBOOK AT NJPAC, 5/15
by TV News Desk - May 13, 2016

On this week's edition of the Emmy-nominated series American Songbook at NJPAC - premiering on Sunday, May 15 at 1 p.m. on THIRTEEN (and later in the day at 3:30 p.m. on WLIW21) - we feature Sirius XM Broadway host/pianist Seth Rudetsky & two-time Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole. (more...)

The Actors Fund to Host 20th Anniversary Tony Awards Viewing Party
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

The Actors Fund will celebrate Broadway's Biggest Night at the 20th Anniversary Tony Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, June 12, 2016 (3:30-8:00pm) at the legendary Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.  (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 5/13/2016 - INDIAN SUMMER, INDECENT, DAPHNE'S DIVE!
by Jessica Khan - May 13, 2016

This weekend's big news: David Rossmer joins LES MISERABLES as 'Thenardier' tonight, INDIAN SUMMER begins at Playwrights Horizons, and INDECENT and DAPHNE'S DIVE open off-Broadway on Sunday! (more...)

Official: Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford Cast in Musical SIDE SHOW at Southwark Playhouse
by Marianka Swain - May 13, 2016

First casting is announced today for Broadway musical Side Show, which receives its UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse. Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford will play conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton in the brand new production, which runs October 21 to December 3, with a press night on October 26. (more...)

The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences to Present THE VELVETEEN RABBIT
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

A joyous testament to the eternal power of a child's imagination, The Velveteen Rabbit springs to life July 8 through August 14, continuing The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences' 2016 season. A musical adaptation of the classic Margery Williams' tale, with music by composer Jimmy Roberts (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), book and lyrics by James Still, and direction and choreography by Amanda Tanguay (Pinocchio at The Marriott Theatre), The Velveteen Rabbit fuses the power of childhood play and fancy with the timeless need for unconditional love. Followed by a special Q&A session with the cast, The Velveteen Rabbit is sure to captivate audiences of all ages. (more...)

Sisters! Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford to Star in Revised SIDE SHOW in London
by Jessica Khan - May 12, 2016

The cult musical SIDE SHOW, receiving its London premiere at the Southwark Playhouse later this year, has found its leading twin sisters. The (more...)

Reality Singing Stars to Alternate with Amber Riley in West End's DREAMGIRLS
by Jessica Khan - May 12, 2016

GLEE's Amber Riley has quite the backup power for her nights off in Dreamgirls the West End. THE VOICE UK contestant Ruth Brown and THE X FACTOR's Karen Mav will alternate in the role of 'Effie' on Wednesdays in London, according to the Daily Mail. (more...)

VIDEO: Beyonce Pays Tribute to Prince with Performance of 'The Beautiful Ones'
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

At last night Dallas stop of her Formation tour at the AT&T Stadium, Beyonce surprised fans with an emotional performance of 'The Beautiful Ones' in tribute to the late artist Prince. (more...)

BWW Blog: NYC Vocal Coach Bob Marks - Understand the Basics of Voice Registration
by Guest Blogger: Bob Marks - May 10, 2016

If you want to see a group of voice teachers and voice scientists turn from a generally gregarious and collegial group into an angry mob, ask them to strictly define vocal registers, or the "gears" of the voice that are responsible for different types of sounds.   (more...)

Laura Michelle Kelly, David Yazbek with Patrick Wilson & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, David Yazbek and More Set for May at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

This May, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. Scroll down for the full lineup! (more...)

Simply Full of Jazz! Meet the Whole Cast of 'SHUFFLE ALONG', Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 28, 2016

A re-imagined version of the 1921 musical SHUFFLE ALONG, one of the earliest stage hits starring, written and directed by African-Americans, opens tonight, April 28, on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. SHUFFLE ALONG has a new book and is directed by George C. Wolfe, choreographed by Savion Glover. Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch SUNDAY MORNING's recent behind-the-scenes look at the show! (more...)

Original DREAMGIRLS Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday Reunite for BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS Concert in L.A., 7/10
by Adam Jay - Apr 27, 2016

Chris Isaacson Presents in association with Ronn Goswick has announced a Broadway Under the Stars special event, a one-night-only concert starring the original Dreamgirls - Independent Spirit Award-winner Sheryl Lee Ralph, Emmy Award-winner Loretta Devine, and Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Holliday in conversation and song. The curtain will rise at 8pm on Sunday, July 10 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. Additional performers will be announced soon.  (more...)

Rosie O'Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, David Hyde Pierce & Denis O'Hare to Guest on ABC's LGBT Rights Series WHEN WE RISE
by TV News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

Michael K. Williams ("Boardwalk Empire," "The Wire") and Ivory Aquino join the cast of ABC's event limited series "When We Rise." Williams portrays African American community organizer Ken Jones, and Aquino plays the role of transgender activist Cecilia Chung. (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the WAITRESS Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
by Walter McBride - Apr 26, 2016

WAITRESS is officially serving it up on Broadway! Earlier this week, the company of the new musical took their first bows at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the whole evening, starting with the sacred Gypsy Robe ceremony. Below, check out photos of gypsy robe recipient Charity Angel Dawson with the company! (more...)

BREAKING: Jennifer Hudson, Harvey Fierstein to Star in NBC's HAIRSPRAY LIVE!
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 25, 2016

Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson and multiple Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein will headline the cast of NBC's 'Hairspray Live!,' the network's next live Broadway musical holiday event following the phenomenal success of 'The Wiz Live!' (more...)

Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Funds Camp Broadway Scholarships in Atlanta
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

The 3rd Annual Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Scholarship application is now available for parents of children ages 10-17 who want to attend Camp Broadway's annual summer program in Atlanta that will be held at the Rialto Theater, Monday, June 6, to Friday, June 10, for one week only. (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Announced for THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at the John W. Engeman Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

The John W. Engeman Theater announces the cast and creative team for THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE.  Performances begin on Thursday, May 26 at 8:00pm and run through July 10, 2016. (more...)

Howard Brown Benefit Concert Returns to Uptown Underground, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

?Jeff Award-nominee and HIV+ director/producer Christopher Pazdernik returns with the second annual Chris' Birthday Belt-Fest, a benefit concert for Howard Brown Health on Monday, May 16, 8:00 PM at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, Chicago. Featuring award-winning musical theater performers from across Chicago, the evening will be co-music directed by Dustin Struhall and Jeff Award-winner Aaron Benham. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 773-867-1946 or visiting uptownunderground.net. (more...)

The Filling Makes the Pie! Meet the Full Cast of WAITRESS, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 24, 2016

Broadway's WAITRESS began performances on Friday, March 25 with a bang, setting a house record for a single performance the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and announcing a new block of tickets on sale through January 1, 2017. WAITRESS opens today, April 24, 2016. Get ready for tonight's opening bows by scrolling down to learn more about the company, plus watching highlights from the show! (more...)

Pennington Players to One-Night-Only Performance of SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, 5/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

The Pennington Players are pleased to announce a one-night only special event performance of Jason Robert Brown's song cycle, Songs for a New World, on Saturday evening, May 21, 2016 at 8:00PM.   (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for (mostly)musicals' IT'S ABOUT TIME
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

It's nearly time! After a two month absence, (mostly)musicals will return to the E Spot Lounge on Monday, April 25 with IT'S ABOUT TIME, the company's 17th entry in their series of themed cabarets. Scroll down for a peek at the company's rehearsal time! (more...)

BET Networks is Harnessing the Power of More to Deliver More Premium Original Programming and Unforgettable Moments across More Platforms in 2016-2017 Fiscal Year
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

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VIDEO: Crackle Announces Programming Offerings; Previews Scripted Drama STARTUP
by TV News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

At Crackle's upfront presentation held in New York today, Sony's streaming service announced the network's program, advertising and virtual reality offerings. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Read the First Chapter of Tony-Winning Producer Jack Viertel's Book THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 19, 2016

In THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL, Jack Viertel takes about musicals, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings. In the process, he invites us to fall in love with the art form all over again by showing us how musicals happen, what makes them work, how they captivate audiences, and how one landmark show leads to the next-by design or by accident, by emulation or by rebellion from OKLAHOMA! to HAMILTON and onward. (more...)

Michael Cerveris & Seth Rudetsky Coming to CLO Cabaret This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Pittsburgh CLO will host an exclusive evening with Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris (Fun Home) and co-creator/star of DISASTER! Seth Rudetsky at the CLO Cabaret on May 23. This exciting fundraiser will support Pittsburgh CLO's continuing commitment to the fostering of new musicals for Pittsburgh and beyond. (more...)

BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Blows The Roof Off THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
by Herbert Paine - Apr 19, 2016

Arizona Broadway Theatre blows the roof off the THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS with a non-stop hit parade of Lone Star big star moments. Leading the pack is Cassandra Norville Klaphake as Miss Mona, the madam of the legendary brothel that inspired Carol Hall, Larry King, and Peter Masterson to pen the tale of tricks and treats. Klaphake delivers a commanding performance as the mother hen who guards her coop with a righteous blend of good business sense and sentimentality. (more...)

VIDEOS: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT's Tituss Burgess Making A Broadway Splash in THE LITTLE MERMAID and GUYS AND DOLLS
by Michael Dale - Apr 19, 2016

like many breakout television stars, Tituss Burgess was a Broadway favorite before the rest of the country discovered him. (more...)

BWW Interview: From Bill Gates to King George III- HAMILTON's Rory O'Malley Reflects on His Royally Wacky Spring
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 19, 2016

Just weeks ago he was preparing to make his Broadway return in NERDS. Now he is starring in the most popular show on Broadway. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Tony Award-nominee Rory O'Malley recently began his reign as King George in the Broadway musical Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 W. 46 St). Mr. O'Malley steps into the role that was previously played by Jonathan Groff, Brian d'Arcy James and Andrew Rannells. How did he end up here? O'Malley explains in the full interview below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Performances from Porchlight's DREAMGIRLS!
by Stage Tube - Apr 19, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present Dreamgirls, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, music by Henry Krieger. This production is directed and choreographed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Brenda Didier and music directed by Porchlight Artistic Associate Doug Peck, now through May 22, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld brings you performances from the production below! (more...)

STAGES St. Louis to Welcome Local, NYC Stars for 30th Season; Casting Set!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Following its recent 2016 Arts Organization Award from the Missouri Arts Council and five St. Louis Theater Circle Awards, STAGES St. Louis has announced casting for its celebratory 30th Anniversary Season: It Shoulda Been You, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Sister Act. (more...)

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